CURRENTLY


Listening… to Ed Sheeran's new album on repeat. And Lorde's new song Green Light. 

Loving… my new leather jacket that I got for a complete steal in the Topshop sale. And the super warm weather that we had here in Chicago today. No lie, it was 26 degrees. 

Reading… The Circle.

Looking forward to... seeing my family in a couple of weeks and getting some much needed sunshine and cuddles from my Sister! 

Not looking forward to... having to be 'bikini ready' in two weeks.

Wanting… this handbag. But also wanting it to be $2000 cheaper. I mean come the fuck on. I'm sure it would be stated as the reason for the divorce if I was ever stupid enough to buy it. 

Considering... if it's acceptable to go home, get straight in to bed and not move until at least noon tomorrow. 

WHEN MY DAD & MY SISTER CAME TO STAY

3 days after moving to Chicago, my Dad and Sister came to stay. 

Now if you remember back we had originally planned to be in Chicago from the beginning of January so my Dad booked flights to visit for February half term (they're both teachers!). The plan was for us to be settled in and acclimatised before they arrived so that we can show them the city, our favorite spots etc etc. You know the drill. 

As such, life never works out to plan and we were delayed

So they arrived and we all discovered the city together! Here are some of my fav pics from their visit...




A LIFE UPDATE - LIVING IN CHICAGO

Hello from Chicago!!! 


So, I thought it was about time for me to do a bit more of a chatty life update as to how things have been going for us over here in Chicago as I haven't done one of those in a while.

5 weeks in and so far so good! 

Our apartment is gorgeous.
The city is utterly beautiful.
The shops are good. 
And the weather is crazy.

MY FAVORITE RECENT READS




1. Good Me Bad Me
Disturbing and compelling. The story of Milly, whose mother is a serial child killer. Her narrative gripped me from the get go and i'm still not sure how I feel about her. Fascinating take on the connection between mother and daughter. 

2. The Passage & The Twelve
These books are epic and creepy. It's hard to cliff note what these books are about because they are so sweeping and involved (they span hundreds of years and more characters than I could mention) but in two words: post-apocalyptic. Vampires. 
I never EVER read fiction books more than once. Except for this series. Because they are THAT good. 

3. White Hot Truth
Danielle LaPorte's finest. Out on May 16th. You are your own Guru. Pure gold. More coming soon about this gem. 

4. North Waters
An Arctic whale killing expedition set in the 19th Century. Cold, violent, cruel and fucking shocking in parts. Completely immersive. I read it in two days and it's still with me. 

OH LONDON...






Dear London,

I miss you. 

But more than you I miss the people that you hold.

This morning we Face Timed Alex and Laura. They have the day off and are having one of our famous 'lets put the mattress in the living room and watch films all day' kinda days that started one very hungover New Years Days a few years ago.

Which made me a little homesick.

I miss them and I miss not being able to pop over and have one of those lazy days with them. 

It sucks. But this is what we signed up for. An adventure. 4000 miles away. And it's not forever. 

I read this somewhere recently and it's stayed with me ever since... 

"Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was."

Isn't that just the truth?

Love, 
The Parsons 

OUR NEW HOME IN CHICAGO!

Ahhhh! three weeks later and I feel like I'm finally put together enough to put at least some of our home on the internet. As much as I know that i'll never get the, this is our forever home feeling, it certainly feels our home this side of the world. 

Ben and I came to Chicago with seven suitcases full of clothes between us and only a handful of bits and bobs to make the apartment feel homely. For me it was mainly pictures, my journals, my most precious jewelry and my favorite Jo Malone candle in the scent that I wore on our wedding day. For Ben it was his PlayStation(!) and the framed speech that his brothers gave at our wedding. 


As we were walking into a FULLY furnished apartment it was reallllly important for me to nest and make it feel like home by filling our home with nick nacks (in a minimal & classy way of course). By tweaking the furniture a little, putting up our photos, purchasing an enormous throw, a few vases and far too many candles we had ourselves a homely lounge.

For Christmas Ben bought me this amazing photo frame for our lounge over here. 


It's hooked up to my Instagram. Friends and family can send pictures to the frame. The clarity is exceptional. You can create albums & playlists for different holidays, occasions etc. It's very cool. I love it. 

A FEW THOUGHTS ON MAGICAL FRIENDSHIPS


Yesterday I took the coach to Bristol to see a few of my good friends who live there before we fly off to Chicago. 

I had the most gorgeous time and as i'm still processing some of the deep, honest and beautiful conversations had with both Anna and Carly i'm only going to say just a few words this drizzly Friday night.


I'm damn lucky to have found such amazing friends in those two women. Friendships that have sprung up from the most surprising of places and are as true as they come. They've always built on being our real Selves, our beautifully flawed and honest Selves.

My life is made all the better from knowing them and even though this time next week i'll be half way across the world, I know that our friendships will remain as strong as ever. 

Tonight as I sit here processing, journaling and having a delicious glass of red wine I can't help but feel like the luckiest girl in the world. 

I have a circle of trusted magical people that surround me and that itself is magical. Anna and Carly are just two of them. My family, my Husband, my other incredible friends. I'm blessed. 

UTTERLY BLESSED.