Thursday Verse Day: “Going There” by Jack Gilbert

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  Of course it was a disaster. The unbearable, dearest secret has always been a disaster. The danger when we try to leave. Going over and over afterward what we should have done instead of what we did. But for those short times we seemed to be alive. Misled, misused, lied to and cheated, certainly. […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The REAL Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse!

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  Hello, darlings! Did you ever watch Disney’s ‘Swiss Family Robinson‘ when you were little? I absolutely loved this tale of a shipwrecked family cast away on a deserted tropical island – so much so that my best friend and I spent an entire summer rewriting it to include ourselves in the story [as plucky […]

“Summer girlfriends, house in Jamaica”: A Sparkles & Crumbs Summer Soundtrack!


  Aloha, honeys! One of my all-time favourite pastimes is to slip into a swimsuit, lie in the hot July sun – preferably by a sparkling turquoise ocean or infinity pool! – and play some summery songs on my iPod. Even if you’re stuck at your office desk, I guarantee these tunes will transport you […]

Thursday Verse Day: “For Women Who Are ‘Difficult’ To love” by Warsan Shire

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you are a horse running alone and he tries to tame you compares you to an impossible highway to a burning house says you are blinding him that he could never leave you forget you want anything but you you dizzy him, you are unbearable every woman before or after you is doused in your […]

Flamenco Dancers and Fairy Queens: On Gowns That Get You Into Character

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    Hello, darlings! We’ve all seen that generic movie scene at least once: in every romcom, from Ever After to She’s All That, there’s that triumphant moment where the dowdy, underdressed heroine descends the staircase, newly-coiffed, overly-made-up, and – most importantly! – wearing a brand new ballgown. The ugly stepsisters/school bullies gasp in disbelief! The […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Underwater Processions in Italy

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  Ciao, bella! We had a totally Marilyn Monroe-worthy heatwave here in Cambridge this weekend – it was so hot and humid that The Boy and I dragged a duvet out into the garden and slept out under the stars! When the weather is this recalescent, is there anything nicer than diving headfirst into a […]

Ten Reasons You Should Travel [Featuring Bill Murray and Henry Cavill!]

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  Bonjour, mes amis! Is there any better feeling that the one Walt Whitman describes in one of my all-time favourite poems: “afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road!”? To escape from your everyday existence, to take off to an entirely new place, to explore and immerse yourself in a bewilderingly foreign culture… […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Nearly a Valediction” by Marilyn Hacker

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  You happened to me. I was happened to like an abandoned building by a bull- dozer, like the van that missed my skull happened a two-inch gash across my chin. You were as deep down as I’ve ever been. You were inside me like my pulse. A new- born flailing toward maternal heartbeat through […]

Pinky Vodka and Posing: Life Lessons from My First Burlesque Class!

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  Sometimes, there are offers one simply cannot refuse. And when the utterly swellegant Sarah‘s invitation popped up in my inbox – title: “The Cheek of It: An Evening of Bloggers and Burlesque!” – I knew this was just such an offer! I’ve always been curious about giving burlesque a try; as an over-flamboyant quaintrelle […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Souvlaki in Santorini!


Honeys, I’m home! And, oh, is it hard to be back [thrilled as I am to "see" you, sweet readers again]! As I’m sure you know by now, Sparkles & Crumbs is all about seeking out champagne experiences on a pink lemonade budget. By necessity, when I flit off for a bit of Barcelona sunshine […]

On Absconding to Santorini and A Glimpse into the Sparkles & Crumbs Crystal Ball!

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Buona sera, signorinas! So, you may have noticed that things have been a little bit, well, silent here at Sparkles & Crumbs for the last few days – and I’m afraid that’s because it’s been rather a hectic July at Grand Central Caroline! There have been planes and trains and automobile crashes [no permanent damage, thank […]

Thursday Verse Day: 밑바닥에서

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미안해. 수천수만 번을 말하고 또 미안해 이 좁은 방의 낮은 천장이 하늘이란 게, 내가 너의 우산이자 비란 게. [I’m sorry. No matter how many times I say it, I’m still sorry That this low ceiling of this small room is our sky, That I’m not your umbrella, but your rain.] – Tablo [Photography by Parachutgirl] […]

Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: July 2014

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  Hello, darlings! Summer has well and truly hit England’s green and pleasant land – and if you can’t make it to surf school for real [whether it's in Cornwall or Costa Rica!], sit back and relax with my latest round-up of luscious links for curious quaintrelles. Hammock, sunhat, and coconut to sip from optional! […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: A Some Like It Hot-style Speakeasy!

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  Here’s looking at you, kid! Don’t you just love the opening scene of Some Like It Hot [one of my all-time most beloved movies!]? In Prohibition-era Chicago, Mr Mozzarella’s mournful funeral parlour acts as a clever front for a secret den of iniquity; when the organ player pulls a lever, a soundproof wall slides open, […]

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon…”

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“…to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James [A June afternoon in Clare College gardens] “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Thank You, My Dear” by Sappho

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  Thank you, my dear You came, and you did well to come: I needed you. You have made love blaze up in my breast—bless you! Bless you as often as the hours have been endless to me while you were gone. [Translated by Mary Barnard. Photography via Sebarnes.] Love, long lunches and lakehouses xxx

When You’re NOT “Leavin’ On A Jetplane”: How To Handle Airport Delays the Quaintrelle Way!

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  Ciao, bella! Now, not to blow my own travel trumpet, but I’m pretty sure I qualify as a fully-fledged frequent flyer [based in Cambridge with a boyfriend living in Edinburgh? Check! Possessing a penchant for cheap weekends away, which has led to my taking five holidays in the last six months? Mais oui!]. But […]

On Mindy Kaling and Good Old-Fashioned Sobfests!

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  Hey there, dollfaces! Have you read ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?‘ yet? Mindy Kaling is pretty much my ultimate modern-day heroine, and her book is – as you’d expect – full of comedic gems [one of my favourites: "They say the best revenge is living well. I say it's acid in the face. […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Kaleidoscope-Coloured Mosque

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  Hello, darlings! It’s been such a busy-bee few weeks here in the world of Sparkles & Crumbs: with May Ball-crashing in Cambridge and discovering secret speakeasy bars in Scotland in the last seven days alone – and Royal Regattas, burlesque blogger meet-ups and sprees to Santorini to come! – I’ve barely found a spare second […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Afraid” by Shane Koyczan

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  There’s no need to go and fight for oil over sea, in between my lover’s legs, that’s slick enough for me. See, in the director’s cut of the movie of my life, you are the eternity of never before seen footage. And I just want my eyesight to get worse. I want to cancel […]