The last couple of months have absolutely flown by for me, it seems as if we have literally jumped from high summer straight through to late Autumn in a heartbeat. I literally cannot believe I am only just getting round to posting about my birthday – it was the second week of September!!!!! For my birthday B had asked to plan my entire weekend, leaving me in the dark and aiming to arrange a series of small surprises. We headed back down to Brighton on the Thursday evening to have a bite to eat with my parents down at riddle and fins on the sea front, and then spent the Friday with my sisters. We started the day with a curried pasty (sounds gross, but tastes incredible) and then after a game of glow in the dark crazy golf we stopped off for lunch down at the Brighton Marina. And then walked west along the coast back towards Brighton seafront, by this point I thought I’d exhausted my birthday surprises for the day, but as we reached the foot of the old West Pier, we came to a stop underneath the i360.
For me Autumn is easily the best time of year – yes the days are shorter, colder and a bit wetter, but I still absolutely love it! My favourite thing to do is to go walking through the country, on one of those days when the leaves are falling from the trees, there’s no wind, clear blue skies, a warm sun but a definite chill in the air, everything just feels so fresh. With the colder weather the food becomes more heavy and comforting, roasts, puds & pies replace the light summer salads, cocktails are swapped out with mulled wine or a hearty stout. And then there’s the change in wardrobe; we get to pull back out our favourite winter coats, polish off our boots and start layering again – it’s literally the best time of the year!
And so in true Autumnal spirit I thought I would pull together an outfit post as I haven’t done one since I went to Carcassonne back in the summer. Pop helped me shoot these images last weekend when I was back home in Brighton, we were out walking Buzz with Sean & Laura – see Sean’s Vlog here – and it just seemed the perfect place to take some photos. We had a great day, we visited Stamner Park for a walk and a coffee with our friend Kat, found a rope swing (which kept us occupied for about half an hour) and then finally went back to theirs for a game of scrabble, some hot soup and crusty bread – perfect!
The week before last was the London Design Festival, one of the busiest/most hectic weeks of the year for the product & furniture industry, as I said in my previous post – I definitely made the most of it. Anyway, on the second weekend of the festival was the South East Makers Club; a design trail and series of events, organised by B and a group of his super talented friends. It was their first year running it and from what I can tell they completely managed to pull it out of the bag! On the Saturday, there was a series of talks out in Lewisham, exhibitions in Brockly and then the launch party at the Fat Walrus in New Cross later on in the evening. It was a great – if slightly busy – weekend, we had so much fun, and it was perfectly rounded off on the Sunday with a pub quiz hosted by the South East London Journal and Tom Odell (owner of the O’Dell Store on Calvert Street in Shoredicth) with questions being provided by some of London’s design giants – we came fourth, better than last I guess.
Please forgive me for the radio silence over the last couple of weeks; things have been pretty hectic and I’ve been mentally and physically preoccupied with so many different things – some bad but so many good! When I first sat down to write this post I was going to real off a list of excuses as to why I haven’t been able to post – and in a way I am – but I also thought I would share with you my thoughts on life and turning a year older.
The last couple of weeks truly have been super busy in and outside of work; firstly it was my birthday and then last week was the London Design Festival – one of my favourite weeks of the year, but also one of the most hectic if your a product and furniture designer like myself. There’s always just so much going on – private views, the shoreditch design triangle, trade fairs and all other kinds of events – it’s great and I easily managed to fill every evening, cramming in as much as I could. And then coinciding with this I had two freelance photography projects which filled a whole weekend and then every other bit of free time over the last week has been used for editing – don’t get me
Over the recent bank holiday weekend, B and I decided to make good on a promise and visit two of our friends who moved down to Margate earlier this year – what with it being such good whether, theres nothing better than being on the coast. We travelled down on the Friday straight from work, and reached the seaside for around 8pm. We’d been down to visit once before to help rip out the kitchen a couple of months back, and it was so great to see what they had achieved with the house and to hear all their future plans etc – I can’t wait to own a house!!!! Anyway, we spent the evening down on the waterfront enjoying Kent’s finest fish and chips and