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.
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!
Anyway, now on with the outfit –
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