“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 […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Offering and Rebuff” by Carl Sandburg

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  I could love you as dry roots love rain. I could hold you as branches in the wind brandish petals. Forgive me for speaking so soon. Let your heart look on white sea spray and be lonely. Love is a fool star. You and a ring of stars may mention my name and then […]

“Make Your Own Bible”: Some Snazzy Journal Inspiration!

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  “Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Bonjour mes amis! So I’ve been a bit of a scrapbooking magpie for as long as I can remember – I would spend […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Carousel Bar for Cocktails in New Orleans!

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  Ola, chicas! Did you catch my post this weekend about New Orleans legend Leah Chase? I’ve definitely got a serious case of wanderlust for this Southern city at the moment – blame The Princess and The Frog’s promise that “dreams do come true in New Orleans,” or handsome George Tucker running away to a […]

Want To Meet The Real-Life Inspiration for A Disney Princess?

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  Hey there, darlings! So which little girl didn’t want to take on the starring role in a Disney movie growing up? Whether it was old-school daydreamer Sleeping Beauty, or rebellious, adventurous Princess Jasmine, everyone has their own Disney Princess heroine, right? And for little girls growing up in the Noughties, Tiana – the leading […]

Thursday Verse Day: “The Lovers” by Timothy Liu

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  I was always afraid of what might get revealed in a psychic’s spread— Forgive me for not knowing how we were every card in the deck. [Gorgeous photograph via Ciel Photography] Love, green tambourines and tarot readings xxx

Let’s Run Away Monday: Surfing in Sayulita!

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       Hola, chula! Well, there’s no going back now – this morning, I finally surrendered to the elements [think biting wind and drizzly rain!] and pulled out my cosy fur coat and mittens for my walk into work. The Indian summer really is over! So I think it’s high time we had a […]

Dressing For Winter Weather: A Quintessentially English Approach!

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  Buongiorno, bellas! Whereas our Antipodean friends will be basking in the springtime sunshine by now, here in Cambridge, the onset of October means it’s finally time for me to pack up my flip-flops and sunflower-print shorts, and take my cashmere tights and thermal vests down from the top of the wardrobe – however grudgingly! […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Waiting For The Cheque To Clear” by Yrsa Daley-Ward

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    What an odd, romantic time it is, if you remember not to panic. How many times has money almost driven you mad? You only need spices to throw in the bowl you only need flour to make some kind of bread and maybe somebody to lie in the dark with. Somebody’s hands to […]

Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: October 2014

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    Buongiorno, amici! Anne of Green Gables [one of my favourite literary heroines!] once enthused, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?” Whilst I tend to feel that way more about July, it’s a lovely […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Magnum “Pleasure Store” in Rome!

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  Ciao, bella! As always, upon returning from Rome , I feel uno: cripplingly dispirited to leave my own personal heaven on earth; and due: absolutely flummoxed as to which of the incredible places I flounced around to feature as our “Let’s Run Away Monday” escapism daydream! This trip has made the decision particularly difficult. My bellissima cousin and […]

Thursday Verse Day: “To Growing Girls Who Dream of Neverland” by S.T. Gibson

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  Peter’s not coming, darling. You can latch the window and take the white ribbons from your hair, stop sleeping with socks on and packing going-away bags. Whispering the names of the lost boys will not hasten them to you. Clapping your hands is no enchantment. There is magic, though, in lining your eyes, and […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain!

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Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes! Blame Katy Perry and the Rat Pack: I have a serious hankering to visit Las Vegas. I just adore the impression of a shameless, sparkly, excessive, ever-so-slightly vulgar, utterly OTT city of too much champagne, reckless gambling, and far-too-flashy architecture – it seems like the sort […]

“We read to know we’re not alone”: Literary Cures for Emotional Crises!

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  “If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” – Sherman Alexie Ola, chicas! I don’t know about you, darlings, but when I’m feeling blue or have a bad case of the mean reds, there are few things as comforting as […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Excerpts of The Beautifully Worthless” by Ali Liebegott

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  A thousand ways to be lost in this country — good lost, bad lost — people pushed by broom edges, flicked by bristle tips into corners…. Who plots a way out, what kind of person has it in them to stand before a mirror, straight-razor in hand and cut the rut from their life […]

[A Belated!] Let’s Run Away Monday: The Terrass Bar in Paris!

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  Bonjour, mes amis! After my five days frolicking in the French capital, I couldn’t agree more with Rachel Zoe: heaven really is the sun on your face, in Paris! The Boy and I revisited some of my absolute favourite haunts [bonjour again, the Zebra Bistro and Musee Rodin!], and discovered some new Sparkles & […]

“If this isn’t nice, what is?”: Savouring The Small Moments

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Buongiorno, bella! So I couldn’t help thrilling with recognition when I read this gorgeous post by Sarah over at The Laughing Medusa – here’s a highlight: When I dream about my future and the way I’d like it to unfold I often find myself dreaming about large, milestone moments – university graduations, feelings actualized with […]

Thursday Verse Day: “All I Had To Say For Myself” by Mindy Nettifee

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  I couldn’t touch you without ruining you, so I didn’t touch you at all. It’s when you’re on the brink of something that you lose your balance. You told me that once. When I can’t bring myself to say what I need to, my heart plays Russian Roulette with my throat. I swear I […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: An Infinity Pool Above The Rainforest!

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    Buona sera, amici! So, one of the sadder aspects of being quintessentially English is that Vitamin D feels like a special treat; the feeling of warm sunshine on your face is a luxury indeed on this cloudy little island. Chuck a can’t-believe-my-eyes location in with that scrumptious sensation, and you’ve got a serious […]

“There could be no cure for Paris”: Why I’ll Never Stop Romanticising the City of Lights!

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    Bonjour, mes amis! Sacre bleu, I can barely contain my excitement – this week, I’ll be jetting off to Paris! I can’t wait to be strolling along the Seine and feasting on honeyed Camembert and macarons once more… In fact, I sorted this somewhat spontaneous trip to assuage the restless longing I’ve been […]