Friday, 6 March 2015

Moments of Pink

Imagine a world without COLOUR?  When Winter catches hold properly, we festoon our inside spaces with the brightest emerald greens, crimson pinks and ruby reds.  For Christmas and because outdoors becomes so very bleak.  Scents pack a punch:  all cloves, cinnamons and spices - there's no hiding behind them!  After a long few months though we are ready to EMBRACE every little outside spec of colour that the world delivers us.  It's like our self and our soul needs it; to nurture us gently back out of our cold weather COMA.
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I can't IMAGINE my life without colour, not one bit.  Lately PINK has been sneaking it's way into my day-to-day.  It's a colour i fall in and out of love with if we're being honest.  But Spring-time seems the perfect time for us to rekindle our on/off relationship, even of it its not one which lasts.
Come this time of year it feels GOOD and RIGHT to soothe my tired Winter soul with softer baby-pinks alongside off whites, slate-y greys and messy hair.  I have had my mood boards flipped open on these two pages this week. It's been inspiring the way i do/undo my hair {read:  messy}, my make-up:  let's not kid ourselves that i am much good at that kind of thing, but what this mood board has brought about are much pinker cheeks; iridescent powder dusted across my nose and a soft champagne pencil smudged into the corners of my eyes. 
Subtle SOFTER pinks have been making their way into what i wear too:  pale pink smock tops dug deep from the 'summer' box buried under the bed.  Worn with cotton vests underneath and a SWEET little sheepskin waistcoat worn about my shoulders - 'cos don't let us go getting too carried away yet.  Our pink fancying still requires LAYERS.

My usual morello cherry purple and crimson red anemones have this week been replaced by a soft pink rose.  I'm now on the hunt for a new candle...  

What colours have been INSPIRING you lately?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #56

I'm writing this WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY in a mood that can only be described as ARGH.  Which may be quite a bad idea.  Or on the flip side, a good one because the process of thinking about all of the jolly and good things that have been great so far this week might purge my ARGH's…AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!

I should probably explain myself.  I have spent the best part of the last TWO hours shouting at the Mr's Mac screen, or more to the point:  imovie.  Let's leave it there by saying that imovie and I aren't friends and probably shan't be for the next million years.  ARGH.  Whilst technology is undoubtedly a very brilliant thing {where would I be without Instagram?!} me and 'It' don't very often go hand in hand!  I hope that some day someone will invent an app that you can just tell the computer what you want it to do when you can't figure out the right way to do it by just pressing and clicking.  See i feel better already just by talking to you guys.  I knew this was a good idea!  Right let's get ON shall we?  Another Wonderful Wednesday is begging to be written and let's all just be thankful that it doesn't require imovie shall we?

*  LEFTOVERS.  If you follow me on Instagram {if you don't where the bobbins have you been? I feel like i am more there, than here lately! I'm @sallytangle just incase you feel like you're missing out on some crazy-shaped Instagram party}, you'll know that this week i am off work and have also been living off leftover chilli.  What can i SAY?  What's not to love in a lunch that lasts you almost three days?  The Mr made a massive lentil vegetable chilli.  He is some kind of crazy chilli Master.  In it he crams so much yumminess:  sweet potato, carrot, butternut squash, peppers, lentils, celery - it sort of ends up becoming a 'whatever is in the fridge' kind of a chilli.  We had huge and whopping bowls of it for a late dinner on Sunday night and i am not ashamed to say i have had it for lunch on both Monday and Tuesday of this week already.  Yesterday i added some torn up coriander and on Monday i piled it high with mashed avocado and chilli flakes.  Mmmmm!

*  Wearing a pink COAT.  Because quite frankly coloured coats are just FLOATING my BOAT lately.  A warm pink coat at that and one that was purchased last year but that i didn't get much wear out of.  The weather here - like most of the UK i believe, has somehow reverted back to Arctic conditions.  Whilst the daffodils have been out in force and crocuses have been spotted peeking their heads out tentatively in at least two separate locations; the temperature has been anything but SPRING-like.  On both Monday and Tuesday we have had snow flurries and wind so icy it made my cheeks numb.  Wearing a bright pink coat as pink as the blusher i dust on my cheeks each day {and that stops me from looking like a boiled egg on a daily} has been just the TICKET to keep the Winter blues at bay.  My cream glittery scarf and rose gold Cambridge Satchel also didn't go amiss in keeping the momentum going either.  

*  Maroon 5.  Because hells BELLS we love a golden oldie sometimes right?  I'm talking 'Songs About Jane' -shaped Maroon 5 before you go getting all high and mighty on me.  I'm a non-supporter of most things post 'Moves Like Jagger'.  Apart from Adam Levine.  I'll happily support him unto his dying day.  Maybe just maybe not his musical career direction.  But you can't NOT love 'Songs About Jane'.  It takes me back to being a teenager.  How old does that make me sound?  Also did i actually just write 'golden oldie?!?!?' I think we'll leave that one right there…

*  Fringe-TRIMMING and all of the compliments it brings.  Okay well two compliments.  I always think i muddle along with my fringe.  I can't not have one, it adds to the boiled egg look i referenced earlier, if there's nothing above my non-brows.  So i trim it myself.  Mostly because i try to avoid getting my haircut as much as is humanely possible and taking trips to the hairdressers every other week {yep it grows that fast} is just exhausting!  Two people have complimented me on my fringe GAME this week.  Both asked where i got it cut and both couldn't believe that i did it myself.   So at least i know i have got an alternate career if mine fails…

*  Finding a big BUNDLE of old photographs.  Before i lived with the Mr my whole and entire fridge freezer was covered in photos.  I'm not sure why or when the idea to do it occurred to me but i always loved looking at them and it was always a bit of a talking point when people came around to visit.  Coming across a bundle of these photos made me realise that weirdly, i take SO many more photos than i ever did before, and yet i never ever think to print any out.  It's sad that i always think of framing photos as a bit dated - do you too?  Looking through these photos with a mug of tea, sat cross legged in our spare room on the floor for an hour {mid marathon sort-out} was a little bit lovely.  So many beautiful memories!

*  MARMALADE.  Because, well i am not sure why but March and Spring in general always feels much more citrus-ey 'curds and marmalades' than any other season.  Are you WITH me?  I kept it simple and went for a bitter orange shred {because the bitter shreds of zest are what makes it aren't they?! I've never understood shred-less maramalade.  Why that's like…what's it like?} which will be just scrummy on hot buttered toast. 

*  Kindness.  I took dear sweet WILLOW to the bike shop this week as i have been having an awful time trying to pump up her tyres.  We whizzed home ever-so-much-more-quickly than usual thanks to the KIND gentlemen at our local bike shop filling up Willow's tyres properly and helping me pick a much more  -aherm- girl friendly bike pump - even if it does pain me to write that.  

*  Pom-poms.  Because well even WRITING or saying that word makes you happy doesn't it?  I forgot that i had squirrelled away some bright pink and tiny pom-poms from our Accessorize window a few months back.  They were uncovered in the beginning of the weeks' clean out when i came across the photos and i'm excited to get a little bit creative with them.  I think i am going to TWIZZLE them around and about our wrought iron bedstead and hope that the Mr doesn't realise.

*  De-cluttering.  As you may have guessed i had a big de-CLUTTERING session at the start of the week {It's the Spring-effect i'm sureand our spare room-come-mostly my office' looks SO much better for it!  It's lighter, brighter, cleaner and just a much more useable space.  So what if it still doesn't yet have the wrought iron day-bed and a dressing table i had once hoped for!  Instead i have a BEAUTIFUL desk right under our skylight and have finally 'fashioned' some kind of neat way of housing all the clothes, scarves and general girl paraphernalia i have accumulated.  I think the trick is to keep on top of it and make sure i am regularly clearing out the old and re-using where i can. 

*  TOMATOES.  It's only about 18months since i discovered the benefit of not putting my tomatoes in the fridge.  I know, i know it's all party, party, PARTY over here!  I'd always not had much of an opinion on tomatoes - i could take them or leave them.  If they were stirred into something i'd give them a go, but raw?  No thanks. Until i stopped putting them in the fridge. I don't even think i know where that GEM-ful piece of advice came from - possibly my Dad - he's been growing tomatoes for as-long as i can remember.  If you leave this blog with one piece of game-changing {maybe even life changing} advice this week, let it be this:  Tomatoes off a sunny window sill are the BEES knees, elbows and…toes?  Do bees have toes?  Just TRUST me.  I could munch a whole bowlful now i swear.  One of my very favourite side salads is simply torn Rocket, sliced vine tomatoes, sea salt and a good drizzle of olive oil.  
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But now my FRIENDS, it's over to you!  Consider the Wonderful Wednesday floor your own!  TELL me about your week so far?  Tell me what has been good and great and warming your souls?!  Or what has been god awful and horrid and what it is that's keeping you going through a bout of awful-ness?!  I love to read your comments here i really do!  Remember you can leave a sweet comment below OR tweet me your #wonderfulwednesday over on Twitter.  I'm @sallytangle !

Monday, 2 March 2015

Currently #32 - Hoping

 Because well, what have we got at the start of March if we haven't got HOPE?  As i sit and write this, there is sleet and snow falling softly upon our office skylight and the heating is up high.  I am wearing my oldest and softest {soft in a 'please-don't-fall-apart-soon' kind of a way} and most-loved blue skinny jeans, a white vest, a white tee and a silk pale pink smock blouse.  Oh and my favourite rose pink oversized cardigan.  And my slippers.  The only vaguely 'Spring' thing about my get-up is the pink:  both on my cheeks and in my knitted apparel.  But that's okay because i've got HOPE.  I am HOPEful.  Just like the teeny, tiny purple and yellow crocuses lining our park, like the bright and brilliant daffodils i spotted on the embankment - dancing in a wind so strong that i had to get off and push those two wheels for a little bit.  It was so cold that i wish i had little jackets for all of the brave Spring plants poking their sweet noses out of the ground at the moment.  But they are the reason that this time of year feels so good:  Like the world has started afresh, a new chapter and new goals and aspirations for the months to come.  I love the feeling a new season brings, and doesn't Spring bring the very BEST?  

1.  Fresh BLOOMS.  If Winter is the time for spiced scented candles then Spring is most definitely the time for open windows, fresh flowers each week {an indulgence worth every penny in our book!}.  Fresh flowers are a way to splash colour on grey days; to fetch in sunlight {even if it is in the form of daffodils} into your home and to bring the scent of the outdoors into your sweet space.  I can't stop sticking my nose in our jug of daffodils.  I love that i can smell green as soon as i walk into our home.  

2.  ^This^ sweet VERSE by Erin Hanson.  Because this just sums up Spring in only a few lines, something that i am not too great at:  Minimal words!  The more the merrier on this sweet space.  I do love the simplicity of that sweet poem though.  It's not often you think of the seasons in that way:  That Spring needs Winter just as much as Summer needs Spring. 

3.  Bare-skin and flowers in your HAIR.  It's felt and still feels a little bit like i live with a scarf of some description slung around and about my neck.  On long windy and sleety bike rides, i feel so grateful for that woollen magic keeping me warmer.  I still cannot imagine life without mittens or bobble hats but i am hopeful that one day soon, that shall change.  I can't wait to dress my messy hair in floral crowns and wear my lightest cotton smock blouses with just a light knit.  
Tell me, what are you HOPEFUL for?

Friday, 27 February 2015

All Curled Up...

Throughout my time at university it was nothing for me to SPEND the entire day in my bedroom and dressed in my pyjamas.  I mean of course there were lectures and assignments and the odd night out {aherm} but in my first year especially, my room in our Halls of Residence was my HAVEN.  It was where i was most productive:  If i'm honest 99.9% of that productivity was between the hours of 1am and 4am.  If i didn't have to leave my room then i wouldn't.  I wasn't anti-social by any means.  My door was always propped open and the lovely girls i lived with back then were free to bob in and out as they pleased.  Much talking, working, life-contemplating and general pottering and putting of the world to rights went on in between those four walls and even-though it was a small space, every foot of it was MINE and it was full of my belongings too:  photos from back home; favourite scarves fastened to bed posts;  cushions scattered all over my teeny tiny 'they-called-it-a-single-but-it-wasn't' bed.  Even then i had a penchant for soft furnishings.  Little was i to know that this would escalate only a few years later…
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Fast forward to NOW and while my life has changed dramatically {i can't remember the last time i spent the whole day in my pyjamas or even made it past 11:30pm let alone until 4am} one thing that hasn't changed is my love for my bedroom.  Truth is, it's probably the ONE room  in our little attic that we spend the least amount of time in.  Where once spending the day padding around my teeny tiny uni room in pyjamas was considered normal; now any time spent in our bedroom bar sleeping or putting on pyjamas after a bath or shower is nil. And oddly enough spending time up in our sweet little attic bedroom;  with it's pretty slanted high ceilings; beautiful morning light and cushions and printed bed-linen galore, is the most luxurious of TREATS on a damp, hazily-lit Saturday morning…

I had the WHOLE of last weekend off you see.  And for me that in itself is a bit of a treat.  So as i woke on Saturday morning, to the sound of traffic and people - all hustle and BUSTLE and excitedly heading into the city centre for some weekend retail therapy, i decided right then there:  that very instant:  I was going to do NOTHING.  Whilst i was pretty sure that i might not get away with spending the whole and entire day doing nothing; i relished in the thought that it was at least allowed until midday.  
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Once the Mr had left for work my few hours of INDULGENCE could begin.  I scraped my hair up into a messy bun, pushed my little silk eye-mask back across my forehead to catch a fringe that was standing so far up on end that i didn't want to see it anyway.  I padded into our living-room-come kitchen and FLIPPED on the kettle.  While the steam swirled and curled up into the beams of our front room I retreated to the bathroom to splash my face with warm water.  I applied some serum and a thicker layer of my favourite face cream and returned to the kitchen for my tea. 
Once in the bedroom i LIT my favourite candle: a sweet  Lavender and Lime LILY FLAME concoction, and grabbed my current read.  I pulled back the blue and white cotton DUVET and climbed underneath our marshmallow-soft quilt; propping up the PILLOWS and cushions around me to make a sweet little headboard of pattern and print to comfort my little neck.  And i didn't MOVE for the best part of. Three. Whole. Hours.  
With the skylight blinds open just a TOUCH, the late morning light cast a soft yellow glow across our sweet room.  I could hear Saturday still, but it was far, faraway and i was in a magical world where nothing else mattered apart from my hot rose and lavender tea, and my book.  It was total and complete BLISS.  
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So when you're sat making PLANS for this weekend, maybe just maybe don't fill your Saturday with an endless list of jobs, chores and tasks.  Maybe, just maybe switch it all off, curl up and savour just a few hours to yourself in a room that quite frankly is particularly underrated. 
In our house at least!   
* Duvet cover ever-so-kindly supplied by the wonderful and lovely faces at JOULES.  All views, creative or otherwise are my own.  If you fancy recreating my cosy weekend curl up, you can pick up your own duvet HERE

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #55

By JINGO can you believe i'm here again already?!  Filling your Twitter timelines and blog readers with my #wonderfulwednesday nonsense?!  It's not nonsense really though.  Because i do so LIKE writing these posts, and it's a good job because life, and time in general are not on my side of late and this little space has been a bit quieter.  I'm glad that i started this little regular post, if only to make sure that i do check in regularly until life lets up a little more and i can devote a bit more creativity to my little corner.  I hope you'll hang TIGHTwith me on that one.  Enough of that though, how are you feeling mid-week?  I'm off today so that makes my Wednesday extra wonderful already!  But there has been much more LOVELINESS to discuss before we even get to that…

*  ^That^ COAT - well only just seen.  I've admired it for at least two months.  Why the bobbins do coats have to cost so much money?!  I dillied and dallied - which is just typical of me.  You see we had that one warm Sunday afternoon where i didn't wear gloves or a hat or a scarf and only my light little jacket and so buying a new Winter jacket in February seemed a bit MAD.  But then this week happened.  And if you live in the north of the UK or Scotland you will know that the weather has been horrific.  On the understanding that Spring had retreated for the time being, i promptly ordered THIS little gem:  A bright orange, 100% woollen duffle coat {toggles, hood and all - suddenly i was five again and it felt good} lined with the prettiest  blue tile print {it's not just me that takes this kind of thing as a total deal breaker is it?!  Nice insides of purses, bags, shoes….teabag boxes….no?  Just me then} and with the hugest most cosy hood.  I haven't had a coat with a hood since i was five!  Let's just say based on a 'price-per-wear' this coat is WINNING this week.  It doesn't hurt that i feel little like Paddington Bear in it either!

*  Free HONEY!  The Mr often gets gifts from customers.  He makes custom built bass guitars, teaches guitar and plays in a band.  Last year one of his students mums' gave us a hamper of homemade jam - it was the bees knees.  We ate an unsociable amount of toast for a few months and the food to jam ratio in our refrigerator was definitely in the jam's favour.  This week he SCAMPERED home with some fresh {is that the right word? I know you don't make honey…} honey from a customer who has his very own bees!  I can't wait to try it on a light Spring breakfast of toasted and seeded spelt toast with salty butter and a banana on the side.  You know when it warms up.  Until then i shall be gleefully riding the porridge BUS

*  DREAM breakfasts.  Talking of ^porridge^ just when i thought i couldn't excel myself anymore in the porridge stakes from THIS recipe, i only flipping have.  I've really been getting into my raw nut butters lately.  This time last year i'd only ever heard of peanut butter, almond butter and hazelnut butter and only ever spread them on apple or toast.  Lately i've discovered brazil nut butter and pecan butter.  Pecan butter is the butter of dreams.  If you love a slightly toffee flavour you'll LOVE pecan butter.  I picked a small jar up from our local health food shop so i'm sure it must be quite readily available.  My favourite way of pimping my porridge lately is to add a couple of teaspoons of nut butter.  Not only does it keep you going much longer but you can create some pretty amazing flavour combinations too.  This week i mashed a ripe banana into my porridge oats, added a small cup of almond milk, two teaspoons of raw cacao powder and two teaspoons of raw pecan butter.  I let it bubble and come together and once the oats are cooked and its all combined i tip into my favourite bowl.  Then i stir in two teaspoons of chai seeds et VOILA!  It's honestly the most delicious, fulfilling bowl of natural energy you have ever tasted.  And it's 100% packed with so many vitamins and minerals and jolly good STUFF that it's so good for you and a brilliant way to start the day.  

*  New exercise FINDS.  Thanks to the darling Rosie of Cider With Rosie i have discovered 'Ballet Beautiful' videos by Mary Helen Bowers.  These short 15minute exercise videos are just the ticket for early 'not-got-much-time-rs' like me.  I LOVE how you can pick an area to focus on and also that the exercises are a perfect pace, not too tricky and beautiful and graceful at the same time.  This week i've been particularly loving the Swan Arms video.  I manage to complete it in the time it takes to brew my morning cuppa and let my facial moisturiser sink in.  In a weird way it's quite relaxing to complete too.  I sort of go into a little morning trance of loveliness.  Albeit with the odd arm ache.    

*  PIZZA.  Ha, a total and complete contradiction to the past two points!  Except sometimes you jus really need a pizza.  We have a bit of a Tuesday tradition/bad habit.  We always do our main grocery shop on a Tuesday night.  By the time we get back, get the shopping put away and ourselves changed, it's usually close to 8pm.  Tuesday night is ALWAYS pizza night. Lately we've taken to getting our usual supermarket pizza and pimping it a little:  adding extra spicy sausage - salami or chorizo {sometimes both! Ssh!} some spicy peppers and extra oregano.  Just bliss.  This weeks' just really hit the spot.  I half regretted having to share it with the Mr 'cos i could quite happily have eaten the lot all by my sorry self!

*  Pre-roasting three SWEET potatoes on Sunday afternoon for this week's lunches {smug lunch face!}. It's been lovely having something warm to eat for lunch on these freeeezing days we have been having up north.  I've been taking a little pot of hummus, some grated carrot, a few spoonfuls of red quinoa and some torn coriander leaves each day and just piling it all on top. Sometimes i sneak in a few slices of salami. Sometimes i swap the hummus for tahini and toasted sesame seeds.  Or i just grab whatever is left in the fridge.   

*  Getting emails off the LOVELY lot at LOAF HQ:  {if you haven't heard of them before, read about them HERE whilst you have a goosey gander over the little mood-boards i was lucky enough to create for them!} such a sweet bunch.  My dream job would be to be their Chief Moodboard-er Extraordinaire.  What do you think?!  They launch their new SS15 collection this Thursday 26th February online HERE.  I've been lucky to have a sneak peek and i may or may not have yelped at it all.  There is nothing i don't want and nothing that couldn't work in any kind of interior.  Such classically thoughtfully made pieces that are made to last and are inspirational in equal measure.   I've never been excited about furniture before, i've always been a soft furnishing kind of gal.  Until LOAF.  That's a true story…

*  The UPSIDE to terrible gale-force winds and torrential side-ways kinds of winds {apart from the hood of my new coat!} :  curling up in bed with only the fairylights on around our wrought iron bedstead and a hot water bottle between my knees and my favourite pyjamas.  Every grey cloud…

*  Looking BACK through the video footage i took of my 30th birthday spent in Edinburgh.  Apart from making me miss Edinburgh so much, it made me realise that i need to get my behind in gear and put my little vlog together!  

*  M&S Stem Ginger hot cross BUNS.  The King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Dutch-okay you get the picture.  They are FINE hot cross buns. And today, on my day off i shall be tucking into them slathered in almond butter and washed down with a mug as big as my face of Lady Grey.  I have to restrict them to days off or i'd look like one…They're THAT good!

*  Having a SISTER.  Don't get me wrong i love all of my family  but i can't imagine not having that little sister of mine in my life.  These past few weeks she has embarked on a brand new chapter in her career and which i am so so proud of her for.  There is a cardigan of mine which is years and years old:  a short aztec-y striped red, blue, yellow and green tapestry cardi-come-jacket adorned with little black pom-poms.  Each time i wear it she has forever admired it.  So this week along with some other little 'going away' trinkets, i wrapped it up for her, in sweet map print wrapping paper, and gave it to her as a little good luck PRESENT.  Then even-though she might not be round the corner from me or in the same city, whenever she is feeling a little homesick, she can wear it and think of me.  It's weird to think that we spent a large proportion of being little, arguing, not speaking or generally disagreeing with one another. Now i wouldn't change her for the WORLD!  She's the most special little sister i could ask for.  
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So enough of my sentimentality and soppiness, what's been making YOU smile so far this week?  Or what are you looking forward to that's getting you through a pretty naff week?  We all get them!  This little post is designed to make you pluck out those little tiny good gems and realise that life aint so bad after-all.  I'd love you to SHARE them here.  Remember you can leave me a sweet comment below or tweet me your #wonderfulwednesday on Twitter.  I'm @sallytangle.  

Have a BEAUTIFUL week!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #54

Hi-de-hi to your DEAR faces and also to the mid-week!  Ahoy to WEDNESDAY i say!  I'm joining the weekend express this week you see:  Come Friday morning i too shall be counting down the minutes until a Saturday and Sunday off work - HUZZAH!  It actually feels rather strange. I didn't even book it off for anything special, days off and what not have just turned out that way.  Oddly it's MAKING my week feel like it's lasting forever.  I'm used to three or four days working at a time and then a day off so this is messing with my head a little bit!  I'm sure i'll cope.  Especially since i shall be basking in two whole day off together!  The stuff of DREAMS!  Shall we get down to the nitty gritty?  That being of course what has been keeping me afloat so far this week:  

*  Flowers flowers FLOWERS!  I wish i could surround myself with them always!  Let's face it, Spring is definitely the very best season where flowers are concerned.  Are you with me?!  I always have fresh flowers of some description, in the house.  Save for late Autumn and Winter {there's enough fairylights, tinsel and decoration dotted around and about our attic to keep the colour going!}. I tend to replace flowers with scented candles when it gets really cold and miserable outside.  But come Spring i am ready and raring to go again.  The longer colder months always have me craving green and colour.  Spring is the time for Anemones, Daffodils, Hyacinths and Tulips - some of my very favourite blooms for indoors.  And then we can't forget grassy patches dotted with snowflakes and CROCUSES.  And of course late Spring time brings sweet pom-pom Peonies {my very favourites!} and BLOSSOM!  BLOSSOM!!!!!! And who doesn't like blossom?!

*  Coldplay's 'Ghost Parties' ALBUM.  For so many reasons i can't tell you them all {we'd be here even longer than usual!}.  But even just a few minutes into the first track and it takes me right back to my birthday week spent in Edinburgh and i just fall in love and get lost in a little musical bubble for a while….It's the first album in a long time that i have just felt connected to.  It's beautiful from start to finish.

*  Pancakes.  Because, well as if we were going to write a 'what's been fab about the week post' WITHOUT mentioning one of the very best days of the year?!?  I mean they are practically breakfast for pudding and you know me and my breakfasts….We served our crepes spread {thickly} with Nutella and banana or sprinkled with vanilla sugar and drizzled in blood orange juice.  They were so good i may even re-create them for our weekend breakfast. How did you have yours?!

*  Coconut incense OIL, Sainsbury's to be exact. Don't they just nail it on the home-ware front every single season or is it just me?!  I popped in for almond milk and came out with a new take on our usual linen incense oil.  Coconut is beeeeautiful!  Sweet and lingering and with lovely vanilla-ery undertones.  The clothes drying in our spare-room smell DIVINE as does our sweet little attic.  

*  Having our local Lush make me up my order while i was waiting as there wasn't any left on the shelf.  It was my usual Angels on Bare Skin FIX - it's the dream on my skin when used with Ultrabland and i simply cannot ever imagine using anything else, ever, EVER.  I love how they'd bend over backwards for you in that little shop - or any of the stores in the whole company to be honest.  It's so refreshing to have that.  Without going all 'retail' on you, so many stores just ignore good service now and so it's no wonder that people shop online so much.  A store has really got to work hard to get a point of difference and offer something else at store level and i just think Lush have this down to a tea.  I went a bit too 'retail' there…sorry.  

*  S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S.  You know, that first stretch of the morning, after your alarm has snoozed and you know you've only precious minutes left under that soft feather duvet?  THAT stretch.  Just the best.  Feeling. Ever.

*  My new and shiny Accessorize glitzy ear-CUFF.  Totally not my usual kind of jewellery choice but i've fallen hard.  We have to wear current season clothes and accessories at work and i have just been feeling in a little bit of a jewellery rut lately.  So i thought i'd give this little glitter-bomb a whizz and i just LOVE it.  If you follow me on Instagram you might have already sneaked a peep…Isn't it just lovely?! 

*  Reading 'Deliciously Ella's' BOOK from cover to cover and feeling like as soon as i had finished i could do it all over again!  She's one inspirational lady and if you haven't already grabbed her book i suggest you hop on it PRONTO.  It's so refreshing to read a cook book that's so full of passion, love and natural and simple things to cook. Whilst i don't think i could eat like that all of the time, we've definitely been incorporating some of her recipes into our weekly dinners.  Plus it's nice to find someone else who sings the praises of nuts, seeds, grains and avocados like me!

*  Wearing my DUNGAREES with everything to everything and feeling like if i could sleep in them then i totally would!!  I can't believe i've never owned a pair before!!  I'm looking forward to dressing them up a little and wearing them out to watch some local bands on Saturday night!   

*  Pecan NUT butter. Who knew?! I mean i've only ever really dabbled in almond butter for baking and porridge; and then hazelnut and peanut butter for atop toasted treats.  Pecan butter is another level of YUM.  I have been adding it to my porridge as it bubbles, along side a mashed banana and let me tell you, oh my GOODNESS:  the breakfast of dreams!!!

*  Purple and yellow CROCUS spotting en route to work in the morning.  I mean, do crocuses come in any other colours?!  I just love the bright and bold yolky yellow next to the jewelled, regal and 'dairymilk' purple on our sweet grass verges.  It just makes me think of Easter…and sort of Cadbury's Flake wrappers too…
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How has your week BEEN so far lovely lot?!  What did you have on your pancakes, do tell?!  That kind of thing's important around these parts let me tell you.  Have you read or heard about Deliciously Ella?  Do you also think of Cadbury's Flake wrappers whenever you see purple and yellow crocuses or is that really just me?!?  Please say it's not!  Remember you can SHARE what's making your #wonderfulwednesday on twitter as well as down below.  I'm @sallytangle.

Enjoy the rest of your week super DUPER lot!  May it be filled with flowers, sunshine and…pancakes…?


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