19/09/2017

The Weekly Happy Edit




















   










Have you ever flicked through the Daily Mail app or switched on Sky news and thought oh my god when will they put on some good news?!

Well your wish is my command, you can now hop over here once a week for the weekly happy edit of the 5 things that you need to know that week.


1. Snow leopards are no longer endangered


Their classification has now been increased to vulnerable, whilst this is still sad the improvement is great news! If we keep up the good conservation work we should have these cute little kitties around for a long time.


2. A millionaire took in 70 kids displaced by Hurricane Irma



And in even better news for the kids the $30 million house boasts a game room with pool, air hockey and arcade games, and a Star Trek-themed home theatre.

3. Young boy saves 5 lives


8 year old Steffan of New Quay has rescued 5 stranded tourists via kayak in the space of two days- plus he's so cute! 



22/08/2017

How to stay healthy when you’re exhausted

Has anyone else noticed that a huge part of adulting is being exhausted and then going around talking about being exhausted? I’ve even noticed a game of sorts that we seem to play. ‘I’m so exhausted I only had three hours sleep last night’ says co-worker number one ‘well I’m so exhausted I’ve only had about three hours the entire week’ co-worker number two retorts and then co-worker number three chimes in and we’ve got ourselves a little competition that no one really wants to win. This all seems to coincide with the resident gym bunnies hopping around the office and the smoothie slurpers eyeing the exhaustion party with resolute stares. So how do you fake it till you make it? Is there a happy medium between the wheatgrass waifs and the Waitrose ready meal weaklings? Well yes in my opinion, not that I always follow it.

Domestic Sluttery is a term coined by blogger Sian Meades and is pretty much a lifestyle I live and breathe. This involves shortcutting your way to what appears to be the highly organised life of the Nigellas of the world. Think Betty Crocker and frozen canapes. I take exactly this route when it comes to health on planet exhaustion. I watch Netflix in bed until I fall asleep whilst slathered in This Works lavender pillow mist and sleep balm. I eat prepared salads and my smoothies are from a packet. I recently finally cancelled my gym membership after three months of routinely cancelling inductions and now walk for an hour or two a day and do a home workout three times a week. I save money on parking at the station and can’t blame traffic for lateness- although this hasn’t stopped me- people traffic is a real thing, you try pushing through a herd of tourists snapping their cameras around your face! So below I have outlined my little tips and tricks.

1. Ready meals can be ok





If you know you are getting home late and you’ll need a bit of creamy comfort. Ready meals are okay if you choose wisely. If you read through the ingredients and don’t spot too many unidentifiable letters and numbers it’s fine and keep it under the 500 calorie mark. I tend to stab H E A L T H Y  R E A D Y  M E A L into the Ocado search bar.

2. Walk to and from the station and do home workouts.


For some of us the gym is a whole performance we are not ready to break a leg for- quite literally in my #klutzlife experience. I love Lauren Conrad’s skinny jeans circuit it’s kind of easy ish dare I say but will still make a difference:

100 jumping jacks, 20 crunches, 20 squats, 10 push ups, 25 bench dips (you can do this using a chair), 60 second wall sit, 60 second plank (repeat two times)


3. Spruce up pre made salad and invest in snacks.


You can order huge ready made salads to take for lunch that have pre chopped veg and you can just add things like pumpkin seeds, feta, halloumi, salmon, chicken and keep a dressing at work. I tend to bulk buy from Costco things like cliff bars and seaweed snacks and nuts- not amazing for your waist line but better than the cake from the office back table. I often bring fruit and granola bars for a breakfasty snack if I haven’t had anything mid morning.

So there you have it, trick your way into the gym/ yoga bunny tribe whilst still being able to join the exhaustion competition.



29/06/2017

Jury duty: How to Elle Woods


A pink letter arriving through the door meant that I had been summoned to court. I had been summoned to perform my civic duty. I am sure I am one of the few to admit to this but for me, this was the moment I had been waiting for. The moment that I would fulfil all my crime novel based dreams and get the ins and outs of a true criminal case without the slurs of the daily mail to accompany them.

My first two panics that were not gracefully greeted in the jury welcome pack were what do I wear and what do I bring? After careful consideration, I opted for black chiffon culottes and a grey tee with black leather slip ons and a bag big enough to fit in the jury summons letter, books, my laptop, endless snacks and some toiletries. This turned out to be appropriate. Most people do opt for smart casual although this proved difficult when we suffered a heat wave in the second week.

As you walk in through tight security measures you join around 100 other jurors in a jury waiting room reminiscent of an airport. After tales of days and weeks of waiting around I was not comforted by the girl next to me informing me she was on her second week and still no trial. Wifi was £10 a day which seemed a harsh way to make money from the already disgruntled people desperate not to fall too far behind in their jobs. After around 20 minutes of reading my book the first set of jurors were called and to my surprise, my name was called. Around 20 of us headed down to court, it was smaller than I imagined but all the same the wigs and general atmosphere did not disappoint.

The whole process was very quick and before I knew it I was being sworn in with around 8 other jurors being sent away. They give the defence an opportunity to essentially ‘veto’ any jurors so they keep 8 extra on standby. Pretty quickly, the case was underway. We had several bumps in the road or court disruptions which meant we were sat around waiting but we never knew when this would be and it was never long enough to get anything substantial done. The case fascinated my fellow jurors and I. We were left confused right up until the very end. It went on for 2 weeks and 1 day, the final day being our prolonged deliberations.

What to bring?

bag

A book
Headphones
Any work bits
Hand sanitiser
A jumper
Pen and paper
Any toiletries to freshen up
Your jury summons

What to wear?

Karen Millen, on sale




















Smart casual
Layer up and wear comfortable clothes for sitting for long periods of time.

What to expect?


I do not think it would be a stretch by any means to say I found the experience completely outlook altering. Nothing can prepare you for the amount of responsibility you will feel when you are holding someone’s life in your hands. Your decision and the decision of your fellow jurors quite literal changes another person’s life. None of you are qualified for the job in the way a judge is and yet you have the power to adhere to your judgements and morals and make a decision. I had the incredibly difficult feat of being the only person on my jury to feel the way that I did. I had to stand my ground and trust my own instincts whilst under pressure. Learning about crime in such a way is eye-opening. It is difficult to comprehend the madness that goes on in the rest of the world. You will find yourself sucked into the story as if it is a film but often it is happening on your doorstep. My particular case was surrounding drug supply and seeing the effects of the demand for drugs on people who are forced to be part of the chain of supply was harrowing.

30/05/2017

Cannes you handle it?



With the close of the film festival and the last Monaco stragglers filtering through Nice customs, this year’s much awaited starlet vacance is over until 2018. I can finally reflect on my mini break with my partner in crime, colleague and bombshell bestie Emily,

Each year, assistants pack up haute couture and glam squads get their brushes at the ready whilst celebs begin juice cleanses to look their best at the magic that is Cannes film festival. Meanwhile, in north London each year I am sat browsing asos for the best celeb style pieces and a special dress in case this year I am whisked off to a premiere (although I am still unsure about sitting in an evening gown in a glorified cinema, it’s a must do right?).

This year’s round-up of celeb style finds:

Wildfox, £145
Asos, £35
Asos, £60

Flowy ruffled dress | MANGO
Mango, £35.99
STRAPPY KNOTTED DRESS
Zara, £39.99
Image 2 of FLOWING JACQUARD JACKET from Zara
Zara, £90 


























This year as spectacular as every, perhaps even more so, we attended the parties, brushed shoulders with the most beautiful and influential, ate truffle macaroni three times in four days, drank our weight in prosecco and minute rosé and shopped boutiques for bikinis, straw and pompomed bags and evening dresses in the form of shreds of lace. My dresses got more than a few outings each and we had many a sunrise uber ride home with a special mention to being approached for a street style photo in the morning in our dresses that we had put on at 6pm the night before- suffice to say we did not oblige.

The one thing about Cannes is the sheer cost of ‘living it up’. It is near impossible to bear witness to numerous of bottles of Dom in every club, the half-eaten lobsters gracing the restaurant tables and the covetable but astronomical dresses on every leggy lady catwalking past without buckling under the pressure and Amex tapping your way around. With this in mind, I have pored through menus and hotspot guides far and wide to present you with the most budget friendly picks without compromising on the star feeling that you deserve over the film festival.

Tea at the Armani café

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Perfect for people watching- a must in Cannes not only for the celebrities but also the old men in panamas with their bleached rails of wives teetering in Loubs and trailing Chanel shoppers. Having a slice of cake and tea is the ultimate luxury. Bring some big sunnies to hide your stares.

Dinner at Le Maschou

















Le Maschou is famous worldwide as you may have seen in last year’s Cannes post here. There is a set menu payable upon booking so you can forget about it and just enjoy the evening. For a set menu of 49 euros, your table is laden with the signature crudités basket, fire cooked bread, meat, jacket potatoes, dips and you finish with mousse au chocolat, peaches, tarte au citron the list goes on… Be sure to book in advance as a table on the night n’est pas possible!

 A stroll or uber lux down La Croisette


























Window shopping (or window licking in French and probably more accurate in my case) is not only free but deliciously satisfying in Cannes. Pick out your dream red carpet outfits and be sure to linger outside to Martinez to catch any starlets.

Hopping on a friend’s yacht

























Yes I agree this is highly subjective to you having a friend with a yacht but they are hotly available if you hang around in the right places. Not only is it free but it is the best way to spend a day.

Rosé and nibbles chez vous


Although you may pay hundreds of euros for a magnum of rosé, in the local supermarkets the best is very reasonably priced. Our favourite was minute and if you pick up a bottle along with some olives and crisps, you have yourself a very civilised aperitif or ‘apero’.

Boutique shopping in Juan Les Pins

























Cannes is filled with beautiful boutiques at high prices which are admittedly irresistible but if you venture 20 minutes along the main road towards Nice you will happen upon Juan Les Pins, a slightly more budget friendly but equally gorgeous town which is bursting with boutiques. They change names frequently but never cease to consist of finds that will lead to eye rolls when you tell your envious friends they are only available in South of France. We came across the most gorgeous Valentino sandal copies, lacey playsuits, handmade and hand customised denim shorts and a little boutique that weekly ships her picks from stockists in Milan.

Private concerts at Vip Room or Gotha  

























Across the film festival every year, there are pop up clubs such as Vip room and guest performances from some of the biggest names, this year being Tyga, Martin Solveig, Fetty Wap and a collaboration with 1OAK. The great thing about these nights is that essentially they turn into private concerts with never more than 25 euro entry. Girls often don’t have to pay and get shoved onto tables and if you are with friends willing to buy a table then even better.

Okay so this isn’t budget friendly but…

Lunch at the Eden Roc

















Not only are you sure to spot celebrities but the food is delicious, the surroundings are spectacular and it is well worth the treat. Stick to a salad and share a bottle of rosé and you won’t go too wrong. 

So after catching all the last minute sun we could, we eagerly are awaiting next year...


03/05/2017

How to do Al fresco

I fully recognised that 'Al Fresco' isn't always plain sailing with British weather but for those sun happy weekends that aren't peppered with showers I (with the loving support of Pinterest) have a few little tips to share with you.

Pretty as a pitcher

Sangria pitcher - perfect for summer parties!:
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On a recent trip out with the work girls to The Ivy Soho we ordered 9 of our now favourite new drinks. This new wonder was called frozé and consisted of gallons rosé frozen and mixed with pomegranate syrup so that it resembled a strawberry slush puppy. I recently did this for a dinner party with lychee syrup and topped with dried rose petals. Pitchers of these drinks could work well but you can also make non alcoholic cocktails or a personal fave of mine which is margarita pitchers with salted rims (recipe below).

Margarita pitcher:

(Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum)

- Sprinkle rock salt onto a plate and a small pool of water into a bowl big enough to fit the head of your pitcher.
- Place the rim of the pitcher into the water then the rock salt for an even coating.

Now you need to remember this simple formula: 1 part sugar syrup + 2 parts lime juice + 3 parts tequila = yum!  
- Boil one cup water with one cup sugar until all dissolved
- Mix together your juiced lime, tequila and your sugar syrup until your pitcher is full. Careful not to rub off your salty rim.

Set up a 'fairy corner'


Set up a cute teepee/fairy tent at the wedding for children to play in or for photo booth. Perfect for a wedding in garden party style / backyard.:

This is a concept I loved as a child, my parents set my sister and I a big pink teepee with stars up in the garden which we used to play in. Not only will this magical little corner keep kids entertained whilst the grown ups sips margaritas but you will also find the adult 'big kids' make use of it. In here, they can drink, chat and find a shady spot.


Dress like the French

Le Fashion Blog Parisian Style Low Bun Mirrored Round Sunglasses Striped Long Sleeve Shirt Cropped Cream Pants White Pointed Celine Flats Via Gary Pepper:
Le Fashion
Carolyn Murphy looks summer ready in Suno | DRESSR:
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I would bet my lifesavings that you couldn't find me someone who does not think French women are chic. One thing they do a lot better than us Brits is flashing a little skin in Summer in a classy way. We do not want to see your bikini burn lines! Stripes, linen and a swooshy dress are all reminiscent of a Provencal Summer and can be easily copied. Think a little more Petit Bateau a little less Puma... 

Straight dress with stripes Petit Bateau x Wataru Tominaga
Petit Bateau





Use fresh ingredients to perfect your nibbles!


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If you regularly follow along you will know how I love the Forest Feast- she is amazing! She literally upped and left her city life one day for the woodlands and now illustrates her own easy to follow earth to table recipes, think gorgonzola grapes, clementine cakes and peppered honey figs with goats cheese. Her book gatherings is absolutely ideal for Al Fresco. If you get a few olive wood boards you can lay out vegetables and homemade dips and appetisers (we recently bought beautiful ones in a market in Athens but easily source-able in most department stores). 



Garden Games


Ring Toss - White Bottles | Ring Toss Game | Wedding Game | Garden Game | Skittles Set | Vintage Game

I love going a little old school and I particularly love the idea of a traditional English garden party complete with games. LittleWishingWellCo on etsy sell the most gorgeous vintage style garden games for around £35, well worth the investment if you tend to do the hosting. They would also make a very sweet gift for the hostess. 


Get Lit


garden lighting ideas:


And by that I mean with candles or fairy lights.. I personally love the torches you can put up in your garden and any form of outdoor candle is also great for keeping the bugs at bay. You can buy some lovely ones below for just £7 for a 3 pack...



18/04/2017

Slim Pickings

It's getting to the dreaded season where everyone starts to get into a 'Summer body flap'. You go to your favourite Italian with your gal pals for dinner and just as you've selected your creamy penne order you hear coos of the Italian side salad and San Pellegrino with lemon. Well, if you are anything like me you hurriedly fold up the menu so no one spots you only had the pizza/ pasta section open and manage to get a reluctant 'me too' out. So, if this is you and I hope I'm not alone then I have just the thing for you. Your guide to yummy slim eating across popular chains.


Ping Pong

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So Ping Pong actually do an amazing healthy mix menu although it does come in at around 800 calories it is a healthy 800. However, if you leave bikini fasting to the last minute like I do you may want to cut this down a little, in which case I would recommend:

- The Broccoli
- 2-3 Steamed dim sums
- Celery salt edamame

Pizza Express

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There is nothing worse than avoiding carbs at an Italian restaurant but a risotto is a nice compromise and it comes in at well under 500 calories.

- Share a pesto buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad (tastes just like the bruschetta minus the carbs)
- Primavera risotto


Wagamama
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- Mini ramen (I like it because it has sweetcorn and is a more manageable portion) I personally love the tofu. You can also swap in different types of noodles/ the broth.
- Spicy edamame

Nandos

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- Quarter lemon and herb chicken
- Corn on the cob
- Mixed leaf salad

21/03/2017

Mummy day

We love @kaleymunday and her positivity throughout motherhood. Her sweet words about her boys are priceless! Head to her page to read her #strengthinmotherhood roundup.:



Mothers day may well be a marketing ploy clever demised by Clinton cards to raise their profits and I'm sure it works incredibly well, but there is something particularly lovely about honouring the hardest and worst paid job in the entire world. My mummy has spent most of her adult life taxi-ing me around, listening to me rant and rave about the latest drama, sitting by my bed when I'm sick not to mention all the feeding, bathing, birthdays and the list goes on. So, other than her birthday, Mothers day tends to be the only time I get a chance to treat her and I hope my gift ideas will inspire you to do the same for your mummy! 


Boden Vouchers


Her favourite recipe printed onto tea towels in your handwriting

AEK Studio on Etsy make these cute gingham stripped ones



A Mon Purse 

This Australian design your own bag recipe has now landed in Selfridges!


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India Hicks book

This will easily make a sunny addition to her coffee table.



Large Diptyque Feu de Bois

You could also get this in Baies as it is more suited to Spring but I just can't resist the crackling wood smell throughout the year.
DIPTYQUE Feu de Bois large candle indoor & outdoor edition 1500g

A papier card

Going The Extra Mile


Where to go?

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Pop to Sketch for afternoon tea then head to the Princess Diana exhibition at Kensington palace 

21/02/2017

Spring into fashion

As March lures its blossom-filled head and we all begin to thaw out a little, our wardrobes become a little confused- Monclers and thin skirts sharing hangers and bikinis nestled amongst thermals. This jumble can however form rather lovely layered outfits for most occasions. Whilst we are amidst fashion weeks, I thought I would piece together a few bits of inspirations for all your Spring engagements! 

Dinner Party 

There is something rather quaint about old fashioned linen aprons. Even if all you have done is tip a pot of pre made pesto over some pasta, it brings to mind the quintessentially wholesome domestic goddesses like the Nigellas and the Sophie Dahls of the world. I am a firm believer in clothing being comfortable particularly when cooking and so a loose cotton ditsy dress will work perfectly for running around in a steamy kitchen. 

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Eco-friendly present, apron with pockets, linen apron, full apron, kitchen apron, organic apron, natural linen apron, full apron women
3H Linen, £14.87 plus shipping
H&M, Patterned dress, £17.99
   







Birthday

I am of the opinion that birthday girls should wear sparkles and with my birthday is coming up in March, it is the perfect season for outfit hunting. A playsuit particularly protects your modesty if you are planning on being fuzzy headed on prosecco. 

Sparkle and shine glamour ready for the festive season. Get yourself ready for bonfire night, Christmas parties and new Year's Eve celebrations to come.:




























Product Image: Mimi Playsuit
Free People, £250 

Dog walk 

Admittedly, we don't all have the patience to dress like Olivia Palermo on a dog walk but this could also work well for meeting friends in the park or pottering along a little village highstreet. A good quality tee and pinafore will keep you comfortable and cool, whilst a pair of loafers make for an easy trainer alternative. 

Olivia Palermo walking her dog in New York City, July 22, 2016:

Women's v-neck light cotton tee
Petit Bateau, £22
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Oasis, Reduced to £10 from £55

Family Brunch 

Wear leggings or your Topshop Jamie jeans will mean that gorging on orange yolked eggs and creamy avo won't impact your ability to breathe, combine with your can-never-go-wrong crisp white shirt- just ensure you have a napkin on your lap! 

X:

Sandro, £209







Date Night 

60 Pre Fall And Popular Outfits Of Mura Boutique Australian Label:


River Island, £25
Topshop, £35

Girls Night

girls night out:
ASOS, £20
Crop top / Grey / Gray / Wrap top /Long sleeve / Multiway / Strappy / Criss cross / Multi tie / sexy top / Stretch fabric / Festival / Pixie
SCbyMichela, etsy, £35.99











Work

A Big Dose of Outfit Inspiration From NYFW:
Sienna Textured Coat Boden
Boden, £190
 
Joseph, £175