Monday, 27 April 2015

April Favourites 2015 | The Small Desk

I can't believe it's the end of April already! Where has the time gone!? This month I turned 27... do you think I can still legitimately still call myself a young adult? There's something about turning 27 that makes you panic ever so slightly...

It's the age where you thought you'd be well on the way to having everything an adult should have sorted; like a pension, a mortgage, savings, etc. Instead I've spent every penny going to New Zealand, New York and Australia. I can tell you one thing: getting older doesn't make you anymore responsible, it just means you have the choice to spend your money on whatever you like, which can result in some irresponsible decisions. I am also looking to put together a '30 before I'm 30' post, so if you have any ideas for that please do leave a comment below.

Anyway, despite the shock of getting ever closer to the big 3-0, I've had a pretty good April and here are some of my favourites.

1. Mum graduation
At the beginning of this month my Mum graduated from Alexander Technique school after a 3 and a half year course. She studied whilst working, meaning some weeks she would be working 7 days a week straight! It was so inspirational to see my Mum start a new career and a new chapter of her life. It reminded me that it is never too late to change your career and that you can definitely have more than one career in your lifetime.

2. Afternoon tea with the girls
For my birthday this year I wanted to spend quality time with my friends, so I decided to have lots of little birthday meet ups rather than one big one. Sometimes having a big drinks get together means you don't have time to talk to everyone who came. With my school friends we went for afternoon tea at the Gore hotel in Kensington. The cakes and sandwiches were ok, but it was the company that made it!

3. Charleston
I've always wanted to visit Charleston. It is the family home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. I'd heard that they had painted scenes and patterns over ever surface of the house and it was true! I loved it so much I blogged about it!

4. My birthday!
Despite the age I turned, I had a lovely birthday. For lunch I went to a National Trust property with my Mum and the boyf, and for dinner I went for Chinese with my Dad and sister. I always think it is so important to celebrate your birthday with the people who brought you up; who helped you get to where you are and kept you alive!

5. Brighton
I had a week off work in April and went to Brighton for the day with the boyf. I love going to Brighton as it is so easy to get to from London and you get to see the sea! I also love the amount of vegetarian restaurants they have and the cute little homeware shops. I need to go with more money next time, I could buy everything there!

6. Barbican
Another place I've wanted to go for a long time is the Barbican centre. I saw an Essie Button vlog where they went to the Barbican and I think her boyf explained the architecture. After that I looked it up more and realised what an important piece of London architecture it is. The art gallery also had a fascinating exhibition on about the collections of artists.

7. Boat race
Another birthday meet up was with my bestie from Uni, and we decided to go to the Oxbridge boat race. Despite living in London my whole life, I have never been to the boat race. We took a picnic and headed to Putney riverside. We watched both the women's and men's boat race; it was absolutely heaving! But luckily, we saw the one and only, Clare Balding. If you're not from the UK, you may not have a clue who that is, she is a British sports commentator, but probably the most famous in the UK!

8. Boyf's Grandma's 80th
I have this in my favourites as it was the only time this month I saw the boyf's family. His parents gave me an Anthropologie voucher for my birthday and an art therapy colouring in book! Very exciting. You can see what I bought with the voucher on my Instagram.

9. Franco Manca's
For one of my school friend's birthdays we went to the pizza chain, Franco Manca. Everyone has been raving about this pizza place, and I had still yet to go, but OMG I should have gone sooner! It is amazing. I hardly ever eat a whole pizza, but I wolfed this one down and didn't even feel bloated afterwards. I will definitely be going there again very soon, plus the margarita is only £5.90, which in London is a bargain!

10. Meeting my colleague's new baby
In October last year one of my best friends from work left to have her second baby. I was really sad to see her go for another year, but was obviously over the moon that she was going to give her daughter a little brother! Incredibly, this month she made it into central London with her 4 month year old, and it was so nice to see her and meet her beautiful son. She really does have the most beautiful babies, and makes it look easy! (I know it isn't!)

11. Ballet with my oldest friend
My final favourite of the month is going to the ballet with my oldest friend. We've known each other since I was born and always used to dance in front of the TV to the ballet. So it was so nice to go to the ballet with her and relive our childhood!

I was going to post 12 favourites to make it even, but then remembered my blogging pledge: quality over quantity! My ultimate favourite this month was seeing my mum graduate, what has been your ultimate favourite this month?
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