Despite the intense heat, the Smalls and I were running around town yesterday like hot (headless) chickens. I kept them well-watered though and – with more than the occasional foodie treat thrown in – we were a happy gang.
One of our stops was for a picnic lunch at Whole Foods on Glasshouse Street, Piccadilly. We were actually multi-tasking as this month’s Life of Yablon blog sponsor, Plenish Cleanse, was launching in store and I wanted to check out the local lunchers’ reaction to their delicious cold-pressed organic juices.
All those vibrant colours were slipping down with approval… apart from Small who decided to down a taster of the spicy lemonade (packed with Vitamin C and fresh pressed chillies!).
We ate our sushi boxes at the tables outside alongside our Plenish Cleanse juices – and then felt ready to head back into Soho for our last stop.
This is a review I would never want to write. For every word that I read and love, I feel SUCH a deep sadness.
Because Marina Keegan’s essays and short stores, The Opposite of Loneliness, are a the work of a great author – aged 22 – who is no longer able to write..
… because she died in a car crash five days after her graduation from Yale (May 2012). Her boyfriend (who survived) was driving the car as they headed to Marina’s father 55th birthday celebration on Cape Cod. The boyfriend fell asleep at the wheel and the car rolled. Just like that; a young life taken.
Marina was clearly beyond talented. Graduating with high honours from Yale with a graduate job at the New Yorker and a book about to be published, it’s no surprise that these stories/essays are quite brilliant.
In fact, one of the stories in this book, entitled The Opposite of Loneliness, went viral (viewed more than 1m times) after she published it online.
Anyway, if you can put the tragedy aside (because this is not what makes it a triumph), the book – edited by Keegan’s writing teacher – is a must-read. . Read it, enjoy it and realise once again just how fragile life is.
In three weeks time I’m heading to Wilderness Festival for a day of interviewing, eating, dancing, photographing and country air. And – seeing as one of the best things about festivals is the fashion-looks thrown out by a night in a tent – I’m SO excited to capture those images in this glorious Oxfordshire field.
This look is a favourite of mine – the denim shorts, silk shirt and boots look all brilliantly boho.
The rules are simple. Cut offs need to be slack to achieve comfort while effortlessly cool.
Shirt needs to be patterned…as patterned as poss.
And the boots. Well, I’m afraid they ABSOLUTELY need to be Seven Boot Lane.
If you don’t know Seven Boot Lane, it’s about time you did. I’ve been wearing the Annie boot all year round – and wrote about them here. Quality leather, beautifully designed and exquisitely made… you’ll fall instantly in love with the entire range.
Annie boots in charcoal leather
Anyway, the generous boot folk are giving away one stunning pair* to one of my soon-to-be-well-heeled readers. All you need to do is LIKE both Life of Yablon and Seven Boot Lane Facebook pages to enter. The winner will be chosen on 7th August 2014 and notified via Facebook.
*depends on your size/availability
I use the playing of DVDs very tactically during the long summer holidays. A 90-minute film can buy me some precious work/writing time and so needs to be scheduled carefully so that not one minute of the 90 is wasted. Ready, steady, type… (Percy Jackson is on right now!)
But the screening we were invited to last Saturday at Firmdale’s Soho Hotel was that bit more special. And I should add, perfectly timed following my late night at Eminem and His manic week at work.
We sneaked into a sleepy Soho with some very excited Smalls. How to Train Your Dragon2 was firmly on their film wish list before I even mentioned this invitation to them.
The hotel had prepared a buffet spread for the little monsters (with plenty for big Prosecco drinking monsters too!).
And while they grazed on popcorn, He and I found a quiet corner on the terrace to drink coffee, eat brunch and read the newspapers. Another precious 90 minutes of my life – thanks to Firmdale Hotels!
Soho Hotel terrace – where we sat to chill, eat and read the newspapers
Children’s Summer Film Club at The Soho Hotel costs £20 per person and includes a picnic buffet lunch for kids and their adults.
The hotel’s film club will run every Saturday over the Summer holidays starting Saturday 19th July until Saturday 6th September.
Films include: Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie 3D, Rio 2, Frozen 3D. How To Train Your Dragon 2 3D, Peter Pan, Muppets Most Wanted, Finding Nemo 3D, The Nut Job, Planes 2: Fire and Rescue