Easter Holiday Photo Diary

Hello lovelies and Happy belated Easter!

I hope you had a great time over the Bank Holiday weekend, whether you were celebrating or not. It was a much-needed break for me as I am still tired a lot from work despite leaving my waitressing job- being an adult is hard! I have the utmost sympathy if you had to work over the Easter period- believe me, I’ve been there many times. The unexpected beautiful weather was a massive bonus, and I was the first to grab the sunnies and get my legs out! I took a lot of photos over my 4 days off, so I thought I’d share them with you!

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Easter nests made by my grandma are a tradition in my family- so yummy!

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On Good Friday, me and George headed to York Designer Outlet for some retail therapy after a morning gym session and big clearing out of the flat, as the weather was pretty miserable! I did want to go see Cinderella at the cinema, but sometimes it seems like a waste of a day just going to the cinema when there’s so much else to do! When we eventually parked and walked through the doors to the outlet, I almost wanted to turn around and walk back out again it was so busy, but we waded on through and joined the queue for Wagamama’s. I had my favourite Chicken Katsu Curry, which I haven’t treated myself to in ages, and it was so good. George had Chilli Chicken Ramen which I love as well- I had a little slurp of the broth- NOM. We shared a pot of Salted Caramel frozen yogurt from the new stand they have, complete with mini Reese’s cups and Mini Eggs!

George starts his new job as a Project Manager today, so he bought a new suit and some shirts which look so sharp- can’t resist a man in a suit! The price for a full suit in Next is so cheap compared to usual, and the navy pinstripe number he got is definitely still very stylish and classic. I went in search of tea and ended up at Whittard’s, which you’ll know I love if you read my Time for Tea post many moons ago. I bought some Strawberry & Vanilla tea, and Christmas White Hot Chocolate that came in a gorgeous hot pink tin which I’m going to use to store my makeup brushes in! I also bought The Body Shop Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter that came in a special packet together with a muslin cloth for only £10.15- the butter alone is usually £12- look out for a review coming very soon as I am loving this product.

After spending quite a while at the outlet, we headed back home via Clifton Moor, which is a great shopping park outside York with all the usual suspects- DFS, Dunelm Mill, Oak Furniture Land and the like, as well as a cinema and bowling alley and loads of places to eat. We went to Dunelm Mill for the first time and wow- I could just live in there! So much home stuff you couldn’t ever get round it all- I was in heaven. We bought three of these adorable mugs- one in each colour- and also the beautiful polka dot jug above which you can buy here– I am in love! We then stopped at the huge Tesco to have a look at their homeware (and ogle at the new swanky beauty section- if George hadn’t been there I don’t think I’d have ever left!) and I picked up the smokey grey rectangular vase (see artsy picture of water bubbles above) which was meant to be £2 but was only 50p at the checkout! (it’s sold out online, but you can buy the clear one here). I also bought a candle in a tin each for me and my mum- I should have taken a picture because they are so adorable and smell so good (someone please invent smell-o-vision!)- you can buy them here. The finishing touch was a bunch of gorgeous pink carnations to go in our two new vases, as nowhere had any daffodils in stock!

We chilled out in the evening and watched This Is The End (hilarious film) and it was so nice to just scoff some crisps and popcorn and treat ourselves after such a lovely day.

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The next day, I went to Leeds shopping with my mum and grandma. If you read my Spring Jacket post, then you’ll know I was on a mission to find the perfect one, and I did! This one from New Look was literally the first one I tried on, but it was just exactly what I wanted so I went for it, and actually ordered it in the store as it was £10 cheaper online (nice scouting skills there, mum!) I’ll be collecting it later this week- can’t wait to start wearing it and there’ll have to be an OOTD post on it too.

I bought a few things in Primark too- the sports bra in the picture above (although let’s not call it a bra for the sake of the selfie- it sounds a bit desperate posting a bra selfie) as I’ve been wanting one for ages. My boobs have never been so happy- I can’t wait to wear this to the gym tonight! I also bought the throw you can see in my Easter gift pictures further down, which was only £2.10, and some pyjama bottoms with illustrated biscuits all over them- yummy.

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Eyeliner is on point- better take a selfie!

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Gorgeous teapot wallpaper in the cafe we visited

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Knaresborough Castle at the top of the hill, walking along the riverside

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Easter OOTD: Cardigan – River Island (old) // Dress – New Look (old) // Handbag – River Island // Shoes – New Look // Sunglasses – Osiris by Specsavers

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On Easter Sunday, me and George decided to have a walk down to Knaresborough, as we only live about half an hour away so it’s the same distance as Harrogate town centre is from our flat! It was a bit gloomy when we set off, but it soon came out lovely and sunny, and we found a beautiful new cafe called The Ugly Duckling right by the riverside to have a bite to eat. It was a gorgeous conservatory with adorable décor and even more beautiful food! It must have only just opened as it used to be a Chinese, but I actually spotted the cute feather lights and teacup-printed blinds from the roadside and am so glad we went to have a look! We shared a BLT sandwich with basil mayo, which was divine, and I had Spiced Apple tea to drink whilst George had a double shot cappuccino. There were so many gorgeous cakes in the cabinet, but we were very good and refrained- until next time!

We walked along the riverside, which is one of my favourite places ever, and marvelled at the beautiful houses and how much we want to live there someday (if we both become millionaires!) then back up the other side of the town and home again, stopping off at a garden centre to look at the fish in the aquarium! It was boiling hot in our jeans and boots by this point, so we were grateful to get home and have a sit down in the end. We chilled out for a bit, then got ready and headed to my grandma’s house for some family time and a tasty buffet. I dug out some older pieces that were perfect for the Spring weather- I’m not too keen on the fit of the dress as it’s a bit too girly for me, but I dressed it down with the slouchy cardigan and added my gorgeous blue heels (read the post about them here). How gorgeous are the daffodils and roses my grandma had in her house?

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My mum, dad and grandma bought me some lovely gifts, which you can see above. I loved the gift bag filled with gold heart confetti that my mum gave me my No7 Stay Perfect foundation and little bunny tin filled with chocolate eggs in- I love this foundation and am so excited to have a proper bottle of it now! My grandma gave me the adorable little bunny pants from Primark, and The Comforter Bubble Bar from Lush- it smells absolutely phenomenal and I can’t wait to have a special bath to use it for the first time! My grandma and grandad gave me a Body Shop voucher, which I used to get my cleansing butter. The throw they are photographed on is the one I bought in Leeds Primark- I’ve put it on the sofa to change it up a bit and it looks great. How great is it having gifts that will last in place of the usual chocolate egg?! I am so grateful to have these lovely little presents to remind me of such a great weekend.

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Yesterday, I spent the morning cleaning and hoovering, which felt great with the windows wide open and the sun shining in- it certainly felt like a good workout too! Me, George and his friend Sam walked into Knaresborough again, and went for an ice cream at the riverside (mine was Coconut Fudge and Lemon, Mascarpone & Ginger- delicious!) We climbed the steps to the castle grounds and sat with the most amazing view- one I never get bored of- of the viaduct over the river with people rowing boats on the water, whilst finishing off our ice creams. Of course a Strawberry & Lime cider was in order- we sat outside at the lovely Wetherspoons (yes, it’s actually really nice!) before going for another walk and sitting in the blazing sun in the castle grounds once more.

After one final drink at a pub near the river, we walked back home in the lovely sunshine. Me and George bought ourselves a pizza (what are Bank Holidays for, anyway?) and headed home to devour it, and had a lovely chilled out evening watching School of Rock before George made his preparations for this first day at his new job!

I hope you enjoyed seeing all my photos from this lovely weekend, and I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with George and my family- I never have full days off to spend with them and it was just the best thing ever- I feel nice and relaxed now and me and George are going for a long weekend away on Saturday to Northumberland to celebrate our anniversary on Monday- it’s a hard life!

What did you all get up to over Easter? Have you ever visited Knaresborough? It’s such a beautiful town, especially at this time of year!

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Emma x

  • These pictures are so so gorgeous! Looks like you had a lovely Easter (:

    Imii xox // nettleandblackberry.com

    • Thanks Imii! Loving your pretty spring photos in your latest post :) xx

  • You’ve got me craving a Katsu curry and a trip to Knaresborough now! :)

  • Sarah Bristow

    Ooh I love Duneln Mill too! (I’m a sucker for home shops). I love your dress in the last few pics! SO many sunny pics and ice cream, you’re making me so happy for spring and summer :D

    Sarah xxx || http://www.whatsasssays.com

    • I’ll definitely be making more trips there in the future- it’s like heaven! Thanks lovely, it just felt so spring-like I had to dig it out :) I’ve seen so many spring posts that have made me happy so thought it was time I did my own! xxx

  • Your detail pictures are just delightful!!! Also, I NEED to get something lush stat!
    xoxo
    http://brookiewords.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks Brooke! I little Lush purchase makes life instantly better :) xxx

  • Ellie Barran Beck

    Your photos are so cute what camera do you use? Love your blog by the way :)

    • Emma

      Thanks Ellie! These are actually all taken on my iPhone 5 camera as my DSLR is really old and I need a better lens for it- just goes to show you don’t need a fancy camera! I use the VSCOcam app to edit photos taken on my iPhone- it’s brilliant :) thank you so much I’m so glad you like it! x