Making a bath soak, making a mess

After the success of my homemade shampoo (read about it here) I felt pretty bloody good about myself. Inevitably, I thought it would be a crackin’ idea to start making more of my own beauty products. I decided to start with my own bubble bath. How tricky could this be? VERY TRICKY it turns out. I've … Continue reading Making a bath soak, making a mess

The loveliness of vintage labels

One of my favourite things about buying vintage is that every piece has a story attached. Sometimes this story is based in fact - when an item's history and era are known by the seller - and sometimes I make up a wild history myself. I just love that each piece has lived its own … Continue reading The loveliness of vintage labels

Black tights be gone/an ode to opaques

The time has come to retire my opaque tights for the summer. I know it’s hot and I know it might make you feel hot to look at my fabric-covered pins, but I could wear tights all year round. I would. And I have. When I was about 16 I defied convention and wore black … Continue reading Black tights be gone/an ode to opaques

Misadventures with a wildflower window box

I had high hopes for our balcony when I started gardening in September last year. I saw our modest concrete enclosure through rose, tulip and poppy-tinted spectacles. It would become an urban jungle, I thought, filled with hanging baskets brimming with trailing ivy and big, beaming flowers, birds and bees making the glorious space their home. It would … Continue reading Misadventures with a wildflower window box

How to save the environment and get hair like Kate Middleton

Bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar DIY shampoo recipe

This story starts in the past, so please dear readers, conjure a flashback harp song in your head and set your mind back to six weeks ago…. **** When Gavin arrived home one Sunday afternoon, he made the mistake of telling me my hair looked nice. I leapt up from the sofa with barely contained excitement. … Continue reading How to save the environment and get hair like Kate Middleton

The most annoying types of London commuter

Board any London tube train during rush hour and I can guarantee you'll come across one of the following people: The squeeze and leaner There is mathematically and scientifically no room left in the tube carriage. Yet this optimistic opportunist will take a look at the heaving, sweaty, compacted mass of bodies and think "yeaaaaahhh. … Continue reading The most annoying types of London commuter

Crochet// How I made my sunburst baby blanket

Crochet sunburst granny square afghan baby blanket

Two of our best friends are about to have their first baby and Gavin and I are really excited about becoming a Funcle and Faunt (fake-uncle and fake-aunt)!  Even though I haven't met the little champion yet, I know they are going to be an absolute dude/dudette. As a 'welcome to the world' gift for the new tiny … Continue reading Crochet// How I made my sunburst baby blanket

Whatever you do, DON’T tell me to calm down

On International Women's Day 2016, I thought I'd share my two penneth about a well-talked about issue that I feel helps to maintain inequality and bias. Sometimes, in the midst of an argument or a debate, just as I'm getting into the swing of it and saying some really good stuff, I will find myself … Continue reading Whatever you do, DON’T tell me to calm down

Confessions of a lazy sloth

Here are some things that laziness makes me do: The lazy-person-lean Rather than getting out of bed to get something, reaching out so far that literally only one toe is left in the bed, all the covers are on the floor and the sheet has come loose. Sitting on my bed in a towel for 4,000 years I've … Continue reading Confessions of a lazy sloth

How to get hooked on crochet

Crocheting is the absolute balls. I love it, because it's such a cheap hobby, you can do it anywhere, and it makes me feel immensely proud of myself. When I first learnt how to crochet I was in Switzerland with my friend Alice and it was absolutely pouring down with rain. In a chalet, in … Continue reading How to get hooked on crochet