… Yep, another snow storm. And yep, mid-March. I write this from a snowed-in desk late on Saturday night: Queer Eye is playing on my secondary screen and there’s a sheet of cold white stuff on the road outside my house. It’s whistling through the windows and sparkling just-so on top of my car. It’s something quite beautiful and Christmas card worthy, but my god I’ll be damned if Trump doesn’t believe that global warming is a real thing. Weather woes aside, let’s get stuck in to another weekly catch-up…
‘Be Your Shelf’
Let’s start with the mundanities of finding myself with a spare afternoon in my diary and deciding to spend it organising my Ikea shelves. I’m officially old. I took great joy in finally clearing out three bags of ‘to be donated’, ‘to be Depop-ed’ and ‘to be binned’ items from my old Ikea shelves, and finally organising my recipe books, K-pop music collection and Nintendo 3DS games into some sort of order. The shelf is looking great now and continues to reside on the landing of our family home until I finally, finally buy a place of my own.
Afternoon tea with Pandora at The Ritz London
A few weeks ago, a very exciting email indeed landed in my inbox: an invitation to afternoon tea with Pandora at The Ritz London! With their new collection launching on Thursday, it was wonderful to get together with fellow bloggers to preview the pieces and celebrate the importance of friendship. The brand’s ethos centres on celebrating friendship with charms suited to pretty much any occasion, milestone or theme and I know that several of my own friends are fans of them. We also had the opportunity to sneak a peek at a stunning new piece that arrives at the end of the month, and I can’t wait to share that with you too. Watch this space.
The afternoon tea itself was absolutely delicious: I opted for a veggie option and the veggie sandwiches were brought to me on a separate plate, each one as moreish as the next. Their signature tea blend is truly something else, and it was an absolute dream to even be there! Plus, I finally got to snap away on ‘that’ staircase and in the bathrooms. Pink perfection.
by CHLOE. UK
Having been snowed in on my actual birthday, I was pretty adamant I wouldn’t let round two wreck my plans to dine with my Dream Team girls yesterday. Snow flurries floating to the ground, ASOS bobble hat firmly on, I trekked in to London to descend on by CHLOE in Covent Garden.
by CHLOE is a pretty popular vegan fast food joint that originated in New York and I’ve been stalking their Instagram tag for months now, so imagine my excitement when I finally got to visit!! I’ll be sharing a complete post on them soon, but Hannah, Sarah and I had a great time and it’s totally worth the hype. It’s worth noting that there isn’t table service, they don’t take reservations and it gets pretty busy, in case you were planning a visit yourself.
New in at Chez Daisybutter
I’ve been limiting my spending as of late (four items a month, max.) so I feel like it’s a pretty monumental thing now to share what I’ve actually picked up! First up, a Glossier Lidstar duo: I wasn’t sure on the first application but now I’m sold. Blends like a dream and it has the most stunning shimmer finish in a millennial-cool kinda way. Next up, the 80th anniversary edition of ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier, a buy inspired by Bee and one that I just began to read last night. Then, I also picked up a little outfit for my Ritz jaunt. What I’ve learnt so far from controlled spending is that I appreciate my four buys SO much more and I haven’t needed to return anything on the basis that these were all such considered purchases. Are you tempted to do the same?
Links I’ve Loved:
- This ‘dewy spring glow’ makeup edit on Sophie’s Makeup has been a great point of reference whilst I look at boosting my selection for spring (if it ever arrives).
- I’m totally trying this Vegetarian Loaded Sweet Potato and Chilli Fries recipe to combat the chill next week.
- Nervous about having a smear test? This article on Byrdie is absolutely worth a read.
- As somebody that is really into apps and productivity programs, this post about blog optimisation apps stood out to me.
- Chloe nailed it again with this think-piece regarding blogs, bloggers and making money.
- Having just moved gyms and as I’m trying to up my fitness game even further, this post about pre-workout eats was useful for me.
- Meg’s feature about ‘successful blogging’ was a great read for me this week: I struggle to find my place in today’s blogging landscape but it was nice reminder that success can be defined by all sorts of metrics and, actually, I’m doing pretty great.
- Lastly, Bee’s post about her favourite bookish feelings over on Vivatramp made for a delicious Saturday read. I highly recommend it.