Thursday, 16 March 2017

Mother's Day gift guide: What to buy for mum (and me)

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

If ever I want to evoke my childhood, it's smell that instantly takes me back. The powder puff on my grandma's dressing table. The leather seats in my dad's car. The hint of nutmeg in the macaroni cheese my mum made when I was poorly.

Smell is the most nostalgic of the senses and a shortcut to memory. Rip up the map, I know this way home like the back of my hand.
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Monday, 27 February 2017

Recipe: Vegan waffles with warm blueberry and maple syrup compote

best vegan waffles recipe

Forget pancakes, we are ALL about the waffles in this house. Yes, the American-style pancake has always been a staple but since we got our whizzy waffle machine no one asks for them anymore. Instead, the following recipe can be made in minutes and the gadget does all the work, cooking batches of four in minutes, perfect for Pancake Day.
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Friday, 24 February 2017

My style at 40: A new haircut and a favourite outfit

Boden Lottie dress cashmere cardigan boho boots review

'It's only a fringe,' said my hairdresser, Steve. 'You can always grow it out if you don't like it.'

A couple of months back I turned 40. It was a weird one. People kept asking me how I felt about it and I still don't really have an answer. It's just a number. But it's not....
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

February picks: Watch, read, listen, visit

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My monthly reads posts seems to have died a death. Oops. What's the professional way to segue that out?

How about: Now that my Five reads series has come to an end, please be upstanding for the start of a new series of monthly picks. Rather than just reads, I'm choosing things to watch, wear, eat, listen to and visit. And probably other things that come my way. Here goes...

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Friday, 17 February 2017

On Instagram stories: Why I love this platform PLUS my favourite follows

Image: Toni Hukkanen/Unsplash





Back in the day, Instagram was the pictures to Twitter's words. A way to visually capture where you were, what you were doing/eating/liking/disliking, all in one easy snap and with a quickly applied in-app filter.
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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Recipe: Vegan mock duck with kung pao sauce


Saturday was Chinese New Year, marking the transition to the year of the rooster. In celebration, we ate a delicious vegan version of mock duck with pancakes. When reading about Chinese food and scouring recipes with a view to making something vegan-friendly, I discovered that mock duck is a fairly standard thing, with loads of tofu options readily available in both Chinese restaurants and oriental supermarkets.  Here's my take.
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Food: A sunny winter's day at Le Manoir with The White Company


Last month, a brilliant thing happened. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire – the hotel, restaurant and cookery school owned by Raymond Blanc – is an all-year-round incredible destination but isn't everywhere better in the summer? That's my usual stance on things, wedded as I am to the sharp sunlight on a midsummer day or the orangey glow of a September Indian summer.
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