Let’s catch up! {+ the casual-est of all outfits}



Does it feel like an age to you since we last had a proper sit-down-with-tea-catch-up type post? It does to me, at least. Please consider this your polite notice that now’s the time to go and make a cup of something. Maybe go for an iced coffee (for me the year goes Autumn, Winter, Spring, Iced Latte season), or a green juice, or whatever’s about to become more trendy (…fleek? Am I using it right?) than green juice.

I’ve nothing and everything to fill you in on. Important stuff and nonsense, something and nothing. Probably more nonsenical nothings than important somethings, to be honest.

Let’s kick off with a little round up of all the things that’re swimming around in my mind most frequently at the moment!: Female friendships, and how life-enhancingly beautiful they are. Capsule wardrobes. Puppies and babies. YouTube and videoing and cameras. The wedding. How Time Flies. And also all the usual nonsense, like how I need to buy a mop (OH MY GOSH MY LIFE RIGHT NOW SUCH EXCITEMENT), and how annoying it is that the stupid living room curtains shrunk at the dry cleaners last week, and that I wish I could be someone who didn’t scuff their shoes to buggery after just a handful of wears.

To friendships, first.


Working for yourself, in whatever capacity that may be, can sometimes be an isolating experience. Incredible and exciting and freedom-providing, yes, but also tricky. I spent hours (and I really mean hours!) chewing the fat with my friend over drinks a couple of weeks ago about the logistics and nuances and challenges of being your own boss. Of being at once creative and free-thinking, yet also logical and evaluative and driven. To act as your own greatest champion (self-belief, yeah!), but also needing to be your own greatest critic too. I feel especially that sharing content online can sometimes feel like shouting into the abyss- we pour out our hearts and souls via photographs and stories and posts and updates, then try to make sense of the numbers and statistics that come back so that we can learn and grow and progress. It’s an imprecise art! And if you ask me, it’s for exactly these reasons, for the imprecision and the sometimes-solitude, that friendships and connections become so vital.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the past three years of running this online space, it’s that there’s nothing as powerful as collective creativity. Nothing as strengthening as a pep-talk from kindred spirits, or as empowering as being part of a community that encourages sharing and cross-promotion and leg-ups as much as it does personal growth. It’s the brain-picking WhatsApp messages sent to blogger friends 11 o’clock on a Thursday evening that matter, and the sharing of contacts, and the passing along of opportunities.

The expression ‘all ships rise in high tides’ is a true one, that’s for certain.

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And now, to the dumb stuff! Like capsule wardrobes! I’ve nothing to tell you really other than that I’ve become a bit obsessed with them as a concept. Many hours have been spent scouring Caroline’s blog, and looking at ‘how to capsule wardrobe’ thingies on Pinterest.

The idea of havingsomething resembling a uniform is so very appealing to me. My uniform at school was beyond hideous- a shades-of-green striped blazer with brown shoes that made your feet look about 8 sizes bigger than usual- and yet despite the ugliness, I adored it. Loved the ease of getting dressed each morning, loved the feeling of well-worn fabrics against my skin, loved how it became a part of my identity. The focus on mixing and matching within a capsule wardrobe seems so much more sensible to me than constantly trying to reach some impossible state of ‘enough’ within a larger wardrobe, and surely would stop me doing the whole ‘I need more tops- now I need more jeans/skirts/trousers to go with the tops- a few new dresses wouldn’t go amiss- oh look coats and jackets’ thing year round. I feel like it’s a big life decision (it’s not, I’m being dumb, but dumb is fun and that’s kind of a rhyme so there’s that), so maybe I’ll think on it. Start ‘capsuling’ after the wedding, when I’m a wife who just totally gets this sort of stuff done, and never ever scuffs the toes of her nude ballet flats whilst running for trains or forgets to buy tickets for said trains then has to bat her eyelashes at the ticket inspector to avoid getting a fine.

That’s it. August. Rosie Chappel- wife, organised, tidy, never late, owner and creator of capsule wardrobe. It’s happening. Watch this space.

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What’s next on the agenda to discuss? Oh yes, puppies and babies! I’m feeling clucky and would like some (of each, though probably not simultaneously), essentially. And also some chickens, and maybe a horse. I’m going through a ‘let’s have a smallholding’! phase- can you tell? I opened Jason’s phone the other day and found he’d been researching sheep farming. I mean, at least we’re both on the same page, even if that page is coloured in all fanciful and ridiculous and nonsensical. Speaking of colouring, I’m still making my way through that colouring book I told you I’d bought a couple of weeks ago. I’ve moved onto *shading* now. That’s right. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

Lastly, weddings! I was talking with Jaclyn the other evening on Twitter about how weirdly, the smaller our wedding related to-do list becomes, the more stressed about it I feel. I think because it feels like perhaps we’ve forgotten something, or made some horrendous oversight, or maybe it’s just that in all honestly I actually lost the wedding to-do list itself about 4 months ago, and so am relying solely on mine and Jason’s collective brain power (HA!) to make sure we actually *don’t* forget anything. The wedding anxiety dreams are still here, largely still centring around some sort of panicked rush on the morning of the wedding, though just one that involved me realising that Tania and Freya hadn’t to the wedding. I don’t think I need to worry about that circumstance one bit though, since if I know one thing about my friends, it’s that if they’re given opportunity to eat burgers and toast marshmallows, they’ll be there with bells on ;)

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And now, actually lastly (not like the last time I wrote ‘lastly’ at the start of the previous paragraph, which was quite clearly a lie), I should probably give these photos some context.

They were taken during an admin-y kind of day spent in East London with Tania on Tuesday, that involved a few hours spent blasting through emails in the Albion cafe whilst on a caffeine high, a lunch meeting over in St Katherine’s Dock, and then a trade off of photo-taking in the afternoon. Turns out though, sometimes it’s just not sensible to take photos with someone who sets you off laughing and encourages you to pull faces and prance around like a fool in front of a camera. You wind up with photos like the below, which look more like stills from some modern dance piece (I was going back to my roots, I guess!) instead of super slick and uber-Pinable blog photos. What can I say? We’re just too good an audience for one another ;) (I should say that it was the model’s fault, not the photographer’s. The photographer was a total pro. It was the other party who let herself down. The worst of the photos will never been seen on the Internet, and for that you can thank me.)

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^^ Hopeless. ^^

What I wore :: Trench || Chambray || Breton || Silk trousers || Ballet flats || Watch

Oh MY it felt so good to write! Guess I needed it too, because we’re 1200 words in and still going.

Now, what’s new with you? Are you doing thrilling things like I am today, such as purchasing mops and arguing with your significant other about whether straight or rotary washing lines are better (I say straight, Jason says rotary, you’ll likely not care which is totally understandable)?

Fill me in on what’s up!


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  • http://www.daisybutter.com Michelle | Daisybutter

    Firstly, straight because you can use it as an impromptu badminton net ;) Loved this post Rosie, sometimes it’s good just to chill out, chat and let off steam – I think these are my favourite posts to read! It sounds like you’re at a happy medium and balance of things at the moment! x

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      SO TRUE! Thanks lovely lady, hope all is well with you too! x

  • http://www.nishaantishu.com/ Freya

    Firstly: straight, Jason! Come on! Get your head in the game. Secondly, I will now actually be wearing bells to your wedding. And thirdly, love your interpretive dance moves! They’re almost as good as mine, which I will be busting out at your wedding – that’s where the bells come in.

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Haha! This is what I’ve been trying to tell him. We were bickering about it at 8.30 this morning. It’s all been very intense. Who knew we both had so many washing line-related opinions? Also, please do wear bells. I’ll be sad now if you don’t…

  • Anna

    Loved reading this because we all think those things and love how honest you are :)


  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    Totally understand about being your own boss, it can be very isolating! I try to meet up with others when I can just to give myself some sort of break and freedom!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Georgia Christakis

    You are so right about the wedding to-do list. I have four things left on it and am convinced I’m missing something pretty much daily- it’s awful!

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Reading posts like these always make me a tad nervous because I’ve been telling myself. “Our wedding isn’t till next summer, I’ve loads of time to start planning…” when in fact…. maybe I don’t?

    I love the more candid photos of you- you look so lovely! x

  • emily couture

    Wonderful post and stunning photos :)

    emily xx


  • http://pollyrowan.com/ Polly Rowan

    I love your style! You pull off casual-chic so well. x


    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thanks lovely Polly! <3

  • http://rustyrambles.com rusty {rambles}

    1200 words in and I’m still with you! Love a newsy post. I’ve been self-employed (saltbythesea.com) for just over a month and I’ve got to say, thank god for coffee shops and puppies! Channelling a bit of that self-belief and thankful for supportive friends along the way. Beautiful photos, as always!

  • Pip {Cherries & Chisme}

    Love your take on the seasons! Couldn’t agree more!
    Kindred spirits are so important, in whatever walk of life. Having others on the same page as you who just get your passions is such a magical feeling.
    Only recently found your blog and so glad I have! :)

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    Love this type of post! It really feels like catching up with a friend. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, and the more I see people talk about it, the more I want to try it. And oh, it must be so exciting that the wedding is coming closer and closer!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Lizzie Woodman

    If you want to make life really exciting you should buy yourself a steam mop. Three weeks on, I’m still getting over the excitement of owning one.

  • Adele Dewhirst

    I had a rotary thingy at the house I lived in when I was at university. It was Spider Web Central *shudder*

  • http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk/ Georgina

    Awww I love a good catch up post, we are also debating washing lines since James broke out straight one we need to replace it pronto before we kill the earth with the tumble drier (and our wallets) I have to say I am sort of with Jason, I want a rotary, I love the look of straight lines but our deck is a foot taller than our lawn and the line crosses it, meaning I’m forever walking into it and it gets in the way of my deck garden! Oh the joys of being grown ups ;)

    Georgina | The Librarian

  • http://www.bumpkinbetty.com/ Bumpkin Betty

    Oh Rosie, these type of posts are my absolute favourite! I love reading about your goings ons and your writing is always a delight! (So glad I’m not alone in wanting to ramble on all the time) thank you for the little mention too- so excited for you for the wedding, not long to go!! xx

  • http://www.rosalilium.com/ Elizabeth @ Rosalilium

    Straight. Yep.

    And yey for blogger friends. They’re the best!

  • http://Www.supernaturallyhealthy.org/ Kezia @ Super Naturally Health

    I say straight washing line the whole way – rotary ones are so annoying…. ;)

  • http://sallytangle.blogspot.co.uk/ Sally Crangle

    This post made me laugh out loud SO many times!!! I do so bloody love your sweet blog Rosie and i have since the very day i stumbled upon it what must be…three years ago?! Well i think it wasn’t too long after it all began. It’s so inspirational to see how it’s grown and how you can just tell that each and every word comes from the heart and that, in a world where everyone and their dog has a blog, is so so rare.

    Where was i going with this? I love to stop by and have a little glimpse into your day to day and what makes you tick. Ps, this weekend has all been about feather dusters for us. Rock and roll. The downside to living in an attic!

    Sending love as always xxxx

  • http://honeyandflour.com Emily Petracco @ Honey + Flour

    Oh this post made me laugh! You have such a fun writing style, Rosie. It is always such a pleasure reading what you have to say (especially nice long posts like this one!) It feels much like catching up with an old friend. You also take some of the nicest photos.

    emily | honey + flour

  • http://www.beautifuljunk.net Jen | Beautiful Junk

    I love the catch up posts Rosie! Sometimes life really is as exciting as buying new mops and lunching with great friends, and I think that is pretty fantastic in itself!

  • Sammie Foster

    My vote goes to a straight washing line, I didn’t even know rotary ones still existed.

    I love this post, your writing is incredible. I’ve never really got the hang of outfit photography or how to “pose” I just seems to take millions and hope a handful will be usable. I do always love seeing the seeing the blogger out-takes out, in some ways I find it more true to person behind in front of the camera. However you look amazing as always.


    Little Blonde Life – Lifestyle Blog

  • https://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk woodenwindowsills

    Definitely straight! Then the clothes don’t all hit each other can can freely swing in the breeze whilst being simultaneously warmed by the sun! You can always get a big stick with a nook cut out of it to prop it up out of the way! :) Alice xx


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