Tuesday Treat – Summer Holidays

For the last few weeks, I’ve been enjoying my first summer holidays in a while. We’re not going on holiday, as we’ve already been glamping, so I’ve got a few jobs I want to do, as well as prepping for the new term in September. So far, I’ve spent a day in the garden, doing […]


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A Year of Moments with Candy Pop and Lobster & Swan ~ August

Simplicity by Candy PopWelcome to August and A Year of Moments, a monthly collaboration with the lovely Jeska of Lobster & Swan.August is a time to relax, unwind and recharge, and so this month Jeska and I would like to slow things down with a litt…

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Not a lawyer: getting compensation from your mobile phone company

This is a blog post in my very occasional “not a lawyer” series, about ways that ordinary people can use basic knowledge of the law to achieve certain things.

It started with a simple enough request: I had a mobile phone contract with EE (trading as T-Mobile), and I wanted to switch to a different company. I contacted them asking them to unlock my handset, so I could use it on another network, and provide me with a PAC code so I could port my number. I paid a £20 fee for the unlock and got a PAC code valid for up to a month.

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Native & Co ~ Finding Simplicity in Notting Hill

Simplicity and CraftsmanshipOn a recent trip to London I was thrilled to discover Native & Co; an independent shop specialising in Japanese and Taiwanese homewares. Native & Co stock a range of lifestyle products including tableware, …

A Blog

A new blog. It only remains to see if I have the discipline to keep it up (I hope so). I’ll be writing about fashion, beauty, books and food. I work in social media, so I’ll probably include the odd post on that. Clothes for today: Floral print button-up pyjamas, which make me look like […]

10 Summer Pastimes

Have you seen the horizon lately?

It’s the time for long hazy days, warm sunshine, packing for the holidays, ice cold drinks, sun cream, freckles, pretty dresses, sandles, crisp blue skies and the smell of cut grass. I adore the summer, and here are a few things I’ll be doing to celebrate the season.

The rolling hills of beautiful Britain

1. A picnic with a view 

I love packing up a basket of treats and heading out for a lazy afternoon. There’s nothing quite like relaxing outdoors with good food and good company. My favourite places to open my picnic blanket are under a large shady tree or by the river. Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend, weather permitting!

2. Go on a bike ride 

I’m the first to admit I don’t do this often enough, which is strange because Oxford is famous for bikes. But when I do dust off my bike I love to ride along the river, stopping at the country pubs along the way. This year I’d like to explore a little further afield, perhaps taking in some of the scenic country paths.

A macaron and an iced tea with Jeska of Lobster and Swan

3. Meet some new people 

The longer days and lighter evenings make socialising a delight, so why not meet up with a few kindred spirits where you live. I recently organised an Oxford Instameet which was brilliant fun and utterly inspiring.

4. Head to the seaside 

It wouldn’t feel like summer without a day or two by the coast. The sea breeze, crashing waves and sense of space are good for the soul.

I do like to be beside the seaside

5. Something new for my wardrobe

When the weather changes I like to treat myself to something new (hello marvellous espadrilles!). Just one or two items can make my entire wardrobe feel exciting again. And it’s fun to experiment with colours and styles I haven’t tried before.

6. Switch off and get outside

There’s no excuse to be sat in front of a screen when the outdoors is calling. So perhaps take an afternoon, or an entire weekend, to switch off and recharge. If this is not something you do, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. And trust me, you won’t miss anything!

Drinks al fresco with Alex of Aesme

7. Hold a garden party 

Summer is the time for relaxed outdoor living, so make sure you keep your diary clear for all those seasonal invitations. Just don’t forget your suncream!

8. Have an ice cream 

When was the last time you enjoyed an ice cream? If you prefer strawberry, mint choc chip or even salted caramel there’s no better way to celebrate the summer.

Ice cream anyone?

9. Try a new beauty routine 

Whether it’s a new perfume or lipstick, it’s nice to try something new. This season I’ve been enjoying Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede which is a perfectly sweet scent for the summer months.

10. Get creative

I’ve been spending more time than ever pursuing creative projects. Giving myself the time and space to get lost in creativity has been marvellous. So why not pop to your local craft shop and see what seasonal things inspire you. Or perhaps try flower arranging, as I did last summer.

Creating pretty arrangements at The British Flower School

I hope you have a wonderful summer and do feel free to share your favourite seasonal pastimes in the comments. I’d love to hear them!

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Living Etc House Tours || Inspired to Restyle my Home

‘There’s no place like home.’I'm feeling inspired after attending the Living etc House Tours with ao.com. It was a snooper’s paradise, even if it felt a little odd wandering around the bedrooms and bathrooms of strangers! I was especially honoured to v…

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Dog Walks in the New Forest – Holmsley Circular Walk

One of the great things about walking is that it’s a great excuse to eat cake. You need to refuel right?! It has been known for us to go on a walk to specifically visit a cafe and we found this walk when searching for ‘holmsley circular walks’. We wanted to park up somewhere in […]

Floral Friday

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Migrating Trac off Mod_Python

I recently upgraded my to Debian Jessie, unfortunately this broke trac.This article is © Copyright Marcus Povey 2008-2015