Saturday, 16 May 2015

Catching Up



I had one of those moments recently when you look up and suddenly weeks have gone by yet I've no recollection of the passing time. I know I can be somewhat of an airhead (tis true) but seriously, who stole the last month or so? And whoever it was, can you please tell me what I've been up to and whether it was interesting or not?!


My weary forgetfulness is one of the major reasons I am a list maker. Yes. I am one of those annoying people with scraps of paper floating around with their inner most personal thoughts listed amongst a cupcake recipe and next weeks errands, post it notes galore and one too many notebooks on the go. Lists are a bit of a life saver and for a naturally gifted worrier such as myself, they can relieve a stressed mind and allow for some restful sleep!


Blogging is also a fantastic way to record those moments you wish to hold onto and to share on. So with the winning combination of sharing my recent thoughts and findings in list formation before they are entirely lost to me, lets have a wee catch up!


wearing: Bare legs; making the most of that summery weather (however brief it was). Casual pencil skirts; comfy, flattering and easy to wear.

searching: Apartment hunting in the East of the Netherlands; yes, a move is on the cards!

planning: Coffee and cake with a new friend. Whipping up a retro silhouette blouse for the #Simplicitybloggerchallenge.

coveting: All of the beautiful copies of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland that seem to be illuminating the book shops at the moment, in honour of the novels 150th anniversary. My particular favourites were this eye popping pink and black, leather bound hard back copy and also the stunning Penguins Classics version and of course this punchy, one of a kind cover designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood.

listening: The neighbours chickens gossiping in the garden and my early morning cycle playlist. On. Repeat.

studying: Dutch of course, by translating the visually wonderful Flow magazine. Win win!

finishing: My first ever crochet blanket!

reading: After devouring The Help by Kathryn Stockett and A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab I went, once again, in an altogether different direction and am currently reading and enjoying Northanger Abbey by the legend that is Jane Austin.

marathoning: Orphan Black series one and two. Boy was I hooked from the get go. To appease my appetite after completing what Netflix had to offer on the series I have begun to watch The Fall; creepy, dark and mysterious chock full of irresistible Irish accents.

polishing: My CV. You never know when your next project or career adventure is around the corner...

consuming: Caramel cappuccino by the bucket load, pear ice lollies and rijst pap (cold rice pudding!).

adding: These new Dutch phrases and words to my growing vocab; 'Een flesje champagne opentrekken en op de tafels dansen!' ~ open a bottle of champagne and dance on the tables! 'Genieten van wat er is' ~ enjoy what there is. 'Trouw zijn aan jezelf' ~ being true to yourself. 'Begeren' ~ covet. 'Paplepel ingegoten' ~ spoonfed. 'Bewondert' ~ admire.

receiving: A beautiful post card from my beautiful friend and an exciting parcel from the lovely Char for her #bloggerbookswap event!

pinning: Always, always pinning. Most recently though lots of interior inspiration with the move coming up, seeking a new look for my hair this summer and many an hour procrastinating with other beautiful images.

feasting my eyes: Love Rosie, Cake, Still Alice, Laggies, Begin Again and Last Night. Fuelling my love of film, and apparent interest in Keira of late!


So out comes the notebook and pencil in preparation of journaling the upcoming weeks. Feel free to share below anything you've been up to lately or any of your favourite things from this month!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Turn It Up // #1 Early Morning Cycle

Am I the only nerd closet rock star that has wildly dramatic day dreams whilst listening to just the right song at just the right moment in time, as that hazy sunshine hits the train window- the perfect lighting for your music video...


There is something resoundingly fun about escaping into music, allowing it to envelope your senses, letting out all that daily fuss by dancing like a wild woman, perfecting your air guitar and drum solo, screeching out half made up lyrics whilst in a traffic jam or choreographing some seriously 'contemporary' dance moves in the shower (tread wisely here!).


One of my favourite things to do is switch up my playlists for my journey to work, for crafting in my little studio and for evenings relaxing at home. I think this could make a nice series of posts for our ever changing moods and this first playlist I am sharing is what I have been using for my early morning cycle. I hope one or two of you enjoy. Pleasant jamming dearest peoples!


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