Wednesday, 11 January 2017

These are a few of my favourite things

I am not even joking when I say that one of the highlights of my year was the discovery of Brownie Butter. Yup. Actual Brownie Butter in a jar. Like chocolate spread but MUCH better. 

You can get it from Kate at Gower CottageDo it and thank me later. I secretly want a jar sent to my office once a week. 

This winter's hottest tend is to be very HYGGE

This is the best book on how to master this Danish way of living well. I gave it to my mum for Christmas and now want a copy of my own. More candles and less social media is the way forward !

Love these striped onesie pajamas from ASOS. I managed to buy them in the sale. They were sold out before Christmas so stand by and they might come back in stock again. 

I am starting the new year with a new pair of lampshades in my bedroom. Pooky are amazing - you can mix and match the shade and the stand. Lots of colours to choose from and super stylish. 

If you are ever looking for a fun place to eat out - look no further than the Clink. I have had lunch at the Brixton restaurant and really want to go back. Fingers crossed there is a restaurant near you.

My cousin received a LILhood for Christmas and they are fab. 

Monday, 9 January 2017

Happy New Year

2016 was a rocky ride for everyone – it will surely go down as one of the most “significant” years in political history. Not least because Britain marched out of the EU (sh*t) and Donald Trump stormed into the White House (double sh*t).

The writer and editor Agnes Frimpton summed it up brilliantly:

2016’s been a cluster-fuck of a year. David Bowie, Victoria Wood, Alan Rickman, Leonard Cohen – Leonard fucking Cohen – are dead. The UK voted for Brexit, the US voted for Donald Trump and populism is on the rise across Europe. And the pollsters got it wrong. Everyone got it wrong. “People in this country have had enough of experts”, said the charming Michael Gove, and many people agreed.

Losing Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Leonard Cohen, AA Gill, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael and many others was bad enough. Just when we thought it couldn't get worse, the actress and all-round genius Carrie Fisher died followed the next day by her mother Debbie Reynolds.

Allison Pearson did a great summary of the year in her Telegraph column - see here

Despite all the above, I found there was a lot to be positive about and I had many highlights. James Corden's Carpool Karaoke may well be what saved us all.

My lack of blogging has been slightly replaced by more Instagram posts - see here
Here are some of my "what not to miss" in 2017:

The opening of Hamilton (from huge success on Broadway to the West End). 

Adele at Wembley – beg, borrow, steal a ticket for her big finale. I got 4 tickets in the pre-sale thanks to Twitter and yes I am very smug about that.

The recreation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. Trailer here 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Don't be Frazzled !

Christmas is over and everyone is back to work and school. It's ok to be a little bit sad about that. BUT we need not feel stressed with the arrival of.....

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled (in paperback!)

Its amazing. And clever. And funny. 

And guess what ! You could win afternoon tea with her. I did, back in 2012, and it was a huge amount of fun. You've got until Sunday 8th Jan so hurry up and enter. 

Thanks to Books on the Underground, some people picked up a free copy whilst on their way to work on Tuesday. Talk about a stress-free commute.