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There’s a lot to be said for being cosy.

For sleeves that come down below the wrists, and jeans that hold you in all the right places but are made from the softest denim.

For a day spent at home wearing an outfit that’s so simple and relaxed that it’s as comfortable as your favourite PJs, and yet is *just* pulled together enough that you don’t rush to change at the arrival of unexpected visitors, or before nipping to the shops for a pint of milk.

Now that Miss Elsie’s finally stopped chewing and clawing at everything she can reach, I’ve finally been able to dig out the knitwear I put away when she was in her early puppy days.

And after 6 weeks of living in scruffy T shirts and Jason’s oldest sweatshirts (why do you think there’s been such a lack of outfit posts around these parts lately?;), it’s kind of a relief!

This oversized caramel number is a new addition to my wardrobe, and the latest in my collection of cosy, camel/brown/taupe jumpers.

But you know what they say- the classics are classics for a reason!


It’s exactly the sort of relaxed outfit I love most- effortless, timeless, and best served with second day hair and a side of coffee.

What could be better?

Jumper || Jeans || Bracelet



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I don’t know about you, but all the signs we’ve had this week of Spring being maybe, hopefully just around the corner, have made me very happy indeed! I felt *actual* warmth in the sun that was shining one afternoon this week, and it was true heaven. I mean, we’re back to the pond being frozen over now, and the dogs slip and slide on the icey deck as they run outside each morning, but still! I’m feeling happy, and positive. Here’s what else has made this week a lovely one!

1. Ripe tomatoes with cheese on toast, mixed into pasta, smashed between two halves of a toasted bagel- pretty much any old way! I can’t get enough.

2. The crate of oranges we bought on a trip to my favourite place ever (CostCo, of course) last weekend. They’re hand on heart the BEST I’ve ever eaten, and taste like pure summer.

3. The little spotty-nosed puppy who helped herself to an entire bag of treats whilst on the way into work with Jason the other morning, after he’d left the bag in the pocket of his coat that was with her in the boot. He called me asking why I’d given the dogs so many treats when I’d had them both the previous day, and it was only when I denied having given them any at all we realised Elsie had decided to ‘reward her own good behaviour’ a hundred times over during the drive into work! She’s naughty, and it makes me laugh.

4. Hot cross buns! I always forget how great they are, but make it my mission to eat as many as possible around this time of year. So delicious toasted and slathered with butter!

5. FINALLY watching Downton Abbey! It’s totally amazing, isn’t it? Though I’m totally not over some of the deaths in the show…sob!

6. Jam jars filled with daffodils, all over the house.

7. Pancake day. Because pancakes for dinner is always going to make for a happy Tuesday!

8. Seeing snowdrops popping up through hard, frosty soil.

9. Watching Teddy grow to love Elsie. It’s so sweet seeing him tolerate it when she jumps all over him, and pinches his toys, and to see him even allow her to sleep alongside him at times too. They’re going to be best friends in no time, I know it!

10. Wearing through my favourite pair of jeans. I mean, it’s sad they’re finished, but I kind of like that I’ve loved them to death and worn them right through to the bitter end, you know?

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: This recipe for goats cheese garlic butter (sounds insanely delicious, doesn’t it?!) || Kate’s post about her favourite candles (The White Co forever!) || and the current US prison series on HONY. It’s amazing.

I hope you’ve had a happy week! :)

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L O V E   I S   I N   T H E   A I R

There’s nothing like music for making a moment complete, is there?

I grew up in a family where music is considered to be as important and essential as food, and the songs and albums my Mum brought me up listening to have become defining markers in my childhood.

Now that I’m older, music forms the backdrop to my time spent in the kitchen, mainly. There are few things I love more than pottering around in the kitchen, assembling a cake or rubbing butter into flour to make a batch of pastry, with the radio mumbling along quietly in the background.

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After having made do with using various radio station apps downloaded to my phone for such a long time, you can’t imagine how happy I was to receive an offer of this heart-covered beauty of a radio from VQ!

It’s a special one designed by Emma Bridgewater for Valentine’s Day, and not only comes complete with auto-tuning digital radio stations, but also hooks up to your phone via Bluetooth too!

Isn’t the miniature retro shape so sweet? I’ve been completely obsessed ever since it arrived, and just love how comforting the sound of background music or the voice of a radio presenter is during the daytime.

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As part of their #MyLoveSong campaign, VQ asked me to put together a playlist featuring ten of my all-time favourite love songs for Valentine’s Day!

The task was both a pleasure and a cinch- I mean, what better way to spend an hour or so than listening through Otis Redding’s back catalogues on Spotify!?

The songs I chose all have special meaning to Jason and I. Most are favourites that we’ve played over and over whilst cooking together in the early evenings, or washing up dishes late at night, and one, of course, just had to be the song we danced to as our first dance as a married couple back in July.

We always like to keep our Valentine’s Day pretty low key- you know Jason and I, never happier than when at home! But you can bet that the cosy meal we’ll eat together will be accompanied by the music of Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross…


VQ are offering the chance for one lucky reader to win their own VQ Retro Mini Pink Hearts radio, and to do so all you need to do is vote for my playlist by sharing it on Twitter, and use the hashtag #MyLoveSong!

Good luck, and happy Valentine’s Day, lovebirds!

~ This post was sponsored by VQ. ~

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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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