An Exeter Shopping Adventure

I love my blogging job. 

This morning I took the train from Plymouth to Exeter (about an hour) for a shopping trip, and just look at these gorgeous coastal views along the sea wall from Teignmouth to Starcross:

Have you ever been to Exeter? The historic and pretty city is home to three railway stations, one cathedral, one university, one college, and a lot of amazing shops.  

Princesshay (I actually saw this place being built in 2007, from my office window).

Hosted by the three shopping hubs of Princesshay (Debenhams, Reiss, Karen Millen), the High Street (Gap, Boots, John Lewis) and the Guildhall ShoppingCentre (Primark, WIlkos, Superdrug). Nestled amongst these hubs lie more shops and tea rooms and bars and eateries along Gandy Street and Queen Street.  But believe me, just head for Exeter Central Station (or walk the steep, steep hill from Exeter St David’s station) and all the shops are accessible, with plenty of rest stops to suit every taste and budget, from Michael Caine’s Abode to a Subway.

I digress from shopping (and that won't do, oh no).
After an hour planning and writing on the train, I alighted at Central and headed straight for Princesshay for Karen Millen, Zara, Cath Kidston and Joules – all stores that are not yet available in Plymouth (although there is a Karen Millen concession in our House of Fraser).  Then onto Gap, via a quick foray in The Card Factory, to top up on birthday cards (17 for £2.00 – all I have to do now is remember the dates).  

Clothing sizes: we are more than just a number

Wow, look at these fabulous dresses I found in the sales this weekend - I just fell in love with the raspberry pink pattern (Kew from TK Maxx; £22), and I go weak at the knees for the any kind of monochrome (BHS, £12.50), but this dress has a particularly gorgeous collar and structure. 

What's in a number anyway?

And now take a look at the numbers next to them.  

Cake Style

I like cake. A lot. 

You know how you can sometimes become a bit merry on wine or cocktails (which I do)?  Well, I get cake-faced, from the sugar-rush unique to devouring A Lot of Cake. 

So when the fabulous Blogger, Little Ellie Mae, organised a cupcake decorating class for this month’s Plymouth blogging network (#PlymouthBlogMeet), I was definitely in. 

And what a great afternoon was had at Mrs Brown’s, located just off North Hill in Plymouth.  Georgie and Jemma patiently guided us through rose-decorating four cupcakes, which, thankfully, they had baked, as I am dire at baking.  

Over a relaxing two hours we enjoyed chatting, tea-drinking, Victoria-sponge-cake-eating (chuffing yum!) and learned how to pipe rose-style frosting onto our cakes, and create rose petals as cupcake centre-pieces. (Don't worry; Georgie only had her arms folded to stop herself joining in with decorating cakes - she is very friendly).