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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13.07

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As Jason and I are getting older, both the quantity and frequency of wedding invites that land on our doormat (and are delivered straight to our hands by Teddy, the ever-eager postman’s assistant), is without shadow of a doubt on a serious incline. It seems that every time we blink, another of our friends or family members are announcing engagements and setting wedding dates, and it’s such a thrill! And hey, we’re contributing to the trend ourselves!

Whilst my own outfit for that Big Day in July is pretty much set in stone (bar the endless last minute panics about hair styles and accessories I’ve been having…), I always think that the task of dressing for a wedding as a guest is a tricky one. You’ve got to contend with the ‘no white/cream’ rule, and the fear of accidentally showing up a dress that looks like you’ve come as a bonus bridesmaid. You need shoes that’ll carry you through the whole day blister-free, and that’ll stand up to at least 4 hours of shimmying on the dance floor. You’ve got to try to match the tone and feel of the day (will it be super formal, or a relaxed affair?) without looking like you’ve tried too hard. It’s a minefield!

And so, to help navigate this etiquette-laden minefield, this summer I’ve teamed up with Anthropologie to assemble not only the perfect summer wedding ensemble (or at least, I think it’s pretty perfect anyway!), but a charming and personal gift for the happy Mr & Mrs too!

Hold onto your fascinators friends, because we’re going Off Registry… ;)
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T H E   O U T F I T

If you ask me, the most failsafe choice for a summer wedding is a patterned maxi.

In opting for a patterned dress, your chances of committing the Oops I Look Like A Bridesmaid faux-pas (can you tell I have a mega paranoia about that?) are reduced to 0.01%- trust me, I’ve done the maths. And a full length gown will look glamorous and elegant and all those other wonderful things, *but*, it’s also comfortable and effortlessly bohemian AND you don’t have to wax/shave/tan your legs! A no brainer, right? This beautiful one is soft as can be (it’s made from jersey), and just begs to be danced in.

For the extras (shoes, accessories, you know the drill), I say go timeless and versatile.

A chunky heeled sandal is, as every woman knows, just about the comfiest high heeled shoe imaginable, and these ones are so heavenly I’m debating whether or not to do away with the inevitably painful ivory stilettos I’ve got lined up as my wedding day shoes, and to just wear these instead! ;) They’re the sort of shoe that’ll pair with any dress imaginable, and for those among you who, like me, obsess over a new pair of shoes and like to wear them as often as is humanly possible, they also work just as nicely with jeans as they do with dresses.

What I’m wearing ::
Dress - Nova maxi
Shoes - Talena heels
Bracelet- Gilded Paths cuff
Clutch - Rosie Raffia

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T H E   G I F T

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I remember my Grandma telling me years and years ago about the old fashioned concept of a ‘bottom drawer’. It was, so I learnt, a little set of crockery and linens and all sorts of other homewares that a young couple would collect together and save, ready for when they could afford to move into their own house and set up home together. I thought that that concept, of a little collection of gathered pieces with which to furnish your first home, was such a charming and sweet one that it captured my heart and has stuck with me ever since.

This little wedding gift box is a nod to that sweet ‘bottom drawer’ tradition of gathering. Instead of the usual registry selection or vouchers, I propose picking out some lovely activity for the couple to do together, and putting together a gift box filled with items around the theme. Perhaps pizza making (think pizza stones for creating crispy bases, basil plants, and a wooden serving board) or a cocktail kit (shakers, martini glasses, muddlers, and a bottle of the couple’s favourite spirit)?

For this one, I’ve gathered up all you’d need for a beautiful and lazy weekend morning breakfast in bed- sweet blue-edged glasses to sip fresh juice from, cups as big as side plates to hold froth-topped coffees, beautiful handmade bowls (perfect for granola or oats or for catching the syrup running off a stack of pancakes) and even love-themed porcelain spoons to eat it all with. And, to round out the set, candy striped napkins (for colour and also to act as bed linen protectors…), and a sweetly scented something to brighten up the morning.

Charming, unusual, and oh so personal.

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Summer wedding season? We’re ready for you.

* This post was created in collaboration with Anthropologie. *

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11.07

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Bircher muesli is never going to win any ‘most beautiful breakfast’ awards. It’s not got the kerb appeal of a tall stack of pancakes dripping with syrup, or a perfectly poached egg set on a bed of smashed avocado, or even an artfully arranged, multi-coloured fruit platter. But, despite it being perhaps less Instagram-friendly than we’d like, for ease and health and taste and so many other things besides, I find I’m hard pressed to do better than a bowl of Bircher in the morning.

There are countless ways to make it (apple juice, or milk? A short ten minute soak, or overnight?), but this is how I like mine…

I N G R E D I E N T S  +  I N S T R U C T I O N S ::
200g rolled oats
100g dried fruits + nuts (I used shredded coconut, chopped dates + almonds)
1tbsp chia seeds
1 whole apple
Milk

- Combine the oats, nuts, chia seeds and dried fruits, and store in an airtight jar for future breakfasting.

- Put a few tablespoons of the oat mixture into a bowl, and cover over with milk (cow’s, almond, coconut- any will do!). Set aside for at least ten minutes (the perfect time to brew a coffee), or cover and place in the fridge overnight if you’re prepping in advance.

- Coarsely grate the apple and stir through the oat mixture, with a little extra milk if you’ve left the oats to soak for a while. Enjoy at leisure, or eat at breakneck speed before dashing out of the door to catch a train. It’ll be just as delicious either way.

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More morning inspiration ::
The best American pancakes
Eggs + avocado

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