Hello my loves,
For this post we are going to revisit Valentine's weekend, where I chose to forsake my long-suffering fiancé and the lure of the Lindt bear he bought (for himself...) to spend a weekend in Cambridge with my mum and sister.
I have always wanted to visit the big university cities - after spending my own higher education in Canterbury I felt like I would truly enjoy wandering cobbled streets and admiring charming old buildings - although I have to admit, part of the charm is stomping around in a billowing coat, pretending to stroll down the halls of Hogwarts... Thankfully Cambridge indulged me in all my uniformed education fantasies as I pranced around in some delightful new Primark purchases (budgeting bride here, remember?)
The skirt was a pre-Xmas purchase for an actual Harry-Potter-inspired birthday party, but it's so comfy I've made it part of my regular wardrobe. The coat was a gift from my lovely mummy after spying it on the sale rack for a tenner - it's the perfect lightweight spring coat, although it was still rather nippy when these photos were taken!
Can I just say how much I am loving the Bardot trend in tops and dresses these days? My ASOS wishlist is rapidly growing and when I spotted these ace tops/dresses in Primark for £5 I had to restrain myself from buying all of them. I can't promise a few more won't make their way into my collection...
Aside from exploring the university (with a sneaky detour to the Bridge of Sighs) and a surprise visit to the local MAC store (ostensibly to buy a gift for my sister's upcoming birthday, but I may have accidentally bought a lipstick too), we enjoyed the culinary side to Cambridge too. Much online research turned up the amazing Smokeworks where we gorged ourselves on pulled pork, ribs, fried chicken and sweet potato fries. Alas, it was too dark for proper photos but it by far rivalled any Southern BBQ dining I've experienced in London, all at rather welcome pricing!
We also experienced our first Bill's brunch which is a meal I would recommend to anyone who is yet to try it. I had the most amazing portion of Eggs Royale (with the ubiquitous side of avocado) and such a tasty green juice, while my mum and sister chose cooked breakfasts and polished them off in record time! It's almost enough to get me out of bed early on a weekend, I assure you!
I would definitely go back for a weekend, I feel like we didn't quite get around to seeing everything it had to offer! Also I was so not prepared for how many bikes there were - wow! Despite nearly getting run over multiple times, they did look rather picturesque when adorned in flowers - it gave the place quite a continental feel, I thought! Have you been to Cambridge?