10 Happy Things Lifestyle

Life Lately || Any Week that Involves Much Food is a Good One

I’ve been nursing a dreadful cold the past few days. The worst aspect is that I feel itchy from the inside out. Here’s to hoping that this will be my winter cold, done and dusted early, but I’m afraid I probably won’t be so lucky. 
>>>Spending a day in the park with my nephew looking at the Crystal Palace dinosaurs. He was so excited about them that it was magical! 

>>>  In fact, we got to babysit this week on top of our dinosaur adventure, so there was much snuggling time to be had, though I’m afraid that I’ve gotten a cold in exchange for hugs. 

>>> When I was on my way home from work on Saturday afternoon, I watch some teams set up the last few blocks in the giant dominoes event commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. 

>>> I read in The Stage that “Moulin Rouge!” is finally being adapted for the West End stage. I’ve been saying that I want to be in the stage show version of the film since the film first came out. I was a girl obsessed when the film came out and I’ve seen Moulin Rouge more than any other film.

>>> I managed to squeeze in a session of eating Pad Thai this week. It’s one of my favourites and I don’t have it often enough! 


>>> I went to a totally insular school growing up: we spent 7 years with the same 140 students in our year. One of them was in London for the week, and it was nice to catch up on some old school gossip. 

>>> I’m sure most of you have seen the amazing Kenzo perfume ad video by now, but if you haven’t watch it now. It’s incredible. It was directed by Spike Jonze but more importantly, choreographed by Ryan Heffington who is the same choreographer behind Sia’s “Chandelier” video (starring Maddie from “Dance Moms”.) It’s not perfect, but it’s so much better than any sexy woman/Paris ad that usually sells us perfume. 

>>> After reading about Camila’s experience with the app Memrise, I downloaded it myself. Right now I’m trying to get my French back up to the shape it was in when I took it in university before branching out to a new language entirely! 

>>> Sam and I had dinner with Emma and Mr London Kiwi at Pasha, a Turkish place in Islington. It was wonderful and I floated on clouds of good company, falafel and baklava for days after. 

>>> I also went for an afternoon tea at Bea’s of Bloomsbury’s this week. As per usual, it was lovely. They have some of my favourite tea sandwiches in London!  (A lot of this week’s happy things seem to involve food….)

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This weekend I have Bread Week to tackle for the #bakeoffbakealong. That’s always a stressful Bake Off week for me! 

(Don’t forget that Plum & Ashby are offering readers of Rhyme & Ribbons 20% off full-priced products until September 30th. The code is: Rhyme&Ribbons ) 

What are you up to this weekend? 

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  • I’m so glad I read this while eating! Hope your cold gets better, and that’s exciting about the stage Moulin Rouge! I hope it has as much razzle dazzle as the film! Stephie xx


    • I am rather worries about Moulin Rouge! ‘s pizzazz factor. It’s over the top glitz was one of the things that made it so awesome. That the and Tango Roxanne. x

  • I loved the Kenzo add, hadn’t seen it before! I can see the choreographer in it though, was thinking throughout the add how similar it was to Sia’s choreography. I really adored the dancer in it, the way she controlled the body was just amazing!!


    • She was incredible! Every time I watch it, I have a new favourite bit (though her interaction with the statue bust and the mirror bit are my favourite parts, I think.) The choreographer definitely has a “style” but I enjoy it! xx

  • Dinosaurs and afternoon tea are pretty much all that is required for a good week! Hope your cold clears up soon!

  • omg, that music video! obsessed!!

    • Isn’t it brilliant?! When a commercial can be this engaging and creative there’s no excuse for lazy advertising and sexist tropes. Kenzo proves that you can sell perfume without a naked woman!

  • I love the title of this blog post haha I can totally relate 🙂

  • Crystal Palace dinosaurs?! Sign me up! My daughter and I both love dinosaurs, so we would both totally love that. 🙂 We’re seriously considering taking her for her first London trip late next year (I have to share the Anglophile love!), and that will definitely be on our agenda.

    • They are these massive Victorian dinosaur sculptures, and they are a lot of fun to look at (especially because they’ve held up so well over the years!) A London trip for you all would be so exciting! xx

  • Miu

    I really hope that by now your cold is already better, but I’ll wish you Get well soon anyway!
    I also hope you like Memrise as much as I do 😉 It’s a very nice and convenient way to practise vocabulary.

    • Memrise is great! I absolutely love it so far! I’m still a bit stuffy but feeling miles better thankfully! (Thanks so much for your well wishes though!) x

  • What a lovely week! High tea is always special. <3

  • My most watched film is also Moulin Rouge, but I had no idea it was coming to the West End! Must see definitely!! Alice xxx


  • I love pad thai! And I also saw that Moulin Rouge was going to be adapted for the stage – how exciting! I absolutely loved that movie as a child – and it’s very theatrical and frame like so I’m sure it’ll be great to adapt it!
    Oh wow thanks for the mention – I hope you’re enjoying Memrise! Is it going well?

    • I’m loving Memrise – thanks for your brilliant recommendation. I must admit that I’m not the best at remembering to do it everyday though! x