Friday, 28 January 2011

More of the karma...

I realised recently that I have been blogging plenty about the 'cupcakes' but not much about the 'karma' lately. Not since last new year when I blogged about my Grandad and the year ahead. Looking back now it has a different poignancy as Grandad past away last summer.

I never did make the course in London and my business that I was putting so much energy into this time last year finished after it began to be a strain on our already limited financial resources. So not quite the year I had anticipated, and yet I feel like I learnt alot about life and myself through making choices and yes, through making mistakes.

I made a very important decision to put my son first and put my own ambitions aside for the time-being. Of course I would love to have my own business one day and I am planning to learn new skills and experience new things at every opportunity, but for now I am enjoying seeing Noah experience new things every day, and teaching him the skills that I hope will be so important for him in the future.

I have followed my heart and taken a step back to 'enjoy the moment' with Noah - for now. I figure there will be plenty of time for planning my future working life in the years to come while Noah is at school, university and creating his own life.

An important part of this process has been rediscovering my love of yoga and I have also begun meditating. The hardest part of being a full-time Mum was trying to find space in the day to switch off, or focus on myself. I often felt that life was running away from me, and I was struggling to keep up, so learning to meditate and practice yoga again has given me a renewed calmness and focus. Yoga is about making positive, considered choices, and everyday it is helping me to make positive, considered choices in my life and with Noah.

For more information on yoga I'd recommend Yoga Journal as a good starting point. I've also started reading Loving What Is by Byron Katie about accepting what really is, over what your mind tells you about a situation, a valuable tool in raising an energetic 2 year old.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Something a little different...

I have decided I have a retailing-affliction, I haven't put a name to it yet but I'm sure I can't be the only one with it. My favoured lines and products are always obscure, prohibitively expensive, or from another country so not widely available in this country. Generally the vintage and second-hand finds will satisfy this frustrating whim, but sometimes other brands creep into my consciousness and I can't ignore them.

So here are some of my favourites at the moment.

Tory Burch - resort collection. Beautiful jewel colours and prints in wearable, modern pieces.

Anthropologie home and fashion - pretty pieces that have that covetable flea-market feel, but now available on-line in the UK.

Kate Spade accessories and stationary - cute and fun in the brightest, sugary shades.

Danish brand - House Doctor - available at some selected on-line stores and boutiques. Quirky pieces for the home and clothing.

Jonathan Adler - American interior designer whose distinctive style is bold and always inspiring.

Monday, 24 January 2011


When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,

William Shakespeare

I can't wait... I can feel the warmth slowly creeping back into the air. The sun seems to be that little bit longer in the sky, thank goodness. I'm so looking forward to the long evenings and more days spent outside enjoying our beautiful surroundings.

Here are a few things that have caught my eye lately and reminded me that spring is just around the corner.

A great vintage Blumarine dress that has been languishing in the back of my wardrobe and my favourite Jaeger London crocheted jacket.

Some lipstick pink Hyacinths my Mum kindly bought me that are beginning to flower, filling the house with their sweet smell.

Gorgeous vintage inspired fashion pictures. Tim Walker for British Vogue:

Mario Testino for American Vogue:

Gilles Bensimon for US Elle:

Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair:

And the brilliant Domino Book of Decorating - a perfect Christmas gift from someone who knows me too well:

Rosie's Boudoir in Scarborough - the most inspiring vintage shop I've been into in a long time. Full of the most incredible finds that would make anyone look like a Hollywood star if they wore one. I could have spent a fortune!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Home-made gifts...

I thought it only fair to share my efforts at home-made christmas gifts after making such a point of it before the holidays. Hardly Martha Stewart but it's a start.

Also an interesting point of reference with regards my photography! The previous post is where I want to be...and get the idea!

Home-made ginger biscuits

Calender - template downloaded from the internet

Home-made chocolate truffles in glass jars decorated with
buttons and labels made on my laptop


In a few weeks time I begin a photography course. I have very little expectation as to what this will lead to but see it as an opportunity to improve my picture-taking and hopefully make the blog abit more inspiring too.

My obsession with photography and all things visual fills our home, from prints on the walls to coffee-table books cluttering the shelves and endless cuttings from magazines spilling out of notebooks and folders, so you can imagine how I can easily spend hours on-line looking at beautiful images.

Here are some that I discovered through another blog: Things Izzy Loves

Eva Lindh is a swedish fashion and interiors stylist and my current obsession is for all things interiors.

Simplicity, composition and natural light are my watch-words for great pictures. Objects put together in a quirky way like in this first picture are an interesting contrast to more conventional compositions.


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