Monday, 10 November 2014

History of London in tiles

It is no secret that I'm totally in love with London. There's always something to do or see, places to go, things to marvel at. When I have time one of my favourite things to do is wander around the city, doing that whole pretending you're a tourist thing. London is a city where you are always sure to stumble upon something pretty amazing. The trick is to keep your eyes peeled. Because London is such a walkable city sometimes it's fun to go wherever your feet take you. That's how you find the best surprises because you end up walking places you've never been before and when you do spot something awesome it's a surprise. And who doesn't love a surprise?

I recently spied this mosaic wall in a side street down by the River Thames. It's the history of London in tiles! After seeing these incredible Hitchcock mosaics a few months back, I'm starting to think that the city is full of these tiled hidden gems. Aren't they amazing? I wonder how long it would have taken to make.

The sections of the wall with the Queens are my faves.

All photos by me.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Make mine an S

Just when you thought you couldn't love Kate Spade Saturday any more they go ahead and add monogramming to their bag of tricks. You should be jumping up and down about that right now. And what's more you don't even have to put your initials on there. So many fun words with three letters! WOW! FUN! YAY! I wouldn't mind a little red purse with an S on it though. The Christmas list just keeps getting bigger…

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fan: Jasmine Dowling

Nothing beats a good quote when you're feeling a little blah. I've always been drawn to them, these little nuggets of wisdom. Of course I have my favourites and often find myself quoting them at people when giving advice. I've told you guys before how quotes are made even better when they are written in awesome typographical prints that makes you want to hang them all over your walls. What I haven't told you about is Jasmine Dowling

If you haven't heard of Jasmine then pay attention. Fellow Aussie and typographer/graphic designer/fashion blogger extraordinaire Jasmine knows where it's at when we're talking making inspirational words pretty. She started off making prints in a monochrome colour palette, which set the world alight and I am not surprised. Her latest collection injects a bit of colour in the form of these lovely pinky tones. Swoon. She's ventured into the world of textiles too - pillowcases, tote bags and cushions. Gorgeous.

Her work is unique, motivational and totally dreamy. You gotta go check out her shop here

Oh and FYI her Instagram is pretty great too. 

Image credit: All images by Jasmine Dowling

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Cake: Victoria Sponge

It's been irritating me for a while now that I don't bake enough cake. A very serious irritation, I know. It's just that when I started this blog one of the things I wanted to share with you guys was cake and there isn't enough cake going on here. 

If you've been following along on Instagram you may have gotten the hint that I'm trying to bring you more cake. It's been a while since I've baked one from scratch though so I figured, best to start simple. And you don't get more simple than a Victoria sponge cake right? A friend who is a pretty epic baker told me it's hard to mess up. Sold! She also told me Mary Berry's recipe is super easy so I listened and that's the one I'm going with.

To add a touch of something extra special I picked up this Italian strawberry jam. Isn't the packaging the cutest? I am going to wash it out after the jam is gone and keep it forever.

Anyway, here's to more cake around here! We'll see how I go with this one yeah?

Photo by me

Friday, 3 October 2014

Happy Friday + get some rest

Did somebody press the fast forward button on 2014? Woah it's been a busy week filled with catch ups, cake plans and basically trying to keep up with life. Looking forward to a slice of relax time this weekend. Amongst the chaos, here are a few things that caught my eye this week.

Total inspiration (p.s. I did this)

Happy Friday and here's too a restful weekend! xx

Image credit: by Elin Kick√©n (via Nordic Design)