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 […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Tim Riggins Speaks Of Waterfalls” by Nico Alvarado

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  You want to know what it was like? It was like my whole life had a fever. Whole acres of me were on fire. The sun talked dirty in my ear all night. I couldn’t drive past a wheatfield without doing it violence. I couldn’t even look at a bridge. I used to go […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: An Ocean Massage at the Hayman spa

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  Hey there, dollfaces! Welcome to the first Let’s Run Away Monday of 2015 – which just so happens to be the first day of my new job. Eek! Whether you’re facing a similarly nerve-wracking new beginning, or just desiring a bit of a detox after all the festive revelry, I’ve got the perfect spot […]

Recommended Reading: 5 Blogs You Must Follow in 2015!

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  Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes! Well, 2015 is well under way, and I’m all settled in to my new London home. And thanks to my bellissima blogger friend Sarah, I’ll be relishing a weekend of cava-fuelled, Greg Peck-candle-lighting magic and salted caramel-themed bon voyage parties – I can’t imagine a […]

Thursday Verse Day [New Year’s Day Edition!]: “Dream Work” by Mary Oliver

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  I wanted the past to go away, I wanted to leave it, like another country; I wanted my life to close, and open like a hinge, like a wing, like the part of the song where it falls down over the rocks: an explosion, a discovery; I wanted to hurry into the work of […]

“I know nothing, but I am here to learn”: Hard Lessons I Learned in 2014

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  “I sit before flowers hoping they will train me in the art of opening up. I stand on mountain tops believing that avalanches will teach me to let go. I know nothing, but I am here to learn.” – Shane Koyczan Happy New Year’s Eve, my Narnians! Can you believe it’s the end of […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: My Favourite [Ivy-Bedecked, Book-Filled] Bar in Rome!

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Ciao, bellas! Can you believe it? It’s the last Let’s Run Away Monday of 2014! I hope you’ve had as much of a roast potato, prosecco and time en famille-filled Christmas holiday as I have – and are getting excited for New Year’s Eve! My fantastico friend and co-worker has surprised his wife with a […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Saying Goodbye to Cambridge Again” by Xú Zhìmó

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Very quietly I take my leave As quietly as I came here Quietly I wave good-bye To the rosy clouds in the western sky. The golden willows by the riverside Are young brides in the setting sun; Their reflections on the shimmering waves Always linger in the depths of my heart. The floating heart growing […]

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 […]