27.07

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July’s whizzed past in a wave of sunshine and fizzy happiness and life events, so has there been any time for reading blogs? Why of course there has! I actually find I’m most inclined to read blogs when I’m at my busiest- I mean, I first found the blogging ‘world’ whilst avoiding writing essays and reading weighty tomes at university, so I guess not much has changed! ;) I’ve got such a lovely selection of blogs to share with you today, so without further ado, let’s jump in!

The What Now Blog
There’s just something about reading Lou’s blog that just makes me feel calmer.  When I’m having one of those silly days where nothing seems to be going right, a browse through The What Now Blog is the quickest route back to a feeling of motivation and inspiration. Louise’s posts centre mainly around career advice and personal wellbeing, with a few lifestyle posts thrown into the mix for good measure. They’re always written with such care and attention to detail, and never fail to leave me feeling ready to tackle my day. If you’ve not already added The What Now Blog to you’re reading list- you’re in for a treat!
Favourite post of the past month? Glastonbury Festival: Tales From The Tented City.

The Librarian
I’m so, *so* very glad to have discovered how amazing Georgina’s beautiful blog is recently! I feel as though I’ve known Georgina via Twitter for ever such a long time now, and can’t begin to think why I’ve not been reading her blog all this time! The Librarian is everything I look for in a lifestyle blog- beautiful photos, sweetly personal writing, charmingly simple adventures…I just love it! I especially adore how Georgina focuses on the little moments that make her most happy- a girl after my own heart, as you can imagine! If lovely recipes and happy lists and beautiful outfits and days out are your cup of tea- then you’ve found the blog for you!
Favourite post of the past month? Lincoln Castle + 1940s Weekend. 

Silverspoon London
I feel as though I could go on forever about how fantastic a read Angie’s blog is! Silverspoon London is a luxury travel and lifestyle blog, featuring hotel and restaurant reviews, incredible ‘take me along with you!’ travel posts, and so much more besides. I love how passionate Angie is about the topics she covers, and, most importantly, how honest she is when sharing her views about dining and travel experiences. She’s quickly become my ‘go to’ for travel and restaurant recommendations (I’ve already bookmarked her suggestions for our Koh Samui honeymoon!) and I’m am so looking forward to following along with her adventures in the second half of this year!
Favourite post of the past month? 10 Reasons Why I Love South Africa.

Brooke Meagan Jones
If there’s one thing that’s pretty difficult to accomplish in the blogging world, it’s being totally, 100% unique. There are countless blogs in existence and the community grows every day, so it can be pretty hard to stand out! And it’s for exactly this reason that I admire Brooke so very much- because she’s got the art of staying unique and true to herself down to a fine art! Brooke Meagan Jones is a lifestyle blog, and is so hilarious and well written reading it feels like sitting down having a catch up with a friend! There’s something so very special about Brooke’s way with words- her posts regularly have me laughing out loud, and I mean that quite literally! I can’t recommend you add Brooke Meagan Jones to your reading list highly enough!
Favourite post of the past month? Throwing My Weight Around.

The Awkward Blog
I’ve adored The Awkward Blog ever since I first clicked through to it, and over the past 18 months or so have followed along as Angela got her two lovely kittens, renovated her flat, and got engaged to her then-boyfriend/now-fiance! The Awkward Blog is a lifestyle focused blog, documenting Angela’s adventures in London. I just love how fun and engaging Angela’s posts always are- her photographs and stories never fail to leave me desperate to head into the city! Her blog is so beautifully polished and super smart, and is the kind that’ll have you hooked from the very first post. You’re going to just adore this one, I know it!
Favourite post of the past month? Carsten Holler: Decision Exhibition.

Anna in Wonderland
Anna in Wonderland is another totally unique and individual blog! On her site, Anna writes interesting think pieces and fun lifestyle and travel posts, and so much more besides. This month, Anna’s shared with us a post about her favourite 90s summer tunes (which sent me running to Spotify!), written a mini-tutorial about how to update a Blogger design template, and also continued with her weekly travel series in which she interviews expats about their experiences of moving abroad! Isn’t that the most brilliant idea for a blog series? I just love how passionate Anna is in everything she writes, and am so enjoying getting to know her blog!
Favourite post of the past month? Travel Tuesdays – Lisa from United Cakedom Talks Moving from the US to UK

Pink Confetti
Oh, it’s so nice to have Nicola’s blog linked here in my sidebar once again- I’ve had so much fun catching up on her adventures and nosing through all her most recent posts! Pink Confetti is a lifestyle blog, featuring a myriad of posts covering everything from travel and restaurant reviews, to beauty box ‘unboxings’ and life-lately style round ups. I just love how refreshingly simple and charming Nicola’s posts are- her photographs are so lovely, and her travel posts especially take you right along with her on her adventures! You must go and have a browse through Nicola’s posts from her recent trip to California- she’s given me a serious case of wanderlust!
Favourite post of the past month? California; Part One. The Beach Edition!

A Little Lusciousness
I’m just going to say it- I have a total blog crush on A Little Lusciousness! There’s just something about the simple, unfussy way Rosie presents her content that gets me every time! A Little Lusciousness is a food blog, and on it Rosie shares recipes, restaurant reviews, and details of her pop up supper club! Over the past few weeks, Rosie’s sampled a flight of Laurent Perrier champagne at St James’ Court, announced the date of her July supper club, and shared her thoughts on a meal at Trader Vic’s in Mayfair! A Little Lusciousness is absolutely the place to go for mealtime inspiration- and I’m certain you’re going to just adore it!
Favourite post of the past month? 80 Tastes, St James’s Court.

Melanie Fontaine
Melanie’s blog has been a new one to me over the past couple of months, and I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved getting to know it. Everything Melanie shares is just gorgeous, you see! Her posts focus on travel, primarily, and in such a beautiful way they make me want to head to the nearest airport and hop on the first plane to Germany, or Amsterdam, or any other the other places Melanie’s shared stories from! I love the elegant way Melanie puts together her posts, and how her love for travel shines through all she shares. I’ve especially loved her recent posts about Florence and the Black Forest in Germany- both now right at the top of my ‘where to next’ list, funnily enough! ;)
Favourite post of the past month? A Countryside Weekend.

A few more wonderful blogs to get to know! ::
Emma Inks || Favourite post? Dinerama Shoreditch
Get the Skinny || Favourite post? Daisy Green
Michael 84 || Favourite post? Newcastle Fashion Blogger.
AimSui, Small and Ted || Favourite post? One.

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23.07

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On grey July days, when the weather just won’t play ball and you’re on the most exciting countdown of your life, there’s nothing else to do but have a ‘favourites’ day. Don your favourite top and your comfiest jeans and your old faithful Birkenstocks, leave your hair scruffy, and head into London armed with a camera and an appetite for sweet stuff.

Violet cafe is always a safe bet on favourite days. The cake is unfailingly fantastic, and the iced coffee’s pretty great too. Through a very arduous process of testing and trialling, we’ve found that the  spelt cake with cherries and the salted caramel rum cake (I can’t remember the full name, but you’ll know it when you see it), are without doubt outstanding. Oh, and the buttermilk banana loaf hits the spot too. As you an imagine, testing was hard work! ;)

Once cake’s been consumed (and a few other admin-stops have been made along the way), Liberty’s is the next and best place to visit on ‘favourite’ days. Fragrance testing in Diptyque, photo-snapping outside the flower department (don’t they always have the most incredible blooms?), colour-swatching in the cosmetics hall- it’s a total haven! And a bank balance-damaging haven it is too…

What does a ‘favourite’ day look like for you?

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21.07

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I’ve clearly been spending too much time on the internet over the past year or so. Why? Because the non-stop exposure to All Things Coconut (oil! water! milk!) has turned this coconut-phobic individual into someone who actively spent a good couple of weeks perfecting a coconut mocha recipe! I blame  Instagram. And the food bloggers…

To be honest with you though, it’s probably less the power of the internet and more the power of PR. CocoCafe (Vita Coco’s little sister brand) sent me over a parcel of their coconut coffee drinks about a year or so ago, and though I was pretty tentative about trying them at first (drinking coconut water is NOT my idea of a good time), they had me hooked at first sip. There’s something about the faintly fruity flavour of the coconut water that pairs so well with the dark chocolate, and, well, you know my stance on coffee. Add it to pretty much anything, and I’m well on the way to falling in love!

So that was that- one parcel of coconut lattes and mochas down, and I was a fully fledged convert. I mean, it’s not likely you’ll be catching me grabbing bottles of coconut water on the fly any time soon, but after a solid 23 years of only eating coconut when it came swathed in chocolate and wearing a wrapper saying ‘Bounty’- it’s progress!

In order to keep my coconut mocha-buying habits down to an acceptable level (it was getting kind of ridiculous…) I decided to see if I could get close to replicating the recipe at home. ‘How hard can it be?’ I thought. And wonderfully, it turns out that ‘not very hard at all!’ is the answer to that question!

Here’s how…

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The recipe makes two mochas, with the serving sizes shown above. I find you only want a small serving since the mocha is intense and dark and sweet, but feel free to scale up if you’d like!

A note too about ingredients- the chocolate syrup needs to be the all-natural kind. The type you find with the icecream toppings in the supermarket will likely be synthetic and overly sweet- I use one by a brand called Sweet Freedom, which is dark and delicious and vegan to boot!

Ingredients ::
1 shot espresso
1tbsp *best quality* chocolate syrup
200ml coconut water {I use one called ‘Go Coco’}
75ml milk
2/3 ice cubes

- Make an espresso, and whilst the coffee is still piping hot, stir into it the tablespoon of chocolate syrup. Add a few cubes of ice to both glasses.

- Mix together the milk and coconut water, and divide between the two glasses. Pour half the espresso and chocolate mixture into each of the glasses, add a straw, and serve!

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Do let me know if you give them a go! You know the drill, find me here on Twitter, and here on Instagram!

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16.07

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Remember when I first shared the news of our engagement with you, and I wrote ‘I can’t quite find the words’? Well, words have left me again now. The lump that’s sitting high and heavy in my throat is making it just as difficult to express in words all the whirlwind emotions I’m feeling now, as it would be to tell you in person. So I’ll just say this…

Thank you, a hundred times over, for following along with all that I share of our lives here on Cider with Rosie. I can’t even begin to express how special and heart-warming and wonderful it’s been to share the process of planning our wedding here with you, and how much your sweet messages and emails and words of support have meant to us. You, each and every one of you, bring more happiness into our lives than I could ever express, and I’m so excited to have such a wonderful community here to share with as Jason and I step into this next, most exciting chapter of our lives.

With love and kisses from, as of around 2pm on Friday 17th July…

Rosie Abigail Chappel ! xx

p.s. We’re tagging all things wedding on Instagram and Twitter ‘#goingtotheChappel2015′ if you’d like to follow along over the next couple of days, and on the blog-front, it’ll be business as usual here whilst I’m away on honeymoon! And so, again, see you on the other side! x

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