Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Goodbye December....

Before we close our doors to 2015 and embark on a new adventure in 2016 its time to look back on my highlights from December. Spending the 1st week of the month in New York was just fabulous and was one of the best weeks that I had had there. (no week is anything other than great, but somehow this year was just fabulous)
The build up to Christmas was energetic, fast and full of fun things and will share more in January when the nights are long and cold and my diary is bare! Here's some of my instagram snaps from the month of favourite things.....
1. December Daily / Journal your Christmas - for the past 5 years I have documented and scrapbooked my December via prompts from the talented Shimelle; this year I am looking forward to doing the same and then crafting in the new year. Here is my album from 2014.
2. Duran Duran took to the stage at the O2 in December for an amazing gig where they absolutely rocked the roof off!..no Christmas songs, but lots of happy middle aged ladies!
3. Christmas songs - love getting the Christmas CD's and playlist on the ipod for trips in the car & tube.
4 & 5 Planning and wrapping are 2 of my christmas moments - every year a new theme; this year black, gold, silver & white. Loved this years themes.
6. Taylors 1st Christmas - boot filled with yellow bags and commuting to and from work singing along to Christmas tunes and decked with fairy lights!
7. Team night out involved Shake Shack and Somerset House for a night of Skate & Shack.
8. Christmas morning breakfast with Nans legendary sausage rolls.
9.Remembering loved ones passed during the festive season with holly wreaths and roses.
It wasn't just me that had lots of fun at Christmas - the kits had bundles of fun along with lazy sleeps too!
Fitz definitely the most inquisitive of the 2, or the one that got caught the most; whether sneaking kisses, exploring gift bags and even inside the tree he explored lots!  Darcy liked the holiday duvet lots and was often found asleep there or curled up with his brother on my lap or by the fire. He did find a parcel that he thought was his! With there own stocking from their fur buddies Jax & Roxy, they were not left out.
After much deliberation the Christmas tree went up late in T's terrace. From the many decorations that I have, I selected the black, gold, white and silver decorations to compliment my theme. I was really pleased with how it all came out.
The kits definitely seemed to like it and it was the first year with the kits that it remained upright for the holiday period!
Boxing Day was spent as in previous years at work. Driving into London, the streets were desolate until you hit the big department stores, were Q's snaked around the block.
Busy day all round and welcomed the sofa in the evening for a rest.
Early morning breakfast's in glorious surroundings were spent in December. Claridges in Christmas week was just magical and then the Sky Garden pre New Year watching the sun rise was equally as magical.
Detailed posts to follow.








As you can see December was busy and hard to believe how quick that it and 2015 have flown by. With the New Year approaching its time for a blog overhaul, with so much to share from Christmas I am going to keep the blog Christmassy until the 12th night when the decorations come down...
29 days ago I was standing in Times Square looking at the big silver ball that would drop on New Years Eve...

Monday, 21 December 2015

10 festive favourites from London.....

Another week gone and now only 4 days to Christmas, December passing by in a flurry, alas not snow flurries as it is unseasonally mild for this time of year. My week has been a whirlwind of activities in and around London catching up with friends and family for the festive season.
London is looking lovely this year and here are a few of my holiday favourites:

  1. Skate Ice Rink at Somerset with a glorious tree decorated and sponsored by Fortnum & Mason. its its signature blue & wicker, it really is delightful. The skate rink is much fun, and pumps out a fabulous DJ set as you skate. Visited as part of my teams night out and we had much fun.
  2. Carnaby Christmas Street party - a fabulously kitsch, glitter-ball pink star-scape. what's not to love about that at Christmas.
  3. Sometimes the simple styling is as effective as the overblown glitter and this is demonstrated perfectly with the blue lit tree at the Houses of parliament in the shadows of Big Ben. 
  4. The Damian Hirst tree outside the Connaught Hotel in the heart of Mayfair.
  5. This year the strand has decorated its street with blue baubles and stars and it looks lovely, a welcome surprise when I went to the theatre last week.
  6. South Molton Street (alongside Bond street station) arches, are a annual favourite and look gorgeous looking down onto Oxford street.
  7. Rudolph on his sleigh, complete with red nose sits proud at the top of Covent garden and is a huge favourite with the children.
  8. Regent streets clock parts (sponsered by a big watch maker) have lights and images beamed onto them as they are strung across the street.
  9. The silver and gold lit orbs across Oxford street are my daily view as I walk to and from work and really seem to fit this years themes of space and stars.
Covent Garden has become a favourite this year and looks beautiful with its huge glitter-balls and mistletoe bunches... along with its huge christmas tree it is very christmassy! Visiting during the day is lovely, but looks very special and sparkly after dark.
 I will be sharing some more favourites from Covent Garden over the holiday period.
10. Another festive favourite and becoming a bit of a regular feature for T is the beautifully decadent Claridges. This year my Christmas treat was a cheeky breakfast before work, where I got to explore a little of the Christmas delights of this hotel... pop back after Christmas and I will share more!
The rest of the week is a complete whirl of activities, wrapping and present delivering, I hope to pop back before the big day with some more festive fun.
have a lovely week x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

12 favourites from New York...

With 12 days to go until the big day and having been back from New York a week, I thought it was time to share some holiday favourites for from across the pond for the season.
I had some a wonderful time this year in the city that doesn't sleep and will be sharing my adventures well into the New Year as there are lots!

1. Rockefeller Christmas Tree - THE christmas tree of the City, I cant tell you what that little sparkle of excitement feels like when you catch the first glimpse of its sparkling wonder from 5th avenue. Flanked by harking angels it is just beautiful.
2. Rockefeller Drummers and Pipers, staged around the Rockefeller centre during the holiday season are huge drummers and pipers which guard the area.
3. Saks - 5th avenue - every year Saks host a magical music and light show onto their 5th avenue façade, this year the magic and wonder of The Winter Palace came to life.

4.Christmas tree lots on corners and sidewalks.... the smell of spruce, fir and christmas hangs in the air from every side-walk, along with jingling bells and Samaritans dancing and singing.
5. Hotel canopy's are festooned with christmas decorations and kitsch in glorious splendour.

6. The Woolman Rink opens in Central Park, bathed in glorious winter sunshine this is a magical place to people watch, drink hot chocolate and eat hot dogs!
7. 5th avenue comes alive with holiday shoppers, and store facades come alive... the bejewelled Tiffany;s sparkling with twinkling diamonds in its windows.
8. Tiffany blue boxes are always magical, but look even more special on the christmas trees that become the signature look for this special store on 5th.
9. Miracle on 34th Street bought to life at Macy's on 34th street; Believe and huge Santa post boxes; its hard not to believe in Santa when spending time in the store.
10. Macy's may own the Miracle, but my absolute favourite Santa this year was the one at The Plaza. so jolly and so much fun...
11. Love the simplicity of holiday decorating in NY and nowhere does it better than the brownstones in the Greenwich Village areas.... just gorgeous.
12. Even the Firehouses decorate for the holidays... one of my favourites being Engine co 10 at the World Trade Centre, complete with festooned fire truck.
 As you can see NY looked exceptionally magical this year and could spend hours blogging about it, but with Christmas 12 days away I really need to get organised!... have a lovely day and hope that your holiday plans are happy and a little bit more organised than mine!



Monday, 30 November 2015

Hello December --- let the countdown begin!

Well its December and only 31 days left of 2015. As with every December I have a busy month ahead... my December this month will feature;

  • New York!!.. so excited.
  • Shake Shack London & New York
  • Fun times with friends and food at Forest on the Roof
  • Selfridges ... must go to work in-between the festivities and fun across the pond.
  • Claridges - a Christmas treat planned and a chance to see the fabulous tree designed by Christopher Bailey from Burberry.
  • Time to explore the festive lights of the city, loving the arches on South Molten Street and the baubles in Oxford street.
  • A night with Duran Duran .... a chance for my inner teen to come out to play for christmas and a night at the theatre watching the fabulous Jim Broadbent as Ebeneezer Scrooge. There is also a little film opening on 18th December which features a war in the stars which I am sure to see and in amongst that I need to fit in Christmas!!
     New York adventures feature a trip to Washington, Afternoon Tea at The Plaza, Brunch at The Standard Grill on the Highline and a night of les Miserables with Alfie Boe on Times Square. I will also be heading up to view the city from the One World Observatory and seeing the fabulous Rockefeller treet lightup... pop back in December to read more adventures from the big apple!
As you can see the blog has had a make over.. this years holiday colours are Black, Silver & Gold so the blog has been updated to reflect this and will become more Christmassy as the holiday season counts down.
So hello December I look forward to having 31 days of festive fun!!

Goodbye November ....

Well not sure where November has gone, but December is a sleep away and 31 days until 2016!.. eeek. For someone who didn't have much planned in November, I didn't get much blogging done and failed miserable with by BEDN challenge!

November was filled with lots of remembrance activities and the desk and Taylor were suitably styled.
I spent a night at the movie's watching Spectre and loved it.
Another night out saw me at the theatre watching Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice who is quite simply fabulous. This musical moved to The Strand theatre in April after its run at the Menier Chocolate theatre and urge all to grab tickets.
This kits also got to go out in Taylor for there annual check up and inoculations at the vet. Both were little stars and very good for the vet. They have been enjoying cozy nights in in November, cuddled up in front of their little fire.

November saw every retailer have a Black Friday frenzy... The big yellow store was no different. With a 5 day promotion of 20% which made for long days, lots of yellow bags and a big tick on my christmas lust & wish lists!!

    Lots on insta love this month as the Christmas countdown began...
    * Love Chalkedbymabz red cups chalkboard image... November kicked off the Starbucks red cups for 2015.
     *A special little boy turned 1 at the end of October and here he is skateboarding with his uncle! 
    * Christmas adverts started to appear and Mulberry's is just lovely, how gorgeous does this mulberry bayswater look in the fire light... Dear Santa....
    * ValerieMckeehan's hot chocolate chalk mugs are just delicious.
    * Just loving Claridges Christmas styling this year and this little Nutcracker scene outside Paula Fitzherbert's room is perfect.
    * Stunning image of the cenotaph from magic_moments1994 sums up the whole occasion.
    * With a trip to NY pending, how stunning is Johnnyyonkers Lower Manhattan skyline.
    * Loving Emily Quinton's fairy light styling and looking forward to trying some styling tips of my own this year. and finally Instagram love wouldn't e complete without an image from David Gandy .. this month at the Fashion Council awards!

    November saw me attend an evening of Crime with Patricia Cornwell. It was an evening filled with mystery, forensics and fun. Here is more detail on the evening.
    As November closes I am furiously packing for a trip to New York ... so farewell for now and see you when I am back ..... pop onto my Instagram feed to follow my adventures stateside!
    ... 

    Monday, 16 November 2015

    Rocking the Season....

    The magic and sparkle of Christmas and the Holiday season is evident on every street corner in New York City, but never more than on 5th Avenue and the Rockefeller Centre.
    The Rockefeller centre is the home of the most iconic New York Christmas tree. Today in the city the Swarovski Star was lifted into place with the help of fashion model Miranda Kerr and filmed by the Today show. This beautiful 6-ft spruce will be lit when I am in the city next month and will look forward to visiting whilst there.
    From the ice-skating in the plaza below to the stunning tree; this square block really brings the magic of the holiday season alive.
    The promenade walkway leading down from 5th avenue to the centre is flanked by trumpet & cornet wielding angels in glorious white lights. 
    Looking down from the Tree towards 5th avenue you look directly onto the equally iconic 5th avenue store of Saks.
    Saks has always been known for its holiday windows, but in recent years they have transformed the front of their store to showcase the holiday season and the city in visual & cinematic sound.

    as you can see it really it quite magical and I have yet to find something in London that comes close to the entertainment and wonder that this creates on the faces of the families watching.
    The Rockefeller Centre and its surrounding streets are a must for any visit to New York during December and even at its busiest times it really is worth the queueing and jostling for that perfect picture. The tree really does sprinkle its own dusting of magic among the needles, I've seen proposals, big family reunions and 1st dates under the branches, spreading lots of christmas cheer.
    Here's to a magical 2015 Rocking the holiday season.

    Sunday, 15 November 2015

    Seasonal sights on the Lower West side...

    Eeek halfway through November and the New York planning has stepped up a gear. I do feel a little disorganised this year but I am sure I will get everything done on my list and in my head!
    This year I am staying down in the meatpacking / greenwich village location, which is new for me; I've always stayed in and around either the mid-town / central park location,  looking forward to exploring this area in a little more detail.
    Last year when visiting and walking around the village it was lovely to see some of the houses still in Thanksgiving / Autumn mode and others that had decorated for Christmas.

    Pumpkins and cabbages are a lovely way to decorate the steps and porches of the village during thanksgiving week, which then moves into door wreaths and mini trees and lots of lovely fairy lights.
    My last 2 visits to New York I have made sure that I visit the Highline; The Highline is park / recreation area that stretches several blocks along the river elevated on an old disused railway track.
    Here it is on a previous visit. I'm thrilled that my hotel is a couple of streets from this glorious space and I'm sure that I will spend some time here on my forthcoming visit.
    One of the many things that I love about New York during the Holiday Season is the Christmas tree sites that pop up on the corner of streets.
    As you can see the Lower west side of New York has lots to offer and I can't wait to get there to explore!....

    Friday, 6 November 2015

    Friday Night In....

    With a trip to New York pending I have a fairly quiet November planned. The Cats and I are spent a chilled Friday night in as there were several Fireworks parties being held around by me and I wanted to keep the Kits safe.
    With a new bed and the promise of the fire on, the Kits and I were soon snuggled up and enjoying a night in.
    It also gave me some time to catch-up on some TV and box-sets that I have started.
    It has been some time sometime since a TV series has captured my attention, however ITV's Unforgotten has done just that. A thrilling murder investigation 30 years old with several suspects whose lives are set to be destroyed as the investigation and secrets unfold. A fabulous cast and a thrilling "who done it" from start to finish, with final episode next week I cant wait for the conclusion.
    Late to the Party I know but I have also discovered Sons of Anarchy and Chicago Fire!... perfect viewing for cold evenings suggling on the sofa.
    My bestie is a huge fan of SOA, season 1 has been languishing in my "To Watch" pile I thought I would give it a go!.... well all I can so is thankyou Netflix for having season 2-7! I am really enjoying it - who knew a group of biking outlaws, trying to keep their local town free from drugs, & violence would so much fun!
    Chicago Fire is another series that I discovered this year and I am now eagerly awaiting season 4 to be released. Lead character Taylor Kinney is a huge hottie ( still amazed that this is Lady Ga Ga's finance!) and anything that involves american fireman is a win for me!
    I am sure that there will be more TV treats as we head into winter and I hibernate until spring!

    Thursday, 5 November 2015

    A thrilling night with the Queen of Crime Fiction...

    Firework Night took on a whole new thrill this year, when I spent the evening in the company of the Queen of Crime Fiction ~ Patricia Cornwell. Patricia was in the UK to promote her 23rd Scarpetta novel and celebrate 25 years of the Kay Scarpetta phenomenon.
    The evening was hosted by Good Housekeeping magazine in the most apt and suitable venue of 1 Wimpole Street - The Royal Society of Medicine.
    Having attended a previous event many years ago to see Patricia Cornwell, I knew that she would draw a large crowd and I wasn't surprised to see so many people there. With wine flowing and the opportunity to purchase a signed book, many people were soon chatting about the venue and author.
    The actual event took place in the Guy Whittle Auditorium where 2 chairs were positioned on a stage against the backdrop of a screen which showed a great introduction film narrated by Patricia herself before she arrived on stage. She was joined  with Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway who was the host interviewer for the evening.
    I was suitably impressed with Kate's questioning  style, something I don't think is showcased particularly well on TV and she came across much more informed and knowledgeable.
    Here's 5 things that I learned from the evening:
    1. She's an action heroine: "Someone wise said: always do things that make you feel a little insecure because it causes you to grow. Whether it's flying a helicopter, riding a motorcycle, writing a script... I absolutely like to conquer fear. I recommend it to people.'


    2.Even after 23 books, writing doesn’t get any easier: ‘There’s pressure with every book. It never gets easier. For any writers I would say, we’re all the same. I don’t care how many books you’ve written and how well you’ve done, writing is just as hard to do. I have days where I have writer’s block like everyone else. I have days where I don’t want to go to my desk, like everyone else. It’s a hard thing to do. I just try to focus and not get caught up in the pressure.’  
    3. When will we see a Scarpetta movie?; A movie has been in commission since the early books and as yet a script has not been agreed as no-one even myself can create this character for film.... Who would you like to see play Kay - there are so many strong women out there, would like to see Jessica Chastain play Kay Scarpetta on the big screen!
    4. Best Book read recently? : Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins.
    5. Advice to all: Don't forget you have this powerful tool; your imagination. She said that her imagination is what saved her childhood; Her hard childhood made her a writer
    ‘My imagination was what saved me when I was a little kid. I say to people, don’t forget you have this unbelievably powerful tool: your imagination. It can take you places without you leaving the room, you can create characters to keep you company. I learnt to do that as a kid because my world was lonely and desolate.’ 
    I thoroughly enjoyed my evening and was thrilled that my tweets were both picked up by both the author herself and GH. Looking at PC's social media feed she had a great time travelling across the country before she headed back to New York where she is writing book 24 in the Scarpetta series and just finished editing her follow-up Jack the Ripper investigation.
    I have been a huge fan with PC's from book 1 Post-mortem, which sits in my top 10 books and something I have read many times. For someone who had aspirations to be a forensic pathologist in my school years, this author ticks so many of my boxes and is without a doubt Queen of the crime novel of my generation.
    Thankyou Patricia Cornwell and God Housekeeping for hosting such a cool event.





    Wednesday, 4 November 2015

    Capturing the Ordinary

    Continuing with my Countdown to New York and my blogging every day in November challenge I am sharing some photography fun today. I've always been a 'visual' person and over the last couple of years my camera and I are never far from each other. I am a point and click person and with the advancement of iphone technology over the years, a good camera is always within my reach.
    A big part of my travels is enjoying the day to day ordinary, however the day to day ordinary in New York can feel like the extra -ordinary. Whilst there last year I captured some images of the street life and whilst wandering I even stumbled on a model shoot by the Flatiron building. It was fascinating to stand and observe...
    With a backdrop of the architecture of such a city I am sure any model shoot is a joy. The Flatiron is one of my favourite buildings located opposite Madison Square park.


    Yellow taxis are also one of my other favourite things to capture on the streets of NY.
    They encapsulate so much that is iconic with the city and they instantly bring a smile to face.
    Even with the blur of the rain the taxi stands out in amongst the gloom and grey of a winter morning.

    Last year I took over 1,500 photo's and much of January is spent sorting and collaging!... Here's some previous new york posts sharing some other images taken.
    To assist with my technical and styling I have also enjoyed a couple of workshops with photographer Emily Quinton which has boosted my confidence considerably and have a good grasp of the basics. I also post a monthly blog post of Instagram favourites of images that I have liked that month... posts here.

    Tuesday, 3 November 2015

    Baked in New York

    One of the things that I enjoy about planning a trip to NY is thinking about what I am going to eat!... Food is a big part of the city and that has evolved significantly in the years that I have been going. New York is the home of the cupcake and baked goodies and cupcake bakeries are popular within the city. Last year I was thrilled to see that Brooklyn Baker (a favourite on Instagram) was opening a 2nd venue of Baked within Manhattan. Baked had been on my "To Eat" list for sometime, but I had never managed to get to the Brooklyn store on previous visits.
    Opening in the Tribeca area I knew that I would be able to add it my itinerary. On the day I visited it was cold, damp and drizzly, so a coffee and a sweet treat were much needed.
    The store is beautifully styled in signature hues of wood, and orange which is incredibly warming and inviting.
    The cake options are vast and I opted for a cup of Joe and a slice of Egg Nog cheesecake !... oh my!! This cheesecake ticked every box on my Christmas senses and if I could have boxed some up and bought it home I would have! - alas I'm not sure that the customs man would have allowed it. I did pick up one of the Baked books and look forward to picking up some more goodies when I visit in December.






    As you can see the sweet options are varied from layer cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars and pastries and really do promise to take you to caketopia. The ambience is relaxed and the team were super helpful and friendly and would recommend a visit to this little store of loveliness.
    On my forthcoming visit my hotel is not too far from Baked and I am planning on a breakfast visit along with a cake stop. If this has wetted your appetite for some NY eats, then check out these calorie free treats from previous visits across the pond. ... enjoy.

    Monday, 2 November 2015

    Hello Monday....

    Monday is really not my favourite day of the week, however I am embracing today as I am now on official count down for my trip to New York.... which will make the 4 Mondays of November a little more bearable.
    Monday is always an early start and with over an hour commute it gives me lots of time to plan the week ahead or as during November, what i am going to do in the Big Apple.
    I have been many times and I still get excited and I still find new things to do. Here are some of my adventures from previous trips. I usually try to post something a little light hearted and fun on a monday... here is my favourite post from Octobers Monday motivation!!!... enjoy! I hoping to share some NY favourites from last years trip as I countdown the month to my next adventure.




    Sunday, 1 November 2015

    Hello November...

    Hello November, its a new month and a new look blog!.... how it can be November already, October passed in a swirl of autumnal loveliness and I am sad to see it come to an end. With November arriving it means many things, it a month of thankfulness before we embark on December and the month of Christmas Countdown.
    In November I have lots of planning and running around to do, I am also going to try and Blog every Day with Rosalilium. I may not stick to the daily prompts as I still have lots of New York posts to share before heading stateside next month.
     * November is a time to get the cozy throws and blankets out, Ugg slippers and scarves.
    November also sees the launch of Starbucks Red Cups; working in the big yellow store we get these 10 days ahead of the stores as part of our Christmas launch which is always exciting.
    Still savouring the autumnal walks and my converse as much as I can into November, before the boots have to come out of the cupboard. The perfect time of year for corduroy and woolly jumpers.
    Looking forward to a month filled with fireworks, books, remembrance and cozy nights.
    I have a relatively quiet month planned, apart from a fantastic book event, a night at the theatre and some down time with friends.
    As with every month the blog has had a make-over and a new look for November.
    Mulberry/Oxblood/Burgundy hues of red are the chosen palette for this months blog. Styled with some gorgeous accessories and new york planning.
    Looking forward to November and getting to know the bloggers from #BEDN and looking ahead to December.

    Insta Love Sunday ~ October

    Both my Instagram feeds in October have been filled with lots of Autumnal loveliness and today I am sharing some favourites. On TCake31  I am loving the following:
    1. GrandCentralNyc - this lovely image of autumnal sunshine in one of my favourite places in New York. This instagram feed showcases everything gorgeous about this rail station in the city.
    2. More from New York this time from the Upper West side taken by Elena from pictures_of_newyork
    a lovely feed showcasing amazing an the normal of new york.
    3.Dandoherty_ goes to work in one of the best venues in London and along with fabulous food, shares the views from his hightop restauarant Duck & Waffle. this stormy sunrise is stunning.
    4. My lovely friend Lee captured all the colours of autumn in this woodland scene from sheffield park in Sussex.
    5.Love this image of the walkway in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park taken by Leanne from brokeinthebigsmoke with a fab spooky night feel about it.
    6. love this autumnal pumpkin on a park bench captured by naomiostroumoff - liking this styling insta feed lots.
    7.Pumpkin cookies styled perfectly by quineeee love the cookie cute and flour sprinkles. new find for me for this month and loving the home bakes lots from Emily.
    8. Social media Sunday wouldn't be complete without a Claridges or Mcqueens image post, glorious autumnal hues & mini pumpkins perfect for the halloween week. Love Claridges instagram feed, a slice of luxury within the ordinary.
    9. October wouldn't be complete without Pumpkin pie and this great shot from chalkboard queen valeriemckeehan - absolutely love her instagram and chalkboard images.
    Thankyou all for sharing such lovely images in October and showcasing Autumn so lovely.

    Over on my other feed the craft and planner world was in glorious autumnal shades and golden hues; heres what tcaketess was loving in october.
    1. mailboxhappiness - simply styling with washi for fall. just gorgeous.
    2. anneheartslife - love this quote a planner styling from Anne; the little deer is gorgeous.
    3. iheartglitter46 - so many things i love about Jinny's inage, complete Kate Spade love for this image.
    4. heidiswapp - whats not to love about HS's golden washi treats
    5. plannerbysara - 2 images in my favourites this month from Sara - love her white munchkin and her halloween To Do week is simply styled and lovely. - more planner envy.
    6. commit30 - perfect quote and pumpkin starbucks sums up my october.
    7 stephaniehowell - lovely styled planner from Stephanie, not sure where she gets the time with 5 girls.
    8. mrsbrimbles - host of October daily and a great snapshot of her autumnal planner. delicious.

    I hope you have had fun with my social media summer loves... here's some from previous months... thank-you all that have featured for brightening my month with your gorgeous images and ... I've loved them.

    Wednesday, 30 December 2015

    Goodbye December....

    Before we close our doors to 2015 and embark on a new adventure in 2016 its time to look back on my highlights from December. Spending the 1st week of the month in New York was just fabulous and was one of the best weeks that I had had there. (no week is anything other than great, but somehow this year was just fabulous)
    The build up to Christmas was energetic, fast and full of fun things and will share more in January when the nights are long and cold and my diary is bare! Here's some of my instagram snaps from the month of favourite things.....
    1. December Daily / Journal your Christmas - for the past 5 years I have documented and scrapbooked my December via prompts from the talented Shimelle; this year I am looking forward to doing the same and then crafting in the new year. Here is my album from 2014.
    2. Duran Duran took to the stage at the O2 in December for an amazing gig where they absolutely rocked the roof off!..no Christmas songs, but lots of happy middle aged ladies!
    3. Christmas songs - love getting the Christmas CD's and playlist on the ipod for trips in the car & tube.
    4 & 5 Planning and wrapping are 2 of my christmas moments - every year a new theme; this year black, gold, silver & white. Loved this years themes.
    6. Taylors 1st Christmas - boot filled with yellow bags and commuting to and from work singing along to Christmas tunes and decked with fairy lights!
    7. Team night out involved Shake Shack and Somerset House for a night of Skate & Shack.
    8. Christmas morning breakfast with Nans legendary sausage rolls.
    9.Remembering loved ones passed during the festive season with holly wreaths and roses.
    It wasn't just me that had lots of fun at Christmas - the kits had bundles of fun along with lazy sleeps too!
    Fitz definitely the most inquisitive of the 2, or the one that got caught the most; whether sneaking kisses, exploring gift bags and even inside the tree he explored lots!  Darcy liked the holiday duvet lots and was often found asleep there or curled up with his brother on my lap or by the fire. He did find a parcel that he thought was his! With there own stocking from their fur buddies Jax & Roxy, they were not left out.
    After much deliberation the Christmas tree went up late in T's terrace. From the many decorations that I have, I selected the black, gold, white and silver decorations to compliment my theme. I was really pleased with how it all came out.
    The kits definitely seemed to like it and it was the first year with the kits that it remained upright for the holiday period!
    Boxing Day was spent as in previous years at work. Driving into London, the streets were desolate until you hit the big department stores, were Q's snaked around the block.
    Busy day all round and welcomed the sofa in the evening for a rest.
    Early morning breakfast's in glorious surroundings were spent in December. Claridges in Christmas week was just magical and then the Sky Garden pre New Year watching the sun rise was equally as magical.
    Detailed posts to follow.








    As you can see December was busy and hard to believe how quick that it and 2015 have flown by. With the New Year approaching its time for a blog overhaul, with so much to share from Christmas I am going to keep the blog Christmassy until the 12th night when the decorations come down...
    29 days ago I was standing in Times Square looking at the big silver ball that would drop on New Years Eve...

    Monday, 21 December 2015

    10 festive favourites from London.....

    Another week gone and now only 4 days to Christmas, December passing by in a flurry, alas not snow flurries as it is unseasonally mild for this time of year. My week has been a whirlwind of activities in and around London catching up with friends and family for the festive season.
    London is looking lovely this year and here are a few of my holiday favourites:

    1. Skate Ice Rink at Somerset with a glorious tree decorated and sponsored by Fortnum & Mason. its its signature blue & wicker, it really is delightful. The skate rink is much fun, and pumps out a fabulous DJ set as you skate. Visited as part of my teams night out and we had much fun.
    2. Carnaby Christmas Street party - a fabulously kitsch, glitter-ball pink star-scape. what's not to love about that at Christmas.
    3. Sometimes the simple styling is as effective as the overblown glitter and this is demonstrated perfectly with the blue lit tree at the Houses of parliament in the shadows of Big Ben. 
    4. The Damian Hirst tree outside the Connaught Hotel in the heart of Mayfair.
    5. This year the strand has decorated its street with blue baubles and stars and it looks lovely, a welcome surprise when I went to the theatre last week.
    6. South Molton Street (alongside Bond street station) arches, are a annual favourite and look gorgeous looking down onto Oxford street.
    7. Rudolph on his sleigh, complete with red nose sits proud at the top of Covent garden and is a huge favourite with the children.
    8. Regent streets clock parts (sponsered by a big watch maker) have lights and images beamed onto them as they are strung across the street.
    9. The silver and gold lit orbs across Oxford street are my daily view as I walk to and from work and really seem to fit this years themes of space and stars.
    Covent Garden has become a favourite this year and looks beautiful with its huge glitter-balls and mistletoe bunches... along with its huge christmas tree it is very christmassy! Visiting during the day is lovely, but looks very special and sparkly after dark.
     I will be sharing some more favourites from Covent Garden over the holiday period.
    10. Another festive favourite and becoming a bit of a regular feature for T is the beautifully decadent Claridges. This year my Christmas treat was a cheeky breakfast before work, where I got to explore a little of the Christmas delights of this hotel... pop back after Christmas and I will share more!
    The rest of the week is a complete whirl of activities, wrapping and present delivering, I hope to pop back before the big day with some more festive fun.
    have a lovely week x

    Sunday, 13 December 2015

    12 favourites from New York...

    With 12 days to go until the big day and having been back from New York a week, I thought it was time to share some holiday favourites for from across the pond for the season.
    I had some a wonderful time this year in the city that doesn't sleep and will be sharing my adventures well into the New Year as there are lots!

    1. Rockefeller Christmas Tree - THE christmas tree of the City, I cant tell you what that little sparkle of excitement feels like when you catch the first glimpse of its sparkling wonder from 5th avenue. Flanked by harking angels it is just beautiful.
    2. Rockefeller Drummers and Pipers, staged around the Rockefeller centre during the holiday season are huge drummers and pipers which guard the area.
    3. Saks - 5th avenue - every year Saks host a magical music and light show onto their 5th avenue façade, this year the magic and wonder of The Winter Palace came to life.

    4.Christmas tree lots on corners and sidewalks.... the smell of spruce, fir and christmas hangs in the air from every side-walk, along with jingling bells and Samaritans dancing and singing.
    5. Hotel canopy's are festooned with christmas decorations and kitsch in glorious splendour.

    6. The Woolman Rink opens in Central Park, bathed in glorious winter sunshine this is a magical place to people watch, drink hot chocolate and eat hot dogs!
    7. 5th avenue comes alive with holiday shoppers, and store facades come alive... the bejewelled Tiffany;s sparkling with twinkling diamonds in its windows.
    8. Tiffany blue boxes are always magical, but look even more special on the christmas trees that become the signature look for this special store on 5th.
    9. Miracle on 34th Street bought to life at Macy's on 34th street; Believe and huge Santa post boxes; its hard not to believe in Santa when spending time in the store.
    10. Macy's may own the Miracle, but my absolute favourite Santa this year was the one at The Plaza. so jolly and so much fun...
    11. Love the simplicity of holiday decorating in NY and nowhere does it better than the brownstones in the Greenwich Village areas.... just gorgeous.
    12. Even the Firehouses decorate for the holidays... one of my favourites being Engine co 10 at the World Trade Centre, complete with festooned fire truck.
     As you can see NY looked exceptionally magical this year and could spend hours blogging about it, but with Christmas 12 days away I really need to get organised!... have a lovely day and hope that your holiday plans are happy and a little bit more organised than mine!



    Monday, 30 November 2015

    Hello December --- let the countdown begin!

    Well its December and only 31 days left of 2015. As with every December I have a busy month ahead... my December this month will feature;

    • New York!!.. so excited.
    • Shake Shack London & New York
    • Fun times with friends and food at Forest on the Roof
    • Selfridges ... must go to work in-between the festivities and fun across the pond.
    • Claridges - a Christmas treat planned and a chance to see the fabulous tree designed by Christopher Bailey from Burberry.
    • Time to explore the festive lights of the city, loving the arches on South Molten Street and the baubles in Oxford street.
    • A night with Duran Duran .... a chance for my inner teen to come out to play for christmas and a night at the theatre watching the fabulous Jim Broadbent as Ebeneezer Scrooge. There is also a little film opening on 18th December which features a war in the stars which I am sure to see and in amongst that I need to fit in Christmas!!
       New York adventures feature a trip to Washington, Afternoon Tea at The Plaza, Brunch at The Standard Grill on the Highline and a night of les Miserables with Alfie Boe on Times Square. I will also be heading up to view the city from the One World Observatory and seeing the fabulous Rockefeller treet lightup... pop back in December to read more adventures from the big apple!
    As you can see the blog has had a make over.. this years holiday colours are Black, Silver & Gold so the blog has been updated to reflect this and will become more Christmassy as the holiday season counts down.
    So hello December I look forward to having 31 days of festive fun!!

    Goodbye November ....

    Well not sure where November has gone, but December is a sleep away and 31 days until 2016!.. eeek. For someone who didn't have much planned in November, I didn't get much blogging done and failed miserable with by BEDN challenge!

    November was filled with lots of remembrance activities and the desk and Taylor were suitably styled.
    I spent a night at the movie's watching Spectre and loved it.
    Another night out saw me at the theatre watching Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice who is quite simply fabulous. This musical moved to The Strand theatre in April after its run at the Menier Chocolate theatre and urge all to grab tickets.
    This kits also got to go out in Taylor for there annual check up and inoculations at the vet. Both were little stars and very good for the vet. They have been enjoying cozy nights in in November, cuddled up in front of their little fire.

    November saw every retailer have a Black Friday frenzy... The big yellow store was no different. With a 5 day promotion of 20% which made for long days, lots of yellow bags and a big tick on my christmas lust & wish lists!!

      Lots on insta love this month as the Christmas countdown began...
      * Love Chalkedbymabz red cups chalkboard image... November kicked off the Starbucks red cups for 2015.
       *A special little boy turned 1 at the end of October and here he is skateboarding with his uncle! 
      * Christmas adverts started to appear and Mulberry's is just lovely, how gorgeous does this mulberry bayswater look in the fire light... Dear Santa....
      * ValerieMckeehan's hot chocolate chalk mugs are just delicious.
      * Just loving Claridges Christmas styling this year and this little Nutcracker scene outside Paula Fitzherbert's room is perfect.
      * Stunning image of the cenotaph from magic_moments1994 sums up the whole occasion.
      * With a trip to NY pending, how stunning is Johnnyyonkers Lower Manhattan skyline.
      * Loving Emily Quinton's fairy light styling and looking forward to trying some styling tips of my own this year. and finally Instagram love wouldn't e complete without an image from David Gandy .. this month at the Fashion Council awards!

      November saw me attend an evening of Crime with Patricia Cornwell. It was an evening filled with mystery, forensics and fun. Here is more detail on the evening.
      As November closes I am furiously packing for a trip to New York ... so farewell for now and see you when I am back ..... pop onto my Instagram feed to follow my adventures stateside!
      ... 

      Monday, 16 November 2015

      Rocking the Season....

      The magic and sparkle of Christmas and the Holiday season is evident on every street corner in New York City, but never more than on 5th Avenue and the Rockefeller Centre.
      The Rockefeller centre is the home of the most iconic New York Christmas tree. Today in the city the Swarovski Star was lifted into place with the help of fashion model Miranda Kerr and filmed by the Today show. This beautiful 6-ft spruce will be lit when I am in the city next month and will look forward to visiting whilst there.
      From the ice-skating in the plaza below to the stunning tree; this square block really brings the magic of the holiday season alive.
      The promenade walkway leading down from 5th avenue to the centre is flanked by trumpet & cornet wielding angels in glorious white lights. 
      Looking down from the Tree towards 5th avenue you look directly onto the equally iconic 5th avenue store of Saks.
      Saks has always been known for its holiday windows, but in recent years they have transformed the front of their store to showcase the holiday season and the city in visual & cinematic sound.

      as you can see it really it quite magical and I have yet to find something in London that comes close to the entertainment and wonder that this creates on the faces of the families watching.
      The Rockefeller Centre and its surrounding streets are a must for any visit to New York during December and even at its busiest times it really is worth the queueing and jostling for that perfect picture. The tree really does sprinkle its own dusting of magic among the needles, I've seen proposals, big family reunions and 1st dates under the branches, spreading lots of christmas cheer.
      Here's to a magical 2015 Rocking the holiday season.

      Sunday, 15 November 2015

      Seasonal sights on the Lower West side...

      Eeek halfway through November and the New York planning has stepped up a gear. I do feel a little disorganised this year but I am sure I will get everything done on my list and in my head!
      This year I am staying down in the meatpacking / greenwich village location, which is new for me; I've always stayed in and around either the mid-town / central park location,  looking forward to exploring this area in a little more detail.
      Last year when visiting and walking around the village it was lovely to see some of the houses still in Thanksgiving / Autumn mode and others that had decorated for Christmas.

      Pumpkins and cabbages are a lovely way to decorate the steps and porches of the village during thanksgiving week, which then moves into door wreaths and mini trees and lots of lovely fairy lights.
      My last 2 visits to New York I have made sure that I visit the Highline; The Highline is park / recreation area that stretches several blocks along the river elevated on an old disused railway track.
      Here it is on a previous visit. I'm thrilled that my hotel is a couple of streets from this glorious space and I'm sure that I will spend some time here on my forthcoming visit.
      One of the many things that I love about New York during the Holiday Season is the Christmas tree sites that pop up on the corner of streets.
      As you can see the Lower west side of New York has lots to offer and I can't wait to get there to explore!....

      Friday, 6 November 2015

      Friday Night In....

      With a trip to New York pending I have a fairly quiet November planned. The Cats and I are spent a chilled Friday night in as there were several Fireworks parties being held around by me and I wanted to keep the Kits safe.
      With a new bed and the promise of the fire on, the Kits and I were soon snuggled up and enjoying a night in.
      It also gave me some time to catch-up on some TV and box-sets that I have started.
      It has been some time sometime since a TV series has captured my attention, however ITV's Unforgotten has done just that. A thrilling murder investigation 30 years old with several suspects whose lives are set to be destroyed as the investigation and secrets unfold. A fabulous cast and a thrilling "who done it" from start to finish, with final episode next week I cant wait for the conclusion.
      Late to the Party I know but I have also discovered Sons of Anarchy and Chicago Fire!... perfect viewing for cold evenings suggling on the sofa.
      My bestie is a huge fan of SOA, season 1 has been languishing in my "To Watch" pile I thought I would give it a go!.... well all I can so is thankyou Netflix for having season 2-7! I am really enjoying it - who knew a group of biking outlaws, trying to keep their local town free from drugs, & violence would so much fun!
      Chicago Fire is another series that I discovered this year and I am now eagerly awaiting season 4 to be released. Lead character Taylor Kinney is a huge hottie ( still amazed that this is Lady Ga Ga's finance!) and anything that involves american fireman is a win for me!
      I am sure that there will be more TV treats as we head into winter and I hibernate until spring!

      Thursday, 5 November 2015

      A thrilling night with the Queen of Crime Fiction...

      Firework Night took on a whole new thrill this year, when I spent the evening in the company of the Queen of Crime Fiction ~ Patricia Cornwell. Patricia was in the UK to promote her 23rd Scarpetta novel and celebrate 25 years of the Kay Scarpetta phenomenon.
      The evening was hosted by Good Housekeeping magazine in the most apt and suitable venue of 1 Wimpole Street - The Royal Society of Medicine.
      Having attended a previous event many years ago to see Patricia Cornwell, I knew that she would draw a large crowd and I wasn't surprised to see so many people there. With wine flowing and the opportunity to purchase a signed book, many people were soon chatting about the venue and author.
      The actual event took place in the Guy Whittle Auditorium where 2 chairs were positioned on a stage against the backdrop of a screen which showed a great introduction film narrated by Patricia herself before she arrived on stage. She was joined  with Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway who was the host interviewer for the evening.
      I was suitably impressed with Kate's questioning  style, something I don't think is showcased particularly well on TV and she came across much more informed and knowledgeable.
      Here's 5 things that I learned from the evening:
      1. She's an action heroine: "Someone wise said: always do things that make you feel a little insecure because it causes you to grow. Whether it's flying a helicopter, riding a motorcycle, writing a script... I absolutely like to conquer fear. I recommend it to people.'


      2.Even after 23 books, writing doesn’t get any easier: ‘There’s pressure with every book. It never gets easier. For any writers I would say, we’re all the same. I don’t care how many books you’ve written and how well you’ve done, writing is just as hard to do. I have days where I have writer’s block like everyone else. I have days where I don’t want to go to my desk, like everyone else. It’s a hard thing to do. I just try to focus and not get caught up in the pressure.’  
      3. When will we see a Scarpetta movie?; A movie has been in commission since the early books and as yet a script has not been agreed as no-one even myself can create this character for film.... Who would you like to see play Kay - there are so many strong women out there, would like to see Jessica Chastain play Kay Scarpetta on the big screen!
      4. Best Book read recently? : Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins.
      5. Advice to all: Don't forget you have this powerful tool; your imagination. She said that her imagination is what saved her childhood; Her hard childhood made her a writer
      ‘My imagination was what saved me when I was a little kid. I say to people, don’t forget you have this unbelievably powerful tool: your imagination. It can take you places without you leaving the room, you can create characters to keep you company. I learnt to do that as a kid because my world was lonely and desolate.’ 
      I thoroughly enjoyed my evening and was thrilled that my tweets were both picked up by both the author herself and GH. Looking at PC's social media feed she had a great time travelling across the country before she headed back to New York where she is writing book 24 in the Scarpetta series and just finished editing her follow-up Jack the Ripper investigation.
      I have been a huge fan with PC's from book 1 Post-mortem, which sits in my top 10 books and something I have read many times. For someone who had aspirations to be a forensic pathologist in my school years, this author ticks so many of my boxes and is without a doubt Queen of the crime novel of my generation.
      Thankyou Patricia Cornwell and God Housekeeping for hosting such a cool event.





      Wednesday, 4 November 2015

      Capturing the Ordinary

      Continuing with my Countdown to New York and my blogging every day in November challenge I am sharing some photography fun today. I've always been a 'visual' person and over the last couple of years my camera and I are never far from each other. I am a point and click person and with the advancement of iphone technology over the years, a good camera is always within my reach.
      A big part of my travels is enjoying the day to day ordinary, however the day to day ordinary in New York can feel like the extra -ordinary. Whilst there last year I captured some images of the street life and whilst wandering I even stumbled on a model shoot by the Flatiron building. It was fascinating to stand and observe...
      With a backdrop of the architecture of such a city I am sure any model shoot is a joy. The Flatiron is one of my favourite buildings located opposite Madison Square park.


      Yellow taxis are also one of my other favourite things to capture on the streets of NY.
      They encapsulate so much that is iconic with the city and they instantly bring a smile to face.
      Even with the blur of the rain the taxi stands out in amongst the gloom and grey of a winter morning.

      Last year I took over 1,500 photo's and much of January is spent sorting and collaging!... Here's some previous new york posts sharing some other images taken.
      To assist with my technical and styling I have also enjoyed a couple of workshops with photographer Emily Quinton which has boosted my confidence considerably and have a good grasp of the basics. I also post a monthly blog post of Instagram favourites of images that I have liked that month... posts here.

      Tuesday, 3 November 2015

      Baked in New York

      One of the things that I enjoy about planning a trip to NY is thinking about what I am going to eat!... Food is a big part of the city and that has evolved significantly in the years that I have been going. New York is the home of the cupcake and baked goodies and cupcake bakeries are popular within the city. Last year I was thrilled to see that Brooklyn Baker (a favourite on Instagram) was opening a 2nd venue of Baked within Manhattan. Baked had been on my "To Eat" list for sometime, but I had never managed to get to the Brooklyn store on previous visits.
      Opening in the Tribeca area I knew that I would be able to add it my itinerary. On the day I visited it was cold, damp and drizzly, so a coffee and a sweet treat were much needed.
      The store is beautifully styled in signature hues of wood, and orange which is incredibly warming and inviting.
      The cake options are vast and I opted for a cup of Joe and a slice of Egg Nog cheesecake !... oh my!! This cheesecake ticked every box on my Christmas senses and if I could have boxed some up and bought it home I would have! - alas I'm not sure that the customs man would have allowed it. I did pick up one of the Baked books and look forward to picking up some more goodies when I visit in December.






      As you can see the sweet options are varied from layer cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars and pastries and really do promise to take you to caketopia. The ambience is relaxed and the team were super helpful and friendly and would recommend a visit to this little store of loveliness.
      On my forthcoming visit my hotel is not too far from Baked and I am planning on a breakfast visit along with a cake stop. If this has wetted your appetite for some NY eats, then check out these calorie free treats from previous visits across the pond. ... enjoy.

      Monday, 2 November 2015

      Hello Monday....

      Monday is really not my favourite day of the week, however I am embracing today as I am now on official count down for my trip to New York.... which will make the 4 Mondays of November a little more bearable.
      Monday is always an early start and with over an hour commute it gives me lots of time to plan the week ahead or as during November, what i am going to do in the Big Apple.
      I have been many times and I still get excited and I still find new things to do. Here are some of my adventures from previous trips. I usually try to post something a little light hearted and fun on a monday... here is my favourite post from Octobers Monday motivation!!!... enjoy! I hoping to share some NY favourites from last years trip as I countdown the month to my next adventure.




      Sunday, 1 November 2015

      Hello November...

      Hello November, its a new month and a new look blog!.... how it can be November already, October passed in a swirl of autumnal loveliness and I am sad to see it come to an end. With November arriving it means many things, it a month of thankfulness before we embark on December and the month of Christmas Countdown.
      In November I have lots of planning and running around to do, I am also going to try and Blog every Day with Rosalilium. I may not stick to the daily prompts as I still have lots of New York posts to share before heading stateside next month.
       * November is a time to get the cozy throws and blankets out, Ugg slippers and scarves.
      November also sees the launch of Starbucks Red Cups; working in the big yellow store we get these 10 days ahead of the stores as part of our Christmas launch which is always exciting.
      Still savouring the autumnal walks and my converse as much as I can into November, before the boots have to come out of the cupboard. The perfect time of year for corduroy and woolly jumpers.
      Looking forward to a month filled with fireworks, books, remembrance and cozy nights.
      I have a relatively quiet month planned, apart from a fantastic book event, a night at the theatre and some down time with friends.
      As with every month the blog has had a make-over and a new look for November.
      Mulberry/Oxblood/Burgundy hues of red are the chosen palette for this months blog. Styled with some gorgeous accessories and new york planning.
      Looking forward to November and getting to know the bloggers from #BEDN and looking ahead to December.

      Insta Love Sunday ~ October

      Both my Instagram feeds in October have been filled with lots of Autumnal loveliness and today I am sharing some favourites. On TCake31  I am loving the following:
      1. GrandCentralNyc - this lovely image of autumnal sunshine in one of my favourite places in New York. This instagram feed showcases everything gorgeous about this rail station in the city.
      2. More from New York this time from the Upper West side taken by Elena from pictures_of_newyork
      a lovely feed showcasing amazing an the normal of new york.
      3.Dandoherty_ goes to work in one of the best venues in London and along with fabulous food, shares the views from his hightop restauarant Duck & Waffle. this stormy sunrise is stunning.
      4. My lovely friend Lee captured all the colours of autumn in this woodland scene from sheffield park in Sussex.
      5.Love this image of the walkway in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park taken by Leanne from brokeinthebigsmoke with a fab spooky night feel about it.
      6. love this autumnal pumpkin on a park bench captured by naomiostroumoff - liking this styling insta feed lots.
      7.Pumpkin cookies styled perfectly by quineeee love the cookie cute and flour sprinkles. new find for me for this month and loving the home bakes lots from Emily.
      8. Social media Sunday wouldn't be complete without a Claridges or Mcqueens image post, glorious autumnal hues & mini pumpkins perfect for the halloween week. Love Claridges instagram feed, a slice of luxury within the ordinary.
      9. October wouldn't be complete without Pumpkin pie and this great shot from chalkboard queen valeriemckeehan - absolutely love her instagram and chalkboard images.
      Thankyou all for sharing such lovely images in October and showcasing Autumn so lovely.

      Over on my other feed the craft and planner world was in glorious autumnal shades and golden hues; heres what tcaketess was loving in october.
      1. mailboxhappiness - simply styling with washi for fall. just gorgeous.
      2. anneheartslife - love this quote a planner styling from Anne; the little deer is gorgeous.
      3. iheartglitter46 - so many things i love about Jinny's inage, complete Kate Spade love for this image.
      4. heidiswapp - whats not to love about HS's golden washi treats
      5. plannerbysara - 2 images in my favourites this month from Sara - love her white munchkin and her halloween To Do week is simply styled and lovely. - more planner envy.
      6. commit30 - perfect quote and pumpkin starbucks sums up my october.
      7 stephaniehowell - lovely styled planner from Stephanie, not sure where she gets the time with 5 girls.
      8. mrsbrimbles - host of October daily and a great snapshot of her autumnal planner. delicious.

      I hope you have had fun with my social media summer loves... here's some from previous months... thank-you all that have featured for brightening my month with your gorgeous images and ... I've loved them.