10 Happy Things Lifestyle

Life Lately || Things That Made Me Happy + The Beginning of September

You can always tell when Londoners have had a 3 day weekend. For one, everyone looks slightly hungover for most of the week. For two, everyone seems happier. The work weeks seems so much more bearable with less of it, right? Plus it’s the first few days of September so all those Autumn lovers are rejoicing and guzzling down PSL, whilst I still pretend that summer is never going to end.  

I love cuddling up by fireplaces, snuggly sweaters, thick mugs of hot chocolate, beautifully crunchy leaves and all things pumpkin; but I get quite melancholy about the end of summer. To me, summer is more of the “new year” than the actual New Year that starts on January 1st. To me, summer is the promise of something new, or beginnings and adventures. Longer days and more time to be outside. I’m trying to not let myself mourn the summer quite yet.

first bake off collage

>>> Last Friday, I spent a top evening with the wonderful Frankie and Gianni at Hawker House near Canada Water. Though we’ve spoken online for ages now, it was the first time that I met Gianni in person and if it’s at all possible, she’s even more wonderful! 

>>> I worked both Saturday during the day, and Sunday evening so I didn’t have a “classic” Bank Holiday weekend experience, but we did all gorge ourselves on Pizza from Pizza Union on Sunday night, so it was definitely worth it. 

>>> We went to a last of the summer BBQ at Sam’s brother’s house and I got to have quality toddler time with our nephew. Plus we ate steak and halloumi. 

>>> Sam and I spent Bank Holiday Monday exploring Hever Castle and it was even more brilliant than I had imagined! 

>>> We had menemen for dinner on Wednesday and it’s absolutely my favourite way to eat eggs in the entire world.

>>> I usually stay firmly planted in the Folk/Americana playlist section on Spotify with my absolute favourite usually being a fab Southern Gothic list (hipster much?), but someone recently created a Lost in the Woods playlist  and it is awesome. 

>>> I bought some new stationary this week at Kikki.K and it is so pretty! It’s such a simple pleasure but it truly brought me so much happiness. Inside my new notebook it said “There’s nothing like putting pen to paper – the tactile nature of it and the connection to the childhood joy of stationery. There is something special about the feeling it evokes that simply can’t be replaced.” And I couldn’t agree more. I think one of the things I miss most about not being in school anymore is the thrill of getting your supply list and heading off to buy all your new kit. The smell of a brand-new box of Crayola crayons is magic. 

>>> This week on the Great British Bake Off, Val hung on by the skin of her teeth. I don’t know why but she makes me so happy. She royally ballsed things up this week, so I thought she was doomed to go, but luckily Louise was a smidgeon worse. 

>>> Sam surprised me with a sweet little Louche necklace this week to replace the little birdie I used to wear. The birdie met a terrible death when the chain broke in multiple places after years of wear. 

>>> We received our wedding photos. Our photographer did a gorgeous job. Prepare to be bombarded with them in the near future. 

Tomorrow I’m going to an afternoon tea for work (awesome, right?)

Are you linking up with the #bakeoffbakealong this week? What will you be making: iced cookies, Viennese whirls, or a gingerbread house monstrosity? 

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  • Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I’m with you on summer I don’t want it to go away! I’m so not ready for chilly days haha I rather it be scorching hot!
    Jasmine 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I share most of them on instagram throughout the week, but I always thinks it’s nice to get to see them all together to round off the week. I’m exactly the same way as you: I’d SO much rather be too hot than too cold! x

  • How exciting you’ve got your wedding photographs! Even though it’s been a brilliant summer, I’m excited for the autumn (although I will miss the lovely long, light evenings!). xxx

  • Val is definitely like the nan we all want 🙂 Hope she manages to pull something crafty off next week! That’s so sweet about Sam surprising you with the necklace… awwww.

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I’m excited to see your wedding photos!

  • Ahhhhh wedding photos! I’m so so excited for these! I was sad last night that it was dark by 8.30pm! I’m not a fan of the dark evenings at all, but I do love autumn (as long as we end up with an indian summer…!) This weeks bake will have to be slightly less extravagant I think, I’m going camping for most of this weeked (by the looks of it, in the rain…boo!) so I’m thinking Vienesse whirls. Adam loves them too which is a rarity for sweet treats! what will you be baking? Alice xxx


    • I made Viennese whirls. i’m finishing typing up the recipe right now. Can’t wait to see how yours turn out! x

  • The Perks of Being a Wildflowe

    Such a lovely post! I know exactly what you mean about that melancholy ‘end of summer’ feeling but I also love the start of Autumn and crisp, fresh days. How did you do that amazing photo collage, it’s gorgeous! I love your pictures! x

    • Thank you so much! I share most of them on instagram throughout the week, but I always thinks it’s nice to get to see them all together to round off the week. xx

  • Sounds like you’ve had a gorgeous week! And I couldn’t agree more about a) not quite been ready for summer to be over and b)stationery! Just looking at Kiikki.K now! I need some pretty pencils so I can start filling in my happiness planner! xx


    • I pretty much want all things from Kikki.K at all times. I’m a bit of a stationery addict! x

  • Can’t wait to see your pictures! I am with you, the summer always feels more like the start of a new year (maybe it is because of our birthday starting the summer off) I am always sad to see it go.

    • Our birthday really kicking the summer off definitely has to be part of the reason we are sad to see it go. But also I know it must be so much harder for you with the lack of light in winter! x

      • It is hard, but at the same time the winter here is so nice and cozy I don’t mind it, until January, then I am ready for it to be summer again:)

  • I haven’t even linked up for last week yet! Can I still? My drizzle cake is in the oven as I type!

    I wish I got to have afternoon tea for work!

  • OMGGGGGGOD I love that Spotify Playlist and was so devastated when it was gone from the Swedish one and then I realized I just needed to click see all! Ok so have you listened to Songs in the Dark by The Wainwright Sisters or Applewood Road?

  • It was amazing to finally meet you in person! It was a great time. I hope we can hang out again soon! 😀

  • It’s not the end of summer just yet! I’m hoping for a Indian summer soon- I just want a proper bbq to see summer out! Then roll on Autumn, the knits, cups of tea, cinnamon everywhere!



    • Fingers crossed! I had to break out a jacket and scarf this weekend, but it’s supposed to be lovely again by Wednesday/Thursday! x

  • I absolutely agree! I find summer much more motivational and exciting, rather than autumn. During the summer we have light and rest and excitement! Going to miss that!!


    • Totally! We’ll just have to find something else to make us excited about the Autumn though! x

  • The arrival of the wedding photos is The Best! Like living it all over again. Have fun!!
    I’m a massive beach baby and I live by the sea so I feel all kinds of sad about autumns impending arrival BUT we just finished off the cosiest of little shed/summer houses in the garden that I can’t wait to hunker down in for the winter.
    M x

  • Did I tell you I love your hair? it’s soooo pretty like this! And I can’t wait to be bombarded with your wedding photos!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

  • It will be Viennese whirls here! It sounds like you had another lovely week!

  • Is there a Kiki.k store?? I follow them in Insta and looked at their website but I’d love to see things in the flesh before buying.

    • Yep! It’s in Covent Garden on the side closest to the Coven Garden Tube Station exit, next to the Charlotte Tilbury store. (And it’s wonderful!) x