Can anyone believe we are halfway through September, where did this year go! I’ve read about 3 articles this week talking about how we are heading into the coldest winter in 50 years – scary! So to prepare here’s what’s on my autumn wishlist.
one – With winter on it’s way, I plan on staying in and keeping cosy so I’ve been already planning menus for dinner parties! A new set of dinnerware would be lovely. This set is handmade and so beautiful!
two – a cosy hat to keep the ears warm, that pompom looks so soft and fluffy.
three – I am in need of a new mustard cardigan and lucky for me, with all the 70’s fashion being relived, mustard is in.
four & five – every dinner party needs some mood lighting, find these gorgeous candlestick holders in our shop now!
six – a gorgeous boho cushion for an autumnal bedroom look.
seven – I have been looking for the perfect parka this year, I think I found it.
eight – I have a thing for platform loafers, this burgundy pair from asos are the coolest, think I’ll be adding these to my growing collection.
nine – How cute is this petrol coloured suitcase, perfect for storing just about anything.
ten – a pretty vase, fill with flowers to brighten up the house on grey rainy days.
We’ve been back from the Greek Islands for a week now and I’m still dreaming of this view, talk about holiday blues. Here are a few links to distract you on this Friday afternoon.
- A few interesting places to put on next summers holiday list, I think Cuba will definitely be on mine.
- I love this guy, he would make shopping at ikea way more fun!
- We’ve all been here before.
- Love the new range of phone cases from DesignLoveFest, I would like one of each please.
- I feel like I could’ve worn this shirt ALL week!
- I love this eucalyptus garland, it will be perfect for Christmas…too soon?
- Lastly, since the sun has decided to grace us with it’s presence for one last weekend before winter, why not make these ice lollies to enjoy in the sunshine.
Have a great weekend!
As I mentioned before we spent a week sailing in Greece, I know sailing sounds super posh and something you do when you live in the Hamptons, but seriously, it’s not. It’s more like camping…on water. So for anyone who hasn’t been sailing here are a few things I learnt, take as little as possible, no seriously, if you think you might need it, you probably won’t. I’m talking max 2 bikini’s, a pair of shorts and a few T-shirts. Oh and shoes, you definitely need shoes. Sunnies are crucial too, it’s bright on the water, especially when you only went to bed at 2am but make sure they’re not your favourite ones because if they land in the water they’ll sink like a stone. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
At 32″ we were the baby of our flotilla and most definitely the naughty kids at the back of the bus, last to arrive in port, staying up the latest and last to leave in the morning but hey, we had a blast! One thing we realised early on was that we needed a bigger boat. Pick the boat you think you’ll need and add at least another 4″. Your toes, head and elbows will thank you. We spent 7-days in the Ionian Islands, setting sail from Lefkas and visiting numerous Ports on Kalamos, Meganisi and mainland Greece. Above was our first stop, Port Atheni a small, quaint little port. Below was our dinner at the only restaurant in town, but it was oh so good! Every meal we ate HAD to be accompanied by a side of Tzatziki and a Greek salad, oh and sagnaki of course, hmmm. If you’re lucky the brother’s who own the place might just do a spot of Greek dancing.
We didn’t only eat out, we managed to fend for ourselves at least once, the boys did some fishing and caught, a couple of sea urchins, a giant clam and 4 fish (2 of which were delicious) we threw the other 2 back in the water, poor things.
Our next stop was Kalamos. Recommended dinner spot: George’s, you literally have dinner on the beach!
On our third night we just stopped off at a random deserted beach for the night and had a barbecue right there, complete with bonfire and music! It was pretty awesome!
I was kinda petrified to jump off the boat into the deep, dark sea and it didn’t get easier, it got my heart racing every time!
On day 4 we were left to our own devices, we sailed past the amazing caves on Meganisi but we were absolutely starving so regrettably we didn’t stop, seriously wish we had! We had lunch in a little bay and it seemed like we were eating in someone’s backyard, totally random but like everywhere other meal we had it was delicious. After lunch, we made our way round to Little Vathy where we stayed the night. Loads of restaurants to try out, I think it was my favourite stop of the week.
There I am at the helm, the weather was pretty tame, we only managed about 2 days of really good sailing. Our days were mostly spent, eating, swimming and snorkeling which is awesome because the water is super clear. Below is a magical little spot called Varko bay, our yacht is literally the furthest tiniest one in this photo and we thought it would be a good idea to swim to shore for cocktails. It was like a scene from James Bond except a lot less graceful. Emerging from the water with a plastic bag so our money didn’t get wet but the cocktails were definitely worth the swim. Bartenders are pretty heavy handed so beware!
We spent our last night at sea back on mainland Greece in Paleiros where we had a fun night out and ended the evening on the beach listening to a guy and his guitar. On the last day we made our way back up to Lefkas stopping off in a few bays for swimming, snorkeling and lunch. Highlight of the week, winning the ‘Bear Grylls’ award from our crew (for all our fish catching skills)!
As I mentioned in a previous post Gary and I hopped over to Greece for a little break. We were invited to a wedding in Kefalonia and thought we’d make a holiday out of it. I’ve split it into two posts because if I didn’t there would be a serious photo overload! Part one is on Kefalonia and part two is all about our sailing adventure!
This picture pretty much sums up the holiday, almost every beach we went to looked like this – so beautiful! This was the view from our little beach in Lassi, where we enjoyed some serious chill time. Most of our days were spent on the beach and in taverna’s stuffing our faces, we ate so much tzatziki!
We invested in a GoPro before the trip and it was so worth it, this was our first day playing around with it, hence the underwater feet photo! But how cool?
This was the day of the wedding and yes, it was in a cave (Melissani Cave), on boat! The cave is a mix of fresh water and sea water and is 30m deep, the water is so clear you can see straight to the bottom and it has this beautiful turquoise glow. The beach with the colourful umbrellas was our view from the reception, too pretty!
The next day the whole wedding party headed to Myrtos Beach, the winding road to get there definitely didn’t help those nursing hangovers but it was so worth it and yes, the water really is that colour. Word of advice, if you do plan to head to Myrtos beach, take a pair of shoes with good soles or swimming shoes. This isn’t just a pebble beach, it’s more like a rock beach – ouchie! It’s also the beach where the filmed a few scenes of Captain Corelli’s mandolin. And bougainvillea just because I’m obsessed, they were everywhere. Part 2 coming soon.
Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…
- Have you been onto the crowdfunding website to see all the fantastic creations that people are crowdfunding? This Pedestrian Bridge in Rotterdam was one of them, what a great idea and it just shows you that anything is possible these days!
- People aren’t so bad after all, especially after these guys saved a Great White Shark in Cape Cod after he was stranded. Talking about sharks, did anyone spot the 50+ smooth-hound sharks in Sussex…guess we wont be swimming in those waters.
- This is possibly the funniest story I have ever heard, a squirrel getting drunk in a private members club by accidentally switching on the ale tap after closing time…only in Worcestershire!
- Some people have too much time on their hands to get creative, no time like coffee time to do a few coffee and ice cream sketches.
- I don’t normally share weddings on the blog, working in the industry I see a lot of weddings, dresses hairstyles etc. But this fantastic wedding is one of the best I have seen, everything about it was absolute perfection…great planning and style from one OCD to another!
Have a fabulous weekend all!
Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…
- We have been spoilt the past couple of weeks with wonderful weather, if you’re in Surrey and looking to find a great pub to eat at, here is a list of the best pubs in Surrey, I have been to a few of these myself. When in Milan, pop in to this awesome Wes Anderson inspired vintage bar, love the pinball machines!
- If you’re planning on staying home and enjoying the weather in the garden, why not mix up a couple of these delicious drinks or spend some time preserving the summer.
- What is a summer without evidence? Selfies will be at a all time high but remember to be safe when taking selfies, the Russians seem to have it under control.
- I have seen the artworks by this Belgian Artist before, Strook re-purposes old doors and creates giant faces…absolutely amazing!
- Have you watched the new season of True Detective, I can’t wait to watch it, for now True confessions with Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell will need to do.
Have a great weekend soaking up the sunshine all.