Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Ideas: Personalized Jewelry

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned in the past that I'm a huge fan of personalized gifts. My sister gave me a necklace with Fleur's name on it when she was born and I will forever cherish it. Did your friend just have a baby, your wife, your sister? I think getting them a silhouette charm or a personalized pendant is such a nice gift!!! A few of my favorites are below. The tiny brass silhouette necklace is next on my list! Happy shopping! 

xoxo - Rebecca

Friday, December 2, 2016

I Fancy Friday v. 58

Friday! Yay! I've been in the States for the past two weeks visiting my family in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It has been a big break from the hustle and bustle of London and baby Fleur and I are missing Mr. Beau, but it has allowed us a little time to relax a bit more. We have been taking advantage of being able to use my parents car to get around and browse around online a little more then usual while the grandparents cuddle with Fleur. Between black Friday sales and Christmas decorating projects, I have found so many things I have fancied this past week! We are off to do a little shopping with Nana and to get her picture taken with Santa today, oh my! What are you up to? Anything you fancy? 

1. White Flower Rose  - How beautiful is this bouquet! Wintery white, I'm loving it. I would love to incorporate these flowers into an arrangement for the table. 

2. Sparkly Christmas Party  - ummmmm this glittery and sparkly party is a bit of a dream night to me! Glitter all over everything!!!! This looks like a party I need to throw soon. 

3. Cheers Brooch - Very kate spade looking. Talbots is having a sale and this fun brooch is in my basket. 

4.  Babyccino Shopup London - If I was in London this weekend I would be heading to this fun baby/family shopping event. There are so many amazing boutique's attending, 20 minute family photo shoots, activities for kids, so fun! Chelsea Old Town Hall December 4th & 5th 

5. Studio DY cookies - I absolutely LOVE these cookies and the idea of making ornaments to look like them sound amazing. 

6. Grace & Thorn Christmas Wreath Class - Next week the London based florist Grace & Thorn is holding a wreath class. Even if you do not have a front door, you could create a fun wreath for your living room wall. Sign up on the link above. 

7. Dinner in an Igloo by the Thames. This place is looking really fun for a night out! 

8. Sugar Paper Target  - I've got a little bit of an obsession with this new line at Tarjay. Since I've been back in the States I think I have stopped by for some blush and gold metallic items at least four times..... why can't they sell this in London! So in love. 

HAPPY FRIDAY! xoxo Rebecca

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lessons of Being a New Mum

I want to start this post by saying I am in NO means an expert on babies and being a mom. I am 11 weeks into having little Fleur in our lives and I truly believe that every day brings a new lesson on being a mom, every day brings something different. I have learned quickly that there is not a manual on being the perfect mom. Perfect? What is perfect really when raising a little baby? Does someone have that manual being printed soon? ha! 

I do think I have learned a few things over the past few weeks about life with a new baby and being a first time mom. Lots of people ask me often how my labor was, how am I doing with sleep, am I finding time for myself, etc. I am not always great on taking my own advice but am truly trying every day to get better at it in my new role as a mum and thought I would share the few lessons I have learned.
 Be Ready To Go Off Your Plan 
I spent a lot of time staying healthy and exercising throughout my pregnancy. I had all intentions to have Fleur naturally and had spent a lot of time mentally and physically preparing for her birth, I had a plan. Well, our little lady didn't want to come out and I ended up experiencing every step of labor. I was induced,  I had contractions for hours and was fully dilated, I pushed for two hours and after three days in the hospital the doctors decided I needed to have an emergency c-section and was whisked into the emergency room {or as they call it in London, theatre}. Our baby Fleur arrived 15 minutes later after three days of sleepless tiring nights, this was certainly not my plan. I did not expect to have a c-section, but really just wanted what was good for me and the baby, so prepare yourself for that a bit. The idea of my water breaking at home, calling a taxi and having the baby two hours later did not happen for me like in the movies and I'm fine with that. Prepare yourself a bit for the other options of what may happen, I wished I had mentally considered if I had to have a c-section. 

Not only is the labor process something that I may not have expected as much but also just the day to day life with a newborn is something you may not be prepared for. As a professional planner, planning events and constantly living on a schedule, life with a newborn and trying to create a plan and schedule for her was something I struggled to accept at first may not happen! Babies eat, sleep, poop, cry, giggle and sleep and eat throughout their day. The first few weeks were really hard to realize that this was not a plan I could control. We had friends stop by to visit at what I thought was a good time and Fleur wouldn't stop crying, that wasn't the plan, but I realized that it was what it was and now 11 weeks in,  I realize that every day. You can start to plan for the day but don't be surprised if as you are running out the door you need to change their extremely messy diaper which takes twenty minutes longer then you planned or they are crying and so hungry and it makes you late to your appointment you had planned. Life in the early weeks of baby life really go according to their little schedule of what they have planned....too bad they can't verbally share it with us;) 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hostess Pantry Essentials

Recently we have had a lot of friends stopping by the flat to meet little Fleur and I love it. You know that I LOVE to entertain, but having a newborn has changed my time quite a lot. I haven't exactly had time to be baking cookies and decorating the flat during the day, ummm no. The first time we had guests I had absolutely nothing to offer, no coffee, no cookies, no wine, nothing. Actually, I think our friends brought me something to eat. Hey, I am a new mom and its a bit hectic around the house so it is totally understandable. Last weekend we were out at fancy Fortnum & Mason  and I told Mr. Beau that I was going to buy a few treats to always keep around for guests, we were not to open them ourselves! Chocolates, special cookies, a pretty serving tray, some bubbly, teas, coffee and some fancy crackers are now stocked in my pantry for whenever a visitor stops by. Entertaining hostess pantry essentials I will call them. You never know when you will have a visitor stop in to say hi and its always nice to have a treat, right! 

1. Lindt Chocolates - I love a little square of these salted chocolates that are inexpensive and easily found at the grocery store. 

2. Afternoon Blend Tea & Laduree Coffee - Forget your every day Starbucks filter coffee, why not got a little something special for when you have friends stop by! 

3. Fortnum & Mason Dark Chocolate Pearl Biscuits & Stroopwafels - Lets be honest, I don't have time to be baking cookies with a two month old at home. Splurge a bit and get some pricey little cookies. We also always have some Dutch stroopwafels around, set atop a cup of coffee they get all warm and delicious and WHO doesn't like these! 

4. Prosecco & Apple Presse - Nothing to fancy and crazy expensive but something you can always have on hand. Also, stock up on something sparkly and non alcoholic for those guests who are expecting or well, just don't feel well! Also, keep some cute Cocktail Napkins on hand, simple but makes a drink feel so much more special with a cute napkin. 

5. Fun Additions - Truffle Honey sprinkled on goat cheese is my favorite and always feels a bit fancy. Forget boring old crackers, keep some special ones on hand like my favorites Toast for Cheese and lastly invest in a stylish and nice platter. I am loving marble right now so this one is perfect Round Marble Tray Oliver Bonas 

Happy Entertaining! 

xoxo Rebecca

Monday, October 3, 2016


Introducing my precious little daughter, Fleur Hendrika Kobus. Born on Tuesday, 13th of September. 
It still is a bit surreal for me to type, my daughter:) I've been quiet over here these past few weeks because this little lady has been taking up my time. I won't complain, as you can see from above, how can you complain when you see this adorable little smile! Fleur's birth story is for another day, lets just say she took her good old time arriving to the world. Me and Mr. Beau are SO grateful to have had family here visiting and to help us out when she arrived. We have been getting adjusted as our little family of four {#siroliveruk included!} and am just trying to find a bit of routine back in my day. Little Fleur has forever changed our life and all in good ways. 

I will be sharing more of our precious little Fleur later, but I wanted to introduce you to her. She makes us smile and lights up our day, even though we are exhausted and tired and not getting much sleep, I now believe what people say about loving this little person so much you can't believe it. 

Thank you to everyone for your sweet congratulations and wishes these past few weeks! 

xoxo Rebecca

Friday, September 9, 2016

I Fancy Friday v. 57

It is FRIDAY! I am writing this post way past my due date now and feel like I have been waiting for a bit now. So I am excited to see this Friday come and the weekend because I am hoping that #babygirlkobus will be making her appearance any day now. It is such a nervous but exciting time. I have no idea when she will come so I am just going amongst my day. Hopefully next week I can report to you that my Fancy Friday is one thing, our little lady! For now, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite things I have found during the week that I fancy....to keep my mind off of everything;)  Enjoy the weekend! 

1. Stylist LIVE  - With baby on the way I am starting to look a couple of months out in my diary, things to do and making plans. This event looks like SUCH a fun day out! Who is with me and wants to go? Pop up shops, tastings, talks by some FAB ladies, lets go! 

2. Rocky Racoon  - Ok so I am kind of loving everything this brand makes! I discovered it on Etsy and can not get over how cute the pink dinosaur pattern is and the flamingos, ohhh right and the swans. eeekk. Love it! I may have bought #babygirlkobus a few things from here. Apparel Swan Onesie

3. Belmond British Pullman Train - I know that Mr. Beau and I will have limited date nights coming up these next few months, but how about one being an ULTIMATE date night. How amazing does dinner on this gorgeous train look? This looks like a night to remember! Sister train to the Venice Simplon - Orient - Express, this train looks like it would make one NIGHT TO REMEMBER date night. Hey, I can dream and wish right! 

4. Champagne Ice Cubes - Such an easy thing to make. I will certainly be adding these to my next get together. 

5. Thinking of jazzing up my fall wardrobe and really loving this LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection Sequin Floral Crop Jacket So pretty I think to be dressed up or paired with jeans. 

6. I am in the middle of growing out my hair and a swept back messy bun is my go to some days. I love this Loose Low Bun tutorial. 

7. Pregnancy craving I have had, toast. Yummy toasted bread. Recently I have been wanting a good old English Muffin. I loved reading this, that the English Muffin actually isn't English at ALL. Fun little read. Now can someone ship me some Thomas brand nooks and crannies. 

8. This needs to make it into my Fall wardrobe as well. A fancy dressed up sweatshirt. NEXT Embellished Elbow Sweatshirt

9. What a pretty get together this is! And how yummy does this wine look. The Wildest Dream Wines girls get together inspires me for #babygirlkobus 1st birthday, and she is not even here yet! 

Happy weekend everyone! xoxo Rebecca


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My Top 3 Local Coffee Shops : London, Highbury & Islington

 Since we moved from the States, almost four years ago,we have lived in the same area of North London from day one. This area of the city has really become to feel like home to us. Our old flat was directly on the nice big park of Highbury Fields and recently we moved about five minutes up the street closer to Highbury High Street. All of Highbury and Islington have some really amazing coffee shops and cafes but over the past few months I have started to favor many of the same ones and have become a repeat customer at a few. Maybe it is that I started my maternity leave a month ago and enjoy ending a long walk with Oliver to get a coffee or the fact that it is nice to get out of the house when you are blogging/working to sit in a coffee shop, either way, I have a few local favorites. Here are my three local London favorite coffee shops in the area. I hope you get a chance to visit! 

Only a few minutes walk from the Highbury/Islington Tube Stop, this small and amazing coffee shop is always busy on weekdays and weekends. The staff is super sweet and always makes you feel welcome. Even Sir Oliver is allowed inside {when on his best behavior} and sometimes gets a treat of banana bread. When we first moved here I would just get a coffee in the morning, until this past year when I discovered that their breakfast and brunch are AMAZING! Oh wow. It may be small, but this little coffee house has some delicious and beautiful items. From their homemade scones to the their pancakes on the weekend, delicious. 
 Bircher Muesli is amazing and so beautiful! 
The Gluten Free porridge is pretty much art, right?

Location: 154 Canonbury Road, London N1 2UP
Hours: M/F 7:30am - 6:00pm and Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm 
Free Wifi : Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes, but always ask incase it is too busy
Instagram: maisondetrecafe

A short walk from the tube on St. Paul's Road, mixed in with a bunch of great restaurants {Trullo, LeCoq, Sawyer & Grey} is this little blast back into a 1970's cafe, Nanna's. Sets of vintage brown sofas, fringed lamps and furniture that remind me of the items my Grampie had in his house, Nanna's is a funky place for a coffee in the area. I love their freshly squeezed juices and pastries personally. Nanna's is also open for dinner but I have yet to try it out, however, their menus looks delicious. 

Toast. Toast. Toast. I have had a thing with yummy thick toast and jam during my pregnancy. Just can't get enough! Toast and a fresh juice are one of my favorites at this coffee shop. 
 Location: 274B ST PAUL'S ROAD N1 2LJ
Hours: M/W 8:00am - 9:00pm, Th/F 8:00am-Late and Sat 9:00am -Late and Sun 9:00am - 9:00pm 
Coffee Served: Vagabond Coffee Roasters
Free Wifi : Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes, but must be on a lead. 
Instagram: nannasn1

So this location is not exactly in Highbury I would say. It is more Arsenal/Finsbury Park area, but to me, it is still in my neighborhood! Less then a 10 minute walk from Highbury on the corner of Mountgrove Road is this adorable Coffee Shop and Cafe and I love it. I often take #siroliveruk on walks to Clissold Park and stop here for an iced coffee and an orange polenta bread or toast after wards. Mr. Beau and I also stop here for brunch on the weekends or for a nice local dinner on Fridays. The cafe has seating outdoors, a small area upstairs that can be hired privately and then small tables throughout. The breakfast menu is full of delicious items and breads baked fresh from Balthazar Bakery daily. From the gold cutlery to the amazing dinner menus, this is a great cafe to stop in for a coffee, lunch or dinner. 
The cafe stocks some really great pantry items and locally sourced food gifts. I think all of these are acceptable to bring to a friend if they are having guests over...bacon jam and wine! 
Cinnamon Apple Challah Bread with a coffee and the sunshine. 
 Iced Coffee and what else....toast! The homemade peanut butter is pretty delicious. 
Their dinner menus change seasonally but are always full of really interesting and fresh items. 

Location: 70 Mountgrove Rd, London N5 2LT
Hours: M/W 9:00am - 7:00pm, Th 9:00am-11:30pm Fri/Sat 9:00am -11:00pm 
and Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Coffee Served: Caravan Coffee Roasters
Free Wifi : Yes
Dog Friendly: During the weekdays and weekend mornings. In the evenings please ask. 
Instagram: Finkssaltandsweet

I hope you try out all of my favorites and enjoy them. Maybe I will see you there one day for a coffee! 

xoxo - Rebecca

*All photos are by Urban Flip Flops. Please do not use without permission. Times above are current to September 2016 and may change per location. 
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