A midweek coffee date in Guildford, + let’s talk about Christmas.



Thursday last week found Jason and I working in the very same office, for once! It’s unusual that I go over and work in the Flourish studios, these days. Between trips to London, days spent baking/cooking/taking photos of the end results, and my inability to string a sentence together unless it’s totally and completely quiet, I don’t often get chance to! Which is a shame, really- mainly because spending time with Jason is my favourite but also because he and his team have a tradition I like to partake in called ‘Filthy Fridays’, whereby they get in lunch from one of Guildford’s finest fast food establishments. This Friday just gone was one of those kind of Fridays, and judging by the smug look on my other half’s face when he arrived home work, it’d been a ‘Meat the Greek’ lunchtime. (Friends, if you ever find yourselves near Guildford and with a growling stomach, get yourselves over to Meat the Greek on Chapel Street. There you’ll find the pita bread of your dreams, charred and filled with fresh, herby chicken, garlic sauce, and chips. Filthy, but so very worth it.)

I’ve been sidetracked! Thursday is what we’re supposed to be talking about! So, in the early afternoon, Jason and I decided to take a quick break from our tasks at hand, and pop up the high street in search of some of those famous red cups. I’d heard tell online that the festive drinks had been released, and cliche though it is, we just can’t resist those sugary lattes. We found them, Jason went eggnog, I went gingerbread, and we made our way back to the office two very happy customers. A few years back I managed to butter up the staff at my local Starbucks enough that they sold me a couple of their cartons of eggnog mix for Jason, so that he could make up his favourite lattes at home. And that’s what I’ll be working on this November, folks…
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What I wore :: Trench coat || Shirt || Jeans || Oxfords {similar} || Hat {+ Jason’s amazing pink-laced Oxfords are similar to these ones here}

Now, how was your weekend? Was it lovely? We did nothing more strenuous than a little banana bread baking (I added a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter to this recipe here, and it was immense), food shopping, mince pie eating, AND I singlehandedly demolished one and a half pots of hummus. (Realising now quite how food-themed this weekend was.) We did work out and take Teddy on a couple of long old walks too, I promise! Oh, and we also watched most of Season 8 of the Office US, and Jason’s brother Joe came visiting with his baby boy Eddie, which meant I got a much needed fix of baby cuddles. All in all, a lovely one!

Now, can we take the briefest of moments to discuss Christmas? Are you gift-buying yet? I feel as though I should be, but I just can’t bring myself to begin. Can someone tell me one of those ‘only X number of weekends left until Christmas’ stats and kick me into gear please? Thanks in advance ;)

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  • http://www.adashofginger.co.uk Kirsty

    Sounds like a lovely relaxed weekend :) I was visiting a friend in Newcastle where we visited a Christmas market which has certainly got me in the spirit! Only 6 weekends til Christmas now ;)

  • http://www.thisparticular.blogspot.com Ala Skrakowski

    My weekend was also really food filled, we demolished two large sharing bags of crisps, a hot salsa dip, loads of pasta, cupcakes… it was junky heaven! Sometimes it just needs to be done.

    And also, I went into John Lewis on Oxford St on Fri after work whilst killing time before bootcamp and took a stroll around the Christmas section…!!! If that’s not enough to get you feeling festive, I don’t know what is – give it a try! x

  • http://brambleandthorn.blogspot.com.au/ Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

    Your weekend sounds perfect! I really need to try the banana bread recipe you’ve linked to. Unluckily for me, here in Melbourne we’re starting to head into the higher temperatures so I spent most of the weekend hiding from the heat!

  • http://accooohtrements.wordpress.com becky :: accooohtrements

    ooh you just get prettier by the day, autumn suits you!

    becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

  • http://www.marnieeden.blogspot.co.uk marnie

    Red cups make me so excited!

  • http://ceciliaintherain.wordpress.com Cecilia

    I had my first red cup of the season too! Gingerbread of course, although I have to say they didnt mix the syrup very well with the coffee, because it was all left in the bottom. Hate when that happens!

    Also, I may have made a roast chicken dinner yesterday, JUST so that I could have the gravy. (Chicken was good too though)

  • Rosie R

    Hi Rosie, just wanted to let you know that having the previous post as a “featured post” at the top of the page is really confusing. I clicked onto your site from my favourites bar, recognised the previous post, assumed there weren’t any new posts, and clicked straight back off again. Its also not really clear what makes it a featured post, does this mean its sponsored? Or just that its one of your favourite posts?

    I hope this feedback is helpful, it is not meant to be a criticism!

    • Rosie

      Ah, thanks so much for leaving this comment! I’d made the granola post a ‘featured post’ over the weekend (which makes it stick to the top of the homepage), and had forgotten to take it off, which meant that today’s post went underneath it instead of on top! I’ve changed it now :) The post wasn’t sponsored, I just felt that it’d be a good one to leave first on the page over the weekend! Sponsored posts are always marked as ‘sponsored’ or ‘collaborative’, and featured posts (that I’ve made stick to the top of the site) are just because I quite like them! ;) Hope that helps, and thanks so much for letting me know I’d not altered it! V grateful! x

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren S

    It’s 44 days until Christmas, and only one pay-day! Let’s get moving :) I have 80% of my presents, just need to figure out the parents….

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://samsamcherie.blogspot.com Samantha

    Oh the Oxfords! They’re so cute! And out of all the holiday drinks at Starbucks, the gingerbread is one of my favorites. I don’t order it often because of all the sugar, I get it with extra espresso, soy milk (yum!), and no whipped topping or drizzle (vegan!) and its incredible. The soy and gingerbread go so well together!
    PS 6 weeks, 3 days until Christmas!! AH! :D
    ~ Samantha

  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Sounds a pretty perfect weekend to me (mine was also very food themed, which I suppose isn’t actually unusual for me…!!). Filthy Fridays is a brilliant idea – I want to adopt it! I don’t start Christmas shopping until the beginning of December – it’s hard for me to get completely into the Christmas spirit until Thanksgiving has been celebrated, even though I’m now living in London.

  • http://girlvsmountain.blogspot.ch/ sara

    Love the hat! So into hats right now for some reason…

  • http://www.asimpleelegance.com arielle

    I can’t believe that it is time to begin christmas shopping already! typically, I wait until the end of american thanksgiving, but that tends to get super stressful (three weeks to conquer it all) and so I may break down and start earlier this year! and our weekend was fine. also very ‘food-themed’ but that is what autumn weekends are for! so don’t even worry about it! as always, I’ve loved reading your blog, rosie. thanks for sharing!

    love, arielle

  • http://www.thisandthatblog.co.uk Fi at this and that blog

    Ooh ambling around Guildford on an Autumnal day with a red cup coffee – is there anything better? I love the cobbles on that high street and the history that oozes all around. I’m very jealous you get to spend so much time their. As for Christmas I’m sorry to say I have started the present shopping, but that’s only because I’m away for all but one of the six weekend’s remaining before the day itself. So I don’t really have a choice! xx

  • http://thatgirlintheattic.blogspot.co.uk/ Jess

    His and hers shoes! Just the cutest! :) Jess x

  • http://madeinhunters.blogspot.co.uk Emma

    Six. I think, that’s without actually counting them, but i’m sure i heard six this weekend! I have saved those red cups every year for festive mornings when i can’t reach a costa, but i’ve just been outdone by your skills at getting eggnog mix!

  • http://sheissmallsheishappy.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 Sophia

    Totally with you on the hummus, although to easily go through three or four pots a week! Xx

  • Nat

    So jealous you found Starbucks gingerbread lattes, apparently not enough of my most favourite Starbucks drink was sold in my neck of the woods leading to it being unavailable this entire Christmas season! I ask, is that even “legal”, does it count as discrimination, can I sue …..;)? Anyway, in the meantime, have one for me x

  • http://thenightiswild.blogspot.co.uk Natasha

    I think we all need to take those breaks to indulge in something sweet during the week and sipping on a gingerbread latte sounds perfect. It sounds like you had a lovely relaxing weekend. It’s okay to start thinking about christmas now especially if you have a lot of gifts to buy. I haven’t even thought about it yet but maybe once December arrives I’ll get more into it.

    The Night is Wild

  • http://www.ibleedlipstick.com Arina

    Peanut butter in banana bread? That sounds amazing! I’ve never thought about adding it to the batter, but that is one of the best ideas I have ever heard.

  • http://homeatsix.com Jill

    I have a rule that I can’t have the Starbucks Christmas drinks until December. Isn’t it awful though that just the sight of that red cup in your pictures almost makes me want to run to the Starbucks downstairs? Just a few more weeks!
    I am definitely not Christmas shopping yet. I have this idea that I will handcraft a bunch of my gifts, but we’ll see!

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    I haven’t had a red cup yet this season, and I can’t wait until I get the chance! I’ve never had the eggnog latte, so I’m really keen to try it out :) These photos are so lovely by the way. You guys are just the cutest couple.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://www.melissalovesthis.co.uk Melissa

    Yay! Starbucks Christmas coffee :D It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  • http://daydreamsofsummertime.blogspot.co.uk/ Sarah

    Can’t quite believe we are so close to Christmas! So unprepared! I am obsessing over Costa’s Hot Spiced Apple drink, I discovered it last year and have been hooked ever since! You look absolutely gorgeous as always. Have a great week xx

  • http://www.jemimajaneblog.com jemima

    Wowzaz… Is that the perfect day or what?! I had completely forgotten about the Starbucks-red-cup situation over here! Where I’m originally from, Australia, is severely lacking in the Starbucks department so I have to take advantage of the number of them at all times over here! I’ll also have to try eggnog which again isn’t really a thing in Australia… probably because of the fact that Christmas is hot and sunny and the last thing you’d want to do is warming your hands with a hot eggnog latte! I feel so lucky experiencing a second (and hopefully many, many more) British Christmas. The Christmas markets, the mulled wine, the food, the cold, it’s perfect… Just like a storybook.

  • http://www.joselovincolors.com josephine c.

    love starbucks! especially the christmas version’s mug!! you did seem had a very relaxing weekend.love your blog

    xo josephine c.

  • http://www.laughteriscatching.com laura

    Guildford is my hometown, but this must be new since I left. Will remember it next time I am home (which is a lot currently with a wedding to plan). Love new places!

  • http://www.frauleinlouise.co.uk Lulu

    Mmm, lovely outfit! You two are such a stylish pair! I was wondering, if you don’t mind me asking, what size your GAP trench is? My beloved trench just bit the dust after many years of wearing and I’m looking for a replacement. Did you buy the petite size? I am 5’3 and a half and find I can be swamped by regular coats. Would really appreciate your two cents on the gap one! (Twitter: @frauleinlouise)
    You also have me craving a sugary latte ;) x

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