Love these cups from Poketo. Designed for sake (which I happen to LOVE), they would also be nice for mulled wine over Christmas.
Images and cups from Poketo
Cold weather combined with dark nights and long hours at work, amongst other things, are making me want to run away…perhaps to somewhere like this, a beautiful apartment with easy access to the beach. It’s in San Sebastián, in the north of one of my favourite countries, Spain. Think I could sit in here quite happily, eating some Pintxos and chatting to my pal Bambi – maybe a quick surf in the afternoon followed up by a txagoli or two?!
Interior designed by Mikel Irastorza.
Images from Home Adore
I bought this lovely set of cards at the weekend, whilst I was at Spin LCF – a little treat of a festival in East London combining two of my all time favourite things, coffee and cycling.
I haven’t yet decided if I will frame them in a series, keep one on my desk to cheer me up or dish them out to cycling pals. I do like a jazzy postcard. Especially one on my desk to keep me going at work.
They are by Rebecca J Kaye, who appears to be very talented illustrator. Whilst the cards are available to buying her website, she also makes these beauties which celebrate some of the greatest races in cycling history.
I really like the simplicity of the designs, which still capture the spirit of each race. I would like to get the series…but if I put them on my wall then I need to have raced them, as I always look at my Alpe d’huez print with pride when I’m at home. Maybe a plan for next year although I am not sure if I will ever have the guts to do the Roubaix course! The prints are also available to buy on her website, along with details of Rebecca’s latest work. Lots of which appears to involve a bike theme, imagine – being paid to think about bikes. The dream.
All prints and images by Rebecca J Kaye
Yeah that’s right…I ride like a girl. Do try and keep up if you can.
Fingers crossed this cheeky bag will make it into my Christmas stocking. Musette from House of Astbury
I think I might get this print and keep it at work…
Anyway irrespective of that…today’s a great day. I’m off to Lanzarote with my good friend and training buddy. She is one of the fun people, and we’re off to find some more of them. yippee! It’s my first (and possibly last) half iron man, so see you on the other side. Only the minor problem of a 2k swim, a 90k bike and a 21k run to get through. Oh and the massive party afterwards…!
Due to my severe lack of training because of work I am just praying I finish it and perhapsget round it in 6 and a half hours…send me some luck please.
We had a recent trip to County Mayo in Ireland, which was great for many number of reasons, the incredible beaches for one. But also the discovery of the blankets and scarves of Foxford Woollen Mill. We saw quite a lot of them in various shops around the county, and it was only my hand luggage restrictions which stopped me from bringing one home. They all have a very classic style, but still look very modern in all the shades of grey and blue. Plus they felt amazingly soft.
As the winter draws in, my urge to stay inside and snuggled under a blanket on the sofa is getting greater.
I know this will never happen, my lovely work and some stupid idea to enter a half iron man means I am rarely at home. I know that if I am not at work then I will be outside come rain or shine and on the bike or running about in the mud. I’m not going to get any better at triathlon from the sofa unfortunately.
But I’m still definitely going to get one of these classic blankets, in a nice calming grey, so I can at least think about it when out on the bike shivering hoping that my husband is at home waiting for me to come back in, freezing cold but happy! Oh and I will be sending him psychic vibes so that he puts it over the radiator just before I get in…whether it works or not its the positive thoughts get you through a training session after all!
Foxford Woollens Mill was started by some Irish nuns to help provide income and work in the time of severe famine and poverty, to benefit the community as a whole. Pretty sure it’s privately owned now, but it still aims for a community feel and has a visitor centre (in the pictures below) with a shop selling local foody bits and a cafe. Think we will have to pay it a visit next time we are in Ireland.
There is nothing I like more than a little pot that serves no other purpose than to hold a tea light and sit around looking pretty.
Much to my husband’s dismay. I’m not sure if its because he’s a boy, or a unique trait, but he doesn’t really ‘get’ candles. So I’m lucky that one of my special pals sneaked two of these beauts into the house.
A) they’re a present which means they can never be phased out by my husband and B) their geometric style means they even got his seal of approval and are now firmly on display in our flat – bringing me a little bit of joy, daily.
Turns out they are from Tine K Homewhich, by the way, is amazing. It’s Danish, so stylish obvs and it appeals to my Nordic streak (Norwegian great grandparents means that a part of me is Scandi, even if it is just a toenail I’m claiming it) and it pretty much has everything you need to furnish your house beautifully. Hell, it even has a category entitled ‘office supplies’. A category that dreams are made of.
If you like clean lines and Danish style then go check it out immediately.
Tablecloth, jar, candleholders and images from Tine K Home