happy friday

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This week I am grateful for:

  • A fiancé who has a massage therapist for a mother and got some training when he was a kid. I pinched a muscle in my shoulder this week and he has been pummelling it back to normality.
  • Grapefruit for breakfast. I know it isn’t local to the area I live but think I might add these back to my summer breakfast circulation. There is a certain joy in spraying citrus juices all over the place. And the remaining smell.
  • Black out blinds which mean I have been able to sleep in a little this week after my running around London week.

Links for your weekend perusal:

Hope you all have a lovely long Easter weekend. Eat lots of chocolate eggs!

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In the vein of Rosie and Freya, I thought I would share my week in London through numbers. So here you go.

2 | Celebrities spotted. I was in London all of 20 minutes when I walked past Bill Nye in Soho. Then on Sunday I headed to The Wolseley for brunch (seriously love The Wolseley) and Samuel L Jackson was having some eggs.

20+ | Hours spent on buses, trains and tube. I stayed at a friend just past Hackney after I got into London got back to using the bus a lot. Definitely the best way to get around London if you aren’t in too much of a hurry. Plus a train from my Mom into London, to Cambridge and back and to the airport, plus the occasional zip on the tube. I have to say it was a little exhausting all the moving around though – I only take the bus once a week to go to one of my little tutoring jobs. And occasionally to the beach.

3 | Nights slept in my styled hair. Four days and it still looked decent! Very impressed

12 | Charity shops visited. I was looking for some bits for the wedding and was fairly successful. This was split between one near my mum in Bracknell, Crouch End and Cambridge.

At least 10 | Number of jugs in said charity shops that I eyed up longingly. I have a thing for them.

18 | Friends caught up with. Not everyone but glad that I got to spend some quality time with a bunch of my special friends.

1 | Photo shoot. Had to some work (although always so fun).

2 | Pairs of shoes bought. A smart move with the Tom’s but got massive blisters from the cheapo high street purchase. Oops.

gazillion | Calories consumed. In case you are interested this included meals from the following: The Vintage Tea House with my mum (great cake!), a late dinner at Maeve’s Kitchen (a simple menu but lovely cosy feeling), Tibits (a great central vegetarian restaurant which is great for a bite with a friend for lunch), Rosa’s (to get some Thai food fix), Beam (still thinking about their salad), Franco Manca, a little caf’ in Cambridge where I had a full veggie English (yum), The Wolseley (always brilliant), an amazing Turkish falafel wrap from Dom’s Place (a hipster kebab joint basically. It has been there since the 1970s but recently refurbished. Super good wrap too). So many new places had popped up in favourite neighbourhoods and exploring new areas meant I was keen to try 10,000 more but afraid my stomach and wallet could not handle that. Time for a detox now!

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>>> A hairdo and makeup session from Blow Ltd is well worth the money. After seeing some people post about this new salon on twitter I thought I would try it out as an option for my wedding and I will definitely be heading back. Three strangers complimented me on my hair and the makeup lasted until after midnight (though admittedly I wasn’t dancing away, something I plan to be doing on my wedding night). I slept on my hair two nights in a row and it was still looking good on Sunday!

>>> Left to my own devises I generally spend more money than I should (sorry Tim).

>>> Chocolate chip biscuits from the in-store bakery at Marks and Spencers still taste amazing.

>>> The staff at Schuh in Covent Garden are really friendly and helpful. The level of service was made even better by the contrast of staff at another high street chain. Schuh also give you a year to return items. A year!

>>> Lunching with a good friend is the best. Made even better when the food is so good. I don’t think I have ever had a restaurant salad so good as the one from Beam. Walnut and tahini dressing is definitely something I will have to try and create at home.

>>> Some people obviously get gifted items from West Elm that they don’t realise are awesome. Picked up two little owl cups for £1 each in a charity shop. Not practical but so fun!

>>> Crouch End is an awesome corner of London (note lunch and charity shop finds above). Plus it has the prettiest florist. I think in another life I might have tried my hand at flower arranging.

>>> Cocktails served in teapots and drunk out of tea cups taste better.

>>> Franco Manca is worth the queue. (And I must have a serious love for Italian food to eat it when I am on holiday from Italy!)

>>> Blogging ladies are the best.

>>> A table of women in a pub have a gravitational pull on drunken men at tables next to them. Also I am glad I am not on the dating seen. Hard work if that is what is out there.

>>> The most popular photos on instagram (based on a small study of 2 instagram profiles) contain at least two of the following elements: trees, fog, the sea, a sunset, old men, birds, leftover food (strangely more popular then ‘fresh’ food). Some combinations are more popular than others. I am now thinking of a way to combine all these elements into one shot.

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happy friday

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This weeks happy:

  • Leaving Trieste late enough in the day that Tim could walk with me to catch the bus to the airport and my Mom hired a car to pick me up at 11 at night from Stansted. Which meant I didn’t have to deal with travelling into London so late at night (which can just be exhausting).
  • London’s weather putting on a good show.
  • Catching up with my lovelies.
  • Kind friends who let me crash at theirs.

Links for the weekend:

Have a good weekend!

sunshine and sea air

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Yesterday I organised with some friends to meet in the gardens of our local castle for a birthday picnic. Everybody brought some food so we stuffed our faces, drank prosecco (sometimes with orange juice) and enjoyed the sunshiney day. Trieste is a quiet sort of town, there are lots of bars and restaurants, but if you don’t speak sufficient Italian your weekend activities are reduced as going to the movies or the theatre don’t make too much sense. After being in London for 8 years it is a bit of an adjustment living in a small town. Any small town people want to tell me what they get up to on a weekend?

In the summer, however, I think there will be a lot more picnics. Or just enjoying the sea. I really do love having the sea air and the sunshine.
the-sea-3-mycreative the-sea-4-mycreativeI’ll be in London this week so it will be a bit quiet over here as I haven’t been very organised with blog posts. One day …

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When we were in London last we visited the National Gallery and on our wanders I came across one of Titian’s portraits known as La Schiavona (The Dalmation Woman). I loved the colours (this picture seemed to reflect reality more than some other images on the web which were more red) and the forthright stance of the woman. This video from the National Gallery describes it as an allegory for woman.

It is great inspiration for a photo shoot.

Maybe I will have a chance to visit her again while I am in London this week.