Monday 4 December 2017

where have you been?

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The savvy among you may have noticed I haven't been here very regularly since the summer. I've wanted to explain why for a long time, but the words weren't there yet. Every time I sat down to write, it'd be a struggle, and I'd delete whatever I had written.

I guess now is the time.

Monday 20 November 2017

autumn instagram outfits!

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Despite the fact that I haven't shared an outfit post here in just over two months, I have actually been wearing clothes. Quite a lot of them. And I really liked some of those outfits. 

Tuesday 7 November 2017

jamaica street stores, bristol.

After visiting Jamaica Street Stores for a second time the weekend just passed, I have even more to say about this new restaurant, nestled in the heart of bustling Stokes Croft, close to the city centre.

Sunday 1 October 2017

city guide : manchester.

Manchester is one of those cities which oozes cool. I'd visited briefly a couple of years ago, and didn't really want to leave! It was so good to have the chance to revisit, see what's changed, and spend some proper time exploring.

Here's my little guide to Manchester.

Sunday 17 September 2017

last days of summer

Summer has come to an abrupt end, so I thought I would sneak in a few snaps taken on my summer holiday down in Devon, and share some of the great things about autumn that we have to look forward to. It's not all doom and gloom, even if it sometimes feels it.

Sunday 10 September 2017

uk city guide : colston street, bristol.

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This is an area that I never spent much time in before we started doing shoots at The Forge at the end of last year. It was then I realised how lovely the old, coloured buildings were, as well as the independent shops within them. 

Thursday 7 September 2017

caribbean stew : the mother cooker.

There has always been a little group of girls who are important to me in the blogging world - there since the beginning, the originals. Our lives meander through completely different routes, but they're still there (usually on Twitter) and I like to keep in contact when I can. 

One of these girls is Gem, who has recently turned her passion for food into The Mother Cooker - which I am certain will make it to book form one day, especially after trying out this recipe! 

I'm positive that this is going to become one of those big pot meals that I make again and again.

Monday 4 September 2017

on falling out of love.

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Four months. It's been four months. I fell out of love, I forgot, I put it on the back burner, the pile of things that I'll get around to later/never. Other things were a priority.

Wednesday 23 August 2017

vintage summer stripes.

Hello! Look who it is! It's me - Todd Kraines!*

It's been a long time since I've done an outfit post - a mixture of anxiety, not wearing anything I was particularly inspired by, and not really wanting to have my photo taken means it kind of took a backseat. I've been pestered by a few people to do more fashion here on the blog, so here I am, fulfilling your wishes. I'm so selfless. 

Saturday 22 July 2017

my favourite tea.

I, like the rest of the country, love a cuppa. There's no doubt about it. Newby sent me some of their gorgeous teas to taste, and to put a little twist on some of our favourite blends for the hot weather. 

Wednesday 19 July 2017

my festival essentials.

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I've been to a fair few festivals in my time, so I’ve built up my survival kit list and whittled it down again to the bare essentials. This is what I’ve learnt over the years.

Tuesday 18 July 2017

3 colourful dip recipes.

This time of year is great for food - so many yummy fruits and veggies are in season! I often find myself wanting to eat fresh things - cool salads etc - but sometimes I get stuck in a rut with them, and they need a bit of jazzing up. 

These dips are great accompaniments to loads of meals, or just for dipping a carb of your choice into! 

Monday 17 July 2017

win tickets to bristol zoo's pop-up-festival!

Bristol is just the best over the summer - you can guarantee you'll find something interesting to do every single weekend, and generally that means little festivals all over the city. The zoo is getting in on this action too! 

A couple of weeks back, the wonderful Bristol Zoo invited a bunch of lucky bloggers to look around the zoo, as part of their twilight events. Read on to see some sneaky peeks, and to WIN tickets to their pop up festival! 

Tuesday 27 June 2017

cushion refresh with wayfair.

You know what it's like when you've lived in a shared house for 4+ years - everything is pretty tatty, the walls need repainting, the carpets need replacing, the furniture is a mish-mash of inherited items and things that you just make do with.. sometimes I look at it all and just despair. 

Luckily though, there are little things you can do to make it a little nicer.

Sunday 25 June 2017

international picnic day 2017.

Last weekend was International Picnic Day! So during the crazy heatwave we had, I took a few pals and headed for the cool hills and shade of the trees, armed with loads of delicious food from Tesco's new Mediterranean inspired Deli range*.

Read on to see what we thought, and some top tips for packing your picnic.

Tuesday 13 June 2017

3 ways to eat vegan ice cream with alpro.

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The weather's heating up again, so it's time to stock your freezer up with tasty treats to keep you cool in this blazing sunshine that will be finally gracing us once again! 

I've teamed up with Alpro to show off their fancy new ice creams*! I've come up with three delicious ways to eat it, most of which are 100% vegan. Alpro ice creams contain 30% less sugars than the market reference in ice cream too, so you can eat these without any guilt.. right?

Tuesday 30 May 2017

food & fashion challenge in SouthGate Bath.

To celebrate the new restaurants opening in Bath's shopping centre, SouthGate invited me to come and have a nosey, and challenged me to buy a new outfit & have a meal for two for £150.. this is my kind of challenge.

I took my pal Lily along, as we do enjoy a little girldate on a Friday, and we had a lovely time in our neighbouring town (which FYI is also where we first met - cute).

Saturday 27 May 2017

healthy chocolate sponge in under 10 minutes!

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Sometimes you need a chocolate fix, and sometimes you need it in under 10 minutes, lest you hurt someone badly. 

Even though we used to often make a chocolate sponge in the microwave as kids as a quick pudding fix when nothing else was in on a Friday night (and my brother and I were probably whinging) I've been a little dubious of mug cakes in more recent years, thinking they'd turn out rubbery.

I was wrong.

Saturday 13 May 2017

acting grown up.

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The closer I get to 30, the more I look at certain items of clothing and think, "I cannot wear that." - I find myself leaning more towards clean lines, less pattern, and comfort.

Eurgh, that makes me sounds like a right granny, and like I'm saying that you can't wear certain things when you reach 30 - and that's not what I mean at all. It's just the way I'm evolving, and there are many things I put on and feel like I'm a little girl, when really I want to feel my age.

Wednesday 3 May 2017

the old bookshop boozy brunch.

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A little while back, I headed down to my favourite local to try out their boozy brunch menu - chef Alex Bluett's delicious brekkies paired with Psychopomp cocktails.

But be quick if you want to indulge, as the Psychopomp pop up cocktail bar will be no more by the end of this month! 

Wednesday 26 April 2017

bristol botanic garden.

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You know when you've lived in a city for about 6 years, and then you discover an amazing gem that you wish you knew about sooner? That's how I feel about the gorgeous botanic gardens that I went to for the first time a couple of weeks ago. 

I learnt about plants, I breathed in the warm, sweet air, I made a new friend.

Thursday 20 April 2017

black for spring.

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Hello, it's me!

It's been quite a while since my last outfit post.. sorry about that. I suppose I've been feeling a little uninspired by my clothes, and the days that I have put effort into what I wear, I haven't taken photos other than a mirror selfie for Instagram stories.

Monday 3 April 2017

3 delicious things to make in a blender.

Blenders are versatile little things, aren't they? You can make sauces, soups, smoothies, and other things which don't begin with an S too. 

Here are my favourite recipes made in this Panasonic blender *

Wednesday 29 March 2017

my experience with the microdermabrasion facial and 20% off your first treatment!

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I've never really been particularly happy with my skin - it's uneven, there's a little scarring, large pores, oily.. the list goes on - but generally, I just chuck some make up on and ignore it, never really getting to the route of the problem. 

The end of my 20s is looming, and it's starting to sink in that yup, this is the only body you get, and yup, this is the only skin you get, so I should really start to care for it more and make the absolute best of what I've got. 

Sunday 19 March 2017

breakfast at pinkmans.

Pinkmans Bakery usually catches my attention with their sour-dough-nuts - the roundest of all time, with different flavour combinations monthly. As soon as you walk in, you're met with a counter crammed full of the most delicious looking bakes.. my mouth is watering writing this. 

We tried to go for breakfast a while back, but got there a little too late. This time around, we were there in good time, and it was SO worth getting up a little earlier for. 

Friday 17 March 2017

taking time.

I write frequently about the importance of giving yourself time, being kind to yourself, and finding space. It really is integral to enjoying and appreciating your life. 

We are always so eager to rush into things, have everything we want right away, the instant gratification. 

But there is something incredibly satisfying about easing in slowly and cautiously, putting a lot of work and love into something, and reaping great rewards further down the line. 

This goes for relationships as well as work and projects. 

Tuesday 14 February 2017

why it's cool to care.

With it being Valentine's Day and all, I thought it would be an appropriate day to share my recent thoughts on why it's good to show that you care. Not just about your significant other or your mum, but about everything.

Monday 6 February 2017

the best veggie chilli.

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It's cold. It's winter. It's still cold. And it's miserable. 

What you need is a nice big bowl full of something tasty and warming - both to the belly and the heart. 

This is my favourite go-to chilli recipe - and the most fun part comes with the accompaniments! 

Saturday 4 February 2017

how to get motivated.

Photos: Lauren Jayne Hall. Location: The Forge.

There's something about this time of year which makes productivity drop - at least around here. Lately I've been struggling a little with motivation, but I feel like I'm coming out of the other side. 

Wednesday 25 January 2017

#emojihighlights with nowtv & the NTAs.

NowTV are the lead sponsors of this year's National Television Awards, and to celebrate that, they're getting me involved with their #EmojiHighlights campaign! They've challenged me to review a few of my favourite nominated TV shows, but there's a catch..

Sunday 22 January 2017

dinner with dela bristol +

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Earlier in the week, I headed into town for a lovely dinner at the pop up shop. More on that & the incredible food in a moment, but first, let me show you what I wore.

Tuesday 17 January 2017

misfit ray - the sleekest fitness tracker.

If you're looking for a wearable device that's attractive, as well as having the capacity to encourage you to be more active and track your sleep, then the Misfit Ray* might be for you. But can you really have wearable technology that does it all and looks good too?

Wednesday 11 January 2017

the best pizza in bristol.

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This post has been a long time coming.. ever since I visited Graham and the team before they opened back in August, I've been meaning to share these photos with you. It's one of my most-visited restaurants, and here's why.

Sunday 8 January 2017

less than.

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Maybe it's because it's that time of year that I seem to be constantly ill. The post-Christmas slump - the hangover from eating too much of the wrong things, missing the shiny lights and smiling faces. Maybe it's just January - I usually struggle during these first months of the year, and it's been so cold.

December was a really busy month - the panic-buying of gifts, meeting friends for drinks, dinners, parties - I felt like I barely had time to myself. True to form, I got ill when I stopped for Christmas. Haven't felt quite right since.


Thursday 5 January 2017

3 days in brooklyn.

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What better way to start the new year off than with a little travel inspiration?! A few months back, I spent a few days in super cool Brooklyn, and I thought I'd share my favourite spots to eat & shop, and the incredible apartment I stayed in! 

This is the final city guide from my travels back in September. You can see the others here: Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Manhattan

Sunday 1 January 2017

hello, 2017.

Happy New Year! 

I spent last night at home, and used the last hour of 2016 to reflect on the past year's resolutions and think about what I would like to happen over the next 365 days.

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