Links I Like: How to Negotiate Your Pay, English Kitchen Cabinets & Martha's Morning Routine

Here's a round up of some great articles I've read and cool sites I've discovered on: negotiating your pay, a website with tours from locals, some beautiful english kitchen cabinets, Martha's morning routine and how to generate great ideas.

It was raining today in London (it is always raining) and I took the picture above. Who needs a front yard? I also bought a dress from Tara Jarmon and ate a couple of financiers, which was very French of me.

This is last few weeks I'll be spending here for some time - we're giving up the flat. Next week, a post on New York vs London to commemorate my soon-to-end, bi-city life. Good bye London!

Work

Why Women Don't Negotiate Their Job Offers from the Harvard Business Review blog.

There's a social cost to negotiating - people think you're hard to get along with. And women suffer this social cost more than men. But there is an alternative. Firstly, you want to explain why, from their point of view, it's good that you're negotiating. For example, if that's one of the skills for the job. Secondly, reiterate that you're a team player.  Great advice HBR!

Read it on the HBR blog.

Travel

Vayable - a website with specialized guided tours with locals.

I discovered Anne Ditmeyer of Pret a Voyager via Design*Sponge. Anne gives a 3 hour guided tour of Paris for up to 4 people for $165, total. And there are lots of tours like this, all over the world, on Vayable. I think that a design-inspired tour of Paris from Anne would be a dream.

You

For Martha, the Secret is Routine - an article on Martha Stewart's morning routine, from the New York Times.

I started waking up at 6am (Sort of. Sometimes it's 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am...). One of my inspirations is Martha Stewart. Get inspired by her morning routine.

Home

Plain English make beautiful English-style kitchen cabinets

I was reminded how much I like these cabinets are when I walked past their store on Marylebone High Street last weekend.

They also have an affordable British Standard line, created for the Prince of Wales' Prince's Foundation. The Foundation wants to "show that mid-priced houses could be made from UK-sourced, environmentally sustainable materials and designed in a simple, classical style". 

If you like this, check out Poundbury, a pretty English planned village also created by the Prince's Foundation. Read about it on Ben Penreath's blog. Ben is the master of English decor.

Random

Diagram art from the Melbourne Museum

Diagram art from the Melbourne Museum

The One Thing You Need to Generate Great Ideas - from the IDEO blog

Basically, to generate great ideas, get drawing. This validates my need to buy huge, spiral bound sketch books.

OK. More photos taken today while wandering around St John's Wood.

The cars in London are really fantastic. I don't even, ordinarily, care about cars. I can't drive. I also love Top Gear. Perhaps London + Cars = good? Who knows.

The cars in London are really fantastic. I don't even, ordinarily, care about cars. I can't drive. I also love Top Gear. Perhaps London + Cars = good? Who knows.

Pies from Gails Bakery. a delicious and tiny cafe and bakery. II come here for financiers and brunch on the weekend.

Pies from Gails Bakery. a delicious and tiny cafe and bakery. II come here for financiers and brunch on the weekend.


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