Lazy days.

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Lazy Sundays are what life should be about. Ok, obviously life is more than that, but sleeping in? So good! So underrated! Most days I am up by 5.30am and out of the door by 6am for work, so you can imagine that my morning routine is far from relaxing and in any way ideal!

When I have time, though, I love slow starts. In fact, most weekends, I am in my pyjamas for about half the day (haha!), unless I’m running out of the door to a market or antiques fair! Eventually, when I can be bothered, I jump into the bath (a real treat as I’m usually a shower person!), and then maybe laze around with a book. So good.

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The beautiful silk nightshirt I am wearing is from Derek Rose. I discovered them on Instagram and instantly wanted one of their nightshirts. The 100% silk night shirt features the ‘Toile de Jouy’ print, which is inspired by the dreamscapes of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Young King’, about a Prince wandering through enchanted woods as he sleeps. Do check out their other beautiful kimonos and pyjamas, at https://www.derek-rose.com.

 

Images: Courage & Dash (not a sponsored post!)

 

 

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Burberry A/W’16

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Sometimes in life, you get thrown a golden acorn (you can quote me on that), and you find yourself on the front row of Christopher Bailey’s A/W’16 show for Burberry. Work does sometimes bring some jollies alongside the stress (and last week was stressful, to say the least)!

I’ve never been to a runway show like this before – having the models walk through the crowd to the sounds of Jake Bugg (ahhh, that voice) – and it worked a dream. It helped that I got to spot a couple of familiar faces too (sadly I didn’t get to take a photo of Nicholas Hoult of X-Men fame but I did walk past him!); so much fun.

As far as my (un)fashion-savvy brain can tell, clunky work-style boots, buckles, and florals are all the rage for this autumn-winter season. Lucky for us, Burberry has decided to drop their collection in their Regent Store now so you can get your hands on it. Thank you for the invite!

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Images: Courage & Dash

The Curious Shop: Loafing around.

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Remember that time I was super excited Loaf Shack was opening near me in Battersea? I went to visit the other day and it was so much fun! Set under the railway arches under double-height ceilings with some exposed original brick work walls, Loaf Shack Battersea is the sort of place you could spend your day in, either working, browsing, or just sleeping on one of their many sofas and beds! In fact, they actively encourage people to do so (it’s not a showroom, rather, it’s an experience venue), with free wifi, an ice creamery (say what?!) and a secret underground bunker-style recreational room – there’s a table football set, a pin-ball type machine, a television, plenty of loungey sofas and cushions. Apparently it’s where all the cool kids from the local school hang out nowadays!

If I worked from home, I would definitely be popping in lots. You could go and get your larger items of furniture (sofas, beds, wardrobes), spend hours picking fabric swatches, or just run in and out for a candle, some bed-linen, or cute glassware. I got myself a couple of pairs of hand-knitted bed socks (yes!) and a candle before I left.

Go visit and let me know what you think!

Visit Loaf Shack Battersea at 255-259 Queenstown Road, Battersea, London, SW8 3NP, of see http://www.loaf.com/.

P.S.: Loaf is having a birthday sale until January 31! Don’t miss it 🙂

 

Images: Courage & Dash

 

The Adventures of Flappy Bird

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You know how you have this new year thing happening so you decide to do things a little differently this year, and mix things up a bit, learn from your mistakes, or just try something new? Well, this year I have decided to embark on more adventures. Such a great word, isn’t it, “adventures”? Makes me think of Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear or Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean. If I had more adventures in 2016, I would be very happy.

In keeping with that aim, I have joined Meetups, subscribed to Time Out, Secret London, and various other things. The thing is, there is so much going on that there is far too much to keep up with! But equally, I guess if I don’t try then I’ll soon slip back into my little routine (which is needed but dull). I found an Owl Experience Day with the English School of Falconry on Time Out and took the husband for a little jolly to Bedfordshire – 3 hours of handling owls and flying them? Yes, please! We were lucky it was sunny, because the day was amazing. Friendly staff, sweetest owls (how cute are they??), impressive falcons/eagles/other birds of prey in the falcony show, sunshine (although it was freezing cold)… it was such a fun afternoon. The School of Falconry has a range of experience days and demonstrations (by the way, England has very strict rules around birds of prey in captivity – the birds are well-looked after!) – do check them out!

 

Images: Courage & Dash

The pen is mightier. Always.

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A couple of years ago, I had the immense privilege of meeting a designer who was starting a new adventure of building her own stationery brand. Now, her brand is stocked all over the country, including Liberty of London. What an achievement! Imagine my delight, then, when that designer, Rebecca Cahill, owner of Betty Etiquette, got in touch with an invitation to one of her calligraphy classes.

Modern calligraphy has seen a burgeoning following, after the style found its way across the Atlantic and onto our home shores. Which is great, given how pretty it is and easy to grasp the basics! Rebecca’s class was held at Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street, a light and airy creative co-working space. It was so much fun reconnecting with Rebecca (who is expecting a little one!) and meeting the other apprentice calligraphers. Rebecca’s style of calligraphy is a little different to the joined-up writing, flowy styles you might have seen on Instagram – it’s the Betty Etiquette house-style, which feels more contemporary and unique to the brand. I really enjoyed how interactive the session was, and how her class taught the basics of classic pointed-pen modern calligraphy, which we were then encouraged to personalise to our own taste and natural handwriting.

If you are still stuck for a Christmas gift idea, pop on by the Betty Etiquette website and get in touch for a workshop voucher or some of her fun and colourful stationery.

 

Images: Courage & Dash

*This is not a sponsored post or an ad; whilst I was invited to the class at no charge, all views and opinions expressed are my own.*

Splashes of colour: Blogtacular Photowalk on the Southbank

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Last Saturday (how has it already been a week??), I attended Blogtacular and managed to get a place on the photowalk. For those of you that don’t know Blogtacular, it’s a pretty inspiring conference with various workshops and talks on things like social media and styling. It was my first time attending, and it was a ton of fun.

The photowalk, led by Xanthe Burkley and Sammee Lapham, took place before the conference; so while most sensible people would have still been having a Saturday lie-in, we were out and about snapping photos on the Southbank. Although the photowalk was in a place that is very familiar to me (we live c.10 minutes away), it was a real treat to have the place to ourselves and take pictures without the rest of the world photobombing! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the riverside quite that quiet, to be honest…

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I’m trying to get better with colour – i.e. be less scared of it, use it more, embrace it – and to try out different ways of building it into my photographs. It wasn’t too hard on the Saturday, thanks to the ever-stylish bloggers and plenty of balloons! Was great getting to meet so many creative brains and fun personalities.

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Battersea is about to be awesome: Hello Loaf Shack!

There were these images of very tasty-looking+brightly-coloured biscuits in the shape of a house, floating around social media, which got us at Courage & Dash very curious indeed – who was sending round these yummy treats and what was this #LoafShack business??

Before too long, we realised what was happening, and we could not have been more excited: Loaf was setting up a show-house in Battersea, filled to the brim with their gorgeous furniture/furnishings, to make something of a ‘home’ which you could enjoy. Excited too?

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If you don’t yet know Loaf (and for our international readers!), the company is an interiors brand which sells colourful, laid back, and cosy furniture/furnishings. This autumn, the brand will be opening its first ‘Loaf Shack’ showroom, which is basically 7,500sq ft worth of pieces for every room of the home (including signature beds and sofas). Unlike most showrooms, at Loaf Shack, you will be encouraged to get comfy and experience the furniture in action.

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In fact, there will be an ice cream parlour in the showroom, and even a mattress-testing area! Perfect for that much-needed midday snooze (lucky if you live/work nearby). Whilst the Shack isn’t open until Autumn, Loaf’s latest mid-season collection is available now – check out some our favourites (we love those colours and plush seats!).

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Stay tuned for the opening of #LoafShack!

For more inspiration, visit Loaf at http://loaf.com, or tweet/Facebook/instagram@LoafHome.

Images: Loaf