Monday Catch-up #32

Southwark Cathedral

There is one word that summarises this week: tequila. My brilliantly healthy start to the week ended in a bit of a fuzzy mess as I celebrated my 36th birthday on Friday but in reality proved beyond all doubt that inside I’m really 18…

It was still very chilly here until around Thursday but a few spring flowers cheered up the living room despite the frosty starts. Seasonal flowers are my favourite and daffodils in particular so we have them as often as we can whilst they’re available.




I love the light at this time of year, that low winter afternoon sun which makes everything look so beautiful. It was shining on Southwark Cathedral during a quick dash to the post office earlier in the week so I pretended to be a tourist and stopped to snap the picture at the top of this post.

Wednesday saw a foray into town in the morning to view the Kaleidoscope SS16 interiors range at the Hotel Cafe Royal just off Piccadilly Circus. London always surprises me and of course somehow despite walking past the cafe thousands of times across 14 years I’d never realised it was a hotel. Which is SO stunning. There will be a separate post coming about the interiors range because there are a lot of photos but when payday comes at the end of January, there’s a few purchases in mind.

Hotel Cafe Royal

Matching boots and floor

Tealight birdcage

Delonghi copper toaster

With a little bit of time to kill before heading back to the office, I decided to have a little treat of hot chocolate at Patisserie Valeria and try the well-publicised new gluten-free offerings. They had a good selection of individually wrapped cakes and the marble cake was delicious, moist and not at all crumbly. The staff also knew about all the products even though they’d only been available for a couple of days. 10 out of 10.

Patisserie Valerie

After work, another hotel, another treat – very occasionally life feels totally glamorous! This time it was a lovely girly catch up with my best friend Kate who works for the Press Association and was reviewing the new ME London hotel and restaurant Cucina Asellina on the Strand. I met her there and we had some champagne in her stunningly slick room before popping downstairs to the restaurant for Italian tapas and cocktails. I’ve hung out in a fair few London hotels in my time but this is a stunning addition with an incredible prism-shaped reception area which must be at least 70m high! I tried to capture the view from my seat but don’t think it does it justice.

Reception at ME London

Cucina Asellina

Thursday was a brief return to healthy ways, I’ve been trying to drink more water and start my days with warm lemon water where if I get up early enough…it doesn’t happen often. Buying a proper water bottle though has made a huge difference to my water consumption especially at work. Pilates after work as usual on Thursday was a joy, still one of the best decisions I made last year to take it up.

water bottle

hot lemon water

And then birthday day dawned heavy with rain on Friday and a nightmare journey into work didn’t help things. I can’t WAIT until all the building work is finished at London Bridge. Birthdays in the last couple of years have been fairly low key but with drinks already officially scheduled into our work calendar, it was always going to be messy. Lots of cards, lots of happy birthday wishes and some amazing gluten free cakes to celebrate, I felt so very loved indeed. We were all in the pub by 5pm and tequila shots were being drunk by 6.30pm. It was one of those nights where sometimes they can be really disappointing if you’ve been building up to it but actually was totally brilliant.

ready to go




And so it came to pass that Saturday was a bit of a write-off – birthday presents being opened in bed (one of which was the gorgeous Baies candle from Diptyque, our home has been smelling amazing ever since!) and just about managing to drag myself out of bed to head into the woods with Maddie.

Thankfully Sunday was a little more productive, listing new stock for DaisychainBaby and prepping for a trip to Paris – more on that next week!


Hope you’ve had a lovely week X



  1. January 28, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    What lovely pictures Lins! Just getting back to some blog reading and such a treat to catch up on your news. Happy birthday! Did you say 36 over on instagram? If so we’re the same age and school year, spooky! xx

    • Lins
      February 6, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      So lovely to hear from you Katie!! Yes I turned 36 indeed, starting to cover up those grey hairs 😉 Xx

    • Lins
      February 6, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you so much Xx

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