30 October 2015

all the ladies

E V E N T || Stylist Live 2015

The weekend before last, all the ladies [and a sprinkling of brave/supportive/open-minded gentlemen] descended onto Islington's Business Design Centre for Stylist magazine's first ever #StylistLive event. Stylist is a free weekly mag which Londoners can pick up on their morning commute to catch up on all things lady-like ranging from fashion picks to challenging topics to inspirational quotes. [Don't worry gents I'm not being weirdly genderist, there's an equivalent for men called Shortlist]. This year, the Stylist team decided to open their pages physically to their readers and provide four days of inspiring talks, food, shopping, pampering, fashun and all round good clean fun in an exhibition format. Read on to find out what we discovered at the festival and what we thought!

where || Stylist Live, 15-18th October 2015, Business Design Centre, London

18 October 2015

proper sunday

P L A C E || The Old Queen's Head

After a weekend of talks, demos, food, pink bubbly and girly fun thanks to Stylist mag* - we craved a good old heart warming Sunday roast. I'd heard that The Old Queen's Head had a good offering so decided to take the girls. The minute you step through the door, you are hit by traditional pub vibes - big sofas, wooden round tables, stools and benches, *that* slightly musty smell and lots of chitter-chatter. The ground floor is quite spacious [with high ceilings] but was already filled so we headed upstairs and stumbled on... an open mic session. Sunday roasts, cocktails and live music - win.

* Stylist Live feature to come this week, I'm shattered!

where || The Old Queen's Head, 44 Essex Road, Islington

11 October 2015

fun at foyles

P L A C E || Foyles

Gone are the days where bookshops are dark, dusty and cramped. With most readers using the Internet to browse, read recommendations and find the best prices, the classic bookshop now has to work that little bit harder. It's a shame really as alongside many others, I love the smell of new books and physically being able to browse through the shelves. But our lives are fast evolving, we crave convenience - our shopping to arrive when we want, how we want and at the price we've decided it's worth. Less is more and time is money are commonly lived by values. So how on earth will bookshops survive when they are essentially based on encouraging us to love books, maybe start our own little library at home or just wile away the afternoon lost in stories, facts and fantasies? Foyles has found a way to lure the avid reader back into the physical world.

4 October 2015

this week

T H I S W E E K #1 ||

Happy October team! This is a bit of a different post but I hope you like it. I've decided to take a leaf out of my flattie's book [not literally, but figuratively] and started thinking [and sometimes writing down] what's made me smile over the week. A bit a-week-in-the-life-of slash a bit this-week's-favourites kind of vibe. If you're intrigued or love a good nosey like I do, then read on. Oh, and let me know if I should do it again.

top row. //

1. blooming great bargain. // I found these flowers in M&S on sale and not only have they bloomed into all sorts of gorgeous but they've lasted literally a week and a bit. I always think flowers cheer up a room so a great impulse buy!

2. ooh graze you, again. // I have decided to continue my Graze-athon and this week was filled with Olive & Rosemary Bruschetta [my favourite so pictured], Toffee Apple, Tuscan Pesto Kern Pops and Jaffa Cake Flapjacks. Savouries won this week [the kern pops were pretty good too] but sadly, I did not enjoy the flapjacks [not a flapjack fan anyway but thought I'd try to expand my horizons and all] and though tasty there wasn't enough dried apple.

3. #OnlineOrderProblems // I ordered some new wine glasses on Tesco Direct [because we have now broken them all] and decided to also buy these candles. The big jar was £5 and the little jars were £3.50 - relatively similar prices, one is the size of my head and the other two the size of my thumb. At least I've discovered a new scent I like, Tesco Apothecary eucalyptus and peppermint, the tiny candle I'm pointing to but maybe I'll order the larger size next time.

bottom row. //

1. how to deal with emotions 101. // I had a bit of a wobble at the start of the week and what else to best solve life wobbles with than a tub of Daim ice cream and a comfy sofa to snuggle into.

2. magic moon. // the start of this week saw a solar eclipse, which happened in the middle of the night and I was asleep. I should have paid attention really as apparently the UK won't see another eclipse until 2090. Woops. At least I got to see this beauty little moon-face early on Tuesday morning to perk up my commute.

3. birthday bash. // can't beat a gathering filled with delicious home-cooked food, great chat and smiling faces. Especially when it's to celebrate another fab year for Uncle B with close family and friends, and samosas and hot naga chilli sauce are involved!

what was your week filled with?