Monthly Archives: August 2015

Wardrobe detoxing
& beating Cancer with TK Maxx

Poppy's Wardrobe

My wardrobe is a complete embarrassment. There are remnants of teenage years, boots with heels missing, dresses with hems that I had always intended to take up but never did, jeans which I’d always intended to fit into… but never did… and every time I open the doors to this cupboard of doom, it is like stepping back in time… or perhaps that’s being kind. It’s like stepping into a mahoosive mess.

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– The London Buzz –
Love honey? Buy local.

I love honey. But I mean I really love honey. I love the ooze and the sticky and amazing goldeness of it…. and I love it spread thickly over hot buttered toast, while it drips off the sides and down my chin.

But mostly, I love the story of honey. I love that bees MAKE IT. They actually do! I know we know this but think for a second – bees actually make honey. It’s a blimmin miracle.

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Getting the snip at Hare & Bone

Hare & Bone Poppy Loves haircut

I love Fitzrovia. I love the back streets packed with history, the cafes, the restaurants and new shop fronts are popping up all the time… so I was very excited to be invited along to one of its more recent arrivals, HARE & BONE for a cut and dry…. oh, and a glass of pink champagne….

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Creative & Crafty Classes in London

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Pic from: www.thearcadiaonline.com

Sometimes there’s nothing else for it, but to get down and dirty in a creative space and MAKE, CREATE and DO something. There are oodles of creative course, classes and workshops across London and I have picked ten of my favourites below.

If you know of others that you think may have passed me by, please let me know! I love this kind of thing – it makes me put down the phone, step way from my computer and learn something new in this gorgeous city.

Now, where’s my sewing box…

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Adventures in the Wilderness

Flower fairies in a hot tub

As you know, last week I came back from Wilderness Festival, where I’d been frolicking about in the lake, eating Patty & Bun burgers and generally having a jolly good time.

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– Melt Room –
Gourmet cheese toasties in Soho

Melt Room Grilled Cheese toasty

The Classic with crisp dill pickle

Good lord. This happened last week. In fact, it happened twice. And I documented the whole messy tale on Snapchat. For those of you that missed it, read on for story of bubble and ooze, which will guarantee you wanting to run to Soho NOW with your mouth wide open. It’s a look.

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– Clicketty Click –
Sony A6000 Compact System Camera

Sony A6000 compact camera system

In my on-going quest for finding super duper tech to make Summer even better, which includes finding clever cameras for bloggers, this is the latest model I’m toot tooting about. The Sony A6000 is small enough to fit in a largish pocket, but stout and sturdy as well – this is no flimsy bit of kit. And it’s cute, too. Small, stout, sturdy and cute. What’s not to love.

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Secret Tea Dances in London

The Mill Project

Pic from The Mill Project

Ever since Strictly burst onto our screens, partner dancing has become super cool and trendy once more. Swing dancing, jive and ballroom dancing classes have sprung up all over the city, and you may well have already heard of the likes of Swing Patrol and Swing Out London, who are at the helm of this jump’n’jive movement…Continue Reading…

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SenditNow and the Big Box of Good

Daisy London

In 1917, Maria Dickin, an animal welfare pioneer, set up PDSA, which is now the UK’s leading veterinary charity, doing incredible work for our beloved animals all over the country.

So when SenditNow asked me to take part in their campaign to raise money and awareness for this very special organisation, I jumped at the chance…

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Win My Nail Polish Collection

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If you are following me on Instagram, you’d have seen that last weekend I took over Accessorize’s account while I was at Wilderness Festival

One of the most popular pictures I posted is this one above of my collection of Accessorize nail polishes – everyone seemed to love all the colours and the whole delicious pick’n’mix vibe of having so many gorgeous nail polishes to play with!

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Sunday Lunch at The Albion

Yorkshire pudding

Finding great pubs in London serving outstanding Sunday lunches is not as easy as you might think. So when I do come across a goodie, I feel compelled to order everything on the menu and do a celebratory dance.

A couple of weeks ago I headed to The Albion with some friends for one of their super sonic Sunday lunches. So many boxes ticked at this place, and I’m not just talking about the food…

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Paul & Joe go all Sangria for Summer

Paul & Joe Strawberry Kiwi Lipgloss - £15

Paul & Joe Strawberry Kiwi Lipgloss – £15

I recently was invited to a Paul & Joe beauty masterclass, led by the exceptionally enthusiastic Craig-Ryan French – a international makeup artist for Paul & Joe Beauté and special effects guru in the film and TV world…

The collection is vibrant, sparkling, tropical and super juicy – it all looked so delicious, like irresistible sweeties.

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London’s Secret Farms

Pig

Oink oink

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but there’s nothing like a baaaa of a sheep or an oink of a pig to put things well and truly back into perspective. So when you’re dreaming of emails pinging and you feel as though the world is getting on top of you, you don’t have to run away to the countryside…

London is full of FARMS. Proper city farms! Farms with quacking and mooing and occasionally, exquisite cake and tea. So shutdown that laptop, switch your out of office to ‘gone fishing’ and head to one of these glorious animal havens and pet a goat or two.

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Remeo Gelato: it’s the real deal

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I know my ice cream. I know good ice cream, great ice cream, and knock your socks off ice cream… and then there is gelato, which is a whole different ball game.

Gelato is definitely different to ice cream – it has a higher proportion of milk to ice cream and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all). It is also churned at a much slower rate, which incorporates less air and makes the gelato far denser than standard ice cream. Yum.

And the best place to eat gelato is Italy… which is why I was so confused to be eating some of the best gelato I’ve ever tasted, in my flat in London last weekend…

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Accessorize Instagram takeover
at Wilderness Festival

Woot woot! Tomorrow Betsy, LM and I are driving all the way into the WILDERNESS!  (In Oxfordshire. No bears. I think.)

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that this will be my third Wilderness Festival experience, but this year I am doing something a little bit different…

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