Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Moving into my new pad a couple of years back, I was struck by how much I craved colour. Much as I love an understated, grown-up colour scheme, bright pinks, yellows and blues made their way into my home – a kind of mental health insurance if you like. The house we live in now is entirely white walls and pale carpet, providing the perfect opportunity to inject pops of colour in the form of accessories. Enter one of 2017’s biggest trends - tribal.
Friday, 31 March 2017
Food, cooking and eating are pretty much on my mind at all times, whether it's a new cafe or a flick through a recipe book or endless 'what shall we eat tonight?' conversations. A couple of weeks ago I had to go into hospital (hence recent radio silence) and, although I was very anxious about the operation itself, one of my main concerns was eating well during recovery. As the person who does 95% of the cooking in this house, you can see why this was on my mind...
Thursday, 16 March 2017
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.
Monday, 27 February 2017
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.
Friday, 24 February 2017
'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....
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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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...
Friday, 17 February 2017
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.
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Friday, 27 January 2017
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.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
I love it when a new shop comes to town. Right now in Cabot Circus, Bristol, there's a temporary Made.com pop-up rammed with gorgeous furniture. And last week, I went there for dinner. Wait, what??
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
'I wish everyone had a home', said my six-year-old on New Year’s Eve. We live near a pedestrian bridge in Bristol that’s one of the main thoroughfares across the river. As such, homeless people often sit on the bridge asking for money. Kids are so good at cutting through the nonsense to ask the important questions and state things in a way that can’t be ignored.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Several strange and unexpected things have happened since I wrote my post dismissing resolutions. In it, I spoke about rejecting deprivation and opting for pleasure and both these concepts hold true. But what I didn't anticipate was how much time and energy would be freed up by refusing to diet.
Monday, 9 January 2017
Cast your mind back many months to when I first mentioned the idea of a black kitchen... Or if that's too tricky, here's the original post. Since then, slowly but surely, the B&Q kitchen makeover has come together and it's now time for the big reveal. Read on for details of how to completely renovate a dated kitchen on a budget by painting cupboard doors, floor and tiles.
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
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