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This week has been the first week in a while that’s felt a little bit- dare I say it- normal. A week where each day hasn’t muddled into one- a cocktail of the same cereal, same 4pm slot of Escape to the Country and same hours spent scrolling on Instagram and wondering how on earth I’ve whittled away so much time doing so little.
For the first time in months- this week was a week where I needed my DIARY. My paper diary- a.k.a my pride and joy. I needed to remind myself of things, lest I forget and I had commitments outside of putting the bins out on a Wednesday evening- and it was glorious. It’s taken a while to wriggle up to this point (as I’ve spoken about before), and I know for some of us, getting back to normal habits might take a little longer than others, but whenever it happens it’ll be worth the wait.
Getting to swim in the sea, eat warm sticky donuts on Brighton pier, wander along Westbourne Grove, smell the heady scents of peroxide in the hairdressers and even speak to friends in the throes of a bit of a buckling down day all felt more sentimental this week. Perhaps these were things I’d taken for granted a bit- the things that felt so ordinary, but pack such a certain punch when taken away.
I’ll never ever take for granted picking up train tickets at Victoria, gazing up at the flickering boards to check platforms, seeing a friend face to face with scrambled eggs in front of us or hearing a pal recite a favourite song to cheer me up. Cherishing the little things feels all the more apparent this week, and sometimes when scrolling on Instagram- seeing hundreds of other peoples ‘little things’ can make your own feel inferior, or less important- but this week I’m comfortably bottling up that comparison- putting it to one side and treasuring those things that have made my somewhat ordinary week not so ordinary- whether or not they made the grid or not.

Have a wonderful week friends- here’s to a lovely one next week.


(Forever the dreamiest breakfasts, care of Isobel Bakes)
  • This week I fell back in love with instant photography. I've collected my fair share of Fujifilm snaps throughout the years, but after seeing the Linda McCartney Retrospective exhibition in Glasgow last year (which is in Liverpool now, for any northern friends), fell in love with her storytelling on the Polaroid SX-70 and knew it would be something top of my 'to save up for' list. Admittedly, it's an expensive habit- but I'm sure there could be worst expensive habits- at least that's what I'm telling myself anyway. It's been so, so joyful to fall back in love with analog photography- muddle around with getting something right and being more considered with my photo taking- it's a little like being back in school, and I'll be sure to share any results (even if I do waste a few photos getting there)...
  • In the same breath, I also discovered Olivia Rae James’ account,, which swept me up in a  total whirl and further inspired me to get snapping. My friend Fenn's beautiful photos also have the same effect- and these are certainly two women (along with Linda) who have inspired me a lot this week). 
  • I've also loved tucking into reading the new issue of Red magazine in the bath (very nice and romantic until you can’t see the pages because you wanted to see the sun go down). I’ve spoken about my love of Red magazine before, and if you haven’t picked up as issue lately, they truly have the most inspiring features, writers and recipes- and I always always devour their fashion too.
  • If you fancy a little bit of a vintage natter, this week I did a live chatter with the lovely ladies from A Virtual Vintage Market, where we all got giddy talking about Biba, Gunne Sax and our favourite vintage pieces. I could quite literally talk about this all day (as you'll see), so if you're a second hand lover, this might be for you!
  • One thing I watched this week which I LOVED came in the shape of Shirley Valentine- a film that had heartbreakingly bypassed me until this week until my pal Kerry (and her mama) recommended it. Now, when Kerry recommends something- you do it. You buy it. You eat it. She's always spot on- and this was a gloriously heartwarming and life affirming watch that's free to devour on YouTube too- gorgeous!
  • This tweet made my morning (and for the little I know about football, which is actually, perhaps more than I give myself credit for) this made me laugh a LOT. 
(An important recipe from my latest Instagram discovery this week, The Tiny Italian)

If you're spending any amount of time in the kitchen (or attempting to make homemade pasta like Joe did) look no further than this Pasta Playlist. Also perfect for rainy days when you're staring out of a misty window and pretending to be in a film- this is 100% joyful (and also made by Ambrose from King Gizzard too- in case you doubted the gems on this). 
I swear it takes me about thirty seconds to become obsessed with something- and that is exactly how I felt upon discovering Benjamin Fox, and Ciara's heavenly dresses. At the moment the Elizabeth dress has completely stolen my heart (THE CLOWN COLLAR! THE BOW! THE SMOCK!), and I adore the fact she either uses natural or dead stock fabrics with a size range from a 6-22. I will make you mine, Elizabeth! (which sounds very period drama- doesn't it?)
If you're after some same-city staycation ideas, I have the perfect option...
Some late summer listening to get your ears into, with these two oldie but goodie playlists...
With beauty opening back up this week (hooray!), here is my Beauty Tourism Directory for the big smoke.
Pulling out this Free People number again this week, and remembering how much of a true wardrobe staple it is.
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