Friday, May 27

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . pretty sUmmer shoes in pretty sUmmer pastels at Plumeti .
. 2 . pretty sUmmer dresses in pretty sUmmer florals at Fleur+Dot .
. 3 . a simple sUmmer pinafore from Yoli&Otis .
{ photographed by Olivier Ribardiere for Hooligan's Magazine } .
. 5 . beautiful blooms
{ spOtted on pinterest } .
. 6 . gorgeous gold trimmed pots from MiaFleur
. 7 . tiny paper flowers from HarukaMisawa .
. 8 . my thought for today .
. 9 . this weeks ChelseaFlowerShow has inspired flowers to bloom all over lOndon .
. & . finally .  it's also inspired some lovely spring time baking for this weekend .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Wednesday, May 25

open hOuse . @ . impact hUb { brUm } .

i lOve working from home . i lOve being able to take the time to go for a run in the morning . take time to make breakfast . work early & finish early . start late & finish late . as the mood takes me . but . sometimes { just occasionally } you catch yourself asking yourself a question . & . then answering it . & . it's at that point that you know you need to leave the house & seek out another human being to interact with ? yes . i know all you people working from home are nodding your head at this !

there are a few lovely coffee shops that will happily accommodate us home working types { mainly due to the increased revenue we generate with the copious amounts of coffee we drink and smashed avo on toast we consume } . but sometimes you want a little bit more . something more like a cOoperative workspace . something more like ImpactHub .


the first hUb opened in lOndon in 2005 & the ideal & the footprint it established continues to be replicated in each of the 81 hUbs now open today . the hUbs provide a collaborative environment where people can work . meet . & . learn . communal desks encourage flexible co-working . there are semi-open spaces for meetings and workshops . & . a secluded library area for quiet thinking and privacy . along with a community kitchen for sharing thoughts and networking over coffee . lunch . & . afternoon tea .


the brUm hUb opened last year & will shortly be celebrating it's first birthday { with breakfast & a bbQ } . housed in the lovely old Walker Building in Digbeth it has the same division of spaces as that first lOndon hUb . light airy shared workspaces encouraging the sharing of ideas and experiences whilst you work . a quieter space in the centre of the hub . a secret hideaway for a little bit of quiet contemplation . & . a coffee shop and kitchen offering tea and coffee through the day as you work . oh . & . if you happen to pop by on a wEdnesday you can join in the pOt lUck lUnch . or . on a thUrsday it's polite chatter over tea and scones .


having been meaning to pOp along & take a look for a lOng while . i took advantage of one of the oPen hOuse days they held recently . it was a beautifully sunny day . although i got the impression from the very warm welcome that even if it had been a grey rainy day outside it would still have felt sUnny inside the hUb . there is a real hum of positivity within the building . a very genuine feeling of likeminded people { all be it from different backgrounds and working in different fields } looking for somewhere that they can work . even if it's only once in a while . and meet similar people to chat to . share ideas with . share frustrations with . maybe even collaborate with . 


i met & talked to some interesting people . swapped stories on travels to hong kong & japan . chatted about interior design . about websites . about networking . & . pop up restaurants . sat and listened in on conversations about blogging . about etsy . about folksy . and . perhaps more interestingly . i had one of the most productive work days i'd had for a long time . rather than being the distraction i thought it might be . the background noise of chatter & the hum of discussion was actually what i needed in order to focus a little more on the work i was doing . 


. have a creAtively hAppy dAy .

Saturday, May 21

. hAppy weekEnd .


. 1 . yAy . finally found a little time to share some lovely things with you all !
{ starting with this cUte dIy vase from Kailo Chic } .
. 2 . who knew that hanging out at the laundrOmat could look this lOvely ?
{ by Paulette did . not one . not two . not three . but four lOvely Lavomatic shoots ! } .
. 3 . wOnderfully surreal papier mache masks !
{ created by the artist Elsa Dray Farges }
. 4 . prEtty pOm pOms
. 5 . cAmping just got a whole lot more appealing thanks to Orla Kiely .
. 6 . in days before sAtnAvs we had super pretty maps instead . 
{ is it wrong that i kind of miss those days ? }
. 7 . from the literal & the precise . to . the abstract & the imaginary .
. 8 . my thought for today .
. 9 . spOtted on pinterest . flowers to brighten up your day .
. & . finally . soup for a { british } spring saturday . 
{ and . lOve the idea of sweet potato wedges to dUnk ! } .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Friday, May 13

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . oh what a friendly face . for coffee . tea . for me . 
{ made by House of Rym } .
. 2 . sunny yellow gingham . spOtted on pinterest . 
{ made by Duchess & Lion } .
. 3 . lovely lavender gingham . worn by BFF's .
{ photographed at Enfants Terrible Magazine } .
. 4 . just four of the hundred floral photos from one bouquet . #makeflorallight .
{ photographed by Emily Quinton } .
. 5 . just three beautiful buttons from ZouZou on Mollie Makes .
. 6 . just one idea for a lovely lunch for #nationalvegetarianweek .
{ recipe by Jamie Oliver } .
. 7 . cake coffee & the latest copy of Flow . spOtted on instagram .
{ shared by @salihasikier }
{ shared by FatMumSlim } .
. 9 . you could never accuse a pink elephant of being boring ! 
. & . finally . a very pretty pie that's perfect for a spot of springtime baking .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Friday, May 6

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . sUch sweetness from Sophie Tilley . { p.s. i have outfit envy ! } .
. 2 . pAstel prettiness from Paade Mode . { ditto with the outfit envy ! } .
. 3 . uBer cuteness from Old Navy . { sweetly styled  by @heartsandkrafts }
. 4 . this picture makes me want to fill my house with beautiful big blOoms .
. 5 . this picture makes me excited for our scOtland trip in just a few weeks .
. 6 . a little MidCentury inspiration from Rachel Cave .
. 7 . a little bedroom inspiration from Angeliqe . { just in time for my front bedroom makeover } .
. 8 . a little thought for today .
. 9 . a little outdoor inspiration . { just in time for a wonderfully sunny weekend } .
. & . finally . a sunny forecast for the weekend calls for an iced sweet treat .

. have a hAppy sUnny dAy .

Monday, May 2

. mAy flOwers .

as good as the shOpping is around most big towns & cities now there are still some stores that remain unique to lOndon . Liberty is one of those & one that i always look forward to pOpping into . & . particularly over the past few years with the various collaborations they have participated in . from Hermes in 2009 . Blahnik & Barbour . Acne & Erdem . through to the ongoing partnership with Nike .

the latest marries the classic Liberty florals with the modern LifeWear philosophy of Uniqlo . easy to wear shapes in some of Liberty's most recognisable prints for women & for littleOnes . it has many covetable pieces . 

it has also been beautifully shot by the iconic fashion photographer Nick Knight . who has brought his own unique vision to the fusion of past & future .

{ all images by NickKnight for Uniqlo }

fabulous florals for a mAy dAy

. have a hAppy dAy .

Sunday, May 1

. hEllo mAy .

{ sOmetimes you just have to create your own sUnshine }

hEllo mAy

things i'm looking forward to this month
. a lovely long weekend baking crOissants to start the month .
&
. to end the month a klAddkaka to enjOy whilst singing along to eUrovision .

. hoping to be inspired at the OpenHouse at ImpactHub .
&
. at Pulse in lOndon .
&
. at the Selvedge Artisan Fair at StAugustinesChurchHall .

&
. hoping at some point the sUn will decide to shine .

. have a hAppy mAy dAy .