Friday, 15 May 2015

Happy Friday + dreaming of a holiday

London can't make up it's mind lately whether to be Spring or Autumn, let alone Summer. I'm hoping this weekend it will decide that we need a some sunshine and then we can all up our park time.  This unpredictable weather is really making me dream of going on holiday so I'm throwing back to a snap of one of my most favourite cities - Lisbon. Consider this a small dose of Summer and fingers crossed for some actual sunshine soon xx

Photo by Sarah Ilene

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Northlight presents Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. is a brand that I can put my hands up and say I am obsessed with. I would love nothing more than to own one of each of their products. You can imagine my excitement when I found out about their recent pop up shop hosted by Northlight. A little shopfront on the Kings Road was transformed into a cute boutique filled with all things Rifle, for me it was like a dream come true.

From the lettering on the front windows to the white washed floorboards to the bunches of flowers scattered throughout, this is how all pop up shops should be. If only I could have that wall of cards in my house... It was very tempting to pick up a huge stack. I decided this pack was enough to keep me happy for now, though my Rifle wish list is long so watch this space.

In the shop there were special areas dedicated to the various collaborations such as Garance Dore and Paper Crown. There were also sections for wedding papery treats and a things for children. Dotted around the shop were framed prints that you could buy like this The World is Your Oyster print. I recently moved house and am currently planning out just how I want to decorate, so for now I am trying to hold back on making any big purchases until I have figured that out. It was very hard not to buy this one though because I have wanted it for so long. 

If only there could be a Rifle Paper Co. shop in London all the time. Though I am sure my wallet would be a lot lighter if that happened...

All photographs taken by Sarah Ilene

Monday, 11 May 2015

Gimme 5 // 02

Feeling feminine and fresh with these pink and whites. This collection includes one of the most impressive places I've visited in the last few months - Sketch London. If you can you have to drop in for afternoon tea, gasp at the gorgeous interiors and stare at the walls lined with art work by the talented David Shrigley.

Letterpress business card - unknown

Sketch London - Refinery 29

Cheerleader ponytail - L'Oreal via Bridal Musings

Rupalee dressmaker scissors - Douglas and Bec

Bedside table - via Coredna

Friday, 8 May 2015

Happy Friday + reviving plants

Yay! It's Friday! I hope you've had a great week. I spent the week mainly drooling over these, figuring out some projects, re-designing a few things and, oh yeah, trying to revive some plants I bought at this amazing garden centre a few weeks back. Is it possible for a baby fern to get sunburned in a London flat? The answer is yes. Proof that sometimes you should stick to what you know, especially if what you know is succulents. 

Have a good weekend you guys and hope to see you back here on Monday xx

Photo by Sarah Ilene

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Make it // Chia seed pudding

Confession time: I have a tendency to want to eat like a teenage boy most of the time. Problem is, I am not a teenage boy. It's a real struggle. To add to it I am also the worst cook in the world. Ok, maybe not in the world but I'm not great and being a 20-something who dreads the thought of having people over for dinner is not a good look. One of my resolutions this year was to start simple and teach myself not only how to make a few signature dishes but also to eat better. It's great when you can multi-task on your goals isn't it?

I tried one of these chia seed puddings a few months ago and though they aren't the most flavoursome breakfast you could ever eat, they are actually quite refreshing because they are so light. Plus you can feel really proud of yourself after eating one - we all know how healthy chia seeds are. With the help of a few berries this breakfast is a great way to start your day. The pre-made options can be a bit on the expensive side so I decided to try my hand at a homemade version. Also, note there are only 3 ingredients. Foolproof for someone like me. Right...??!!

What you'll need
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk (low or full fat version)
1/2 tablespoon honey

How to make it
Pour the coconut milk into a jar. I used Weck jars but any airtight jar will do fine. Add the chia seeds and honey. Stir until all ingredients are mixed evenly. Seal the jar, pop it in the fridge and it will be ready to eat by morning. Simple as that.

Serve with berries or add some other seeds on top for extra health points. I like to eat the pudding with raspberries because their tartness adds a little more flavour to the mix. You can never eat too many berries either.

As if you needed another reason - this breakfast is also perfect for those of us that want to eat something wholesome in the morning but always find ourselves in a rush to get out of the door. You can grab a jar and eat this on the go or when you get to work. For the culinary challenged like me, this recipe is a good one to ease your way into the kitchen. Give it a try, you'll surprise yourself when it turns out just right.

Styling and photography by Sarah Ilene