saturday – 

I hope anyone who comes across this has had the most lovely Saturday – 

I got whisked away for a lovely picnic in the grounds behind Arundel castle today followed by a lovely walk..

It gave me the opportunity to have some well needed me time and make some well needed notes just about life, plans and meal preps for the week! 

(It also gave me the chance to wear my beautiful new jumper – which I am just obsessed with)


We stopped off on the way home to have a little nose in the new next/costa that has opened in littlehampton – it’s only been open a few days (I think) and it’s lovely.. 

It’s so nice to have a next close, the nearest one to where we live is a bit of a mission, my only complaint would be that the home section isn’t big enough! Because I just Love next at home – (let’s be real though, who doesn’t love next at home!?)


I ended my day with a mint choc chip number from costa, it was yum – 

(Even if I am now paying for it in the form of toothache, oops)

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How was your Saturday?

the most perfect gift –

I received this lovely gift from my lovely mumma after her little trip to the Lake District last weekend – and now all I want in my life is an Agnes + Cat within walking distance, please.

It honestly was the nicest surprise and my mum could not have chosen a more me gift, I guess after all.. mums do know best!

You can buy a variety of different things from their shop I have since learnt from stalking their exsistance, all of which is just beautiful.. all available separate of course, but they also make up these hand chosen by you little gift packages beautiful bowed and sealed with a stamp of approval.


My gift box included the most lovely little selection, made even more special by the fact my mumma thought I would like each one  –


This beautiful floral scented bath bomb filled with rose petals is just so pretty, I am a sucker for a bath bomb as you may already know from my first post so this was just spot on.


Look how beautiful this soap is, look at it. I am not normally one for orange scented things but this is the kind of orange I can get on board with,  it acts like an air freshener in your bathroom and is so nourishing.


Now this is my favourite, I absolutely love a candle – who doesn’t?

The most accurate way to describe how this one smells, is it simply smells like Paco Rabanne 1 million, which is not only one of my favourite smells but also is what I associate the most with when I first met my boyfriend. (I met him around the time where that is literally all anyone wore and Karl was no exeption to this)

It’s ended up being a house fave and actually rather sentimental in more way than one.


Last but absolutely not least in my little box of goodies was the salted caramel lip butter – it smells and tastes as good as it sounds (not that I ate it, you know what I mean)

It’s more of an oil, which I am not really used too, but it’s actually really nice and it’s made my lips honestly feel so much nicer just from using it a couple of times!

Agnes + Cat, is just a dream. I am in love, very happy I have been introduced to their store, grateful for my gift and am 100% planning a trip there myself soon.

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Have you ever been to an agnes + cat?

a hidden gem – 

I have always known this little place exsisted, I had just never actually been there before. (I regret all decisions that lead me to not visit until now)

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Shabitat is a warehouse which has a variety of ‘second hand’ goods, including furniture, books, electrical goods, previously loved clothes and all sorts of homeware for those keen to find a second hand gem. 

Having lived in brighton my whole life, I am a sucker for a good shop full of pre loved things.. with the likes of to be worn again, beyond retro and snoopers paradise on my doorstep – Shabbitat is both right up there street as well as mine. 

Not only does it stock the above, it also features upcycled and remade one of a kind items in store that are just amazing.

The team collects donations daily, so there is always something new available. I would definitely suggest popping in and seeing what you can find.

My most favourite finds where in the section pictured above –

The first was a cookbook, a Wagamama cookbook, I was a tad over excited to say the least. I love waggas, so this was just a treat. Icing on the Japanese food shaped cake? The little tabs left in the book from the previous owner. I thought this was such a nice little touch and I cannot wait to see what they loved enough to make a note of.


With the other two books I will go into a bit more detail in another blog post I think – as they are both just perfect editions both to my house. All books in shabitat are as you may have seen in the picture above, £1 each. (Which is an absolute steal with most of the stock)

The ‘book of poster art’ is the perfect coffee table book which I have been on the hunt to find for a while now and the ‘I know how to cook by ginette mathiot’ I saw and instantly fell in love with. (Spoiler alert, they are all amazing)

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The last two things were these gorgeous vintage pottery pieces – which as you can see are just lovely. At just £2.50 for both of them, the things they stock are so generously priced. 

Where is your favourite place to go snooping?

back to one of my favourite places – 

Did the tulips give it away?

I just couldn’t help but write a little post about my recent trip to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is one of my favourite places. It is the second time I have been there and I am already eyeing up my next trip. The flight is a breeze, the place is beautiful and there are tulips everywhere.. who wouldn’t love dam?


Amsterdam has a special place in my heart due to it being the first place I ever traveled (I was very late in hopping on the passport train, September 2015 to be exact)

There is only a very faint language barrier and everyone is so friendly I always feel so comfertable and almost like I’m not in another country, which is lovely – always nice to feel at home away from home aye?


Speaking of home away from home, we stayed at Hotel Arena whilst there and I was just fell completely in love.. it was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. The hotel ‘room’ we had was two floors and the hotel itself including the grounds in which it’s situated are just incredible. 

I would highly reccomend staying there. It’s not that far from the centre, around a 5 minute walk to the stop and a number 9 tram will take you directly in and out. The most memorable place I can think of to give you an idea on its where abouts is Amsterdam zoo, and I would just like to add in one more time that it is amazing.

This was the view from the second floor of our room ft my boyfriend and his socks.

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We treated this time around as just a ‘ let’s walk around and take in the city’ trip, we prioritised all of the ‘touristy’ things we wanted to tick of our lists last time – like the hieniken experience, the flower market, the museums, the red light district just to name a few (all I would advise making time for) so this time we were able to visit our favourite places from last time and add some more to our list for next time.


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The most memorable, topping my reccomenation list and in my opinion the best way to see Amsterdam? the canal rides. There are SO many different options, so many different ways to do so, whatever you do? Do it. 

Last time we went on the pizza cruise which was just the most fun, they sit you on board with an unlimited amount of alcohol, with a pit stop half way to get you your choice of pizza hot off of just being hand made – what’s not to love?

This time around we decided to give the cheese and wine cruise a whirl due to my love of them both, it was lovely. You have the most considerate people looking after you who on both occasions not once left my glass empty! (I will admit, I had to ask for water towards the end of the wine cruise due to them doing their job a little to well) – so worth the money and the time.

Amsterdam is one of those places that is just as beautiful if not more so at night. The lights, the canals, the buildings, it’s just an extremely picturesque place. I will leave you with my last ‘to do’, that being what I spent a lot of my time doing when I wasn’t walking around taking instagram fillers! Find yourself a little bar alongside a canal, get yourself a glass of wine and just take it all in as much as you can! 

Have you ever been to Amsterdam?                      Where is your favourite place?

How do you store yours?

To people who know me, it’s no secret that I am a little obsessed with lush products.. for those who don’t know me – Hi, my names Jodie and I love lush.


Whether it’s the seasonal ranges they release that urge a need to own, special occasions, gifts or just a Thursday – I am always over run with more lush than I would ever need (not that I am complaining).

I have always had different ways of storing my lush products, none of which have stuck until now! It keeps them fresh (not a sad, crumbly bath bomb in sight), it looks pretty and is a natural air freshener for the room.

Yes, it’s a hanging basket.

Sold originally for fruits and veg in the kitchen? Now, the most favourite thing in my Jodie room.

There are loads of different options online, I brought mine from Amazon – I chose black due to basically everything I own being black but like I said, so many different options and different ways you can make the most out of your lush products!


How do you store yours?