04.02

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Whilst February might have brought with it brighter sunshine and *slightly* warmer temperatures than miserable old January, we’re still well and truly in the midst of Netflix season. That is, the time of year when hunkering down and watching episode after episode of some really great TV shows on Netflix is the most appealing pastime! Below are a few of my recommendation for shows to get cracking on, if you’re looking for something new to watch. And do leave me your recommendations in the comments, too!

01. The Good Wife
Now, I’ve mentioned our obsession with The Good Wife approximately 1346 times on this blog, but seeing as there’s a new season just out, it bears talking about again! The Good Wife centres around Alicia Florrick, wife of scandalised politician Peter Florrick, as she builds herself a career as a lawyer in Chicago and pieces together her life following her husband’s infidelity and jail sentence. Both Jason and I found that the first season had a slow-ish start, but once the plot really got going, we were hooked! It’s fast paced, well written, beautifully acted, and contains just the right balance of fascinating legal drama and romantic subplots. Season 6 just came out on Netflix (we’re 3/4 of the way through it already!), and Season 7 is currently showing on Channel 4 in the UK. I recommend it to *everyone*!

02. Making a Murderer
I”m sure pretty much everyone who owns a subscription to Netflix has watched Making a Murderer by now, and I can see why it’s gained such a hardcore following online! Jason and I binge-watched MaM over the course of a weekend, and were gripped throughout all ten episodes. The documentary centres around the true story of Stephen Avery, a man in the US who was imprisoned for 18 for a crime he didn’t commit, and then whilst in the midst of sueing the county for damages, finds himself accused of murder. The documentary was filmed over the course of ten years, and exposes what appear to be a catalogue of injustices within the US legal system. It’s a must watch!

03. The Walking Dead
I’ll start my rave review of The Walking Dead by giving this caveat- never has a show given me nightmares as dreadful as this one! We started watching on recommendation of Jason’s brother and his partner, and whilst it is totally amazing, I find I have to force myself to take breaks from it every couple of episodes as binge-watching gave me nightmares that went on for weeks! The Walking Dead takes place in a post-apocolyptic America, and follows a group of people trying to find safety and build a life in a world overrun with zombies. It’s pretty hardcore and grisly at times (I have to watch from behind a cushion when things get too tense!), but it’s as much about the nature of humanity and what it means to be ‘human’, as it is flesh-eating zombies. Well worth a watch, if you can stomach the gruesome stuff!

04. Mr Selfridge
This last series is a lot lighter than the rest- a happy watch, alongside all the other heavier TV series we seem to get glued to! Mr Selfridge, now on its third series, follows the early years of the famous department store and the visionary man who set it up. It’s sort of a fictionalised version of the the true history of Selfridges, with a whole heap of subplots and romance thrown in for good measure. It’s the sort of show I like having running in the background when I’m busy with other tasks, as it doesn’t take too much concentration to follow the plot. Oh, and probably the best thing about it is the *fashion*! The womens’ dresses and mens’ suits are all so beautiful- it’s almost worth watching for that alone! All three series are available on Netflix- I’m just about to get started watching the third!

Currently on our ‘to watch’ list is Sons of Anarchy (another recommendation from my brother and sister in law, who have excellent taste in TV!), Scandal (we’ve seen the first episode and liked it, and my Mum’s been raving about it for years), and culinary documentary series Chef’s Table. Oh, and about a billion years late on the bandwagon, I’m FINALLY starting Downton Abbey!

Anything else we should add to our list?

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02.02

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I’m so excited today to be sharing an interview with a blogger I’ve followed for at least two years now…Jenni, from Bows, Bangles and Bakes! Jenni’s is a lifestyle blog, and on it she posts, quite simply, about the things that make her most happy! I love how relaxed Jenni’s attitude towards blogging is- she simply posts when she wants to, about the things that she loves! It makes her blog all that more lovely to read. So, enough from me, and on to our interview with the wonderful Jenni!

1. Will you tell us a little about how you got started writing Bows, Bangles and Bakes?

Bows Bangles and Bakes started out of my very early wedding plans. Soon after getting engaged I started trawling the internet for inspiration and ideas an came across various wedding blogs. Before that I didn’t really know what a blog was! I think it was A Beautiful Mess that really prompted me into thinking about starting my own blog and eventually giving it a go. My first posts were pretty terrible (honestly go look!) and I think I tried a little too hard to emulate other bloggers writing style before I eventually found my own style and starting blogging about what really interested me.

2. What three words would you use to describe your blog?

This is a difficult one! When I was thinking of name for my blog I read various posts which suggested it should reflect what it is about so I chose three words, Bows, Bangles and Bakes to reflect fashion baking and generally girly-ness which is kinda what my blog was and is. I’ve contemplated changing it – particularly as I don’t bake so much, but I’m a little bit in love with my header. I guess three other words I would choose now are simple lifestyle adventuring! 

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3. Has blogging brought about any changes in your life? And do you have any advice for anyone who might like to start a blog? 

Hmmm not particularly, probably not in the way it has for many other bloggers. I certainly don’t see myself making a career out of blogging and it has nothing to do with (or impact upon) my day job. In fact I very rarely mention my day job on my blog. I think blogging has made me see the beautiful in the simplicity of the everyday and appreciate it much more. I think with how much social media we consume it easy to think everyone is having a better time than you, but actually when you stand back and look at things a different way, you’re probably having a pretty awesome time of it yourself! I think bogging has definitely changed my perceptions!

In terms of anyone thinking of starting a blog I’d say go for it! When I started blogging there was a lot of focus on ‘finding your niche’. When I stopped trying to find my niche and blogged what I cared about and from the heart, I felt much happier in what I was doing.

4. Do you have a favourite type of post to put together?

Out of all the questions I found this hardest to answers as I tend to only do blog posts I enjoy putting together if that makes sense. I certainly don’t do many ‘sponsored’ posts unless I feel really passionate about it or it’s a product I would have considered anyway.

I’m a big book lover so I can happily blog about books all day long – although I do have a tendency to stick to the same author so I have to make a concerted effort to not keep banging on about the same ones!

I do enjoy blogging about my days out and adventuring such as my vintage trip to Kelham hall and especially our family holiday to Northumberland a couple of years back.

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5. As a fellow newlywed, tell us a little about your beautiful wedding! You did a lot of it yourself, right? :) any moments of trial, or particular highlights during the process of planning?

Aww thank you J Yes I practically DIY’ed my entire wedding. Some out of necessity (budget wise) and some out of wanting my wedding to really reflect me and my husband and be very personal to us.

There was a serious point during the making of my bouquet when I seriously questioned what on earth I was doing. Ultimately I’m so glad I persevered as its so special and unique to me but there was a few tears shed over it.

Every element of our wedding was personal to us. So, as my husbands parents come from Glasgow and way back in my linage we also herald from Scotland, we wanted to feature that in our otherwise English wedding. We both have very Scottish surnames and chose a tartan that both of our clans could have traditionally worn (see we really thought this through!) which set the whole colour scheme from there. I think my venue stylist coined it “homemade highland vintage” which is definitely what it was. Our table names were rare Scottish whiskeys which got everyone talking, and my card box was a vintage suitcase which I lined with copies of my great grandparents love letters which we had found inside.

We did have particularly good fun picking our wedding song – again we wanted to stick with our Scottish theme but have a little fun. I found an acoustic version of The Proclaimers 500 miles, by a band called Sleeping at Last (after watching the Commonwealth games opening ceremony) and gt our DJ to mix the original version in once everyone was up on the dancefloor. Again this provided a real talking point, even now, when it gets played and no one believes its your wedding song!

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6. What might Cider with Rosie readers be surprised to learn about you? Any secret skills or party tricks?

I’m a bit of an open book really (aside from my work life) so probably not much. Sorry this is a terrible answer – even my husband couldn’t think of anything! 

7. Your recent posts tell me you’re in the process of buying a house at the moment! Would you share with us your vision for your dream new home?

I recently shared some of my ideas for my plans for my interior, but my dream house would be something really period. We are buying a 1950s ex council semi which doesn’t have much in the way of period features but is big on space and solidly built. In an ideal world (and if we had many in our local area) I’d love a big old Victorian property with big bay windows, original coving, beautiful wooden floors and gorgeous original feature fireplaces. Even though that’s not what we are getting I’m a big believer in any house can be a home, even if its not your dream one, if the right special people are in it. 

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8. And finally, it’s our old favourite Desert Island Discs! If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring along for the ride? You can bring two albums/CDs, two books, two films, ingredients to make a meal, and one luxury item!

My first CD choice would have to be Stereophonics as I’m a pretty big fan. I’d normally choose the first album, Word Gets around, but as it’s desert island disc I’m cheating slightly and choosing Decade in The Sun (which is a Best of collection.)My second choice I my current car album which is ‘When Cool Was King’ which is a collection of Jazz and Swing classics, from Etta James and Frank Sinatra, to Amy Winehouse and Michael Buble – for when I’ve had enough rocking out and just need to chill. 

When it comes to books you’ve got a take a Harry Potter book right? No matter how many times I read any of them I never get bored. My favourite is Prisoner of Azkaban but as that’s mid way through the series I may get a bit irritated by the story not being finished so I’ll go with the Philosophers Stone on this occasion. Second book would be The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I love all Kate Morton’s books, but that is my favourite. 

Films I’d take Footloose as its always been one of my favourite musical dancey type films. The second would be the Notebook as everyone needs to have a good cry sometimes.

I love cooking pasta dishes – especially creamy ones! So the ingredients to make a super creamy cheesy carbonara.

Luxury item would have to be skincare. I can cope without make up straighteners etc but I’m really particularly about my skin, so my cleanser toner and moisturiser would be my luxury item. I’ve recently swapped from super expensive (but still amazing) Clarins, to Tropic, which I discovered at a friends home skincare party and I’ve loved ever since.

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Didn’t you just love Jenni’s answers? Head over to Bows, Bangles and Bakes now and say hello, and don’t forget to follow along via Bloglovin‘!

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28.01

January

Welcome to the first blogger round up of 2016! I’m excited to be introducing you to this lovely collection of bloggers today, and hope you might just find a new favourite read! So, have a little browse through each of them in turn, leave a comment saying hello (because comments are the best, after all!), and don’t forget to add them to your BlogLovin’ feed! Happy reading!

Bows, Bangles & Bakes
It’s so lovely to have Jenni’s blog linked here in my sidebar- I’ve followed along with it for a good couple of years now! Bows, Bangles & Bakes is a lifestyle blog, and on it Jenni shares everything from posts about her life (she got married last year, and you must go back and see what a beautiful and unique bouquet she had!) to product reviews and outfit posts. I love that Jenni writes her posts truly from the heart and blogs to noone’s schedule but her own- it makes her blog feel all the more honest and ‘real’. Recently, Jenni’s shared a post about her recent camera upgrade, a little life update, and a few photos from her lovely honeymoon! If charming, personal lifestyle blogs are you, then you’ll love Bows, Bangles & Bakes.
Favourite post from the past month? Brooch and Fabric Flower Bouquet.

The What Now Blog
Louise’s blog is always a source of inspiration for me, but never more so than during this rather grey and miserable month of January! I love how enthusiastic Louise is about all aspects of wellness and self-care, and find her outlook on life so motivating. This month, The What Now Blog has featured an interview with health coach Lizzy Nichol, a round up of tips for keeping your body fit and moving, and a post reviewing books that centre around mindfulness and self-improvement. I love how unique Louise’s blog is, and that her posts seem always to leave me feeling motivated and ready to tackle the day. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Favourite post of the past month? Wise Words and Wellness with Health Coach and Entrepreneur Lizzy Nichol. 

Silverspoon London
Now, I’ve said before that reading about Angie’s travels on her beautiful blog often leaves me practically green with envy, but that’s never been more true than this month. You *must* go and read Angie’s post from her stay at the Panoramic Suite in Paris’ Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal- it’s pure heaven! Alongside a dream trip to the City of Lights, this month Angie’s shared her tips for a luxurious stay on Hamilton Island, Australia, and reviewed two of London’s finest restaurants. As ever, Angie’s posts this month have been beautifully put together and so well researched, you’d be hard pressed to find a better site to visit when planning your next holiday or evening out in London!
Favourite post of the past month? A Chic Stay at Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal Paris.

Loved by Laura
I’ve so enjoyed getting to know Laura’s blog over the past couple of months. It really is such a lovely one! Loved by Laura is a lifestyle blog, and on it Laura shares posts about her travels, where she dines, product reviews, and so much more besides. This month, Laura visited Sketch for afternoon tea, shared a review of her weekend stay at The Rookery hotel in London, and posted a recipe for Mexican bean salsa lettuce wraps! Delicious! Loved by Laura is the sort of uplifting, cheery lifestyle blog that I find myself being drawn back to time and again, and I’m certain you’ll love reading it too!
Favourite post of the past month? Quirky London | A Weekend Getaway at The Rookery.

The Courtney Diaries 
I first got to know Courtney’s blog a couple of months ago, and it’s so lovely having her back in my sidebar! The Courtney Diaries is another lifestyle blog, and a fabulous one at that! Courtney lives in the U.S, and documents her day to day goings on via her blog. This month, Courtney’s shared photos of a very snowy trip to North Carolina (it made me sad our snow only lasted a morning her in England!), given us her recommendations for what to watch next on Netflix, and posted a review of a South Carolinan ice-cream parlour that had me dreaming of balmy summer days spent eating gelato!  You’re going to love Courtney’s blog, I just know it!
Favourite post of the past month? Tattooed Moose.

Another blog to read and fall in love with?
Get the Skinny || Favourite post? Top 3 Winter Porridge Recipes.

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26.01

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U N P L U G .

You might’ve noticed a little gap in posting around these parts last week (okay, and on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram…basically online in general!), and the reason was that I’d been hit with a pretty severe case of the January blues.

And they hit me hard! I don’t think I’ve ever felt as uninspired, as lacking in creativity, and as just plain old down in the mouth as I have over the past ten or so days.

But you know, it’s nothing that a few days sans-Internet couldn’t fix! I got cracking on a little life admin instead, switched off from all things notification-inducing, and recharged my batteries.

I hope you didn’t mind too much that I went totally AWOL (I had a serious case of blogger guilt!), and that jumping back in with a few photos of last week’s glorious frost will make up for things!

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If I’m remembering correctly, this walk was Elsie and Teddy’s first outing together.

It would’ve been a lovely one anyway, just seeing the two of them bounding along together, but the layer of sparkling frost that had settled overnight made it all the more beautiful.

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The ground crunched underfoot, frozen-over puddles acted as ice rinks for little paws, weak sunlight shone through the trees in misty beams, and the whole forest glittered more beautifully than my camera could capture.

And the very best part of it all?

The frozen ground, usually a sea of the sort of claggy mud baths that Teddy’s always adored and Elsie’s fast learning to, kept all eight of the paws in my care blissfully clean and dry.

And since the littlest spaniel shares her brother’s hatred for post walk hosings-down and likes to make them as arduous as possible, it really was a relief…

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