What a dreary day it has been! The sun has been hiding behind the tall buildings of Oxford Street and I’m tucked away from it all with nothing but my thoughts.

I’m missing my boyfriend today, due to work commitments we are currently only seeing each other for a few hours over the weekends.

This has got me thinking about couples that are in long distant relationships. Being miles away from one another can put stress on your relationship because it requires an extraordinary amount of trust and dedication.

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A long distance relationship may be tough but it has its own surprises too. To keep your love alive and strong, here are the 4 tips to make your long distance relationship work.

1. Send good morning text messages.

It sounds soppy, but me and my boyfriend always text each other good morning and good night. It is good to let your partner know that you are thinking about them when you wake up and when you are going to sleep.

2. Send an email/love letter.

Texting is great, but you can only say so much. A phone conversation is lovely, but you might not be able to articulate what you are feeling on the spot. Take time to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) to express exactly what you love about one another.

3. Make sure to laugh together.

Send a joke or a funny memory. There is an emotional connection formed when you laugh together, so keep that connection alive.

4. Always have the next visit planned.

Make sure you know when you will see one another next. It gives both of you something to look forward to and you can count down the days until you see your loved one next.

‘The simple lack of him is more to me than others presence.’

Lidia

After a long soak in a lavender smelling bubble bath, I’m enjoying a cup of camomile tea while reading the last few chapters from my current read The Little Clock House on the Green. Perfection!

Eve Devon has become my go-to author when I want to read some heartfelt, feel-good romance.

The book is about Kate Somersby who has returned home after years of running away. She’s heard that Old Man Isaac is selling the clock house on the green and she’s determined to make him an offer – the very bricks that make up the little clock house hold precious memories for her. Only gorgeous entrepreneur Daniel Westlake is standing in her way.

I am absolutely loving this delightful story. I love every single character in this book and I know it will be hard to leave them behind after I reach the end of the story.

“To tell a women everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do.”

– Proverb

Lidia

I’m snuggled up with a cappuccino and my laptop away from the grey skies and busy streets of Oxford Street.

Feeling uninspired by the dull and dreary weather I’m turning to Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve spent the last few hours researching photos of Old Hollywood and it’s definitely brightened my day.

When researching I’ve come across film stills from the 1959 American mystery film Suddenly, Last Summer. The thing that caught my attention the most was the costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor who plays the films leading lady Catherine Holly.

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer.

The film’s costume designer Oliver Messel achieves simple and enduring looks throughout the film, from the classic little black dress to simple white blouses and pleated skirts

However, it’s the summer outfits that stand out the most for me. The famous one piece swimsuit is a highlight for me. The contrast between her tanned skin and the white swimming costume is striking.

The clothes Catherine wore at the seaside pretty much sum up what summer beauty should be. Is there anything more you need then great swimsuits and a gorgeous sun dress?

Lidia

I spent my Saturday at Town House, an antique shop in an 18th-century house in Spitalfields. I was here to attend a flower arranging workshop with Worm London.

I have followed Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth (the girls behind Worm London) since 2016. I love their unique flower styling and couldn’t wait to learn their techniques.

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In this workshop I got to use colourful and seasonal British flowers for a table arrangement. I learnt about choosing and preparing flowers, plus some tricks on how to make an interesting arrangement. I got to take home my arrangements in a vintage, ceramic marmalade jar.

I really enjoyed this workshop, I have taken away many new skills and a beautiful flower arrangement that is currently sitting prettily next to me.

“Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”

– E.V

Lidia

With a basket full of flowers after a trip to New Covent Garden Flower Market, I was ready to start on the dried flower wall installation for Selfridges.

Once I returned from the flower market, I unpacked and divided flowers up into small bunches, I tied string around the stems and left them hanging to dry.

Two weeks later..

I untied all the bunches and cut down the stems and removed any leaves that I didn’t want.

I then started making little bouquets. I made sure to pay attention to height and shape by arranging taller stems near the top and back. I filled in the gaps with smaller blooms.

The display was used for Simone Rocha’s pop-up at Selfridges. The dried flowers worked perfectly for Simone Rocha’s SS17 collection.

I hope you enjoy the dried flower wall install as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Lidia