Nesting: Favourites This Week

By now, no one is really interested in my observations about whether it’s nearly autumn, or actually autumn, so I’ll move onto my current obsession: nesting and getting myself slightly organised for the upcoming festive period – we got birthdays, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year to come in the space of just three months!

Part of getting organised means getting myself stocked up on some time-saving, super delicious meals. I got sent some Good Hemp Pure Protein Powder, C/O, and it’s so handy in the mornings for a quick, healthy breakfast. It’s 117 calories a scoop, and it’s vegan too. (Plus gluten-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, soya-free, whey-free, and kosher!) You can add it to your usual smoothie for a protein boost (it contains all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce ourselves), or build a simple vanilla shake by adding some vanilla essence in along with water. My favourite way to drink it at the moment is as a chocolate banana shake – one scoop of Good Hemp, a frozen banana, a cup of milk, and a teaspoon of cocoa powder, blended. It tastes so bad for you, but it’s not – my favourite kind of breakfast!

I’ve also been trying to use up my Spicery BBQ kits, cooking an insane amount of food while I can still use my Weber. Well, I can use it all year round, but my friends aren’t so tolerant of sitting in a freezing cold garden while I hunch over some ribs. I can’t recommend The Spicery enough – everyone who has tried their kits thinks they’re amazing. Head to for their ranges. These guys are good.


All year round, I like to make lists – recipes, shopping lists, places to go, things to try, stuff to pack… I bought this Kate Spade notebook and am gradually filling it up! And all this note taking is thirsty work, so my Nespresso machine is going full-tilt. Is it wrong to admit my favourite is the caramel flavour? I know, I’m not a real coffee snob…

I’ve also become obsessed with making pom-poms, and turning them into wreaths. Here’s my snowball-themed Christmas one! I’m working on a black and orange Halloween themed one now… I just need to figure out how to actually attach them to my front door. And, because I’m crazy, I’m seriously wondering if I should buy a new front door just so I can hammer a nail into it…

Nautical and Nice

It all started with those pointed Dale flats from L.K. Bennett… And then the French Sole nautical collection. And Modalu’s nifty fabric Riviera tote with that amazing navy and white stripe… Pretty soon, I was obsessed with all things nautical, and, well, it was pretty much only a matter of time before this happened:

Nautical and nice

On the top row we have the aforementioned Modalu tote (£75), and next to that, the Soho grab, also from Modalu (£89). If leather is more your thing, Modalu also do this amazing azure blue Artemis shopper, which is one of my favourite colours this season (£199).  L.K. Bennett also have a couple of really cool nautical totes this season – at the end of the top row is the Hoxton canvas tote (£175), and the cool and quirky Lytham St. Anne’s canvas beach bag (£95, one of a series of three) starts off the second row on the left. Save your pennies with the simple chic of this navy striped tote with rope handles from Next (£20), or treat yourself to Kate Spade’s Welcome To Brighton bag (£130). Rounding out the bag selection are two clutches – on the left is L.K. Bennett’s embellished straw Evie clutch (£225), and the right is Kate Spade’s nifty Terrace Drive Abbett clutch (£245).

On to the shoes! On the top row we have French Sole’s red pointed Penelope flats (£180), then L.K. Bennett’s azure Connie espadrille wedges (£160). The L.K. Bennett team are mad for gosgrain this season, because they have several offerings that make use of the striped ribbon in a variety of colours – each of my selections is available in various bold striped patterns. Next to that on the end of the top row of three is another nifty pair of French Sole flats, Henriettas with a rope pattern that dances across the toes (£160). On the bottom row on the left are a pair of slingback pointed toe flats from Next (£26), another pair of simpler Henriettas from French Sole – I couldn’t resist the rope bow! – (£150), and then a peep-toe espadrille wedge from Next (£34). Finally, a Marlene block heel sandal from L.K. Bennett (£175), and those shoes that started it all, the Dale pointed toe flats, from L.K. Bennett (£150) – available in navy and white, azure and white, and raspberry and white, and all in that gosgrain finish I love so much!

Do you like to channel a bit of nautical style in your wardrobe come the sunnier seasons? Without doubt, nautical style is always in fashion during spring and summer, and I’m a sucker for it every time! Considering that it always makes an appearance on the shelves, it’s a smart investment to pick up a few nautical accessories to mix and match – you’ll probably find you end up using them year after year. Do you have an old favourite you like to bring out?

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Favourite Things: Kate Spade Earrings

Since I first encountered the brand at Bicester I’ve fallen in love with Kate Spade’s preppy, girly style. So I had to pop into the Kate Spade store near Covent Garden the last time I was in London!


The store is brimming with gorgeous treats, including some beautiful shoes on the bottom level.


There’s also a small range of really pretty clothes, including jumpers, dresses and skirts. I’m definitely in the market for one of the brand’s beautifully structured dresses!


For now though, I came away with something a bit kinder to my budget, these gorgeous skinny mini bow earrings:


I’ve loved this design since I saw a gorgeous bracelet featuring it on Pinterest. That’s on my wish list next! Do you like Kate Spade’s style? Got anything on your wish list?

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