Weekend Scenes: August 1st & 2nd
We have a love-hate relationship with London. One minute we are fully in love, the next we are ready to book it out of here. I'm happy to say that this past weekend was mostly full of love though as we surrounded ourselves with good food, good people, and some successful adventuring.
Saturday was our stay-at-home-get-things-done day. Most of the morning was spent doing some studio work—finally getting some styled shots of recent work we have been doing so we can get it up on the website and also took some shots of my new paintings for the shop. Ever since we decided to make some big changes (hinted about on instagram, hopefully more to reveal soon) I am determined to not let so much slip off my to-do list. My passion is back in full force—watch out!
Later in the day we did some cleaning up of our entry way, cleaned ourselves up, and headed out the door to spend the evening enjoying a mouth-watering meal at The Gate, a vegetarian restaurant that definitely doesn't disappoint. We chatted the evening away with a fellow Boston to London couple that was about a year ahead of us in their adventure. It was refreshing and reassuring to hear about their time settling in and how they had similar feelings to us when they were only 6 months in. And now, they're adding years onto their stay! This homesick/overly nostalgic feeling actually does stop consuming you—woo!
Sunday was our out-and-about-let's-explore-somewhere day. We had plans to meet up with some new friends in Stoke Newington for brunch (and ice cream, of course) at Foxlow so it was easy to chose to stay up in the area afterwards. We took a stroll down Stoke Newington Church Street, full of independent shops that make it oh-so-difficult to keep your wallet closed. After browsing, and probably internally crying about our lack of funds to buy cute things, we parted ways with our friends and headed over to Clissold Park before hopping on the bus back home. I am so glad we ended up wandering around this park because—well there's really on one word to say here—animals. There were beautiful deers and goats but I was immediately captivated by the single buck of the pack with his full antlers curving towards the sky so wonderfully. I honestly don't think there are many more creatures more beautiful. And, we made eye contact.
Once we got back to our flat, we put our feet up for a little bit to unwind. The weather on Sunday was just to gorgeous, and actually summer-like, to hide from so we went back out to just walk around nearby side streets. It was so nice to have the sun beating down on us and to feel it on our skin. It makes me instantly happy.
After our walk, we finished our Sunday with our usual routine of checking in with family and friends back home. It's always nice to get to exchange weekend stories with our loved ones and this weekend, as we were facetiming with Rico's Mom, she was literally at the beach in Cape Cod. Okay...maybe we hate London (just kidding) but we really do wish we could have jumped through our iPhone screen and straight into the crashing waves. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that we will be in the South of France exploring and swimming (with family!) in just a few weeks.
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend as well and are ready for the week ahead!