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My Top 5 Autumn Buys

September 22, 2016

I’m going to put my hands up now and say: I’m not really an Autumn person. A steadfast summer girl, I’d be happy if I got to spend my years – all year round – in shorts, flip flops and tshirts. To me, covering up in woolly layers feels unnatural… and often itchy. Not my favourite thing… give me a beach over a mountain any day. And so, to ease myself in to the harsh realities of crispy leaves and…

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Things I’ve Learned About Holiday Packing From New York Women

August 1, 2016
12 things to do in brooklyn

There are a few things you’ll notice when you enter what feels like the parallel universe that is Brooklyn, New York. Number one: you’ll feel like you’re on a TV, or movie set. From the skyline you’ve so often admired on Friends and Sex and the City to the coffee shops and bars of Girls, there really is no vibe like it. You might round a corner and bump into Lena Dunham or Alexa Chung (has happened) – it’s a truly…

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Blue For Summer

June 23, 2016

We all know I’m on holiday this week, spending time sunning myself and, oh yeah, I guess entertaining the kids on the sunny island of Kos, Greece. I had a very slim luggage allowance of 20kg (ouch – I normally struggle to fit all the bits I need into 30kg) so I’ve been working really hard to pare down my holiday wardrobe to the bare essentials. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m in Greece, or if I just love…

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A Faux Easter

March 22, 2016
Easter

My children are usually with their dad over Easter, so I like to celebrate with them the weekend before. I let them have one Easter egg – chocolate nazi that I am – and buy for them an otherwise special treat that we can play with together. We dress up nicely, have a glass of wine (me, not them) and feast on spring treats like lamb and strawberries. It’s like Christmas, just slightly warmer. I had grand plans for our…

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A Christmas Gift Guide With Very

December 4, 2015

Giving presents is one of my very favourite things about Christmas. I love the whole process: from thinking hard about what my giftee might like through to researching where to buy their perfect pressie. I probably start the whole thought process in September before making the final decisions in December so It’s a pretty lengthly process but so much fun! I always like to buy useful things that will be used throughout the next year; one of my favourite presents…

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The Art of Hygge

November 24, 2015
Hygge

When winter comes I really get into the whole hibernation thing. You know what I mean? Scented candles, blankets, red wine, pillows, Netflix, stew with dumplings. Think of the inside of Father Christmas’s house crossed with a Diptyque x Habitat x Le Creuset concession and you’re just about there. Until this year I thought the big love I had for hibernation was laziness more than anything. Like, really Alice? You spend your evenings in leggings and big socks cuddling up…

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London Retro Eyewear: A Glasses Direct Review

March 28, 2015

The first thing my mum did when I turned up to lunch in my lovely new glasses from London Retro at Glasses Direct was nudge my dad hard. “Who does Alice look like?” she kept asking him. Apparently my Nanna Elfreda’s legacy lives on not just in Elfie’s name but in my new glasses too, proving that London Retro really does make authentic-looking retro glasses, similarly worn by my Nanna in the 70s! But Nanna B or not, my new…

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Life Stories – Hannah From Épanoui

May 14, 2014

When it comes to work I sometimes find self-employment a little tricky. I’ve been a freelance Marketing Consultant for four years now (errm, how did that happen?) and have been lucky enough to include my blog in my job remit for the last one and a half years but sometimes I still feel like I’m playing at my career. This probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t feel like a grown-up yet, and also because with my…

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Life Stories – Sigrid From Peponita

February 10, 2014
Peponita

It took a long old time for me to find my groove when I first became a mother. At first I was a bit shellshocked; unlike work, there’s nobody there giving you appraisals, nobody telling you that you’ve done a good (or even average – average would do) job at the end of every knackering (24 hour) working day. It’s relentless and hard and you don’t get paid for it (unless you have a nice maternity package. I didn’t). I…

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The Importance Of Buying Yourself New Bras

January 13, 2014

Last week, in celebration of my week of freedom, I took myself shopping. Shopping usually involves a list that starts with avocados and ends with potty training nappies so I thought it might be nice to visit my old friends the clothes rather than the groceries. I wanted to wander the halls of the shopping centre, stopping only to look at price tags and feel fabric quality rather than to retrieve lost balloons and tiny errant socks. I had nothing…

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Getting dressed: Winter Jumpers

December 17, 2013

It’s taken 28 years, but I think I’m finally at a place where I feel happy with the clothes in my wardrobe. I know what I like, I know what I feel comfortable in and I know what (I think) looks good. I try to steer away from reverting to my ‘mumiform’ (more on that here) and I really have Gap to thank for sorting all my basics out in their sales. I love the Gap sale more than anything.…

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