Monday, 23 February 2015

happy mondays; choose happiness

If you are a #theterrificproject follower, and have a calendar, you may notice today's prompt is 'choose happiness'. Today is probably one of the worst days ever for me to choose happiness, due to different stresses and happenings right now, which is annoying as tomorrow is my birthday, and I envisioned at the start of the year February being the most awesome month ever... note to self; stop putting pressure on things!

Anyway, instead I'm looking forward, counting down in a positive way, and have taken steps to choose happiness.
This includes contacting old friends, a lot of baking with my new Snoopy cupcake cases and a wonderful birthday gift full of a range of cakes and spending time with family, and an upcoming make up spree, alongside buying the most perfect mothers day gift I've thought of in years.

Have a wonderful week folks, and choose happiness!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Muddy Late Winter Walks with Cece

 A couple of days ago, whilst staying at my parents, we ventured out to the old woods by my childhood home to take Cece for a walk. To say it was a muddy walk would be a complete understatement... after wading through the mud and sludge in my ballet flats (BIG mistake!) and wishing I had my Joules wellies with me!
 There was one cheeky not so much a pup who seemed to love her walk!
 ( I have so many blurry mid action shots and I just love them... at least it shows happiness from Cece!)

As much as I've loved winter walking, I am very much looking forward to Spring and Summer with Cece... running across the field by our home is much more enjoyable on dry ground, and this year hopefully I will be venturing up London with her to take her to some London parks and woodland... any good spots, let me know!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Lancome Vernis in Love; Madame Tulipe

Say hello to my all time favourite nail polish to date; LancĂ´me Vernis in Love; Madame Tulipe.
My love of this shade started back in 2014... I spotted my mother wearing the colour, and instantly recognised it as the shade of red I'd been looking for to match all my red lipsticks.
I waited, and waited and for Christmas received the nail polish. I haven't worn a different shade since Christmas.
 Funny little (probably pointless!) story; one evening after re-painting my nails, I left the bottle on the kitchen side. Thinking to myself 'I won't leave that there' picked it up, and dropped it, and it smashed; so in statement red nail varnish addict fashion, I went and brought 3 more bottles so I knew I'd be well stocked in case it ever went out of production. The message here... this nail polish is amazing.
The colour is such a rich red, and was perfect for Valentines. At £13, I'd recommend anyone searching for the perfect red, give this a try!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Game of Thrones Exhibition at London O2

The Game of Thrones Exhibition came to London this week, and Sky customers had exclusive access to get a pair of tickets to the exhibition. The exhibition was the O2 in Greenwich, and was free of charge.
 These photos were from the un-ticketed part of the exhibition... what I would give to have a poster as big as this in my house!

 Inside the exhibition was actual costumes and props from the show itself. The room was quite dark, which added more to the ambiance of the whole exhibition.

 There were lots of photo extras, aswell as an ascend the wall simulator... unfortunately lots of the extras had huge queues, so the only one I ended up doing was sitting on the Iron Throne!

Overall the exhibition was fantastic considering it was free, but way too crowded in parts to enjoy the full experience without spending hours there. The exhibition definitely got me psyched up for Season 5 airing in April!

Who is your favourite Game of Thrones character?

Thursday, 19 February 2015

new office; the beginning

Having lived in my home for a year, and renewing the lease, alongside a doubly stressful time in my life, it was time to adapt the house, and make a fully fledged office happen.
In the house there are 3 bedrooms, as well as a conservatory, so having a desk in the kitchen space which overflowed onto the worktops; not useful at all!
The office is just in the beginning stages; there is a desk, and a bookcase. Computer is set up. And a few cuttings have made there way to the walls (pictured above). I rarely keep a magazine whole (with the exception of Rock n Roll Bride, Blogosphere and some issues of The Simple Things) and for about 10 years now, I've had this addiction to having cuttings all over my walls and making collages. I'm not ridiculously crafty, but I love a good collage! 
 The Paddington my parent's got me for Christmas; best surprise present ever. And one of my many calendars.

  Sunflowers are my favourite flower, and I love the pattern on the pot. The Once Upon a Time book was a Christmas gift, made especially, sent all the way from America, with all of the illustrations from Once Upon a Time on Stickers. The story was printed out but I've decided to calligraphy pen the story (ink would be way too long!). Also, my late dogs collar... it's my lucky charm.
 Stationary, jewellery, books and my Fujifilm on one of my bookcase shelves.
& a snapshot of my corkboard. The My Little Box Calendar from January's box, one of my favourite photos ever I took in Paris & the joke from a Joules cracker which had me in absolute stitches the Christmas gone.

I'm hoping to get my office into a Pinterest-worthy state, but more importantly I want it to be my hub of creativity. I'll be sharing more next month, and probably snapping a lot on my Instagram once I get my new iPhone 5S.

What do you have for inspiration in your workplace?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Daytripper; Wandering around Greenwich & The Cutty Sark

Prior to attending the Game of Thrones Exhibition, with Greenwich being on my parents doorstep (near enough!), a stroll around Greenwich was much needed. At 11am it felt a lot like a ghost town, so for future, I'm definitely looking up when the market is on, but the short thirty minutes spent having an amble were very enjoyable.
A quirky little shop in the market area (which was closed - probably a good thing as I'd of brought half the shop!)

I can barely remember the last time I went and saw the Cutty Sark. It really is quite magnificent to look at, and next time when I'm not on a time limit, I'm going to be sure to go in and have a look around.

From the side of the river you could see some views of London... hello Canary Wharf...
... and the Shard in the very far distance!

When I was younger I used to visit Greenwich an awful lot to see to some rather annoying braces I had... I had a nannying job in Greenwich, then when I went to uni, and opted to travel by bus, I used to pass Greenwich most days. On my to do list this summer, will be visiting Greenwich Park, and the museums and market, as most of these I've never done!

Where are your favourite Greenwich hotspots?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My Little Frenchie Box : February

 After thoroughly enjoying last month's My Little Box, I was eagerly awaiting my February box. I guessed it may have been Valentines... I was wrong! Welcome My Little Frenchie Box.
 This month's box was inspired by Ines de La Fressange, a French fashion icon. I love all the illustrations that come through every month, and have them dotted around my office. Even the info postcards have quirky designs on!
 The beauty items this month were a L'Oreal Brow plumper, Terry Khol Pencil & Cheek Tint. I love the My Little Box branded beauty items, and carry them around in my make up bag religiously.
 The box contained another little navy box, which had a phone case inside. These came in two design, red (pictured) and navy. The phone case is going to be especially handy as I'm upgrading to an iPhone 5s at the end of the month, and certainly do not want any more cracked backs or general scratches. This will be the year I actually look after my gadgets for once!
 And another little box was also inside. This contained one of the cutest little jars ever!

Inside was mini messages in the french colours; each message had a different quote... I've opened 3 so far and they seem general themed and fashion.

The My Little World Magazine had an interview with Ines including some flashback photos (which I have cut up ready for moodboards) alongside a wicked macaron recipe. 
Another very successful My Little Box this month. I can't wait for next month's box!

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