Monday, February 4, 2019

9 in 2019.

January is officially over (yeah I can't help it either, hurrah!) but it's not too late for one of these kinda posts... right? I'm guilty of gobbling them up every time New Year rolls around. The resolutions, epiphanies, ideas, plans and schemes. As much as we all know how truly awesome we already are, the nosy parker in me just loves a good peek at what everyone is thinking of this time of year.

So. Totally inspired by one of my favourite blogs, I've taken up the call from the lovely Ella and decided to write a '9 in 2019' - a list of lovely things to do, try or look forward to in the coming year. I couldn't quite manage 19 (with a baby on the way, I need to keep it realistic because tbh no.1 is keeping him/her alive) but hopefully I can stick to these few...!

  1. Plan a girls weekends away (done - with Lauren, Bicester Village/Oxford in March).
  2. Grow some vegetables on the balcony - they need to be in grow bags or pots with vines and fairly self sufficient... I'm thinking tomatoes! Or courgettes?
  3. Finally treat myself to a full-blown £70 Cowshed pedicure. I'm thinking just before baby arrives... If you can't do it when you're carrying 6lbs+ of baby, when can you?
  4. Buy some cute Etsy art prints for the house. Anything bright, cheerful and supports small businesses. I like this, this and this.
  5. Get my phone screen time down to less than 1 hour per day. Currently at 3+ so that's a challenge...
  6. Do at least 3 things totally solo - like going to the cinema alone just to see something really want to see (already thinking this... oh and this V&A exhibition...)
  7. Bake a scrumptious birthday cake for my husband. This blackout chocolate cake would get top brownie points I reckon...
  8. Explore more of London - Columbia Road Flower Market is on my list.
  9. Spend time with my newborn niece (see you in March baby girl)! 

Now on to the month of love, V day, Galentines, self care and an abundance of flowers to brighten the grey. So long January, it's been not too shabby (but you won't be missed).

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Maison Loui: How I Got Started

Welcome to Maison Loui! For those of you who don't know - and have just stumbled across this colourful corner of the internet - I've been making, designing and selling since February 2017. Oh and keeping it totally quiet. I really didn't want to tell family, friends or colleagues because... what if it failed? What if I launched and I sold nothing?

Saturday, July 7, 2018

10 minutes with: Sarah Blythe

I knew when I launched Maison Loui I wanted to celebrate the girls doing it their way, on their terms, who are making their dreams happen but bring the real talk, too. I took a little trip down to Edenbridge in sunny Kent to catch up with designer (and darling friend) Sarah Blythe, who creates stunning floral/botanical textiles and art. Here's what went down...
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