Let’s Run Away Monday: An Underwater Ballroom!

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    Ciao, bellas! Can you believe it’s the last Let’s Run Away Monday before Christmas? In keeping with the season, I think we should escape somewhere especially magical today… LET’S RUN AWAY and waltz in the secret underwater ballroom at Witley Park!     This palatial estate in the heart of Surrey was built in […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Angels of the Get Through” by Andrea Gibson

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    This year has been the hardest of your whole life. so hard you cannot see a future, most days. The pain is bigger than anything else. Takes up the whole horizon, no matter where you are. You feel unsafe you feel unsaved. Your past so present you can feel your baby teeth. Sitting […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Booking Office Bar at St Pancras

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   Happy Monday, my hyacinths! So, as my move to London creeps ever closer, I’m getting more and more excited about discovering new Sparkles & Crumbs-esque hotspots in the city; and my gorgeous cousin and I stumbled across just such a hidden gem the other week! I was hopping onto my Cambridge Express train from […]

“Host extravagantly, love constantly, dance in comfortable shoes”: Caitlin Moran’s Amazing Life Advice!

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     Hey there, sunshines! I’ve been a devotee of Caitlin Moran’s ever since I borrowed a friend’s copy of “How To Be A Woman“: the way she delivers her words of wisdom with such a wicked sense of humour makes her true heroine material! And I have to say, her most recent offering – […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Giant Saint Everything” by Buddy Wakefield

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  There were days I wanted out. But then You would go and do things like dive into the Vancouver ocean, big brilliant cliché poem that You are, water rolling off Your back as You swam toward a sunset that hung like a sacred recipe painted all the way around Your holy head. And then […]

“The Optimism of Breakfast”

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Well, buongiorno, bellas! Parks & Rec is, as always, completely correct: “there has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by Breakfast Food.” Whether it’s a leisurely Sex and the City-style Sunday brunch with the girls, a luxurious and lovingly prepared breakfast in bed, or a cup of strong coffee and a fresh croissant […]

“I need the sea because it teaches me”: Secrets For A Good Sleep From The Canaries!

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    Hola, chicas! Did someone say “Happy Hour?!” You might have noticed it’s been all quiet on the Sparkles & Crumbs front over the past few days; that’s because I took off to the Canary Islands for my ninth holiday of the year [turns out you really can eke out that annual leave over […]

Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: December 2014

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  Ola, chicas! By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be sipping a strawberry-cava cocktail on the beach before taking a real-life surf school lesson! Yes, I’m off to the Canaries again for a big boost of early-December Vitamin D, and I can’t wait! Here’s my latest round-up of luscious links to keep you occupied […]

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 […]