Musings and Snapshots

Musings and Snapshots of April

3rd May 2017

Musings and Snapshots of April |

1. Peach roses 2. Living room blooms 3. Peggy Porschen 4. Drink, Shop & Do 5. The palm house at the Oxford Botanic Garden 6. Living room 7. Blossom on Rose Lane 8. Boden Birchbox c/o Boden 9. Pink bike spotting

Musings and Snapshots of April |


During April I gave myself two weeks of annual leave – what a lovely boss I am! The time was spent reading, exploring and planning and I took 10 days almost entirely offline. This was to make space for creative ideas and to listen to my heart and intuition. I have a few plans and I wanted to make sure they were right for me. It’s certainly given me the confidence I’m heading in the right direction!

I enjoyed my first two family picnics of the year at Batsford Arboretum and Hughenden Manor and I also took part in an Easter egg hunt. I’m very grateful to my niece and nephew who enabled me to walk around wearing bunny ears and a silly grin.

Comic Con came to Oxford giving me the opportunity to hang out with stormtroopers. And I headed to London to meet Kathryn of Kat Got the Cream, where we were treated to red velvet cupcakes and a tour of Etsy HQ. I can confirm it’s a truly magical and inspiring place to work!

I led the 7th Oxford Instameet with Independent Oxford and A Rosie Life. And finally, I got my first pair of glasses which I’ve discovered double up as a photography prop (see above). I hope you had a wonderful month and May is as cheerful as Morris dancers and maypoles.

I almost forgot to say.. Candy Pop has been shortlisted in the Pinterest Interior Awards for the ‘best use of colour’ and ‘best lounge look.’ An honour and a lovely surprise!

Musings and Snapshots of April |
Musings and Snapshots of April | Down and Listen to Your Heart |


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  • Reply fashionforlunch 3rd May 2017 at 8:23 am

    I love your snapshots of the month! They are always so pretty

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd May 2017 at 8:27 am

      Thank you, Kirsty. I hope May has got off to a great start!

  • Reply kate 3rd May 2017 at 9:01 am

    Beautiful snapshots hun! And how lovely to have 2 weeks off to relax and recharge xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd May 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thanks so much, Kate. It was blissful, I can thoroughly recommend it! 🙂

  • Reply susieherself 3rd May 2017 at 10:11 am

    You are a great boss- can I have a job please? I love these monthly roundups

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd May 2017 at 10:23 am

      Of course you can – haha! I hope you have a great month.

  • Reply Pregnant Eve 3rd May 2017 at 10:49 am

    Your photos always give vibes of serenity and calmness.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd May 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thank you for your kind comment.

  • Reply Stacey Sheppard 3rd May 2017 at 11:57 am

    I always love your photos. I bet your digital detox was a wonderful experience. It’s so important to switch off every now and then.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd May 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Stacey. Yes it was lovely to take a break. I hope your month has got off to a great start!

  • Reply happywiseowl 3rd May 2017 at 12:05 pm

    So important to take time off…and be away from the digital world as well! Sounds like you had a fab time!
    Em x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd May 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you. Happy new month!

  • Reply Jules 3rd May 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Ahh what a fabulous month! I love that you took annual leave and I’m excited to see/hear what these plans are of yours! And huge congrats on the awards shortlisting – so well deserved! Xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th May 2017 at 9:02 am

      Thanks so much, Jules. I hope you have a gorgeous month! 🙂

  • Reply Karen Knox 4th May 2017 at 10:18 am

    Two weeks!!? Wow. I struggle with two days. A weekend off work kills me. I seriously need to deal with my work/life balance. Lovely photos Natasha x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th May 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Karen. It’s always best to do what’s right for you and working freelance provides that freedom! I hope you have a wonderful new month. 🙂

  • Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 6th May 2017 at 9:40 am

    Hello my friend,

    Natasha you are a very wise woman, inspired by you I now take sunday offline! However I did not manage Easter Well done to you.
    I too am looking forward to your plans…

    bestest as always
    Ashley x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 6th May 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thank you, Ashley. Spending Sunday offline sounds blissful! I hope you have a gorgeous weekend.

  • Reply Geraldine 8th May 2017 at 11:25 am

    Your April looks fabulous x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th May 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you, Geraldine. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply stuffnfings 8th May 2017 at 12:32 pm

    What a lovely post and post idea! 🙂 x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th May 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Victoria 9th May 2017 at 11:41 am

    I hope you enjoyed Comic Con, I went with my brother and nephew a year or two ago and loved it.

    Victoria x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th May 2017 at 3:25 pm

      It was great fun, thanks! I hope you’re having a lovely week.

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