To be honest this is a little while ago. I keep on taking photos and then conveniently forget about them until they are not very current anymore. But pictures of food never go out of "style", what do you think? Anyway, every now and then my future husband and I attend dinners for this one charity, Co-Operation Ireland, and last time was at Stationers Hall. Most of the time these events are rather... long. The crowd isn't what I am used to and I am quite shy when it comes to meeting new people in settings like these so I end up sitting in a corner alone with a glass of wine, counting the minutes. At this dinner though, my future brother in-law was there too so at least I had 2 people to socialist with. And the food was good, which always helps.
Can't believe it's Friday, but I say that every week, and it's getting old (and so am I!). With our upcoming wedding getting closer, we are getting the finishing touches done (but I still haven't finished my veil! Crisis) and I have been reading up on what to expect from the wedding party on the big day and have been finding British wedding etiquette and traditions so that I know what I am getting into in May. There is also something about having the dress and the shoes and everything settled that makes me want to buy a second dress and several pairs of shoes, just so I have choices on the day. And I want a feather headdress like this one, it doesn't suit the occasion but oh my is it mind blowing.
With our big day there are just a couple of little things missing; finalizing the flowers, finishing that veil and get things on track with the venue. We had our menu tasting at the end of February and it was surreal to eat what we will be eating on the big day, it's all getting closer...
Last week I had my last day at my job as a customer service adviser for an online retailer, and while I am happy to get some more time to do the important things (online shopping? apartment cleaning?) I am also a bit sad to leave such a great group of girls behind. No job is ever perfect and I am not necessarily impressed with how things were done in that specific company, but I am definitely impressed with their skill to hire intelligent and lovely people to provide customer service. It's not often I find myself working alongside a group of overqualified, amazing and funny girls like that gang. They will go on to impress and conquer and are assets for any employer that are lucky enough to have them.
It feels a little bit weird to leave, and one of my absolute least favorite things to do is saying goodbye and leaving a job. Which is probably why I was in a destructive work environment for more than 1.5 years a couple of years back, and I regret not leaving that destructive place earlier. The job I said goodbye to last week was not as bad, but there was still room for improvement, I think I have just been really unlucky with my choice of workplaces so far in London. Except, of course, my current little slice of heaven (cake?) in West Hampstead where I spend my weekends working amongst cupcakes and sugar clouds with some of the nicest people I know.
I am now getting my evenings back (I used to work a late shift) and I have grand plans for how to spend them, and it's not watching CSI and eating popcorn. I just can't wait to get back to being creative, make proper dinners and go to some evening classes at the gym and be social with friends all the time. It's time to fill up my social calendar.
This week we went to our wedding venue to taste possible menu choices for our big day and it turned into this little unexpected mini-break. We arrived early at the hotel to have time for some afternoon tea and quality time with the soon to be in-laws, with a little visit from the hotel peacock. All the food we tried was great, although we aren't 100% sure what menu to go for just yet. But it was really nice to get out of London, although not very far, and have some time in a place with shitty internet connection and no possibility of spending the evening online. Bliss. And hotel breakfast is always welcome in my world. Tomorrow the healthy eating commences after a fairly long break. Ooops.
Hello Friday! I have had a lovely week so far, let's hope the work filled weekend is the same. We spent last night at the hotel we are having our wedding which was a great little treat on a Thursday and it's crazy to think that the next time we spend the night there together we will be married!
As usual I have spent a lot of time on this little old thing we call the internet, it is both inspiring and a place to find incredibly random things. I read this thing about Norway, always fun. Now, why don't I live there again? And this video makes me want to give Chat Roulette a try. Imagine stumbling upon that guy while chatting, crazy. I'm also always stumbling upon things to buy for the house, but there is literally no space. So when we win the lottery and buy a mansion I want this sign to have in our hallway and this lamp for the living room or possibly the library, because we will need a library, won't we?
This thing right here, is amazing. London can be a bit of a b**** when it comes to weather and it is both cold and windy. My hands aren’t happy. I also spend a fair amount of time with my hands in action at work and wash them often as I work with food. Again, they aren’t happy. So what I need is some serious hand cream help and before this one entered my life, I thought I wouldn’t find anything to help me out. For my birthday I got this Kiehl’s hand cream and we have a pretty good relationship, it takes care of my hands and I use it. My hands are happy now.
Do you know what I love more than an evening spent wearing PJ's with my computer, iPad and iPhone by my side while I watch TV? I know, right, nothing can get better than that. However, sometimes I drag myself out of the house, wear something semi-decent (no PJ's or sweatpants) and go for dinner. Last week we went out to have a look at the new Roka in Mayfair. I have been to Roka in Canary Wharf a couple of times and Zuma as well, so I know the concept and the food quite well, and also how good the food is. So when the opportunity to go again came up there was no way we would turn it down!
We had so many dishes there wouldn't have been any point in taking a photo of all of them, and also I was really hungry and photography was not the priority (stuffing my face was), but some treats were captured on camera. We started with spinach salad with sesame dressing, that stuff blows my mind away, and followed up with sushi and sashimi. Even my sushi hating husband to be likes the sushi at Roka, so that should tell you a bit about how good it is.
Then we had a lot of main courses: lamb, beef skewers, roasted baby chicken (blows my mind), black cod, broccoli, asparagus and probably a lot of dishes I can't remember. The food just kept on coming and we kept on eating. It does help to be in the company of both really funny and also incredibly lovely people that we are lucky enough to have as friends. Followed by 6 types of dessert (we were 4 people sharing), some random after dinner drink I don't know what was and a short walk back to the hotel, yeah that's how we roll, to collapse in bed. Life could be worse.
Hello Sunday evening, you keep on creeping up on me without me realizing. Not a bad week we have had here in London all in all, weather is looking up and there has been more time to have fun, and plenty of time to go to the gym. That really gives me crazy amounts of energy and motivation to do things and makes me more efficient. The gym, who would have thought? A couple of photos of the valentine's presents also made their way in here. We don't really do anything special and we spent the whole evening at work, but it is nice with a card and maybe a little something that resembles a present. Or flowers. Or both.
So, getting engaged means a lot of planning is on the cards for the happy couple, even for a smallish wedding there are a lot of decisions to be made and things to do. But after the biggest things have been decided (date, venue, dress) there are still a million tiny, tiny decisions that to the non-engaged person might seem very unimportant and not even worth a seconds thought. That’s wrong. Because how can you tell me that it isn't important what nail polish I will be wearing when walking down the aisle? Or my choice of earrings? Hair up or down, and should I get hair extensions? How do I feel about a spray tan and fake lashes? How about the shoes? You don’t care about the shoes? Well, I do!
We spend our time on the tube/train/bus thinking about nail polish colors and where we haven’t looked for the perfect shoe. We read wedding blogs obsessively and rip our hair out when we read that the featured brides “just happened upon the perfect shoe on sale in Selfridges, they were originally £1000 but I got them for £50” and know this is a once in a lifetime occurrence and we will not be that lucky. We lie awake at night wondering if it would be a good plan to get a spraytan NOW, just to see how it looks, and maybe this is the perfect time in our life when we will discover permanent fake lashes. And maybe we should have a facial every week until our wedding day, it’s only once, right? But how can we afford that, and who has the time really, to have a facial every week? Unfortunately the world still turns while we plan our weddings
In the middle of the night brides everywhere wake up, grab their phones and go on eBay to search for vintage glass jars that are basically ESSENTIAL to their big day going well and they think: "Can’t believe I just thought of that, at 4am". And Maybe we should order some tissue paper to make pom pom’s? And I definitely want fairy lights EVERYWHERE because they are so cute when it gets dark, maybe I should wake up the fiance to see what he thinks? No wonder brides are tired during the day, the night is spent online shopping. And when the little parcels arrive, we rush home from work to make sure we get to the post box first and can hid all our crazy 4am purchases, if our husbands to be sees the level of craziness we can raise too he might want to call the whole thing off, and what are we to do with the 200 vintage mason jars we are waiting for to ship from Australia?
It's tiring guys, and I need to calm down and stop worrying about nude nailpolish, life is too short.
We all know that hotel breakfasts is the best thing in the world, mostly because it usually means you woke up in said hotel, but also because someone else is making your breakfast and it is delicious. Win, win, win all over. As I am super, super lucky to have a husband to be who works for one of the best hotels in London, and they have amazing perks, I sometimes find myself ordering hotel breakfast and going to work straight from the hotel. There is nothing like a little everyday luxury to cheer me up.
Don't worry, we had 2 breakfasts and all these photos aren't from just one morning, we weren't that hungry. But was it good? If only every day could start like this, I think I would be a lot happier then.