Grazia Local: Bournemouth Blogger Georgie of Dreams That Glitter Shares Her City's Best Bits
In [a target="_self" href="/LatestIssue/archive/2012/10/31/grazia-readers-react-to-this-weeks-issue--our-regional-special-does-the-south-we.htm">this week’s issue of Grazia[/a] you’ll find our latest Grazia Local feature – a whopping eight pages of the best places to eat, shop, hang, party, drink and everything in between in Bournemouth, Southampton, Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol and Bath. Phew! Many of the places in our top ten lists that have been recommended by you – our readers in the know – you’ll find brilliant discounts and offers on them for a limited time only, so be sure to pick up a copy fast and get thee to city centre!
We’ve also recruited Grazia Local ambassadors – girls about town who know exactly where to pick up the best fashion buys or take your girlfriends to tea. Today's ambassador is designer and blogger Georgie. You can find her blogging at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.dreamsthatglitterxoxo.com/">Dreams That Glitter xoxo [/a]and her cute hair accessories line at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.beauxoxo.com/">Beauxoxo[/a]. She's let us in on her top spots for a good time in Bournemouth. Scroll through for her visual diary...
Russell Cotes Museum: My first stop on my perfect day out in Bournemouth is the [a target="_blank" href="http://www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk/">Russell Cotes Museum[/a]. Once home to Sir Merton Russell-Cotes (1835-1921) and Lady Russell-Cotes (1835-1920) it is now one of the most important and fascinating museum-houses in England. It holds collections of international status and perfectly reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures. I have visited this museum so much and yet every time you visit you will be guaranteed something new you didn’t spot last time. There is a lovely little café and the gardens feel very Secret Garden esque, with one of the best views of the Bournemouth coast I can think of.
Pokesdown: I then drive to Pokesdown, an area of Bournemouth that has been dubbed the ‘vintage quarter’ with an increasing collection of creative and vintage shops which is both helped and supported by the Council’s Talent programme. One of my absolute favourite spots is ‘Love from Hetty and Dave’ a gorgeous little shop run by Zoe Larkins who makes the most covetable hand stitched leather jewellery and accessories label you will ever see! From utterly adorable animal shoes to her heart brooches and clips that have been worn by the late Amy Winehouse you will find something here and cherish it forever. My panda shoes have become my staple footwear!
This Is Vintage: I just adore this lovely vintage shop and I always find the perfect fit out of many vintage shops I visit. You can find literally anything from the 1920s through to the 1980s, however the focus is on 1940s and 50s. On this day I fell in love with the most stunning navy forties tea dress and a boho coral 60s sundress. Whether you are just searching for that elusive vintage find or shopping for your fancy dress party, the owner is so helpful and will help find you the perfect outfit.
Kaotic Handbag Geek Boutique: This is your one stop shop for all things retro; a place to relive your childhood or furnish your future, selling toys & collectables, fashion and accessories from the kitsch to the cute, which sums up my style
perfectly! Expect to find fabulous clothes created from vintage Doctor Who, My Little Pony and
Turtles fabric alongside an impressive collection of comic-book and superhero cushions, and
collectables. I am very fortunate enough to have a selection of my handmade Beauxoxo hair
accessories here, and I love being surrounded by other independent designers.
Lulabelles: After a lovely day exploring the cultural and unique side to Bournemouth it’s time to wonder home. I love nothing more than driving back home through Canford Cliffs for more unique and stunning views of my beautiful home town. To satisfy my sugar craving I often find myself ‘having’ to pick up a sweet treat at the lovely [a target="_blank" href="http://www.lulubellescakes.com/">Lulubelles [/a]boutique cake shop in Poole which is just outside of Bournemouth. From
an array of the prettiest cupcakes you can also find homemade marshmallows which are every bit as lovely as they sound!