Sunday Edition: Thoughts on London 2012

So, the London Olympics are almost over. I've enjoyed every minute and so many memorable images from the past two weeks will remain with me: Mo Farah's face as he crossed the line to win his second gold medal in the 5,000 metres last night; the dazzling smile of Nicola Adams who won the first ever gold in women's boxing and, for me perhaps the most poignant of all, the sight of Katherine Grainger who described herself as 'always the bridesmaid' after winning her third Olympic silver medal in Beijing, tearfully embracing Sir Steve Redgrave after finally securing that elusive gold. Amongst, a myriad of poignant stories of human endeavour and personal triumph and disappointment, it was her story, that of a woman who simply worked incredibly hard, refused to give up and finally, finally achieved her goal, that touched me the most. Which were your favourite Olympic moments?

The Olympics have even inspired a little competitive spirit in me. As I mentioned a few days ago, I've been shortlisted as a finalist in the Achica blog awards. The results are due to be announced on Thursday and I would dearly love to win. A huge thank you to everyone who has voted for me and sent me messages of good luck. I really appreciate every single one of your votes. It's currently a very closely fought race between Design Hunter and the two other finalists in the interiors and design category so please keep your votes coming. It's just one quick click - no registration required. You can vote here

Here are a few links I loved this week:

- Michelle Obama dazzles in this cap-sleeved jacket by J Mendel at the Queen's pre Olympic opening ceremony bash at Buckingham Palace.

- A modern, eclectic and luxurious family home in Notting Hill.

- Inside google's new London headquarters.

- I baked these red velvet cupcakes this week - they are seriously good.

- La petite Bretagne - a new London restaurant offers a contemporary take on gingham tablecloths and the traditional French bistro.

- This is currently on my post-Olympics reading list.

Have a great Sunday

love Helen