Fashionista Fridays

The tulips, daffodils and flowers are vigorously sprouting around London which can only mean one thing… Spring is well and truly here!

Time to clear out those dusty wardrobes of wooly and bland clothing and fill them with vibrant and bold striped and checked items!

It’s also time to slick that quiff back boys.

Here’s my inspiration for this spring.

Enjoy!
Sam

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Daddy Spring Style

Daddy Spring Style

London Spring Time

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Just sharing a photo of mine taken of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London on a sunny spring afternoon.

If you’re interested in more of my photos, then please check out more on my Flickr photostream.

http://www.flickr.com/people/76205257@N02/

Enjoy
Sam

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Can we have all that again?!

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A more glorious weekend, we couldn’t have had.

I hope all of you enjoyed a lazy and relaxing weekend!

Don’t worry people, i didn’t sit still. Hah! That just wouldn’t be my style…

The weekend involved lots or organisation and running around. But hey, i wouldn’t have it any other way. Some things will never change.

Friday night saw me cooking up a storm while indulging in a cheeky gin & tonic. Why not, hey? I was doing some early preparation for a saturday night dinner party with friends. Mainly getting in early so i could enjoy the saturday out and about with the family. Sometime it pays off to plan ahead.

So i started prepping for Saturday nights dinner comprising of:

Nibbles – baked camembert, with carmerlised onion and quince paste. Served along with some roasted red peppers, large capers, mixed roasted nuts and some toasted baguette. Oh and some champagne (of course!)

Starters – Asparagus and windrush goats cheese tarts served with a green herb salad.

Appetiser – mixed citrus and apple sorbet with a half shot of vodka for that extra kick..

Mains – cod with braised lentils and proscuitto accompanied with a celeriac remoulade

Dessert – warm Santiago Tart served with white chocolate and saffron ice cream

So yes, you can see why i needed to some prep! It was by far my best dinner party line up for 7 people and strangely one of the easiest ones to cook and serve while guests were here. That was mainly helped along with the vast amount of preparation done beforehand.

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I highly recommend serving fish as a main. So quick and simple to cook. Fish is something i’ve always steered clear of for some silly reason, but then i got my mitts on a J.Sheeky Fish cookbook and now it’s fish, fish, fish all the way!! Do yourself a favour people! Get that book!! I got it on special from Amazon, and it looks like it’s still discounted.

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Saturday morning involved just a bit more preparation for dinner, but it was pretty quick. So we managed to get out and about and walked in to see the start of the London Marathon in Greenwich Park set up before the start on Sunday. Wow!! There was quite a bit of temporary infrastructure required for a marathon.. I guess it’s all needed to herd the masses. We managed to find a icecream van for Annabel to smear it all over her pretty white dress, hair and face. Sometimes you’ve just got to let kids be kids and get MESSY!

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After that we headed home and quickly set up for dinner.

Let’s skip the whole dinner party and just say that my head hurt the next morning.. But no time for that when you’ve got kids. So up we were at 7am, with a quick coffee, a quick clean up and the dishwasher working over time.

As we had friends coming at 9am for a breakfast and viewing of the London Marathon. Eeeeep!! Sometimes i wonder why.. But then i remember, oh yes, i’m a feeder! So after everyone made the rather tricky journey through the crowds we made it down to watch the runners of the Marathon.

WOW!! Talk about inspiring!! There were SO MANY people running the race!! The atmosphere and cheering just made the hairs stick up on the back of my neck and a little happy giggle just burst out. All the runners were in great spirits and really interacting with the packed crowds along the streets. I can’t help but think that the Boston Marathon tragedy somehow brought out more supporters to help encourage and lift the spirits of the runners!

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Ok, i may have gotten a little teary with excitement when we saw our friend run past, as we all screamed with applause! It was a magical moment and something that filled me with pride. Kate – you are my hero! It wasn’t just the act of running the marathon, but all the hard work and dedication in the lead up to the race was nothing short of inspiring! It even made me thing.. hmm… should i do it next year?

After we saw Kate run past we headed off back to our place to continue the celebrations before we met Kate once she’d finished the race. Lots of sitting in the sun and enjoying some Pimms was involved. YAY for summer!

We then headed off to Kate’s house loaded with a magnum of champagne ready for more celebrations!

So, i think you’ll agree with me, when i say “can we have all that again?” What an epic weekend!

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Now for the week ahead. What’s installed? You’ll just have to wait and see.

Happy blogging people!

Sam x

Something Pretty for a Monday

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Something Pretty for a Monday

Here’s one of my photo’s from my Flickr photostream to brighten up your Monday.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/76205257@N02/

Enjoy!
Sam

Daddy’s spring Style

Daddy's spring Style

Spring Project.. Restoration

Isn’t it funny how some things just fall in to place?

The other day i was walking back from a kiddy play date, when low and behold i discover a front door sitting out the front of someone’s newly renovated house ready for disposal.

Ok, so you may be thinking – ‘but Sam, it’s just a door!’. Well i’ll tell you that i have been after this particular style of front door for over a year now and haven’t managed to find it ANYWHERE! ‘ve found some similar (but different) doors and they are priced at over a thousand pounds. Ouch!

It just so happens to be the original 1930’s style door the house would have originally had and some neighbours still have them as their front doors. I

So i mull it over for awhile.. how the heck am i going to get this solid door home while wheeling two kids in a buggy… hmmm?? RUN! So i sprinted home to the neighbours, knocked on the door (thankfully my neighbours are lovely and have always been offering to look after the kids), quickly wheeled them into their house and sprinted back for the door. Let me just stop here.. it’s not ofter (well ever) that i scavenge things from peoples rubbish. So i just had to rip the bandaid and be done with it before any of the other neighbours saw me. *blush*..

So there i am, the door is still there and WOW it was heavy. It took me quite some time to drag this thing back home. Luckily my neighbours husband who i abandoned the kids with came running down the road and helped me. Don’t worry, the kids were well and truly being entertained by his wife. So all was good. We managed to get the door home in one piece and although it need a lot of TLC i’m pretty sure i’ll get it looking just right. Oh.. i went and got the kids after that and i vow never to a) scavenge from rubbish and b). dump my kids at neighbours last minute like that again. But hey, what are neighbours for! haha!

So here it is. THE DOOR!

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Yes, ok, you can see that it needs quite a substantial amount of work done to it. But hey, it’s going to be a good summer project.

So far i’ve managed to remove all the furniture from it – locks, hinges, mailbox, etc. Along the way i found some little keepsake memento’s on the back of the hinges showing the street where the door was originally installed. Which just so happens to be at a different address from where i found it. So i must be the third owner. Who would have thought a door would have so much history and so many locations? So i’ll have to hang on to the memento’s and add some of my own. Love a bit of history. I often wonder why people remove all this history from houses and replace it with cheap tat? I’m all about preserving history and mixing it with modern style.

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Next step – although i’m a little timid about doing it… is to get the door stripped by a chemical dip. Still pondering if it’s the right thing to do, and won’t destroy the door. I may have grown a little attached to the door..

Then, some sanding, new led-light, a nice coat of paint (quite possibly firetruck red) and installing it. Can’t wait till it’s done! I’ll let you know how i get on.

Please let me know if you have any tips! I’m quite obviously a novice at front door restorations!

Cheers,

Sam