Last Friday we dropped the kids at their grandparents (hoorah!)
and headed off for a night at the original Hotel du Vin in Winchester
It was Mr Allium B's birthday so while he checked out the vintage bookshops I was on the look out for some lovely independent boutiques that might like to stock Allium B.
First stop, one of my favourite boutiques ever - The Hambledon
While I do love the clothes upstairs, my favourite bit of the shop has to be the ground floor, a riot of colour and wonderfully edited books, stationary and homewares.
Miller Harris perfumes in The Hambledon (my favourite the classic Citron Citron)
I was also most excited to discover Hotel du Vin now has complimentary
Miller Harris 'Terre du Vin' goodies in their bathrooms
I always end up buying something from The Hambledon's homewares section usually yet more glasses (which I really don't need) to add to the groaning kitchen shelves at home
And here they are below - my gorgeous new star etched tumblers
settling into my kitchen shelves nicely next to my vintage wine glasses
I also bought some fluoro pink gift tags, not entirely sure why (?)
I think it was the effect of all the wonderful colour filling The Hambledon.
Still much much cheaper than a new pink jacket ....
On my way back to Hotel du Vin right across the road, I discovered a lovely new store that had just opened in a beautifully restored old building - Jane McIntyre Design
Back to the Hotel for a soak in the Miller Harris bubbles
and a celebratory glass of Champagne (a gift from my very lovely sister)
Then downstairs for dinner wearing my all time favourite Allium B dress (Amelia)
Should also mention it was very very cold
but the hotel fountain did look pretty with ice on it
Lie in at last ...
Yum yum, downstairs for a sumptuous breakfast after
a very comfy night in between the egyptian cotton sheets.
Couldn't resist the croissants but did have all of my 5-a-day too.
Having dragged ourselves away from the breakfast buffet,
time for a stroll down to the river through the Cathedral grounds
On route back to Brighton we made a little detour to Poundbury
near Dorchester to visit another gorgeous boutique Yard
- a real treasure trove of gift ideas and very lovely clothes
I was on the hunt for some little pressies for Clare's birthday
and bought one of these cute birdy shaped lavender bags to add to the
bird shaped blackboard already purchased ( bit of a theme here ...)
So where next - oh yes Isle Of Wight at Easter
Fingers crossed for some sunshine
I hear the shops in Ryde are very good ...