The Owly Way Is Essex

Macramé Owl Curtis is a fan of the TV show, “The Only Way Is Essex“. Having heard that star Lydia Bright recently opened a shop called Bella Sorella with her sister Georgia in Loughton, he fancied his chances to meet her. So, along with Blossom, we travelled there this past weekend.

Bella Sorella on Loughton High Road, Essex

Trying to build up the nerve to enter the shop, Curtis and Blossom decided to treat themselves to cakes across the road at Belgique.

Belgique in Loughton

There were so many to choose from, but Blossom enjoyed the almond mousse cake, while Curtis craved the fruit tart.

Blossom and Curtis at Belgique in Loughton, Essex

Then they spotted Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe and decided to detour through there.

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, Loughton, Essex

Blossom and Curtis were excited by the vast range of sweetie choices! (As you know, Macramé Owls love their sweets!)

Curtis and Blossom peruse the old fashioned sweets

They were dazzled by the rows of sugary treats!

Sugar rush!

They selected some Pick ‘n’ Mix.

Curtis and Blossom select some Pick 'n' Mix

Still lacking the confidence to go into Bella Sorella, they speculated on whether a drink for “dutch courage” at the local pub (The Last Post) was in order.

Annie Zalezsak with Curtis and Blossom

But Curtis’ shyness was too overwhelming to risk meeting Lydia at Bella Sorella that day. Back to the hotel they went to enjoy some of the treats they bought.

Blossom and Curtis with treats

The following day, Curtis regretted an opportunity missed (and worried about the teasing he might have to face from his friends back at the Macramé Owl Sanctuary). So he finally drummed up the nerve to go into the Bella Sorella shop. And before I knew it, there they were, Blossom and Curtis, within the shop window and ever so near to the stars of The Only Way Is Essex!

Blossom and Curtis in the window of Bella Sorella

While Blossom and I (Annie Zed) admired this beautiful dress, Curtis remained shyly standoffish.

Annie and Blossom admire Lydia Bright's dress at Bella Sorella

Curtis still needed some nudging to get in for a close-up with the TOWIE girls.

Blossom and Curtis were in heaven amid the luscious cupcakes at Bella Sorella!

Curtis was particularly starry-eyed to be so near a cupcake with sweet thing Lydia’s picture on it!

Curtis with Lydia cupcakes

Satisfied with their visit, they posed with another fabulous Essex girl, Jacqui Cullen, outside the shop.

Curtis and Blossom with Essex girl, Jacqui Cullen

Little did Curtis know, Lydia was smiling at him from inside the store!

Lydia knows!

Happy with their purchases back at the hotel, Curtis and Blossom marvel about their Essex experiences.

Curtis and Blossom with their Bella Sorella purchases

Curtis is still dreaming about how close he was to Lydia. He still can’t bring himself to eat the cupcake with her photo on it!

Curtis with Lydia cupcake and other Bella Sorella sweet things

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