Sunday, 13 July 2014
Sunday, 6 July 2014
|Bassike t-shirt, Zara jeans, Seed shoes, Witchery scarf|
Sunday, 29 June 2014
“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”—Henry Miller
|Jo Mercer booties, ASOS clutch bag, Lovisa necklace, Trenery dress|
Sometimes I carry a clutch bag to work, even if it is pretty big. It's kind of cool to only have my phones, some cash, pen and note pad with me. It's also a great excuse to treat myself for a lunch out, something I don't do very often anymore since I'm a really responsible adult now who accounts for every dollar spent and all that. And all those things.
It's absolutely freezing at the moment and pitch black for most of the day. It's been a weird year so far. I have moments of absolutely content and bliss where I feel at peace and then moments where I feel like an imposter, like I don't deserve it. This is the year where I tell myself that not everything in life has to be a battle. I'm slowly learning to let go of the constant guilt that has been compounding. Earlier this year I quit everything that was for me. I stopped exercising and writing. I hadn't done anything for myself in months. I hadn't read a book in so long. I hadn't slept. I was sick all the time and I never bothered to stop and get better. Since then I've let some people go. Why must I make all the effort, you know?
Monday, 16 June 2014
In reality, I needed something practical that would make a fairly small bathroom look bigger and look high end on a low/mid range budget. Fifty shades of white and grey was the only option. It seemed not to polarise anybody too much.
I've learnt that it's important to research and find what you can save on and where it pays to splurge. I initially wanted to wallpaper or at least avoid tiles as much as possible, but as everyone kept pointing out to me, people walk into a bathroom and expect to see TILES, so tiles they're getting. Once I conceded the tile argument I wanted the tiles to be as matte as possible but again that idea was shot down quickly. According to all the experts, large gloss tiles create an illusion of more space and are easier to keep clean. So I settled for "classic white" gloss wall tiles and a beautiful, matte grey textured porcelain floor tile. Splurging on the floor tiles was a very good decision. I really love them. I have lost many hours of precious sleep considering and pouring over pictures and matching shades of grey to shades of white. Real estate photos made me quickly realise all the things I didn't want in the bathroom, yet I found it so hard to decide on what I actually wanted. Maybe that's why it look me 3 years to start the renovation? I am also not really a fan of modern homes and interiors but that's kind of stupid isn't it, how do you renovate something without it being new and shiny and modern? You don't. You choose accessories to match your aesthetic!
|I'm on the look out for a statement mirror. Lots of character and minimum cost!|
|Glass jars and canisters in drawers to hold accessories|
Monday, 2 June 2014
These days I really hate Sunday nights. They used to be my favourite where I felt fresh and prepared for the week ahead. Not anymore. I usually reflect on the week that was and realise that I had't done all the things I ambitiously set out to do for myself and others. I ate the wrong things and didn't keep on top of the washing. I haven't replied to texts or emails. My head is exploding.
Then there's too much to do to prepare for Monday and the week ahead. Meetings to plan. Meals and snacks to think about and shop. This week, my diary has come to a head with the volume of things I need to do and buy. Of course the best way to make a start on those is to procrastinate and drink a cup of tea while sulking about it on the internet.
I have the final bits of the bathroom to lock in and supplies to collect on Wednesday. I am anxiously still waiting for the tapware from Germany. I am really cutting it fine with the fitout due next week. And then there's a budget. Budgets are made to be blown aren't they? By at least 20%, right?
And here's photo evidence of the state of affairs at the moment. It's making my head hurt. My own fault for wanting a home with a bit of character that featured a peeling laminate vanity in the bathroom and horrible mismatched tiles.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
On a recent rainy afternoon I literally opened the door of my wardrobe and screamed in frustrating, hauled most of it out into a tub (or two) and threw it out. I am so bored and frustrated with all of it. All of it! I just want to start again.
|Witchery leather front ponte (similar available this year HERE), CR flats, CR bobble spot knit, Lovisa necklace, Sussan bangle, MAC Russian Red lipstick|
Friday, 9 May 2014
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Dessert was never going to be allowed to be time consuming as the small person doesn't have a very long attention span. She did enjoy watching the biscuits being crushed and the Nutella being combined with the cheese.
It's honestly the easiest and most impressive dessert. EVER! Highly recommend it. It's a busy person's dream. I won't bore you with the instructions as they're freely available on Nigella's website.
Happy and blessed Easter to you all - Hristos Voskrese!
Thursday, 10 April 2014
|Image via Country Road|
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
|Scanlan & Theodore dress, Jimmy Choo shoes - I want these in EVERY colour, Louis Vuitton GM Neverful tote, Lovisa necklace|
Thursday, 13 March 2014
|Morrison tunic dress, Scanlan & Theodore belt, Zara shoes, Samantha Wills bangle|
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Friday, 28 February 2014
- 4 tablespoons of self raising flour
- 1 whole egg
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 3 tablespoons of nutella
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
|Weekly treat for self - fresh flowers.|
Sunday, 2 February 2014
|My darling girl, aged 10 months|
Monday, 27 January 2014
|A very early morning swim - Sportsgirl panama hat, Seafolly beach bag|
|Chicken tacos. So simple and so good.|
|Rounding off 2013 with a mojito|
|Perfection on a plate. Flourless chocolate cake.|
|Massimo;s Gelateria - I always have the same thing when I try out a new icecreamery - hazelnut and tiramisu.|
|Literally the only things I used - a cheap kaftan, Kindle touch, Zimmermann bikini, Kiehl creme de corps, Kiehl midnight recovery oil, Nivea spray sunscreen, Korres fig body wash and ASAP eye cream and SPF moisturizer. So liberating.|
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Thursday, 26 December 2013
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Thursday, 19 December 2013
|Image via Tumblr|
Am I the only one who's really conscious about chemicals and radiation in the house? We surround ourselves with so many pollutants and toxic chemicals. And what about all the beeping devices? Chargers and computers and phones. We often have 3-4 laptops and 4 phones between 2 people? Wow. I don't use a microwave. I don't charge my phone where I sleep. I don't use electric blankets or baby monitors. I have started to use cloth nappies part time now and swear by cleaning the baby with a wash cloth and water. She's not THAT dirty is she? I try to do one or two thorough cleans with the chemically stuff during the year and in between that maintain it with natural products. If you clean regularly you don't need antibacterial wipes and bleach do you? Use up the products that you have and perhaps reconsider.
My favourite things to start with
- Microfibre cloths are magic. For dusting and especially cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. I even exfoliate my face with a microfibre face washer. I mop the floor is water and a microfibre cloth.
- Plastic containers? Nope. I try and store everything in glass containers. Can easily recycle old jars as well.
- Vinegar and baking soda. And a bit of lemon. Pretty good cleaner.
There's less than a week to go until holidays. There's still too much to do. But I'm getting there. Slowly. Slowly.