Friday, 31 August 2012

Lets talk about illustrations

Earlier in the year I discovered a fantastic book called I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. I instantly fell for the main character, the bear, who goes on a journey to find his hat. Have you seen it? Genius! I could stare at the illustrations for hours.




Also, check out his other work ...






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What do you think? Like it? Check out some more here.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Never too casual to sparkle

Today was a comfy clothing kind of a day. Scarf? Check! Denim jacket? Check! Ponytail? Check! A blingy bracelet? What?? Yep, I went there!






{Top: American Eagle Outfitters; Jeans: River Island; Jacket: H&M; Scarf: Unknown; 
Shoes: G. H. Bass & Co; Jewellery: mixed/charity shop}


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

House Proud / Orange and yellow accents

Renting a flat in London can usually mean that you are moving into a furnished property. This has suited us just fine as not only was our flat decorated well but it has also saved us on having to buy and move furniture over.  Saying that, I still sigh when I see pretty white bedroom furniture or big couches that swallow you up. I make up for my limited decorating freedom by accessorising our home with little accents. They really let you put your mark on a space and make a house a home. 

Right now I am really feeling colourful bits and bobs. These orange and yellow pieces I found on Etsy have really caught my eye. 

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Florals


I have been trying to make the most out of my skirts while the sun has been out. This floral one is one of my favourites. It kind of reminds me of a painting. I make any excuse to include yellow in my wardrobe these days. My little Dooney & Bourke wristlet has been a constant companion of mine this summer. It's so light and fits all of the necessities.



{T-shirt: Alternative; Skirt: Workshop Andrea Jovine; Shoes: River Island; 
Belt: Anthropologie; Bag: Dooney & Bourke; Bracelets: NW3 at Hobbs; Sunglasses: Topshop}

Saturday, 25 August 2012

When I grow up I want to take better photographs

Today was one of the rainiest days I have seen in London yet. I really felt like we would need a boat to row back to the tube in. It didn't start that way though. It was nice and sunny when I arrived at Borough Market. I have been wanting to better my photo taking and editing techniques and what better place could there be than one where you are surrounded by beautiful fresh and cooked produce, bread, cheese, and sweets?

The rain started showing itself just as we took a break to have lunch. Luckily the rather long line to the veggie burgers was under a shelter. I also picked up some juicy nectarines, mangos and something I have never tried before: chocolate cherry tomatoes. The name is a little deceiving as they do not take of chocolate, but I was not fooled. I wanted my salad lunches to be a bit more special than expected and how cool is it to tell people that you have chocolate tomatoes in your salad?!

So without further ado, I bring you bits of Borough Market from behind my lens. Do let me know what you think. I used my Canon G10 and Picasa 3. I am a total beginner and one day hope to get an SLR and become and expert in Photoshop. I would love to hear what kind of cameras and photo editing software  you use.






Ruby took a cheeky picture of me when I wasn't looking :)



Friday, 24 August 2012

Stocking up for autumn at GAP

With less than a month left of summer, I have started thinking about my autumn wardrobe. I want this season to feature lots of bright colours mixed with earthy tones for me.

I have been loving what GAP has to offer and hope to get my hands on some of these goodies in near future.

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What colours are going to feature in your autumn wardrobe?

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Let's go back to Paris and eat

Last week we spent a couple of days in and around Paris. I am still not done gushing about the beauty, chicness and deliciousness of the place. 

One of my favourite things that we did was have lunch at a charming bistro called Au Port Salut. The owner made us feel like we were his dearest friends and our waitress was so warm and hospitable. 

We had a seafood amuse bouche which definitely got our taste buds tingling. What followed was a beautiful appetiser of  canelloni beef cheek with truffle cream and parmesan tuile (of which we should have ordered two servings). For the main I had cod cooked at a low temperature accompanied by celery puree, apple fondant tarragon and safron emulsion and Matt had rack of lamb with stewed potatoes, eggplant caviar and vegetables (not pictured).  Need I say more? Absolutely gorgeous! The wine was so refreshing and complimented my seafood dish beautifully. The peach digestif was a perfect end to the feast.






I cannot wait to go back to Paris! And when I do I will be sure to go back to this lovely restaurant. Have you ever been to Au Port Salut? If so, what did you think?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Summer is made for picnics in the park

Sunny and warm weekends are meant to be experienced in parks preferably accompanied by friends and food! Last weekend was a scorcher so 5 of us headed to Richmond to enjoy the summer in all its glory.

We headed to Waitross and picked up our favourite picnic foods like baguettes, ham, potato salad, salami, and hummus. 


Once we'd sufficiently filled our bellies, we laid in the sun and worked on our tans. This view takes the cake!


The tide was high so we cooled off by dipping our feet where the river overflowed over the grass.


We then took a long walk by Richmond Park and saw cows chilling (not pictured).


 Bring on another sunny summer weekend!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

House Proud / Inspirational sites

I have been thinking about starting a new column on the blog as I have been loving bringing out my If mood was a colour piece every Monday.  The result of this is House Proud.

I get so inspired by the way that people furnish and decorate their homes. You can tell when people have spent years lovingly acquiring pieces that represent their personalities and style. This is why sites that show people's homes and offices are some of my favourite places to visit. I wanted to share some fantastic ones here with you.


The Every Girl is a site that inspires me on so many levels! It provides interesting and useful information on careers, fashion, finances, and food & drink to say the least. My favourite bits of the site however are the features about successful women where they interview them and show you them in their workplace. I absolutely adore seeing these women in the place that they thrive and how these places represent their characters. I have been oh so inspired by the likes of Bri Emery and Angela Kohler of Blogshop, designer Emerson Fry, the ladies of Skirt PR, Crystal Gentilello of Rue Magazine, Lisa Vorse of Oh, How Charming!, Jenn Lake of Zapwater Communications, and Taylor Sterling of Sterling Style & Glitter Guide just to name a few.






Rue Magazine is such a breath of fresh air and where one must go for some interior design therapy. I first came across it when I started reading Bri Emery's wonderful Designlovefest blog as she used to be the Art Director for the magazine. You can read about and look at everything that makes for a lush and beautiful lifestyle. I adore the spotlights on people's homes. The photography is gorgeous and I sit there getting endless ideas on how to accessorise our little flat. All of the issues (back and current) are on their website. You can literally spend hours drooling over page after page of interior design goodness. You may also end up spending your month's wages on new furniture and home accessories. You have been warned... :)











If you are into snooping around people's closets without the guilt or the shame that accompanies getting caught, Closet Visit is for you. This site gives you an indepth look into the lives and closets of fabulous women like Marlien Rentmeester, Lucky magazine's West Coast editor. This site is a perfect mix of fashion and home d├ęcor. It also makes me want a walk-in closet. I also love the interviews where these fabulous ladies talk about things like personal style, favourite places to shop, and their style icons. 
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What are your favourite sites for inspiring your inner interior designer?




Sunday, 5 August 2012

Meg Ryan, hair goddess

When you think of a hair icon, your mind might go straight to Farrah Fawcett or Jennifer Aniston, but I would like to give props to the amazing Meg Ryan who has had some of the best do's through the years. Her locks can do no wrong! She is definitely one of my favourite blondes.


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I really want to watch When Harry Met Sally today. What an absolute classic!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!


Friday, 3 August 2012

Tangerine


{T-shirt: H&M; Skirt and clutch: Anthropologie; Necklace: Warehouse}

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

I heart office supplies

Office supplies = School supplies for grown ups 

At the end of every summer holiday, the only thing that cheered me up about going back to school was going out to buy my school supplies with my mom. Does anyone remember Lisa Frank?! Those designs were my friends' and my favourite!

As a girl who used to school supplies, I am not surprised about my love for office supplies. After all, why shouldn't they represent your personal style in the same way as your clothes do. Wouldn't a bright coloured notebooks and folders brighten up a desk in the same way as a statement necklace brightens up an outfit. I think so!


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Office supplies always make me daydream about home offices....





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