Combating rainy spring days the best way I know how: with cheering colours and treats to make me smile. Cornflower blue Hunter wellingtons and yellow tulips on a grey day. Cupcakes from Primrose Bakery and the pastel-coloured houses of Primrose Hill. Walks on Hampstead Heath for the best views over London with my friends Dearne, Amanda and Jessie. The wonderfully clever pop-up Chanel flower stall in Covent Garden. Playing in Regents Park with Sasha and her sausage dog. Favourite Charlotte Olympia kitty heels and petal pink makeup. Diptyque‘s jonquil-scented candle making my whole house smell like spring. Afternoon tea dates for one (dining solo somehow feels so decadently indulgent and grown-up) at Laduree. Revealing just what I tote around inside my handbag each day (here and here). Sparkling every day.
Leaving snowy England for the welcome heat of Thailand (en route to Australia). Immersing myself in the cacophony of exotic sounds, smells and colours in Bangkok. Longboat rides on the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok beneath violet sunsets. Fresh coconut juice and the best Thai food of my life. Beauty at the Bangkok flower market. Exotic flowers lining every street. Midnight views over the city from the glittering Hotel Muse rooftop speakeasy bar. Larger-than-life Buddhas at the Grand Palace. Getting happily lost in the Chatuchak markets. Vintage 50s souvenirs from the retro Ratchada-Ladphrao night market. Tuk tuk rides through the palm-lined backstreets. Oysters and Taittinger with my friend Aimee. Shoe heaven and darling designer finds at MeReRa.
Flying back to my homeland for the first time in two years. Flawless blue skies and turquoise oceans. Beautiful Sydney Harbour. Dates with my favourite Australian people. Standing beneath the Sydney Opera House as the sun sets and the sky explodes in a display of fireworks. Strolls around the sloping, leafy streets of Paddington and dreaming of living in one of those gorgeous Federation-era townhouses. Messina gelato dates with my Sydney BFFs Tania and Hannah. Brunch beside the little boats at Elizabeth Bay with Rebecca. Shopping sprees at Zimmerman, Camilla & Marc, Lover and Manning Cartell. The feeling of being back beside the ocean with white sand beneath my feet and the salty air in my hair.
Playing tourist in my old home city of Adelaide. Trips to the Art Gallery. Strolls on leafy North Terrace. The best coffee in the world and al fresco dining on Rundle Street. Cellar door-hopping in wine country. Spending every evening walking along the beach. Cibo orange blossom gelato and Haighs chocolates. Foodie heaven at the Adelaide Central Markets. Tropical sunsets in Queensland. The smell of sunscreen and sweet frangipanis. Sandcastles and surfers on Noosa Beach. Walks in the majestic Glasshouse Mountains. Feeling on top of the world up above the treetops. Girl talk and Brisbane riverside walks with my big sister. Flying back to England just in time for Spring’s arrival. Soothing my jetlag with fresh blooms and small luxuries.
I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful month!
Love, Miss B xx