Wednesday, 22 September 2010

"arm aber sexy"

To prepare for long autumn evenings sewing by the fire by the radiator, I made this cushion a while ago.

Autumn is my favourite season of all, and I really look forward to being able to enjoy it fully when I'm on holidays in about four weeks'time. I am going to be on the move quite a bit during this half-term, jetting around between Northern Spain (for a school trip), Paris (for shopping  romance) and Berlin. Yes, Berlin again!

There is nothing quite like Berlin and the crispness of autumn mixed together. The first time I visited this city was almost by accident, when Mr Lavender and I booked a ticket two days beforehand instead of going camping in the Lake District (too cold). It's hard to explain what happened there, but it just had that amazing feeling about it, like the perfect balance between peaceful and awe-inspiring monuments / buildings and trend-setting vibrant little cafes and improvised art places.
Plus, everybody is lovely and kind. People smile at you, and say hi in the metro. How cool is that? Berlin truly deserves its nickname "arm aber sexy" - "poor but sexy".

I cannot wait to get myself a new completely OTT advent calendar like last year, and hope Lindt will outdo themselves again!
German readers - is there anything I'm missing out on in Berlin? I've visited the obvious places, but if you know of a nice place to eat / buy fabric / discover, let me know.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

little pleasures

I know things are bad when...the only thing that got me through the day is as simple as wearing my new jumper I bought in france two weeks ago. That was like, a century and a half ago, when I still had time / wanted to cook during the week. Those were the days!!

Purchased for nothing in Promod, Paris. Effective, though:

"oh, miss! I love your top, where did you get it?"
"I knew it, they're so fashionable over there!"

Thursday, 2 September 2010

hen night - HELP!

So this December I'm going to assume a brand-new role for the first time in my life:
* bridesmaid *
I have never really paid attention to what the key people do during a wedding (probably too busy drinking and catching up with people you only seem to bump into at weddings these days), but the future bride has informed me of my duties and here they are, in no particular order:

* make the favours for every guest (oh, they are starting to be really cute, I'll show you soon)
* make my famous pancakes on the morning of the wedding (piece of cake!)
and...the hardest...
* organise the hen night (totally out of my comfort zone)

So this is my cry for all your contributions and ideas, your comments on past experiences, good or bad!
So far, I have a few ideas...

a pottery class in the afternoon?

a cocktail -making class at Cloud 23?

a karaoke night?

I have the feeling there should be a theme to the night, maybe a classic SATC, or something totally girlie like Marie-Antoinette. Or maybe that's just silly? What do you think?

In other news, I have just about survived the start of the new school year, but already feel like I need a major glass of wine distraction in the evening. So, thanks in advance for your amazing contributions to my plea - I'm off to distract myself!!
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