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happy friday

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This week I am grateful for:

  • Friends who bring flowers as gifts when you invite them over for dinner.
  • Just one of those days that are so simple but so beautiful that you just can’t help but smile and you get ‘what a wonderful world’ stuck in your head.
  • I loved seeing all the happy flowers and faces with #primaveracrowns (feel free to submit some more over the next week)

Links for the weekend

Have a springful weekend!

happy friday

happy friday london bound

This week I am grateful for:

  • The fact that I will be on a plane this afternoon, London bound and I get to see so many of my lovely people
  • I was going through my blog before this one and went back to the first few posts. Man has my photography improved. There is hope for everyone! I’m working on a few photography posts so stay tuned (or leave a comment if there is anything that you are interested in learning about).
  • Feeling the blogging bug again – more behind the scenes stuff at the moment but I think we will back in full swinging motion from February.

I have lots of links for you this weekend:

I have to say I was terrible with my mini-intentions this past week. But you know sometimes you have off weeks. As I am heading off for a break (from what I am not quite sure) my intentions this week are simply to enjoy being with friends and family and saying hi to London, connecting with people who inspire me and coming back revitalised to take actions.

decorating from a distance

I currently have two homes! One is the flat that I am living in with my housemate until the end of the month when our lease ends. The other is our new flat in Italy where Tim is installed and I have only seen through a plethora of photos kindly provided by the former tenant. This is likely to be the only time in my life I can say that.

So, I am currently decorating our Italian flat that I have never physically seen, from a distance, on a limited budget, with the restriction of furnished property (in the style of grandma-meets-early-90s-Ikea). My current aesthetic is grey/neutrals Nordic-minimalism (yes I know, original) and this flat doesn’t quite agree with that. It has some great features like lots of light and parquet flooring in the lounge and bedroom but also a blue tiled bathroom, the bedroom has an excess of shiny black and/or mirrored wardrobes and generally the storage solutions are very strangely placed. I am by no means an interior styling mavin so this is going to be a challenge. Once I get there I will share some progress pictures on how I go about making it home, but in the meantime I thought I would share some inspiration.

First up is the bedroom cupboard solution. I had thought of getting some ‘renters’ wallpaper but unfortunately though it is beautiful it is a bit beyond the budget. (If you are thinking of some options Joanna suggested Photowall and Surface View which both look to have awesome products). Instead I am pondering a simple solution of sticking pictures to the cupboard! I am thinking a monochromatic palette would work well. The question is whether I go for polaroid type prints or larger images.

bedroom-cupboard-solution

In the blue bathroom I had originally thought of going for some grey accessories (brave I know) but then thought hey let’s go all colourful in this and maybe the blue will look less … ‘blue’. Tim was able to pick up a flamingo shower curtain at Ikea and I think some other quirky splashes of colour will certainly make for fun.

colourful-bathroom-solutions I am also having a basket obsession and hoping I will be able to find some for random storage around the flat, including at the front door if I am able to evict a particularly dated entrance stand.

baskets

Have you had any rental quirks that you have found good solutions for? I’d love to hear about them. Links welcomed!

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considering-objectives-and-needs-mycreative With emerging business ideas I have been reading several books recently on various business elements. Sometimes there are handy tips which I think are relevant to blogging too. I thought I might do the occasional post sharing some of the ‘pearls of wisdom’ that I glean from the pages.

Most recently, I read Content Strategy for the Web by Kirstina Halvorson and Melissa Rach.  The book does focus on advice for larger organisations who are looking to improve their web content and it looks at cross company ways of dealing with content strategy.  So honestly, the bulk of the book wasn’t applicable to me, the sole person responsible for what goes up on my site (except with Posts Production where Tim is also producing content).  However, there was enough to keep me interested.  For example, I am thinking I might “audit” my content after things quiet down a little to help me clean up broken links and see what is popular, where people are coming from and more.

In particular, I have found myself thinking about the following statement:

Generally speaking content is more or less worthless unless it does one or both of the following:

- Supports a key business objective

- Fulfills your users’ needs

Now, I have no great plans for suddenly monetising my site and making a fortune from it but I am of the mentality that when I do something I like to do it as well as I can and (honestly) as a reward for putting that effort in I would like to increase my readership.

So I thought I would share my objectives and what readers’ needs I hope to fulfill through my blog.

To clarify, objectives are specific outcomes that I hope to achieve by sharing my life on the blog.  This is quite hard as blogging for me started as a personal thing and really I don’t want it to become some crazy goal driven pursuit which yanks all the enjoyment out of it.  That said I would like to:

  1. Double my unique visits to the site in the next six months
  2. Find a fellow blogger to collaborate with on style posts
  3. Always answer “yes” when I ask myself whether I am proud to share a post.

In terms of readers’ needs I considered what I want to get from reading blogs that are similar to mine (although I would love to know if you feel there is something else):

  1. Gain a sense of connection and community
  2. Learn about where to go in London and on holiday
  3. Be inspired by healthy, vegetarian recipes
  4. Gets tips on improving their own photography
  5. Be inspired by my photography and content

With those in mind I have a few new posts and series that I am working on.

I’d love to hear some of your ideas too if you are up for sharing.

on the street

We rocked the Olympics – even our street artists.

north weekend

The weekend started with a Saturday lie in and then brunch at Caravan in Exmouth Market.  It was good but must say that Mr didn’t rate the coffee and their coconut bread with lemon curd cream cheese was even a bit sweet for me for brunch.

We then headed to Angel and a wander around Camden Passage (where I could seriously spend a fortune at all the vintage shops).  We also spotted a cafe called Zucono which sells gelato which was really good.  Then met a friend for a drink on Primrose Hill and over to some other friends to watch Mo win another gold,

Sunday was another lie in day and then headed out to Shoreditch for a late lunch at Franze & Evans on Redchurch Street.  They make some good eggs.  I also had their fresh lemon cooler which is just lemon (and very sharp) and so I felt authentically Italian as we sat in the sun.

And then the closing ceremony.  Not as good as the opening ceremony but still worth a watch and still proud to be a Londoner

I’ll share some more street pics tomorrow.

* by ‘north’ (title) I just mean more north than my normal home in south London