I Heart Copenhagen


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Well, it's sure been a while. I think I'll just start all my blog posts like this now! I'd like to say I've been super busy or engrossed in something new and exciting, but actually life around here has been the norm. Some fun things have been happening too of course though. Like my wonderful husband surprising me with an anniversary weekend away to Copenhagen last month! Pretty awesome surprise I'll say, and somewhere I've been wanting to visit for ages. I've been meaning to share my trip on here since our return a couple of weeks ago, mainly because I just want to tell everyone how great Copenhagen is, but it's taken me until now to get my act together.

Here are some photos from our trip if you'd like to see.  I found the whole place just so cool - the buildings, the people, the food, the bikes. The street style was ridiculous - effortless, minimal, cool... But of course it was the one thing I couldn't really photograph without approaching random strangers.  But I did take lots of other pictures which hopefully give you a sense of the place. And sorry, there's quite a few, did I mention I loved it all!?

The streets and buildings around the Indre By area were great - a mix of apartments, businesses, and shops, this was probably my favourite area of Copenhagen.

Bikes everywhere!

Watching parents biking their children around in big bike carts was so interesting - some kids had cushions and blankets in there and were just snoozing! 

The shopping was so good, especially for homewares, obviously! This homewares shop was full of lots of things I liked and we ended up buying some neon orange flex for our dining room light fittings at home - snazzy :)

Just a few of the things that caught my eye - a whole department store for design-led homewares and interiors, I didn't know what to look at first! The HAY shop was fab and I loved the DLM tables and the wall loop hooks. 

On the saturday we found a little cafe for breakfast, it was so cute - we wanted to take this teapot, below, home with us!

By the canal that runs through the city to the river

The Black Diamond building, and below, the view opposite across the river

The harbour - too touristy unfortunately but still cool to see the iconic buildings along the harbour

Another pit stop for coffee & tea - my cake doesn't look all that appetising, but it was good - chocolate and nut rye bread. Quite bitter but nice with tea (and a few mouthfuls of Mec's super-sweet coconut volcano-type cake thing!)

On sunday we headed to the Design Museum - do you think I could find room for this chair at home?!

The ceiling in the entrance to the Design Museum

Danish open sandwich - rye bread, sliced beef, salad and peppers - so good!

We rode bikes around town one afternoon - loads of fun but not as easy as the Danes make it look! 

Dotted all around town, Joe the Juice was a great pit stop - this is strawberry, apple and banana, yum!

Finally, we couldn't help but smile at the sockets, like little happy faces! This one looked like he was wearing a hat!

I'm definitely planning to go back to Copenhagen again sometime, only an hour's flight, easy peasy! Have you been? I highly recommend it :)

A Little Mother's Day Gift Guide


Thursday, 12 March 2015

It's Mother's Day this weekend of course and I for one am looking forward to breakfast in bed, preferably with tea, pain au chocolat, a magazine, and if I'm very lucky hopefully a couple of homemade cards from the kids! I'm always torn on Mother's Day between wanting to spend the day as a family, enjoying quality time together and feeling thankful for being a mum to two lovely little kiddos (assuming that is that everyone is on their best behaviour of course, no nail varnish is being painted on the newly painted walls - yes that happened this week - and we're not arguing about how it's not nice to call mummy a meanie every 2 minutes when things don't go their way!) and wanting a whole day off, all to myself, without the kids, which might sound a little harsh but would be oh so lovely!

At 5 and almost 3, my two are still a bit young to co-ordinate any sort of present buying themselves, so it kind of falls on my husband's shoulders to arrange a gift for me, if that's what's happening this year... As a I said, breakfast in bed, flowers and cards (homemade or otherwise) are always a delight on Mother's Day but sometimes a treat in the form of a present is nice too of course!

So here's my sort of gift guide to Mother's Day this year...

1. A classic stripe tee is perfect for day to day wear with the kids, and this tee from Chinti & Parker has a fun twist which I love.
2. A bit budget-busting, but if you're on the look out for something extra special, this gold necklace from MayaBrenner.com is perfect. I'd have T and S obviously for Tabitha and Sam, but it would also be nice with just your own initial too.
3. I've been eyeing up these triangle earrings by Tom Pigeon for ages now, and would be great for adding a little extra something to an everyday outfit of jumper and jeans. They come in lots of colours, but these pale grey ones are just so pretty.
4. You can't go wrong with a leather pouch, for cards and small change, or for carrying around make up bits, etc, and this Mog Leather Zip Pouch from Donna Wilson is just the right side of quirky!
5. I don't know about you but I generally seem to carry around about 4 different lip balms at any one time, and yet I still think I could find room in my life for this one - Mojito Lip Balm from Malin + Goetz sounds too good to pass up!
6. I recently bought myself this little cat enamel brooch on a bit of an impulse but as soon as I saw it I couldn't resist. It's cute right?! (And no this post is not sponsored by Donna Wilson, ha ha!)

I hope you all have a lovely Mother's Day, whether with your kids, your own mum, or whatever you do... Enjoy!


A Neat Little Find


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

I don't know about you but one thing I can't abide is decorative tissue boxes. But then you're left buying the more clinical looking boxes that you get in a doctor's waiting room. So I was really pleased to find this fun little house that holds my tissues without drawing any attention to itself - but then when you do spot it on the side is kind of cool looking. I have this one in white, but I'm thinking of getting one in black for my bedroom too. 

What do you think - do you love or hate this? At a fiver I think it's a brilliant little buy for the design concious home! 

Is It A Coincidence?


Monday, 9 February 2015

Spooky, I've not blogged in ages and then today I think, yes I'm feeling it, let's blog.. Only to find that my last post was about dungarees and today I bought some! Not exactly a message from the gods I realise, but some sort of coincidence all the same. Am I coming out of winter hibernation perhaps?!

I'm not sure if I'm keeping the dungarees yet, I think a little hallway catwalk show is needed so the husband can tell me if they look cool or in fact like I'm a children's entertainer (not the look I'm going for!), but it's always fun to give these trends ago if they take your fancy.  After a tip off from The Frugality blog about these black ones in H&M, I couldn't resist popping to town today and trying them for myself.


Plus it was so sunny and mild out this morning the change in weather has certainly made leaving the house a more attractive proposition than usual. I am definitely a warm weather creature I think, this cold spell of late was just really beginning to get me down so today's burst of sunshine couldn't have come soon enough. Is it too soon to say Spring might be in the air - probably, but who cares, I'm saying it to myself anyway! (Above photo is of the snow drops coming out in my garden - my new garden I might add, we moved earlier this month but that's a whole other post!)

I hope the sun is shining where you are today and I hope to be dropping by here some more now :)

Do or Don't: Dungarees


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

I'm fairly sure this look is one that divides people down the middle, and probably the majority will be saying, hey, nooo way! But there will be some who think, yeah, I get that. It's a love/hate thing I think... And that thing is dungarees on grown women.

I have to confess to wearing dungarees A LOT when I was about 11, back in 1991, and I'm fairly sure I wasn't the only one. Sure, the 90s are back, but I'm not sure my 11 year old self is a look I'm up for recreating. Especially since the ones I wore were maroon! Eek!

However, that being said, I've been stumbling across various images of very cool women in dungarees and can totally see why for some this trend is working.

I am fully aware that I am not really up there in the effortlessly cool, this-is-just-something-i-threw-on stakes with any of these women, nor do I spend my days wandering around NYC or somewhere similarly cool that isn't St Albans. But still I just can't let go of how much of a fun trend it would be to experiment with, and when it's done right it does look kinda cool.

What do you reckon? A no go or worth a chance?

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This is the pair from Topshop that I've been staring at and wondering should I?

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