In the five and a bit years I’ve been writing my blog, I’ve sporadically done week in pictures posts. As well as being fun, I think it does me good to look back at my weeks and pick out the highlights and best bits. Being a work at home mum, most of my kid free time is spent either working or doing housework and although you won’t see that on my blog or Instagram it can all be a bit samey and boring! I do try to break my weeks up by making time for myself and for my friends and by doing nice things with the kids, so you’ll see a bit more of that in my weekly summaries, as this is definitely a place for the best bits! As I hadn’t planned this post, I haven’t taken pics for everyday but I’ll try to be a bit more organised for future weeks.

Monday:

The week started on a lovely note with a trip to Lila’s school. Her year were doing a little showcase to show the parents what they’d learnt this year. They all did so well and their singing and dancing was adorable. Lila talked about science and I was a very proud mummy.

When I got home I did a lot of cleaning and then Fay popped over and we went to the tattoo shop to get her nose pierced. She was very brave! Fay stayed at mine for a bit while I did some cleaning and made the iced tea and took the pics for my T2 post, which I posted a couple of days ago.

Tuesday:

Most of the day was spent having really good tidy and clean of the house. I also reorganised the girls wardrobes and put all the washing away. I also wrote and scheduled a couple of blog posts.

After school I picked up the girls and we headed to Hampton Court. As we have a membership, I try to go as often as possible and going for a couple of hours after school always works really well for us. We usually go for a long play in The Magic Garden, but we just missed entry this time as they had a private function. So we decided to wander round the gardens, which were looking absolutely stunning.

Wednesday:

Fay and I try to have bestie blog days as often as possible. These involve lots of inappropriate chat, pretty places, nice food and a lot of photographs. We started Wednesday by taking a trip to the lavender fields with Fay’s mum. I always feel so lucky to have somewhere so beautiful just a short drive from my house. As well as having a lovely walk, we also tried a lavender cream tea.

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I share a lot of my everyday outfits which don’t make it onto the blog, over on Instagram. I’m wearing the Cath Kidston London Parks dress here. I have been wanting this dress for absolutely ages, as the print reminds me of special days at the park with the kids. So when it went down to £40 in the sale Rob bought it for me as a little gift. I’ve just chucked on my most comfy Converse to go with it, as we walked a lot that day.

We then jumped on the tube to Victoria and sampled some donuts from Crosstown. I had a very indulgent peanut butter one and faye had a matcha tea one. They were absolutely delicious.

We stopped at Notes coffee to get a drink to go with our donuts and were delighted that they were doing free coffee that day!

We then headed over to South Kensington for a blogger preview of the brand new courtyard and gallery at the V&A. I’ve already written about it and shared lots of pics, but here are a couple more that isn’t make it onto the main post.

Thursday:

I don’t think I actually took any pics on Thursday, I just spent the whole day writing posts and editing pictures. After school I took Jess to her youth club. I need to try to be a bit more interesting everyday!

Friday:

Friday is always my selling day. As well as blogging mothering and freelance writing I also have an Etsy shop and sell vintage on eBay every week. On Fridays I photograph all my stock and work on my listings. I’m saving for a holiday at the moment so I’ve been selling some of my own collection as well as my usual stock. Although I keep my eBay separate from my blog, there are lots of lovely things on my Etsy too.

I wasn’t feeling very well on Friday afternoon as I had a really bad headache. Too much screen time and not enough sleep had got a bit too much for me, so I had a nap in the afternoon, which I never do. I’m really bad at getting enough sleep and I need to make a bit more effort to not get burnt out.

On Friday evening I drove me and Faye over our friends house for pizza, gossip and a bit of trashy TV watching. It did me so much good to chill out and have a giggle.

Saturday:

As Rob was fishing for the last few days, I had the kids to myself all weekend. We started the weekend off chilling and watching lots of Disney films together. In the afternoon we picked up Faye and went fruit and veg picking at Garson Farm in Esher.

Sunday:

I have nothing exciting to report from Sunday which involved lots of Disney films, housework, food shopping and cuddles with the kids.

News, Updates and Plans.

So that’s last week. I have a few nice things planned for this week as well as lots and lots of writing and photography to do. Work wise it’s going to be a busy one and July is also the most crazy month in the school calendar, with lots of sports days, showcases, fairs and shows to go to. We also have some meetings at Jess’s new high school, where she will be starting in September. As I’m planning to take a month off work in the summer I need to get ahead with work so it’s all going to be a bit crazy!

I have a couple of new articles in this months Vintage Life, which you can get your hands on here.

If you haven’t already bought the Spring issue of In Retrospect Magazine, I would highly recommend it. I have written a long article about my family history and the rest of the magazine is packed with amazing articles and vintage stuff too.

Reading:

At the moment I’m re reading all my Nancy Mitford books. I recently picked up an old copy of Don’t Tell Alfred in a second hand bookshop. I love the Penguins with the orange spines, so if I spot one of my favourite books, I’ll always pick them up. I’m definitely enjoying reading an older copy of a much loved book. I really love the illustration on this one, so might try to find a better copy yo display.

Weekly Goals:

This week I am going to try to get a bit more ahead with work and get more sleep, so i don’t get over tired again. If you catch me on twitter after 10pm, tell me to go to bed! My only other goal is to remember to take more pictures of everyday life for next weeks post.

Weekly Wishlist:

I thought it would be fun to add an outfit that I am currently coveting to my weekly round up. At the moment I’m really enjoying wearing pretty dresses with comfy sandals or Converse and just going for a much more toned down casual vintage inspired look. I thought these three would look so lovely together!

What are your plans and goals for the next seven days?

I’ll be doing individual blog posts on some of the places I visited this week, so keep a look out for those as well as lots of outfits, book reviews and baking posts over the next few weeks.

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In recent months I’ve found very little time for reading, by nature I’m an avid bookworm so it’s always a real treat when I manage to fit a little reading into a busy day. I read a wide range of books, I love light-hearted chick lit as well as history books and books on vintage fashion. My biggest love is books written in and based on the 1920s and 30s. It’s such a glamorous era of history. I love authors like Nancy Mitford and Agatha Christie and have read most of their books.

Book People Carola Dunn Collection

I thought I’d write a little list of some of my favourite books and authors from the era to offer a little inspiration to your reading lists…

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald:

I have to say I absolutely loved the recent film of this book. I know it received mixed reviews but I’m a huge fan of Baz Lurhman’s films and I adored the opulence of this stylised interpretation of the book. If period authenticity is what you expected then I can understand the disappointment, but the film was everything I wanted it to be. The book itself is a stunning use of language and every word is perfectly placed. If you are one of the few who hasn’t read this yet I would highly recommend it. It was written in 1925 and set in 1922.

Every book by Agatha Christie (especially Poirot):

I had already seen most of Miss Marple and Poirot on TV before I ever picked up an actual Agatha Christie novel. I love her style of writing and her mysteries are so fun to read, I never guess the actual culprit so it’s always a great surprise when they are revealed at the end. Poirot is the my favourite deceptive of all time and his idiosyncrasies are even more amusing in the books than on TV. There’s a reason Christie has inspired so many imitators over the years, as she is simply the queen of cosy crime.

Gentleman Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos:

The book is very different to the famous Marilyn Monroe film from 1953. For a start it was written in 1925. It’s of the same era as Gatsby and is one of many of the time that represents the jazz age. It’s a fab and very fun book and is perfect for would be flappers!

Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons:

I read this a few years back and it’s one of my favourites. The book was written in 1935 and tells the story of a young widow forced to live in the country with her late husbands family. There are many plot similarities to Downton Abbey and I’m sure the script writers must have read this book first!

Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day by Winifred Watson:

This book is just magical, I’ve not seen the popular film based on it and personally I don’t want to as I love the book so much. Miss Pettigrew is a penniless governess and through a series of misunderstandings, ends up befriending Delysia LaFosse a young socialite. Miss Pettigrew ends up getting glammed up and enjoying the perfect day with Miss LeFosse and the ensuing fun is absolutely adorable. Read this book if you want something to make you smile. The book was first published in 1938.

20s and 30s novels

Nancy Mitford:

Mitford is one of my very favourite authors. Her books are full of upper class English wit, and are often inspired by her and her sister’s very unusual lives. I’d recommend reading about her and her family as well, as their story reads like a novel in itself. They were at the very heart of the 1920s London party scene and as well as being aristocratic debutantes, they were also Bright Young Things.

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith:

This wonderful children’s book from the author of 101 Dalmatians, is about a girl living an impoverished life in her families castle. The fate of many wealthy and aristocratic families in the early 20th century was the struggle to maintain great houses once the money had dried up. The book is written in the form of a journal and it’s an absolutely lovely read.

Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell:

Lisa Jewell is one of my very favourite modern authors. Her books go beyond chick lit and are complex and dark as well as being beautifully written. The book has two stories running parallel in both 1990s and 1920s London. The book is about Arlette who lives in London at the hight of the roaring 20s, but after tragedy strikes she leaves the city and never returns. Moving forward to 1995 her granddaughter has newly arrived in Soho and is looking to discover her Grandmother’s story. The book is very sad at times but id a fantastic read which would make a brilliant film.

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh:

This one took a while to get into for me. But as Waugh is such an iconic reader and also a good friend of Nancy Mitford, I just had to read one of his books. This book was written in 1930 and is a satire of the Bright Young People of the 1920s.

Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries by Carola Dunn:

Having recently made a vow to read more, I took to one of my favourite websites. The Book People are great for picking up bargain books and I really love their bundles of books which are so cheap I have to stop myself buying more books than I could ever actually read!

Having read the first few Daisy Dalrymple books on my Kindle I was really pleased to see a bundle of 12 books from later in the series none of which I had read for just £6!!! I cannot wait to get through these and I’m sure the hours will slip by very quickly reading all of them.

Daisy Dalrymple Books

While looking through the book collections I spotted a couple from authors I’ve not yet read I got a set of 5 books by Molly Keane. Keane was an Irish author who wrote her first few books under the name M.J Farrell had a writing career spanning from the 1920s to 80s and is known for her wickedly black humour. I can’t wait to give these 5 novels a try.

Molly Keane Book

I also got 3 books by Barbara Comyns whose books were published in the 40s to 80s. Her books are set in the early 20th century and she is also completely new to me. I’ll report back as soon as I’ve managed to read them and let you know what I thought. Although these are set in the Edwardian era I thought I’d give them a mention anyway.

Barbara Comyns Books

What are your favourite books from the 20s and 30s? I’d love some recommendations as I know there are so many great authors I’m yet to discover, my list of books to read is increasing at an alarming rate at the moment.

It’s Monday What Are You Reading is a weekly blog event hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a chance to share your reads from the last week and plan the next week of reading. I mostly share vintage themed books with a little chick lit rolled in every now and then.

This week was a wonderful week, because I got away from the non-existent British Spring and relaxed in the sun in Spain. I had such a wonderful week with my family and I’ve come back feeling really refreshed.

This week I managed to finish two books and start a new one.

I read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan. I love all of Colgan’s books and couldn’t wait for this one to be released. It’s every bit as good as her other books and I loved her descriptions of Paris which is one my very favourite cities. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a good quality chick-lit read.

I also finished Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford. I’ve been working my way through Mitford’s books recently and this one which is a follow-up to her earlier novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in cold Climate, is one of her funniest works. If you liked her earlier more well-known books you will adore this one.

I started reading The Mitford Girls by Mary s Lovell. The book is about the fascinating lives of Nancy and her sisters who led very high-profile lives which span the whole length of the Twentieth Century. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far the book has been a well written page turner. I was so pleased to find this book in the WH Smiths at Gatwick airport as it was exactly what I was looking for. this is a very long book so I might read it over a few weeks and get some other reading done as well.

I am planning to read Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym and The Blessing by Nancy Mitford over the next week.

The Vintage Book Group are currently reading The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, join in the discussion here.

This week I watched Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and Wings a silent movie from 1927 set in WW1 starring Clara Bow.

It’s Monday What are you Reading is a weekly blog event hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It’s a chance for us to share the books we’ve enjoyed this week as well as any reviews and to plan the book we want to read over the next week. Here I like to share some of my favourite vintage themed books and books being read by The Vintage Book Group.

This week I have finished The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. I loved all these books and the way they capture a picture of the time which they were written. The 20s, 30s and 40s are all covered here, so it was a great week for vintage reads.

Next week I plan to read Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan and Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford.

This week I reviewed Style Me Vintage Weddings by Annabel Beeforth, it’s a wonderful book packed with beautiful wedding ideas.

This week I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which is very different from Capote’s novella and Lagerfeld Confidential. I find Karl Lagerfeld completely fascinating and loved this documentary film which shows so much of the man behind the suit and dark specs. I could have watched hours more footage.

Have a great reading week. What are you reading?

I’ve not participated in It’s Monday for a few weeks. The time seems to have whizzed by with lot’s of spring cleaning and sleepless nights with a teething toddler and there’s been little time for reading or blogging.

This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a chance to share the books you’ve read and plan to read over the next few days.

Since I last posted I have read Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford, The Island by Victoria Hislop, and I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith.

Love in a Cold Climate is set in 1930’s and is set in the world of upper class England, it’s a brilliant read and an absolute classic.

The Island is set in Crete in the years surrounding the second world war and tells the story of a family over many years. This had been recommended to me by lot’s of people and I’m so glad I gave it a read.

I capture the castle is also set in the 1930s and is written in the voice of Cassandra a teenager who’d impoverished family live in a castle moved to in better times. It’s a wonderful book and I know it’s hugely popular but if you haven’t read it you must.

I’m abandoning the old reading list for now and working on a few books for The Vintage Book Group…

I can’t wait to read the first two. I’m unsure about reading Lolita due to the subject matter so I may give it a miss. Has anyone else read it? What did they think?

Having been too tired to read that much I have watched a lot of TV the last couple of weeks including these…

I’ve been in 1930s heaven with Dancing on The Edge, Glorious 39 and Love in a Cold Climate. The costumes are all AMAZING and have started a bit of a 30’s obsession.

What have you been reading and watching this week?