The weeks are racing by, with talk turning to work Christmas lunch and what days people have left to take as annual leave. The mornings and evenings have a chill in the air that wasn’t there a couple of weeks ago and I feel like an autumnal nesting phase has begun. It’s been a quiet and peaceful week of catching up with some inspirational ladies who are also my friends, tinkering around the home and just generally enjoying a bit of life in the slower lane which I need every now and then.
Friends Old and New
On Thursday I had the absolute pleasure of meeting ‘in real life’ Antonia who is a lifestyle blogger at Tinker Tailor Online. We connected on Instagram and then finally got the chance to catch up over hot chocolate at Covent Garden Grind as we chatted like old friends and the hours ebbed away. It’s so inspiring and reassuring to meet people from the online world, to hear about ideas and struggles, ask questions and help with answers. Please do go check out her IG and blog because she’s just lovely.
That was followed on Friday by a Friends double-whammy, taking one of my Uni friends Anne-Marie for lunch – we realised the other day we’ve known each other half our lives! We popped to Cote Brasserie at Hays Galleria which is close to work for me and has such a great gluten-free menu. She’s the loveliest lady, Mum to a little boy and runs her own business selling antique jewellery which you can find here on Etsy and another super IG-er. And last but by no means least, drinking all the wine with my friend Anna who has just completed a Masters in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Tropical Hygiene and is an intrepid traveller, off to South Korea and Nepal in the coming months. We know each other from days when I was still market trading most weekends – Anna and her Mum sell beautiful Nepalese goods, working closely with cottage industries and individuals in Nepal, a country they both adore. We got as far as Le Pain Quotidien at Waterloo for dinner and laughed our way through a long overdue catch up.
London has been showing itself off in all its beautiful autumnal glory this week and whilst ‘blue-sky thinking’ is one of my least favourite phrases ever, I’ve definitely been blue-sky snapping on my travels. What a beautiful city I’m fortunate enough to call home.
On Wednesday I was invited to West Elm for a preview of their pop-up collaboration with The Joy Of Plants, demonstrating how you can make houseplants the focal point of your interior styling rather than just an afterthought. A post is scheduled for Thursday so I won’t say too much but my green fingers definitely need a bit of cultivation. It was a dreamy hour or so though, meeting other bloggers and being surrounded by feel-good greenery.
Nesting and Home Decor
With being away twice in the last few weeks plus just general day-job business and catching up with things, the house has been more than a little neglected. It’s very rare but on Saturday I actually felt like cleaning and spent most of the day sorting and tidying before heading to a friends house nearby for drinks. I’m over the moon with our little welcoming hallway progress and gave the mantelpiece in our dining room a much-needed spruce up. The dining room belongs more or less exclusively to the animals but I’m now more inclined to go in there with this little revamp.
Sunday Morning Dog Walks
We headed off to Greenwich Park with Maddie early on Sunday morning to stretch our legs and blow away the cobwebs. I find it so hard to get out of bed at this time of year but it’s worth it for the autumn colours…and a cheeky visit to Peyton & Byrne in the village to bring some sweet treats home. A much needed and restful weekend.
I hope you’ve had a lovely week X