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Royal William Yard & Saltram House – Devon Days Out

Royal William Yard & Saltram House… I’m lucky enough to live in such a gorgeous part of the world, and I love finding new things to do/ideas for days out in the area. And I thought, why not share some on the blog?! Obviously if you’re not local to Devon, this post might not be as helpful to you. BUT, it might just inspire you to come down for a holiday!

Royal William Yard is one of my favourite places to go for food/drinks (and probably the only part of Plymouth I actually like…). We always have such a lovely time down there, and our day out at the end of September was no exception.

We also visited Saltram House which is just outside Plymouth. Somewhere I’d never been to properly before but what a hidden gem it is! So here is a short overview and a few pics of both…

Royal William Yard – Wagamamas & Cocktails

We almost always go to Wagamamas when we go to Royal William Yard – I mean, it’d be rude not to, wouldn’t it?! I love the food there, and they are sooo good with allergies which is such a blessing!

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wagamamas devon days out

We had a main each plus a couple of sides. And their cocktails are so inventive too – I went for the Jasmine Bellini and it was wonderful.

You absolutely must have a stroll around (even if it’s terribly windy!!) if you visit. The buildings are amazing, and I think they’re doing up another section which is exciting! We also visited Seco Lounge, and although didn’t stop in this time, I highly recommend Le Vignoble.

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royal william yardwagamamas devon days out lila bailey blog
Royal william yard wagamamas devon days out lila bailey blog

Saltram House

After Royal William Yard, we headed out to Saltram House as it is somewhere we’d never been before and only about 20 mins from central Plymouth. The gardens/woodland there are enormous – so much exploring to be done! We of course got some autumnal pics before heading inside…

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saltram house devon days out
saltram house devon days out lila bailey blog
wagamamas devon days out lila bailey blog

You could definitely make a whole day of it at Saltram House, but we just went for a quick afternoon stroll and popped inside too. The house itself is stunning, and everything inside is original to when the family actually lived in it. Pretty cool – and had us dreaming about one day living in a house as beautiful!

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saltram house wagamamas devon days out lila bailey blog

(I didn’t take many pictures inside out of fear of being rude!).

The End

I’ll hopefully make a few more of these posts, as and when we do interesting things in Devon worth sharing with you! So if you’re in Devon and at a loose end, remember to have a check of my blog to see if I’ve written anything new!

And for something a bit more wedding-related, check out my last post.

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Autumn Faves – Beauty & Home

Well we couldn’t start October off without some autumn faves now could we?! Today I thought I’d write about a few items I’ve been using a lot over the past couple of weeks. Not necessarily ‘autumnal’ items, but we’ll go with it…

Autumn Faves – Beauty/Bath

First off, the shampoo that dreams are made of…! I change up my shampoo & conditioner quite frequently, and always have a couple on the go. But when the weather starts to get a bit colder I find my hair needs something to give it a bit more moisture. Enter… Coconut milk!

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And in autumn, who doesn’t love a bath? (I bloody love a bath). These bath tea bags are from a gift shop in my town, but I think you can find them (or certainly ones similar) pretty much anywhere. I love a bath bomb too, but find these are more subtle but really leave your skin smelling glorious afterwards.

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And, something I haven’t actually used yet because it’s too darn pretty… This amazing soap cupcake that I bought at the Yorkshire Soap Company in Harrogate (check out my Harrogate recap post to learn more). Surely I’m not the only one who thinks it looks too good to use?!

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Home & Office

Also from the Yorkshire Soap Co is this amazing candle that I genuinely can’t get enough of. I wanted an autumnal smell and the lady in the shop suggested this one. What a dream it is! Can’t have autumn without a few new candles now, can you?

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Finally, the thing that I don’t think I could live without… My giant planner! I bought this at the end of August so I could get a bit more organised with my blog posts & content. It has been a miracle, and keeps me totally on track. Plus, I am an actual stationery geek so any excuse to buy something new!

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Next Up…

So there you have a few of my autumn faves. And for more autumnal vibes, check out my last two posts! Next up on the blog, it’s back to weddings with some wedding decor inspiration that I’m having at my own wedding.

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Home Decor Inspo – Getting Cosy for Autumn

In my last post, I talked through my autumnal outfit staples. Now for another favourite topic of mine… Home decor inspo!

Autumnal Home Decor Inspo

I’m not overly keen on the garish halloween-type decorations, but I do love a few simple touches to make the house feel more cosy. Especially as we don’t have a fireplace, which I think make all the difference to a cosy living room!

Candles & Fairy lights – Absolute essentials in my house. I have too many tea lights to admit and I hang fairy lights wherever I can (including off dressers and around picture frames…). But the living room feels instantly more cosy when everything is on, and I L-O-V-E it. Nothing like coming home from a long day, lighting some candles, putting pjs on, and eating ice-cream for dinner (yes, I know that’s not a terribly ‘adult’ thing to have for dinner…).

Pumpkins & mini squash – I am obsessed, especially with mini squash. You can use them to decorate your home without it being OTT. And if you love the OTT autumn home decor inspo then they just enhance the overall look! You can pick them up in most supermarkets or greengrocers – I can’t get enough of them!

Next Up…

That’s it for my getting cosy for autumn & home decor inspo. But my next post is going to be all about some autumn faves, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Keep up-to-date with all things Lila Bailey over on my Instagram account!

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Getting Cosy for Autumn – Outfits & Inspo

If getting cosy for autumn is your thing, then stick around because you’re going to love what’s coming… From autumn outfit staples to home decor touch-ups, this is my recipe for autumnal cosiness!

Autumn Outfit Staples

I go on about it a lot (okay, maybe too much…) but autumn fashion is my absolute favourite. It’s cold enough that wearing boots & tights is acceptable, but not so cold that you have to bundle up so much that fashion goes out of the window.

So, what are my autumn outfit must-haves?

Black ankle boots – I mean, how can you not?! Versitile & super cute, they are a must-have for autumn (or in my case all year round!). I’m also very fond of my knee-high boots too, which can turn a simple outfit into something a tad more fancy (plus I seriously need the leg-lengthening effect!).

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Next up, oversized scarves – who doesn’t love an oversized scarf (or several)?! I find they finish off an outfit perfectly, especially in the colder months. Although, my easy-to-tangle locks don’t get on so well with scarves, so it’s always a ‘hair-up’ day for me when wearing one.

Lastly, a stylish long coat – Of course, equally as useful in the winter, but more fashionable in autumn when you can leave it undone and show off your (hopefully!) well-put-together outfit underneath. Plus, they make you feel pretty suave, don’t they?!

Whilst I’m here, you also can’t go wrong with a patterned or brightly coloured skirt. I happen to be a sucker for them (can you tell…?).

Getting Cosy for Autumn – Home Decor Inspo

I think that’s enough for one post, but check out my next post for some autumnal home decor inspo!

And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

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Spare Room Renovation

If you keep up with my Instagram page, then you’ll have seen that our spare room renovation finally came together at the beginning of this week. It has been a looonnnggg time coming, and I’m just so pleased it’s done now!

When it comes to spending money, you’ll find no-one more against the idea than me. I love to save save save and never (ever) spend spend spend. So doing up a whole room seemed like a daunting task. But, one morning on my way to work (after a terrible night’s sleep) I was slightly grumpy and asked myself what is the point in driving all this way and earning money, if I can’t spend a bit of it every once in a while? Walking to work I rang Euan and told him I’d decided it was time to do the spare room up.

The next thing he knew, we were in Ikea (I’m talking a matter of days later) picking bed frames and mirrors…

The Spare Room – Before & After

In September 2016 we moved from our parents’ houses into our first home, both together and as individuals. Being perhaps slightly naive, or maybe our circumstances have just changed, we didn’t like the idea of a spare room. Thinking we’d get full use out of 3 functioning living spaces (lol) we set-up our second bedroom as an office, and our third bedroom as a second living room (with a sofa bed just in case people happened to stay over). It soon dawned on us that perhaps a guest bedroom would be more appealing after all…

So here is a ‘before & after’ of our guest bedroom…!

Before

After

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Products Used

Below is a link to all the items we purchased for our new & improved room! All completely affordable (and mostly from Ikea).

Bed Frame (don’t forget to order bed slats – ha!).

Side Tables

Lamp bases

Lampshades

Mirror (not pictured – it’s to the side)

Bedding

Cushions

Boxes

All-in-all, the renovation cost us around £300 and I couldn’t be happier!

*We paid for all items listed (apart from the boxes which I had already) and this post is not sponsored in any way. Just sharing the love* I haven’t listed the decor bits & pictures because they were all in the house already and I don’t know where most of them are from!

I hope you enjoyed this home interiors post. Whilst you’re here, why not take a look at our engagement shoot pics!

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The Bishop’s Palace – What am I up to Blog Series

So following on from my post about my interview at The Bishop’s Palace (and subsequently getting the job!) here is more about the Palace itself and the work I do!

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The Bishop’s Palace

Aka the most wonderful place in all of the lands – plural. I’m not joking, The Bishop’s Palace is genuinely magical. I’m not sure if it’s the gorgeous towering medieval buildings, the incredibly beautiful gardens, the community spirit, or all 3! But I L-O-V-E it there. On one of my first days, a colleague said to me ‘it really gets in your blood’ and that has since resonated so much with me. It’s true – it honestly does get in your blood.

The Bishop’s Palace is run by a trust, meaning it’s a non-profit organisation. Any money they do make goes straight back into the trust to preserve the buildings & gardens and make it increasingly desirable and accessible to be enjoyed by all. And it’s so amazing to work for a company who runs on that basis. Plus, I have a huge number of amazing colleagues across many different departments, and we’re all left to get on with our work to the best of our abilities. No micro-management or lack of belief in our abilities (which, as you may know, is something I have had the displeasure of experiencing previously).

Obviously, people have to make money. But I feel that when making money out of people’s weddings becomes the focus of the business you may as well be working for an enormous corporate chain. Turning every wedding into a business development opportunity, for me, loses all meaning of what the wedding industry is about. And, as a bride-to-be I have actually rejected suppliers for my own wedding on that basis. Anyway, slightly off topic there. But my point is that at The Bishop’s Palace, your wedding is contributing to the preservation of an 800 year-old site, and I think it’s magical!

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What I do

Now onto the fun stuff, what do I do all day? Well, as the Wedding & Venue Manager, I’m the face of the wedding and private hire department at The Bishop’s Palace. I deal with all incoming enquiries, and have a system in place for following up with enquiries and generating show-rounds. I’m also the person who conducts all of the show-rounds and (hopefully!) turns them into bookings.

A lot of my time is spent on the business development side of things. My first couple of months were spent focussing on a small re-brand of the wedding department to bring it up to a higher standard. I’ve also been accumulating previous wedding images, and over the next few weeks I’ll be submitting those to various blogs & magazines to get featured. I’ve created a specific ‘wedding’ Instagram for The Bishop’s Palace (@bishopspalaceweddings – go & give it a follow!) to keep the wedding department separate from the huge amounts of other things that go on at the Palace.

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As the manager, I’m also responsible for all wedding & events staff. Making sure they’re working the hours they need to, approving holiday, managing office hours vs function hours, and keeping everyone happy! We have a weekly team meeting in which I have to give a brief overview of private events that are happening at the Palace, and once a month we have a management & trustee meeting for which I have to prepare a management report and be present at and contribute to the meeting (which usually lasts most of the morning).

Alongside all of that, there are various meetings with other team members (chefs for example) and meeting with local suppliers to build professional relationships. The list goes on! But that’s the bulk of it. And I couldn’t be anymore thrilled that this is my life!

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The Travel

I’ve had a lot of questions about how I’m finding the travelling, how long does it take, etc. To be honest, it’s really not that bad. It takes me 2 hours almost on the dot and it’s a really easy & pleasant drive. I’m only there 2 days a week (usually Mondays & Thursdays), so only doing the journey twice which makes it very do-able. I think if it was 3 days or more I would definitely struggle, but it’s not, so, yay!

During the drive I mostly listen to podcasts which is actually a wonderful use of my time. The times of day that I’m travelling are also, in my opinion, ‘lost’ times of day anyway. In the morning, I would just be in bed for a bit longer and have more time to get ready. And between 5pm-7pm all I’d do is probably cook dinner and maybe do some chores or go to the gym. Euan has dinner covered on those evenings and chores & gym can be done on another day!

And that, is that!

So, there you have it! That’s what I get up to on most Mondays & Thursdays. If you want to know anything else, just drop me a line. And please do consider The Bishop’s Palace as your wedding venue if you’re getting married!

Photography by Simon Biffen