Month: August 2016

Sunday Best….

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Pins. I’ve become a bit obsessed with pins this year. The fastest way to wear your heart on your sleeve and add a bit of yourself, whether it’s on your beaten up favourite jacket or personalising a bag that you’ve got a bit bored with…So this week’s Sunday Best is dedicated to some of the best pins in town. Feature image pins – Frida, by And Smile, available from, Mother pin, from, Fox pin bought for […]

The 400 year old shark, micro beads & other stories…

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Did you hear the one about the 400 year old shark? Argh why is there no punchline, it’s crying out to be a one-liner. We were blown away by the news story last week about the discovery of the shark off the coast of Greenland. 400 years old. Now that’s an age. So, born in the reign of James I, it basically lived through the death of Shakespeare, the Great Fire of London, the French Revolution, […]

What we’ve been reading…

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A little life – by Hanya Yanagihara I finally read this whilst on holiday, a year after buying it – a bit like Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, it just took me forever to get started and engage with the characters. I kept starting A Little Life and then leaving it, my head turned by a different book I was more desperate to read. I don’t really know why. Maybe I didn’t find the group of young […]

From the mouths of babes…

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What’s that saying? From the mouths of babes. Well I asked my youngest daughter to compile her perfect playlist for our upcoming roadtrip. And it’s a cracker. So here’s this weeks’ playlist. By Kitty. Don’t be fooled by her age, there are no boy bands – this is basically reflective of her feisty personality. And is a great, great compilation for breaking up that long old boring trip… Althea & Donna – Uptown Ranking Max […]

Oh, Pho on then…

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Been feeling a bit under the weather this past few days, so I’ve been mainlining my go-to eat-yourself-better soup. I’ll be honest, (lets get this out of the way now)  – I discovered Pho in the streets of London’s West End, not Hanoi. Over the past couple of years though, I’ve robbed from various recipes having first tried to recreate it based on what flavours I could identify from those quick fix take-out lunches. The […]

Sunday Best…

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This weeks Sunday Best is inspired by all the fab tees out there that are either promoting or donating to great ethical campaigns. So if you’re in the market for new threads, look no further and you’ll be backing a brilliant cause every time you wear it… So, in order – 5 of the best; “Mother” tee by in collaboration with Tibi and Marl, £10 of every sale goes to Tommy’s – a charity close to my heart; […]

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…

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Today marks the end of National Marine Week, and coincidentally it’s coincided with my eldest boy child nagging endlessly about watching Jaws. Not entirely linked but when I was explaining why I don’t think he’s old enough yet to watch it, he asked would it put him off surfing. Probably I said.  For a bit.  But that actually the biggest thing he should worry about is the rubbish and crap that’s pumped into our seas […]

kids rooms they won’t grow out of…

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With a small house currently re-enacting the magic porridge pot, as we were in danger of literally spilling out of the roof like a porridgy, flowing river of kids plastic crap along with our collective lives, and so something had to give. The children have been sharing a room for the past 8 years and it was time to give up the spare room/office, and give them a room each. As the title of the […]