London Summer

IMG_2250Dress, Toast (archive sale purchase; similar here); belt, Sandro; handbag, Tamara Fogle; beach bag, Tarango (a fair trade company, with products handmade in Bangladesh); shoes, Chanel; watch, Swatch; necklace Baccarat; earrings, Lindex (similar here); sunglasses, Anthropologie; nail polish, Essie Boat House

Over the bank holiday weekend, I decided to take some time simply to enjoy the sunshine and explore the delights of my neighbourhood. I moved to Kingston at the end of August last year, but have been so busy since that I’ve barely had any time for exploration. With London looking so beautiful in the sunshine, I decided it was about time I pulled on a summer dress and took a walk through the wisteria scented streets of Kingston and Richmond.

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IMG_2253Warm, sunny days in London are rather rare, but when they do happen, they more than make up for all the rain!

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Valentine’s Gift Ideas

First of all, I must say I’m rather proud to be managing to post on a week night (go me!), although admittedly this could be in lieu of a weekend post as I have a rather important interview next week, so I’ll have to see how well the preparation goes for that.

I did, however, really want to share some rather sweet Valentine gift ideas that I’ve noticed over the past couple weeks. I must say that, although I like celebrating Valentine’s Day in a quiet way, it never gets me jumping around a great deal (is it odd that I’m far more excited about pancake day (aka Shrove Tuesday)?! I do really like pancakes….). These gifts, though, are definitely getting me into more of a Valentine mood.

I love these cards by Nancy and Betty:

"you're just my type"

"I love you more than mix tapes"

A charming plate from Anthropologie by the wonderful Nathalie Lete:

A sweet poster from a newly discovered favourite shop:

 

Some gorgeous fabric that would make charming placemats – from another brilliant new discovery:

Rococo sweets for the sweet:

And finally, if all else fails, how about some Love Potion #9?