1. Pastel pink roses in Holland Park. 2. A snap from my visit to the People Shop with Rosie and Anna of Independent Oxford. 3. Colour coordinated neighbours. 4. Thrilled to have a feature published in issue one of Breathe magazine. 5. I’d like to run through fields of wildflowers and lavender. 6. Taking over the Houzz UK Instagram account. 7. A throwback from a shoot with The Basket Room. 8. Emma of Em Makes and Bakes jumping for joy at the Oxford Instameet. 9. A cute terrarium from my man to celebrate our five year anniversary.
1. A pretty corner of lovely London. 2. 8 years of blogging and sharing 8 blogging tips. 3. Celebrating my birthday in the lavender fields of the Cotswolds. 4. ‘Wherever you are, be all there.’ Jim Elliot 5. A double birthday celebration at Sketch with Rosie and Vanessa. 6. Sharing 3 simple ways to style your houseplants. 7. Visiting Christian Sadler’s inspiring workshop at the People Shop, Birmingham. 8. The wall that dreams are made of. 9. Evening light following the Oxford Instameet.
1. White, turquoise and blue – definitely my spiritual home. 2. A photograph of my sister taken in Santorini in 2008. 3. Sharing 5 beautiful places to photograph on the Greek islands. 4. Another shot of Mykonos because I can’t get enough of this beautiful island. 5. Feathers and a sweet candle from Mob Studio. 6. Blues skies and clear water. 7. She sells seashells. 8. Diving into a new day. 9. How to avoid the post-holiday blues.
1. Lilac or blue? 2. My green friends. 3. Wandering around London and listening to Radiohead. 4. Boden Breton stripes + spots = love! 5. Ever get the feeling someone is watching you? 5. Spending a lazy Saturday in London and seeing The Last Shadow Puppets at Ally Pally. 6. Making it to the Instagram-famous wall. 7. You can’t pick your neighbours. 8. Meeting Julie Deane at The Cambridge Satchel Company press day. 9. Succulents and baskets in the People Shop.
July was full of sunshine and adventures. I enjoyed an inspiring trip to Birmingham with Rosie and Anna of Independent Oxford. To meet Allison and Christian of the People Shop and Fran of Fall for DIY. We had a delightful lunch at a French cafe. And chatted for hours and hours about sugar and spice and all things nice.
I celebrated my birthday with a trip to the Cotswold Lavender fields, two National Trust manor houses and a delicious afternoon tea at Sketch. Quite possibly the best way to spend a long and sunny weekend. I also celebrated five very happy years with my man. Another excuse for a day in the glorious countryside.
My freelance life’s been busy and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. I particularly enjoyed writing a feature for Breathe magazine, creating a photo montage for Cross Country trains and taking over the Houzz UK Instagram account. Lots of creativity to occupy my mind.
And finally, I won an award at the Thirty Plus Blog Awards. It only took me eight years! I was shortlisted in two categories: most innovative content and photography star. I won the former. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for Candy Pop.
I hope you had a gorgeous July and August is fluffier than a Persian cat. I’ll see you over on Instagram where I’m currently struggling to keep up with Instagram stories!