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. LaaLaa Monroe
    17th October 2016 / 8:00 am

    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. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    17th October 2016 / 9:58 am

    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. captaincharley.net
    17th October 2016 / 11:30 am

    Lovely to see you this weekend �� x

  4. Camilla Jarlett
    17th October 2016 / 12:33 pm

    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. ana de jesus
    17th October 2016 / 2:42 pm

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

  6. Deborah Nicholas
    17th October 2016 / 5:27 pm

    I love Amsterdam so looking forward to your photos!

  7. Samantha Rickelton
    17th October 2016 / 6:23 pm

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

  8. beautyqueenuk
    17th October 2016 / 8:16 pm

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

  9. Nikki
    17th October 2016 / 9:07 pm

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

  10. All About Ashleigh.
    17th October 2016 / 9:36 pm

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

  11. Rhian Westbury
    17th October 2016 / 10:16 pm

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

  12. Joanna Victoria -x
    17th October 2016 / 10:56 pm

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

  13. Dannii Martin
    18th October 2016 / 7:18 am

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

  14. Stella Olojola
    18th October 2016 / 8:20 am

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

  15. Rosie Corriette
    18th October 2016 / 9:11 am

    Snap! I absolutely love flying – I still get excited about being above the clouds!

  16. Hannah Heartss
    18th October 2016 / 9:42 am

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

  17. Leah Devoted To Pink
    18th October 2016 / 9:58 am

    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! Leah http://www.devotedtopink.com

  18. Francesca Nelson
    18th October 2016 / 10:32 am

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

  19. Liz Mays
    18th October 2016 / 12:32 pm

    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. Laura Ferry
    18th October 2016 / 1:39 pm

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

  21. La French Connection
    18th October 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I completely agree with the fact that winter outfits are much cuter! I love wearing coats, boots and all sorts of scarves!Mika | http://www.la-french-connection.com

  22. Emma Iannarilli
    18th October 2016 / 3:58 pm

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

  23. Amelia Larsen
    18th October 2016 / 8:42 pm

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

  24. Nicol
    18th October 2016 / 9:25 pm

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

  25. Le Coin de Mel
    18th October 2016 / 10:22 pm

    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. Melanies Fab Finds
    18th October 2016 / 11:42 pm

    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. Leslie Hernandez
    19th October 2016 / 2:01 am

    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. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    19th October 2016 / 6:15 am

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

  29. Kira L Curtis
    19th October 2016 / 7:48 pm

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

  30. Lilinha Angel
    19th October 2016 / 8:23 pm

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

  31. Tanya Brannan
    20th October 2016 / 9:53 am

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

  32. Zarina
    20th October 2016 / 11:28 am

    "I swear my outfits are 75% cuter once the mercury drops" <– this is me. Also, holy crap a chouxnut looks amazing. yum!

  33. Harriet Shearsmith
    20th October 2016 / 5:59 pm

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

  34. Sarah Ann
    20th October 2016 / 9:05 pm

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

  35. Anosa Malanga
    20th October 2016 / 9:27 pm

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

  36. Mandi - Hex Mum Plus 1
    21st October 2016 / 9:41 am

    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. Stephanie Merry
    21st October 2016 / 1:00 pm

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

  38. Jodie Whitham
    21st October 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Great post! I love the idea behind it 🙂 always love posts set up in list form x

  39. Ayesha Farhad
    29th October 2016 / 12:14 pm

    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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