I feel like a huge hypocrite wheeling out gift guides when I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet! On the other hand it has to be done so why hide. I’ve been mulling over some ideas for three different categories but perhaps I might just happen to fall into all three. Fancy that! I hope they provide some inspiration for your shopping adventures and seeing as it’s all online it’s also fuss free. I used to love the action of going out to Christmas shop. It seemed to make me feel more festive and in the spirit of things but now I can’t think of anything I’d rather not be doing at this time of year. The same with shopping all year round really. I’m definitely an online kind of girl. Enjoy…
It’s time for a new DIY project over on ever pretty Sugar & Cloth and this time I’ve effectively made a puzzle for grown ups. These geometric coasters can be used individually for drinks or slot together to make a patterned trivet tray for serving. A smart idea for the upcoming festive season, whether that’s for entertaining or giving as gifts. You can find the full tutorial right here.
This month has been manic which I haven’t kept a secret from any one. It’s left me totally overwhelmed most of the time and feeling like I’m doing a very bad job at juggling 20 balls in the air. My November Styling The Seasons shots hopefully give you a peak inside my head with things dotted all over the place in confusion whilst longing for rest and a chance to take note that November is even happening. We’re slowly moving from Autumn to Winter and I haven’t given myself a moment to take that in until now.
A few weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of teaching a talented group of bloggers how to brush letter. I was over the moon that Etsy asked me on board for the Making With Etsy blogger event and doubly happy when I saw the stunning location for the afternoon. If you haven’t been to Bourne & Hollingsworth in Clerkenwell then you jolly well should. The painted white walls, string lights, marble tabletops, botanical patterned chairs and hanging planters in every corner make this place so instagrammable you’ll want to have your phone glued to your poised hand. The large windows and glass ceiling panels mean the whole space is flooded with light even on a cloudy old day.
Budapest definitely stole my heart, even in the bitterly cold and on / off drizzle. I think the thing that first struck me was just how beautiful the architecture was. Everywhere I looked there was another regal looking building, each in an array of soothing pastel tones and there I was with the camera glued to my face, staring upwards to the point where my neck hurt. I loved all the grandeur that was left a little rough round the edges telling the story of the city’s fall from grace in war time after it’s sparkling hay day. I literally had no clue about the history of this city before I arrived but I loved getting acquainted with it. The first thing I think to do in any new city is to take a free walking tour. These tours are led by locals and take you on a route throughout the city to tell you all about the history and the quirks of the place and are usually pretty amusing at the same time. I’ve taken one in Berlin, Bath, Brussels and now Budapest (apparently my city break criteria is it must begin with the letter ‘B’) and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Take one near the beginning of your trip so you can get your bearings in a new place.
Well as you may know if you already follow my Instagram, I recently went on a gorgeous trip to Budapest! I was so excited for a city break, particularly as I’ve never been to hungary before. Much as I know how necessary a chilled out beach style holiday is for my sanity, forcing me to hit pause, I get particularly excited about exploring a totally new place, absorbing some culture, trying new foods and being inspired by colour, shape and pattern in architecture. Budapest had received shining reviews from all my friends and family that had been and on hearing how reasonable it was we decided to head there for 6 nights. The idea was to see the sights at a leisurely pace and prevent that ‘I don’t even feel like I’ve been on a holiday’ feeling.
Kindly Air bnb covered our stay in the city, which I was beaming about as I love that sense of having your own apartment as a base and getting a small taster of what it’s like to be a local. I scouted out this gorgeous Air Bnb property a while ago and was totally taken with the bright, clean decor and attention to detail. If you follow my blog you can probably tell why it had me at ‘hello’, seeing as the place is clearly loaded with white and minimal charm, along with those pure white floors I dream of on a daily basis!