've Been Enjoying Lately

Lately I’ve Been Enjoying…

Dear All,

How are Things? Yes, It’s been a while! I think I may have said in my last post (goodness knows how long ago that was!) that the winds of change were sweeping through my life. In a matter of weeks I shall be making tracks for a new adventure in a new town. The past few months of trying to prepare has certainly brought about time for reevaluating my goals and where I want my life to start heading. I seem to do this every few months and then nothing changes, but this time, things really are changing! It’s good change though. Time to let go of the past and take hold of the future. I really believe this is going to be a year of blooming, and I’m not going to let this here corner of the web get left behind.

Things here won’t be changing drastically just yet. However, I’m going to begin posting again, so that’s quite a significant change compared to the last few months/years! Lists have been made and mind maps drawn up and I’ve lots of ideas and a new sense of freedom for this blog. The fact remains, I still love blogging. It might not have appeared that way recently, but I’ve let life admin get in the way of enjoying sharing here.

I thought I’d kick of proceedings with a good old ‘favorites’ post : bits and pieces I’ve been enjoying lately. A selection of music, art, books, all sorts…


Lately I’ve Been Enjoying…

Music to bring some joy…

I do love music. When a tune takes me back to childhood or makes me want to dance I love it. I tend to steer away from emotional, heart-string-pulling music. I used to listen to it all the time and to be honest, it just made me sad for no reason. There’s a time and a place, for sure, but in general I’ll take a Cuban rhythm over a an emotional draw. Here are some of the pieces I’ve been bopping to while packing and cleaning…

 

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Cosy Nights in front of the TV…

When all is said and the day is done I love to snuggle up on the couch and have some nice, effortless entertainment. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but the programs I like a really relish.

  1. The Onedin Line – It may have be first broadcast 20 years before I was born, but I love this program. I’m catching up on it with my Mum who watched it the first time. Every Saturday there is an omnibus on the Drama channel  ( Freeview 20, Sky 158, ) but we tend to watch it on the UKTVplay app on our fire stick. Its dramatic, but also really interesting to see the details of the business of shipping in the 1880’s. I probably haven’t made it sound very enthralling, but I promise it is worth a watch!
  2. Escape To The Chateau – This program is so good!!! My whole family (well maybe not my dad so much!) love watching this of a Sunday evening (Channel 4 – 8pm, or Catch Up!). It’s been going for a few years now and follows Dick Stawbridge (anyone who had to watch Scrapheap Challenge as a kid may remember him!) and his artistic wife Angel renovate an old French chateau. It is all you could want it to be and more. Warm French summers, finding treasures in the attics, planting in the walled garden and decorating the orangery. What more could you want?!
  3. Amazing Hotels : Life Beyond the Lobby – This is another program that’s just the sort of thing I loooove to watch! It’s funny, very interesting and at time thought provoking. Monica Galetti and Giles Coran present the show by travelling to some of the world’s most amazing hotels and going behind the scenes. They meet the staff and guests of these beautiful places, while also trying their hand at various jobs around the hotels – sometimes with comic results! It’s a show with many levels to it and I always feel equally entertained and educated by it. It’s the sort of show only BBC2 could pull off (I do so love BBC2!).


Vans For Life…

You know how you grow up and start loving things you thought as a teenager you’d hate for life? Well, that’s the case with me and Vans – the shoe brand that is! I’m not sure why I had an aversion to them exactly, but it stems from secondary school when a lot of my friends were wearing them, I think I thought they looked a bit too burly on teenage girls. I’m speaking of the slip on vans in particular, but I shunned all vans on principle I think. However, times have changed. Maybe I’m a soccer mum before my time, but they’re so practical!!! Plus they’re comfortable and actually I’ve come to the conclusion that look alright! With a pair of skinny jeans and a messy bun I feel it’s a bit of a look. Could be just me, but the comfort and practicality of just slipping them on as I go out the door has won over. I’m embracing all the vans – I’ll take one in every colour!

The Ones I like that you can actually buy…


Absolute Pre-Fall Favourites…

Fashion month has just finished but I’ve only just finished perusing the Pre-Fall collections! Every year it seems more and more designers do a pre-fall collection so there were lots of lovely pieces to pin. I thought I’d insert my absolute favorites here instead of a completely new post. Images are from the lovely Vogue.

Pre-Fall 2018 - Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serefini

Pre-Fall 2018 - Andrew Gn

Andrew Gn


The Elisabeth Toll Archives…

Over the past couple of years I would have to say that fashion photography creativity has gone down hill (in my opinion at least!) You could give many reasons – the rise of Instagram and fall of print being one probably – but all the magazines seem to do the same thing. I still enjoy what Harper’s Bazaar do, but a lot of the others seem to do that glossy, Instagram filter kinda’ thing and it’s just not my cup of tea. So, when I’m perusing editorials and come across another by Elisabeth Toll it’s like a breath of fresh air. I’ve posted quite a few of her editorials before as there is something in her photos that is a step away from social media and a step towards adventures in the outdoors – now that’s my kinda’ thing! Anyway, I recently looked her up again and some of her archive editorials are up on here website, so I thought I’d put some up here – just to enjoy the beauty…

Elisabeth Toll Photography

Elisabeth Toll Photography

Elisabeth Toll Photography

Elisabeth Toll Photography

Elisabeth Toll Photography

Elisabeth Toll Photography

Elisabeth Toll Photogrpahy

All Photos from LundLund.


That’s all for now! Back to packing for a bit then eating easter eggs while watching The Onedin Line. I’m looking forward to it!

Much Love, Anna X

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