Friday, 2 August 2013


⋙⋙⋙ planning⋙⋙⋙

Sometimes it feels like my life is a non-stop cycle of packing and unpacking suitcases!
I remember around ten years ago when I first caught the travel bug an aunt of mine told me she can' t ever imagine me settling down in one spot and that I'm destined to roam the planet living a nomadic existence. 
I'm pretty sure 21 year old Louise  cocked an eyebrow at her at the time but looking back on my twenties and forward to my future I realize...aunties can be the wisest of sages!

I've spent the last ten years drifting between England, South East Asia, India, South Korea and Ireland. 
Right now, at the grand ol' age of 30,  I'm thirsty for a lick of stability so I'm packing my suitcases (once again!) and heading back to lay down some roots in my old stomping grounds in London.

Truth be told I can't wait to nest there for a little while. Forever's a scary word...who wants to know where they'll be at forever? But for now, this is what I want and what I need.
So for now it's folding and packing and last minute visits and a head swimmy with to-do lists.
I can't wait to post a tour of my new West London digs!
T minus 13 days. Ack!

⋙⋙⋙ listening⋙⋙⋙

To a bit of this + a bit of that.
Old, new, borrowed, blue.
Here's a tiny collection of songs that have seen me through the summer. Why not have a listen while I introduce you to some gorgeous gals?

                                                      ear candy 13 by louloubelle on Grooveshark

⋙⋙⋙ reading⋙⋙⋙

I'm donning my matchmaker hat to share some of my current favourite blog reads with you today.
Some are new finds and some are tried and true...all are worth a visit and a nice comment from a new reader ^.^

1.  Suzy Krause + the Skyscrapers// this one's a new read for me but I just love Suzy already! She's a blonde Norwegian with constellations in the freckles on her arms. Now why did I never think to describe mine that way?! Suzy's a snappy writer and I really enjoyed her post about New Yorks' soundtrack.

2. Stylonylon// Another new love. I am just besotted with Julia's style aesthetic (can you believe she had a baby recently, just look at that bod!)  Julia and I have both entered posts into the Free People UK Guest Blogger competition and I adored reading Julia's entry introducing her cool neighbourhood
First stop Clapton after I get back!!

3. Nishaantishu// I can't remember how I stumbled across Freya's darling blog but I am so glad that I did. An ex-pat Bermudan living in North London with her boyfriend, she paints such a beautiful picture of her surroundings and I've loved viewing my home city anew through her fresh eyes. I can't wait to meet up with this lovely lady when I move back over!
  Are you a tea lover? Freya has a  fantastic tea giveaway that is ending today so go get your entry in now!

4. Lost Boys + Lovers//  Sadie has fast become one of my favourite people on the internet. Such beauty, style and presence. I've loved following her story online from her recent move, to her vintage clothing business ventures, to motherhood to her recent 28-day whole foods cleanse. Such an inspiration! 

5. Whit B Nimble// I met Whitney back in South Korea where we were both English teachers. Since leaving South K I've loved keeping up with her adventures back home in the U.S, road tripping across the Southern States with her boyfriend Angelo and her new adventures working at the Grand Canyon. Each post is such a lovely little picture story. She also posts wonderful instagram photos!

6. The Fox, Frugal// I've had the best time rummaging around in Jen's archives since discovering her blog just the other day.  She has such a pretty life "making dreamcatchers, memories and music in the heartland." 
Also her wedding was to die for! Say hi to Jen today!

⋙⋙⋙ eating⋙⋙⋙

Here's a peek at my "balanced" diet lately. Lunch today was berries, yoghurt, a power smoothie of raspberries, cucumber and coconut water... and a pastry. For balance!

⋙⋙⋙ watching⋙⋙⋙

This haunting little indie film stayed with me long after I watched it and left me with a lot of questions (which is something I love in movies)

Sound of My Voice is about a journalist and his girlfriend who go undercover to join a cult whose leader claims she is from the future. Low-budget but beautifully shot with genuinely moving moments, I highly recommend this!

⋙⋙⋙ writing⋙⋙⋙

Let me direct you to this gif which verily sums up what has happened any time I attempted to write this summer....

I don't think summer is my creative season...too many distractions! 
I'll try again in autumn >.<

⋙⋙⋙ learning⋙⋙⋙


Today I'm linking up with:
High Five for Friday @ Lauren Elizabeth

Hitch your wagon to Stars in Jars!!


  1. aw GARSH. thank you so much for the kind words!!! you're so sweet! :)

    1. My pleasure Suzy, thanks for writing such a stellar blog!

  2. Thanks for the blog recs! I hope your move to London goes well!

    1. Thanks a million Maria, I'm getting majorly pumped for it now!! x

  3. I definitely relate to finding the idea of settling down in one place forever a little scary. There is so much to see in the world. But I've been living in London for about a year and absolutely love to be there. I hope your move goes smoothly and you enjoy settling in to somewhere to call home (for now at least!)

    1. So much to see and so little time, sometimes I feel like my life is running through my fingers like water...but I am definitely in need of a nesting period so I'm going to honor that AND enjoy it too! Thank you so much for commenting Sarah xx

  4. Awe Lou! Thanks for the shout. Looking so forward to seeing and hearing about your new home. As much as we all love travel, I can say it has been good to have our own place again. You'll love it...but keep those travelin' shoes handy! Best. x

    1. Pleasure's mine love, keep on with the stunning posts!! I'm always enthralled by the little snippets into your new life! xx

      (+ the travellin shoes will always be handy!)

  5. I love finding fabulous new bloggers, so thank you for sharing!!! Your food picture holds so much of what I love.

    Traveling, and living in beautiful, unique places - whether new to you or not - is lovely. I miss seasonal jobs, which let Jen and I live somewhere new every Summer, however our goal of living in a tent, sailboat or RV means we can do that forever! So exciting and lovely.

    Have a beautiful weekend, friend!

    1. I'm glad you found a few new ones to enjoy Angie!! Wow, yours and Jen's goal sounds like my DREAM!

      Maybe we can wave to each other from our sailboats on the amalfi coast sometime ^.~

  6. Hi lovely! Thanks so much for including me in this round-up! So exciting you're on the move here - once you're settled, drop me a line – we should go for a cuppa! xx

    1. No problemo Julia dear...and yes please to the cuppa! x

  7. great playlist!

  8. woohoo! adventure! thanks for the shout out, you darling girl. i love following your wonderful heart through this wild world as well. xo

    1. That's so nice of you to say Sadie! Keep truckin love, your fabulous xxx

  9. Yeay! I can't wait till you get here! Thanks for the mention, lovely. xx

    1. Me too me too!! >.< xxxx
      (+ no need to thank me, thank you for keeping me entertained with your lovely posts!!)

  10. How exciting! I'm jealous of your travels, and definitely jealous you are settling in London.

    It all sounds fantastic, I hope to travel like you have in my twenties. So far I have made it to India.


    1. India is the most magical country, if I could choose one country out of all that I have been to it would be India!

      I hope you get some more travelling on your agenda soon Courtney! x

  11. Cool new blog reads!! Definitely checking them out:)
    Boho Bunnie