Any modern-day Londoner is no stranger to its thriving street food scene. Meander through colourful, hipster-frequented streets and squares, soak up some culture and take your pick from a wide selection of handcrafted, artisan culinary delights. I mean, what’s not to love? And while most of central London is a street-food hotspot, the trend has spread beyond its borders as well. Good news if you’re looking for a vibe but don’t feel like getting on a city-bound train to get there. Enter Kingston-Upon-Thames.
The amber leaves crunch underneath my feet as I make my way under the canopy of my umbrella, shielded from the light drizzle that seems to constantly nourish the nature it touches. The grass is greener for it. The trees and plants bloom with vitality because of it. But then, out of nowhere, the rain relents and a ray of dazzling sunshine breaks through the clustered clouds, and all I see is colour. The saturated blue of the sky revealing it’s glory against the dark greys and smoky whites of the billowing clouds; the evergreens, lively yellows and burnt orange of the Autumn scene that bursts with life as it tilts its head to revel in the light of the shining sun. It’s drama. It’s colour. It’s life. And all this within a moment, on an Autumn day in Dublin.
Most of our time in England has included long drives to pretty villages, exploring new charm in little corners of the country. This time, our travels took us all the way to the westernmost part of the country; beautiful Cornwall. I have to say, I really wish we had gone there sooner, and we will most certainly hurry back. This place has something special in the air, and raw, natural beauty as far as they eye can see.
Rich and rare were the gems she wore, and a bright gold ring on her hand she bore – Thomas More
A woman’s essence is captured in so many of the little intricacies that make her just the right expression of femininity that is uniquely hers. Her smile, the way she moves, the smell of her hair…and of course, the jewels she adorns herself with. For me, the perfect piece can be just what I need to finish off a great outfit, or that little something shiny to make me feel like a million bucks. That’s why I have to share my love for artisan jewellery creator, Velvet Parsnips.
Anyone who knows me will know my love of red wine. Why red in particular? Maybe it’s the seduction of the deep ruby colour, the decadence in every sip or, more than likely, the sum of all its parts that makes a great glass of red both alluring and incredibly satisfying. With the vast range of wine styles available, and the many producers adding their own touch to the process, there is always an exquisite new discovery to be made. One of these discoveries in my wine tasting journey is Kanonkop’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2003.
It could be a childhood favourite like ‘Around The World In Eighty Days’, or maybe it’s the striking images of these colourful beauties floating majestically over Cappadocia in Turkey. Whatever the reason, there is just something about hot air balloons. I love the colour and grandeur they exude, and the vintage touch they give to a scene. For my two year old, it’s because Peppa Pig rides in one. That was reason enough for me to take on the task of creating a magical hot air balloon to be the star decoration at her birthday party.
Here’s how to make a hot air balloon decoration yourself…
Other than the fact that they’re just plain trendy, teepees really are the best craze that ever hit the DIY mom’s world. Embellished with pom poms and fancy feathers or just plain and simple, these little tents create a fun space for any little adventurer – a magical prop in the already wonderful play world that is the imagination.
The warm air kissing my skin, a gentle breeze gently nudging my hair, carrying on it the sound of rolling waves and the odd tinkle of a cowbell in the distance. The faint smell of incense – a morning greeting to the gods. A vision of vivid colour and lush, floral life against a backdrop of a sun streaked sky blending effortlessly into the endless Indian ocean. A moment of clarity and understanding. Good morning, Bali. I can feel you.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Ikea! It’s just that I seem to spruce up my living space like I change my clothes. So, the beige cabinet that once matched my baby’s soft, white, neutral nursery, was now the dull spare wheel in the bolder, more quirky space that had become my toddler’s bedroom.
If you’re like me and you like to do things on a whim…pause. Make sure you have the right materials before you try to just slap a coat of paint on that laminated veneer chipboard that you’ll find on a lot of modern, flat pack furniture pieces.
Cool, turquoise water, a dazzling sun in the sky, warm air on bronzed skin and natural beauty as far as the eye can see. That’s probably the best way to describe my first introduction to Cirali, Turkey. About an hour or so drive from Antalya airport, this little gem is definitely worth a visit.