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Photos of the Week #43

October 26, 2014

WEEK 43 OF 52

Last week consisted of a whole lot of catching up with old friends, and enjoying some time at home – the perfect combination, if you ask me. I’m such a sucker for a quiet night in, but it was fun to force myself off the sofa and out into the late-summer evening. I paid for it by the weekend, though, and was so tired it took me until Sunday to catch up! I think that extra hour was definitely needed ;)

On Tuesday we went to a friend’s surprise birthday party, which was super fun. It was really nice to catch up and hang out with his little one, Luca. I haven’t seen them since they moved to London a few months ago, and he had gotten so big since then! Twit Twoo Bakery created this beautiful cake, as well as some vegan chocolate orange cupcakes, which were amazing. The big birthday cake was a four-layer carrot cake, wowza!//

Luca wasn’t the only little cutey at the party – this guy got a whole load of attention from everyone, too!//

On Wednesday we went to see The Antlers at The Old Market in Hove, a venue that I’ve never been to before, and will definitely be keeping an eye out for future events now. Afterwards we went for a drink at the Bees’ Mouth, just around the corner, and didn’t end up getting to bed until 2am – it completely threw me out. How sad is that?! Granted it definitely counts as a late night – but I was still absolutely exhausted when Saturday came around. But again, it was so nice catching up with them, especially as we only get to see them every couple of years when they come over. I really recommend listening to their music. Start with Hospice, sit down alone and listen to it from start to finish, it’s just amazing. One of my favourite albums, it’s pretty breathtaking.//

 

When you haven’t done any washing up for a few days (it happens to all of us, right?!) I had to really reach into the back of the cupboard for my morning coffee, and found one of my favourite mugs which I had completely forgotten about! It’s so beautiful. I bought it in a charity shop in Surbition years ago, and I’ll certainly be using it more often.//On Thursday evening I was home alone so decided to pick up some dinner from Iydea after the souprun, and it was as delicious as always. It was a really special evening, and completely unexpected – starting with a lovely conversation with the guys working at the cafe. I think it’s amazing when you have a connection with a complete stranger. I’m terrible at talking to people I don’t know, so it was nice to know I can actually get through a conversation. I left with a smile on my face and a bag of good food, and when I got home I dished it up on a plate that my neighbour gave me years ago when I left for uni. It was so sweet of him, and I’ve still got so many of the dishes, mugs and cutlery that he gave me out of his own cupboards.//

 

Saturday afternoon was spent with these three lovely ladies. We had lunch at Wai Kika Moo Kau before going bridesmaid dress shopping, which was so much fun! We went to a beautiful shop that sows every dress themselves, and I think we found The Dress. They’re going to be made to our measurements, too, which will be fun. My very own dress!//Saturday evening was spent curled up on the sofa with a tub of mint choc chip ice-cream (SO GOOD! It tastes like vienetta) and a movie; Safety Not Guaranteed. It had a touch of the awkwardness and beautiful cinematography that comes with Miranda July films, with loads of friendly faces like the guy from New Girl, the girl from Parks and Recreation and the guy from The League. So yeah, I completely recommend watching it, I loved it.//

 

Sunday morning was spent catching up with the mountain of newspapers, supplements and magazines I’d hidden under the coffee table to read at some point. And yes, the top one is from August… Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this?! Anyway, it was a very satisfying feeling to drop the whole pile in the recycling.//I really needed that extra hour in bed on Sunday morning. Finally I felt like I had caught up on my sleep, and we started the day with toast, coffee and a really good glass of orange juice.//

 

My rocking Friday night! I had the flat to myself, so tucked up with Ras and watched Sex and the City 2. I had forgotten how rubbish it was! Oh well. At least I got plenty of snuggles with Ras in.//

 

Pink skies in the morning, and it’s cold enough for tights and jumper dresses!! As much as I love summer (well, I love the weather and swimming in the sea and the warmth of the sun and BBQs on the beach – however I do not like it when it’s so hot you are forced to wear shorts out in public or vest tops or bikinis) I really love autumn and spring. When it’s bright with blue skies but you can wear layers with bare ankles and scarves that can be removed when it gets too warm. That’s heaven!//

Picking up a few bits for dinner at Taj on Sunday evening. I love this shop – it’s filled with so much fresh produce, and yeah there are a few flies here and there, but for the most part you can’t beat it for fresh herbs, tomatoes, homemade curry (think the same quality that you get from a takeaway, only half the price), vegan naan bread and every vegan alternative you could possibly think of.//

 

Burgers for dinner! Did I ever tell you that I love burgers? I think I might have mentioned it once or twice. These are VBites burgers in a pain rustique roll from Waitrose, stuffed with shredded iceberg lettuce, red onion, gherkin, Infinity Foods mayo and BBQ sauce. So good.//

This week is looking a bit crap as Trout is leaving me for America tomorrow, so I’m just focusing on the weekend, when I get to see my sister and a couple of friends for In Conversation with Oliver Jeffers and Quentin Blake at the Southbank Centre. Holy crap I am too excited! Oliver Jeffers! Quentin Blake! Oh my. On Sunday I’m meeting up with the lovely Lucie. Have you read her blog, The Glow Within? If you haven’t, sit down and read it all, it’s so beautiful – and great for vegan recipes. Finally, I bought Walk the Line and Her at the weekend, so I’ll be having some quiet alone time with Joaquin Phoenix while Trout’s away. I’ve seen both films before, and they’re two of my favourites.

Are you a fan of The Antlers?
Are you a fan of Joaquin Phoenix?

All photos taken on my iPhone.
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