THE WEEKEND EDIT

It’s been a while since I’ve done a weekend edit post, mainly because I’ve either been away, getting on with ‘project declutter’ or trying to rest and recharge for the week ahead. This last weekend however was pretty active as I tried new things, caught up with my best friend who is overseas and enjoyed the sunshine, all in all a really lovely weekend! 

Friday night was pretty chilled with a soak in the tub and then curling up & catching up with Betty magazine; just what I needed after a long week at work. 

Saturday I was up and out early as we were off fruit picking. It was the first time I’ve been although it’s been on my bucket list for ages so it was great to try something new and it was such a beautiful summer’s day too. We’d headed to Parkside Farm just outside of Enfield & it was amazing to see urban London quickly roll away into fields and fields of fruit and vegetables. I gotta tell you though, fruit picking, it’s addictive! Before we knew it we had punnets full of all kinds of berries and bags of fresh vegetables. You just can’t beat that feeling of pulling fresh produce from the earth & then rustling up something delicious to eat.

We had time for a quick ice cream pit stop before heading off to Oxygen Freejump trampoline park in Acton. Again another first for me, I haven’t really been on a trampoline since I was 16, but the trampoline park was great! There were of lots of trampolines but also trampoline dodgeball ball and my favourite bit, the foam pit assault course which looked like something from the Gladiators! It was time to pick up a punch bag equivalent of those giant Gladiator cotton buds and do battle on the beam. Suffice to say I ended up in the foam pit and it wasn’t my most graceful moment as I attempted to get out (ahem I may have needed the Body Coach lookalike to lift me out), but it was all so much fun & I can’t wait to go again!

We ended the busy day by chilling out on deck chairs at Camden Beach at the Roundhouse. There was such a lovely summery vibe as people sipped rum punch and built sand castles or played volleyball with the complimentary essential beach accessories. One of the best Saturdays of the year  so far for me.

Sunday was a much more laid back affair as I got on with all my usual Sunday tasks done, starting with picking up some beautiful fresh flowers. 

The afternoon was spent blogging away at my little patio table in the garden before I pottered around the fruit and veg plants having been inspired by the farm the day before. The perfect Sunday afternoon!! 

The rest of Sunday was spent making progress on ‘Project Declutter’. The end is in sight but there’s been a fair bit of furniture rearranging lately as I’m working on  a dedicated blogging space, which is very exciting!! I’m looking forward to sharing the results of the hard work with you all soon. 

Sunday evening was of course spent curled up with the new Harry Potter book. I had that same buzz I used to get when the previous books were released. I have to admit I’m reading this really slowly as I just want to make that excited feeling last.

Hope you all had lovely weekend too!!

Jx

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The Weekend Edit

‘Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict’

                                                                                                                        William Ellery Channing                 

To be honest with you all, this last weekend I was originally meant to be jetting off on a lovely weekend break somewhere sunny with palm trees, but unfortunately no matter how much you want things to work out, sometimes things don’t always go to plan. I was determined not to let it get me down though, so I came up with a plan b and you know what? Plan b turned out to be pretty awesome, one of the best weekends! It was a perfect balance between some much needed me time, catching up with friends and doing new things; very much the type of weekend I needed. 

Friday I night headed to Pure Gym for my first real work out of January 2016. I tried out one of the beginner HIIT sessions from The Body Coach and it certainly got my heartbeat up! On my way back home from the gym, I took a little detour around Canary Wharf and went to explore the Winter Lights installation.

Saturday I was up and out pretty early as I headed down to the Lush Spa on the Kings Road for my first appointment of the day. Things have been pretty stressful lately & all the tension seems to have gathered in my shoulders so I booked myself in for the Tailor Made massage, concentrating on my back and neck and well…..it was incredible, I literally came out of the treatment feeling lighter, like a physical weight had been lifted! There will be a full review up soon, but I couldn’t recommend Lush Spa more!

New on Kings Road is Kobox, a new boxing boutique which I’m super keen to try out so I popped in to find out more about it all. Kobe say the workout is like fight club meets night club, which is pretty much what it looked like when I saw a class in action. It looks like a good, fun, workout.

Kings Road is one of my top favourite spots in London. It has all my favourite shops and is so much quieter and calmer than Oxford Street. On the weekends it hosts an incredible food market with the most delicious foods and some live music thrown in. I was pretty hungry after my spa treatment so I treated myself to a homemade custard doughnut and a wonderful crepe from L’amuse Bouche….yum! Although cold, it was a sunny and crisp day so it was lovely to sit in the sun, listening to live Latin guitar as I enjoyed the gorgeous food.

I had a little bit of time to kill before my hairdressers appointment so I had a bit of a pit stop at the Hoxton Hotel, Holborn and grabbed a hot chocolate from Hubbard & Bell, making use of the free wi-fi to do a bit blogging on the go. 

It may be another New Year cliché, the whole, new year, new look thing but I’ve been wanting to update my balayage for quite a while now, toying with the idea of a more bolder caramel shade. I headed to Brooks and Brooks for an appointment with my colourist Shaun.

After my hair appointment, I rushed off to Oxford street to catch the Lumiere light installation with my friends Ade and Ellie. Lumiere was incredible and made me remember how much I love London and how varied it can be. I’ll be posting my photos from the installation this week.

Saturday really was a jam packed day as after Lumiere, I
jumped on a bus to Clapton in Hackney to celebrate my friend Katie’s birthday at the Clapton Hart and it was lovely to catch up with the girls from Shoreditch Sisters. It was a
long and busy day, but such I had an amazing time. 

Sunday was a lot more chilled as I started that day with some blogging before heading off to meet my friend Lottie for brunch at Hoi Polloi. I’d been meaning to try it for quite a while so it was fun to try somewhere new. I had the crab omelette with cheesy mash which was soo good. Just what I needed to fuel me for the day. After brunch we wandered down to Columbia Road Flower Market, another of my favourite London spots. We both treated ourselves to some gorgeous flowers…..I may have got a little carried away as I picked up bunches of Tulips, Anemones and Ranunculus, but they’re just so lovely and have really helped brighten up my mood and home. 

All in all it was such a lovely weekend! Hope you all had
wonderful weekends too.

Jx

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Last week I’d wasn’t very well and had to take a few days off work due to really bad migraines, so I had a much more chilled out weekend this week, trying to catch up on sleep and not rush around at a 100mph! 

Saturday it was good to have a slower start to the day, taking time out to enjoy a cup of tea and a read through my favourite magazines before I headed out to have lunch with some girlfriends. 

It was so lovely to see them, we’ve all been under the weather or stressed out with work, so it was good to share a meal and a catch up with lots of of laughs along the way. Just what we all needed! We then headed off to Brent Cross for a bit of shopping and cupcake eating before I headed back to central London to meet an old friend. I don’t know why, but on Saturday I was just hungry all day so I was super happy to grab some Thai Calamari from Busaba Ethai. We were chatting with the waiter, trying to coax out the recipe to the Thai Calamari, he said it was easy and gave us some pointers….yay!

We ended the day with a good ‘ole movie as we watched The Martian. I think it’s one of the best films I’ve seen this year. For me pretty much everything a film should be as the story drew me fully into a lovely few hours of space travel and far off planets. There was an impressive cast, who were amazing and I especially thought Matt Damon and Chiwetel Ejiofor gave outstanding performances! It was great to see Sean Bean back in action too and I definitely recommend The Martian.

Sunday wasn’t such an exciting day as it was a day of blogging and cleaning but it was a productive Sunday. I got some outfit photos done and even recorded my first ever You Tube video. It’s still a bit of a working project but I’m really excited about this next adventure for my blog.

It was such a beautiful day on Sunday so I enjoyed a walk in the sunshine and did a little bit of shopping, picking up a shearling style gilet, a lovely stripy tee from Zara and some new gym wear including my This Girl Can tee. I also got this very handy copper wire basket from Tiger, to help me do my tidying up with a bit more style.

I ended the day with a little pamper time, with a soak in the bath, catching up with my essential magazines and a little bit of cake and honeycomb ice cream, felt a lot better for it too!

Hope you all had lovely weekends.

Jx

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This last weekend was about doing something different as I went on my first ever march. I joined a group of lovely women from the Shoreditch Sisters WI and together we represented the Shoreditch Sisters at the Solidarity With Refugees rally organised by Amnesty International.

The refugee crisis has long been hitting the headlines and the recent heartbreaking images on the front pages of global media have moved so many into acknowledging that this crisis involves everyday people who through no fault of their own, have lost the place they called home.

The sun came out and there were tens of thousands of people including families with young children holding ‘refugees welcome’ signs made with finger paint and even solidarity dogs marching through the streets, starting off in London’s Park Lane, heading down to Downing Street and concluding at Parliament Square where there were speeches from a number of politicians and public figures including Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected leader of the Labour party. To be honest I had been a bit nervous about the march as I can get anxious in large crowds, but when there, I found myself caught up in the atmosphere of the rally and I didn’t have any need to panic. I really was so glad I took part, it was such an amazing experience to be a part of the march with the Shoreditch Sisters.

After the march, unsurprisingly we were all pretty tired, hungry and thirsty so we found a little spot on the grass by the London Eye. A few of us headed off along the Southbank in search of food and that’s where the lovely Laura and Jodie from the Shoreditch Sisters introduced me to Bleecker St Burgers! I’d heard such good things about them from my meat loving friends, so I wasn’t really expecting them to do a veggie burger, but I was wrong & the Bleecker St. veggie burger turned out to be the best one I’ve had so far! Made of crispy fried tofu, with cheese & chilli sauce in a sesame seed burger bap, it formed an incredible combination & disappeared in next to no time. I was equally impressed with my fries & coffee shake but I think my eyes may have been bigger than my stomach! 

On Saturday evening I headed off to The Driver at Kings Cross for my friend Fiona’s birthday & we had a fun time celebrating and enjoying the surprisingly warm evening on their rooftop terrace. 

Sunday was a fun, busy day filled with all things blog related including an impromptu outfit photoshoot. It’s just so lovely to get lost in my blog again. I did have a little break from blogging to hit the shops with my Mum on Sunday where I ended up picking up one or two lovely Autumnal pieces which I can’t wait to share with you all. 

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too! 

Jx

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This last weekend was pretty busy but full of so many fun things and great experiences. The sun was out, well on Friday and Saturday at least, with temperatures reaching a wonderful 29C in London, it was glorious! 


On Friday I escaped work early with my friend Kate & we headed down to the Margaret Dabbs Sole Spa in Liberty, where we’d booked in for a manicure & a medical pedicure. I have to say it was the best pedicure I have ever had, so much so I’ll be doing a separate blog post on it soon….no feet pictures though I promise. My feet were given the attention they so needed & all the sore spots and problem areas were carefully treated. My feet were left feeling so amazing, happy and healthy.

After some much needed pampering, Kate an I headed to DeHesa, rounding the evening off with some delicious tapas including stuffed courgette flowers, my absolute favourite! It was the perfect girls night to signal the weekend after a tiring working week. 

               

               

               

Saturday was lovely, with a leisurely start to the day, enjoying breakfast and the sunshine in the garden before heading to Liverpool Street for a blogging event by Magnet Look at the Andaz Hotel. There was an interesting panel discussion as well as the chance to meet some lovely bloggers and we got to have an exclusive look at the Magnet Look platform which brings fashion, beauty, reviews and shopping all onto one site. 

I can’t get enough of terrariums at the moment and I loved these ones at the Andaz Hotel

Treats to spoil us at the Magnet Look event

From one blogging event to another, as I hot footed it to the #The Bloggers Market at The Hoxton Hotel, Holborn. I managed to get there for the last 10 minutes of the shopping event and in doing so, I was able to get this vintage look leather camera bag from What Olivia Did for half price!! I was so pleased as I’d had my eye on the bag all day via Instagram and I was convinced it’d be gone by the time I got there. 

The rest of Saturday was spent enjoying the sunshine with my lovely friend Fiona and having a much needed catch up at The Engineer in Primrose Hill. 

By Sunday sadly, the sunshine had disappeared and it was rain, rain, rain, but I didn’t let that stop me. Sunday was lovely as I got to spend the day with my Mum and we headed off to explore Hackney and Shoreditch. We made it through the rain to Chatsworth Road Market, where I was on the hunt for Geo-Fleurs after reading all about the amazing cacti and succulents on Stylonylon. I filmed a short video of the market in the rain on Periscope. It was worth braving the rain though, as I found a lovely potted succulent and a gorgeous terrarium. I also signed up to Geo-Fleurs terrarium workshop in October which I’m really excited about. I got completely soaked though, so we took shelter in Eat 17 above Rebel Rebel and where we had a delicious Sunday lunch. Nut roast with Yorkshire pud and roasties was just what I needed to warm up and dry off.


Eat 17 is beautiful, I loved the Art Deco style interior and it was so lovely to have live jazz music as we ate our lunch.

Beautiful flowers at Rebel Rebel

After lunch the sun had come out so we had a good wander around the shops on Chatsworth Road and I managed to find a beautiful vintage teacup and saucer and a palm print dress all for under £10!! We ended the day in Shoreditch, having another little explore, looking at the street art and refueling with some tea and cake at Barber and Parlour.

It was such a lovely weekend! It was good to keep busy by seeing friends and spending some time with my Mum and it was so much fun to explore and discover new areas of my home City.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend?

Jx

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  1. September 1, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    Oooooooh all the cakes and so on look incredible! I'm so in the mood of a much needed slice (slab) of cake right now…
    I've never been to a blogger sale before, do you recommend it? I love that Camera bag, I've been looking for a more attractive one for when I take out my fella's camera! 🙂 xo

    • September 1, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      Hi lovely, yes definitely recommend blogger sale. I picked up the camera bag for less than 10% of the original price and it's a great event to meet up other bloggers.I'd been looking for a nice camera bag for ages and was really happy I found one xx

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