What Sundays Are Made Of

17/10/2014

Untitled
Untitled
UntitledUntitled
Untitled
Untitled

What Sundays are made of...

Road trips in the countryside. Fresh air. Romantic walks along sleepy country lanes. White picket fences. Sweet treats in pretty tea rooms. Idyllic honey-coloured cottages and flower filled window boxes. Not making plans. Laughter. Delightful floral dresses. Rolling hills and breathtaking views. Tea from teapots. Friends. Putting the internet on silent. Stunning classic cars and old bicycles. Browsing in antique shops. Traditional roast lunches in country pubs. Exploring new places. Peace and quiet. Getting lost. Adventures. Inspiration. 

Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled

Amelia coat, Selina dress and Boho boots c/o Boden
Mini Pashli satchel by Phillip Lim

10 Autumn Pastimes

10/10/2014

Untitled

Collecting conkers and horse-chestnuts, carving out pumpkins, kicking fallen leaves and writing my name with a sparkler are some of the pastimes I associate with autumn. There is something quite magical about the anticipation of change and here are a few more things I'll be doing to celebrate the season.

Untitled
Autumn colour at Batsford Arboretum
1. The great outdoors

A walk in the countryside is nothing short of invigorating, especially when the leaves are looking so delectably golden. The crisper air helps to blow away the cobwebs and the distant horizon generates feelings of calmness and peace. Most definitely my favourite autumn pursuit.

2. Hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows or [insert favourite beverage / tipple here]

After a date with the great outdoors it's nice to seek refuge in a coffee shop. My drink of choice is a large hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows - don't tell anyone - and I especially enjoy grabbing an armchair by the window and watching the world go by.

Untitled
Home sweet home
3. Cosy evenings in

Scented candles, fairy lights, warm popcorn, a large woollen blanket and an old film or two, after all why shouldn't every evening feel like Christmas?

4. A new season treat or two

Autumn is all about cashmere scarves, snuggly jumpers and luxurious coats so when the weather changes I like to treat myself to a little something from the new season collections. It only takes a couple of classic new pieces and my entire wardrobe feels fresh and updated. I'd take quality over quantity any day!

Untitled
Catching up with Jeska of Lobster & Swan at Laduree, Covent Garden
5. Afternoon tea with friends

Indulging in afternoon tea is a glorious occasion and it's a fabulous way to catch up with friends when it's cold outside. I especially love anywhere with an open fire and throw in a live pianist (hence the Oxford Randolph being a favourite) and I'm more than content. More tea anyone?  

6. Autumnal creativity

Darker evenings and more time indoors provides the perfect opportunity to get creative, whether it's finally learning to crochet or sewing a tapestry, there's no better time to learn. And who knows you might even make a few unique Christmas gifts in the process.

Untitled
Greenwich Village, New York City
7. Flowers, leaves and berries

I love a vase of fresh flowers on my dining room table and at this time of year I enjoy picking seasonal blooms, especially in warm autumnal colours. This year I am hoping to create a reef like the beautiful ones I saw in Greenwich Village.

8. Explore

You don't need to travel too far for a new adventure and I like to pop into the local art galleries, museums or historic houses when the temperature drops. Inspiration followed by tea and cake is the perfect way to spend a chilly afternoon.

Untitled
Exploring the exquisite rooms of Waddesdon Manor
9. Switch off and recharge 

I've spent the last few weeks cutting back on my internet time, and I survived! Take an afternoon - or an entire day - to unplug, you'll be amazed at the difference it makes, trust me!

10. A weekend away

I love autumnal weekends away and this season I'm planning two mini breaks: one to Sussex and another to a spa. Breaking up the season with little adventures helps me through the dark mornings and the change in scenery is good for the soul.

Untitled
Window shopping in London
I'm looking forward to spending my afternoon with friends, pretty cakes and a large pot of Earl Grey tea. I hope your autumn is packed full of all the things you love.

Snapshots of September

03/10/2014

Untitled

A pink facade and a window box, my kind of home. The Biba Years: 1963-1975, a surprise gift from a friend. Mint and ionic. Off to the Butterfly Ball. My mum in Notting Hill before seeing Kate Bush in concert. Some flowers for you! Four floors of pastel pink and blue. I've so much love for vintage plastic. Red, white and blue in Kensington.

Untitled

I thought it was time my niece had some deer of her own. Say cheese! My vintage Dunlicraft baskets make me smile. Gorgeous pink roses in Mayfair. Dior, YSL and things from the sea. There's no such thing as too much pink. Roses from my man. The three graces. Easy like Sunday morning.

Untitled

Hello pink! Flying over Oxford. En route to a new designers show at London Fashion Week. Colour overdose. Two 1960s icons. The hydrangea addiction continues. The sweetest graffiti. Pink Pashley spotting in Notting Hill. Alice's adventures in vintage.

Untitled

Fresh air, dining al fresco and antique browsing in the Cotswolds. Pink or blue? A moonlit walk along the Thames with my man. Home sweet home. Esther says hello! I love Oxford. I adore painted houses, have you noticed? A fawn for Friday. The colourful houses of London.

I'm excited October has arrived and I wish you a very happy and healthy new month!

You can view all of my snapshots of 2014 here and follow my onward journey on Instagram. I hope to see you there.