Thursday Verse Day: “A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me” by Derrick Brown

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Lying together in the park on Seventh, our backs smoosh grass and I say I will love you till I become a child again, when feeding me and bathing me is no longer romantic, but rather necessary. I will love you till there is no till. Till I die. And when that electroencephalogram shuts down, […]

Wear London and Paris on your sleeve – literally!

pierre herme macaroon

    It’s that time of year again, miei tesori – the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and I can finally take up my favourite hobby again. Like Céline in Before Sunset, it is, of course, “walking around in European cities, in warm climates!” Is there anything nicer than stopping for a mug […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Dine Like A Spy!

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Bonjour, mes amis! Did you ever play at being a spy when you were little, darlings? I, for one, was obsessed with espionage! I set up a detective agency [catchily called 'F.L.Y'] with my little brother and best friends, and we spent hours reading spy handbooks, “staking out” our neighbours, and getting caught accidentally trespassing […]

“You have as many hours in your day as Beyoncé”: Why it’s better to look for heroines closer to home!

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  Hello, darlings! So, I’m sure you’ve seen this “You have as many hours in your day as Beyoncé” message plastered all over the place lately – ostensibly, to motivate us all to be more productive and all-round awesome. Whilst I’m all for taking inspiration from one’s favourite heroines, I can’t help but feel that this snappy […]

FabulosiTEA Friday: How to Fly with Flair!

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  Hello, darlings! Come join us for Episode 13 of the FabulosiTEA party, my weekly podcast with Xandra! This week’s episode is all about jetsetting in style – all the way from pre-flight prep to your glorious arrival at your destination!:   You can download the episode on iTunes, and check out the show notes for links to all […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Everyday” by Mike McGee

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[Gorgeous photography by Oleh Slobodeniuk and Rhys Asplundh]    Everyday I rewrite her name across my ribcage so that those who wish to break my heart will know who to answer to later She has no idea that I’ve taught my tongue to make pennies, and every time our mouths are to meet I will slip […]

Frank Sinatra’s Favourite Burgers and Rock Hudson’s Hot Buttered Rum: Old Hollywood Recipes Worthy of a Rat Pack Party!

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      Ola, chicas! Who doesn’t long to spend some time hanging out in Hollywood’s Golden Age? Imagine sipping champagne cocktails with Marilyn, discussing Givenchy’s dresses with Audrey, and heading to the Golden Steer Steak House with Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dino after one of their Vegas shows! As this brilliant article says: […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Cove from Prince Caspian!

cathedral cove prince caspian

  Hello, darlings! So, I don’t know about my fellow Narnians-at-heart – but I still daydream about this opening scene from the Prince Caspian movie. Imagine a cool sea breeze sweeping you away from a dingy underground station [or, indeed, from a dreary office desk!] and depositing you neatly down in a beach cove by […]

FabulosiTEA Friday: Making Workwear Wonderful!

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  Welcome to Episode 12 of FabulosiTEA, my weekly podcast with Xandra! Today, we’re discussing Making Workwear Wonderful, and how we attempt to add a dash of whimsy and panache to standard office attire!: You can download the episode on iTunes, and check out Xandra’s scrumptious popsicle shirt [and Blair Waldorf's wardrobe] in the show notes! Working in a 9-5 […]

Thursday Verse Day: A Rare Gem from Rilke!

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You have made a lute of me: now be a hand. Across the chasm of my night you’ve stretched strings on which other hands would quickly succumb to vertigo; and so forever unapproached, stars arching over it; that dark shore on my music’s other side. You came toward me for a long time before as […]

“Heels and red lipstick will put the fear of God into people.”

elizabeth taylor

  Why, hello, darlings! As I mentioned on Monday, I’m in the midst of wrapping up the exacting, up-all-hours fundraising campaign I’ve been managing. I’ve adored so much of it – but the crazy hours [2am calling shifts, anyone?], the high pressure to hit targets, and evenings out which end with dancing and drinking honey rum […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Champagne at the Top of the Eiffel Tower!

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Bonjour, mes amis! Amazing news: after a fabulous and frenetic fortnight, the telephone campaign I was running came to a great and glorious end – raising more money for our College than any university campaign in the UK in history! Talk about an excuse for a toast! For the final calling shift, our truly awesome undergraduate employees joined […]

Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: April 2014


      Aloha, honeys! Good Greg Peck – can you believe it’s almost April already?! As Robert Browning said, “Oh, to be in England now that April’s there!” Spring’s certainly in full swing here in Cambridge, and I’m so looking forward to countryside strolls for scones and the first punt of the season. When you’re not […]

Thursday Verse Day: “A Prayer” by Caitlyn Siehl

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  Let us pray for the foxes sleeping in your knees. May you always know when to run. Let us pray for your head hitting the pillow, for your mouth when it whispers “Enough. Enough of that now.” O, pain. O, it is no small thing, with its chariots and its kingdoms built on the […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: My Future Home in Rome!

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  Ciao, bella! My oh my, it’s been a busy time here at Sparkles & Crumbs HQ; I’m right in the middle of a super-intensive two-week telephone fundraising campaign, motivating nineteen bright and brilliant students to make a million pounds! And although I’m relishing the challenge – and, of course, working hard and playing hard! – I’m […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Blue and Green” by James Galvin


We don’t belong to each other. We belong together. Some poems belong together to prove the intentionality of subatomic particles. Some poems eat with scissors. Some poems are like kissing a porcupine. God, by the way, is disappointed in some of your recent choices. Some poems swoop. When she said my eyes were definitely blue, […]

“Just book that flight”: Wise Words for Adventurous Souls!

happy paris girl

  Good morning, beautiful! So, I recently stumbled upon this little slice of life advice – and I can think of nothing more inspiring for those with itchy feet, sunshine-soaked daydreams, and restless hearts!: “If you have ANY money, just book that flight. I’m serious. I’ve spent many a time wondering if I will be able […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Lunch under the Molyvos Vines


  Bonjour, mes amies!  Monday is here again, and I have a hectic week ahead – when really, all I want to do is relax at an outdoor café table somewhere sunny! Sound good to you, darling? LET’S RUN AWAY and enjoy a glass of wine under the wisteria in Molyvos!   Molyvos is a […]

Take Ann Miller’s Advice: Start “Shakin’ The Blues Away!”

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      Ola, chicas! Oy vey. Do you ever get hid hard by the blues, too, darling? For a whole host of whys and wherefores, I’ve been feeling both overwhelmed and under the weather over the last few weeks. It’s so dispiriting! One of the few things keeping me sane [along with gold star-worthy friends and cava, […]

FabulosiTEA Friday: Insults, Rilke-Style!


Ciao, bella! Welcome to Episode 10 of FabulosiTEA, my weekly podcast with Xandra. Today, we’re discussing Artists in Residence – from Monet’s garden at Giverny, to the Inklings by their cosy fireside in Oxford: You can download the episode on iTunes and read the scrumptious show notes in all their glory here. Of course, we end up on […]