September is upon us already. How did that happen?! I feel August went in the blink of an eye, but I’m enjoying turning my thoughts towards autumn and am excited for the month ahead. Here are some fun things to see and do to make September even better:
1/ Buy some pretty stationery. I have a weakness for stationery anyway, but when the start of the new school year rolls around again, I develop a real urge to buy pretty notebooks, diaries and sharp pencils. Everyone has been talking about kikki.K lately, so I may have to make a trip to their Covent Garden shop.
2/ Set new goals. Even more than January, for many people September is considered a ‘fresh start’ and a time for reflection and setting new goals. I have an exciting project I’m working on and am hoping to launch this autumn, and I can’t wait to share more with you later.
3/ Have a fantastic Italian brunch to extend that summer feeling. There’s nothing like Italian food to bring some warmth and sunshine into your day, and I can heartily recommend the delicious menu that Theo Randall has created for his Simple Italian restaurant at the Hotel Indigo in Earl’s Court. I’ll be writing it up properly over the next few days, and I’m already planning my next trip back as the food was amazing and I need an antidote to these grey skies!
4/ Explore secret corners of London through Open House weekend (17th & 18th September).
5/ Get to Farmopolis in Greenwich before the flower show closes at the end of the month. The flowers have been reused from the Chelsea Flower Show to create a green oasis, and I can’t wait to check it out!
6/ Go for an early morning walk. There’s nothing like crisp autumnal mornings for clearing away all the cobwebs.
7/ Eat oysters and bake apple pie. In celebration of being back in a month with an ‘r’ in it, I recommend enjoying the oyster happy hour at Remedy wine bar in Fitzrovia (psst, on Monday evenings they also put a select number of wine bottles 1/2 price). Also, autumn wouldn’t be autumn without a freshly baked apple pie!
8/ Forage for blackberries and make some jam.
9/ Reread a much-loved book from your childhood. A fresh school year always brings a sense of nostalgia for me, and I love to reread some of the most beloved books of my childhood – the Betsy-Tacy books – this time of year.
10/ Drop by the Town House, Spitalfields for their exhibition with St Judes. I love St Judes’ range of artists and their collection of beautiful fabrics, and I can’t wait to see their latest designs, as well as artwork by Angie Lewin and Christopher Brown, that they’ll be showing.
A few other things I’m looking forward to this month:
// A lovely friend’s hen-do and wedding!
// A birthday party at the Reform Club (I’ve been debating which dress to wear for days!).
// Lunch at Duck and Rice.
// Several blog events that sound a lot of fun.
// The Daunt Books Walking Book Club this month, when we’ll discuss Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. I’ve loved rereading this book and can’t wait for the discussion.
What are your fun plans for the month? Do fill me in!