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HOT AND COLD

Iced pineapple and flowering teas. Today has been a day of drinks. Having dashed in a huge circle around town in search of charcoal coloured paint and a post office that was open. On my way home I bought a pink of milk in a bid to make my own latte instead of spending five times the amount on a take away cup. The satisfying ritual of grinding my own beans and heating the milk slowly in a saucepan.

After coffee flowering tea and then this afternoon, the most refreshing juice. A twist on a Juicmaster favourite, it might well be in one of the many juice recipe books, but I just grabbed whatever was laying about today and had a happy success.

1/2 a medium pineapple
1/2 an unwaxed lemon
1/2 a lime (peeled)
2 royal gala apples
1 sprig of fresh mint
1 hand full of ice
(You could also splash some vodka or spiced rum in there for a weekend drink!)

Juice the apples, citrus fruits and pineapple (in that order) in a juice extractor. Put the fresh fruit juice, ice and mint in a blender and blend until smooth with a frothy top, pour, garnish and drink. So refreshing and yummy. x

SLOWING DOWN

SLØ Review
Just wanted to share with you these lovely images from the editor of the revue Toc-toc-toc Sophie Denux and French designer Caroline Gomez  (www.carolinegomez.com). Both Passionate about editing and design, they met two years ago and decided to create a different magazine. SLØ Review, is dedicated to slow design and a slow lifestyle.
SLØ review
With articles about the Maison empereur in Marseille, the gallery-boutique Supermama of Singapore, Casual Poetry and some recipes from “in the woods”. Each volume contains beautiful photography and encouragement for you to take things slowly enjoying as many moments of each day as you can. (more…)

THE OTHER WAY ALONG THE PROMENADE

Visit St-Leonards-On-SeaWhat will you be doing next weekend? I think I will take the walk to St Leonards, (long neglected but believe it or not), the posh end in the past, it seemed everyone put their heart into our Old Town and somewhat forgot about traveling the other way along the promenade. But now it’s community is growing stronger and more interesting every year. New shops and cafes popping up. New and old folk moving in and over. Fresh eyes-fresh start. Here are a few of my favourite places. (more…)

NATURAL HOME

The Natural HomeThe Natural Home-Hans Blomquist The Natural Home-Hans Blomquist

I have been doting on the pages of Hans Blomquist’s The Natural Home, for months. I love the idea of living in more subtle surroundings, darker and lighter, natural, more masculine, earthy colours, wood mixed with wild flowers, linens and antiques. Perfect Sunday dreaming. (more…)

A SUNDAY WITH SPRINKLES

Sunday Pancakes with sprinklesSunday Pancakes with sprinklesSomething sweet for a gloomy Sunday morning, colourful brunch or early afternoon tea. An Autumn version of a simple favourite Fairy Bread. All you need is a batch of scotch pancakes, smooth jam in your favourite flavour (I chose Apricot), sugar sprinkles, and a heart shaped cookie cutter. Toast the pancakes, when cool enough to handle, cut your hearts with the cookie cutter. Spread with jam or a little melted (real) butter right to the edges. Sprinkle with sugar strands! Sunday Pancakes with sprinkles

Happy Sunday xxx

BLOG OF THE WEEK-WHAT KATIE DOES

What katie Does
5 Things you’ll discover when clicking through the pages over at my latest Blog of the week, What Katie Does.

Exciting experiments with pasta. A new appreciation for The Pink Panther Cartoons, 2 adorable cats. Lovely pictures from days out. Screen printed posters for your walls.

Have a great Sunday! x

All images What Katie Does.

NINETEEN NUDES

Fashion NudesDrawn to all things pale and pretty, I always find my eyes go straight to nudes when I am out shopping lately. Mixed with shimmer and texture, the more layers the better I say! Got a bit carried away yesterday and found all these pretty’s online. Before I go on a spending spree, I’m going to tidy out my wardrobe and see how many of these colours I can find. I know they are in there!

Cashmere Jumper from Hush, Shirt and bag from Jigsaw, Underwear set, zig zag beaded skirt, glitter trousers, slip all H&M, Dior Nail varnish, sheer vest and twist cardigan from All Saints, Scarf from Comptoir Des cotonniers, , Diamanted stud earrings from Accessorize, studded bangle from Massimo Dutti, Christian Louboutin Swarovski crystal pumps and Katia flared silk-chiffon shorts from Net-A-Porter, Lace dress and sequin skirt from TopShop, Silk bralet from Cos, Daniel S/S 12 clutch Mimi Berry.

HEART HOME MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012

Heart Home Magazine Autumn 2012A few last days of sunshine spent by the shore, Black and White styling and Autumn bakes. This must mean I’m reading the beautiful pages of the latest issue of Heart Home magazine. This month between the inspiring interiors, fashion finds and recipes on pages 26-29, I’m excited to say you’ll also find some of my seasonal collages and other favourite things. (more…)

NOT ANOTHER BILL

Not Another BillI spent a good while yesterday looking through the past gifts from the super sweet site Not another bill yesterday and how much do I love this idea from Dashing Magazine contributor Ned?! Who doesn’t love getting fun interesting things in the mail? And lets face it these days it’s a rare treat. But sign up  yourself or treat someone special to a subscription for just a month or up to a year, and at the start of each month receive a beautifully wrapped and carefully curated surprise present in the post. The gifts are sought out from new designers, vintage markets and craft fairs to bring you something unique every month.

All images from Not another bill.

L&S MEETS LAURA ASHLEY

Laura Ashley Hurricane LampI can’t express how exciting this day is for me (thanks Kate!). After being a life long fan, I was recently asked to work on a feature with the lovely peeps over at the Laura Ashley Blog. I remember when my husband and I first moved in together, spending any chance we could visiting Laura Ashley for cushions, inspiration and just soaking up their style. So of course I jumped at the chance. Here are a couple of pictures of the cosy reading corner that I put together for Autumn reading and relaxing, but be sure to click through for the full post!Laura Ashley reading corner shelves


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