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Boa Vista Beaches (With Bumble And Bumble)

Summer is so close I can almost smell it. But that could be because I’ve just...

Saturday Style

Although I like to keep an eye on the trends and what’s currently going in and out...

The Botanist – Newcastle

I’ve now been to The Botanist in Newcastle A LOT. From their first opening night in...

Recharging by the Sea

Sometimes you just need to spend a weekend being yourself. That sounds weird but...

What’s In My Bag? The 2015 Edition

The sheer amount of junk I carry around with me on a daily basis is BONKERS. The combined...

Blogging From Bed

Project New House has been somewhat derailed by my irresponsible attitude towards money...

Underwhere?

One might consider this to be a bit of an intimate post but I’m merely documenting...

Onwards and Upwards

Allow me to set the scene. As I write this I’m sitting on my sofa, my feet tucked...

The Cake Boss

Bloggers like a good cupcake. It’s a well known fact. It’s a blogging...

Christmas Consumerism: The December 2014 Edit

My current Christmas Shopping situation is: Not Good. This year, more than any other year...

Boa Vista Beaches (With Bumble And Bumble)

Apr 19, 2015

Boa Vista Beaches (With Bumble And Bumble)

Summer is so close I can almost smell it. But that could be because I’ve just fallen off a plane from the Cape Verde islands, all tanned, relaxed and only slightly burnt. You know how it is; you get invited to book some last minute flights to a West African paradise and can’t say no so instead you bankrupt yourself for the foreseeable future. Sometimes you’ve just got to take the opportunities life hands you, right? And, FYI, the island of Boa Vista is beaut. Note how picture-heavy this post is. I couldn’t whittle it...

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Saturday Style

Mar 29, 2015

Saturday Style

Although I like to keep an eye on the trends and what’s currently going in and out of fashion my personal style is probably more plain and I’m drawn to classic pieces. This is largely because I’m not made of money and my priorities are generally 1. Food, 2. Travelling to places that aren’t England and then 3. Inanimate objects like clothes, home furnishings, bags, beauty products etc. Bottom of the list. So when I’m buying a new item for my wardrobe I have to make sure it’ll go with pretty much anything else...

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The Botanist – Newcastle

Mar 28, 2015

The Botanist – Newcastle

I’ve now been to The Botanist in Newcastle A LOT. From their first opening night in December, through their big swanky launch party in January and more recently, as a place that already feels at home on the Newcastle restaurant scene. I’ve taken some time and recovered from all the celebratory prosecco, the cocktail masterclasses, ale tasting lessons and one-too-many free bar hangovers and now, NOW, I’m going to fill you all in. Y’see I wanted to wait until it had all calmed a little. Until the bustle around those...

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Recharging by the Sea

Mar 24, 2015

Recharging by the Sea

Sometimes you just need to spend a weekend being yourself. That sounds weird but we’re so many different people all the time without even trying. We’re loving girlfriends, thoughtful daughters, good employees, colleagues, friends, tenants, sisters, step-mothers, agony aunts and shoulders to cry on… and that’s not a bad thing. It’s healthy but it’s also healthy to occasionally pare that back a bit, pick one and indulge. Spending a week away with your significant other and just being the loving girlfriend for...

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What’s In My Bag? The 2015 Edition

Mar 23, 2015

What’s In My Bag? The 2015 Edition

The sheer amount of junk I carry around with me on a daily basis is BONKERS. The combined weight of things I’ve decided are so ‘essential’ to everyday life that I’ll risk serious shoulder injury by lugging them around from point A to point B in my bag every single day is just not sensible. Every so often I’ll have a good clear out of course. By which I mean I’ll take it all out, sigh a bit, throw away a few receipts and the odd button and essentially put everything else back in again. I figured it’s...

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Blogging From Bed

Mar 22, 2015

Blogging From Bed

Project New House has been somewhat derailed by my irresponsible attitude towards money and my urge to travel to places far, far away. No sooner have I returned from Singapore and I’m booking last minute flights to disappear off to Boa Vista with the girls in a couple of weeks. This does mean that funds are a little low at the moment for the renovations but at least we now have most of the house liveable and two rooms totally finished. So, without too much waffle and any further ado, allow me to take you on a mini tour of our master...

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Underwhere?

Feb 14, 2015

Underwhere?

One might consider this to be a bit of an intimate post but I’m merely documenting progression as it happens. You see, times are changing. Or, to be more specific, lingerie is. The days of the tacky La Senza/Ann Summers monstrosities are over. And I’ve been following the new trend with interest… Welcome to the year of the barely-there lingerie. We’re doing away with the safety net that is padding, the unattractive but practical tshirt bra and the stiff lace and layers. Underwiring schmunderwiring. The current trend...

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Onwards and Upwards

Jan 31, 2015

Onwards and Upwards

Allow me to set the scene. As I write this I’m sitting on my sofa, my feet tucked up under me, in my new living room. I’m sipping a glass of homemade sloe gin and ice. There’s a big pan of beef rendang bubbling away in the enormous new kitchen next door, Maleficent is on the TV and there’s a large white ‘Fireside Treats’ Yankee Candle burning on the coffee table. It’s bitterly cold outside and I can hear the wind whipping around the house but I’m warm and content in here and, now that it’s...

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The Cake Boss

Dec 15, 2014

The Cake Boss

Bloggers like a good cupcake. It’s a well known fact. It’s a blogging cliché, like cats and gin, and one I’m certainly on-board with. I must confess I don’t watch the Great British Baker or whatever it’s called, but mainly because I can’t stand the hunger it would provoke. I’m more of an eater than a baker. One show I did watch a couple of years ago was Cake Boss. A tasty little programme about Buddy, a cake chef with a busy bakery in New York. He makes the most ridonkulous speciality cakes to order,...

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Christmas Consumerism: The December 2014 Edit

Dec 6, 2014

Christmas Consumerism: The December 2014 Edit

My current Christmas Shopping situation is: Not Good. This year, more than any other year in the history of years, I am the most disorganised and skint person ever. My present buying, card writing, card buying, dinner organising and tree decorating is pretty much all still to do. I swear it’s giving me festive anxiety. But Lo! I have finally gotten round to ticking another thing of the festive list; My Christmas Consumerism/December Favourite Things is here! Forget the Coke ad, now you know holidays are REALLY comin’! These are the...

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