It’s 6.30am on December 11th and I’m now 40 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I wake up with what feels like contractions that are stronger than the pre-labour pains and Braxton Hicks contractions I’ve been feeling over the past few weeks. By that time, as you can imagine, my patience was starting to run out. No one likes to go overdue. I tell Rom that today may just be the day we meet our princess, because those contractions are getting stronger and occurring at regular intervals. My hospital bag is packed: a large suitcase for me and a beige travel bag for the baby, both waiting at the bottom of the stairs and ready to be thrown into the car at any moment.
This week I gave birth to a little girl, and today I’d like to share with you photos of her nursery, which I started working when I was about 20 weeks pregnant. We had a spare room in the house that was always intended to be for a new addition to the family, so working on this little project as soon as we found out we were having a girl was very exciting. I decided what type of furniture and colour scheme I wanted, browsed Pinterest for design ideas and got on with it.
I made these chicken thighs last week, marinated in mango chutney and garlic the night before. They were such a hit with my little family, and after I posted the photo on Instagram I was asked to post the recipe on the blog. So here it is – Mango chutney chicken thighs, you can accompany this with a side of basmati rice like we did, and a salsa made with red, yellow and green peppers sauteed in mango chutney.
Pregnancy is probably the most visible physical experience a woman can go through in her lifetime, yet at the same time the most personal. For some, so personal that the goal is to keep it under wraps for as long as possible. From conception to birth, the details, the ups, the downs, the aches and pains… the less is revealed the better. I am (or I have been) one of those women, to a certain extent. Culturally speaking this is how I’ve been raised and these are the beliefs my mother instilled in me. Where I’m from, pregnancy is as biological as it is spiritual. You’re taught to protect the life that is inside of you by revealing as little as possible about it. You’re told pregnancy is a private matter: the unborn baby is precious, and ‘hidden’ for a reason. And I’ve always embraced this way of thinking.
It’s been a great start to summer 2017, we’ve just enjoyed a whole week of constant sunshine and high temperatures. It was the perfect occasion to go on a little cake date with a good friend of mine. I first came across Peggy Porschen Cakes on Instagram, through different influencers whose photos of pink roses and lush cakes didn’t leave me indifferent. A must-see and must-go spot for bloggers and photography lovers, the place has so much charm everyone stops to take pictures. Continue reading →
It’s a shame I can’t impose my love for horses on my beloved family. Our apartment is relatively small and whilst a small touch of it would be regal, it would also create a kind of equine-themed claustrophobia that I wouldn’t want my family to suffer from! Continue reading →
New year, new content. New year, new drive. New year, new habits. New motivation. New workflow, new deadlines. This is more or less what you can expect from me in 2017 – and I’ll try my best to stay committed to this. A lot of people have told me that I’m onto something, with this blog. And I’ve started to realise this. The problem is, I’ve not been as dedicated to it as I would have liked to be, over the past year. It’s completely my fault and I plan to change this. Continue reading →
Some time last year I came across a photo of the real Selika Lazevski (pictured above – left) and was left completely mesmerized. Selika was a black écuyère, a dressage rider who rode in French circuses and hippodromes in the 19th century. I developed a fascination for her, talked to my friends about her, posted her photo on my Instagram page and started reading more about her online. So I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out that a film about her life was currently in production, directed by Sybil Mair and starring the very talented actress Karidja Toure, who will be playing the lead role of Selika. This is a story I cannot wait to see unfold on my screen. Continue reading →
I often go back and watch the work I created in the past. A small portfolio of stories I conceived, brought to life and shared with the world. Watching my films takes me back to the times when my creativity was at its optimum. Whether I teamed up with other creators or worked alone, my work brought me joy and a huge sense of achievement. Continue reading →
A few days ago, I arranged to meet up with Debra for a quick bite. I had been looking forward to this for a long time. Yes to new friendships, yes to fellow bloggers/vloggers who understand your need to film or photograph every single part of your dining experience. And quite frankly, yes to simply beautiful, kind and funny souls like Debra. I’m always grateful for the people God places on my path.
Today I embarked on a little home makeover project and completely transformed my office space. I needed to re-design it, as it just wasn’t working for me anymore. This, my friends, is real life Pinterest. If you’d like to see how it all went down, including the Before pictures, read on…
July and August 2016 will forever be engraved in my memory. My little family and I spent just over two weeks in the splendid, mesmerizing island of Martinique (West Indies) home to my husband and his extended family. We had such an amazing time.
I had already visited Martinique in 2008 and I was glad to be back…
Have you heard of the £10 steak? Well, here it is. At Flat Iron Steak, you get the steak, the complementary pop corn and ice cream for dessert… all for £10. I added the sides and I think I ended up paying just under £15 for the entire meal. Continue reading →
I’m currently preparing for our family holiday (6 more sleeps!) but before I go, I really wanted to tell you about an event I attended not too long ago. It was hosted by the lovely Catherine, one of Arbonne’s independent consultants, in a beautiful location near my house.
Arbonne is a brand I had never heard of before, but I’m glad I attended the workshop. It was an afternoon of discovery, skin care and cosmetics chit chat, meeting new people and of course a great occasion to find out more about the brand and all its products – and they do sell quite a few things.