30.09

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P A R I S   I N   T H E   A U T U M N .

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I do like a bit of celebration for the sake of celebration! Making something out of nothing is kind of my speciality ;) I’d say at least once a month Jason asks me ‘What’s this particular meal/party/BBQ/get together in aid of?’ and I’ve always, *always* got an answer for him.

‘It’s the anniversary of the day you proposed!’ I’ll tell him whilst making him sit in my car with his hands over his eyes as I drive us to the beautiful local hotel for a surprise cocktail evening, or ‘It’s midsummer’s eve, so of course we have to celebrate!’, or ‘Don’t you remember, I told you ages ago that we’re having a ‘cocktails and tapas’ night at Mum’s in honour of it being Grandma’s birthday!’

He’s learnt over the years that just coming along with me during these plans and schemes is that best course of action, and I can say that without fear of disagreement because he hardly ever reads my blog! ;)

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One of countless fabulous things about my best friend Jo (who you’ll remember from the wedding!), is that she’s just as fond of (some might say excessive…) celebrating as I am.

When we realised that this September would mark 10 years since we first met and became friends at school, all young and fresh faced and wearing our hideous green striped uniforms with giant brown shoes, we decided that of *course* a celebration was in order!

And so to Paris we went, for our ten year ‘Friendiversary’!

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We spent the second half of last week exploring a crisply autumnal Paris, and it was an absolute dream.

I’ve got approximately five thousand photos to share with you over the coming days, but first, to my current favourite outfit combination…

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A crisp white shirt, paired with dark skinnies and my favourite navy pea coat from last winter, is the outfit combination I’m reaching for time and again at the moment.

It’s warm enough to fight off those chilling autumn winds, easy to pare down when the sun shines brightly, and, if you ask me, nothing makes you feel quite so put together as a freshly ironed bright white oxford shirt.

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Navy pea coat || White shirt || Dark grey skinnies || Grey ankle boots || Handbag || Watch

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Stay tuned for more from Paris…

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29.09

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Today I’m so excited to be introducing you to Angie, of Silverspoon London! You might already have noticed Angie’s advert in my sidebar and read a little about her in my monthly advertiser round up posts over the past few months, and so I’m super excited to be sharing a fun Q&A with the lady herself today! Silverspoon London is a luxury travel and lifestyle blog, and is always such a good read. Angie’s posts document her incredible travel and dining experiences, and reading them is such an amazing form of escapism! And so, without further ado, let me introduce you to…Silverspoon London!

1. Will you tell us a little about how you got started writing Silverspoon London? What brought you to blogging, and how did you pick out the name?

I actually started writing a blog as part of a business but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do it more for myself so I decided to start a new personal one. I was always going on different travel adventures, trying new restaurants and going to fun events and I wanted a place to record it all. Plus I had lots of people asking me for recommendations all the time, now I can easily direct them to my favourite places and show them pictures of what to have! I started on blogger (the free platform from Google) with a very simple and standard design and then worked on improving it with a template from Etsy and a new logo.

For the name I was about to get married and my new surname would be Silver so I wanted it to tie in with that. I drew up a short list and when I thought of SilverSpoon it was kind of a eureka moment as it reflected everything that I wanted it to be.

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

Luxury, travel, food

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3. Would you tell us a little about your blogging process? What comes easiest to you- the words, or the pictures? And do you like to plan your posts well in advance, or just strike when the iron’s hot? :)

I generally start by going through all my photos and choosing the ones I’d like to put in the post and then editing them. Seeing the photo gives me inspiration and reminds me of the experience; such as the taste of a meal and the memories of a beautiful place. I love the writing process and photography didn’t come easily at first but I’ve really worked on my composition and style over the last two years and I’m really seeing a great improvement.

I blog most week days so I have to pretty organised about it and I like to stick to a schedule. I have an excel spreadsheet where I record every day of the week, what I’m going to publish and what category it fits into. I like to keep my content really varied but my schedule is pretty fluid and I’m always moving things around. If I’m going on a trip I’ll write lots of posts in advance so I don’t have the pressure of writing on the go but I still have plenty of content to publish.

4. Has blogging brought about any major changes in your life? Anything especially exciting, or challenging?

The greatest thing about blogging is that you start thinking more out of the box and do different things in order to create new and exciting content. I love travel but I’m really unadventurous and I don’t really like going out of my comfort zone but owing to the blog I force myself to do it because I think it’ll make an interesting story. For example, I’m terrified of heights but I couldn’t visit South Africa without ascending Table Mountain; this meant getting into a cable car to go to the top. I was so scared but so proud that I did it!

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Before the blog I was never interested in photography but now it’s become one of my favourite hobbies. After purchasing my first DSLR camera and attending various classes, I’ve seen my photos grow and grow – the progress is exciting and encourages me to keep working on it and getting better and better.

5. We can’t not talk about travel, in this little interview! Okay, let’s play favourites- what’ve been your top 3 places you’ve ever visited, and why?

The best trip I’ve ever been on was our five week tour of Australia. It’s such an incredible country with a diverse landscape. I’ve never been to a place where I can visit the city, the beach, the rainforest, the mountains and the desert.

I fell in love with South Africa during my recent trip there. We visited Cape Town and the Winelands and drove the Garden Route before finishing off with a safari in Kruger Park. I loved the beautiful scenery, the incredible food and wine and the wonderful luxurious hotels. The safari is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, seeing elephants bathe, rhinos play and lions stalk their prey is just an unbeatable experience.

The third is Thailand, as you know ;). Sadly, I think some areas have been ruined by tourism but there’s still lots of special unspoilt spots in the country. I love the exoticism of Thailand, the wonderful people and the beautiful sunshine.

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6. What’re some of your favourite spots in London? Any hidden, or under-rated restaurants or destinations you wouldn’t mind sharing with us?

One of my favourite areas of London is where I live in Victoria. It’s really under-rated because people still see Victoria as a transport hub or just full of offices but actually it been recently redeveloped and now there’s lots of new bars, restaurants and shops. I would highly recommend trying Kouzu for sushi, UNI for Peruvian food and the stunning Goring Hotel for afternoon tea. Also head down to the gorgeous pink bakery Peggy Porschen which sells the best ever cakes! It’s where I got my wedding cake from. Whilst in Victoria there are so many wonderful sights to see including The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace it’s literally a tourist’s dream.

7. Will you tell us a little about how you met your husband? And, since you’re a few years ahead of me in this whole marriage lark- any advice for how to keep a happy marriage? :)

We started off with just a few casual dates and then it started to get mores serious, and moved in together after a year. After two years we were engaged and after a year and a half of planning we had our dream wedding! As we’re both Jewish we have a similar background and a shared culture but we have lots of other things in common too like our love of food and travel! It sounds obvious but a happy marriage is definitely all about compromise. I’m a planner whereas my husband is spontaneous and we work at finding a happy medium. I also think that when you’re married it’s important to still have date nights and make sure you keep the romance very much alive.

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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!

For my albums I’d probably choose Beyonce for something fun that I can dance too and Take That (don’t judge…) for nostalgia purposes.

For the film I’m total sucker for a chick flick so I would I’d probably go with two of my favourite modern classics: Pretty Woman and Mean Girls

For food, I’d forget about ingredients and just have some trays of sushi paired with champagne.

My luxury item would be a photo of my husband and I on our wedding day.

~ Thank you so much Angie! You can find Silverspoon London here, and don’t forget to follow along via Bloglovin‘! ~

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27.09

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S E P T E M B E R   F A V O U R I T E S .

Let’s round out this week with a chat about this month’s favourite things, shall we?

I’ve got a handful of lovely bits, with everything from nail varnishes and skincare, to an app that’s changed my life this month!

Read on to find out more…

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KORE Optimal Repair Cream.

My skin tends to go crazy around September time each year, as the weather begins to turn. It becomes sensitive and tight, with dry patches everywhere. I’ve tried pretty much every moisturiser under the sun, but usually just resort to slathering my face in whatever I can lay my hands on a couple of times a day, to try and keep the dryness at bay!

I’ve been working on a collaboration with KORE recently (you can see the video I made with them below!), and started using their Optimal Repair Cream about a month ago. It’s so beautifully rich and hydrating (but without being heavy in the slightest!) and is making the biggest difference to how my skin’s looking and feeling as the weather changes. A little pot of magic!

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H O U S E P L A N T S

First of all, I need to hold my hands up and admit I haven’t the faintest idea what this particular plant’s called. It’s a beauty though, isn’t it? :)

I decided a few weeks ago that our house was crying out for some plants. I’d made two attempts at keeping maidenhair ferns in the house (and failed miserably, both times) and the succulents we’d tried keeping on our bedside tables had needed to be put elsewhere to catch more light, and so we were distinctly lacking in the greenery department!

I made a quick trip to the local garden centre right away, and came away laden with a selection of plants to dot around the house. This one in particular is my favourite- it adds some height to the far corner of our bedroom, and the feathery fronds are so pretty and delicate.

And, given that I’ve watered it maybe twice since bringing it home, I’d say it’s low maintenance enough that it might just last under my shoddy care!

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RHS Fig & Plum Wax Lyrcial Candle

I picked up this little tin candle on a whim whilst shopping last week (after being physically unable to walk past Waitrose’s range of Christmas and Winter candles without stopping to smell them all), and it’s a real treat.

It’s fruity and rich, and gives off the most amazing fragrance that scents the whole house. And, most importantly, it’s *just* Christmassy-smelling enough that it satisfies my urge to kick in with all things festive as soon as summer fades away, but not so much that Jason’s instigated his ‘No Christmas stuff until November’ rule ;)

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Essie ‘In the Mood for Nude’ duo kit.

What’s this? Rosie raving about another couple of nude nail varnishes? Ground-breaking stuff, I know.

I just can’t help myself but fall in love with nude nail colours. It’s always an effort not to just keep returning to the same few neutral shades over and over, and these two in particular have become firm favourites as summer’s been drawing to a close.

We actually bought them both for my wedding back in July! On the day my bridesmaids wore ‘Spin the Bottle’ (the peachy nude) and I wore ‘Ballet Slippers’, the sheer pale pink. I’ve been switching back and forth between the two shades pretty much ever since (with the odd round of deep red in an effort to mix things up), and Spin the Bottle has consistently been my pedicure colour of choice.

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Urban Outfitters Linear Rose Smoke Bralette

These little soft, lacey bras from Urban Outfitters are my absolute favourite things to wear these days. I find anything wired makes me uncomfortable after a few hours, and so am beyond thrilled that soft wire-free bras have become more and more available over the past few years.

I love how delicate and feminine UO’s range of bralettes are, and am planning on picking up this style in a few more colours this month. The colour’s pretty dreamy too, isn’t it?

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Evernote + The List Book.

Last but not least, let’s talk organisation and productivity! Coming back from a few weeks off over summer, I felt like it was a great oppurtunity to have a fresh start and tackle my organiation head on.

I’d downloaded Evernote years ago but never really got to grips with it, but this time round I’ve become a total disciple. I love they way it gives you the ability to categorise your notes and reminders and to-do lists, and how intuitive the app is. I have categories for our house (with shopping lists, meal plans, and the like), one for work, a section for weekly to-do lists and day to day tasks, and recently used it to compile all my travel documents and notes for my trip to Paris. It’s a lifesaver!

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And for when scribbling a quick set of notes on paper is what’s needed, this little ‘List Book’ is just the ticket. I *love* being able to rip off each page of notes when I’m finished with them, so that I always open up the book to a fresh set of pages. And for goodness *sake*, ticking off those little check boxes is the most satisfying thing in in the world!

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Tell me, what’ve you been loving this month?

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24.09

CiderwithRosie-September-advertisers-editI’m struggling to get my head around the idea that putting together this month’s round up of the wonderful blogs that’ve been in my sidebar for the fast few weeks means September’s drawing to a close. I mean, can you even believe we’re about to head into October? It’s plain ridiculous, is what it is! 

You’re in for a treat with the blogs I’ve got to share with you today- they truly are fabulous. I hope you enjoy getting to know each of them in turn! 

Silverspoon London
I’ve been following along with Angie’s blog for such a long time now, and am so happy to have her as my ‘top spot’ advertiser this month! Silverspoon London has grown to become one of my most frequently read blogs. It’s just so exciting to follow along with! Angie is a jetsetter, and always seems to be flying off to somewhere far-flung and glamorous. On her blog, Angie documents her recommendations for where to eat, shop, sleep, and visit everywhere she goes, and does so in such a comprehensive way, you’d be hard pressed to find a better travel guide! My favourite posts are the ones she shares from the various amazing hotels she stays in- because you can’t beat getting to nosy round someone else’s hotel room, right?
Favourite post of the past month? Balinese Bliss at The Four Seasons Jimbaran.

Feet Meet World
I’m so glad to have discovered Emily’s lovely blog this month! In her ‘About’ page, Emily describes herself as sometimes feeling as though she’s ‘stumbling around with the lights off’ and for that, I just adore her. Emily’s refreshingly honest take on things is what draws me into her blog, as well as the fact that each and every one of the posts she shares seems to come from the heart. This month, Emily’s shared advice on how to take the leap into solo travel, visited Dorset (aka. the set of Broadchurch!), and convinced me that I just MUST try Deliciously Ella’s raw brownies! You’re going to just love following Feet Meet World, I know it.
Favourite post of the past month? Taking the Leap into Solo Travel.

The Awkward Blog
Oh, Angela’s blog is just a dream. I’ve read The Awkward Blog for longer than I can remember now, and have seen Angela add two sweet kittens to her family, get engaged, get married, and this month, she’s been sharing her honeymoon adventures! Angela and her husband jetted off to Morocco for their honeymoon, and stayed in a hotel that looks like something out of a magazine. I love how colourful and vibrant everything about Angela and her life seems to be, and how her sweet personality always comes shining through in her photographs and writing. If beautiful, fun, and effortlessly charming lifestyle blogs are your cup of tea, then you’ve found your dream read in The Awkward Blog!
Favourite post of the past month? Our Last Adventure | Morocco.

By Bethany
Bethany’s blog was new to me this month, and it has been SUCH a treat to get to know it over the past few weeks! Bethany is a floral stylist, and describes her work in the most incredibly beautiful way. You must go and read her About page for starters, since I can’t even begin to do it justice! By Bethany is a continuation of Bethany’s passion for all things horticultural. On it she shares creative DIY ideas, recipes that centre around wild and foraged ingredients, and a little monthly round up of all the jobs to be done in the garden over the coming four weeks. It’s easily my favourite blog discovery of the past few months, and I can’t recommend you start reading it highly enough!
Favourite post of the past month? The Perfect Scrunchy

A few more blogs to read + fall in love with ::
Get the Skinny || Favourite post? Maple & Fitz.
Supernaturally Healthy || Favourite post? Chewy Chia Chocolate Cookies.
Gin and Giraffes || Favourite post? A journey through Ladakh in photos.

If you’d like to see your own blog featured here, head over to the Sponsor page and take up an advert! It’d be a pleasure to get to know you and your blog better :)

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