Thursday Verse Day: “There Is So Much Love Here” by Fortesa Latifi

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    I am kissing your hands and learning to speak again. You are setting a ladder against the side of your house and we climb it together. I am telling you how I was before and your lips are on my forehead. You are offering me a place to lay my head and it […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Alcázar of Seville

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  Hola, chicas! You know how sometimes, you pick up a good book, and it transports every one of your senses to a place you’ve never been before – so vividly you can almost feel the air change around you? I’m having jsut such an experience with Béa González’s ‘The Mapmaker’s Opera.’ Turning the pages, […]

“Play is the highest form of research”: 15 Ways to Relive Your Childhood in London

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  “On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.” – J.M Barrie Bonjour, mes amis! Donning a Disney Belle dress and waltzing around the living room to Beauty and the […]

Thursday Verse Day: “What The Bird Said Early In The Year” by C.S. Lewis

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  I heard in Addison’s Walk a bird sing clear: This year the summer will come true. This year. This year. Winds will not strip the blossom from the apple trees This year, nor want of rain destroy the peas. This year time’s nature will no more defeat you, Nor all the promised moments in […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: A Luxurious Luncheon In The Sahara!

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  مرحبا، صديقي!  So, Sex And The City 2 was a truly horrifying cinematic experience in many ways: but despite myself, I did love the idea of a camel trek through the Sahara, stopping to feast on a gorgeous spread of scrumptious Moroccan cuisine beneath a cool Arabian Nights-esque canopy! Ever since I read The […]

“Often deceived, yet open once again your heart”: My Valentine’s Message

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  Well, hey there, my honeybuns: happy Valentine’s Day! So, in many ways, this holiday is super-strange for me in 2015: it’s the first time I’ve celebrated it single for five years. Fellow free agents, I’m sure you’ll agree with me – dating is bizarre, especially in a big city. Whilst it’s relatively easy to […]

Thursday Verse Day: “We Could Have Watched Our Love Grow Old” by Fortesa Latifi

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  I. We could have grown apart the old fashioned way- watched our love get old with the seasons. Maybe it would have left us in the fall. I could’ve written a poem about how winter felt without you. II. We could have broken each other’s hearts quietly. It could have been sad but simple […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: An Enchanted Hummingbird Garden

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    Hola, chicas! Do you ever get super-jealous of your well-travelled friends’ adventures? One of my compadres is currently frolicking around waterfalls and salt caves in Bogotá – and their Facebook feed is superbly envy-inducing! Colombia certainly seems like it should be next on my vacanze list… LET’S RUN AWAY and feed the humminbirds […]

Thursday Verse Day: “For A New Beginning” by John O’Donohue

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  In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable to leave what you had […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The World’s Most Luxurious Ski Chalet!

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      Hey there, darlings! So, I have a confession to make: despite my undying love for and longing to be like the Duchess of Cambridge, I have never been on a skiing holiday. The cold weather, the physical exertion, the lumpy ski suits… it just doesn’t appeal to me! However, what does take […]

Pretty Travels Volume 3: Amazing Accommodation!

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[Parisian accommodation porn via Georgianna Lane] How ya goin’, sports? Welcome back to Pretty Travels! Each month, the lovely Pearl of Pretty Mayhem and I ‘host’ this linky party: a virtual soiree for stylish writers from around the world to share their adventures. What could be better? Last time, 35 bellissima bloggers shared their favourite […]

“We are stories still going”: On Taylor Swift and Letting Yourself Change

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   Ciao, amici! Phew! It seems impossible that I’ve only spent one month in my new city: I’ve packed so many wonderful frolics into the last four weeks, and it’s amazing how quickly the Big Smoke has come to feel like home. Falling so head-over-heels in love with London has certainly got me thinking, though… […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Spring Giddiness” by Rumi

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  Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell […]

Let’s Run Away Mondays: Eating Bats At Marie Antoinette’s!

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    Bonzour, ser! Brrrr – I don’t know about you, but I am 100% ready for warm weather to return! Whilst we’re shivering away under grey skies for now, let’s imagine ourselves away somewhere tropical and tasty…! LET’S RUN AWAY and eat parrotfish with the tortoises in the Seychelles!   We’ll jet off to […]

Thursday Verse Day: “The One That Got Away (Because She Had To)” by Trista Mateer

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    Stepping around me with such care for so long, I think was tiring. I spent a lot of late, long nights explaining I did not mean to be trying, but I know that holding me was a heavy glass half empty. Not everyone wants the weight of carrying something around that always seems […]

“I Sing The Body Electric”: Bloggers, Bacon Bloody Maries, and Contemplating Tattoos!

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  Bonjour, mes amis! So, this Saturday, my beloved blogger buddy Sarah hostessed a mini writer meet-up – with the wonderful Jessica, Cassy, Sara, Bethan, and Emma. We drank Bacon Maries [that’s a Blood Mary made with bacon salt…!] and feasted on breakfast food and burgers at the Diner in Shoreditch, took far too many […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Cocktails In The Clouds At The Shard!

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  Ciao, bella! You know how, sometimes, the most brilliantly fun evenings are the most unexpected? How a post-work dinner run on a rainy Monday evening can turn into sipping cocktails on the thirty-third floor of the Shard, whilst being serenaded with Sinatra songs by the resident big band? Here’s to cocktails on top of […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Wage Peace” by Judyth Hill

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  Wage peace with your breath. Breathe in firemen and rubble, breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds. Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields. Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees. Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact. Wage peace with your […]

“You Must Change Your Life”: What Happens When You Listen to Rilke

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“There’s a poem by Rilke where he goes along describing a statue. All of a sudden, for no reason, he breaks off and says: You must change your life.” – Jack Gilbert So how is 2015 treating you so far, sweet amici? On New Year’s Day, I moved into my new apartment – and my […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: A Magical Wisteria Tunnel in Japan

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  “Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.” – Eugene O’Neill Kon’nichiwa, yūjin! Eugene’s quote is one of my absolute favourites: don’t we all, deep down, daydream of stepping through a wardrobe door or falling down a rabbit hole into an enchanted […]