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Things of beauty...

posted on: Friday, 30 July 2010

Here we are again! Seriously these Friday posts come around so quickly, it astounds me. 'Life moves pretty fast'...so they say. This week, the Boos have been in summer camps which has afforded me a moment or two of pause. I have decided I am in need of some life laundry; as ever I get that distinct feeling that there is too much stuff in my life and I need to edit out, net it down and then regroup.

I posted this week on models and motherhood and bringing up girls and had some inspiring comments and snippets of advice. I love this element of blogging; that tentatively putting your thoughts out there can result in some wonderful responses, some pearls of wisdom that genuinely do help me make sense of things. So thank you... x

Still dwelling on the summer loveliness that we have been having; not for years can I recall a summer where the weather actually plays its role. This weekend, time with family, taking it easy. So some things of beauty along the way...enjoy!





SJP in those Louboutin shoes...'hello lover!'...


Beautiful and simple Bvlgari diamonds...for my friend E.


'A Pink Nude Seated' by Henri Matisse, painted in 1935.


Here's to laundry days with summer breezes, open doors, curtains gently swaying...

via oh you pretty things


SJP in two-tone satin...


I absolutely love this quote which I saw here...I should always pause and consider this advice when things seem trying...


Cycling with beers on-board!


Vintage french ticking linens...

Country Living


I could not resist - for a certain friend of mine, Amanda who loves Molly Ringwald...best, best bit in 'Pretty in Pink', when she re-works the prom dress. Just classic 80's...


Sumptuousness in pink...


Gwyneth Paltrow in her Oscar-winning year in a pink dress by Ralph Lauren...


Plum Popsicles...summer fresh...

Country Living

I love this retro style fridge...we have one, but it's about to give up the ghost...




Ruffled, pink loveliness...


Have a lovely glamorous weekend!

by Chris Nicholls

Things of beauty...

posted on: Friday, 23 July 2010

The first week of summer holidays, so far so good; the entertainment machine has taken effect, grandparents and friends, walks and cinema visits, bike-rides and shopping trips. It's nice to blog for some serenity!

We have friends coming for Friday night curry, the event that signals the end of another work week. It is my nephew's christening this weekend, always love a family get-together...

Things of beauty...weaving from boater hats to breton stripes and lots in between.

American Vogue

'You had me at hello'...Cameron Crowe's inimitable 'Jerry Maguire'....



Martha Stewart



How pretty and dreamy does she look?


Milk and cupcakes, a perfect combination...


This summer weather calls for a gazebo...wouldn't it be lovely to sip a long drink in this little place?

Country Living
Dream-like models in boater hats...


‘Louis Ghost’ chairs designed by Philippe Starck...


Nautical stripes...


The beautiful Heidi Klum for Vogue...


Lavender bundles in Provence...


Utility chic...enamel ladles from Labour and Wait...




I love the milky green accents in this...and open shelves...


'Interior with the Artist's Mother' by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi painted in 1889.


A Fred and Ginger-esque pose...and to think she did it backwards and in high heels ;-)

Soft and mellow white...

via 100 Layer Cake
Here's to candle-lit summer nights and relaxing...

The baby stage...

posted on: Wednesday, 21 July 2010

I have a confession. I did not like the baby stage of motherhood. It's taken me a while to be able to say that comfortably. I had my babies when I was, comparatively speaking, quite young. I was not well prepared. Of all my friends, I pioneered the way, being the first. At the age of 26 when I had my daughter, I don't think I had ever changed a nappy or really even cared for a young baby. Yet there I was, discharged from hospital with this tiny bundle.

At that time my husband had taken a new job as an Executive Assistant or 'EA' - in corporate speak this is the guy who is assigned to an Executive to basically be there every minute of the day, learning the ropes, preparing presentations, meeting the right people. A 'bag carrier' if you will. This meant almost constant presence required in the office, which incidentally was located about 50 miles from where we lived. Let's just say he wasn't home as much as he'd have liked.

I was blue. Soon after the joyousness of having a newborn wore off, and everyone returned to their lives, I was there with a new baby, very few friends in the same position, no sleep and in a state of some anxiety. I marvel at how some new mothers sail through this time. For me it was like being on the choppiest of seas; I was no longer comfortable in my own skin, or in my own presence. Everything I ever knew was turned on its head. It's amazing how such a little addition can change so much. Some say that your relationship with your first-born child is the most complex, as that child is the one who changes you. For me and Boo - this might just be true.

Over time I found my feet, but the blue feeling persisted, as all of the hurdles of new motherhood crept up on me. Breastfeeding a disaster. Sleep-pattern non existent. In fact sleep was non-existent. Meeting like-minded mothers...a gradual, awkward, pain-staking process. Completely absorbing and heavy reliance on the medical profession/self-help books for 'how to do it'. Zero self-assurance. Limited instincts that it was all going to be OK. I think I genuinely felt that those early months would define my life forever. I had no concept that it would get easier.

Of course it did...but the experience did mean that it was four years until I had another child. Having your second child is a whole different ball game, and I knew what to expect when Boo 2 came along. Nevertheless, those blues did make an appearance and I got through it, surrounding myself with strong and patient support.

I now see as we emerge completely - all that remains is an attic full of redundant car seats and baby clothes I can't bear to part with - that the baby stage is just a drop in the ocean of motherhood. It's just one little part of a much, much bigger picture. Looking after and nurturing my children is the most wondrous thing I have ever done and will ever do. I love them all the way to the moon and back. Would never change it. But my goodness those baby days were hard for me. And finally now I see, that's OK. I forgive myself.

Things of beauty...

posted on: Friday, 16 July 2010

It's a big day; my children break up today for the summer. Who can believe another school year has passed? They have 'Speech Day' where annual prizes are awarded for everything from academics to cricket to ballet. Always a misty-eyed occasion for me...

This weekend we are at a friend's 40th - very much looking forward to kicking back with a Pimms, which I am pretty sure will be on the agenda! A chance to wear a new dress and some strappy sandals (despite the inclement weather that has descended!). Life seems to be easing up for me, finally...

I have been really touched by the comments left this week, so thank you for dropping by and leaving me your gems of wisdom. It never ceases to amaze me how this lovely blogging community can inform a topic with insightful analysis! How people have been compelled to say something, so many comments started with 'I just had to comment...' which I think it a real compliment.

Natalie Portman...just look at those eyes...


All paths lead somewhere...isn't this a whimsical tree-lined walk?


Delicate and striking at the same time...


This girl is just so natural and beautiful. I absolutely love these images...I have a soft spot for green eyes (and green dresses). The combination of ponytails and bicycles, pretty much nears perfection to me!


images via from me to you
Tiffany's key pendants in platinum and gold...




I want this chaise...quite badly. Not that it would go in my ramshackle cottage, but still...

Atlanta Bartlett
Cake happiness: baked goods wrapped in paper and string.


Summer loveliness...oh, for that view. I am longing for a sea-view and nothing to do but sit and watch. Maybe interspersed with reading a really good book and lovingly watching the Boos build sandcastles... ;-)


Lush, powdery tea roses in antique pewter pots...


Mint-adorned summer drinks...supped through a straw.


Laid-back dressing...can't beat it.


Blue-tinged posies and petals...

via 100 Layer Cake

'Girl with a Pearl Earring' painted by Johannes Vermeer, around 1665.




Wonderful decorations from the achingly lovely Emerson Made...


A free-flowing outfit...all of the elements of this are simple, I think she looks effortlessly great.


Balls of string...the utility quality of them is right up my street.

via it's mary ruffle
Have a great, big, smiling, happy weekend...



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