It’s that time of year again when all everyone wants to do is chuck on a pair of shorts, whip out their legs and lay in the sun – last weekend was glorious and that is exactly what I did – topping up my drastically depleted reserves of vitamin D whilst enjoying a couple of beers. However, the good old British weather always fights back and the big grey dome has officially resurrected itself over London for the easter weekend. A couple of weeks ago, B and I headed over to the Barbican to shoot this post and as soon as we arrived the heavens opened, but . . . I kind of think it made the shoot a little better – silver linings and all!
This entire look (except the Reebok classics of course) was from the H&M Studio SS17 collection. I only heard it about it through social media on the day it launched, and panic-bought far too many things online, but this is what I settled on. For me the whole
Grooming products – I very rarely stray from what I know works best with my skin, and only then, when said new product comes highly recommended from a friend – particularly if that friend has good skin. Mine is a nightmare and will flare up if I use something chemical based or too greasy – and so I usually play it safe and stick to what I know best. However, a few weeks ago Grüum got in touch with me; I checked out their products online and thought their ethos sounded interesting, after a little more delving I decided to give them a try.
House plants – B and I have far too many! I think the last time I counted, we had about 20, just in our living room, but we just keep buying more and more. Adding a bit of greenery can really transform a space, it just makes it feel so fresh and alive. For me it’s all about the potted ‘living’ plants; whilst fresh flowers are great, I do just think there’s something really sad about watching them wilt and slowly die – and I guess what I love most about plants is nurturing them and watching them grow. Each one has its own kind of personality and requirements, and I find it so rewarding when I finally work out how best to tend them. Our Oxalis for example can suffer a little neglect and bounce back pretty quickly, it’s the same with Penny, the Chinese Money plant (yes… some of them have names), but if you forget about one of the ferns for too long it’ll throw a tantrum and drop all it’s leaves – they really make you work for it!
Evening all, I’m currently writing this post on what is said to be the most depressing day of the year – the 3rd Monday in January. I’m not one for wallowing, or willingly accepting, negativity and I’m not quite sure why this day is supposed to be worse than others but it’s fair to say it feels kinda spot on! For the first couple of weeks of the new year it seems we’ve all set off towards new goals (myself included) and have been walking around feeling so on top of life . . . but . . . I’d be lying if the post-Christmas blues haven’t started to set in. The dread of having nothing to look forward to up until Easter is closing in, and my positivity suffered quite a battering when I filled out my invoice for December and realised that I’d had almost two weeks off over the festive period. Thats one light pay packet and squeaky tight February for to me look forward to! However, I will not succumb, January is for revitalisation (if your doing dry Jan) and positivity (compulsory) and so to cheer myself up I thought I would look back and share a few of my favourite gifts from this Christmas.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope everyone’s had a cracking NY, B & I decided we would head to the Kentish Coast for a couple of days and stay with our friends down in Margate – I bloody love that place, its so refreshing to be back by the sea and it’s easy to switch off and forget about reality back in London. Being a freelancer, I had to squeeze in a couple of days work between Christmas and the New Year, so we travelled down on the 30th and stayed right up until the 2nd; all we did was chill – just roaming around, poking in and out of vintage shops, cooking nice food and laying in until late morning every single day – bliss!
Now I know I’ve been off the radar, so to speak, over the last few weeks, but I’ve had a hell of a lot going on in my private life. Whilst I had intended to do all sorts of posts for Christmas, my head has just been in a different space and I’ve not been able to sit down and write since I arrived back from my trip to the far East – not to mention the general hysteria, and compulsory socialising of the festive period. In all, 2016 was a great year for me, I’ve finally found a job I love (it’s been 8 months and the honeymoon feeling still hasn’t worn off), I’ve managed to travel so much, I’ve met some amazing people and now I’m finally working a Monday to Friday week I’ve been able to spend a lot more ‘quality’ time with the people that matter most to me – excuse the gushy sentimentality. However, literally as the year began to come to an end my family and I have had our fair share of difficult news.