Breton Stripes

Following on from my previous post, I believe we have settled on a decision with regards to our possible move to Cornwall. Having a space like this to think aloud is a Godsend and trust me when I say your comments (here and on facebook) and responses always help – really they do, so thank you!

You may have already guessed from my nautical attire that we are destined for the coast and truthfully we cannot be happier. I actually feel like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders. We haven’t as yet set a date but we have a loose plan to be out of London by the end of summer – meaning we get to enjoy the last few good weeks of the year in Cornwall. I can’t wait to get back on my board and I’m so excited about renewing my love for ashtanga yoga ….it’s gonna be good, y’all!

I know my style will become more casual when we exit the city. It’s only natural and I’m getting in the swing of things early by donning my brand new Breton top which I bought on our recent trip to Brittany. Okay, so I bought it on the ferry but it’s still authentic – I even went in for their traditional ‘Picasso’ style, which I’ve been after for an age. Too bad they didn’t have it in red too – maybe next time.

Believe it or not this is an extra small (Lord knows what the large is like – must be made for giants!) and I adore the shape. The brand is Captain Corsaire and compared to most Breton brands they are very reasonable as well as being fantastic quality. I had actually planned to visit the Armor Lux factory store when we were over in France (there’s one near my in-laws) but we just didn’t have time in the end. Ugh, one day I will manage a trip to that place but until then I’m perfectly happy with my Picasso.

 

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Baked Bananas & Big Decisions

Living in London is a double edged sword. On the one hand we have access to some of the best theatre, museums, eateries etc. in the world (the shopping ain’t too bad either and the architecture is fairly spectacular), and on the other it’s damned stressful and has the ability to suck the very life out of your veins.

We’ve just arrived back from a brief but much needed visit to Northern France where my in-laws currently live (in the most adorable cottage with acres of land – idyllic to say the least) and even though we’ve only just returned we can already feel that oh so familiar tension creeping back in.

Thankfully we’ve chosen to live outside of the chaos that is central London in the pretty lovely Borough of Greenwich, which means we don’t feel like we’re totally in the thick of it – although our work commitments do mean we need to use the tube and brave the crowds every morning. Not my favourite way to spend my time to say the least.

However, now that we have the opportunity to move back to our beloved Cornwall due to a work opportunity that has arisen in Falmouth for my Husband, I find myself in a quandary. London is better for my line of work but I know that city life no longer makes me happy, so what do we do?

I’ve already been trawling property sites looking for that perfect rental property and if I’m totally honest with myself I’ve mentally moved there already. Being in France just reminded us what we want out of life – and it isn’t a high powered career in the City….isn’t it funny how your priorities change? I came to London at eighteen full of ambition (much of which I’ve fulfilled I’m glad to say) and now I can’t wait to get away from it all and lead a simpler life in the country.

What you’ll need….

3 large ripe bananas

2 tbsp brown sugar

¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 large shots of dark rum

Juice of 1 clementine

Juice of half lime

2 tbsp date syrup

  What to do….

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slice the bananas, place them in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Lightly toss so they are coated all over and bake in oven for ten minutes.

Meanwhile whisk together the rum, clementine juice, lime juice and date syrup. Pour over the bananas and bake for a further 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven when the sauce is bubbling and the bananas have browned.

Allow the bananas to cool for ten minutes – by this stage they will be perfectly warm. Alternatively, let them cool completely and refrigerate.

To serve, add a generous helping of (vegan) squirty cream and freshly grated nutmeg. The perfect boozy pudding.

I keep telling myself I can write/style anywhere – it’s all about making my own opportunities – and yet I can’t help but feel like I’ll be doing myself an injustice by bowing out of the big smoke at such a crucial time in my career ….I can almost touch that elusive magazine/newspaper position I’ve been working towards with my fingertips but I’m forced to ask myself, do I even want it?

If I could maintain some sort of professional existence in Cornwall (freelancing for publications would be ideal) whilst having the lifestyle we both crave so much I would jump at the chance and yet I worry I’m committing career suicide by leaving the rat race behind. Part of me wants to believe I can have my cake and eat it but there’s a niggling little doubt that creeps in every time I think I’ve made up my mind. I need input on this one, what would you do?

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Bobbing Along

You know those bloggers who clean their apartment before they take photographs? I’m not one of them. What you see is what you get I’m afraid. Okay, so it’s not too bad really but I know my flat desperately needs a thorough spring clean – I love a good clear out, it’s like therapy to me. Almost as good as a new haircut. It probably doesn’t look very different but I’m over the moon with my ‘do and my new salon discovery – Radio on Redchurch St. Best. Hairdressers. Ever.

In other news I’ve been all over colour blocking these past few weeks ….when the weather gets drab, I go bright. Rainbow bright. And yes, you have seen this blouse and brooch before but I do have my favourites – I just try and mix them differently to keep them interesting for myself.

Have I told you how obsessed I am with these shoes? Decent vegan shoes are hard to come by, in my opinion, and these mid heel Mary Jane’s from Marks ‘n Sparks are my absolute go to shoe right now. I only wish I’d bought them in red too when I had the chance. Ah, shopping regrets. They just keep culminating.

what i’m wearing …blouse, brooch, sweater and skirt/vintage …tights/topshop …shoes/marks&spencer

 

 

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Obsessions

Overnight oats are a breakfast revelation. They’ve been on my morning menu ever since I discovered them a few years back. One serving: 3 heaped tbsp oats, cover with plant milk (i like unsweetened almond), place in fridge overnight and top with fruit, nuts, a dusting of cinnamon, drizzle of agave and a sprinkling of shredded coconut. Obsessed.

I’ve been very quiet of late on this little space of mine. I obviously needed a time out. Call it quiet time. Sometimes our minds need quieting – I know mine does – but in this age of constant sharing and over-sharing (ahem, reluctantly raises hand) we can forget to take time out of the chaos. Just to ‘be’, y’know?

In real life I’ve actually been pretty busy – with some exciting developments professionally speaking. We’re even allowing ourselves to take a much needed holiday this coming weekend ….off to France we go! Calvacade, woodland walks and baguettes. Bliss.

I can’t get enough of Toast clothing right now. They have another incredible sale in full swing at the moment (13th-17th May so you’d better get your skates on if you want to nab a bargain) and I couldn’t resist buying myself these super summery stripey culottes …now, if only we get the weather so I can actually wear the blighters! Obsessed.

Being away from my own blog doesn’t mean I haven’t been on others. I love getting inspiration from my favourite go-to websites (Calivintage, Avant Blargh, Oh So Lovely Vintage to name but a few) so I was ecstatic when A Beautiful Mess announced their incredible new photo app. Truth be told i’ve never bought an app in my life but as soon as I witnessed the greatness happening on instagram(obsessed) I knew I had to have a piece of the action. Unfortunately it may mean another impromptu hiatus from the blog whilst I ‘messify’ all my photos ….I feel an(other) obsession comin’ on, eek!

Sleep is one of my favourite pastimes – duvet and bed (oh memoryfoam, how I love thee!) equals happiness in my world. Is it possible to be both a morning person and love a good lie in? What I snooze in is just as important as what I snooze on, and this cute and colourful Zandra Rhodes flower print cover helps me sleep that little bit sounder. You could say i’m…..obsessed?

 

 

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Mrs.Mop has a moan

I had such a long, whiny, self indulgent, ‘poor me’ post planned. I’d even put off writing it last night because I wanted to give it my full undivided attention. Maximum whinage. And yet, as I’ve sat down to expose all about a certain little unpleasant experience from last week that left me questioning myself and everything I stand for (well, almost – us Irish love to exaggerate, it’s in the blood) the will to purge has suddenly left me. Just like that.

We’ve all been there. Had our ego’s dented and made to feel foolish for being who we are. But its how we deal with such things that makes us the better person, right? Rising above it and all that.

I’m reminded of something John Candy’s character said in one of my all time favourite comedies, Planes, Trains and Automobiles ….’I like me. My Wife likes me. My customers like me’, which, in short, made me realise I shouldn’t give a damn what others think – as long as I have a few people in my corner I’ll be alright. The Candyman always knew how to deliver those lines that almost broke your heart – he might’ve been better known for his comic ability but the guy could freakin’ act!

I digress.

So yeah. People who make you feel like crap. Don’t let ’em. Simples.

Oh, and I’ve taken to wearing my scarf in the fashion of Mrs. Mop. I kinda dig it. You dig? On second thoughts, don’t answer, my delicate ego can only take so many beatings per year and I’m already sorted for a good six months.

what i’m wearing. …scarf/vintage …..boat print tee/orla kiely for uniqlo ….bird print jacket/henry holland for debenhams ….high waisted trousers/american apparel ….sandals/dorothy perkins ….bag/zara

 

 

 

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