Thursday Verse Day: “Travel” by Frank O’Hara

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Sometimes I know I love you better than all the others I kiss it’s funny but it’s true and I wouldn’t roll from one to the next so fast if you hadn’t knocked them all down like ninepins when you roared by my bed I keep trying to race ahead and catch you at the […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The World’s Tallest Tree!

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  “I promise that one day I will take you to the quietest places Where all you can hear is the whistling of the wind through the air I promise that one day I will take you to the loudest places I promise that one day I will take you to the highest places…” – […]

“Somewhere Only We Know”: Finding Your Greg Peck-Peaceful Place!

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  “When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” – Rainer Maria Rilke Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes! […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Rain” by Raymond Carver

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  Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read. Fought against it for a minute. Then looked out the window at the rain. And gave over. Put myself entirely in the keep of this rainy morning. Would I live my life over again? Make the same unforgiveable […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Monet Waterlilies in the Orangeries

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  Bonjour, mes amis! Phew! I don’t know about you, but after a sensationally fun but super hectic weekend – flitting about to Bristol for my brother’s 21st celebrations, a blow-out feast at work, far too much wine, and far too little sleep – I’m ready for a soothing, centring experience for this week’s Let’s […]

“I feel the room swaying, for the band’s playing”: Postmodern Jukebox and The Perfect Dinner Party Playlist!

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  Well, hey there, dollface! There are few things I love more than gathering my favourite people together for a good old-fashioned party! And whether it’s a full-on, themed, birthday blow-out [complete with cocktail bar, costumes, and lifesize Henry Cavill cutout!], a murder mystery dinner party, or a relaxed round of pre-drinks before a night […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Small” by Lucas Regazzi

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    You’re not doing well and finally I don’t have to pretend to be so interested in your on going tragedy, but I’ll rob the bank that gave you the impression that money is more fruitful than words, and I’ll cut holes in the ozone if it means you have one less day of […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Most Beautiful Bookshop In The World!

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    Γεια σου, φίλε ! Wouldn’t you agree that there are a handful of places in the world which are completely and utterly unique? You see any photograph snapped at random there, and you instantly recognise the setting. Think that peculiarly distinctive Parisian light… the unmistakeable skyscrapers of the New York City skyline… and […]

“Order the Damn Treasure Chest”: Cocktails and Carpe Diem!

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  Well, hey there, bellissima! Regular readers, you may already have surmised that I am very much of the “Life’s short: eat dessert first” school of thought. It’s certainly a philosophy that extends to my attitude to my finances: whether it’s an impromptu weekend away in my favourite city or a made-for-me dress, I tend […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Enough” by Jeffrey Harrison

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It’s a gift, this cloudless November morning warm enough for you to walk without a jacket along your favourite path. The rhythmic shushing of your feet through fallen leaves should be enough to quiet the mind, so it surprises you when you catch yourself telling off your boss for a decade of accumulated injustices, all […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Champagne at the Savoy with Marlene Dietrich

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  Bonjour, mes amis! Oh, Old Hollywood. How I long to slip through a Narnia-esque, mink-fur-coat-lined wardrobe wormhole in time and frolic with the brightest stars in your champagne-soaked firmament! And there are few places filled with as many Old Hollywood memories as the Savoy hotel in London. Marilyn Monroe always stayed here when in […]

Pretty Travels Volume 2: Sun, Sea and Sand!

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[Image via The Littlest Things] Aloha, honeys! So, here’s an exciting reveal for the weekend! If, like me, you’re a recurring reader of Pretty Mayhem – my Antipodean pal Pearl’s gorgeous lifestyle blog – you probably noticed “Pretty Travels“, the ‘linky party’ she hosted last month. “Pretty Travels” is, essentially, a virtual soiree for stylish […]

Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: November 2014

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  Aloha, honeys! So November’s here – and my countdown to attending surf school for real begins! Until then, heat up a pan of hot chocolate, curl up by the fire, and enjoy this month’s round-up of my favourite bon vivant finds… Fellow bloggers! Some seriously wise words have been shared with us this month. […]

Thursday Verse Day: “To Lou Andrea-Salome” by Rainer Maria Rilke

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  I held myself too open, I forgot that outside not just things exist and animals fully at ease in themselves, whose eyes reach from their lives’ roundedness no differently than portraits do from frames; forgot that I with all I did incessantly crammed looks into myself; looks, opinion, curiosity. Who knows: perhaps eyes form […]

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”: Some Sparkles & Crumbs City Spots!

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  [Photographed by Sarah Lambert] Wotcha, me ol’ sparra! So, exciting news: I’m moving to London! Come January 2015, I will officially be a bona fide City Girl. I’m not going to lie: I feel equal parts unspeakably excited and an absolute ball of nerves. I’ve been super content in Cambridge – with its everywhere-reachable-by-foot […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Día de Muertos in Mexico!

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  Buenas noches , amigos! So, a dear friend of mine moved to Mexico last year – and, of course, torments me by messaging plenty of snapshots of the view of the paradisical Playa del Carmen beach and the Caribbean Sea from her window! Cue sigh of longing! For a change, though, her latest photo […]

Thursday Verse Day: “I wrote out six messages, then erased them all” by Caitlyn Siehl

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  I. I was the first person to teach you that love was not always a white light to a ship lost at sea. II. On my worst days, the sky was a festering wound that wouldn’t heal. I didn’t want to be that to you. III. On my worst days, you were the only […]

Coffee, Croissants and Champagne Cocktails: Starting Your Day the Sparkles & Crumbs Way!

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  “Everyone runs around trying to find a place where they still serve breakfast because eating breakfast, even if it’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon, is a sign that the day has just begun and good things can still happen. Having lunch is like throwing in the towel.” – Jonathan Goldstein Bonjour, mes amis! I […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Moonlight Cinema in Maspalomas

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    Well, hey there, old friends! Blame it on Mercury Retrograde: the Casa del Cava has been suffering under some seriously ill-fated stars of late! Recent events have left my friend/housemate/partner-in-cava-related-crime and I absolutely emotionally enervated. How do bon vivants like ourselves deal with heartbreak and upheaval? Book a holiday, of course! Nothing lifts the spirits like […]

“Maybe Love Is In New York City, Already Asleep”: Words I Really Needed To Hear

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  Hey there, dollfaces! Do you know those times when you feel like you’re pretty much living in the chorus of Maroon 5’s ‘Must Get Out?’ Like Sylvia Plath and her fig tree, everything feels off-kilter and unstable, and because every possible decision feels like it could be a horrible mistake, it’s like being stuck […]