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  • confessions of a blogger on hiatus

    I can barely breathe through all the dust and cobwebs that have collected around these parts… but hello! I’m still alive and kicking!

    Where to start? The last time I wrote was almost 3 months ago, and while that isn’t an eternity by any means, it feels like a lot longer. Probably because I had no game plan, no determined timeline of when I would post again, and no way of knowing if I would want to.

    / August 16, 2017
  • Silence is not good enough

    I don’t even know where to begin with the frankly disgusting news from across the pond. It already has and will have a domino effect around the world, and I find it incredibly hard to see any light at the end of this grim and shameful tunnel – one that I feel we’ve been in since last summer.

    It’s always made me uncomfortable that during times of crisis (and yes, this is a crisis of epic proportions), all we seem to be able to do for the most part is to give money. Donate here, donate there – it can feel like you’re putting a superficial bandaid on something and you’re walking away feeling self-righteous about your little deed. But donating to ACLU is probably one of the best things you can do, especially if you feel as helpless as I do and want to at least do something. Because this really is not about being American or not being American. Human decency is being crushed by one power-abusing, bigot at a time, and if we can’t stand up to them, who are we?

    / January 30, 2017
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    Hello! Happy New Year!

    I’m sensing a lot of positivity about 2017 around me. It probably has something to do with 2016 being a sad and confusing year for many, but I’ll take it. Although last year had me despondent and disappointed on more than one occasion with the goings on in the world, for me personally, it was a wonderful one in many ways. I felt especially fulfilled and excited about my work, my sister moved back to London, I was a bridesmaid for the second time and we saw two of our best friends get married, E and I felt our marriage go from strength to strength, we had incredible trips to Vietnam and the Amalfi Coast, and all our close family and friends have been healthy and happy. 

    / January 2, 2017
  • the AW16 checklist

    Hello November! I may be biased as a November baby and a Christmas/NY enthusiast, but these couple of months are possibly my favourites of the entire year. Although I have a busy month ahead, I’ve selfishly planned to see almost all of my favourite people over my birthday weekend and should have a lighter load during December with fun things to look forward to, so I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in.

    Here are, quite simply, the things I want to tick off in the coming months – all rather frivolous but happiness-inducing nonetheless!

    / November 1, 2016
  • magazines to cosy up with

    I’m going to dive right into the Autumn and Winter time, my favourite of the year, with my renewed love for magazines. Gone are the days of having buyers remorse after getting sucked into another copy of Cosmopolitan for a long haul flight (nothing against Cosmo readers, just not my thing!), and definitely gone are the days of Mizz (do any fellow 90s teens remember that magazine??). The industry as a whole has had something of a renaissance – not exactly news, I’m very late to the party – but there really is no better time to get stuck in like these shorter days and cosier nights.

    / October 13, 2016
  • how we live now

    I always maintained that this blog was a place of positivity, and somewhere I share the lighter side of life – what I eat, where I ago, what I read and watch. And while I still love writing about all of those things (in fact, there’ll be a list of “to-dos this season” post soon that will probably be entirely frivolous), I can’t help but feel like part of the reason for my on and off absence lately is due to my mind being on other things. I would sit down to write up about a restaurant or other random musings, and my head would be filled with things too far removed and the motivation would dissipate. 

    I’d never considered myself to be a particularly political person, probably because I‘ve never voted and can’t yet see a future in which I will have a voice in the country I call home. Especially now, in this political climate and the bitter aftermath of Brexit, E and I feel more and more uncertain about what our lives would look like if we stay in the UK – one day, we hope to have children who will be half Japanese and half French, and it’s hard to say whether a country that is seemingly succumbing to an intolerant, xenophobic society would still have more advantages than disadvantages.

    / October 11, 2016
  • on embankment bridge

    A couple of weeks ago, I turned up towards the end of E’s photoshoot for work, to give them a hand with guarding their stuff while they shot around the Southbank area. E had told me that the photographer was not only fantastic, but also very lovely and friendly, so I thought that there might be a chance that if we asked nicely, he would take a couple of shots of us together after they’d wrapped up. Of course, he was extremely generous and took a few snaps after a long day with E, and I was in awe of the beautiful images he captured in the blink of an eye! No preparation, just casual shots (that are also completely unedited, because they are perfect as they are in my opinion!), taken just after the sun had set.

    / September 5, 2016
  • a little personality test

    As a girl who grew up in the 90s, I remember reading magazines in my early teens – a precious commodity, chosen carefully with my pocket money – and I had two sections that I always loved. One was the Agony Aunt bit, where the problems mentioned were usually something every young girl could relate to, and the other was the “quiz” section. Remember those state-of-the-art flow charts that would tell you what colour dress you should wear for your next disco, who is really your best friend, and what horoscope your next boyfriend would be? I don’t know why, but I had a minor obsession with those flow charts.

    My interest in personality quizzes and similar articles never really went away (FYI, I’m an IFNJ!), and although most of these things are just a bit of fun, I come across some that are quite intriguing, or offer a helpful and fascinating perspective. 

    / March 29, 2016
  • sunday coffee date :: four.

    It’s apparently the first day of Spring today, but I’m yet to remember what real warmth feels like! There have been some hopeful sightings of blossoms and blue skies around London, which always lifts my spirits.

    I just realised that my last Sunday Coffee Date was back in November, which is a little scary – how have four months passed by so quickly? It’s been pretty great in many ways, and I think I’ve done my best (for the most part) at being productive and positive.

    Our Vietnamese adventure is just around the corner, and I don’t think a holiday has ever been more welcome by both me and E – we are beyond excited for some heat, sunshine, beach time, amazing food and spending time with his sister, her husband and three delightful kids. 

    / March 20, 2016
  • a mini-minimalist makeover :: or rather, a miracle.

    So, it’s been about 3 weeks since I blogged about my first steps towards a “gently minimalist” life, and no one is more surprised than I am (apart from my husband, perhaps, who knows me better than I know myself!) that this “makeover” that I embarked on has been done and dusted. Well, I don’t believe that it’s ever truly finished, but the initial drastic decluttering and re-organising? We nailed it. 

    Honestly, it has been an eye-opening, cleansing and – dare I say it – life-changing (to quote Marie Kondo) experience. I think that all in all, we threw away/donated enough bin bags to fill over half of our living room, and I have no idea where all that stuff even fit in our flat in the first place. 

    / February 17, 2016