Hopefully, by the time you are reading this I will be touching down in Iceland, ready for a few days of trekking in the Icelandic wilderness, relaxing in the hot tub and generally have a wonderful time. I've been talking about this trip for what feels like months, and it's finally here! I intend to soak up every little moment, takes lots of photos and not complain once about having to walk up the side of a volcano when I could be having sushi in Reyjkavik. Promise.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind - when are they not? I've been to the Leeds International Beer Festival (despite not liking beer very much), the Curry Festival the week after, I've tried out a couple of new bars, eaten fondue with Eloise, bagged myself a new job, discovered Snapchat and worn my new bowler hat far too many times.
But during that time I have also been collecting a whole bunch of links for your delectation. There are a couple of posts scheduled that should be able to entertain you in my absence, so be sure to pop back on Tuesday! In the meantime, enjoy these little lovelies:
- Emma beautifully models some upcycled head pieces by Love Peggy Rose
- Alexandra nails it again - let's all stop being flaky
- The size of Joy the Baker's kitchen brings me joy - maybe there's hope for my ill-equipped 70s kitchen yet!
- I've been struggling with exercise over the past few weeks (by which I mean, I haven't done any) but Rosie's post on running is getting me inspired to give it (yet another) go.
- Carrie from Wish Wish Wish lets us in on her secrets for affording designer fashion.
- On the same subject, Fashion Pirate gives some advice on how to budget for your wardrobe destiny.
- Bridget Jones is coming back and I'm pretty excited to see how things have panned out (and whether Helen Fielding can update the concept without falling into some rather obvious pitfalls) - for a little taste, the Stylist team have imagined what the new book will be like.
- I love how Diane Von Furstenburg starts her day. What a lady!
- Where you sit on the Global Rich List is both fascinating and humbling.
- I'm really into cardamom right now, so these chocolate and cardamom cookies are right up my street.
- I'm also obsessed with this recipe for chocolate orange brioche - I want to bake this and then use it as a pillow so it's always close to my face. Or, you know, make it into some epic French toast.
- Oh, and I wouldn't mind some of these cinnamon churros with chocolate dulche de leche. Deeee-licious.
- While we're on the subject - you might want to learn how to read a recipe. I was surprised by how many tips I picked up!
- A Thrifty Mrs asks whether we are the 'Now' generation. This post definitely gave me pause for thought - I think we are, but I think that's more because of the social and political zeitgeist than it is a moral failing on behalf of our generation. But maybe I'm biased, being part of it and all.
- Some interesting thoughts from one of my favourite writers, Rachel Hills, on choosing vs. being chosen when it comes to love.
- This post will literally blow your mind. It really will.
- When you're mother says she's fat ... definitely something to consider if you have a daughter (or any young female charges who look up to you).
- An illustrator mum lets her daughter finish off her drawings, and the results are magnificent.
- Making friends as an adult is hard, so here are some tips.
- Want to make your life a million times better? Sarah has the answer.
- Some little secrets on how to deal with those pesky under the skin spots from Kate at gh0stparties.
- Alexandra Franzen is one of my favourite humans - I love these 50 ways to be ridiculously generous and these 21 stories of gratitude (failed not to cry at my desk on those last ones!).
- Oh, and these 'thank you note' emails which will totally land you a job.