It’s been a while since my last post. There’s a reason. I’ve been squirrelling away finishing some private appointments and getting ready for my new launch. To give you some background, I’ll start at the beginning. My husband works for a top London ad agency and I spent 8 years working for market-leading UK magazines. So you could say digital is a big part of my life. My career was spent liaising with luxury brands – convincing them to advertise in print and online.
It seems people do think that social media is having a negative impact on our lives. So much so that people are agreeing it’s destroying the art of conversation and it’s ruining our creativity. Communication and creativity are essential life skills to any human so what’s the future for us? When I think of myself with my daughter in years to come, I wonder what she’ll be like at 14. Will she be hanging out in town like I did, wondering if there was anything in New Look to fit her £10 pocket money budget? Phones a thing for adults and something we’d never bother to want? Or will she follow in my footsteps, take an interest in online sociology and become a blogger? One thing’s for sure, she certainly won’t be allowed online for hours and hours.
We held our small, emotionally charged Jewish wedding at my husband’s parent’s beautiful home in North London. Their home is absolutely stunning, warm and welcoming with a gorgeous garden – the perfect wedding venue. As I was 6 months pregnant, finding a dress was beyond difficult (try telling London boutiques that you’re expecting and need a dress within 4 weeks). But all the planning and attention to detail was worth it.
On Sunday 14th May, 36 close friends and family gathered at my husband’s parent’s house to celebrate our wedding. Small and intimate, we wanted something that would start at midday and finish late afternoon, (I’m 6 months pregnant after all). We’ve been engaged for almost two years and initially had planned a big wedding. We’d booked the West London Synagogue and reserved our favourite Marylebone wine bar but with numbers getting out of hand we decided last minute to cancel. We sent out messages of understanding to those of our closest friends and family that we couldn’t invite and with the logistics done, I began my beauty planning.
When I wrote this post a few days ago, I thought this would be the ultimate gift guide. But I’ve already seen so much more that could’ve been included. Is it me or has shopping become really great for men again? This Father’s Day, ignore all the novelty gifts and get Dad something he really wants. If you’re stuck for ideas here are some gift ideas that would serve any discerning gentleman. Whether your Dad is more into his grooming or cooking, fashion or gym visits, Father’s Day doesn’t have to be a struggle when it comes to choosing what to buy. My top tip is to get something he’d never normally buy for himself, an extravagance that he’ll really appreciate.
A.K.A the ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made of’. Well that was quite literally the case for me. The first time I visited New York was one Christmas a few years ago. It had been six months in the planning; Christmas Day at Maddison Square Garden to watch Bulls v Knicks, dinner at The Four Seasons and various other restaurants plus VIP tickets for NYE at Jay Z’s club. Lil Wayne had just been let out of prison and was at Times Square – it was all very exciting (ha!). It wasn’t the glitz and glamour that drew me to my decision to try to move there though but the atmosphere, the people and the culture. It was then I decided, I had to move to New York alone and get a job.
I Wrote A Quote A Day Journal & Here’s What Happened
When I first heard of the bullet journal trend (getting a notebook and essentially drawing up your own template for a diary) I must admit I was tempted. Then I saw how much work was involved and how much time you need to dedicate to it. As a self confessed time poor, occasionally disorganised under pressure person it just wasn’t for me. Still, feeling inclined to do something with my copious amounts of notebooks (trust me I have a lot) I decided to use my small Smythson diary as a quote diary. Something to use to jot down a quote a day.
Last weekend was my first time in New Forest. It seemed so wonderfully full of wildlife and peace. The Bell Inn is a charming rustic hotel with a food menu to die for and a place I’d definitely recommend others to visit. Pack your wellies, warm coats and get ready for some escapism.