Best seat in the house…

Wednesday 31 July 2013

The beach has been at the forefront of my mind since the weekend so I am just going with it and carry on the theme [again] this week. Can you tell how excited I am to be on the beach again? No? Well then allow me to show you with some beach chair loveliness. I thought it was just me who obsessed over pretty beach chairs (perhaps because I have never owned one… suffered through horrible plastic garden furniture for years) – but a young friend from work recently bought her first house and the very first thing she purchased for the house were 2 beach chairs she found at a boot sale. I was ecstatic for her, I mean who needs a sofa when you have beach chairs? Her dad? Not so much. Turns out that her mom did the exact same thing when they bought a house years before (they still live in their garage).

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My favourite beaches…

Tuesday 30 July 2013

I spent some of the weekend cleaning up the files on our laptop (a very boring task) and got side-tracked going through our holiday photos. It was just the kind of medicine I needed! As stressed and nervous as I am about our move, it was good to remember how very lucky we have been to explore the world – and even luckier, it feels like it is only the beginning! Unsurprisingly, I found myself lingering over the magnificent beaches we have been to and in doing so, I realised how very different they have all been. The beach is a special place for me, where I do most of my deepest thinking. Problems are solved, hurts are healed and I always leave feeling lighter and happier. Here are some shots of my favourite beaches around the world:

Do you have a favourite beach?

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingThe Red Beach and Oia – Santorini, Greece

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingPlaya Blanca, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingPraia Dona Ana, Lagos, Portugal

Wishful ThinkingDSC00457Wishful ThinkingPajara, Corralejo and Pozo Negro – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingFirst 2: Saunton Sands, Devon, UK       Last pic: Camber Sands, East Sussex, UK

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingPlaya Esmeralda, Guardalavaca, Cuba

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingChaaya Island, Maldives

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingMyrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Wishful ThinkingVenice (taken from Lido), Italy

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingShipwreck Beach, Zante, Greece

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingMagazine Beach, Grenada, Caribbean

Wishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingWishful ThinkingGlentana, Buffalo Bay, Blouberg, Wilderness – Western Cape, South Africa

Monday Snoop – Serena and Lily

Monday 29 July 2013

It’s been a not-so-secret dream of mine to one day own a little shop, preferably somewhere on the coast, and to fill it with beautiful things and hopefully make some money from it. It’s just a pipe dream but I have done a little research, enough to know that not only is it risky but it’s very, very hard work. I admire anyone who does, and does it well. Serena and Lily (originally online retailers) have done just that by opening their very first store in the Hamptons in Beach Market, Wainscott. The coastal themed shop blends seamlessly into the background and offers their signature linens, artwork, vintage finds and custom surfboards painted by Serena herself. I have pinned all of these images to remind myself that it can be done!

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Images via Remodelista

What I want!

Friday 26 July 2013

It’s been a while since I had the time to put together a wishlist, and to be honest, I didn’t really have the time to do this one – there may or may not have been some skiving involved! It seems like the quicker I have been getting rid of stuff, the quicker I have been buying more. It’s gotten so bad that I have actually contemplated leaving my bank card at home. There is no 2 ways about it, I am panic buying! Since I failed miserably at No Buy July, I am going to try and do this for August and window shop ONLY. Here’s what I spied in the windows:

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nightshirt; scarf; watch; perfume; bracelet; shopper; iphone case; stool; peg bag; blanket; frame; bowl; baskets; potted plant; lamp; pillow; scented candle