Category Archives: Living

DIY with a side of cashmere

Trilogy-fashion

A couple of weeks ago a new Trilogy jumper came into my life, and I haven’t taken it off since. I’ve worn it A LOT.

It’s because I love it. And when you love something, you should let it know. It’s your duty.

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Home Sweet Home Brunch
(and win £100 to spend at TK Maxx!)

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To say that I was jetlagged when I arrived in Seattle, is a gross understatement. But, take that to a whole new level and you’ve nearly got to the state I was in when I arrived home in London on Friday morning.

I could barely see straight I was so tired… but I had to stay awake. I was on a Keep Awake Mission, determined to not let the jet lag beat me… so I abandoned my suitcase full of dirty laundry and headed out for a walk in the sunshine (sunshine!) in Walthamstow.

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Restoring old wooden floors
in a Victorian house

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Floors: MINE!!! Hurrah!! Slippers: Jigsaw

Ah my dear readers. Finally, we made it – the floors are done and I no longer have to breathe dust like a crazy dust-breathing dragon any more.

It’s very exciting. And I’ve loved seeing the transformation, day by day… I wanted to write a post to explain what we did, how we did it and give you some tips, should you be thinking of doing something similar to your home.

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Difference Makes us

Etsy Difference Makes Us

The things I surround myself with at home have a direct affect on my state of mind, my mood and my happiness.

I’ve always known it. Ever since primary school, when Claudine Harris had a pink sparkly pencil and a rubber that smelled of strawberries and I wished they were both mine more than I wished Mrs Nye (scary teacher) would be eaten by some sort of fire breathing, North London dwelling dragon.

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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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Libratone Zipp Speakers
Wifi, Bluetooth, Portable, Amaze

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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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The Little London Bunch:
Same day flower delivery in London

The Little London Bunch

I think that sending flowers is one of the loveliest things you can do for someone. They bring cheer and joy no matter what… and then only thing that ever really stops me from clicking ‘buy now’, is the price. Sending flowers has always been pretty expensive and you also usually have to buy in advance… that is until the clever dicky birds at The Little London Bunch knocked their heads together and came up with a cunning plan.

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Homeware… and then some.

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Last week all my Christmases came early. Literally.

Christmas previews are in full swing up and down the land and amidst them all was Sainsbury’s, complete with mince pies, glazed ham, baubles and much Xmas cheer…

I won’t be popping up pictures of Christmas trees and sparkles, don’t worry. But what I did want to share with you was their Autumn Winter home and lifestyle ranges, which really took me by surprise… I LOVED it.

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I made me a Terrarium!

London Terrariums

I am rather enjoying getting into this growing lark. I’ve got tomatoes sprouting on my balcony, mint flourishing in my kitchen, mould in my bathroom and a few days ago I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop with London Terrariums… which saw me coming home with my very own bottled garden, just like what them Victorians did all those moons ago…

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My Summer Lights Party for Macmillan

Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of those charities that seems like it knows you personally. It’s like a friend, your gang, your rock and is now synonymous with coffee mornings, the coming together of friends and lashings (yes I said lashings and yes I read a lot of Enid Blighton) of cake.

When I found a lump in my breast, the whole world stopped. Thankfully, my journey didn’t continue past the biopsy and mammogram, but for so many others, the story is very different.

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Growing my own
with Wyevale Garden Centres

Wyevale Garden Centre

I wouldn’t call myself particularly green fingered. In fact, for a while I thought my fingers were the kiss of death for any plant – especially orchids. And basil. Even the weeds I cultivated last Summer looked sorry for themselves.

So it was with great excitement that I accepted the challenge set for me, by Wyevale Garden Centres – to grow my own produce at my London flat, which (hopefully) I should be able to actually EAT in a few weeks…

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Slow tea and biscuits

Le Creuset Kettle

I use energy all the time. And I don’t mean my own personal energy (as I use A LOT of that) but more the energy of electrical appliances. My phone, my laptop, the TV, my hairdryer… and straighteners… and curling tong things that I still can’t work out how to use…

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Desenio have landed in the UK! Hej!

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You just need to say the word ‘Scandi’ to me and I’m catapulted into a world of calm, tranquility and white floorboards…

Scandi brands are flocking to the UK as we are yearn more and more for the simplicity and clean lines of these design champions.

The latest Danish company to launch here is one I’m very excited about, as I’ve had my beady eye on them for a while… welcome Desenio – gurus of print, design, home decor and art…. and the best bit? All of their unique pieces of art are REALLY INEXPENSIVE.

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Union Roasted’s Coffee Club:
the ultimate coffee lover’s subscription

Union Roasted Coffee Club

When I visited Union Coffee last year, I was completely bowled over by not only their passion and true love for their coffee, but also the science behind it. The art of getting coffee RIGHT, is so precise… and they really know what they’re doing.

Those coffee-lovin folk at Union know only too well how many people travel to their local cafe to get their daily Union fix, so they hatched a plan to make it possible for us to have the full Union experience in our very own homes, via their new Coffee Club… and I say hallelujah. And Amen. And where the blimmin ‘eck did I put my cafètiere?

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