Happy [Weekend] + Friday Links [No.Fifteen]

London, UK 2015 / Renae Smith

Happy Weekend! How are you? It's nice to be back posting on a Friday. I can't believe it's been a month since my last post! I hope that you have had a wonderful month? With work on new projects underway, family visiting from Australia and summer finally hitting London, it has been a busy month but the good kind of busy. 

This week has been an all new kind of busy though as I've been wrapping up projects, finalising plans for our next adventure (more on that next week!) and started to pack up our flat. So as I write this post reflecting on July, I can't help but feel even more grateful for the slower moments of time spent with family this past month, as well as with old and new friends.

My sister-in-law and her boyfriend stayed with us on and off throughout the month for her first visit to London and her first time travelling to Europe. It was a lot of fun having them both here and great to be able to share with them a glimpse into our life and home. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much, the kind of laughter that makes your sides hurt. It was so nice to just hang out, get to know her boyfriend and have the time with her one on one, something we rarely get to have with family.

Last week my niece made made my heart swell when I called her for her 5th birthday. We chatted and giggled like two old ladies, anything and everything was on the table, until I asked her more about how she celebrated her birthday. "So did you go to school today?"

"Nooooo." she answered, followed by silence. "Well, why not?" I asked.  She yelled back, "because it was my birthday!!!" astonished that I had even asked such a thing. I laughed, fair enough I thought.

Lastly, rounding off the month with time spent catching up with friends. Old friends that count as family and new friends, who, in the nicest possible way, overwhelm you with their sheer kindness.

So, whatever your plans are this weekend I hope that you have many wonderful moments shared with family, or friends, old and new.

Friday links below for this week - enjoy!

+  on repeat: jungle by Emma Louise

+  always running late? not if you have this watch: ish

+  beans, cotton & things? yes please: would love to visit portrait a concept store in amsterdam

+  oh, if only my packing looked like: this

+  caught my eye: the taxi fabric project in India

+  handy: 365+ resources for entrepreneurs

+  such a treat to see inside the home of this amazing stylist: glen proebstel via the design files

+  finally had brunch with a lovely friend at: caravan and it didn't disappoint