I flew back from Mykonos (sssh, it's a surprise - more on that later) late on Monday night and spent Tuesday-Wednesday away from home working in Birmingham, so this week feels in some ways a lot shorter than usual, and in other ways longer - it's flown, but Monday seems a long time ago, if you know what I mean! I can hardly believe that just five days ago I was sitting on a beach drowning in sunshine, cocktail in hand, and now I'm...not. I have to admit it's harder to write a 'Life Loves' post when all I can think about is how much I want to be in Santorini, about to pad across a sun-drenched, white washed road and get a feta cheese sandwich and a cold diet coke to take back to my sun lounger. Instead I'm in London, planning the ingredients for my Vital salad.
BUT. That doesn't mean that I haven't had plenty of little things keeping me happy! So here we go...
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Okay, my post yesterday was a bit sickeningly sentimental, wasn't it? It's okay, you can tell me. Working two days in Birmingham and staying in a Premier Inn after having spent 10 days tripping around the most beautiful islands in Greece will do that to a girl! I'll try and be a bit less OTT today!
Fira was the closest 'town' to our little hotel so we spent the vast majority of our evenings tripping around there. Honestly, the first evening I arrived, I was like a kid in a candy shop. It's a photographer's dream (I'm not claiming I'm a photographer, as I'm an iPhone 6 point-and-click kind of person, but still) - everywhere you look is another stunning view.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
I didn't say it, but I was a bit concerned that I might be underwhelmed by Santorini. I'd seen so many photographs in blog posts, so many Instagrams and heard so much about how beautiful it was that I started to think nothing could live up to my expectations. Similarly my husband, Ian, wasn't expecting to like it at all - he'd been to Crete before and didn't think he was a fan of Greece.
Neither of us should have worried. Santorini is like paradise on earth!
Thursday, 12 May 2016
If it feels like only minutes ago to you that I was writing about my sister’s wedding, then just think how recent it seems to me – it feels like only yesterday I was standing half cut at the back of Fanham’s Hall, watching her glittering under the lights. She came back from the Maldives and met me at the Pizza Express by London Liverpool Street with deeply tanned shoulders and slightly nervous eyes. We sat down and I picked up the wine menu but before I could even suggest the second cheapest on the list, she blurted out,
‘So I’m pregnant!’
That was almost three and a half months ago and I’m not sure if I feel any less shocked now than I did then, or if I ever will, at the idea of my little sister having a baby. Obviously, she didn’t tell anyone to start with (I mean, there was no hiding it from me – no wine? Must be baby) but now she’s had the three month scan and so far, touch wood, everything looks good.
‘My monthly favourites this month is mostly high end products.’ ‘It is expensive, but it really works.’ ‘I know that’s a lot for a lipstick, but Tom Ford/Charlotte Tilbury/YSL products are just so worth the money.’ ‘You do get what you pay for when it comes to make up/skin care.’ ‘I know it’s £500, but it will literally make Ryan Gosling turn up at your door and beg you to get off with him.’
Okay, I made the last one up, but all the other sentences are ones I’ve heard not once or twice recently but constantly, every time I watch a Youtube monthly favourites video or read a beauty blog post about ‘Spring Must Haves.’ When I first started blogging, people mostly talked proudly about products you could buy in Boots- Barry M nail polishes and exciting new L’oreal lipstick releases and Maybelline products that were coming over from America. MAC was the height of expense. Nowadays, bloggers namedrop YSL and Chanel and Guerlain (Guerlain! Literally the make up your old French Grandma would’ve worn) and talk about skincare as if a cream can’t actually help you unless it cost £200 and is made from the tears of a dove. And I’m not happy about it.
I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, and this week seems like an odd place to start, because really, since last weekend, I’ve just been on one big countdown to my holiday to Santorini – as you’re reading this, I’m actually there! Plus the weather has been that horrible hot-but-wet humidness that I feel like you only ever experience in England, I’m still suffering with a malfunctioning knee, work has been crazy busy and our landlord still hasn’t fixed our oven.
But despite that, there have been lots of little things I’ve been loving this week – I feel particularly happy and contented and inspired at the moment – and I wanted to record them here!
1. Hitting 500 followers on Instagram
A tiny milestone for some, but this made me really happy this week. Go and follow me at @catscruse - I’m in Santorini next week so you won’t regret it!
I don’t want to be a complete cliché of a teenage blogger, but I think it was Zoella and her infuriatingly beautiful blog photos that first got me hooked on the idea of visiting Santorini. My sister had been a few years earlier but I’d barely paid attention – for the last few years I’ve been all about visiting far-flung corners of the globe, and Greece didn’t really feature on my radar. I kind of linked it with my 19-year-old-girl’s holiday to Malia, where we spent an entire week around a square concrete pool, drinking sweet white wine with sunburnt boys from Liverpool. It was great, but it wasn’t exactly the sort of holiday I’d wish to recreate now! Zoe’s blog and the subsequent travel blogs I poured over immediately showed me that Santorini could not be more different and straight away knew I wanted to go. But Santorini is expensive and it’s just never happened – until now. My beautiful friend Anita from university is getting married, and chose Santorini for her destination wedding – so tonight, we are off!
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