Let’s Run Away Monday: The “Book Barge!”

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  Bonjour, mes amis! Like many of you, darling readers, I am a greedy little book-lover. A good bookshop or library is like my Cave of Wonders – I can while away hours picking and choosing new literary treats to stockpile! Another of my great loves? Madcap, whimsical risk-takers! Adventurous individuals who take – perhaps […]

Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: September 2014

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    Hey there, sweet things! To quoth Dr Seuss, “how did it get so late so soon?” Can you believe it’s September tomorrow, darlings? If you can’t wait ’til the end of August to get off the merry-go-round [like Van Morrison], here’s this month’s round-up of luscious links for curious quaintrelles to keep you […]

Thursday Verse Day: “We Met At The End Of The Party” by Philip Larkin

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     We met at the end of the party When all the drinks were dead And all the glasses dirty: ‘Have this that’s left’, you said. We walked through the last of summer, When shadows reached long and blue Across days that were growing shorter: You said: ‘There’s autumn too’. Always for you what’s […]

Audrey Hepburn at the Airport: Old Hollywood Stars Show Us How To Jetset in Style!

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    Ciao, bella! Oh, Greg Peck! How you ruin me for everyday life! When this photograph of my all-time Old Hollywood hero strolling arm-in-arm with his glamorous wife Veronique across the airport tarmac at Nice popped up on my Tumblr dashboard, I couldn’t help but long to be in her impeccably well-heeled shoes! Sure, […]

[A Belated!] Let’s Run Away Monday: A Pink Beach in Barbuda!

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    Hello there, darlings! Bad blogger alert – I’m a day late for this week’s Let’s Run Away Monday! Blame the Bank Holiday weekend: plenty of strolls through Grantchester Meadows blackberry picking and, of course, cava, carbonara and baked Camembert! But, of course, the weather has been the stuff of every heliophiliac heroine’s worst […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Rain” by David Semanki

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Yesterday was the last day of summer. And it makes sense you weren’t with me then. Or even on this rainy afternoon – you’re teaching me to live apart from you, which has reduced to breakfast dishes crowding the nightstand, the TV droning with some Julie Christie drama, my black hair unwashed for a fifth […]

On The Importance of “Dressing For The Occasion”

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  Lang time nae see, darlings! I’m back from a long weekend at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – three days of brownie bars, drinking Drambuie and ginger ale in the shadow of a giant inflatable purple cow, and catching some of my favourite comedians on stage. It was like a glorious month-long, city-wide May Ball… […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: A Beauty and the Beast-esque Library!

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  Bonjour, mes amis! So, what was your favourite movie growing up? Mine was – without a shadow of a doubt! – “Beauty and the Beast.”  I watched it so often we had to buy a second video tape because I physically wore down the original from overuse! Every afternoon, I’d don my Disney Store-bought […]

Thursday Verse Day: “you are tired (i think)” by ee cummings

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  You are tired, (I think) Of the always puzzle of living and doing; And so am I. Come with me, then, And we’ll leave it far and far away— (Only you and I, understand!) You have played, (I think) And broke the toys you were fondest of, And are a little tired now; Tired […]

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

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  Hey there, darlings! So, even if you’re not the “tortured artist” type, you’ll certainly have heard of “writer’s block”: that dreaded dry spell of creativity, during which one desperately wants to work, but something has just got stuck. As Joseph Fiennes laments in one of the greatest movies of all time, “it’s as if […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Annmaree’s Tour of Atrani!

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[All images via awesomely aestival Annmaree, over at donuts + detours!] Ciao, bella! “Let’s Run Away Monday” veterans will know I just love imagining myself away to all-new places I’ve never visited before – but there’s something super-comforting about returning to one of your favourite holiday spots, don’t you think? I’m constantly being teased for […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Having A Coke With You” by Frank O’Hara

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  So here’s something a little different for this week’s Thursday Verse Day, sweet things – Nathan Gelgud’s illustrated accompaniment to this gorgeous Frank O’Hara poem!:   “I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world” – swoon! Love, lilypads and the Louvre xxx

“The best things in life are free”: How to Have a Swanky Social Life Sans Cash!

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  “The best things in life are free; the second best are expensive.” – Coco Chanel As a confirmed sybarite, I agree with the ever-chic Chanel – but only to a point! In my opinion, the absolute best things in life are those that should cost you a pretty penny, but are actually snagged for […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: A Parisian Hammam!

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Good morning, my marzipan strawberries! Who doesn’t feel like some serious pampering in the a.m. on a Monday? There’s few better places for said pampering than my beloved Paris – but rather than a swanky five-star hotel chain spa, how about something a little bit different…? LET’S RUN AWAY for sweet mint tea and massages […]

Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: August 2014

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  Aloha, honeys! We’re right in the midst of those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer… and what better way to cool off than to grab a spot in the shade [preferably of a palm tree on a Hawaiian seashore!], and kick back with this month’s round-up of luscious links for curious quaintrelles? My gorgeous […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Going There” by Jack Gilbert

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  Of course it was a disaster. The unbearable, dearest secret has always been a disaster. The danger when we try to leave. Going over and over afterward what we should have done instead of what we did. But for those short times we seemed to be alive. Misled, misused, lied to and cheated, certainly. […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The REAL Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse!

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  Hello, darlings! Did you ever watch Disney’s ‘Swiss Family Robinson‘ when you were little? I absolutely loved this tale of a shipwrecked family cast away on a deserted tropical island – so much so that my best friend and I spent an entire summer rewriting it to include ourselves in the story [as plucky […]

“Summer girlfriends, house in Jamaica”: A Sparkles & Crumbs Summer Soundtrack!

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  Aloha, honeys! One of my all-time favourite pastimes is to slip into a swimsuit, lie in the hot July sun – preferably by a sparkling turquoise ocean or infinity pool! – and play some summery songs on my iPod. Even if you’re stuck at your office desk, I guarantee these tunes will transport you […]

Thursday Verse Day: “For Women Who Are ‘Difficult’ To love” by Warsan Shire

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you are a horse running alone and he tries to tame you compares you to an impossible highway to a burning house says you are blinding him that he could never leave you forget you want anything but you you dizzy him, you are unbearable every woman before or after you is doused in your […]

Flamenco Dancers and Fairy Queens: On Gowns That Get You Into Character

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    Hello, darlings! We’ve all seen that generic movie scene at least once: in every romcom, from Ever After to She’s All That, there’s that triumphant moment where the dowdy, underdressed heroine descends the staircase, newly-coiffed, overly-made-up, and – most importantly! – wearing a brand new ballgown. The ugly stepsisters/school bullies gasp in disbelief! The […]