I can hardly believe it’s Saturday night again already! I’ve spent all of today in bed feeling unwell, but thought I’d hop on to write a little before Strictly Come Dancing tonight. This week has been full to the brim with client work, meetings, errands and future planning for some things I’d like to do next year.

My reread of A Game of Thrones has utterly consumed my week! I’d forgotten just how immersive this world was and after hitting the halfway mark, I’ve basically abandoned all other commitments to get this finished. I’m about 40 pages from the end as I write this post — and believe me, I have itchy fingers desperate to pick it back up! — and I just can’t believe I’d forgotten the sheer greatness of the world George R.R. Martin had conjured up. A few people on Instagram noted how they had been putting off reading the book despite adoring the TV series, to which I must implore you guys to pick it up! The detail and minutiae of the books are unreal: I think the final details of each backstory alone would win you over.

The London lurgy got me…

Guys… The dreaded London lurgy got me. My sore throat last week has developed into a full hacking cough, head cold and general grossness. Of course I’m thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to be in bed lots and reading lots, but I’m also not the kind of person to laze around doing nothing. I’m also panicking that Christmas seems to be zooming towards us at a rate of knots! My Christmas bullet journal tracker keeps staring at me in the face with all of its unchecked boxes. Send help!

Shooting with Sian again!

With the odds against us and an amber weather warning looming above our heads, Sian and I ventured out on Friday for a day-long shoot! It’s easily one of the more ambitious shoots I’ve styled and planned so far for the blog and possibly more ambitious than any I’ve directed for work, but I can’t wait to share the results with you in a few weeks. It involved plenty of improvisation, such is life shooting in a busy, ever-changing city, but I’m thrilled with how day one went and I’m excited for day two!

Stand with Hong Kong

Something that has been preying on my mind of late is that we’re about to enter month nine of the ongoing situation in Hong Kong. Whilst the initial hurdle is now over, police brutality is at an all-time high and innocent bystanders and peaceful protestors continue to be made targets. I can’t even begin to describe how heartbreaking it is to wake up each morning and hear the headlines, read the Tweets, see the clips… The news ISN’T being accurately reported directly from Hong Kong, and so it’s so important to listen to the news from the ground. It’s horrific seeing local citizens being mercilessly beaten, shot at and targeted with tear gas and it’s even harder not really knowing what I can do to help.

Links I’ve Loved

  1. Steph wrote an illuminating article on strength in being alone.
  2. In support of National Anti-Bullying Week, Sian shared her experiences being bullied and how it led to pressing pause on her photographer dreams (which she is now wholeheartedly pursuing!!).
  3. I always enjoy Vix’s blogging prediction posts: here are her predictions for blogging in 2020.
  4. Kristabel’s guide to St. Lucia is an essential read. Add it to your travel bookmarks.
  5. Healing from Handicap.
  6. These are the must-visit Christmas markets to head to in Europe.
  7. I’ve bookmarked all of the vegan options from The Everygirl’s guide to the best Taco Tuesday recipes, and you should too.
  8. Cupful of Kale’s Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage Crumbles looks absolutely incredible!

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