18.08.2017- London Loves: Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Friday, 18 August 2017

Let’s be honest, there are few places in the heart of central London which could reasonably be called an oasis of calm- especially at the height of the summer holidays. Whilst I’ve been battling to make my way to and from the Tube amidst a hubbub of people, navigating spells of sweltering summer weather and torrential rain alike, it’s fair to say that there’s not really been all that much time for any relaxation over the last month or so. Having said that, I’m delighted to have discovered a new tranquil treasure in the heart of the city- namely the recently opened Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden:

Whilst I’m yet to take a trip to the original branch of Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, the opening of this central London sister shop has been on my radar since it was announced at the start of the year. Not only is the main store the perfect destination if you’re looking to indulge in all things green-fingered, but the accompanying deli is a real must-visit for fresh produce and a delicious lunchtime offer- as well as a beautiful on-site florist. The design of the shop is pretty special too, with light and airy surroundings evoking a really homely feel, and lots of treasures festooning shelves and furniture in a way which compels you to want to snap it all up and take everything home with you in an instant! Even better, the surroundings are so tranquil that you’ll feel like you want to stay forever. So, whether you’re after a beautiful bouquet, some gardening goodies or something to inspire your interiors, look no further! 

Have you visited Petersham Nurseries? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

16.08.2017- A Haircut at Rush, Shepherds Bush

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

If I'm being totally honest, there aren't all that many things which will get me out of bed early at the weekends, let alone earlier than I would usually be up and out of the house during the week. Brunch is perhaps the one obvious exception, but other than that I tend to prefer morphing into something resembling a sloth of a Saturday and Sunday morning. Having said that, however, at the end of last month I found myself up bright and early for a very special Saturday morning trip to the newly opened Rush salon in Shepherds Bush- starting the weekend in style and giving my messy barnet some long overdue tlc:

Opened a little less than a month ago, Rush Shepherds Bush is wonderfully light, airy and spacious, offering a really comfortable and relaxing atmosphere from the moment you step through the door. I've been a regular at my local Rush branch for a while now, so knew I was in good hands from the get go- and, needless to say, my hair was very much in need of a trim. After downing a glorious cuppa, I was treated to a luxurious hair wash and head massage (surely the fastest route to immediate relaxation!), before chatting to my stylist, the wonderful Dee, about what I wanted to go for. 

If you've been reading these pages for a fair few years then you'll be well aware that I've gone through a number of different phases with my hair- from embracing long tresses to the more practical shorter cut which I'm sporting at the moment. As much as I sometimes miss having long hair (and being able to pretend that I'm an honorary member of Haim), my hair is so thick and heavy that it's just much more practical to keep things on the shorter side. Dee worked super speedily to take a lot of the weight out of the top and back, created a layered long bob with a lovely shape to it, and a slight undercut at the back. Adding volume and texture, she blowdried sections of my hair before cutting into them, creating a slightly messy feel which was completed with a spritz or two of sea salt spray. I left the salon over the moon with my new and improved 'do- and now it's had a week or two to settle, I couldn't be happier. A big thank you to Dee and the fabulous team at Rush Shepherds Bush for looking after me! 

To celebrate the opening of the new salon, Rush Shepherds Bush are offering 50% off, for a limited time only. 

*I was kindly invited along to the salon for a complimentary cut. As ever, my opinions and impressions are 100% honest.

(Image credit: Rush and Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

14.08.2017- What I Wore Today #310

Monday, 14 August 2017

Whilst the majority of my wardrobe is essentially something which largely resembles a glorified jumble sale (i.e a complete mish mash of styles!), there are a handful of everyday essentials which I tend to reach for on a regular rotation- and which co-ordinate surprisingly well! I don't think I'll ever be the sort of person to master the art of the capsule wardrobe, but during the week I tend to find myself living in more or less the same sort of pieces, usually incorporating navy in some shape or form:

Blouse- Warehouse 
Trousers- Zara 
Bag- Oliver Bonas 
Shoes- New Look

This Warehouse blouse is a purchase which I made last summer, alongside a matching printed pair of trousers- pyjama inspired style perfection! Whilst the full co-ord might be a little bit much for everyday, luckily it's been really easy to mix and match the separate components individually as I did here, teaming the blouse with my much worn Zara trousers for an almost top-to-toe navy blue look, punctuated by a pop of pattern which is perfect as we head (sadly!) towards the end of the summer. 

What are your favourite pieces to mix and match?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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