Posts tagged lifestyle blog
Woman in Progress: Laura Lea from Laura Lea Design

Our latest Woman in Progress is Laura Lea from Laura Lea Design.  Laura founded her Leytonstone boutique three years ago, and in that time her business has gone from strength to strength.  Laura's shop stocks fantastic artists and designers whose work can't be found on the high street (it's a must-go place for great gifts) and Laura also organises pop-up exhibitions around London to expose the artists and designers she represents to new audiences.   We're delighted she's taken the time to answer our questions.

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A love of food rituals and creating a new one

There are many reasons I love cooking. 

I love eating, first and foremost.   I’d rather invest time in cooking something tasty than eat something indifferent.  I also get a huge amount out of the process of cooking itself: a sense of detachment.  My mind can wander as I just focus on the process - it’s meditative almost (that sounds wanky written down).  But it’s also, massively, about the rituals food creates.  The moments and memories that food can conjure.  Eating and laughing together is one of the most joyful of family activities.  And if you cook and eat similar things at similar events, those times, for me, seem to become even more precious.  To separate the food from the occasion becomes impossible.  

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Woman in Progress: Lucy Elliott from Creighton's Chocolaterie

Our latest Woman in Progress is Lucy Elliott, Creative Director of the brilliant Creighton's Chocolaterie.  With a chocolate shop in Leighton Buzzard, and stockists ranging from Liberty, Fenwicks (and many others), Lucy and her mother, Andrea, create award-winning, delicious chocolate that also has a sense of humour. 

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Books to read when you're short on time

Ah time.  I remember it well.  Once you feel like you never have any of it, you bitterly resent your younger-self for wasting so much of it.  Time to yourself is something which, during the school holidays, is very difficult to get hold of.   And occasionally I feel guilty that I no longer read as much as I used to.  I used to read at every opportunity - now - well, I read social media far too much.  I thought it might be nice though to get myself back in the reading habit - but to do so requires books that you can read even if you are short on time.  Here are my top 5 recommendations.

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WIP Cocktail Club #4: Sgrop-WIPino

This month's Cocktail Club is my version of a Sgroppino.  The Sgroppino is traditionally an Italian kind-of boozy Slush Puppie, a combination of lemon sorbet, vodka, and prosecco - often used as a pre-dessert but also as a pre-dinner cocktail. Did I mention it’s like a boozy Slush Puppie?

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Woman in Progress: Katie Scott, journalist and ex-expat

Our latest Woman in Progress is Katie Scott, journalist and soon-to-be mum of four children under the age of seven.   Katie has just returned to the UK after a four year stint in Hong Kong, and takes on change and upheaval which would leave us completely overwhelmed.  Soon to give birth to her fourth baby, she talks to us about life back in Blighty and what it's like to feel like almost an ex-pat in your own country.  

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Woman in Progress: Liezel Strauss & Kitty Dinshaw from Subject Matter

The fourth in our ongoing series of guest posts from amazing Women in Progress.  This week we meet not one Woman in Progress, but two: Liezel Strauss and Kitty Dinshaw.  Liezel and Kitty are partners at Subject Matter, a fine photography online gallery which makes buying beautiful art easy.    

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9 Summer dinner party recipes to rely on

These are my favourite summer dinner party recipes, three starters, main courses and desserts to help you throw the perfect summer's evening - without too much stress.  All can be prepared in advance, and all adapted to serve a small gathering or a large crowd.  

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Slipping through my fingers all the time: my youngest is starting school soon

It’s just three months until my youngest starts school.  And only two weeks until her brothers are off on their school holidays.  At this point, the current set up, of Thursdays and Fridays being ‘just us’ will stop.  Forever.  One element which definitely exacerbates this whole sense of an emptier nest is the fact that I’m also not sure what I’ll do with my extra time once she is in school.  Having recently closed my business, I’m not sure really what I’m should do with myself.   What do I do?  

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5 ways I didn’t overcome my fear of flying.  And one way I did.

I flew for the first time in 3 years last week.  I've always been embarrassed about my fear of flying.  I've tried lots of different (expensive) methods of curing my fear of flying - hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, avoidance, and others.  And lots of cash later, I've finally found one which works for me.

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Woman in Progress: Charlene Cole @ Studentmidwife.blog

A guest post from an inspiring Woman in Progress, Charlene Cole, who changed her career plans completely and is now studying to be a midwife, whilst being the mum to three gorgeous boys

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WIP Cocktail Club #1: Mother's-Already-Ruined Punch

The first of our monthly cocktail club posts is an ode to this fabulous gin cocktail with blood oranges and elderflower

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