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Weekend Picks

Friday, 3 July 2015


This week we experienced the hottest temperatures in London that I've know in nearly 20 years of living here. 36 degrees C. It. Was. Boiling. And working bang in the centre of the city didn't help matters, I can tell you! But I managed to stay cool somehow & I've kept up my new water drinking regime all week, which definitely helps when it's so warm.

So here are my favourite cool & refreshing links from the last few days...


: : Shoot
If you're off to any tourist sites this summer, check out these tips for taking photographs in crowded places

: : Wander
Save more cash for your destination with these 24 tips for travelling on a budget

: : Nourish
No baking required: check out this delicious-looking raw key lime pie ~ pure summeryness on a plate!


: : Inspire
Did you know that adult colouring books are a thing right now? And no, not that kind of adult!


Enjoy the weekend!

Claire

Mid-week Inspiration

Wednesday, 1 July 2015



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Homeware Bucket List

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

If you could replace any item in your home, what would it be? Perhaps something that's a little worn, or not quite to your taste anymore? Something that no longer serves the right purpose for your space ~ too big, too small?

For me, it's not so much about replacing at the moment as about having in the first place! When we moved in January we brought very little with us in the way of furniture, especially storage. We still don't have wardrobes or bookshelves and with big renovation plans ahead, we won't be investing anytime soon as we want to wait until the works are complete before we choose our storage and other furnishings.

So, there's a good bit of time for me to think, dream, plan & Pin. Lots of ideas so far have been about the spaces themselves, rather than the furniture, but that hasn't stopped a few pieces from catching my eye!

Sideboard
Now we have a dedicated dining space, a sideboard is definitely in order. I'm loving this white & wood...

Sideboard

Dressing Table
I'm definitely missing a place to keep my jewellery, perfume & other girly bits. This simple dresser with a mirror works well, don't you think? Love the painted brickwork too!

Dressing table

Photo Wall
This is something I'm slowly working towards, gathering a selection of black & white family photos. I'm aiming for different sizes, but the frames will all be similar, if not the same...

Photo wall

Garden Furniture
Moving outside, we now have space for a bigger table & chairs in the garden and I can't wait to have friends & family over to share it with us! This table concrete & wood table & benches grabbed me...

Garden furniture

So tell me about your homeware bucket list ~ I'd love to know what you've got your eye on!


This post was sponsored by Legal & General

Claire

Weekend Picks

Friday, 26 June 2015


This week I was thrilled to be able to step out into the garden one evening and pick the first strawberries of the year! There's lots of action at the allotments nowadays, so it's nice to have my own little bit of homegrown to enjoy. Next week's looking like a hot one in London so here's hoping for a few more of these beauties to enjoy!

Here are my favourite links from this week...


: : Shoot
A few interesting things to think about in this post about the direction of light in food photography

: : Wander
More tips for the would-be minimalist traveller: 10 ways to pack smart

: : Nourish
I'm a tortilla freak, so these sweet potato & white bean quesadillas are calling my name! And who could resist one of these raspberry & rose cocktails?

: : Nest
Clear your space with these 12 easy ways to declutter your life

: : Inspire
50 things that make Britons feel great ~ how many resonate with you?


Enjoy the weekend!

Claire

Mid-week Inspiration

Wednesday, 24 June 2015



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How to drink more water

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Let's talk about water...


Every year I have the same goal to drink more of it and every year I start off well and then by the middle of the year my good intention has somehow dissipated ~ without me even realising how or when.

I'm back on the hydration bandwagon this week which started me thinking about what's worked for me and what hasn't...


THUMBS UP

Lemon in warm water in the morning


I've been drinking this for years now so it's a well-established habit.

Why it works for me: I make this as soon as I get up & sip it as I prepare the rest of my breakfast


Gym water bottle microresolution


Microresolutions are a great way to create or break new behaviours. I wrote more about them here. One habit I've successfully got myself into using this technique is to always finish my bottle of water before leaving the gym. This helps me rehydrate after my workout.

Why it works for me: even if it means standing in the doorway of the gym necking down the last drop I always do it, out of habit if nothing else!


THUMBS DOWN

Smartphone app


I downloaded a free app a month or so ago called Daily Water. Whilst the app itself is fine, it just didn't work for me. Instead of motivating me to drink, the scheduled reminders (which I chose the times for) popping up on my phone just became annoying and more often than not I just ignored them! I think I need to have the water physically in front of me, rather than having to respond to a signal to get up and go find some.


NEXT UP...

Posh water bottle


I just got myself this Brita Fill & Go bottle which I plan to clamp to my side for the next few weeks to see if it helps me to drink more. The lid contains a replaceable filter so you just need to fill the bottle with tap water and you're good to go. The inbuilt straw can be taken out if you prefer. Brita suggest you refill twice a day to ensure you drink enough water ~ that's seems like a handy and achievable goal to me.

So watch this space and I'll post an update soon!


Do you drink enough water? And how much is enough anyway? 
Have you got any more tips for me to try?


Claire

Weekend Picks

Friday, 19 June 2015


Look what's happened to the front hedge this week!
Yep, we've got that summer feeling now for sure ~ time to dig out the BBQ perhaps?

I've rounded up some nice links for you this weekend, enjoy...


: : Shoot
A helpful reminder of what it takes to be a good photographer

: : Wander
Love this 5,4,3,2,1 packing guide! What a great concept ~ I'll definitely be trying it next time we go away

: : Nourish
If you're not convinced by the benefits of waking up early, read this ~ some great tips to help you get out of bed & make the most of your day

: : Nest
Plenty to admire & inspire in Carolina Engman's New York apartment

: : Inspire
Get motivated with some simple goals to help you feel amazing this summer


Have a fabulous weekend everyone

Claire