Gosh, where did the summer go?! Caught up in a whirlwind of seaside visits, festivals and camping weekends, I have neglected the blog for the past few weeks.
But now, both of my little ones are in school and nursery school (so grown-up!), it’s time to get back to the coal-face and start posting more regularly over autumn – my favourite season.
I hope you can join me…
I LOVE sweet peas – they’re so fragrant and fragile and the abundant with blooms. They make a fabulous cut flower and add height to and colour to any garden. And, best of all, they are dead easy to grow!
I received this email today from Sarah Raven, who stocks some of the most lovely heritage sweet peas that look and smell like the summers of my childhood, and I wanted to share it as it’s a goof-proof guide to growing sweet peas.
Until Sunday, she is also offering 15% off sweet pea seedlings and growing kit, so grab some now, and you’ll be enjoying fragrant, garden-grown cut flowers by August!
I love this shot from the latest H & M campaign – it taps into so many key trends right now, from the rough luxe walls to the rustic hewn wooden stool and the industrial style shelves.
And if that wasn’t enough it’s even got the dreamy beach-chic shower curtain (with a hazy photo filter) and vintage-inspired laundry basket. Get me to the high street now!
... without replacing your bath suite! Replacing a bathroom is a costly business, but you can transform the room you’ve got without changing the suite, for a fraction of the time and cost with these simple tips and tricks… 1 Change your towels If your bathroom features plain, greying white…
Let leafy prints, fresh florals and gorgeous green velvets fill your home with a botanical vibe this spring, with the new M&S Home collection – I LOVE it... Buy the new collection online at Marks & Spencer now.
I've just discovered the online children's department store, Smallable, that scours the globe for gorgeous kids' clothes, decor, furniture and toys - all with a design twist. Pictured here, from the new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, is the Moth hanging lamp (£68) and Klimoppe lamp (£133) from Studio Snowpuppe, Pineapple lamps…
What do you check out first at a hotel? The view from your room? The myriad of TV channels, the mini bar, or the bounce factor of the bed? Me, I’m straight into the bathroom to stake out the toiletries – and then, if they’re any good, they will be…
Take inspiration from the warm desert hues of sun-baked reds, dusty ochres and burnt oranges, throw in a bit of Native American pattern, add a cactus and you’ve nailed this season’s hottest look faster than you can say Spaghetti Western Hanging Feather Dream catcher £5, www.george.com Cactus Cushion,…
I’ve just discovered the online children’s department store, Smallable, that scours the globe for gorgeous kids’ clothes, decor, furniture and toys – all with a design twist.
Pictured here, from the new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, is the Moth hanging lamp (£68) and Klimoppe lamp (£133) from Studio Snowpuppe, Pineapple lamps (£64) from Goodnight Lamp, Watermelon stickers (£31) and Flamingo stickers (£31) by Love Mae.
This gorgeous, romantic bolthole in the English Lake District has been converted so beautifully that it’s hard to believe it was once used as a coach house.
Subtly blending into the landscape, it’s a secret luxury escape beneath a creamy vaulted ceiling. With spa treatments in the cabin and a snug mezzanine to hide in, there’s no need to step outside…
You can admire the view over Coniston Water while curled up with your lover this Valentine’s weekend (yes, it’s still available!), or take a romantic walk through the eight acres of grounds.
I’d check in myself, if I wasn’t already at the races at Ascot…
£495 for 2 nights (sleeps 2) (13/14/15 February, including handmade chocolates, wine and welcome pack), www.sawdays.co.uk / 01824 520008
Party your way in to 2015 at one of these pads, that range from palatial to pretty and grand to groovy… The Cob, nr Bude, Devon Family-friendly needn’t mean design deadzone, as this barn conversion by award-winning architects Feilden Fowles proves. The light-filled, vast open-plan space is perfect for…
Grab your Barbour jacket, pull on your Hunter boots and get outdoors for a bracing winter walk – and you can reward yourself with amazing grub and a gorgeous room for the night at the end of it There's nothing more exhilarating on a frosty, clear winter's day than a…
To the wilds of Wiltshire and Somerset, or SoCo as I’m calling it, short for South of Cotswolds. The green arc around Bath’s eastern side, where the West Country ends and the Wolds begin has long been neglected by travellers who zip through heading south for Devon, north to the…
MY RAW JUICE CLEANSE: A POSTSCRIPT
So earlier this week I did Tanya Maher’s raw alkaline juice cleanse for 48 hours (read more about that here) – and then a little bit longer as I started day three with a green juice and a lemon tea with chia seeds.
Yes, there were a couple of spots (a sign it’s working and toxins are leaving your body), but I wasn’t sure if I’d feel any other “benefits”. In fact I was worried if feel lethargic and hungry.
How wrong was I?! My tummy never rumbled (though I wouldn’t say I felt full); I lost two pounds in two days (!); my skin looks better, AND – the best news – that mummy tummy (or stomach boob as I think of it, there’s no polite way to describe the saggy trouser overhang!) has quite visibly shrunk.
I cannot believe it. And I certainly did not expect such a radical reaction in two days. I’ve had that horrid tummy fat for four years!!!
So if you’re unsure about whether to do a juice cleanse (make sure it’s raw cold-pressed juice) all I can say is: do it. Do it today!
READ ABOUT THE JUICE CLEANSE HERE
A little treat to get into the mood this New Year’s Eve, with thanks to London’s Lima Floral for the recipe
2 ounces Pisco Quebranta
1 ounce key lime juice
1 ounce sugar syrup
¼ white of a fresh egg
1 Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
2 Strain into a rocks glass of appropriate size.
3 To finish, place three drops of bitters in the centre of the egg foam.
Tip: Key Lime juice and simple syrup can be adjusted to taste. Some prefer a more sour drink while others something sweeter.
Love cycling? Love craft? Then you’re going to love this cute Christmassy collacboration between Brit bike brand Brompton (you know, the folding, skinny orange bikes you see all over London) and pretty, quintessentially English eccentric printmakers Thornback and Peel.
Head to Brompton Junction on Long Arce in Covent Garden this Sunday and you can print your own jolly Brompton-tastic festive cards. Tickets cost a tenner, but that includes the cards (in red or black) that you’ll screen print, and bubbly and mince pies, too.
What a fab idea. Folding is optional.
I’m a huge fan of artist Zara Wood, aka Woody, and follow her to art and craft fairs all over the place (one of her little Pirates prints hangs in my daughter’s bedroom).
So the prospect of a pop-up shop in her Brighton Studio is too good to miss, and a brilliant Christmas present pit-stop, too.
I love the naive, almost-Victorian style characters that she creates – the Little Treasures collection of miniature works of art housed inside vintage jewellery has been top of my Christmas wish-list for about the last five years!
The workshop is open for the next three weekends (28-29 Nov, 6-7 Dec, 13-14 Dec) as part of the Brighton Christmas Art Trail, when artists open their homes and studios to the public.