Monday, Monday....

After seemingly endless days of rain in London, today the sun shone all day was fabulous!! 

Instagram Photo A Day....
going to do this for May....trying to improve my photography skills.
Anyone else doing it?

Throughout the month of May I will be writing about 
"Summer Beauty"....
beauty, fashion, health and fitness, travel and contributions from some wonderful bloggers amongst other things - plus all things summer.
I also have some really fabulous beauty giveaways...don't go anywhere!

If you would like to contribute or if you have a beauty/skincare product you'd like me to include, do please email me.

I can't wait!!

Last November I wrote about "Wellness and Wellbeing", other bloggers and women shared some fabulous information and opinions, it was such an amazing issue to explore.

Happy Monday!


Friday Fabulousness....

The Duchess of Cambridge in Matthew Williamson in London this week....

Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes on Monday....I had a such a great birthday!

I read somewhere that you should plan just three things for your week-end - 
if they all happen then you'll feel happy, if they don't happen then it doesn't really matter 
- and if you do more than three things, even better!! 3 are :
Fri - making a pavlova for a party tomorrow night
(still working on perfecting my meringues, so fingers crossed!)

Sat - a long walk somewhere/anywhere
(April has so far been the wettest month in England for years, rain has hardly stopped this week!)

Sun - birthday lunch at Moro
(I've been wanting to go here forever, the food is a-maz-ing!)

My Twitter account has been hacked twice this week so my apologies to anyone who follows me....
I have now changed my password twice and hope it will not happen again. 
My account has been sending out direct messages to my followers telling them that horrible things are being said about them online and attaching a link - not very nice. 
I have no idea how this has happened - but I am sorry :)

The winners of the Mediterranean Essentials are :
Irene, Kate Cunningham, Splenderosa and Cassandra
Please contact me by email with your name & address :) 

Have a great week-end!


Liz Earle Beauty Co Ltd

Review : NotOnTheHighStreet.Com

I've been ordering gifts and things for my home and children for some time now from 
I'm a big fan of their interesting, original and high quality selection of items.

I have been eyeing their personalised prints for some time, knowing I wanted one but not quite sure which one to choose.
I finally opted for the personalised print by Rosie Ribbons as seen here  ....
I chose a list reflecting the things that my whole family love....

I have to say that I am absolutely thrilled with it, we all love it!

I ordered the medium size print in "blues".
The print comes unframed but I bought a white Ribba frame from Ikea and it fits perfectly.
I received my print within 6 days (they had said it could take 14-21days) and it arrived in a very sturdy tube.
International shipping is available and UK delivery is free.

It makes a wonderful gift - my children would like their own personalised "likes" prints and I already have a couple more in mind as gifts for friends with special birthdays coming up.
I will definitely be ordering more.

Friends, Food, Laughter and A Little Love....What More Do You Want?

April 23....

today is my birthday and this is my schedule :)

8am : breakfast + kisses+love+gifts+birthday cards from my children
9am : friends + good coffee + cinnamon cake
11.00am : shopping time in favourite London shopping street 
12.45pm : lunch (excellent noodles) + favourite best friend
4.00pm : tea + cake with very best children in the world
8:00 pm : cake + gifts + wine + lots of laughter with very very lovely girlfriends
(dinner with husband to follow next week-end due to prior work commitments!)

Now if that's not a wonderful birthday, then I don't know what is ;)

HaPpY bIrThDaY tO me!!

Happy Weekend....

Isn't this the most amazing space?

....such emotion, this is a wonderful photo....

....rooftop loveliness....

Super-busy week this week...and not nearly enough blogging!!

Lots of exercise, planning, talking and healthy eating thanks to my new personal trainer....
it's been fantastic and something I'll definitely be sharing more about here on my blog.

Off to Bath for the day tomorrow, I can't wait....see you on Monday!

Happy Week-end!

Liz Earle Beauty Co Ltd

I bought this at Christmas and absolutely LOVE it....
so refreshing, I use it in the mornings instead of water on my face.

I Heart London....

Borough Market, London's best market for foodies....

The Shard....not quite finished but currently the tallest building in Europe.... 

The Monument....built in Pudding Lane to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666....

The London Eye on London's South Bank....

Blossom in St James's Park

Big Ben and Westminster Underground Station....

Tower Bridge.... 

London cupcakes....more about these to come soon :)

I've lived in London since I was 6 years old....
I went to school here and I've always worked here.
I grew up in south London and now I live in north London.
I'm without doubt a city girl.
I love the hustle and bustle, the vibrancy, the noise....
the culture, the people, the streetlights....
London is exciting, it's a city full of contrasting neighbourhoods....

I rarely drive around the city and, if possible, always opt to take public transport....
I don't travel at rush hour very often any more but I love the Underground and the red London buses.
If I have the luxury of time, I'll quite happily head for my destination on the top deck of a bus and watch the city unfold before me.
My children marvel that I always know how to get "everywhere"....but I have lived here nearly all my life and town has always seemed like an adventure to me ever since I starting exploring it alone as a teenager.

I love the culture and history of cities such as Florence and Rome, the buzz of New York City and the sheer chic of Paris....
but London is definitely my home.

I take my children on trips into the city as often as possible....
I want them to love it like I do, 
to walk and walk....and walk some more, 
to really soak up the atmosphere and appreciate how lucky they are to live here.
It's a big city but it's also their home. 

I also want them to feel confident about venturing out into town in hope that even these small trips will sow the seeds of the adventurers and world travellers I hope they will become.

Last Friday we wandered along the banks of the River Thames
....from the Monument and across London Bridge to Borough Market for lunch. Then past the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern to the South Bank. Past the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament to St James's Park and Buckingham Palace.

Seeing it through my children's eyes is making me see it afresh and fall in love with it all over again.
It suddenly occurred to me last week as we were out and about in town that I am enjoying the city right now as much as I've ever done.
Sightseeing with my children has given me a new energy and enthusiasm for London. 
I share stories and answer their questions, we buy food in the market, watch the entertainers along the river, stop for tea and cake, change from the train to the bus, climb aboard the London Eye and go to the top of the Monument....

I see the city as they see it and I realise that although my list of places to see around the world is as long as my arm, I'd never really want to live anywhere else and that is a lovely feeling.

(All photos were taken by me....I also compiled the collages. I am telling you that because you can't even imagine how long they took me!! Is there an easier way than using Picasa? Please say yes ;))

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