Birthday Celebrations with Mr Porter

A couple of weeks ago we found ourselves in a bit of a slump. You know when you get so bogged down with work, there is no time for play? Well, we had that. So when Mr Porter got in touch and asked if we'd like to celebrate our joint birthdays (my little blog and their site were launched on the same day - I feel this will be noted in history as a monumental date for online fashion...) and offered a "birthday present" for the boy, we couldn't say no...

coat, Burberry at Mr Porter here / jeans, RRL at Mr Porter here / jumper, Reiss here / sunglasses, Rayban at Mr Porter here

I took the reins and chose his gifts; picking out a Burberry Trench from their coat selection, and a pair of Grenson brogues here. It did make me laugh that for five years of running the blog he gets the gifts, but it's two less presents for me to have to buy him as he's always wanted both pieces... I will definitely be pinching the trench too - it's such a classic and felt like a really good "achievement purchase." We originally wanted the taupe version here but they sell out in seconds on Mr Porter so settled on the black, and actually it looks better than our first choice (in my humble opinion). 

dress, Zara here (quite old, so similar here and (on sale) here) / sunglasses, Bobbi Brown here

We decided to go and see what all the fuss was about and visit Soho Farmhouse for the day. It took us about an hour and half from London, and as soon as we arrived I could understand the surge of Instagram posts that occurred when this place opened. Having been to quite a few of the houses, Farmhouse is in a different league of amazingness... We sat outside in the (surprisingly) warm sunshine and played boules and table tennis. The Yeti (aka Lopez) came along for the ride too, who had a great time bombing around the huge estate.

ps - Farmhouse is largely dog friendly but they can't go in the main eating house or the spa, which Lopez was pretty miffed about...

As much as the bloody Marys in the Den were tempting, we wanted to "celebrate" by getting some serious rest and relaxation... After testing out the outdoor hot tubs (photo below) we went for a dip which was incredibly cool - you can swim outside from the inside pool. We were only swimming for half an hour or so, but following a steam and a sauna we felt like we'd been on a week long retreat. Following that we were pretty peckish so head over to the main restaurant to see what the roast dinners were like...

coat, Burberry at Mr Porter here / jeans, RRL at Mr Porter here / jumper, Reiss here / sunglasses, Rayban at Mr Porter here

Annnnd here you go, looks terrible doesn't it?! I jest... Soho House roast dinners are one of my favourite things; they aren't shy with the meat quantities or the cauliflower cheese (I'm now on the FODMAP diet, so even writing about this is killing me).

Feeling incredibly full and incredibly relaxed we booked ourselves into Farmhouse's cinema to see The Hateful Eight (which was very good, but not enough Channing Tatum and very sad when he gets his head blown off). As an Electric Cinema it obviously was a bit more special than the average experience with enormous chairs, cashmere throws and big glasses of wine on flow. I think we both had a snooze half way, which is no reflection on our thoughts on the film...

After that, it was time to collect the dog and go back to London... We had such a good time celebrating our "birthday" and had no idea how easy it was to get to from us - as lovely as it would be to stay there, people in London (as members) can easily get up there for the day. Thoroughly recommend it, details here.

This post was written in collaboration with Mr Porter.

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