Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Monday/Ten Happy Things #13

Good morning, lovelies! It's Monday, it's the start of the week, and I'm joining up as ever with Katy and Jasmin for a lovely, positive start to the week. Let's go!

1. Catch ups

Whether it's a meal and a movie with Hannah or a glass of wine and The Apprentice with Shona, it's been lovely to catch up with friends who I haven't seen in a while. Plans with other friends are in the diary too - after a travel heavy September and early-October, it's nice to be back in the London loop. 

2. Cold weather

I love it. I swear my outfits are 75% cuter once the mercury drops! I'm loving chilly mornings, curling up with a cup of tea after a bracing walk, and breaking out the slow cooker. Vehemently on board.

3. Brunch with Bangarang

Yesterday I met up with Katy, Jasmin, Charley and Emma for a good old catch up over brunch. We went to Drake & Morgan, which I'd been so excited to try. Given the pricing and the reputation I'd expected wonders...instead it was the very definition of....okay. Not bad by any means, but not somewhere I'll be rushing back to either.

Luckily the company was excellent and I very much enjoyed catching up with the ladies and hearing all their news. So lucky to have such wonderful blog friends here in town!

4. Reading

In holiday mode I was reading less, and it took me a little while to get back into the groove. Yesterday after brunch I curled up and devoured the first half of The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and I'm back in the reading zone! Which is lucky, because last week brought some very fun book post...

5. Amsterdam

Full posts will follow, of course, but our little two day trip to Amsterdam was a delight. We toured the canals, stayed in a lovely hotel, went to the Heineken Brewery (and met the horses!) and toured the Rijksmuseum. A really lovely, chill city break.

6. Early nights, early mornings

Am loving getting my body clock back to normal. I love being up with the lark (although calming down my inner night owl takes more effort).

7. Flying

Growing up I'd always loved flying (hey, RAF brat, right?), but a few years back I had a real period of worry and fear when it came to flying. Over the last couple of years this has subsided hugely and I'm back to enjoying the experience! The BA hopper flights between London City and Amsterdam are such fun and so speedy. Love being up amongst the clouds.

8. Time to think

This past year has truly been a journey. It's been lovely to have lots of little pockets of time recently to have a good long think and to make a few decisions.

9. Gift vouchers

I love using a gift voucher now and then, and I'm good about banking them for future use. Sometimes it's a little Friday treat, like the chouxnut I got from Selfridges on Friday (so good!), sometimes it's working out that we can afford a few little extra treats for friends and family come Christmas.

10. Rest

Yeah, Poppet-cat has the correct idea. So cosy!

I hope you all have a super week!


  1. I've been having a good few catch ups with old friends lately. It's so nice to be able to mix old with new sometimes, it's refreshing x

  2. Oh wow what some lovely happy things - I can't wait to see your full post on Amsterdam I would love to visit myself. x

  3. Lovely to see you this weekend �� x

  4. I'm so excited for your Amsterdam posts Claire it is my favourite place! Sounds like a bloody brilliant week - and I'm jealous of your cat sat on the radiator - I wish that was acceptable as a human! Milli xx

  5. I agree that we might complain about how old it is but secretly we love wearing jumpers and knits!

  6. I love Amsterdam so looking forward to your photos!

  7. I can't wait to hear all about Amsterdam - a place I definitely want to explore more of x

  8. I do love a good catch up and your brunch looks amazing, that would be my choice too x

  9. I cant wait to read about amsterdamn its a place i have always wanted to visit!

  10. Looks like you had a good time! Love the picture of the kittys sleeping xx

  11. I adore the colder weather and totally agree my outfits look so much better now I can layer. x

  12. What lovely Happy and positive things. I love the cooler weather and Autumn clothing.

  13. I love going out for brunch. I wish that the UK had more brunch options.

  14. We went to Amsterdam for 2 days some months ago too. Need to go back and stay longer.

  15. Snap! I absolutely love flying - I still get excited about being above the clouds!

  16. I'm loving the cold weather too - I want snow but no chance of that yet!

  17. I love these posts of yours! You look beautiful in that pic btw! Wish I could go back to not being scared of flying. I was fine until 2 years ago and now I'm petrified!


  18. Oh im so jealous! We are thinking of taking a weekend trip to Amsterdam Ahhh!

  19. Is that the same Shonda Rhimes of Grey's Anatomy and How To Get away with Murder? I'm totally curious! I definitely want to visit Amsterdam at some point!

  20. Although I do love warm weather, I really do prefer dressing for autumn xxx

  21. I completely agree with the fact that winter outfits are much cuter! I love wearing coats, boots and all sorts of scarves!

    Mika |

  22. I really want to go to Amsterdam, looking forward to reading all about it.

  23. I'm loving the cold weather and curling up with a book also atm x

  24. brunch is probably the best meal. i need to go out for brunch more

  25. Ooooh, a lot of my favourite things are listed up there my lovely! Time is so precious, I wish I had more of it, he he!

  26. Sorry to hear the brunch wasn't as good as expected what a shame. It's not good when a restaurant is a let down.

  27. Love this post I do something similar every day in my planner I write down something happy that happened that particular day, it's just a way of staying motivated and look at life positively :-)

  28. I've had so many catch ups with friends recently, which has been really lovely.

  29. Can't wait for your post on Amsterdam! We were looking at booking some flights today!

  30. I haven't been to Amsterdam in over a decade, so looking forward to reading your post! :)

  31. What a lovely post! I am hoping to go to Amsterdam next year for a couple of days, fingers crossed!

  32. "I swear my outfits are 75% cuter once the mercury drops" <-- this is me.

    Also, holy crap a chouxnut looks amazing. yum!

  33. Haha looks like the cats have got the right idea to me! H x

  34. Wow that brunch and chouxnut both look amazing! I'm so jealous!

  35. I can not wait to read more about your Amsterdam trip, I can't wait to go back and explore.

  36. The chouuxnut looks delicious, it's funny how sometimes the most expensive places only turn out to be average at best, thankfully good company makes anywhere seem great.

  37. I loved Amsterdam when I went - can't wait to see what you got up to there x

  38. Great post! I love the idea behind it :) always love posts set up in list form x

  39. I love how we all need to take a step back and reflect on the good things in life! Cant wait for the Amsterdam updates! xx


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