Christmas is well and truly here in old London town and it's making me giddy with excitement. I love going through each of the seasons so I can't say its my favourite time of year...but right now it is! On Saturday we went into central London to have a mooch around and get Christmassy, we started with breakfast at Nordic Bakery - a cinnamon bun and lingonberry pastry to share.
The restaurant across the street had the most beautiful wreaths outside that I couldn't resist getting a snap
We walked down towards Regent Street to have a look at the lights, quite subtle and little more to my tastes then previous years I'd say!
But Carnaby Street have gone ALL out
Purchasing art supplies from Cass Art to get some Christmas crafting done (an update on that later in the week...), I always spend way too much money in there.
"Just looking" at guitars on Denmark Street
And then we headed home to cook up a big Mexican feast; cheesy nachos, homemade guac and salsa included. We may have even cracked out the Baileys, like the oldies we are! Certainly felt a bit more Christmassy after this.
Yesterday was all about refreshing the internet, sausage sandwiches, attempting some crafting and finally getting round to watching Peaky Blinders!
Not very interesting really but I do love to look back on these kinds of posts. Hope you had a good weekend too!
My dad turned 60 this weekend so we headed back up north to celebrate and it was absolutely freezing, snow flurries and all! I took these snaps on my phone as I didn't have enough room for another camera in my bag. My dads birthday is also handily timed with my annual dentist appointment...so kill two birds with one stone and all that. After my appointment I hung out with my step dad on the Friday, we did our yearly tradition of a full english breakfast followed by charity shopping. I got this leather saddle bag for a couple of quid and nearly came away with a record player and a coffee table but reluctantly resisted as we have no more room in our little London flat. It's one in one out now I think, sad times.
Steven got rather attached to this big polar bear at the garden centre and I got rather attached to these cactus even though I'm not allowed them as I'm a cactus/plant killer!
We went to a nice restaurant for my dads birthday on Saturday night, to start I had parsnip soup that had an onion bahji and mango chutney in, so so good! A festive steak for main and a chocolate torte with mint cream (toothpaste) to finish. Well and truly stuffed.
And that was our lovely weekend, another week of work ahead but it's starting to feel rather festive now in London so I think a weekend of getting in the spirit will be on the cards, yippee!
On the 31st October I photographed Ailsa and Ben's wedding. I've known them both since I got my first job in London (we all worked in the same office) so it was lovely to be able to photograph their day for them. Not only were the tables adorned with pumpkins and candles but in keeping with the theme, the bride wore black. The most amazing black dress, perfect for a wedding on Halloween, perfect for wearing again and again actually, it was beautiful. They got married at Shoreditch Studios on a sunny crisp day, and any wedding that serves pie and mash is a winner in my book!
Here's just a selection of the pictures but you can see more over on my website, right here.
This weekend was a busy one, I photographed a wedding in Shoreditch on Saturday - it didn't rain! which I am currently working through the edit. It was a good 'un...especially with it being Halloween, a few sneaky surprises in there!
The next day we headed out into a foggy London morning with ridiculous spider webs in the trees
And spotted this dreamy red car
This is the tired face of someone who had been on their feet for approximately 10 hours the day before, I wasn't feeling the perkiest at this time in the morning.
My dad and his wife were in town so we headed up to meet them at the one and only place I will go for breakfast as everywhere else is just a second best - Dishoom! Bacon and egg naan roll with a side of masala beans and a chai tea.
Steven's scrambled eggs...I'm always tempted to try something else but I can't ever bring myself to do it!
The Dishoom at Kings Cross is my favourite one - we're yet to try the new one in Soho, the decor is just beautiful and it is huuuuge so not much chance of having to wait like the ridiculous queues at the Covent Garden one. Bonkers.
My dad booked us on a guided tour of the BBC Broadcasting House so we mooched down to Oxford Street in search of the famous curve
Not so fun flashback: Way back when I had just graduated I 'won' a two week work experience placement at the BBC on the news picture desk. It was at the TV Centre up at White City before they stopped broadcasting from there and I had never been prouder of myself for accomplishing something so big (to me) before, it was the BBC! But at the end of my placement the very nice picture editor put my final degree photography project up on the BBC news website that had got me the placement in the first place (on the Entertainment & Arts bit) and everyone hated it! I got so many hate comments from old men (genuinely was, I clicked on their profiles)... Lesson learnt, I don't think the BBC website was the right place for those pictures to go! Oh well!
The tour was fun but you actually don't get to see a lot of the building which is a shame. They showed us round the small and scruffy One Show studio and I got to present the weather (interactive tours, blurgh) but we did actually come across Tess and Claudia...
And then I had chance to put my feet up and rest my weary legs...