"Five Years...."


Christina from Fashions Most Wanted tagged me recently for a "Five years...." list. Christina must be the coolest girl in London, her blog is extremely well written, you can tell she does her research thoroughly and she knows what she is talking about....her posts on people, fashion, parties, arts and culture are absolutely fascinating.....reading her blog often feels like being a fly on the wall at a very glamorous party! She's also just very lovely....

When I was at school from age 11 upwards, I had piano and drama lessons with the most interesting/cool/intelligent/beautiful girl in the school....she was in my year but she was the lead in every school plays, was head of the Debating Society and could hold a conversation with anyone.....she was clearly destined for great things - and she made it, I won't name her here but I often see her name mentioned in the press. We were chalk and cheese but she was always absolutely lovely to me and I remember her with great fondness....and Christina always reminds me of her for some reason!

So here goes....

1. Where were you five years ago?
I was six months pregnant with my son during a super-hot summer, had just moved to where I currently live (with the intention of only staying there a year or so!) and I was enjoying the last couple of months with my daughter before she started full-time school. I was also working part-time, two days a week in publishing - advertising production. I think I had about  6 weeks to go until I started my maternity leave - although I think that started sooner than I expected after the 7/7 London tube bombings and I, for once, decided that it was too risky to travel on the tube so I finished work a few weeks early. It was a very happy time for me though....my daughter was 4.5 years old when my son was born and I loved having those years with her, just the two of us girls....they were happy days. I am very fond of where I live now, it's a great location, very close to the centre of Muswell Hill and two minutes from all our friends, the shops and school.

My life five years ago actually seems a very long way from where I am now....now I am a preschool mother and a school mother....the two being quite different....and I have two children....very different from just having one....and my life revolves pretty much around my home and my family....


2. Where would you like to be five years from now?
I have been at home full time since my son was born and at the moment I am definitely wondering what I will do next. He starts school in September and I am wondering if I will go back to work and, if so, what I will do.....I think I would like to. I am feeling that I would like a change of scene and that I need a new challenge. Being a full time stay at home mother is certainly not without its challenges. but I have loved it and wouldn't have had it any other way....whatever I do next will definitely have to fit around my children. These last five years have revolved around my children and I have a feeling that the next five will involve some changes for me, some exciting ones! 

We will move house in the next year for sure....not far, probably literally just down the road since really we need to think about school catchment areas etc etc. My daughter changes school in two years time and I would love her to go to one particular school....we shall see!

I would like both my children to be happy and settled at school, for me to found some new challenges for  myself....and for my husband's company to have done so well that he can spend a little more time at home!

I do think that the next five years will be a happier, fuller and less challenging time for my little family than the last five years......I have lost five close family members in the last 2.5 years and all in very sad ways - even as I write that down it seems incredible to me and quite overwhelming ......so I know that what lies ahead of us in many ways cannot be as difficult as some of the events we have been through recently. Onwards and upwards....


3. What's on your list to do today?
Buying new pillows
Buying some summer clothes for my daughter
Laundry
Organising my giveaway gifts for mailing this week :)
Getting started on "Grey's Anatomy" Season 1 boxset that a girlfriend told me I must watch! Can you believe I have never watched the show!

It is a holiday Monday here so it's not a normal day for me.....and I have been enjoying my husband being at home....and trying to ignore the fact that my son was a complete monkey on our brief shopping trip!!!


4. What five snacks do you enjoy?
Crackers and brie - or cheddar
Carrots and houmous or taramasalata
Fresh bread with really cold French butter
Toast and honey or toasted bagels and butter
A cup of Earl Grey tea....not a food I know, but I do love a huge mug of hot tea...and maybe a slice of homemade cake too....


5. What would you do if you were a Billionaire?
Buy a home on the French Riviera, an apartment in Rome, an apartment in New York City, something in The Hamptons and home on the west Coast of Wales - and share them!
Pay off mortgages for friends and family
Travel A LOT! I have been lucky enough to live, study and travel abroad and I think being anywhere else apart from where you live is a wonderful opportunity.
Buy my perfect house - probably in the area we now live in, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else permanently, I do love where we are
Definitely give money to good causes....I am always looking for ways, however small, to make a difference so I know I could spend a large chunk of money doing this

I would share my fortune for sure though.....while I think money makes life easier, I certainly don't believe it always brings happiness. I'm not terribly materialistic and a bigger home is probably the only thing I could tell you for sure that I want today.

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page"
St Augustine

This was fun to think about and I will pass it on the following bloggers should they choose to accept......


Happy Monday!

Friday Fabulousness....Sex And The City


....Sarah Jessica Parker at the London premiere of "Sex and the City 2" in London, Thursday evening....looking fabulous in an Alexander McQueen gown and Philip Treacy headpiece....I love that she wore these two designers again,  just as she did at the world premiere held in 2008 of the first SATC movie....

....Kristin Davis looked beautiful in Norman Norell, Kim Cattrall wore Thierry Mugler and Cynthia Nixon wore Narciso Rodriguez....I thought they all looked wonderful - and very happy to be here in London!


....I admit that I am a huge SJP fan.....I think that she is strong, smart, interesting and funny....and she's risen above the many personal comments that have headed her way since she played Carrie. I think she has shown great integrity and strength. In spite of her enormous fame, she still seems very "normal" in many ways, someone we can relate to....she still looks like she can't believe she gets to wear such fabulous clothes, she speaks her mind and she  still retains her own sense of style - and self. And for that I really admire her.






....I love Kim Cattrall in the show, she plays Samantha brilliantly....



....Charlotte York....my favourite character in the show....and definitely the one I identify with the most....


....via Forty Not Out....








...."that" famous closet....


....love Carrie's hair and that necklace in this photo....


....at the premiere in NYC earlier this week....

....Manhattan.....the "fifth" fabulous character in the show....

I couldn't resist it, it just had to be Sex and the City today. I loved the TV show and watched every episode.....but I have to hold my hands up and admit I was one of those who thought that the movie just wasn't necessary....sometimes you just don't need to know what happens next. But I smiled (and cried) my way through the whole movie two years ago and loved it.... and I am sure the new one will be just as much fun.

I love SATC for the fashion....for the fact that it is set in NYC, one of my favourite cities in the whole word.....and for the humour. But I think maybe I love it most of all for the friendships which endure everything.....the good times, the bad times, divorce, boyfriends - the good, the bad and the ugly and the downright weird and crazy - cancer, infertility.....sadness, happiness, success and failure.....the best friendships endure everything and sometimes your girlfriends are your family and nothing truly matters more than they do....I think the show illustrates this perfectly.

I will be seeing the film next Wednesday with my friends M & S....I can't wait!! 

For fantastic additional coverage and some of the best SATC quotes and fashions, please check out Handbags & Handguns.....she has written some excellent posts today.

Have a wonderful week-end and thank you for all the lovely comments this week!!

Phew!!


Just when you think life might slow down for a week.....it gets even faster....phew!!
It's all good though...

Here are some lovely links for a sunny Thursday....



Back tomorrow for some Friday Fabulousness....
Happy Thursday!!

And The Winner Is....

....as drawn by the Random Number Generator....the Giveaway winners are as follows....

Giveaway 1.......the "Love" pillows by Cox and Cox  
Charlotta from Space For Inspiration


Giveaway 2....a book, as seen in Anthropologie....
Louise from Lou, Boos and Shoes 

Giveaway 3 - for those creative bloggers out there....a blogpost about you and your business, two months free advertising on my blog....and a blog button if you need one!


and one more for luck....

 Giveaway 4....the fabulous selection of skincare products....

Giveaway 5....A Little Bit of Everything from each day of the giveaways....
Ashlina from The Decorista

I had so much fun thinking up the giveaways last week....and celebrating a year of blogging,...thank you to everyone for participating and for the wonderful comments.

Winners....please email me!

Happy Monday!

PS Sarah Jane from lovely blog Where The Sidewalk Begins emailed me on Friday to let me know I had won her skincare giveaway last week....thank you so much, I never win anything so this is wonderful :)


Friday Fabulousness.....Summer Style....+ Giveaway Day 5!!

....the road to the beach is always a happy one....
....summertime....

....summer colours....

....the perfect summer spot....

....summer hair....

....summer berry pudding....

....summer style....love those cute sandals....

....oh, yes please!....

....summer dresses....summer fun....


....summer in the city....a hot Friday night...high above the hum of the traffic...a rooftop bar....perfect....


...summer in The Hamptons....

....one of my all-time favourite images....by Alexi Lubomirski via Dustjacket Attic....

....summer lunch....

....summer wedding....

....summer perfection!....

....I'd love to say that this was me last summer....but I think you would all know I wasn't being quite truthful :) Cute as can be though....

....the perfect summer drinks....

....summer afternoon nap....bliss....


"Yoo hoo George, over here...."

It is a gorgeous summer day here in London.....as I sit at my kitchen table writing, from my window I can just see perfect blue skies and the bright green of the trees....the good weather is meant to last for a few days....so as always, we will make the most of it.....you never know in England, this could be our whole summer!

It has been a week of extremes for me.....we have been madly busy concluding our house sale, moving furniture, signing forms etc....and as of one minute ago literally, we are SOLD....COMPLETED....mission accomplished. We are house-free!! Yippee!! Phew!!

So this week's Birthday Blog Giveaways have been just the distraction I needed....I do love giving gifts but never knew it would be this much fun, I've absolutely loved reading all your comments and planning my next giveaway.

The giveaways have reflected some of my favourite things and today's will be as follows....something from every giveaway this week.....
A gift from Cox and Cox*....
A lovely book via Amazon....
Something handmade....
A skincare product....
plus a little something from London....
I won't tell you exactly what the gifts are...surprises are always fun!

All these items for one lucky winner! Just be a follower and leave me a comment....and if you have time, tell me where your favourite or dream holiday destination is....just out of interest :)

I will be drawing all the winners tomorrow and will announce them on Monday....

Happy Week-end everyone and thank you so much for all the lovely comments this week!

*Don't forget that Cox and Cox are offering all my readers a 10% discount up until the end of May, just quote code SA05 at checkout.
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