If there is one thing I can get on-board with it is a place that serves cake with their coffee. It should be mandatory. Often when we work we take a little trip to cafes for meetings to try to be a little bit more structured, get ourselves out of the house/office and get some food. Who doesn't want those eggs and that bacon? It was delicious. I LOVE breakfast out, with a passion, and I do think Daylesford does it pretty well, especially since I have been back so many times since that first time we choose to go to Daylesford for a meeting. And it's on Westbourne Grove so it's so easy to get a little wander around Notting Hill in the mix as well.
I started the day in the gym this morning and there is really not any better way of starting the day, is there? You just get so much more energy and feel absolutely ready for whatever the day wants to throw at you. Although my abs are feeling the pain and not loving me right now, those 30 minutes of TRX I am planning on tomorrow will be painful!
There is something so incredibly exciting and luxurious about a Bank Holiday Monday, it's like the worlds stops turning and guilt is none-existent. I love it. Today we have had breakfast in bed, surfed the web, chilled with a book, gone to the gym (gasp), I have tidied around the apartment while the husband have been preparing dinner as my little brother is coming over tonight (now!). Cheers to days off and spending time with people you love.
Some snapshots from work this past weekend, plenty of light blue features, our new scales to show off sweet bags, fairy cakes (always a winner) and a long table set of a 21st birthday party.
So many weeks (months...) ago, so many I don't want to even think of it, we went to Hunter 468 for a dinner. It might have been back in March, it might not. But more than likely it was March, and I have had these pictures lying around ever since. Why I haven't shared them before is a bit beyond me, because I really love this place.
It was one of those pre-wedding visits my mum would make to London and we probably had tons of stuff to do during the day and then in the evening we would meet my now husband for dinner and since he works very central in London, we try to find places not too far from Bond Street Station. Which is of course a serious challenge, unless you want to eat A. fast food, B. fancy burgers that you have to queue for, C. Any type of chain restaurant, D. coffee shops. Finding fun, well-priced and independent restaurants is not the easiest in this area, and my mum would probably not appreciate dinner at McD or similar. Neither would I. So we did the obligatory internet search, came across Hunter 486 (should have asked what the name was all about) and decided it looked like a winner. Now you never know if it will be good, but this place did not disappoint. It is inside a hotel and hotel restaurants can be, ehhhh, not good? Yeah, let's just be honest. But from the second we walked in, we all felt welcome, taken care of and, once the food arrived, very satisfied.
It's been a bit of time since we went there (we are at the end of May after all...) so I can't remember what I actually ate, but I liked it! And, well, here are the pictures and I vaguely remember a really good piece of beef, followed by stealing my husbands chocolate dessert. He wasn't happy about that.
Herbs in the windowsill, hopefully they will last...
Makeup shopping pre-wedding. My eyebrows are getting a bit more attention and I am absolutely LOVING this mattifying cream from MAC. Magic.
Sunshine and pretty houses. Spring you are very welcome here in London!
Pre-wedding diet, I mean... Burgers and fries with ex-colleagues is a treat (although it has been a little while now, need to plan another dinner!).
Flowers on the way to the tube, sun and flowers really bring out the best in me! Let's cross our fingers that spring/summer will be both long and pleasant here in London.
I absolutely adore the look of agate coasters and stone coaster but they tend to be a bit, what should we say, expensive? And right about now £45 for two coasters seems like a bit much, so when I came across these stone ones from Zara Home (without the gold edge!) a little DIY idea came to me. I just happened to have some liquid gold in the house (who doesn't?) and after painting the edges I think the coasters look much more expensive than the £9.99 I paid. What do you think?
The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind. On Thursday 8th May we loaded two cars full of stuff and headed to our wedding venue, Monkey Island, to get ready for our big day. We spent the day cutting and arranging flowers, preparing little details and socializing with the bridal party. In the evening we had arranged a small dinner which ended up being 25 people, so not small at all in the end, but so lovely. We took the closest family and friends to Windsor to a little pub and had a great 3 course meal and enjoyed spending some quality time with people we care about. In hindsight this was such a great idea as your wedding day flies by and who doesn't want to spend more than 1 day celebrating? It is a pretty big deal to get married and it deserves a bit of attention.
I went back to Monkey Island with the girls and my then future (and now current!) husband went to his parents house with the guys, as we didn't want to see each other in the morning. I'm not going to lie, Thursday night was long and filled with very little sleep for me, I think I was both nervous and excited and I had hoped with all my heart I would manage to sleep, but nop. I have a body I love but it does decide to be annoying at the most inconvenient times. I get a lot of headaches and migraines and I was so worried this would happen on our wedding day. and of course it did! It was probably just the nerves, but still very annoying to have to share our big day with my headache. Luckily it did disappear later in the day, and despite the lack of sleep I was not tired at all during the day or evening and could easily have stayed up past my 3am bedtime. Pretty pleased with that one! (But I did severely crash on Saturday evening and fell asleep with the TV on about 9.30pm).
We had such an absolutely amazing day, I could not have asked for ANYTHING else and can't get over how amazingly supportive and wonderful our family and friends are. Most of our guests even got out of bed the day after the wedding and joined us for lunch at the in-law's house (50 people, no biggie, no stress) as a semi "after party" to our amazing day. When can we do it all again?
After the past week I have had it is a bit difficult to know exactly where to start, for one we just came back from our honeymoon, and we also got MARRIED. No biggie or anything... I need to let everything just sink in a bit before I start looking at the pictures, and there is also a serious guest book to look through (plenty of Polaroid pictures were taken...) and honeymoon pictures to sort through and albums to make. Not ready to let the wedding stuff go just yet.
Last week, Thursday, my future husband turned 26 years old and I had plans. Yes, grand plans. We normally don't do too much on his birthday, not that we do that much on mine either, and as it was May 1st and we are getting married on May 9th and my mums birthday is in between, there was a lot of stuff going on. Still is. But he deserves a little surprise so I though I would get a little surprise dinner together and make him happy.
The day started with breakfast, coffee and presents in bed (he was both surprised and happy with the gifts, well done me!), then he went to work and I also went to "work". I had to bake a cake. I always wanted to make a Guinness chocolate cake and future husband loves Guinness and he loves chocolate, so it was definitely the day to make it happen. It's just been so long since I have baked a cake, there hasn't been much need really with all the cake I have access to at work all the time, and it did take me a little longer than expected. But, it did look decent in the end.
So I grabbed my cake (that thing was heavy!) and some champagne and made my way to Pimlico (so far!) to drop off the cake, and then made my way to future husbands workplace to blindfold him and get us both into a taxi. The poor taxi driver was a bit concerned about the whole blindfolding business, but we made it to our friends house where we were greeted with glasses of champagne and the smell of fondue. And the rest was a bit of a wine blur but we definitely had fun!
I still love a good afternoon tea, even after working with tea 3 days a week, nothing beats a good scone. Nothing. So when the girls from the tea room decided it was time to do something social together, of course we go for afternoon tea! As one of our team members can't eat gluten or dairy we did have to have a little look around London to find a place that could cater for both. A challenge, but not impossible. We ended up at 108 in Marylebone for an afternoon of tea and treats.
I think it is really important to take a little time to enjoy a meal with colleagues to get to know each other better and get away from the stress that a workday normally brings. It was so nice to sit down, chat, drink crazy amounts of tea, chat some more and then go on to a nearby pub to finish the night off with a little bit of prosecco.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x