A Fun Weekend + A Visit to Farm Girl

This past weekend was great. It was pretty non-stop but I got to catch up with so many friends and it felt good to reconnect after not seeing some of them for so long! My weekends, admittedly, usually aren’t this eventful and I am oftentimes so tired by the time Saturday rolls around that I love nothing more than a relaxing day at home but this weekend was different and although I am pretty flat out writing this, I am so glad that I took advantage of my time off and spent time with friends.

On Friday night, I had some of my friends from work and my bridesmaid Claire over to my flat for wine and snacks. All of us have been working so hard that having a really fun night in was just what the doctor ordered! We had fabulous red wine and ended up talking and catching up until about 2:30am. Even though we didn’t go out-out, we had a blast just relaxing in my lounge and hanging out!

On Saturday, we were feeling a bit delicate and groggy having not gone to bed until around 3am. My friend Claire crashed on my couch and after we felt somewhat human again around midday, we decided to go grab brunch at Mommi in Clapham. I’ve written about this awesome Japanese/Peruvian restaurant before when I went for dinner with Ciaran, and brunch was just as great. It’s really buzzy in there and they have a wonderful bottomless bubbly brunch – unlimited prosecco or sparkling rosé + 3 courses for £32.50 per person! We didn’t go bottomless, but it’s the perfect spot for a big group of friends! We got a few glasses of Cava, some steak & eggs and felt revived in no time.

That night, Ciaran and I went to dinner with our friends Hollie and Mark, who are getting married in June! We went to the new Mac & Wild in Devonshire Square. I am a huge fan of the original Mac & Wild in Fitzrovia – their venison chateaubriand is one of the best dishes I’ve had in my life! We feasted on the chateaubriand, truffle mac & cheese, haggis pops, and scotch eggs while catching up over their wedding plans and our wedding. We capped off our night at Cinnamon Kitchen with a few more glasses of red before making our way home! I hadn’t see them both since June, and it was really nice to catch up on everything.

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On Sunday, I slept in and then went to meet my dear friend Ayushi, for brunch at Farm Girl Café in Carnaby! I finally got to try their famous rose lattes and Acai bowls. Farm Girl is a holistic and healthy Australian-inspired café serving up a range of clean dishes, which was a welcome change after a weekend of indulging! Ayushi filled me in on her exciting new company and I told her all about wedding and honeymoon. I am really glad we chose Farm Girl for our catch up, it was really cute in there and I will definitely be back for lunch – you can grab healthy sandwiches or salads to-go.

Farm Girl Cafe On Sunday night, Ciaran and I hung out and watched some new shows (The Night of on HBO is insane!) It was such a fantastic weekend and I am so glad I got to see so many friends that I haven’t had a chance to see since getting back from honeymoon. I feel so lucky to have some pretty fantastic friends and this was one of those weekends that reminded me of that.

What did you get up to this weekend? I hope you had a fabulous one! xx

Netflix & Chill

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than ‘Netflix & Chill’ and by chill, I mean literally lazing on the couch and binge watching a really good show. The last month of work has been really stressful with a lot of long and intense hours. Sometimes, there is nothing more I look forward to than pouring a glass of wine, curling up on the couch and decompressing with a new show. There are some really good shows on Netflix that Ciaran and I have been watching lately so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites as of lately with you guys…

Schitt’s Creek 

If you want a really funny and mindless show, Schitt’s Creek is your go-to. It’s hilarious. Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara (the mom from Home Alone) and their kids go unexpectedly broke and have to move to this totally run down town called Schitt’s Creek. I watched season 1 in about two days!

Ozark 

A lot of my friends recommended this Ozark so I gave is a go one Sunday and was hooked. The first episode is a bit slow to start, but episode 2 onwards is awesome. Jason Bateman’s character is a financial planner who has to move his family from Chicago to Lake of the Ozarks after a money-laundering scheme goes terribly wrong. It’s a pretty dark show with a lot of unexpected twists. If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, I think you’ll really like Ozark.

Suits 

Suits is pretty much my all time favourite show! I started watching season 1 in the summer, and I just finished season 7. Harvey Spector is one of the most successful corporate lawyers in Manhattan and hires a young kid, Mike Ross to be his new associate. The only issue is, Mike isn’t a real lawyer, let alone a college graduate, yet he’s super intelligent and a legal prodigy who’s really great at his job. The two have to keep the secret between them and the show unravels from there. You’ll basically want to become a lawyer by the end of the show…

Master of None 

I love anything with Aziz Ansari and thought his show, Master of None, was brilliant. Written by Aziz himself and loosely based on his own life experiences, he plays the role of a struggling actor in NYC, trying to figure out what he wants in life both personally and professionally. He goes through successes and failures, breakups and happier times. It’s a pretty relatable show that’s also really funny. Watch it, you’ll like it!

Friends from College 

This show is so stupidly funny, I laughed the entire time I watched it. A group of Harvard college friends are heading into their 40s, some have kids, others are trying to have kids and some are single and super successful, and one of the couples who used to date at Harvard end up having a secret affair. The show goes into the complicated relationships this group of friends have and how they’re trying to deal with the all the nostalgia – a feeling I think we all get sometimes. I hope it gets signed on for season 2!

A few other shows that I love on Netflix that I’d highly recommend are The Crown, all about Queen Elizabeth’s early years as Queen of England, Stranger Things, season 2 coming back around Halloween, Fuller House, a spin off of the original from when I was little (it’s super cheesy, really easy to watch), The Good Place with Kristen Bell, and Riverdale (season 2 coming back soon!)

Shows I have also been loving, not on Netflix, are Big Little Lies with Reese Witherspoon, the Mindy Project, Masterchef (USA), and the Handmaid’s Tale – all of which I highly recommend.

What have you been watching lately on Netflix? Any suggestions? Comment below and let me know!

Our Wedding Invitations

When it came to inspiration for our wedding invitations and save the dates,  I looked to Pinterest, wedding magazines and wedding blogs. I wanted something a bit more unique and we knew the only way to get what we really wanted, was to design everything ourselves and I am so pleased that we did in the end.

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Yellow Bell Sleeve Top

I hope everyone had a very hoppy Easter yesterday! I have never done a style post on here and I wouldn’t consider myself to be a fashionista in the least, but I wanted to share this beautiful yellow bell sleeve top from Zara that I bought the other day. I wore it for our little Easter outing yesterday and received a lot of really sweet compliments on it. Yellow is such a happy colour and when I saw this top in the shop, I knew I had to bring it home with me.

The top is a lovely canary yellow and it’s cotton so it’s super light weight. I also couldn’t resist the darling bell sleeves.  I paired it with a casual pair of white jeans, also from Zara, a pair of neutral sandals and my navy scallop Cambridge Satchel Co purse. You could easily dress it up though with a skirt, a pair of wedges and some drop earrings for more of an eventful look. For £30 you can’t beat it.

In other news, we kicked off Easter yesterday with a trip to the Tate Britain to see the Hockney exhibit, which is absolutely brilliant. If you haven’t been yet, I would highly recommend paying a visit before the exhibition is over at the end of May. I love Hockney’s vivid colours and it’s really interesting to see how his artwork has evolved from the 1950s to now. You can pick up your tickets in advance here.

Shop some of my other yellow favourites:

 

 

IKEA Coffee Table DIY

Ciaran and I just moved into our new flat and we’ve been busy furnishing it and decorating. IKEA has been our go-to for a lot of our furniture and to be honest, we’ve found some really great pieces there. The last time we went there, we picked up the Vittsjo Nesting Coffee Tables for the bargain price of £45! I really love the look of a gold and marble coffee table and I had found a lot of IKEA Hacks about how to achieve this expensive look on a budget. So while this DIY IKEA Hack has been done and written about previously, I thought I would still share it with all of you!

What You Need 

IKEA Coffee Table 

Valspar Gold Spray Paint (B&Q)

Marble Contact Paper 

Just a warning, give yourself an entire day to dedicate to this project. We didn’t think it would take as long as it did, but truth be told it takes a lot longer than we anticipated!

Ikea Hack

The pieces of the coffee table come disassembled. Take them out of the box and use the cardboard to lay them on. We used Ciaran’s parents garden for the project. Make sure it’s not too windy or raining out when you spray paint.

We started spraying each piece of metal as evenly as possible with the gold spray paint. You can use any colour you like. B&Q has a good selection of spray paints. Once each piece takes about a half hour to dry. Once they are dry enough, go back over with a second coat of spray paint to make sure you go  over any spots you missed. Leave each piece to leave over night (trust me). We made the mistake of bubble wrapping each piece way too early and regretted it hours later when we had to go back and re-spray paint a few of the pieces.

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While the pieces are drying, move on to putting the marble contact paper on the wooden board that will go on the bottom of the coffee table. This is definitely a two person job, and I would recommend buying 2 roles of contact paper just incase. Start at the corners of the board and slowly work your way up, smoothing out any air bubbles with a towel or wallpaper leveller (a credit card would even work for this).

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Cut any excess off with an Xacto knife. We decided to fold the contact paper over the edge of the wooden board.

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Voila! You will end up with a lovely piece of faux marble! The marble effect is a bit too dark for my liking and I’ve found lighter options from Ebay, but for now, it’ll do!

We let all of the pieces dry over night at Ciaran’s family’s house and packed it up to bring to the flat the next day…

We put all of the pieces together in our lounge, which was really easy.

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The final product! I love the look of the nesting table, but Ciaran isn’t as big of a fan, so we are currently using the smaller table as a side table. I’ve also seen that people have jazzed theirs up a bit more with handles that can also be bought from IKEA.

ikea hack 5I am now on the quest to decorate our lovely little coffee table. Any suggestions for coffee table books or tips to decorate, let me know!

What IKEA hacks have you done? I’d love to know! If you are keen to DIY your own table – here’s a bit of inspo! 

Thanks for reading x