Friday Favorites: 8th March

It’s been a busy week for me, I’ve been flat-hunting (again, for the fourth time in two years), negotiating a new contract for my business, trying to find the perfect pair of Spring/Summer jeans and trying to make sure I still get some vegetable matter in my diet by the end of the day.

I’ll get back to you on the flat and the contract, but here are some of my favorite things from this week;

1) Jeans! I finally picked up this great pair of River Island Taylor‘s in a distressed wash. They should work with everything I can throw at them come Summer and they look pretty groovy now too. Been awhile since I owned jeans, so it will be novel to have the ease of them back in my wardrobe!

2) H&M’s new concept store, & Other Stories, launched today and I am loving this octagonal bag in gold. The site is supreme, mixing street style effect product shots with normal white background product shots – so you get a mix of plain product and ‘action’ shots! Good clean styles in basic colours, pretty minimalist, good fabrics and a price point between H&M and Cos.

3) Bin bags (stick with me here!) my cat has formed the most bizarre attachment to a bin bag – she sleeps on it, plays on it and has starting rolling on it and waving her legs in the air in the cutest, and most undignified manner possible.

Happiness is…

You know what? We all have down days, where things seem a little blah. Sometimes, those down days can go from blah to hopeless and that’s where you either need someone who can bring you back to yourself, a never-fail laughter producer or a list of happy things to remind you that it’s not all grey skies and drizzle out there.

My lovely boyfriend never fails to make me feel better, but not only is he not always around, but it would be unfair to depend on him in that way.

My never-fail laughter producer is this website, Damn You Autocorrect. Hilarity will ensue should you click that link.

So here’s a selection of things from my happy list!

1) Daffodils – a bunch of daff’s cost less than new nail varnish (also a mood booster trick of mine), last for days and days if you take care of them and never fail to brighten up a space with their cheery yellow trumpets. LOVE!

2) A glossy mag is a guilty pleasure you can curl up on the sofa with, get cosy and page through. Read the features, check out the new fashions, get ideas for new websites to visit, new books to read, fun events to visit in the future. I love InStyle for the fashion features and Marie Claire for the news bulletins and articles.

3) A chat with someone – face-to-face, on Twitter, on Facebook – there is nothing to beat a good bit of back and forth with a human being. I love a good debate, but I’m also practicing my general conversing skills by starting up conversations with people I’ve never talked to before (which Twitter is awesome for!).

4) Music! You can change your mood completely with a bit of upbeat music and a hearty singalong. I have a special playlist with songs from Burlesque, Marina and the Diamonds, Carlos Santana, Jesse J, Beyonce and others. A sing and a dance is the ultimate mood medicine!

5) Making and eating something tasty, pretty and good for you – I get a real kick out of cooking and putting together dishes that are going to taste amazing, look great on the plate and that you know is packed full of good stuff. It can be soothing to zone out and just stuff ravioli, or simmer a sauce, or create a salad.