Happy start of June everyone! London is feeling very summery at the moment; the sun is shining and roses are blooming, and I’m having a hard time resisting the urge to spend all of half-term reading in a park.
I’ve got plenty of fun coming up this month, which I’m excited about! I’m taking my Mum to the Cotswolds later in the month, when we’ll be celebrating her birthday, and this weekend I’m off to stay at The Great House in Berkshire. I’m taking my Tea & Tattle co-host, Sophie, along with me, and I’m really looking forward to having an unrecorded catch-up! June is such a glorious time of year to explore more of the UK, so I’m pleased about taking a little time away from London.
June’s Theme Word: Bloom
An abundance of flowers bloom in June, so what better month to celebrate one of my very favourite photography subjects. I’ll be sharing some floral related content over the next few weeks, including my top tips on how to take dozens of pretty photos from a single bouquet of flowers.
A List for June
sit in a rose garden
have a spontaneous picnic
walk barefoot on the beach
eat breakfast outside
start a nature journal
The Londoner’s List
1/ The Night Market is a fun food festival starting in London and running from June 7th-18th, so take advantage of the light evenings and pop along to enjoy the fabulous food stalls.
2/ If you’re an aspiring author, this event featuring talks and advice from debut novelists sounds worth attending.
3/ The Stoke Newington Literary Festival runs this weekend (2nd-4th June), with a great line-up of events. An upcoming Tea & Tattle guest, Lopè Ariyo, is speaking tomorrow about the African Food Revolution.
4/ As you may remember from this post, I adore the fashion designer Anna Sui, so I’m keen to get to this exhibition, showcasing more than 100 looks from the Anna Sui archive, at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
5/ The Typing Room looks like it would be a great place to take my Mum for her birthday this year.
My book choice for this month is Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim. Witty and charming, this is a delightful summer read (and I fully empathise with Elizabeth’s love for flowers).
I really enjoyed this interview with the London shop owner and instagrammer Annabel on the Small and Mighty Podcast. I recently discovered Annabel’s instagram account, which is lovely, and it was so interesting to hear her story about launching an online shop.
My very favourite floral-inspired instagram account is @floretflower. This flower farm in America is incredible – I can’t get enough of the photos of flower filled trucks and enormous bouquets!
JONES, image via here
JONES is a fairly new discovery for me, and I’ve been really enjoying her latest album NEW SKIN. Her voice is smooth and effortless and makes easy summer listening. Hoops is a particular favourite of mine, followed by Melt.
The Great Buy
I’m obsessed with the gorgeous Wedgwood china I spotted at the Wedgwood pop-up in Peter Jones, Chelsea, the other day (as a warning: the pop-up tea conservatory is very pretty, but my cream tea left me a little underwhelmed with dry scones. The afternoon tea isn’t cheap, and to be honest, I’m doubtful it would be worth the expense, sadly.). The china collection really is stunning, though, and the apple blossom set in particular is calling my name.
The Wild Card
I recently got this dress from one of my favourite London based designers, Cabbages & Roses, and I want to wear it all day, everyday. It’s light as a feather, easy to wear and so summery! Pair with ballet flats or plimsolls and a straw bag for a sweet, fresh look.