Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Flowers or Orchids to be Precise!

Whilst taking the pictures for my Valentine's outfit article and thinking about what colour Radiant Orchid really was I decided to look closer at some of my orchids. I love orchids there is something so elegant about them, and have quite a few in different stages of bloom around the house. I ended up taking these pictures partly to try out my new found photography skills and partly because the subject was so beautiful.

I hope you like the pictures, I love them all and can't decide which my favourite orchid is as they are all so different. Which is yours?
Pink & White Orchid

Valentine's Dinner with Friends

Being single it was nice to forget about Valentine’s Day and enjoy a dinner party at a friend’s house with other single friends. Not a loved up couple in sight, just good food, good wine and great company, I can’t think of a better way to spend the evening! As it was Friday night I knew everyone would make an effort and dress smart, and I had just bought the perfect dress.

Earlier in the week I agreed to join up with Blinds Supermarket to celebrate Radiant Orchid being the colour of the year. With this in mind I hit the John Lewis website looking for outfits and items in pink or purple, whilst one item I bought wasn't quite the right colour it was inspired by it. I have to say I love John Lewis and the fact that I could order one day and pick it up from my local Waitrose the next afternoon, its so easy!

Planet Colour Block Knitted Dress, Purple
Planet Colour Block Knitted Dress in Purple

Monday, 17 February 2014

A Beautiful Day for a Run

For the last 18 months or so I have been going running with a group of friends on a Sunday morning, we are officially a running group who meets at the local leisure centre, but in reality most of us knew each other before we started running and were encouraged to join by our friend who organises it. My friend had been trying to get me to join the group for about 2 years before I eventually gave in and joined a beginners group. Since then all the other beginners dropped out and I have become a regular runner, and have even started to enjoy my Sunday morning run, especially on days when the sun is out as was the case yesterday.

Mill Hill Village on a Sunny February Morning
It's So Pretty!

Friday, 14 February 2014

E is for Elephants

A few years ago in London they had the Elephant Parade during which over 200 painted elephants were placed around the city. My friends and I had great fun hunting out the elephants whilst rediscovering the joys of London and even visiting a few new places along the way.

I have to admit though it's not just Elephants that I've traipsed around London looking for, there have also been Cows, Eggs, Phone Boxes and Olympic Mascots!

I got hooked on the concept when I was in New York a few years earlier with a friend and they had a Cow Parade, we loved seeing the cows as we explored the city, then when my friend moved to Atlanta I was really excited when I visited her to discover a Cow Parade there too. These giant pieces of art are a great way to encourage people to appreciate art and explore a city whilst also raising money for charity, what fun!

Here are a selection of some of my favourite elephants, in a variety of different locations around London, most of the photos were taken on my old Samsung mobile so sorry for the poor quality.

An Elephant in Selfridges
An Elephant in Selfridges

Thursday, 13 February 2014

An Outfit for a Saturday Night in the Pub

I never know what to wear on a Saturday night out, do I go casual or should I dress it up? I had this dilemma once again when a group of us were going out to a pub in Kilburn, North London for a friend's birthday. The fact that the pub has a dance floor later in the evening made matters harder, as did it make it more dressy?

In the end I decided to dress up a bit and settled on this outfit (sorry about the poor quality photos) which I think is dressy without being over the top.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

D is for Docklands

This week as part of my photography course we went down to Canary Wharf in London's Docklands to take photos. This was my first proper attempt at night photography and the first time I've used a tripod, some of my photos came out a bit wonky, especially the ones of the Dome as I was on a bridge and I couldn't see to level the tripod properly, but most were fine. It was a fun evening and it was great to get out to take photos putting some of the theory of the classroom into practice with the help of our teacher, plus we were lucky with the weather I think it was the only night this week that it hasn't rained!  Here is a small selection of the photos I took.

The O2 and Docks
The O2

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Paul Smith Exhibition at the Design Museum

Sometimes there is so much happening in London that I miss out on things totally, so when a friend saw an offer for the Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition at the Design Museum we decided to book. Last Wednesday afternoon despite the rain I took the afternoon off work, a perk of being self-employed, and we headed down there.

Inside the mind of Paul Smith
Inside the mind of Paul Smith