15.10.2018- Creativity in Bloom

Monday, 15 October 2018

If you, like me, have a comparatively uninventive, desk heavy job, it can be pretty tricky to find the opportunity to injection some creativity into the mix. At the moment, my life is more or less a series of to-do lists, and like a lot of people, I often struggle to find the time to do things for myself which used to come as second nature- whether that’s reading a book, running a bath or even plucking my eyebrows! Having said that, this year (and more so now with winter in prospect), I’ve been making much more of a concerted effort to take some time out to embrace activities which are about as far away from my weekday routine as possible, celebrating creativity and taking inspiration from a very special source: 

I fell in love with calligraphy about eighteen months or so ago now, and it’s always something which I find really helps me to relax and channel my energy in a different way to the standard slog of typing and sending email after email. I’ve not really been swept up in the whole mindfulness phenomenon, but there’s definitely something to be said for carving some time out to focus entirely on one thing, honing your creativity and having something tangible to show for it at the end of your pursuits too. Inspiration wise, I always feel slightly more creative when I’ve got something lovely to look at- whether that’s a beautiful blue sky outside, or with fresh blooms on my desk, as was the case here. This beautiful Elysian Day bouquet was a special delivery from Bloom & Wild, and is part of their freshly launched Liberty collection. Not only is it a perfect representation of one of my favourite shops (and indeed another destination which helps me to embrace my creative side!), but the beautiful array of blooms is perfect for bringing some autumnal energy inside- and even better than that, the flowers match my favourite calligraphy ink perfectly! 

What do you do to get creative? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.) 

*This post has been created in collaboration with Bloom & Wild. As ever, my opinions and impressions are 100% honest.

10.10.2018- What I Wore Today #349

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

It’s not often that I get the opportunity (nor indeed show the inclination!) to get dressed up. Day to day, I much prefer reaching for comfortable staples which will see me through the day fuss free and with minimal need for maintenance. Having said that, it does always make a nice change to be able to switch things up a little bit and make an effort, and a little while ago a recent addition to my wardrobe well and truly came to the rescue:

Dress- Olivier Bonas 
Bag- Linea at House of Fraser 
Shoes- & Other Stories 

How lovely is this dress? I snapped it up at one of Oliver Bonas’ birthday events last month, and it’s definitely proven to be a worthwhile investment, especially as it wonderfully bridges a smart shaped gap in my wardrobe. The slightly looser fit also makes it brilliantly comfortable too, and as ideal for the daytime as it is for the evening. Here I paired it with some non-sporty footwear (miracle upon miracle!) in the shape of these much hyped buckle loafers from & Other Stories- which I think I’ll slowly grow to love after I’ve managed to break them in! 

Have you stepped out of your style comfort zone recently? 

(Image credit: Katharine Morgan, please do not reproduce without permission.)

08.10.2018- My Month in Pictures: September

Monday, 8 October 2018

Another month down, and now it very definitely feels like we're on the home straight to Christmas..! Whilst the next few months are certainly going to feel like a long old slog, I'm feeling pretty grateful for a seriously sunny September and introduction to October- giving us an opportunity to cram in as much of that essential Vitamin D as possible before it starts getting dark at teatime. I don't have a huge amount on the horizon over the next couple of months, so I'm quite looking forward to some seriously hygge weekends- box set and book recommendations very much welcome! Anyway, before I get ahead of myself, here's a look back at what I've been up to over the last few weeks:

A glorious September sunset/Cosy weekends/Doughnuts galore at the Oliver Bonas birthday event/Blooms for days!/That sky!/Neal's Yard in the sunshine/Anthropologie beauty/The Olivia Burton pop up in Covent Garden/Guildford!/Another beautiful golden hour/Gourds for days!/New autumn threads- watch this space!

All in all, not too shabby! October so far has been pretty dreamy- and I've got some day trips to look forward to before the month is out too. More on that soon!

What have you been up to recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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