This week I am super sweet on my husband, Andrew. He is handsome and wonderful. He just got a bit of great news and treated me to a day and night in London.
It was unexpected and brilliant! So my Sweets this week are all from that little trip:
- I dropped off my passport renewal at the new, not yet finished, Canada House. There was a long line and it was pretty cool sitting in a room full of other Canadians. I don’t often think of my accent, but in a room full of Canucks, I was very aware of it.
- I visited the huge and wonderful Oxford Street Simply Be. I wanted o grab a cheap and cheerful outfit after finding out I would be spending the night in the city. In two unexpected twists, I discovered a comfortable pair of jeans that I am in love with. And I am not a jeans-person. I was trying on a bunch of bootcut jeans, but I found myself with a skinny pair that must have been mixed up on the rack. My first instinct was to toss them aside, but a quiet voice urged me to give them a shot. THEY ARE AWESOME. I hope they wash well, because they may become my 2015 go-to bottoms. I also left with a cute tee-shirt that says “I Can Make Things Happen” some high-waist leggings and some great knickers! Most of what I bought I had looked at online and decided against buying – so it was surprising to find myself loving it all when I tried it on. One of my biggest complaints about the Simply Be website, is that the models do not represent my body shape, so it is difficult to imagine how things will look.
(images via simplebe.co.uk)
- I went to the Tate Modern – without kids!!! It was such a great experience, just wandering through the exhibitions in near silence, without being hurried. Just being able to stand and really contemplate something for as long as *I* wanted to. I saw the now-closed Sigmar Polke exhibition and the incredibly moving Conflict, Time, Photography exhibition, but the highlight had to be the Marlene Dumas exhibition: The Image as Burden. I was unfamiliar with her work, though I knew the name. I am now a fan – she is smart and witty and her work is profound. It just opened, so if you’re in London, you can go see it for yourselves!
- I bought myself and the family a little library of books and magazines, the Tate Modern gift shop has SO MANY great titles!
Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I Am by Sara Fanelli (Tate)
Sweet Nothings by Marlene Dumas (Tate)
20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf (Amazon)
Art Theory for Beginners by Richard Osborne, Dan Sturgis and Natalie Turner (Amazon)
OKIDO: The Arts & Science Magazine for Kids
Stew Magazine “For curious kids”
I am such a lucky gal, and I come back to my life feeling inspired and refreshed. My last sweet to share is Premier Inns. I have stayed at two in London now, and Andrew has stayed in many more over the last couple of years. They are cheap, always comfortable and the staff is always incredible. I’m not sure how they do it, but 100% of their staff seem genuinely happy. I hope it is because they are treated well and paid fairly, and not because there is a guy in the back with a whip.