So, the blog has been a little inexcusably neglected over the past few weeks. I’ve been travelling hard and working even harder, and I always prefer to give my full attention to this space, rather than bashing something out half-heartedly. There is so, so much I want to share with you all; so many blog posts in my drafts, so many shoots and videos and recordings scheduled, but it’s super hard to make time at the moment. In the meantime, a combined post to share all my favourite essentials and discoveries from August & September; 2 for the price of one, so I’m forgiven?
The incredible Fiona Burgess of Woman’s Hour performed ‘Dancing in the Dark’ at my dear friend Marina’s wedding last month in the South of France. It is everything.
I’ve been obsessed with Goop for years and years and years, and I hang on pretty much every word Gwyneth has to say. Imagine my excitement, then, when they opened their first pop-up store in West London (where it all began) and launched UK shipping through their online shop. I celebrated the launch with the Goop team earlier this month with a browse around the store followed by dinner just down the road at Farmacy. Maybe I’ll just move there?
JOMO is the new FOMO.
Slow watches; watches with just the hour hand, to make you conscious of the time but less obsessed or stressed and restricted by it. They also happen to be beaut.
Jolene just opened after much anticipation, and just a stones throw away from my house in N16. Just off Newington Green, Jolene is an amazing bakery, serving incredible baked goods, insanely good coffee and lunch and dinner menus, serving fresh, local, seasonal, hand-made small plates, ideal for sharing. The menu changes daily so check in on Insta before you go or embrace the surprise.
Since joining Model Mafia, I’ve connected with some super special souls. Sinead Bovell is one of them. Listen to her story here about changing your life by taking control of it. My favourite quote: “We talk about our dreams and careers as if they should be separate. We think we’re confined to one lane. But we’re not. It’s the integration of all of your multiple passions, your life experiences and your professional experiences that support you in creating something that doesn’t exist. And something that you are truly passionate about. Your dream job should be an extension of your life and who you are. And that usually means you’ll have to create it yourself”. I love this. Our careers ultimately become our lives, and since they take up most of our time, why not work towards finding a career you truly love and enjoy, or creating one for yourself if it doesn’t already exist. It is possible if you firstly work hard and find not only your passion, but your purpose too. The rest will come.
One of the great things about fall/winter is ALL THE LAYERING WE CAN DO.
Qnola is now available to buy on Ocado. That means nationwide shipping and simple, one-stop shopping.
It’s time to invest in some ‘power pants’. I’m currently loving cord wide legs and suit trousers.
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P.volve - something I’d only tried online and from a distance until now - hosted a soft launch in London this month, and will be back to do more exclusive workouts in due course. For now, try their online video subscription service. I don’t usually love online workouts as I lack the motivation and actually push myself hard enough, but P.volve is more about smaller, slower movements, and I can honestly do these workouts anytime, anywhere, no matter how early it is, how tired I am or how little time I have. It’s such a unique method and I’m addicted.
05 Studio swimwear; I want it all (especially this), and it’s not even summer anymore. Run by a super creative and conscious Bulgarian duo, everything is so effortlessly yet carefully put together, using high quality materials and ethical practices.
I have too many mugs but I still can’t help eyeing up these.
These look goooood. Can anyone in Aus vouch for them?
Halloween is fast approaching.
Saw this on a friends bathroom wall and the message really resonated with me. Why are we al so frantic, as if we are in a race? We do not understand that there is no winner.
Favourite new brush. (Disclaimer: more bamboo).
I met the truly wonderful Madeleine from Astrology For Artists. Check her out. She holds some pretty amazing workshops and offers private sessions and readings.
A new video about the state of our environment, to get you thinking (although its from 2009 but its new to me).
Obsessing over everything here. Such wonders.
I struggle to find good, pure and honest make up removers. I’ve just tried The Body Shop’s camomile blend, made with natural ingredients, and made without animal testing. It’s up there with coconut oil, y’all.
My good friend recently launched a new loungewear brand, designed for slowing down, settling in and switching off. Super comfy stuff.
This is a pretty interesting little test to do on yourself. How self-actualised are you?
ADORE. Lets keep this shell/pearl vibe going through winter, plzzzz.
Just added one of these to my home and gym workout routines. Next level, I’m telling you.
Addicted to this Twin Ball self massage tool. I’m a big advocate of massage, and self massage is so easy already, but is so much more achievable and easy to do with tools like this.
I’ve been hit with my first cold in years, I think due to overworking, change in seasons and elevated anxiety and panic attacks threatening to shut down my body completely if I don’t just CHILL. These have helped so far.
No matter how small your city apartment is, you can never have too much home decorations and kitchenware (at least thats what I keep telling myself):
This vase. Yessssss H&M Home.
I can see this being added to everyone’s wish list.
This vase (and shell anything these days tbh).
The Alchemist has been on my list for ages but is definitely next if things go my way. If only I had enough time to finish the books I’m already hoarding first, and get on with this one.
The boot obsession begins.