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  Posted: Jun 4, 2012 7:52 PM
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East meets West: Jubilee bunting & Chinese lanterns

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The most glorious ray of sunshine on the way to work this morning (and a reminder to always stop to smell the roses rather than frantically rushing all over the place, as has been my default mode of late...) Happy Friday everyone!
Sunday plans // Spending the day working, but hurray for getting to do it in pyjamas with Gilmore Girls in the background + Coco by my side 🐱
What are you all up to today? I hope you're having a happy weekend!
The advantage of working like crazy: I *really* appreciate my Sundays off! This one was filled with the most exquisite Diptyque-themed afternoon tea at @hotelcaferoyal (the desserts are inspired by @diptyque scents - lemon verbena, violet, rose, and jasmine) in the golden Oscar Wilde Bar that's quickly becoming my favourite in London, followed by a gallery date at the @royalacademyarts to see the Matisse exhibit with one of my dearest friends from home. I love those perfect London afternoons 👌🏻
Sunday plans. I don't mind working Sundays when they're fuelled by coffee + @fitzbillies chelsea buns (+ I get to do what I love and call it 'work'). #liketkit
The only problem with taking a break from politics + going freelance is that I don't know how to say 'no' to any exciting opportunity that comes my way. So for now I'm working 6 days a week but I couldn't be happier. Savouring this day off with a trip to the farmers market (I'm baking pumpkin pie later), hot chocolate, + a walk through the colleges to see the leaves. Happy Saturday everyone! #liketkit
Alright Monday, let's do this!
My week always starts with a big coffee (flat white or a hazelnut latte), the morning news (@nytimes + @washingtonpost on my iPad + a copy of @theeconomist for the train), and the most upbeat soundtrack I can find to make the mad rush of getting ready feel more like a dance party (currently: Motown). How does your Monday start? #liketkit
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The students have all returned, the leaves are turning golden + falling on pathways just begging to be explored. There's nowhere quite as poetic as Cambridge in the autumn 🍂
Where are you all exploring this weekend? Wherever you are in the world, I hope you've had a lovely Sunday!
October happiness: hot chocolate, no plans other than to spend the afternoon reading outside, a pile of autumn leaves to crunch through, + finally finding the perfect leopard fur coat (after years of hunting).
Probably not taking this coat off until spring 🐆 #liketkit
Living out all my favourite October cliches today. Pulled out my favourite kitty flats (an ode to #acatastyle), a new leopard coat, and bought pumpkins + hot chocolate in town. Happy Friday 13th everyone! #liketkit
Striding into a new season + a new chapter. I recently took a leap of faith + decided it was time for my day job and I to take a break, at least for a little while (because working in politics is just a bit too stressful right now). Head to the blog to read all about why - after 15 years - I decided it was time to shift gears and try something new + what I'm doing now.
I know many of you follow me precisely because I work in government *and* have a blog, so I hope you'll all still stick around for this next chapter because you've been the most amazing cheer squad a girl could ask for these past 8 years! Here's to new beginnings and new seasons (+ having more time to blog!). P.S. All outfit details over on the blog or straight to your phone via #liketkit #LTKeurope
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Staying in is the new going out. Suddenly I'm craving cosy evenings indoors with old movies + the West Wing, moody jazz as my soundtrack, and more candles than is at all necessary.
Andy Warhol + me (and my favourite new @bobbibrownuk lipstick): off-duty happiness-hunting 🎨 👓 💄
If I'm completely honest, I confess the world has been getting me down lately. So I took a little self-imposed digital detox to seek out extra doses of happiness and joy to help counteract the stress of everything that's been going on. For me, that meant visits to some of my favourite London places, long walks along the river, offline dates with girlfriends, & time spent hibernating at home with old movies + as many kitty cuddles as Coco will allow me (I'm so happy she's finally on the mend after her surgery!)
It's *always* important to me to be engaged and give a damn, but sometimes you need to know when to take a break and practice a little sanity-saving self-care too. Because art and new lipstick won't save the world, but they sure do help you feel better when you show up to fight 💪🏻 How do you feel better when life is stressing you out? I want to know your tips! #liketkit
High above London with my head in the clouds. I'm staying at the magnificent @shangrilalondon hotel this week for @travelandleisure magazine + this is the view from my suite. I've definitely had worse days at work...
Self-care in the form of home comforts. Back from work + into pyjamas + kettle on in 1 minute flat.
P.S. Sorry for the radio silence the past week. Our sweet little Coco (#acatastyle) fell suddenly ill the day after we got home last week & has been fighting for her life in kitty hospital since Wednesday. We really thought we were were going to lose her, & she's still stumping all the best vet minds in the country at Cambridge University, but she's making progress & we're praying she'll be ok & that we get to bring her home soon. We cancelled our weekend trip away & must have gone through 20 candles, 100 episodes of Friends + a million cups of tea in an attempt to distract myself, but our house feels so sad & empty without her here. Please send all the good vibes her way!
Forever hunting for bookstores the world over 📚 I always love to buy a book wherever I go so that when I read it, I'll also have fond memories of that adventure. What do you love to collect when you travel?
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I could get quite used to this long-weekend life. We spent the day pottering around the market, people-watching outside tiny cafes, & getting an art-fix at the Van Gogh museum. #liketkit
Will walk 20,000 steps for cheese + tulips 🌷
A couple reading together on the bank of the canal, handsome Dutch men in tweed blazers cycling past, and the sounds of a jazz band floating on the breeze. I could write an anthology of poetry about this city.