September SUP Fun

Have you ever taken up a new hobby and wondered why you hadn’t done it sooner? Stand up paddleboarding is that hobby for me. In February I took a couple of private lessons (in the cold and wind) and since then I’ve enjoyed getting out in the warmer weather to enjoy the river in Cambridge. It’s been a really sociable sport for me, and something which has pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped my mental health too.

One of the places to SUP in Cambridge is Milton Country Park located to the north of the city. Even though they run a SUP course, I hadn’t ever ventured to the lake to paddle before. I sometimes take lunchtime walks in the park as it is near my office and often see people enjoying open water swimming, fishing and SUP.

I met up with a few local blogger friends to have a quick start session as none of the girls had tried SUP before. The weather was a little windy and chilly, but we popped on our layers and headed to the lakeside. I always say Cambridge is a small city and as soon as I saw the instructor was an old colleague of mine, I knew we would be in great hands!

I paddled off ahead to get a feel for the lake and board, whilst the girls got to grips with paddling on their knees and then confidently standing up in no time at all.  We played games of world domination (a tag based game), learned some turning techniques and even tried a few yoga poses on our boards.

It was awesome to see how quickly everyone picked it up and how the smiles came out in an instant. Seeing others enjoy SUP never fails to make me happy because it has been such a revelation for me too. I took my waterproof phone case and managed to get lots of snaps of the fun.

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Towards the end of the session, I encouraged the girls to lay back on their boards and take a minute. I had been experiencing anxiety all week and being there with them in that moment just made me feel so content and calm I wanted to share it with them!

I was really psyched to be able to try out some different boards during the session too, firstly a Jobe…..

… then a Red which I loved! Hopefully at some point I’ll have my own board and paddle and will be able to get out in my own time.

Our Cambridge blogger scene is so encouraging and supportive, it felt like such a positive morning and a great activity to do together!

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I’m a bit sad the warm weather SUP season is coming to an end, but maybe I’ll get out with a wet suit and tackle the autumn winds soon!

Lush Halloween Launch

Like many, I was kind of excited when the temperature dropped in the UK this week and the weather hinted that Autumn was on the way. It was short lived and followed by a warm few days, but then Lush appeared with their Halloween collections and the Autumn excitement returned!

The team at Lush Cambridge were kind enough to invite me to the Halloween bath and shower collections launch a day before they were available in store and it did not disappoint.

For starters the Punkin Pumpkin bath bomb smelled amazing and a big pile of the cheery pumpkin faces greeted us as soon as we arrived.

The in store team were so welcoming and put on some tasty mocktails and vegan treats from Wagamama for us all. The mocktail glasses were rimmed with the Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub!

The Monster’s Ball bath bomb is another one I’m adding to my wish list for when I get a new flat with a bath!

I always love a little press event because it’s usually a chance to catch up with other bloggers and Instagrammers too. Cambridge is pretty small even though it is a city, so there are often familiar faces! This time I met Daniel who runs an awesome Lush Insta account and I caught up with Lucy and Mollie too whilst we all made bath bombs.

It was so fun making our own versions of the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb. The colours are just so vibrant and it smells of rosewood, bergamot (my fave) and ylang ylang oil.

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Photo by Lucy

My absolute favourite scent of the night had to be the new Mercury Retrograde bath bomb though. Ginger and cinnamon make this one a proper autumn cosy night in treat!

A big thanks to Lush Cambridge for the sneak peek! Let me know if you grab any of the collection – I’ve got my eye on the Boo Shower Slime too….

I have lots of posts lined up for the next few weeks and an update on the Year of Claire too. I’ll be combining August and September for that so expect a bumper post at the end of the month!

As it is now 6 months since I closed the shop I’ve been enjoying lots of new things. I have plans to incorporate some more lifestyle content going forward, but there will still be some creative posts from time to time too. Hopefully you will all stick around ūüôā

House Plants For Black Thumbed Gardeners

When I moved back in July, one of the first things I put in my room was my house plant collection. It instantly made it feel more homely and I am pleased to say that each plant has been thriving since then! Having had a bad run with plants, I definitely have more confidence now, so have decided to share my house plant recommendations for black thumbed gardeners.

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Polka Dot plants (Hypoestes phyllostachya) are sometimes known as Freckle Face plants. I picked up this pretty pink one from The Manor Florist¬†at Burwash Manor in Cambridge. I have learnt that they can grow in any type of indirect light but the colour is best in lower light situations. This one needs repotting, but it’s grown pretty quickly already!Polka-dot-plant My friend Hannah gave me this Pilea a couple of years ago when it was a baby. It’s since had lots of babies too and is loving life on this corner shelf. The baby pilea underneath came from it and seems to be thriving too.¬†Corner-Plant-Stand As well as a couple of cacti and succulents, I have been tending to this Peace Lily which I’ve had for about 6 years. I bought it from a man named Basil at the garden centre so I think that means it has good vibes!Peace-Lily-Plant This time of year I also light a lot of candles and hunt out all the autumnal scents at Homesense and TK Maxx. My favourite brand of seasonal candles is DW Home which I believe is a US brand. I’ve been burning an apple crumble one and this maple pumpkin scent.¬†DW-Home-Maple-CandleI moved this succulent plant into the bathroom recently, so I’m hoping it does OK. The basket pot is from The Basket Room¬†and the Pomegranate candle is another TK Maxx find.
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Another purchase from The Manor Florist was the String of Hearts trailing plant on my book case. It’s grown 4 times in length since I purchased it a few months back.
Plants-For-Bookshelf Trailing-Plants Also on top of the book case sits an¬†Anthurium and some beautiful handmade leather flowers from Daphne Rosa.String-of-Hearts-Plant All these plants have taken minimal effort and I feel like I’m slowly getting more confident with keeping them alive!¬†Pilea-PlantAre there any house plants that you would recommend?

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Give The Joy Back – A Bold And Positive Bedroom Space

There’s been a ton of change around here lately, so today’s post will be a bit of a life update as well as an interiors one. These two things relate to one another in my head, so hopefully I can explain why this bold and positive bedroom space has helped with a new start!

This Instagram post explains what has changed in my life these last 5 months, but back in July I moved into a house share in central Cambridge and found myself with a blank canvas to style, decorate and make my own. Having packed up my old studio and bedroom, I had a fresh start to make a cosy, grown up space. (Links to all products are at the end!).

Pink-Grey-Bedroom-StylingOne of the first pieces I chose for the bedroom was a letter press print from Anthony Burrill. I knew I wanted bold colours and a positive message, so chose Give The Joy Back in pink and red. Such a great statement.
Anthony-Burrill-Joy-PrintRather than frame the print, I opted for a wooden magnetic poster frame which was custom made for me by Dan from Utology. All of the pieces in Dan’s Etsy shop are beautifully made – I have my eye on the magazine rack now!
John-Lewis-Grey-Velvet-CushionsI opted for some textured cushions – these cotton velvet ones from John Lewis¬†come in lots of bright colours. The bedding is the loveliest Egyptian cotton set from The White Company. Although it creases easily, it’s so soft and I’m sure it helps me sleep better!Give-The-Joy-Back-Print The-Basket-Room-Plant-Pot One of the first things I moved into my new space was my house plant collection! Would you be interested in seeing a post about them and more corners of my space soon? I’m still figuring out my work space, but I definitely want to share that with you too.

Anyway, this woven basket / plant pot is from the wonderful Basket Room¬†– they¬†work directly with women’s weaving cooperatives in Africa to create ethical, stylish, accessories with a story. I have one of their bags too and I absolutely love it.Lovely-Things-Jewellery-TrayI’m not sure where the Lovely Things jewellery tray is from, but I use it for earrings.Positive-Bold-Bedroom-StylingCreating a calm and inspiring bedroom space was really important for me. I have struggled with sleep the last 5 months due to really bad tinnitus and life adjustments, so having a simple and positive bedroom has been so helpful!

Here are links to all the items, but give me a shout if you have any questions or if I’ve missed anything!

Give The Joy Back Print – Anthony Burrill
Handmade Magnetic Poster Frame – Utology
Copper String Lights – Kikki.K
Velvet Cotton Cushions – John Lewis
Avignon Print Bedding – The White Company
Grey Colour Block Woven Basket – The Basket Room

 

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Life Lately #16: Fun Days Off

Anyone else feeling a little bewildered that it’s May already?! I’ve had a pretty hectic calendar these last couple of months, so I thought I’d share an update on what I’ve been up to. In between all the biz stuff I’ve managed to have a few fun days off.

At the end of April I joined the In Colourful Company folk on a colour walk around Brighton. We discovered some great murals and colourful buildings, enjoyed the pier and stopped at the C:\ Side Quest gaming cafe to hang out afterwards. I love Brighton (even if it was so cold with the seaside wind!) and seeing all my favourite creative pals was great. Especially as a few of them were wearing pins and necklaces from the shop!

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Over the May bank holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of celebrating Jo’s hen do with a camping break in Burton-on-Trent. Now, I’m not one for camping usually, but we had the best time and the weather was really on our side. We had camping picnics and embraced the theme of “Jo’s Llama Llama Duck Do” with lots of decorations and a Llama pinata filled with mini cheese. We had pub lunches, went stand up paddle boarding and took Llama’s for a walk. What a dream weekend!! It was amazing to see Jo’s happy face all weekend and we had THE BEST time at the wedding yesterday – it was truly magical!

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Jo-and-Will-WeddingI’ve also been enjoying the sunshine in Cambridge now Spring has finally sprung. This week I had a day off with my fellow creative business friend Fuz who visited Cambridge with her little boy. I took them out on the river, we ate tasty food from the market (so much choice there these days!) and enjoyed treats from Jack’s Gelato.

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So it has been a fun couple of months! I’m still working on new collections, the website behind the scenes. Make sure you’re signed up to the newsletter to be the first to hear all the business news ūüôā

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