AMONG THE FLORA, PETERSHAM NURSURIES.

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The other day, F and I went to one of my favourite places on the planet.

And I took many photographs..

10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #7

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October has been a glorious month. Aside from the fact that it's 'birthday' month for both F and I (!), it's one of my favourite months for experiencing the crisp, illustrious sunlight that's just magical in Autumn. Here are 10 more things that've made me happy lately!

one. // Birthday Month! I've been pretty spoilt this month. From little getaways with F, to the most wonderful PR packages arriving on my birthday, I've a lot to be thankful for. (And F's father curated me the sweetest present, in the style of Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket, hidden in my favourite bar of Godiva Blood Orange, so surprised and delighted!) There are a few things we couldn't schedule into October too, so I'm looking forward to the spillover into next month ;)

two. // Our little visit to Petersham Nursuries. I'm sure you'll hear everyone say that it's their favourite place in the world, but it really does feel especially alluring when you head down on an exceedingly quiet afternoon, as we did the other day, and it feels like you've got the entire place to yourselves. Post soon to come!

three. // Re-embracing my love for Castella cake - and having a go at making it myself! I haven't had this delightfully sticky, sweet, honey cake for the longest time, and although the recipe is really quite temperamental, my loaves came out beautifully, so I couldn't be more pleased. Happy to share my recipe and little tweaks and tips, so let me know if you'd like to see it!

four. // Another exceedingly delicious meal at The Greyhound. AWT's place in Rotherfield Peppard is just the most cosy, eccentrically-decorated setting, and most importantly, his food is divine. Always perfectly cooked and full of flavour - the wagyu is excellent and I already can't wait to go back again.

five. // All the love I've had for my lifestyle posts! If you've been keeping up with me here on BTB, you'll have noticed my shift to more lifestyle posts (in fact, I've only shared one beauty post this month!), and I'll admit, I was a little apprehensive that they wouldn't be as well received. But regardless of the hesitation, it just felt more me and so I went ahead. But I'm so happy to say that I've had such lovely feedback from you all - my Beginner's Guide To Houseplants and Autumn Style Staples have been particularly popular, so here's my chance to say a big thank you to you :)

six. // Seeing an elderly gentleman pruning his trailing roses in a full, tweed, 3-piece. With matching tweed hat. In a walled garden. On a beautifully sunny day. Just heartwarming.

seven. // The Mauli Grow Strong Hair Oil. I've neglected my hair and it hasn't thanked me, but this lovely, ayurvedic scalp oil is making it feel softer and more manageable.

eight. // A Vision Of Eden. F's mother kindly picked me up a lovely, old copy of Marianne North's (botanist and biological artist who worked at Kew Gardens) life and works. I've loved her illustrations from afar and it's been thoroughly interesting to thumb through her story. There's something about Autumn that makes me more inclined to read - just me?

nine. // Enjoying clothes shopping again. I got myself into a really big rut of hating my body, and therefore loathing clothes shopping - thinking that everything looked dreadful on me, and just having a really negative attitude towards the whole affair. I don't think I've lost any weight (I don't weigh myself anymore, in an effort to disconnect with the 'numbers' and just go by how I feel), so its quite possible that it's just my outlook that's changed (or the fact that's it's a lot cooler and I can layer up!), so I've been enjoying the experience a lot more. Here are several things I'm enjoying at the mo :)



ten. // Bloggers. I'm in utter adoration of Cindy's snaps lately, she's branching out into more lifestyle photography and I love every photo!



If you're after more positivity, you can find my 10 Things series here, and I'd love to hear what's been making you lately :)




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AUTUMN BEAUTY.

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F and I are back from this round of birthday celebrations, and whilst we had an exquisite time, I'm having a bit of a home-bunny moment. It's an impeccable day, all golden and blustery and my desk is speckled with autumnal light at the moment - the kind of light that would be 'just perfect' for some photography, but rather than hurry to fetch the camera, I'm just going to enjoy it.

I've been sitting on a 'proper beauty post', in fact, this particular beauty post, for some time, collating some of the items that have seen most action in my beauty cabinet now that we're firmly into autumn, and this fine autumn day seems like the perfect time to share some of my thoughts with you. I've got my ginger and pine nut tea on the ready, and I've gone all 'autumnal glow' with the photo editing too so hope you enjoy!

13 POSITIVE QUOTES + MANTRAS TO REAFFIRM AND BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY.

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A N O T H E R   Y E A R   O L D E R ,   A N O T H E R   W I S E R

Happy Birthday to me! I'll admit from the outset that this post is well and truly scheduled, because I refuse to embrace blogging and social media on my birthday, and by the time you're reading this, I'll be having a superbly relaxing day with loved ones!

Rather than dedicate a post to a birthday makeup tutorial (although I will list the makeup I'm wearing for my birthday/in the photos at the end of the post for you), or showing you the outfit I'll be wearing on the day, I wanted to spread a little positivity and encouragement with a small collection of uplifting and just lovely quotations and mantras. I hope you're all having an utterly wonderful day and I'll be back, after a couple of days of rest and enjoyment, at the weekend :)


one. // If you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't matter which path you take.

two. // Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

three. // On the difficult days, when the world is on your shoulders, remember that diamonds are made under the weight of mountains.

four. // The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.

five. // Don't be eye candy, be soul food.

six. // A party without cake is just a meeting.

seven. // Smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

eight. // Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.

nine. // Let your heart be your compass.

ten. // Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet.

eleven. // Imagine all the wondrous things your mind might embrace if it weren't wrapped so tightly around your struggles.

twelve. // I didn't come this far to only come this far.

thirteen. // Shine, for you are light and wonder. For there are galaxies within you and stardust dances in your soul, stars live in your eyes and glory and grace in your bones. You are beautiful, you are light and wonder, you shine.

M A K E U P   W O R N:

concealer: Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick in Linen
blush: Surratt blush in Parfait
lips: Tom Ford Girls in Zoe


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THE ART OF SLOW LIVING + 5 WAYS TO INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR LIFE.

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If there's one overriding attitude I've become passionate about in recent years, it's wellness and wellbeing, and taking more of a 'holistic' approach to bettering my life and mood.

Adopting more of a 'slow living' mindset has easily been my most inspired and favourite change. I've found it incredibly uplifting to reconnect with aspects of life that are most often trampled upon by adult things like 'responsibilities' and 'deadlines' (yawnyawnborebore).

As it's birthday month for me, the perfect time to reconvene and reflect, I wanted to have a little chat with you about some of my slow living habits, including five ways you can incorporate a little slow living wellness into your life this autumn. Read on and enjoy!

BLUSH ORANGE WAFFLES
(gluten free + no waffle maker needed)

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I woke up last Sunday morning, with an itching for waffles.

If every alternate (alternate to accommodate pancakes of course) weekend could include waffles for breakfast, then I would be a very happy camper. I mean, is there much better than dousing, what is essentially already dessert, in a gravy boat of syrup?

We've had a bag of coconut flour tucked away at the back of the kitchen worktop, lonely and unused, and it's happily a tasty way to turn ordinary waffles, gluten-free - which, for me, means all the taste and less of the bloat. And best of all, these particular waffles are baked in the oven, so no waffle-maker needed.

I also happened across these beautiful blush oranges whilst meandering around Waitrose, their segments speckled with cardinal ruby. There's a little twang of berry in their taste too which makes them deliciously interesting. Pair them with an orange blossom syrup and full-fat, creamy bio yoghurt, best enjoyed in bed with a newspaper. Well enough waffle-ing (hoho) - let me share the recipe with you ;)

5 STYLE STAPLES TO GRACE MY AUTUMN WARDROBE.

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WELL. Today, I've gone shopping, for both myself and you!

I've had a hankering to update my wardrobe for the increasingly chilly weather, and, effectively, revel in an excuse to buy myself a little hoard of new items. I mean, it is birthday month after all, and if a girl can't treat herself then, when can she? (let's all be honest with ourselves and mention that I've already started the treating process, and several of the items in today's post have already been purchased ;)

As I realised my shopping list is incredibly themed and autumnal, I thought I'd use it in a bid to inspire your wardrobe this October, so read on for my 5 staples to grace my autumn wardrobe this year - hope you enjoy!

BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HOUSEPLANTS.

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We've always had plenty of greenery in our house, for as long as I can remember mum has lined the hallway and windowsills with potted plants. I love the sense of calm they seem to bring to a room, but I in no way inherited her deftness for looking after them..

I have, however, managed to raise a little family of fauna, which I've now kept alive and thriving for a couple of years. So today I'm bringing to you, the Beginner's Guide To Houseplants - attractive planting that's hard to kill, small in size and easy to manage.

HONEY SEASALT CUPCAKES.

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I'm a fiend for just about any sweet and salty combination, and today's roundabout take on salted caramel is a new winner in our abode - F loves them!

I've been opting to bake cupcakes recently, as they're quicker to make, and something about their handheld convenience means they're also a lot quicker to eat ;) Today's post is a little play I had with this recipe I found on Pinterest and the finished morsels are so tasty - a sweet richness of honey, a little dash of salt, the tang of yoghurt and the childhood glee of crunchy honeycomb.

Read on for the recipe and I do hope you enjoy!

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