My Week in Photos - from antique fairs to halloween to autumn leaves and CHRISTMAS! {number 44}

November 03, 2016

Oops I wanted to get more blogged this week but I've been off and have hardly been home! It's been a nice break compared to feeling chained to my laptop, especially at this time of year when there is so much going on. Halloween, autumn leaves, crisp days and this weekend - Bonfire night! What a week, heart eye emoji! We're actually off to Scotland for a few days tomorrow so today is my Friday, hence why I'm writing this a little earlier than usual. My week in photos below.. 

Where did I leave you last time? The Friday before halloween. I'd been for a long walk and catch up with one of my oldest friends and was getting ready for a fun Halloween party with the girls that evening. 

On the Saturday morning after a lay-in {my favourite time of the week}, Ben and I went for breakfast. Porridge is back at our favourite coffee shop and it's soo good. Especially now it's so cold all of a sudden. We then had a wander to the flower market and a look around some antiques shops before coming home for a cosy Saturday in. We lit the fire, had soup and just loved being home with no agenda before watching the Amanda Knox netflix documentary. Sometimes at a weekend I'll feel all antsy and want to do something but other times it is just so nice, especially in the autumn/winter on a grey day to be cosy. 

On Sunday it was really foggy, we got the extra hour from the clocks going back {heaven, I wish we could have that every week!} and then we drove into London for the day. 

I had a Brides magazine event that afternoon so we used it as a good excuse to revisit some old favourite places together. We used to live in Maida Vale so walk down to Kensington High Street most weekends. We walked through pretty Holland Park, thinking back to alll the years before. We saw the most incredible Halloween houses {I think they must be Americans living there}, had a burrito from the Whole Foods store for lunch and then Ben's cookies - not my Ben, you know the famous Ben's cookies. It was an overcast still autumn day and the streets around Kensington through to Notting Hill had such a fun buzz for halloween. 

Stoop goals. Pretty tiles and houses.

Halloween goals!! 

The Brides event was at the Rosewood London, a seriously gorgeous hotel. This is the lobby! After that we drove back home and had dinner at my parents, my Mum cooked us a roast. Yum. Such a lovely Sunday.

On Monday, I drove back into London. This time with my Mum for the Spirit of Christmas fair. I was lucky to be asked as press for So You're Getting Married. We had the best day together, I can't remember the last time I had a day out with just my Mum. And it got me so excited for Christmas. I mean, don't get me wrong it's still November but I was feeling a bit worried a couple of weeks back where I just wasn't looking forward to it. Now I am! I wrote this post a few years back on Christmas markets. It's such a great way to find new independent sellers, buy some new decorations or gifts and start to feel merry. 

We came out to a beautiful day, Autumn took its time this year but right now its at its peak. We got home and took the pup out under the bright blue skies and then hugged each other after a gorgeous day, my Mum really is my best friend and I'm so lucky to have her.

I bought this new pineapple print from the Spirit of Christmas, amongst others, and I placed it in my office. I still need to get round to photographing the study area at the top of the hallway. 

On Tuesday, it was another early start, Ben and I drove down to Ardingly Antiques Fair. It's an IACF fair and one we've been meaning to visit for a while {we normally visit our beloved Kempton}. It's only on about once every two months in this particular location, I think there are more spread around the country. It was incredible, vintage junk heaven! So many sellers and such a pretty setting. Would you like me to write a full post about this?

Our car was full, and we had to drive back with the boot open as we bought a bench for the new kitchen that was slightly too big for the car. Oops! 

It's dark ridiculously early in the evenings now. And I feel bored after dinner if I'm just sat on the sofa for too long so I'm trying to think of productive things to do around the house given that it's too dark to really go out. On Tuesday night I decided to tackle my bathroom drawers. I chucked out things I don't use anymore or if they were too old and dried up and made room for some new additions. I was kindly sent a box of new skincare from Elemis. I'd never tried it before but wow, I'm now hooked. I straight away put a Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel eye mask on which is meant to relax, firm and minimise fine lines around tired eyes. I feel like I should write a whole post on this, let me know if you'd like to know more? It was pure heaven, I felt like I'd been to a spa for that twenty minutes and even Ben noticed that my eyes looked different after. I have 6 in a box so will use one a week but will definitely buy more when they're finished, I feel like I have fine lines around my eyes already - and I'm not even 25 yet so these should help to stop the clock. I then had a bath with the Biotec skin energising cleanser on my face and finished up with the Skin energising Night Cream. I love the fact it's a dual pump which looks cool in the bottle but also activates when mixed together. I actually look forward to going to bed now just to use these products. And whilst I got sent them, I wasn't paid, or even expected to blog about them. I just truly love the products and finding new ranges I'll actually use day to day. 

Yesterday was the first frost we've had this Autumn/Winter. Not bad considering it's November. And it felt super chilly, cold enough for my new pink bobble hat. It was good to be at home and sort the piles of washing, emails and admin jobs like chasing builders up, which had been neglected after my adventures this week. 

There was also the first feature of our new house on Rock my Style! Remember this post? I adore the photos that Adam took, he's captured it so well. I've had so many nice comments so thank you all and I feel so flattered by it all. The bedroom will be up next followed by the bathroom and hallway/office over the next couple of weeks. You can see the first piece on the lounge here.

By Adam Crohill for Rock My Style.
And now it's Thursday/Friday already! I've got a traybake in the oven to take up to Scotland {we're staying with Ben's family - his famous kitchen making lovely uncle and wife, then coming back via Leeds to visit Phoebe!} for Bonfire Night. It's become tradition to make it every year, remember this post? It smells amazing, filling the whole house with gingerbread spice yum. I'm off to have cuddles with a new baby in a while eeek. I don't think it will make me broody just yet though.. And then need to finish packing! We're going from Scotland to the Seychelles within a week of each other so I need to make sure I don't get my winter scarves and wellies mixed up with my sandals and sun hats! 

Back soon! Have a lovely weekend, and let me know if you'd like full posts on any of the above.

R <3 xx 

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  1. Will you manage a visit to Edinburgh�� if you're going to Selkirk?

  2. I would love to hear about what you thought of the Ardingly antiques show, as it's five minutes from where we live. Is it worth booking a day off to visit? Also how expensive are antique fairs normally? As I guess a lot of the sellers don't have card machines, it must be hard to judge how much cash to take for a day there? Xx

    1. I've just written a post on Ardingly and answered some pricing queries in the comments. We try and take as much cash as we can xx

  3. A post on the Elemis stuff would be interesting I think x


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