the AW16 checklist

the AW16 checklist

Hello November! I may be biased as a November baby and a Christmas/NY enthusiast, but these couple of months are possibly my favourites of the entire year. Although I have a busy month ahead, I've selfishly planned to see almost all of my favourite people over my birthday weekend and should have a lighter load during December with fun things to look forward to, so I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in.

Here are, quite simply, the things I want to tick off in the coming months - all rather frivolous but happiness-inducing nonetheless!

magazines to cosy up with

magazines to cosy up with

I'm going to dive right into the Autumn and Winter time, my favourite of the year, with my renewed love for magazines. Gone are the days of having buyers remorse after getting sucked into another copy of Cosmopolitan for a long haul flight (nothing against Cosmo readers, just not my thing!), and definitely gone are the days of Mizz (do any fellow 90s teens remember that magazine??). The industry as a whole has had something of a renaissance - not exactly news, I'm very late to the party - but there really is no better time to get stuck in like these shorter days and cosier nights.

how we live now

how we live now

I always maintained that this blog was a place of positivity, and somewhere I share the lighter side of life - what I eat, where I ago, what I read and watch. And while I still love writing about all of those things (in fact, there'll be a list of "to-dos this season" post soon that will probably be entirely frivolous), I can't help but feel like part of the reason for my on and off absence lately is due to my mind being on other things. I would sit down to write up about a restaurant or other random musings, and my head would be filled with things too far removed and the motivation would dissipate. 

I'd never considered myself to be a particularly political person, probably because I've never voted and can't yet see a future in which I will have a voice in the country I call home. Especially now, in this political climate and the bitter aftermath of Brexit, E and I feel more and more uncertain about what our lives would look like if we stay in the UK - one day, we hope to have children who will be half Japanese and half French, and it's hard to say whether a country that is seemingly succumbing to an intolerant, xenophobic society would still have more advantages than disadvantages.

amalfi coast :: ravello

amalfi coast :: ravello

As I was editing and uploading the photos for this post, I found myself thinking, "I can't believe I was there". I am still pinching myself that I visited somewhere so indescribably beautiful.

We're talking about Ravello, possibly the most beautiful, serene and quietly glamorous town that we visited on the coast (well, it's high above in the mountains, so not directly on the coast). It easily earns its place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, and it's no wonder that it was once a hub for some of the most inspirational artists and writers, including Richard Wagner, Virginia Woolf, AndrΓ© Gide, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Leonard Bernstein, among many more. I'm quite certain that a few days spent there would make a poet out of anyone.

sunday coffee date :: seven.

sunday coffee date :: seven.

It's been a while since we sat down and had a chat! We're fully into Autumn now (I think... you never know with London) and I hope that there'll be more of these, as the nights get cosier and I dust off my teapots (coffee is the only hot drink I have between May and September!).

As you probably know, the majority of my work centres around the academic year and things are in full swing. Although the summer months of slower mornings and fewer commitments were much needed and much enjoyed, I love the work I do and I was ready to get back on the saddle - but the return of the daily grind (and then some, as my workload has increased significantly) was a shock to the system and I was wiped by end of week two! But I feel ridiculously lucky to feel so positive about it all, and I feel pretty great about the year ahead.