Softly snoring puppy beside me and Friends playing on my second monitor, I’m so content as I write this at 9.19pm on Saturday evening. Firmly gone are my wishes for an evening outdoors (I mean, ask me again in a few weeks and I’m sure things will be different!) and instead, I’m revelling in quiet hours after an entire day soaking up some vitamin D. Oh yes international readers, us Brits received an entire 10 hours of sun today and don’t you dare think we’ll let you forget it! This morning Harvey and I woke up to beaming rays through our window and it certainly helped to set the mood for our day, that’s for sure.
When Harvey and I visited the Ideal Home Show over Easter, he bought me a subscription (well, not exactly subscription) to Freddie’s Flowers.
Freddie’s Flowers is a London-based company that provides beautiful bouquets of flowers fresh to your door, whenever you fancy. I’ll be getting my deliveries monthly and splitting the bouquet between my home office/studio and my bedroom space.
Each delivery comes with a guide on how to arrange your bouquet perfectly and I can certainly vouch for how huge the bunches are! I had a LOT of interest when I shared mine on Instagram Stories, so I thought I’d share my process here too. Plus, I’m including a code so that you can receive your first box for free!
(Not sponsored, this is just a loyalty scheme they have for paying customers.)
Enter the code HARVEYW8369 at checkout on Freddie’s Flowers to receive your first box for free (and I’ll also receive a free box)!
England is so damn great when the sun comes out.
On Saturday (so, today…) we packed our bags and wandered into the Old Town part of our town for brunch and a slow start to the weekend. We didn’t even need coats! It was dreamy. Nothing quite beats the first sun-soaking of the year, does it? Harvey and I are really enjoying brunch at Rump & Wade these days. It’s a local brasserie attached to a hotel that serves breakfast buffet until 12pm, and brunch until 3pm! In fact, the weather was so glorious that we ate our brunch (smashed avocado, red onion, tomato, red pepper and coriander on sourdough toast) in their garden, along with an apple juice. It honestly felt like we were on holiday!
We shot a few photos of my new bag (more to follow) before walking to our gym for an afternoon session, where I went in hard on a chest and back workout and a little glutes sesh as well, because the squat rack was uncharacteristically free.
Speaking of which, I hit a couple of new PB’s at the gym this week! I’ve been trying to shake things up a little reps and sets wise so that my body doesn’t fall into a comfort zone, and it’s actually working. Who would’ve thought a little extra research would pay off?! I managed to leg press 80kg(!!) and squat 40kg which is absolutely insane, considering my gym notebook says I could only press 15kg and barely even squat the bar alone when I first began my gym journey. Needless to say, I have completely stopped looking at numbers when it comes to the scales and I only focus on the numbers when I’m lifting weights.
A new addition to the handbag arsenal
On Friday I was absolutely over the moon to return home from a regular vet visit with Milo to see a delivery from the team over at Cambridge Satchel Co.!
Last week I shared a photo on my Instagram Stories of a beautiful backpack that I’d fallen in love with in their Covent Garden store, and they dropped me a message to see if I’d like one – monogrammed – of my own. I, of course, said yes and am besotted with my darling Cloud convertible backpack. I’ll be shooting somethin’ with it on Monday and I just can’t wait to show her off to you all! My handbag arsenal is coming along oh so nicely.
(You can watch a slightly outdated handbag collection video over on my YouTube channel, but do let me know if you’d like another soon!)
Milo’s best friend
I’m not sure that I’ve mentioned this on Daisybutter yet, but I’m currently going through a classic freelancer’s lull. I don’t have any short-term clients or projects, only my usual retainer clients and while usually that’d spark some anxiety, I’ve been indulging in some ‘me time’. You know, the sort of thing I was so happy to go freelance for. I’ve been able to head out for a lengthy morning dog walk with Milo every morning and enjoy a cup of tea without scrolling through emails with my spare hand. And it’s meant that I’ve also been able to coordinate our walk timings with Milo’s best friend: Coco.
Coco is a stunning labradoodle who belongs to a charming 89-year-old(!!) Italian man that lives a few streets away. We first encountered Coco and her owner months and months ago when Milo was only a few months old, and the pair couldn’t stop playing together! And since then, we’ve scheduled vet visits together and the two are in absolute adoration of each other, it’s so sweet to see! I love catching up with Coco’s owner and he is so full of vitality and wisdom, radiating happy vibes every time we chat.
What are some of the highlights from your week? Have you made any unexpected friends through something as simple as a dog walk?
Links I’ve Loved:
- 7 Types of People You Should Have in Your Life by 30 – The Everygirl
- Ballerina-Turned-Gamer Mari Takahashi on Her Career Shift and the Slow Game of Success – Darling Magazine
- South Africa + Zimbabwe – Sunbeamjess
- Cauliflower Shawarma Wraps with Green Tahini and Feta – Half Baked Harvest
- 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kingston in Jamaica – I Want You To Know
- Baked Margherita Risotto – Wonderful You
- 12 Ways to Get Out of a Slump – The Everygirl
- On Supporting Others & Knowing When To Stop – Hello Miss Jordan