Liv's London

Kew Gardens – the gem of the Borough of Richmond

Last year in August during a visit to Kew Gardens we decided to become friends of Kew and got an annual membership. So far we’ve definitely got some value out of it, we can also bring in one guest each for free.

Below is a gallery with photos from our December and March visits, both were grey and dull days but there is always something to see, be it fake or real flowers and plants! 🙂 It’s a great day out, so quiet you could easily imagine you are in the gardens of a stately home in the middle of the countryside. Continue reading “Kew Gardens – the gem of the Borough of Richmond”

Cheshire Cat Alice in Wonderland lnlondon blog
Liv's London

Alice in Wonderland

I had this most wonderful coincidence with my dad recently. One day I was browsing books at random in Waterstones Piccadilly and stumbled upon an Alice in Wonderland and Humpty Dumpty notebook, thinking that this would be a really funny present for my dad. No occasion, just a sweet surprise and a very  appropriate one as he used to read the books to us when we were kids. He even drew a Humpty Dumpty for me once, I surely must have the drawing somewhere in my parents’ home… Continue reading “Alice in Wonderland”

Liv's London

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Yesterday was the start of the year of the Monkey that runs from 8th February 2016 until 27th January 2017, and this year, people who are born under the sign of the rabbit, snake, ox, rooster and rat will have the best luck out of all of the animal signs. If you believe in astrology, that is. My stance is, I choose to believe what I want. Apparently not the best year for Dogs (I’m one) but I’ll pick out the positives ;).

It has become our tradition to go to the London’s Chinese New Year celebrations – the largest outside Asia! This year, it’s on 14th February (I suppose this is how we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s too) and take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End from 10am to 6pm.

Chinese New Year events on 14th February

Come along, Londoners!

 

Soholistic Spa Ham Yard Hotel
Health, Liv's London

January – a month of wellness

As I wrote in New Year’s resolutions?, I don’t do them. So I didn’t do a dry January, start a fad diet or make any other promises that I knew I wasn’t able to keep up with. Instead, I turned January into a wellness month and tried starting to look after my mind, body and spirit better. I also followed almost all of these little tips by mindbodygreen to make my life a little bit happier. I’m a bit more concerned about my stress levels and negative thoughts so I want to make sure I look after myself better. Continue reading “January – a month of wellness”

Liv's London

New Year’s Resolutions? 

Who bothers and do you even stick to them?

For years I haven’t because the whole “new year, new me” concept seems like a desperate need to reinvent ourselves. Shouldn’t we do those good or better things throughout the year? Why force a drastic change when January comes? I suppose it makes sense that at the end of each year we take stock, evaluate and promise to make changes but if we don’t succeed, is it just a big failure? That’s putting a lot of pressure on ourselves, right?  Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions? “

Liv's London

2015 in review

WordPress emailed me today that some monkeys prepared an annual report on my blog. I quite enjoyed going through these stats and found out that the most popular blog post was “Me” time talking about mindfulness, followed by a review of My Little Box and gallery of Trash the Dress photoshoot. Most visitors came from the United Kingdom, Estonia and Ireland and was viewed over 2,000 times. Continue reading “2015 in review”

Liv's London

This is how I’m doing Christmas

Christmas presents and decorationsWhat gives you that Christmas feeling? Putting up a Christmas tree, decorating your home, burning candles, eating mandarins, baking gingerbread men? That normally does it for me but this December has been an odd one. I spent almost half of it on my own (husband was in Bahrain for work), so I did very little that got me into the festive spirit. I did however get rid of our old Christmas tree that we kept in the living room for some unknown reason since last year and replaced it with holly on mantelpiece. And I did get myself a chocolate advent calendar. Continue reading “This is how I’m doing Christmas”

Kurt Wallander Kenneth Branagh
Liv's London

Scandinavian fiction

I go through phases when I only read crime fiction and in this genre I find, for me, Henning Mankell is one of the best. After just looking him up on the internet a few days ago I realised he had passed away on 5th October this year… I will now cherish the rest of the ‘Wallander series’ even more… Continue reading “Scandinavian fiction”

Liv's London

A little pre-Christmas hell

Sunday was the first advent and we put up some fairy lights, laid out candles everywhere, bought myself a chocolate calendar but didn’t buy a tree. We bought one last year and thought it would survive but finally, in the summer, after watering it meticulously for months and months we admitted that it had given up on us. But for some stupid reason we didn’t get rid of it. So this little fir tree looking oddly green but obviously very dry is still in our living room. It will be thrown out in January with the rest of the trees bought in 2015 ;).

So, as I started… it was the first advent and we thought of adding a bit of early Christmas spirit to our Sunday by going to Hampstead Christmas Festival. The weather was miserably windy and grey and we thought walking around in Hampstead, sipping mulled wine and eating bratwurst would cheer us up (more me, I hate windy weather). Continue reading “A little pre-Christmas hell”

Beauty & Fashion, Liv's London

Embracing the 70s

This summer (what? did we actually have summer this year? 🙂 ) I went to a friend’s 40th birthday celebration that had a 70s theme. It was highly entertaining to see so many guests truly embracing it and turning up in afros, bohemian florals, hot pants, bell-bottom trousers… We were a colourful noisy crowd!

I had a total last-minute wardrobe change. I was planning to wear a relatively simple jumpsuit that to me looked 70s enough but earlier that day I just mentioned in passing that I’ll be going to this theme party and a friend of mine said she had a genuine custom-made dress that her mum had made in the 70s! Success! So this is what I wore: first from the left:

Continue reading “Embracing the 70s”