Mia’s Birthday Party

Today we all gathered at the lovely Appleby’s apartment for Mia’s first birthday (and Mel’s birthday). It was such a gorgeous party with beautiful touches like delicious Peter Rabbit cupcakes (all homemade with sweet little carrots) and rabbit gingerbread cookies, yummy. Rory was given a gorgeous Beatrix Potter board book as a party favor which he loves reading. A beautiful birthday for a beautiful little girl.

Homeland

O and I are currently completely addicted to Homeland at the moment and watching several episodes a night. It’s a bit like a more grown up version of 24 and equally as addictive. The plot ‘centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Mathison, a driven (and possibly unstable) CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America’. It’s just won a ton of awards and I can see why. A must watch.

Parks and Recreation

O and I have become totally addicted to the brilliant Parks and Recreation on NBC. A witty comedy ‘mockumentary’ that follows Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun. We have literally been giggling for days.

Senna

I’m actually feeling quite emotional and haunted after watching the brilliant Senna. It’s ‘a documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.’ I don’t have any interest in Formula One and found myself completely gripped by this from start to finish. The last moments are truly haunting. A must see.

We’ve had one of those chilled but blissful Saturdays that are much needed when you’ve had a busy week (O has been away on business so we’re both a little tired). It started with me nipping to Almondine with Rory to get freshly baked croissants and a baguette and serving them with a pot of homemade granola and raspberry compote, delicious. Later on I made some orange florentines from the brilliant Ottolenghi cookbook. Surprisingly easy to do, they taste delicious and look great. We served them in the afternoon with a pot of tea when the gorgeous Appleby clan came round for an afternoon play date. A lovely day.

Two play dates

A nice quiet end to the week was finished off with two lovely play dates today. In the morning Rory and I headed to the Appleby’s where we also played with Christine and Gracie and enjoyed detox tea. Then in the afternoon it was a boy’s play date at Lora’s with Oliver (pictured above) and Gray. Rory went straight to sleep tonight completely exhausted from having too much fun. Fridays are so much fun for me too.

Polarn O. Pyret

After Rory’s play group session I explored the brilliant Polarn O. Pyret at it’s newly opened shop in Tribeca. I love the clothes from this Swedish brand (favorites include navy stripes and cool pops of color) and usually end up buying it back in the UK or online so I was thrilled with the huge new store in Tribeca. I even managed to bag a few bargains as there’s a great sale going on at the moment with 50% off.