Gone Fishin’


When you move into a new home, you inherit all kinds of bits and bobs. Loose fittings, a wobbly tile or squeaky hinge…

When we moved into our new house a few weeks ago, we inherited all these things.

And a pond. With actual fish in it.

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Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel
(for a sprinkle of glamour & sparkle)

Intercontinental Hotel Athens

Most of you will know that LM and I recently went on holiday. An actual holiday. One of those holidays where you stop and lie down in the sun and don’t move, while you feel the sunshine seep into the tiniest corners of you and you recharge. Like a battery. Where you can lie by the pool for hours and suddenly it’s supper time.

One of those.

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Affordable Art Fair
Does exactly what it says on the tin


Arusha Gallery | Alicia Savage | Head in The Clouds

There’s something about the word ‘art’ that, I think, can be quite intimidating. I’ve been involved in many discussions over the years, where various folk after various dinners have attempted to answer ‘what actually IS art? And usually, depending on the amount of wine that’s been consumed, this descends into a muddled argument where no one seems to be able to agree and one smartypants will pipe up saying that they could paint like Pollock when they were 3 and what’s the big deal anyway?

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Scootin’ with GAP Outlet

GAP Outlet - Poppy Loves

The Summer may be wending his merry way home, but the sun is still shining! But don’t let it fool you – it’s getting colder by the minute. Our central heating is now on, the thermostat wars have begun (I notch it up, he notches it down) and I’m reaching for some cosier outerwear for this inbetweeny weather, before Winter properly sets in and suddenly it’s all about Jingle Bells and cranberry jelly.

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Home. Tea. Breathe.

Oasis Dress AW16

Over the last six weeks I’ve packed up a flat in Finsbury Park, moved house to Walthamstow, had a jaunt in the Cotswolds for LM’s birthday,  whizzed off to Greece for a couple of weeks holiday and suffered a technical disaster to end all technical disasters. (Hundreds of emails were deleted from my inbox and I’m still wading through my injured inbox on a recovery mission…)

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Blooms for the soul

Poppy Loves AW16 Fashion

As the colder weather sets in, I have some tricks up my sleeve for keeping the Winter blues at bay and to ensure I don’t shrink into a lethargic slump… which I definitely have a tendency to do, especially as the days grow shorter and darker…

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Brunching on Baker Street


I find that things get sorted out over brunch. Problems are solved, difficulties are unpicked and the world is put to rights. It’s my favourite meal hands down. Apart from cake and tea. And yes, that’s a meal.

Brunch is made even better when you can share it with a bestie, and that is exactly what I did last week, at Bill’s on Baker Street.

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Best Bonfire Night Fireworks in London

Fireworks in London 2016

Photo: Flickr

I LOVE Fireworks night. I love the trudging through parks and fields, the smell of nearly burnt jacket potatoes smothered in butter and laden with cheese and beans… I love hot chocolate in flasks, woolly hats on heads, bonfires, sparklers and being wrapped up in my cosies while gazing up at the crash bang wallops…

London does Fireworks night oh so very well and this year it falls on a Saturday (hurrah!) so we can all get out and wave a sparkler or two… Here are ten of the best displays in this glorious city…

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Oh hello, Autumn. There you are.

Poppy Loves AW16

Over the past few days there has been a noticeable shift from Summer to Autumn… Grey clouds have made a few appearances, the heavens have opened once or twice (and both times I have been caught out without an umbrella) and there is definitely the beginnings of an Autumnal carpet of golden leaves around my neighbourhood in London…

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Libratone Zipp Speakers
Wifi, Bluetooth, Portable, Amaze


I am not a techy-whizz, make no mistake. I am often bamboozled by all things internetty, cabley, wifi-y… so when I first heard about Libratone wireless speakers, I have to admit, I was a little dubious that I’d even be able to get them to work.

How wrong I was. These speakers are so easy to set up and use and they have changed my musical life. They really truly absolutely have. They’re amazing, and I’m going to do my very non-techy best to explain why.

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Floating away at Thai Square Spa


There is something so wonderful about waking up in the morning and knowing you are going to be spending it in a spa… but there is something even more special about knowing that the spa you are going to be disappearing into, is the magical Thai Square Spa in the heart of this busy, whizzy, spectacular city.

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EatFirst knocks my brunching socks off

Eat First

When you’ve just moved into a new home and you’re surrounded by boxes and you don’t know where your pants are, let alone your saucepans, and you’re about to go on holiday so there is really no point in unpacking…. the LAST thing in the world you feel like doing is cooking. Not just because you can’t find a frying pan, but because it’s just one thing too far to think about… especially as you can’t find your pants.

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Blooming Lovely

Floral Map by Larry Walshe

Fact of the day – more perfume is sold at Heathrow than any other location in the UK.

Isn’t that amazing? I had no idea – there are so many beauty halls and perfume stores around this fair land, it was such a surprise to learn that Heathrow was the ultimate scent destination… but, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.

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Bank holiday adventures
with Radley London

Poppy Loves Radley Bank holidays are like gold dust. They pop out of the calendar and glimmer with promise, turning a long week into a short spell and extending the weekend as if it were made of elastic. And even though it’s just by one day, these additional 24 hours can make you feel as though you’ve had a proper holiday. Continue Reading…

Working lunch


Ryvita lunch packs

Today I have been running around the house (I keep writing ‘flat’, then having to delete it!) doing a mixture of blogging stuff, laundry stuff, shopping stuff (beans, milk etc – nothing exciting) and staring vacantly into space as I try to work out how I should tackle my post-holiday heaving inbox of 1273 emails. Unread. *Sob*

On days like this I can forget to eat. And then 4pm comes around, my blood sugar is ridiculously low and I end up destroying a packet of Jaffacakes without even blinking.

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