05.03

CIDER-WITH-ROSIE-WISHLIST-SPRING

Spring’s a funny old season, isn’t it? March in particular. It’s always far, far colder than I’d like (making it pretty difficult to wear those little floaty dresses I bought rather presumptuously in late January and have been longing to put on ever since) and the first half of the month seems to drag its feet ever so, as though it’s trying to hold on to winter. But there are snowdrops and crocuses springing up all over our garden, and I’ve just this minute spotted the first robin of this year building a nest in the ivy along the garden fence, so really there’s not much to be sombre about!

Like clockwork, I’m beginning to feel the urge I get each and every season to inject ‘newness’ into both our home and my wardrobe. Bright colours (isn’t that skirt to DIE for?), fresh home accessories (I’ll be buying those letters just as soon as the J is back in stock!) and perhaps a pair of booties to make the transition to sock-lessness a little easier. And a new recipe book too! Jason and I have been trying to up our lunch game recently, and so a recipe book dedicated entirely to lunches sounds pretty perfect!

What’s on your Spring shopping list? :)

 L I N K S ::

1 :: Citrine box pleat midi skirt.
2 :: Moonstone + gold stacking ring.
3 :: Grey textured cushion.
4 :: Copper 3D letters.
5 :: Khaki lightweight raincoat.
6 :: Avocado + mint candle.
7 :: Tan ankle booties.
8 :: Bamboo + copper salad servers. 
9 :: The Little Book of Lunch recipe book.

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10.12

 

So, Christmas shopping! I know there’s an abundance (a plethora, a myriad!) of Christmas gift guides out there in the ether already this year, but I’ve been finding them so helpful in doing my Christmas shopping that I decided it was high time I put together my very own round up of what’s hot in the shops! And let me tell you, doing this sort of dreamy Christmas shopping is even more fun than the real thing ;) I’ve decided to group things thematically instead of by gender, mainly because I tend to see as many things I’d love for myself on traditional men’s gifts lists as I do women’s, and also because hey! Why limit ourselves!

Cider-with-Rosie-gift-guide-home-indulgance

1. Pyjama set || 2. Embossed stoneware mug || 3. Christmas wish candle || 4. The Simple Things subscription || 5. Breakfast tray || 6. Handwash || 7. Moisturising balm || 8. Sheepskin rugs.

First up, the nest featherer. The home maker. The lover of all things cosy and indulgent and plush. And, if you ask me, the easiest kind of person to buy for! Think candles to brighten up dark corners, a sheepskin throw for their favourite armchair, indulgent skincare to fancy up the kitchen sink, and of course, pyjamas. New pyjamas go with Christmas just as beautifully as do mince pies and twinkly lights and cheese! I happen to be wearing a pair right this very second, and can’t think of a nicer ‘special something for a special someone’ parcel to unwrap on the morning of the 25th.

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1. Wire trug || 2. Woodland bird guide || 3. Wooden handled knife || 4. Recycled wood blanket || 5. Waterproof walking boots || 6. Cashmere aran knit beanie || 7. Enamel camping mug || 8. Check flannel shirt. 

For country-dwellers, practicality is king. Natural, hard-wearing fabrics. Waterproof and rugged. I’m particularly fond of that sweet woodland bird-spotting guide (the others in the series are gorgeous too!), for bringing along on walks in the forest and playing ornithologist. And can’t you just imagine throwing out that checked wool blanket and pausing for a quick hot chocolate break during a long weekend walk? For allotment-tending friends and family, what better duo of gifts than a trug for carrying their homegrown bounty, and a beautifully-crafted wooden handled knife with which to cut said bounty all free from branches and stems and roots? And of course (of course!), the softest of brushed cotton tartan shirts to do it all in.

Cider-with-Rosie-gift-guide-foodies  

1. River Cottage avanced bread making course || 2. Six month gourmet coffee subscription || 3. Seasalt + cocoa nib chocolate || 4. Chilli + lime chocolate || 5. NutriBullet blender || 6. The Curious Bartender mixology book || 7. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi || 8. Stone pestle and mortar || 9. Painted handle wooden spoons || 10. Yellow honey pot and dipper.

From the simplest stocking stuffers (pastel-handled wooden spoons and gourmet chocolate bars) to splash out gifts (NutriBullet anyone?), there’s always something fun to buy for those who love their food. You can’t ever go wrong with a new recipe book (The Curious Bartender is a must-read for wannabe mixologists!), and if you ask me, a six-month supply of coffee is possibly the greatest gift ever to be invented. For an all-out, showstopper Christmas present, the River Cottage advanced bread making course is for the baker who’s been extra-specially good all this year. Having done the basic bread making course back in summer, I can tell you it really would make the most wonderful Christmas present. Bonus points if you book a stay at one of Dorset or Devon’s most charming hotels whilst you’re at it, and turn the whole thing into a mini-holiday…

Christmas twenty-fourteen? Sorted.

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12.11

Cider-with-Rosie-Winter-wishlist

Oh, winter. I am so very glad you’re here! We’ve been doing winter right round these parts lately. I’ve been burning candles right through the day time (which feels like a massive indulgence, but always makes the house feel so very festive), making up extra hot-hot water bottles to take up to bed each night, and doubling up on socks most days too. I could do with a touch less rain, if I’m being completely frank, but all in all the frosty weather and grey skies are making me one very happy bunny. And it’s also making me want to shop! Here’s a little round up of what’s on my winter-themed ‘most coveted’ list right now…

p.s. Those shoes! Aren’t they just perfect?

L I N K S ::
1 :: Feather Christmas tree decoration
2 :: Green felt trilby
3 :: Glass honey pot with dipper
4 :: Stacking letter rings
5 :: Canvas lunch bag
6 :: FairIsle socks
7 :: Boyfriend jeans
8 :: Red check throw
9 :: Wild mint candle
10 :: Patent leather loafers

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04.09

Autumn-wishlist-Cider-with-Rosie

Right around the changing of the seasons I always get an urge to add a few new items to my wardrobe and home. I don’t tend to go shopping all that frequently, but there’s something about the quarterly change in weather that makes me restless, and keen to head shop-wards for a little retail therapy. And since it’s now quite firmly autumn (aside from that weird Indian summer day we had earlier on this week!), everything on my wishlist has a distinctly cosy theme. A new recipe book for cooking comforting meals and inventive sweet treats, beautiful scented candles (Jo Malone’s blackberry + bay scent is our new favourite!), a tartan scarf or two, and a fancy new cup for morning coffee and evening hot chocolates.  What’s on your wish list this autumn?

1 :: Top with Cinnamon (a cookbook by the wonderful Izy)
2 :: Dunelm Mill elephant print cushion.
3 :: Jo Malone Blackberry + Bay candle.
4 :: Anthropologie With A Twist teacup.
5 :: GAP black loafers.
6 :: GAP grey cable knit socks.
7 :: Oliver Bonas copper + glass votive.
8 :: Zara checked scarf.

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