LH Design and I have collaborated to make some very pretty, multi functional cake toppers. Made by myself and hand lettered by Lola, these could be perfect for weddings, birthdays or any special occasions. Find them here.
At this time of the year I often get people who are organising hen do's or weekends away asking me for my Brighton tips so I thought that I would put together a little guide of where to eat and where to shop. Head over to Liv Purvison where to stay as that isn't my speciality living here and everything ;)
WHERE TO EAT
Riddle & Finns.Go for: Oysters and champagne.Stay for: Romantic, candlelit conversations and chocolate brownies.
Silo.Go for: Zero waste composted and fermented food using local ingredients and lots of interesting/super healthy drinks.Stay for: Great coffee and lovely cake in minimally decorated surroundings.
The Flour Pot Bakery.Go for: Nordic themed interiors; all white and marble and copper piping not to mention beautifully on site baked bread, cakes and coffee. Stay for: A mean stew in the winter months, alfresco dining and people watching in the summer months.
Gelato Gusto.Go for: The best ice cream you have ever tasted, the strawberry cheesecake has almost an entire cheesecake in it.Stay for: Daring flavours such as bacon and maple syrup or balsamic and strawberry.
Plateau.Go for: A romantic sharing platter with fantastic wine.Stay for: Hours being thoroughly spoilt by the efficient and lovely service, oh and the sharing platter dessert is something very special.
Alfresco's. Go for: The sea view.Stay for: The hot chocolate in winter and a 'smiling calzone' on the terrace in the summer. It's bigger than your head.
42 Juice.Go for: Cold pressed smoothies and juices.Stay for: The incredible cashew or almond nut mylks.
Marmalade.Go for: Ottolenghi style salads and beautiful interiors.Stay for: Enormous chocolate and beetroot cake.
WHERE TO SHOP
Edited. Stocks: Ferm Living and Hay ~ never have I lusted over trays and notepads so passionately before. Surprises you with: Neon lights and dreamy interior must haves.
Snooper's Paradise. Stocks: Insane selection of anything you could think of from mid century furniture to bowler hats and vintage wedding dresses. Surprises you with: Photobooth fun; take in army officer hats and elaborate masks with you to make some printed memories.
Magazine Brighton. Stocks: Every super trendy arty magazine you can possibly imagine and many you have never imagined. Surprises you with: Lovely chats with the owner, whose dream it has been for 30 years to open such a shop.
Peggs & Sons: Stocks: A curated selection of apparel for the modern man such as A.P.C. and Nudie Jeans. Surprises you with: Salvaged American denim and new Japanese brands.
Our Daily Edit. Stocks: Super cool brands such as Swedish Sandqvist and Danish brand Won Hundred. Surprises you with: Must have lip balm Kiyoko.
Dowse. Stocks: Popular prints, gorgeous jewellery and Frankie magazine. Surprises you with: Danish ceramics and modular shelving, you can't resist.
Posh Totty: Stocks: Beautiful hand engraved jewellery at no extra costs. Think geometric gold plated necklace pendants and beautiful stacking rings. Surprises you with: A lovely curated collection of homewards; candle stick holders, cool monochrome tea towels and wire baskets.
Sandro/Maje. Stocks: Super cool French girl clothing; skinny jeans, striped dresses and tartan dream jackets. Surprises you with: The price! Sandro is the slightly edgier of the two but there is something for any occasion between the two shops if you have money to spend.
Oh sweet Spring, are you ever going to bless us with your cherry blossom, light evenings and balmy sunshine? In the meantime I will dream about my summer holiday in June, light candles and smell completely epic in Santal 33.
1. The Equilateral Soap
2. Oh Acne, every season you are perfect
3. THE top thing on my wishlist at the moment after I doused myself in Liberty over Christmas and couldn't stop sniffing my jacket for days after
4. Kevin Murphy makes products all from plant based and deliciously smelling natural products. I have been lusting after this since my hairdresser washed my hair in KM products and told me about the dry shampoo. An instant backcomb, yes please.
5. Ah Isabel Marant, if I could have a fashion designer drip in my arm she would be my gal
6. Hopscotch make the scrummiest soy candles with hours of burn time. They are all hand poured in London and are a very reasonable price. This one is 'Fresh' and smells of lemon and basil. Mmm.
7. Nikki Stark makes the most beautiful simple stacking rings, I recently bought a silver one with a blue jewel but the gold is just so beautiful
8. Emmeline one piece, I have until June to prepare for getting into you! Ahh
Becoming a parent has changed me in many ways. It has made me softer, given me compassion, strengthened my view of myself. It is full of trial and error and I have learnt more in the past year than any other previous year in my life. I am sure that this will continue as Luna grows. All I hope is that I can let her bloom without doing anything to dampen that fierce spirit.
This month we left Luna for the first time overnight for a friends birthday in Leeds. It was so nice to feel like Joe and I, just us, able to have a few drinks, to be a bit irresponsible and to direct some love right at each other instead of pouring it all into our little girl. It was healthy and it was fun and it was incredible to get back to her on the Sunday night. I didn't want to put her to bed I was so happy to see her.
These past few months have been a roller coaster. Her sleep was consistent for 3 months and then stopped around Christmas and is now, touch wood, back on track. She laughs like crazy when you tickle under her chin and asks for cuddles the whole time, including from people she does know and doesn't know that well but has just made a little bond with. It's beautiful to watch. She does this thing where she kind of backs up until she finds something to sit on and then seems happily surprised when her little bottom finds something. It makes me laugh. She is all about the physical, into running and wanting to be chased by any child at the library, dancing is a big deal at the moment too, she plants her little feet and sways and puts her hands up, waving them around.
She is down to one sleep after lunch, half a bottle of oat milk in the morning and 5 scoops of formula at night. Food varies, sometimes she is into it, sometimes not but she has cracked using a spoon although between the loading and the turning upside down just as it makes it to her mouth it is still a messy business. She has discovered her nappy and tries to pull it off, grabbing at the tabs. She also pulls off her clothes when she possibly can, whipping off her socks and undoing her sleepsuits. She is a little scamp and has endless energy, she never sits still and is so full of life. I just need to step it up to keep up with her ;)
Oh man, so I have a one year old. How did that happen? Where has my baby gone? This little person is just so amazing, so quick and so independent (I can't believe I was complaining about separation anxiety only a matter of weeks ago) she gets on and off our bed super speedily, handles the stairs like a pro and wants to walk everywhere without holding my hand! Also she is a CLIMBER. Oh god, well I was too apparently so what did we expect. She wants to climb anything and everything and gives me regular heart attacks when I find her half way up the book shelf or balanced precariously on the step of the stool. How has that little teeny baby turned into a bigger than life person standing on the dining table when I looked away for 10 seconds?!
We had a little gathering on the Saturday before her birthday for family and her sunmother, moonmother, earthmother, starmother and her newly appointed forestfather which was so fun! On her actual birthday Granny Bunny and Joe and I took her to Druscillas Zoo which was so much fun. As my mum said we should take her back every year to see how her reactions change to the animals. It was a fab first birthday and we loved having Granny Bunny here to celebrate.
Her first proper word that I could decipher was Teddy, she also says Bertie and Frankie, or her interpretation of those words! She now has 4 teeth and suddenly seems very tall to me. My absolute favourite thing at the moment is when she goes and chooses a book and brings it to me to read her. She plonks herself down and looks at me like, come on mama! She got sooo many amazingly beautiful and brilliant books for her birthday which we are working our way through but the one she goes for the most is I Am A Bunny. The other day she was reading this on her own and I sneezed on the other side of the room and it gave her such a shock she started crying, she was so engrossed she absolutely jumped out of her skin!
At the moment she just desperately wants to share everything with us. I have had all sorts of random objects and food shoved into my mouth. Very kind, Luna thanks. She brings me her instruments to play, the things besides books that she loves the most in the world. She got a tiny little piano from us for her birthday and a recorder and maracas and tambourine from her Grandfather, which she absolutely adores. We have been going to baby signing classes. She runs up to the lady who takes it and stands about an inch from her swaying from side to side as she sings and signs. Meanwhile the other babies can hardly see what the lady is doing but how can you stop such enthusiasm?
Also there is a little glint that has developed in her eye, she knows when she has done something naughty, oh yes. Last night I came into the bathroom and she had unravelled the entire loo roll and the second she saw me she charged at me and held it out to me with a beaming smile knowing I can hardly resist it. She also does this when I find her eating the cat food. Something which happens more often than I like to admit. She walks towards me with a big handful of it grinning - here you go mmmmm (my name)! No thanks babe.
Ah I love her so much when she is sleeping I miss her but by bedtime I am so ready for some down time. Her bedtime has got so early now - she wakes about 6.30, goes back to sleep about 10, eats lunch at 12, sleeps about 2/3. Has dinner about 6 and then last night was in bed at 6.30 but usually 7.30 at the latest. It's become really hard to keep her up for when Joe gets back at 7.45 and this makes me so saaaaaad. I really struggle with the idea of him just seeing her at the weekends and I know he does too. Families all around the world must contend with this, right? I just thought maybe I could change her naps so that she would be up when he got back as until now he has always put her to bed. This also brings the end of our nightly shared baths (Joe did Wednesdays) because its too difficult to get out of the bath, get her out, us dressed and Luna fed and to sleep without another pair of hands so I just sit on the floor next to the bath now. We will keep doing the shared baths at the weekends I guess.
What a huge responsibility it is comes to me randomly from time to time, she makes me want to be a better person, better mother, better girlfriend. The challenge is to keep this sweet little girl laughing and happy and her spirit alive, to keep her curiosity intact and her innocence all fresh and new for as long as we can. And oh man do I not feel worthy of that task sometimes. If you ever read this Luna moon, thanks for the best year of my life and making our little family of three so so happy.
I feel a little overwhelmed writing this, this month because it has been the most amazing and also the hardest of times so far, it feels like 3 months in one. Not only is she walking, insatiably curious and an absolute joy she has also, at times, been clingy, sad and an absolutely awful sleeper. At one point I gave in and ordered a co sleeping book, then I decided there was no way, tried controlled crying, helped a bit (horrendous) then couldn't handle it and just brought her into the bed at some point in the night and didn't think about it. What has happened to my brilliant sleeper?! At the start of the month we went through the worst sleep regression yet, which was hard and exhausting, and exhaustion leads to all sorts of other not good things.
So here is where we are; things she loves - the stairs, books (specifically her little pantone books), Frankie, eating stones, the swings, her grandmas and aunt and grandpas and uncles, shiny things, being tickled, or maybe I just like doing that, the stove fire, mobile phones, putting mobile phones or anything out through the cat flap, when Daddy comes home, Bobby Dazzler (a toy which sits on the book cupboard, she points at him and giggles) our bed, preferably between us, horizontal. Yup. Things that she does not like; being in her cot alone, awake, being in her high chair too long, being strapped in anywhere too long, this includes the ergo and the car seat, being given calpol, being shut out of the kitchen, being shut in the kitchen and being placed on the floor before she has indicated that is where she would like to go!
What she is doing to communicate is also quite cool, she shakes her head when she is full, she points at her beaker when she wants it, she points at what she is interested in and then does an impression of someone casting a spell on something with a very serious face and five fingers extended. This freaks out about half of the people in the post office queue and especially one woman in the Hove town hall parking information waiting room.
One thing really good is that we have cracked the food situation, I may later regret saying this when she becomes a two year old who wont eat anything green. I think her favourite foods are blueberries, olives and yogurt, sometimes I put medjool dates and a bit of cinnamon in it. She goes wild for it. At the moment she is having lots of autumnal veg, mixed with some cashew nut butter and quinoa. We dropped the 3pm feed so she is just having milk in the morning and evening and I am suspicious as to whether this has had something to do with the night waking but how can I be sure, I am sure that it was related to separation anxiety as she went through that pretty hard after our holiday to Formentera.
Anyway roll on the next season and the fireworks and pumpkins and halloween outfits! And then dare I say it - Christmas. Um what do you do with the baby vs baubles situation?
Luna took her first 6 steps on 13th September at her cousin Joshua's 3rd birthday, she walked from me to her Dad, it was great! Although she didn't really get why everyone was cheering! She has been cruising around the furniture for the past 2 months and it was just her confidence that she needed to actually do it. She is taking a few steps here and there and has learnt how to go up and down the stairs. As you can see we are ready for autumn, my favourite season, I have some Uggs and Luna has these cute little Clarkes boots which we got after having her feet measured there. I can remember this so well from when I was little with my Mum, I loved it!
She had her first soft boiled egg with toast fingers and fell fast asleep whilst eating that last week. It is her favourite food to have for dinner.
She has developed a little roar which is only mildly annoying but her laugh more than makes up for it; the best noise I have ever heard, raspy and giggly. It makes me happier than anything on earth! One way of getting her to do it is tickling her and if you do incey wincey spider up her back she never fails to find it funny. She is so nosy and happiest when she is out and watching people and won't even glance at me she is tunnel vision only for wherever there is anything interesting happening.
Another first was that her Grandfater give her a taste of his Guinness... ummm...
Off to Formentera for some sunshine tomorrow and I expect when we get back it will be autumn. As always, excited for all the beautiful autumnal coloured veg, colours of the trees, cinnamon and nutmeg hot chocolate and taking lots of walks on the downs to see the season changing. Only 8 weeks until she is 1!!!
So... little Luna loo has now been in the world for as long as she was all nice and protected inside me. She is pretty hardy and banging her head constantly! I can't protect her from doorframes and walls and she is very keen to be standing up as much as possible, holding on. She is crawling around under my feet right now and her inquisitiveness about the world knows absolutely no bounds! Once she has been in a room for ten minutes it resembles scenes akin to post hurricane Katrina footage, everything within reach is scattered, pulled over and turned upside down. She is mad about metal and has been found sucking on the buckles of my boots and the legs of the armchair. Even though she is super independent and not a needy baby at all, I am her personal climbing frame as you can see in these pictures and she likes to press her hands to her mouth and let out a series of Red Indian inspired noises - she really is so cool! I taught her to climb the stairs and she is an absolute pro at going up, not quite as good at going down but we are practising every day.
She has two teeth! But won't let me anywhere near them with a toothbrush!
SO. MUCH. LOVE.
And how cool is this fur coat all the way from my Auntie Dedi in California?