Monday Catch-Up #66

Trafalgar Square

The weeks are racing by, with talk turning to work Christmas lunch and what days people have left to take as annual leave. The mornings and evenings have a chill in the air that wasn’t there a couple of weeks ago and I feel like an autumnal nesting phase has begun. It’s been a quiet and peaceful week of catching up with some inspirational ladies who are also my friends, tinkering around the home and just generally enjoying a bit of life in the slower lane which I need every now and then.

Friends Old and New

On Thursday I had the absolute pleasure of meeting ‘in real life’ Antonia who is a lifestyle blogger at Tinker Tailor Online. We connected on Instagram and then finally got the chance to catch up over hot chocolate at Covent Garden Grind as we chatted like old friends and the hours ebbed away. It’s so inspiring and reassuring to meet people from the online world, to hear about ideas and struggles, ask questions and help with answers. Please do go check out her IG and blog because she’s just lovely.

Rituals Covent Garden

Covent Garden Grind

That was followed on Friday by a Friends double-whammy, taking one of my Uni friends Anne-Marie for lunch – we realised the other day we’ve known each other half our lives! We popped to Cote Brasserie at Hays Galleria which is close to work for me and has such a great gluten-free menu. She’s the loveliest lady, Mum to a little boy and runs her own business selling antique jewellery which you can find here on Etsy and another super IG-er. And last but by no means least, drinking all the wine with my friend Anna who has just completed a Masters in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Tropical Hygiene and is an intrepid traveller, off to South Korea and Nepal in the coming months. We know each other from days when I was still market trading most weekends – Anna and her Mum sell beautiful Nepalese goods, working closely with cottage industries and individuals in Nepal, a country they both adore. We got as far as Le Pain Quotidien at Waterloo for dinner and laughed our way through a long overdue catch up.

Le Pain Quotidien Waterloo

Blue Skies

London has been showing itself off in all its beautiful autumnal glory this week and whilst ‘blue-sky thinking’ is one of my least favourite phrases ever, I’ve definitely been blue-sky snapping on my travels. What a beautiful city I’m fortunate enough to call home.

River Thames

Greenwich Views

Greenwich Park

Plant Pop-Ups

On Wednesday I was invited to West Elm for a preview of their pop-up collaboration with The Joy Of Plants, demonstrating how you can make houseplants the focal point of your interior styling rather than just an afterthought. A post is scheduled for Thursday so I won’t say too much but my green fingers definitely need a bit of cultivation. It was a dreamy hour or so though, meeting other bloggers and being surrounded by feel-good greenery.

West Elm Plants

Nesting and Home Decor

With being away twice in the last few weeks plus just general day-job business and catching up with things, the house has been more than a little neglected. It’s very rare but on Saturday I actually felt like cleaning and spent most of the day sorting and tidying before heading to a friends house nearby for drinks. I’m over the moon with our little welcoming hallway progress and gave the mantelpiece in our dining room a much-needed spruce up. The dining room belongs more or less exclusively to the animals but I’m now more inclined to go in there with this little revamp.

1930s hallway

1930s dining room fireplace

Sunday Morning Dog Walks

We headed off to Greenwich Park with Maddie early on Sunday morning to stretch our legs and blow away the cobwebs. I find it so hard to get out of bed at this time of year but it’s worth it for the autumn colours…and a cheeky visit to Peyton & Byrne in the village to bring some sweet treats home. A much needed and restful weekend.

Greenwich Park

Peyton & Byrne

I hope you’ve had a lovely week X

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  1. October 10, 2016 / 8:51 am

    It was lovely seeing you again Lins – we really must meet up more often (and also drink more wine, of course :)) xxx

    • Lins
      October 11, 2016 / 12:30 pm

      It was lovely seeing you too, great to put the world to rights! Hopefully see you before Christmas? Xx

  2. October 10, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    What a great week you’ve had! I used to meet up with a work colleague at Le Pain Quotidien in Waterloo – 5 years later and we no longer work for the same company but are practically best friends and have 3 kids between us. I do miss the days when we could just leisurely meet up for coffee like we used to pre-kids…and I used to love that walk across the bridge from there on a sunny autumn morning. Love your photography – you’ve captured your week perfectly. #mg

    • Lins
      October 11, 2016 / 12:30 pm

      Oh what a small world!! I too love the walk over the bridge there, it’s when I really stop and take in the beauty of London. Thank you so much for stopping by X

  3. October 14, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    I love that plant styling. I really do love indoor plants but for some reason can never keep them alive! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Lins
      October 15, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Ugh I’m exactly the same!! Succulents are definitely the way forward for me 🙂 X

  4. mackenzieglanville
    October 16, 2016 / 7:06 am

    so many things to love and enjoy in this post! I especially loved the London pics as I dream every day of visiting there!!! Also checked out the Tinker Tailor online insta feed, very nice! #mg

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