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Making a bath soak, making a mess

After the success of my homemade shampoo (read about it here) I felt pretty bloody good about myself. Inevitably, I thought it would be a crackin’ idea to start making more of my own beauty products. I decided to start with my own bubble bath. How tricky could this be? VERY TRICKY it turns out. I’ve… Continue reading Making a bath soak, making a mess

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The loveliness of vintage labels

One of my favourite things about buying vintage is that every piece has a story attached. Sometimes this story is based in fact – when an item’s history and era are known by the seller – and sometimes I make up a wild history myself. I just love that each piece has lived its own… Continue reading The loveliness of vintage labels

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Postcards from a roadtrip to Cornwall

Despite going to university in Devon and spending three years living right on the brink of Cornwall, until last weekend I had never been there. How did I let this happen!?? Anyway. In the early hours of Friday morning, we packed up the MG and headed West. The weekend was spent adventuring, in the glorious twin… Continue reading Postcards from a roadtrip to Cornwall

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Black tights be gone/an ode to opaques

The time has come to retire my opaque tights for the summer. I know it’s hot and I know it might make you feel hot to look at my fabric-covered pins, but I could wear tights all year round. I would. And I have. When I was about 16 I defied convention and wore black… Continue reading Black tights be gone/an ode to opaques

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The secret wonders of Kew Gardens Tropical Nursery…

Tucked away in a leafy corner behind a pair of Victorian wrought-iron gates lies Kew Gardens Tropical Nursery. It’s a hot, misty place, filled with intriguing and bizarre wonders of the natural world, from the world’s largest flower to the tiniest lily. The Nursery is where Kew do research, conservation work, and look after rare… Continue reading The secret wonders of Kew Gardens Tropical Nursery…

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Costa Rica, a tropical paradise filled with sloths and parrots

Regularly labelled the happiest, greenest and most sustainable country in the world, Costa Rica is a tropical haven in the heart of Central America. The country relies mostly on renewable energy, it doesn’t have an army and it’s home to the world’s most adorable creature: THE SLOTH. To summarise, Costa Rica is about as close as… Continue reading Costa Rica, a tropical paradise filled with sloths and parrots

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Misadventures with a wildflower window box

I had high hopes for our balcony when I started gardening in September last year. I saw our modest concrete enclosure through rose, tulip and poppy-tinted spectacles. It would become an urban jungle, I thought, filled with hanging baskets brimming with trailing ivy and big, beaming flowers, birds and bees making the glorious space their home. It would… Continue reading Misadventures with a wildflower window box