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Monday, 19 January 2015

London trip

It had been on the cards for a while to have a few days away with my sister and we finally got round to it last weekend. London was an obvious first choice for us as we had 5 very important stops in mind...

Firstly, Liberty of London....



(Amazing paper flowers display.)

In the off-chance you've never seen it, the department store is the most incredible old tudor building, squashed right in the midst of the madness that is Oxford Circus. 

After Liberty we headed into Soho where my sister had booked us a table at the uh-ma-zing Ottolenghi restaurant 'Nopi' for my birthday. No pictures sorry... too busy drinking wine & eating delicious Mediterranean food! 

On to Spitalfields Market...


This had been on my list of places to go for a while now and it did not disappoint... highly recommend it on Saturday when the market is on. A great alternative to the boring, predicatable high street shops and for people watching too. Sorry, but again I was just too busy shopping to take any more pictures!

(Eggs Benedict for brekkie... that kept us going for a while!)

Exmouth Market.... 

A cute little road with a handful of lovely independent shops selling beautiful nic-nacs... it's not too far from Spitalfields market either. Great for cafes & foodie places.





The V&A Museum.... 


Always love going here as there is so much to see and the building is a marvel in itself.





We went to the exquisite Wedding Dress exhibition that is being featured there at the moment. We spent a good couple of hours in there just taking it all in and trying to decide which was our favourite (umm.. we had about 5 each!)

Throughout the weekend we must have walked bloomin' miles! But fortunately there seemed to be a cafe or bakery on most corners to keep us fuelled...




For my own reference I thought I'd list some important points about visiting the big smoke, which - for the most part - we actually did stick to...
1) Have a plan of where you want to go and what you want to do... and stick to it.
2) Pre-plan how you will get to those places.
3) Be prepared to spend quite a lot of money on travelling and eating out.
4) Avoid big high streets during the sales.
5) There is so much good food to sample, plan to go to at least one really good restaurant and spend a bit more money on eating amazing food.
6) Although it's nice to look good when tarting round London child-free... a functional bag and a warm scarf is what you need! ;)

The end.

Monday, 12 January 2015

xmas 2014


This christmassy post was a little delayed getting out there... here it is finally!


So I didn't pick up my camera much over the holidays... if you follow me over on instagram you'll see much of what I captured was through my phone. But just before the decor came down I quickly photographed a few of my favourite little corners. They are on their last legs, but nice to have them catalogued anyhow!


This years advent calendar hung on a branch painted white. 

This looked far better in the dark with all the candles lit.

Indoor christmas wreath made up of dried flowers, dried oranges, mistletoe, ivy & twigs.



Since these pictures were taken I've had a big clean through and another rearrange - which always makes me feel better. And despite a slow start to the new year (nursing my 2 poorly girls!) I think I'm finally ready for 2015.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Blogging in 2015


My blog has taken a back seat lately, but that's not to say I don't still enjoy writing it and especially going back over past posts. So along with a handful of other things for 2015, one of the things I want to do more of this year.... blog more regularly! 

And this is why...

"What's important to you in life? What gets you excited to wake up in the morning. What do you catch yourself daydreaming about during the daily grind, or looking forward to on weekends? Blogging shines the spotlight on those things and over time will help you focus on what lights you up. That's what you need more of, don't you think? Blogging about the good things will make you actively seek more of them, and keep you right on track with what makes life great!"

Extract taken from this bloggers post.... i thought she summed it up nicely. Let's see how I go.

Anyone else thinking to do the same?