#Friendship & #Baking…

  

One of the nicest things one can do for a friend is welcome them into your home with some freshly baked goodies. 

Today my friend Kiki will be arriving at SRQ to visit with me for the week and I decided to make her some Ginger a Snaps following Livin’ It Bekah Styles recipe which she posted in her blog recently. 

The smell of the cookies is intoxicating and hearkens recollections of drinking tea with friends with some lovely snacks to accompany it.

  

I halved Bekah’s recipe for today because I only had enough of certain ingredients to make about half the amount. These cookies literally melt in your mouth when freshly out of the oven and are exquisite in form.

I really hope Kiki, who is also a blogger, will enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed making them. If you’re a baker you should give these and Bekah’s other many lovely recipes she shares on her blog. Click on the link in the second paragraph and it will take you to the recipe for these gorgeous cookies.

  

Cheers,

Nadia xo

#SPSH2015 Parcel Reveal

At the end of last month I took part in the wonderful event that is Wreck This Girl’s Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt via her fabulous blog Snail Mail Love. Each participant received a list of things to gather and a secret swap partner to send to which was truly a blast! Each person definitely had a unique way of presenting their parcels and sent unique items which you can see on Instagram by looking up the hashtag #SPSH2015. You won’t be disappointed! 

I received a fabulous parcel from a secret pal in London, England! I couldn’t be more pleased with what she selected for me! It’s all stuff I’ll use and love! So here’s the big reveal of what I received…



This lovely Paperchase Flash Back card was the first thing I saw and opened in the box.



A peek inside the fabulous box…each postcard explained the contents of the box.



A peek at the goods…





City Explorer’s Kit: Underground map tea towel, super cute London stickers, glittery travel stickers.



Postal Freak Kit: Cute animal mini cards and Weird egg decoration stickers



Bad Day Survival Kit: Monster Tissues, sparkly socks, sunflower nail files, & bubbles! :)



Monogram: Wooden ‘N’ sticker & Embroidered ‘N’ notebook. Preference Presents: Green & Purple washi tapes from Paperchase + fab colourful sketchbook!

I love it all! Thank you to my secret penpal! I can’t wait to participate again next year! Want to see some of the posts by others? Check out the host’s post, #SPSH2015 Reveal Day

Keep writing! Stay creative! 

Cheers,

Nadia xo

Monday Musings: Putting some life back into the blog…

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It has been one month since my last post on here and I couldn’t feel more disorganised. Life seems to always get in the way of my doing the things I’d like to be doing and focusing on the things that matter most to me so here I am renewed and recharged after a lot of thinking. Today I started planning out blog posts for each day and I am hoping that I shall be able to keep things up daily from Monday through Friday without blogging on the weekends. I know that sounds weird but I want to make blogging a part of my work routine so to speak. I want to see Walks in Beauty flourish into so much more than just a blog and an Etsy shop. I know I need to take the time out of my day to really give things my attention if I want to make this my career, writing and creating. It is not easy having a part time job that requires you to take the middle chunk of your day, the part when you feel most creative, to be in one spot wasting the time away.

Still, that being said, today it gave me some time to think about what I want for Walks in Beauty and what direction I’d like to take it in. I have a few ideas for series type posts as I used to have in my old blog but better and more consistent content. Looking back at the posts that did the best, I noticed that food related and recipe posts seemed to be my forte along with photos of places. I also have a lot of vintage ideas in my head to start working with, which I will share with you all by and by!

So, today I just share with you my thoughts on the subject. Tomorrow I will start sharing some new and exciting things with you all!

Happy Blogging and Reading!

Nadia xoxo

 

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It’s all about that #coffee!

coffee Every now and then one comes across a place that makes the perfect cup of coffee that, as much as one wants to keep it to herself, she just can’t. Amid Giants and Idols is one such place. From the moment I had my first cup I was hooked and I can’t wait to return to Lyme Regis on the outermost western edge of Dorset. Alan and I first came across them while walking along the promenade at the end of August when we saw their little stand and I had a sudden hankering for coffee. Well, I’ll tell you, that first cup was memorable for two reasons: first, it was a damn good cup of joe but secondly, as I went to reach for the sugar to put in the latte I’d ordered the proprietor stopped me and told me to taste it without sugar first. So, I did and boy was I amazed! Turns out that a good roast needs nothing extra. Their roasts are just incredible. That first cup set my head to whirling and a couple of weeks later when I went into Lyme on my own and waited for Alan to meet me, I went in search of the shop and settled in for a nice cup of liquid pleasure.

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One last cup…of espresso that is, tangy and robust in flavour, this was a shot of silky seduction. Enjoy!

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Homesick for Bridport…

homesick post I have officially been away from Bridport and the home my hubby and I have established for nearly four months. Though we were fortunate enough to see each other in December and January to spend the two holidays together it still feels like too long a time and I miss being over there with him. Separations are not fun and even less so when they are forced separations governed by things outside of our immediate control. We are at the point where we can soon begin the process of applying for my spouse visa and thankfully we are 100% certain we meet all the requirements but the cost of this undertaking is high indeed. Still, I am not without hope. Where there’s a will there’s a way, right?

Still I do miss being in our little bungalow, spending time together even if it is just watching a film or talking over coffee (for me) and hot chocolate (for him) while making plans for the weekend. I miss being the housewife waiting for her hubby to come home from work to chat about his day and discussing the every day things, however mundane that may sound. It’s just not the same having to chat via video. We make the most of it and even watch things together each on our own computers, weekends being the most time we spend together since we are both off from work but it’s gut wrenching to have to go to bed each night on our own after being used to being together under one roof.

Our time here for Christmas was lovely, full of activity and life. Sharing in my own family’s traditions at Christmas time with Alan was wonderful and I look forward to sharing in his family’s traditions when the time comes this year. It was really nice to not have to be apart for our first Christmas as a married couple, and what a great Christmas it was! It was the best Christmas present I received hands down.

IMG_3185 Picking Alan up from Orlando was so very exciting and I could hardly contain it! We are so fortunate in the family we have that they were all so generous in helping make it possible for us to spend this Christmas with one another. We had a lovely stay at the resort where my mom works for a week and had a fabulous view from the balcony. Florida certainly treated us both very kindly and gave us many photo opportunities…

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Photos from left, clockwise: Our Christmas photo which we posted on our social media outlets, Alan and I in front of the Christmas tree, silly black and white ‘free-falling’ photo, sitting on the couch with Alan up to his silly antics on New Year’s Eve, and black and white cheeky photo outside.

First pic of the New Year, first kiss and lunch at the Old Salty Dog in Sarasota.

First pic of the New Year, first kiss and lunch at the Old Salty Dog in Sarasota.

These memories, they are worth the wait because I know in my heart of hearts that we will be creating many more new memories. When life hands you lemons…throw them really hard back and dance around with joy!

Stay tuned for new updates and all that. Hoping to share a bit with you all about our anniversary which is only a couple of weeks away. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Nadia xx

An #Autumnal #Walk in #Dorchester…

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It’s been nearly a month since I left the UK and came back to the US and I am missing it like crazy! I miss being able to sit at home with my hubby once he’s back from work, miss going to the supermarket with him and most of all I miss going on walks together. One of the first signs of autumn in Dorset I had the privilege of seeing was on a walk around Dorchester in late September. I wanted to see the changing leaves and so off we went to Dorchester in search of such beauty. Here I share with you my favourite shots from the walk in hopes of enticing you to visit this beautiful market town.

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Isn’t autumn in Dorchester beautiful? What do you love most about autumn? Any places you think I should visit with splendid foliage in the UK? Next post I shall share snippets of autumn in New York State!

Cheers!

Nadia xx

 

Life, Blogging and Autumn…

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Seems that life took over in August and kept me busy all through September and now, as I am on the threshold of returning to the US after a lovely six month visit to my husband in the UK, I find myself relishing for time to do all the things I didn’t get to do with little chance of actually being able to do it. Even so, this does not mean that I haven’t accomplished much in the time I have been here. I’ve been able to expand my creative mind, meet loads of wonderful people and find a sense of belonging in a community I have come to love as my own, I’ve enjoyed long walks around hillsides that I shall miss until I can return again, seen places I never in my life imagined I’d see and best of all have had a beautiful time with my husband.

Life has been lovely here and as I prepare to go to NY to see my nieces before making my way back to Florida in November I couldn’t be more grateful for the time I have spent here. Even in the world of social media I have had success on the Walks in Beauty Facebook page, joined a blogging tribe which has been a great confidence booster and I hope that the ladies in the tribe know just how privileged I feel to be among them, and have had a great response on my Instagram accounts as well.

I was fortunate enough to get out to Dorchester with Alan last Sunday to see the turning of the leaves in autumn and it did not disappoint! It was all very lovely and I look forward to sharing some of the photos with you.

I’d like to take a moment though to share the importance of having a sense of belonging and how the blogging tribe has aided in that for me. My friend Fiona of Dolly Dowsie, a very popular Irish Beauty and Mommy Lifestyle blog, created the tribe so that several of us could have a bit of a blogging support group where we could share our posts and give each other daily feedback. I think it is both a great idea and a wonderful blessing for those of us involved. As with all things, though, involvement can sometimes wane and life gets in the way of keeping up with everything all at once. Still, I think it is a brilliant way of connecting with other bloggers and encouraging each other in our endeavours.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading several posts by Aly Hodge of Bug, Bird, & Bee, I really like her originality. I’ve also had the chance to get acquainted with several other blogs; Blogger Mumma has a really cute blog, Four Walls, Rainy Days has a lot of interesting reads, The Mini Mes and And Me is quite fun, and a recent newcomer to the tribe, Kiki Nakita harkens to our sense of nostalgia, home life and a lovely collection of photos and memories. There are quite a few more and I hope to often share more links to the other bloggers in our tribe’s blogs as the days, weeks, and months go by. Have a browse, enjoy their pert opinions and life views and leave a comment to let them know you stopped by. After all, it’s nice to know that people appreciate the time we put into our blogs when you leave a comment.

I hope you’re all having a beautiful week and getting geared up for the weekend!

 

Cheers,

Nadia xo