Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #94

{Forever looking up.  This week mostly admiring the last of autumn}
WHAT is wrong with me?!  Well there's a way to start a blog post whilst opening the largest can of worms that there ever was eh?  I can't seem to stop falling in love with things for me lately.  I went through most of Spring and Summer with hardly anything really catching my eye.  But now the time has come that i should be focussing my shopping energy {and all of that cash!} on others, i seem to keep stumbling on things that i am convinced  i have been searching my whole life for.  It's getting to reach fever pitch!  I am exhausting myself.  Have you started your Christmas shopping?  Please don't tell me you have. What's worse is please don't tell me that it's all wrapped and everything.  If it's true then i'm afraid me and my bulging online shopping baskets and you are going to have to break up!  Just kidding. 

I'll tell you ONE thing, i'm keen to get stuck into this post this week.  I feel like i need a jolly great big dose of special little moments to remind me that *in fact* it doesn't matter if you find the perfect chartreuse-y green shaded cardigan in the softest shape or a skirt with a print that could *actually* rival a Liberty London print or even that if a cup has your initial on in gold then you must have it.  Jeez i'm really up against myself this year! Shall we get on with the good stuff?!

1.  Blog friends.  Which may i add the Mr has to say back to me in a way that you can imagine somebody out of The Inbetweeners saying - if that makes any sense whatsoever.  He thinks it's the funniest thing in the world.  So YES YES!  Lovely friends made wholly and completely from creating this little space and actually discovering that there are a lot of them in my sweet city.  Cocktails and pizza and putting the world to rights with like-minded souls is the BEST feeling!

2.  Stem ginger sponge and custard.  Who knew such a thing even existed?!?  It's like…what's it like?  How can i explain the sheer delight of it and what scale it's on??!  It's LIKE sticky toffee sponge ramped up beyond belief:  Sweet and spicy in perfect equal measure with heavenly wedges of stem ginger.  Served with the most vanilla-ey custard WHICH, i definetly delighted in eating a few odd spoonfuls of when it had cooled down and a little skin had formed on top.  Doing that defintely makes me question if i really prefer custard cold to hot.  OH WAIT STEM GINGER SPONGE!!!!  Oh it's okay we're back…there we go!

3.  Learning the guitar.  I've decided i really want to give it a go. A real proper 'throw everything at it' sort of a go.  The last time the Mr tried to teach me i wanted to learn a particular song {Oasis - 'Don't Look Back in Anger.' It's got my name in it for goodness sake - don't judge} and he was stubborn and told me that i had to do it properly and practise chords before any of that.  I tried but, ARGH i just wanted to make a tune. Then one day {after too many days sulking and not practising} i noticed he'd taken his pretty acoustic guitar back around to work.  I havent enlightened him with the news i want to learn again -  but i've been so enjoying singing lately and i would LOVE to be able to sing and play guitar.  Don't you think it's the most perfect thing?!

4.  Dry, bright and crisp weather!  Hurrah for Winter and it's all too sudden out of nowhere arrival!  I'm so enjoying cold morning laps of our park and feeling the icy air catch in my little lungs. It's the sort of weather that really does make me so glad to be alive!  I'm secretly crossing everything that its like this now until…April?  What are our chances?!

5.  First mitten wearing.  Best.  Feeling.  Ever.  I feel it needs no further explanantion.

6.  Sliced ginger, the juice of half a lemon and a jolly good swirl of lemon peel alongside a generous drizzle of honey.  It's saving my bacon lately.  There's a flu-y feeling in my bones and my throat feels sore.  I will not get a cold or flu, i will not get a cold or flu….*repeats every single day.*

7.  Pushing myself.  Whilst i can't reveal too much, i'm learning that pushing yourself hard is healthy and that you can exceed all of your expectations if you do.  

8.  Bottoms against radiators and hot water bottles sandwiched between knees.  Being so cold makes you ever so grateful for being warm again, don't you think?!

9.  A musical pillow!  After harping on about my erratic sleeping methods lately, i've been given a musical pillow to road-test by the lovely lot at Sealy.  More on that soon!  

10.  Chocolate brownies and tea.  If ever there was something that needed to be crowned The Ultimate Fixer of Anything and Everything this would be it.  On my Tuesday afternoon off i was feeling pretty horrid - i just could not keep warm and just felt ache-y and not me.  I ate lunch half-heartedly.  Then about an hour later remembered there was a chocolate brownie left.  I swear after eating that and two cups of strong as you like Lady Grey one after the other i felt like i could conquer the whole world!!!!!!!  Magic, it's all i'm sayin'.

11.  Green.  Olive.  Chatreuse if you will.  You know that perfect shade of muddy, mossy delightful green.  I just can't get enough of it lately.  I *may* have just treated myself to the prettiest long-line alpaca cardigan in said colour……oh dear me!

How are you all?!  Tell me, catch me up! I feel i'm a little out of the loop lately.  I did spend a lovely couple of hours after my rocket-fuel of a brownie yesterday just reading some blog posts and sharing my favourites.  It's been so long since i did that, it was extra fuel to my little creative fire as it always is.  I do love this creative little blog bubble!  

Remember to share your happy stuff by commenting below, reaching out on Twitter or Instagram and by using the sweet #wonderfulwednesday tag! I'm @sallytangle everywhere!

Happy mid-week all!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #93

{Because, doesn't everything look better with a little sparkle?!}
It feels a little STRANGE to sit here a talk to you today about all of the silly, little moments from my week so far.  I feel almost guilty doing so given the turn of events at the tail-end of last week.  For once my heart wasn't consumed by those moments, treasured and dear to my heart as they always are; but by the bigger picture and the land outside of the little bubble i live in.

I began to think about it, to over-think it even.  I even considered not posting these little moments this week or in fact not posting at ALL.  Simply because nothing else would be fitting and none of my words quite enough.  But then, it occurred to me that in some ways what i should do is be here, be my usual grateful - heavens even more than grateful -  over-descriptive self and count these moments just as i ALWAYS do - except count them louder, more gratefully and with purpose.  Because if i'm really honest with you, this week has probably been the week i feel more grateful than i ever have and where these little things have meant a lot more than usual.  

It's not a nice thing to think that a terrible tragedy must happen to make you count your blessings but it's sure enough a fact that it does.  So dear ones, here are my weekly little moments of lovely.  I do hope that you'll take a moment to share or just THINK about yours too!

1.  Being warm.  This one comes about largely because it's been a long while since i felt chilled to the bone!  Finally the cold that i've been wishing and waiting for has arrived!  There's a very special feeling that comes from sliding on your winter coat for the very first time, slipping on a wooly hat and burying your chin into a chunky knitted scarf.  

2.  Routine.  Because it's something I'm a little too passionate about!  Which is actually probably just another one of those signs i need to get out more!  We've been sleeping terribly around these parts.  Largely due to one of us having a terrible cold (Him.) and the other just getting out of the habit of falling asleep at the usual time and being disturbed by wind, rain, rattling beams and a snotty Mr!  Perseverance has been key and i've been sipping camomile and honey tea at 10.30pm each night like a trooper.  After almost a whole week of feeling the busiest sleeper i can report that we're now back to a solid eight hours and feeling like we could take on the world because of it!!! Huzzah!

3.  A curried shoulder of lamb, so very soft and tender that it melted in the mouth.  Served alongside cardamon-fragrant rice, the fluffiest coriander naans and a generous dollop of creme fraiche.  I can often take or leave meat and we probably only eat it once a week. But it's safe to say we make that 'once' count!

4.  Christmas lights.  Not because i'm feeling particularly festive *just* yet but just for the sheer fact that the weather has been so very nasty, wet and windy up here that seeing a little sparkle here and there first and last thing on my wander to work does my little soul some kind of good!  I'm meeting my sister for my first proper festive coffee date tonight after work so i'm hoping that might give me a little more festive feelin'!!

5.  Toasted coconut atop porridge.  I know heck am i on about flipping porridge again on here?!  It deserves the regular slot trust me because it's been rocket fuel in both getting me out of bed in the cold, grey and down right horrid mornings and for keeping me warm and full up until lunch time!   Since coconut oil and coconut cream makes a regular appearance in a lot of my porridge recipes, i can't believe i had never thought of a little sprinkling of the toasted variety on top!  Needless to say it is the bees knees thank you please!  It goes perfectly alongside a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkling of seeds.  Mmmmm i'm already excited about breakfast for the rest of the week!  I'm excited to try it sprinkled on top of my chocolate porridge.  How amazing will that taste?!?  

6.  Digging out old classics.  After a jolly good wardrobe sort out on last Wednesdays' dreary wet and grey day {every cloud!} i came across a couple of beloved wintery dresses i'd completely forgotten i ever owned!! I've been re-falling in love with them this week by sliding a roll neck underneath and joyfully pairing them with black opaques that almost pull up to my chin.  Is there anything better than tights in winter?!?

7.  Out smarting the weather.  I'm getting ants in my pants at not being able to get out on my bike as much!  I've been yoga-ing and working on some short ballet-based You-tube exercise classes but it's not quite the same.  My heart doesn't beat nearly as fast and i can't feel the cold air careering through my little lungs!  On sunday evening, right before the sun began to slip into Monday, there was a brief respite in the horrid-ness.  I got blown around our sweet park a fair few times and cycled until the sun set and my legs ached.  I felt so much better afterwards! If you can keep everything crossed for me that this weekend is dry please!!  

8.  Rosemary!  The herb of winter and one of my all time favourites! Torn up alongside smashed garlic cloves and tossed through buttery potato wedges.  Sometimes sprinkled on top of soft ricotta, speck ham and portobello mushrooms all piled high on a doughy pizza base.  It just makes anything and everything seem wintery and i can't get enough.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with it in a sweeter recipe.  I've got a craving for something with lemon and rosemary and thyme.  Any recipe suggestions?!

9.  Wearing your very best silky separates underneath your slouchiest, scruffiest jeans and favourite oversized cable knit jumper and feeling all kinds of cosy!

10.  Dark chocolate and black cherry jaffa cakes!  M&S no less!  Of course they are! Don't tell me that it's just me who gets a little bit excited when i can legitimately start buying their festive foods?!  Don't you remember my love affair with their Stem Ginger Curd last year?!  I think i ate a vat of the stuff!  This year i can't wait to try their spiced Christmas Breakfast tea, Christmas cake curd and Black Forrest Conserve.  Imagine either slathered upon toasted panettone or brioche?!?  I think our Christmas morning breakfast might just be sorted…

11.  First mitten/glove wearing.  And hoping that i haven't peaked too soon!  Is there a greater joy than wearing mittens?!?  Well you know apart from the other ten things in this post that is made up from….
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Over to YOU my friends!  In a week that has felt a little like not celebrating the good and great and sometimes silly happy moments, i ask that you dig DEEP and be grateful too.  I'd love you to share with us you're happiest moments from your week so far.  You can pop a sweet note below' or simply tweet me or tag me on Instagram.  I'm @sallytangle on both.  Don't forget to use the #wonderfulwednesday#tag!

Sending LOVE to you all!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #92

{A shameless snap from what must be a month ago and to remind me that blue skies do still exist}
1.  Tea.  Citruse-y, strong Lady Grey with just a splash of milk and drunk out of my favourite, favourite floral V&A mug.  We all have certain mugs and cups and receptacles for each beverage right?  That's not  just me is it?!  What's your perfect tea or coffee mug like?!  Tell me for i want to know! Mines a blue and white chintzy floral print {of course it is!} and has a handle big enough to slide two fingers through and cup my hand right around it {no silly small handles in this house!}.  It's a thin china but with a wider brim which means your morning brew cools to sipping temperature in exactly the time it takes to apply your make up.  I've got that much down to a fine art….

2.  Pizza on Tuesdays.  Which is pretty much become a life-long habit around these parts.  It came particularly well received this week after far too many nights of wind and rain over the course of the last week.  There is always that time when it's raining and windy outside and you relish simply not  being outside and the fact that you're cured up in bed. But when the rain wont hold up and the wind only worsens by each night and you live in an attic WELL.  This week i've mostly felt a bit dazed and sleep deprived!

3.  Hazelnut nougat.  Discovered quite by accident in our sweet whole-foods store in our local market and something which i picked up on a rainy lunch hour dash.  It was a quick smash n' grab designed to get some slightly more virtuous snacking material for the week.  In amongst the raw nut bars, cold pressed cacao….smooshed up things and another jar of almond butter {we're going through that at a rate of…well LOTS at Tangle HQ lately…} i'd accidentally picked up a bar of hazelnut nougat covered in dark chocolate.  Words cannot describe how much of a treat it was finding that little gem yesterday.  It was sort of a grown up Milky Way but lots richer, denser and just 'Mmmm-er.'  I'm telling myself it was also good for me since it was from a health food store AND it had hazelnuts in….  What i can tell you is that i'l be intentionally picking up that little sweet treat again for sure.

4.  Anticipating the arrival of a perfectly pretty soft charcoal pinafore for me.  Which i shall relish in wearing over the top of cable knits, mustard striped tees or soft rose or lavender shirts.  Which i don't really have any of {minus the cable knit} but you know there's nothing wrong with a little aspirational dreaming.  This purchase was made at the weekend and since then i have also enjoyed placing various lettered stationary, enamelware and pretty scissors into my Anthropologie basket and taking them out again because you know CHRISTMAS and all.  

5.  First citrus.  We were meant to be enjoying our first foray into the mince pie season at the weekend but since it was mostly all about upside down rain and sideways winds and the Mr contracted some sort of dramatic life-threatening cough/cold type illness {the kind which apparently means he eats anything and everything and spends his days and nights snuffling and moaning} i decided to sort of make up for it in citrus.  They don't taste nearly as good as i know they'll taste once we have a Christmas Tree up {yes i *did* just go there} or i can slice them into something mulled but they were good enough.  There's just something magical about satsumas, oranges and clementines at this time of year, don't you agree…?!

6.  Liane La Havas.  On loop every where anyhow.  I watched her on Jools Holland over the weekend and was re-transported back to her lovely music having sort of forgotten about her in the usual musical 'soup' and depths of my Ipod.  Sometimes i stand in my bra and knickers in the bathroom, whilst the shower is running, and sing along waving my arms gracefully {for me} this way and that pretending that i'm also some sort of soulful, honey-voiced, timeless singer….. sometimes.

7.  Looking at wrapping ideas on Pinterest.  I swear to god most of my evenings this week have been spent doing just that.  Like i'll have the time to dry spruce sprigs to attach to gifts.  Like i'll have even a molecule of patience to attach tiny copper sleigh bells to every gift i wrap.  Or that maybe i'll make colour co-ordinated pom-poms to perch atop everyones presents.  But what is life without a dream or two…{thousand?!}

8.  Planning for a drastic re-style.  Which more than 99.999999% won't actually happen.  But sure as day becomes night and night becomes day you can bet your life that when i'm due to get my hair trimmed it re-ignites this urge to get an under cut, to ask them to chop it all off ever so short or to {terrifyingly} tell them to 'just do whatever you think.'  I'll actually  emerge with a jolly good trim and it'll probably rain and i might even wash it when i get home straight away just to check that it looks okay sans actually being dried properly with a hairdryer and not just sat in front of a radiator for two hours and then blasting it for a few minutes upside down and hoping for the best.  But where would we be without certainty?!

9.  The kindest gesture in all of the land.  Which actually happened at the very end of last week but this is my Wonderful Wednesday and i'll cry if i want to and rules are meant to be bent!  Last week was long, and hard and wet and miserable.  And well, i was just having one of *those* kinds of ends to the week.  Early in the week i'd had a card from the Post Office to tell me that a parcel was sat waiting for me at our sorting office.  I hadn't ordered anything and was a little puzzled!  I eventually braved the elements and cycled up in the rain one night after work and picked up a mysterious box.  I got home, sat cross-legged on the floor and opened it up only to find the sweetest most thoughtful handwritten note from the lovely lot at LOAF thanking me for my support and telling me that they enjoyed my little corner of the internet.  Buried even deeper in the box was a beautiful new season catalogue, some sweet little fabric samples for their new season {which have already been ear-marked for my latest mood board!} some hot chocolate, and the most beautiful Loaf Botanical Rose Candle from their new range.  I filled up.  Thank you ever so much you kind, kind faces!  Once you get a vacancy for out of office mood boarder i'll be applying quick as a flash!

10.  Tea-lights in jam jars.  Because you don't always want to light your very best candles do you?!  But everyone loves a little twinkle here and there now don't they?!
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And it's over to YOU!  I do so very much love to read your #wonderfulwednesday comments, thoughts, tweets, emails and love!  If you'd like to share what's been making you smile so far this week, or what you're using as rocket fuel to get you through until Friday then i'd love to know!  Remember you can leave a sweet comment below, tweet me or tag me on Instagram using the #wonderfulwednesday hashtag.  I'm @sallytangle on everything!!!!!!

Happy mid-week lovely ones!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #91

{Is there a sight more glorious then an orange-tinged colour wheel of sycamore leaves?!}
By JINGO and bloody beyond how the devil is it now already?!?!?  I'm not ready for it to be Wednesday!! Why i hear you ask?!?  Well i feel as if i've hardly got going this week and this week is already half over.  My week so far has been a LOVELY one - being creative and photographing some jewellery for work and trying to do so in a 'not so clearly all Christmas-ey' just yet.  That one's harder than you think.  I've got some funny looks trundling around with some silver bells in the bottom of my bag i can tell you: Jingle jingle jingle.  It's a little bit too soon for all of that just yet!  That aside it's been a week for good and deep sleeping, the kind that comes from the hottest showers, the warmest pyjamas and a mug of camomile tea as big as my head!!!  Rocket-speeding week aside, what ELSE has been good, great and wonderful…?!?!

1.  Coldplay 'The Scientist' on loop.  For no other reason than that it crept up into my ears on a foggy Monday morning when the air was damp with mist and dew.  It's the kind of song you fall right into, lose track of everything around you other than to remember to put one foot in front of the other.  Thinking about it, it's actually not such a wise thing to listen to wandering to work when you have several busy roads to cross….

2.  New underwear.  Because i need it like a whole in the head and really should be buying or at least starting to buy Christmas presents.  I blame M&S for the 20% off discount code.  I could have really gone to town as there was so many pretty bras.  I think i was actually rather reserved in the one i purchased….

3.  Clean hair.  I'm a scoundrel, a little raggamuffin, or a lazy bones if you will when it comes to my hair.  I remember the days when i would get up early enough to have time to shower, wash, dry and style my hair before work.  Now i get up as late as possible and leave exactly the right amount of time for only washing my face {i shower each night before bed}, applying make up and drinking an extra large mug of tea and eating a bowl of porridge the size of my head.  How things have changed.  Now the thought of washing my hair seems such a chore. Tell me it's not just me?  But oddly enough as soon as it's done and i've dragged my feet into the bedroom to dry it a couple of hours later, i can't stop smelling it.  Yes i might survive on hats and far too much dry shampoo or carefully placed hair scarves, but you can't actually beat the waft of clean hair.  Unfortunately you also can't beat an extra forty minutes in bed not washing it brings either….

4.  Window shopping.  I'm not really much of a shopper.  Ho ho ho you wouldn't think that looking at the three wardrobes of paraphernalia i have 'curated' over my thirty years of life!   What i mean is that i rarely choose to spend a whole day doing just that - shopping.  But there is something about this time of year:  Autumn.  It's all foggy and damp starts, warming breakfasts, coffee tasting better sipped from a paper cup and laced with spiced syrup of some description and just meandering through shops:  Crunching upon leaves as you go, soaking in all of the colour.  Because it sometimes feels like it's all you're going to get until Spring and right now that feel like a very very long way away, don't you think?  Shopping no. Autumn meandering and simply pretending what you might buy if money was no object and there were months and months of bright russet-coloured leave-spiked days stretching ahead of us all with no other kind of commitment.  That, is my kind of 'shopping.'

5. Pineapple and ginger.  Two ingredients that joined each other so blissfully in syrup-shaped embrace in a light as a feather, as sweet as they come kind of a sponge cake topped with bright yellow custard.   A spicy and sweet in equal measure sort of a pudding made perfectly for Autumn's dark nights.

6.  Planning Christmas windows at work.  Because this year we can be ALL kinds of creative and imaginative and simply sparkly without abandon {the perks of an independent retailer} !! It might of been the most excited i've got about anything Christmas related so far.  Well save for deciding upon my wrapping 'theme' for this year already despite not even given the tiniest thought to what i'll actually be wrapping….

7.  First goosebumps.  Okay well obviously not in the whole of ever, but it's been a little while since i've felt cold.  We're talking properly cold, the 'watch your breath linger in the air first or last thing' sort of cold and the kind that's been so very absent for the whole of autumn so far.  To start with i didn't complain.  I loved the lingering summer late temperatures that lasted for so much longer than we all expected.  But now Christmas is creeping in, tell me it's not just me who is longing for frost and a real icy cold and bright snap?!?!

8.  Pasta.  Because when we're short on time {read - i'm home slightly later from a meeting and haven't given supper much thought at all} and feel so very hungry all of a sudden out of nowhere, there is something ever so satisfying in filling your 'tum with a hot and spicy bowl of pasta on a damp late autumn night.  I just need to get past the urge to curl up and go straight to bed afterwards…

9.  Tights all colours of the rainbow!  Or if we're being really honest simply just the 90 denier variety, that pull almost up to my chin, in maroon, slate-y grey or black.  Worn simply with everything alongside a tan chelsea boot or a battered brogue.  Made for autumn days and surely for those winter-shaped ones rocketing towards us all!  Tights season is one for celebrating surely?!  

10.  Good hair days.  We don't celebrate and shout about the things enough.  We're quick as a flash to complain when it doesn't go quite right.  Except can we just pause to say, why is it that you suddenly start loving your hair and revelling in good hair days galore as soon as you book an appointment to get it cut?!?!  In exactly the same vein, why as soon as you book an appointment to get a trim do you suddenly start pinning all kinds of adventurous haircuts, styles and inspirations even if you know very well that you'll pop yourself down in the seat and say 'oh me?  Yep just a little trim and tidy up please.'  That really probably is just me….

11.  Singing.  The top of your lungs as loud as you like kind.  I don't think i'm a great singer, i mean i can hold a tune and all but i really do think that even if i couldn't, how do people not sing?!  Belting out a brilliant song in the shower or who cares where is the fixer of everything and feel good feeling extraordinaire!  It's so  very therapeutic to make that much noise and get all caught and wrapped up tightly in a sweet melody and a scattering of words.  Will you try it for me?!  

Roll UP!  For now it's your turn!  To share your happy snippets, lovely moments and pieces of positive that are powering you through to Friday.  I'd LOVE to know about the best bits of your weeks so far.  You can leave me a sweet comment below, or you can tweet me or tag me on Instagram using the #wonderfulwednesday hashtag.  I'm @sallytangle on both.

Have a wonderful rest of week favourite faces!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #90

{Bright as a button blue Autumn skies in all of their glory!}
Happy happy HAPPY half-way through the week dear faces!  PAT yourself on the back and give us a little twirl because you've survived, you've made it and i'll bet it wasn't half as bad as you thought. 
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 I'm having a week of discombobulation which i am blaming wholly on the clocks skipping back on Sunday!  I woke up stupidly early and failed to go back to sleep, despite all of my BEST efforts.  The silver lining came from sneaking two cups of hot tea beneath the duvet - all whilst the Mr snoozed soundly beside me - and a little chance to gather my thoughts and listen to Sunday wake up.  Since then though this whole 'extra hour' and it becoming darker at silly o' clock seems all kinds of WRONG!  My days feel so long whilst feeling like they're over in no time at all in equal measure - as nonsensical as that sounds.  I think it's not helping that the weather has stayed unseasonably warm too.   Leaving work in what feels like the middle of the night with a late August temperature is messing with my dizzy little head.  I don't want to say i'm wishing for cold but….well i sort of am you know!  The cold, bright, clear-skied kind though.  Just so as we're CLEAR.  I should probably stop waffling and get on with the great and good of this week so far shouldn't I?!

1.  Adele.  I know, bandwagon much?!  I can't help but love her.  She's a British {if not national!} treasure for sure.  Right up there with cups of tea, scones and trifle.  Whilst i've always loved her, now that she's tootling all around my ears lately with her snazzy new song 'Hello' {best sing-in-the-shower-song this year yet} well it's just re-cemented that love.  And the new song?  It's everything you'd expect and more.  I had little tiny tears trickling down my cheeks the very first time i heard it and that's always a good sign!  Let's cross everything she does a tour and someone will will come and see her with me!  Anyone…?!

2.  Washing your underwear in Lush bath bombs.  Whilst it *might* sound a strange concoction of crazy, extravagant and even wasteful there is logic in this little dreamboat of an idea.  The main logic being that my underwear draw is FULL to bursting with the bloody things!  I'd hazard a guess that there might even be more Lush bath bombs in there than there are knickers and bras!  Since i adore Lush, i am forever inundated with odds and ends come Christmas, Birthdays and sometimes even 'just becauses' too.  Whilst i love them i don't actually bath very often, unless i have time to while away!  Or i'm frozen to the bone!  Since i love how they make my underwear smell i've started to chip away at the back log by washing all of my very best bras in them. I even washed them in the bath last time and it made SUCH a pretty concoction that had i not also been making dinner at the same time i'd have jolly well jumped in with them!

3.  The perfect vanilla candle.  A must at this time of year but one that is particularly hard to track down!  I should have known i'd find it in the candle Mecca that is TK Maxx.  It's spicy, warm and not too candy-sweet and best of all?  You can smell it the whole time it's lit and for a good while afterwards too!  

4.  Playing with props.  Or as most people would call it:  Faffing!  If Faffing was an olympic sport than i'd sure as day is day, and night is night hold ALL of the medals.  My Tuesday tasks at work were some of my favourite: Creating mood-boards and style boards with some new pieces and a beautiful little collection of twigs, leaves and conkers.  Sometimes i really do have to pinch myself….

5.  Lovely, lovely lilies.   I'm going to be honest and put out there and say they're not my favourite flower and there was a time that i wouldn't have even given them jug-space.  But then last year just before my 30th birthday my parents bought me a bunch of the most beautiful white and pink lilies.  They were so big that they filled two big jugs and several smaller receptacles around and about our little attic.  The day before my actual birthday we travelled up to Edinburgh to stay in a sweet Air BnB flat we'd booked for three days and the Mr had mentioned to the host that it was my birthday.  When we arrived she had filled the flat with lilies and soft pink balloons!  So during our stay the lilies bloomed and their scent filled the sweet little flat and clung to us a little bit too!  And then when we arrived home a few days later, the lilies we had left all curled up had burst into bloom and our flat smelt exactly the very same as our Edinburgh one!  Even if i did have them sort of thrust upon me, lilies will forever remind me of those special few days spent with special people in special places.  This week i treated myself to the first bunch since last year and each time i breathe in their heady scent and close my eyes i can relive it all over again.  

6.  Falafels.  Unseasonable or not {i'm blaming the weather - 'cos let's face it we blame it for everything else!} i've been loving them leftover and crumbled atop my winter-y salad concoctions with torn coriander and toasted seeds.  

7.  The sweetest surprises.  I feel particularly lucky that i now work for a very small independent retailer.  It's something i've always been passionate about and something i'd always wanted to get into, to feel more valued and more of a person and less of a number.  On Tuesday morning i arrived at work to see that my boss had already been down earlier and left a big basket of handpicked apples, some brown paper bags and some recipes for an apple chutney; in our little porch, free for people to take! And make!  I won't go all silly and sentimental about the ins and outs of it all BUT it warmed my heart beyond belief and to the ends of the earth!!!

8.  Wavy hair.  My hair sits neither straight or wavy, if left to it's own devices.  And if there's one thing i've learnt it's never EVER to leave it to it's own devices.  You end up with it half stuck to your cheek on one side and slightly resembling a scarecrow on the other, usually with a penchant to static electricity to boot!  I tend to blow-dry it straight and move it about as little as possible come the following day.  The less disturbance the better.  Last weekend i bought a waving iron.  A WHAT i hear you cry!  I know, a waving iron - who even knew this kind of thing existed let alone worked and waved my hair rather effortlessly and best still…?  I waved it on Sunday night and today is Wednesday and all i've used is dry shampoo and it's still rocking and-a-wavin'!!!!  I am hooked and wondering where this dream of a contraption {that only cost £20} has been all of my life?!?!?

9.  Triumphing at food-shopping.  It's all about the simple things no?  You should know that i hate food shopping.  If i was just me i wouldn't hate it.  But then again if it was just me i'd live on porridge, toast and pots of nut butters.  You can't feed a man just nut butter with a spoon in and expect him to be happy.  We have this rule that where food shopping is concerned we'll both go together, and we'll do it all in one go, one trip, one end to the other and out - it's Sainsbury's bootcamp or nothing!  It's fair and it gets results.  It doesn't always work out though.  Things sell out, some people don't want to eat the things you suggest or you know, i get hungry.  In the latter's case it's all down hill from there.  Lately we've had what we'll just call 'a bad run.'  So let me celebrate, rejoice if you will, in this week's food shop being spectacularly simple, productive and fruitful.  You can bet your bottom dollar i'll have forgotten *something*.  Even if i don't know what that is yet….

10.  Drying washing inside, on radiators and airing racks.  I'm a celebrator and great condoner of drying washing outside in the warmer months, you can't beat it:  Getting into bed on a summer's evening and breathing in the soft, sweet smell of a summer's day is something special.  Come this time of year you don't get that.  So here's to celebrating the clean scent of fresh laundry {usually hung from every picture frame, door, or available 'hook' in our tiny little attic} wafting throughout the air and clinging to everything it touches.  

11.  Mornings v's Evenings.  I'll forever be much more of a morning person and less of a night owl.  Now that the clocks have skipped back an hour, i feel like i'm appreciating the morning light and all that my mornings contain even more.  Even if the weather is mild, the light seems extra precious at this time of year.  Since i now miss that extra special Golden Hour of an evening, i make up for it in really relishing the sunrise, my moments of quiet and adjustment into the day with hot tea, porridge laced with figs and maple syrup puddles and my favourite pyjamas. 
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Come along! Don't dilly dally!  This is your chance to share your happiest things, the gamechangers, the little things that have been making you beam so far this week.  You can pop a sweet comment below, or you can tweet me or tag me in your beautiful Instagram snaps.  I'm @sallytangle on both - don't forget to use the #wonderfulwednesday then we can all see 'em!  

Have yourselves the most MAGICAL rest of week dear ones!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Wonderful Wednesday #89

{River mist sneaking up after a few early evening laps of the park on Willow}
^That^ because whilst it's all great and good and HAPPY-MAKING to talk of autumn in a context that makes you think it's all rusts, mustards and muddy browns.  Or that at it's most beautiful it's only those bright blue-skied days with a nip in the hair and a breeze that gently coaxes the remaining leaves to fall SOFTLY to a faded grassy blanket that are worth treasuring.   We all know i'm a celebrator of all of those kinds of things and more, but let us not forget the joy that also comes from damp, mist-heavy days too.  The kind where the air catches in your throat, clings to your everything and forms little droplets in your hair even though there's not one raindrop in the sky.  Because save for being outside when you really have to be, those days - where blankets, tea on tap and layering up your very favourite tees, pyjama bottoms and knits and eating enough hot buttery toast to sink a ship -  are a joy to behold in their own right, no?  

Who's ready for some #wonderfulwednesday - shaped happy?!

1.  Song TRANSPORTATION.  In the form of Coldplay and 'Always In My Head' which you can wrap your ears around HERE.  I harp on and on about music on this little corner, my favourites, what they mean and how they make me feel.  That's the most important part of a track for me, the feeling it gives me.  If there's not that emotional connection to a song then you've lost me.  Much like anything else really {cake, films, books etc} because i'm heart-over-head kind of a girl all over.  This song takes me all of the way back to my 30th spent in Edinburgh with the Mr - almost a year ago!  I listened to it no-stop before and after {and a little bit during!} and so i can't help but think of holding hands wandering Christmas Markets - twinkly lights, mulled everythings and afternoons spent just walking and talking, exploring museums un-planned and eating cake and drinking tea.  It was perfect!

2.  Bread and BUTTER.  Because well we all say we're eating less bread, trying to cut out this, or that or do less of this and more of that.  But when you're offered homemade chicken, leek and potato soup, you don't quibble over the condiments or accompaniments.  You simply eat warm, crusty white bread with about an inch of salty butter and you eat it and enjoy it like it's the best thing you've ever tasted.  

3.  First proper-COAT wearing.  For someone who owns….well far too many coats and jackets to admit to here, i'm surprisingly reserved about admitting the end of 'just a cardigan or light jacket' season almost as much as i am when it comes to kissing goodbye to my feet until at least next June.  Once the seals broken though, that's it!  Hurrah for first cold-weather-coat-cavorting!!!!  It won't be long before i'm dipping my toes head into woolly hat wearing and glove-ing!  It's all party, party, party around these parts as you can tell!

4.  The un-sung {to me!} HERO combination that is crushed pecan nuts and maple syrup.  Sometimes it really is the very obvious, most simple things.  Since it no longer feels becoming to pile my porridge high with blueberries anymore {maybe because i've done so all summer long!} i've been testing some different porridge toppings lately {it's a hard life!}.  The one that seems to have stuck is goji berries, flax seeds, crushed pecan nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Mmmmmm!

5.  Buying a new nail PLOSH from Topshop because it was sparkly and called 'Unicorn.'  I feel like i don't need to elaborate on this one further.

6.  Tan BOOTS.  Old tan boots at that but until you're properly in your boots again you forget quite how well they go with everything imaginable.  It's this time of year when i really have to be careful i don't just live in the same pair of shoes {read:  Tan boots!} all autumn and winter because they are the comfiest and go with everything.  I've got far too many shoes to do that….

7.  UPPING the temperature!  Our little attic flat {also once described as a 'generous cupboard'} gets the sunshine for most of the day and since we are also three floors up, the heat from everyone else tends to rise {win win!} we rarely need our heating on and this week marked the first time since….probably at least April time last year?!?  It was a joyous event:  resting my bottom on a warm radiator, propping my feet up on it whilst reading my book or simply being able to smell the soft scent of hand-washed smalls wafting through our cupboard flat after they had been slung close by the radiator to dry.  We've mostly resembled little pink lobsters since!  Happy little pink lobsters though!

8.  KINDNESS  It's something that gets forgotten and lost in a world that seems to feel bigger, faster and more technologically ahead of it's self each day.  This week a book popped through our letter box.  A book i only recognised after a local person i follow on Twitter had tweeted about what an amazing read it was and we had started chatting about it.  Just a few days later a brand new copy dropped through the letter box, with two little tokens for a free drink at a local independent coffee shop!  My heart is warmed beyond belief, because true, real and genuine human kindness gets lost sometimes.  I've made a vow to pass it on to someone else i think might find it of use after i've finished it!

9. Snuggling into a freshly washed JUMPER.  Lately i've made a point of digging through my jumpers from years gone by and giving them all a jolly good wash through.  It does't get much lovelier than putting on one of last years favourites, freshly washed and super-duper soft to boot! 

10. CHOCOLATE.  Lately we've not so much fallen out of love,  we've just been having some un-intentional time apart.  Shock horror!  It really was the most un-intentional too!  But last night was one of those nights where i was grumpy beyond belief for no apparent reason and could have quite happily tootled myself off to bed at 8pm.  Then i remembered i had squirrelled away a chocolate brownie last week and all was good and great with the world once more.  It just fixed me again.  That's right, even though i didn't know what was wrong and had no real reason to be in a grump with anything at all, the brownie mended all that i thought was broken.  Chocolate just does that to me, i swear to god it has magical properties.  Brownie + tea = heaven, calm and serenity once more.  I'm seriously considering keeping one in our medicine cabinet… 

11.     PLANNING.  The planning of another return trip to Edinburgh for both of our birthdays!! Huzzah!!!  My birthday is the start of December and the Mr's is part-way through January and since we had the very best time last year, we've decided to make it a pre-christmas tradition. I already have another Air BnB wish-list as long as both my arms and probably both of my legs and i shall no doubt be bending your ears for even more lovely must-see, eat, drink, adventure type ideas.  I definitely know i want to walk up Arthurs Seat this year,  let us pray for sunshine!!!!
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Over to you dear ones!  Hit me up with your snazzy pants slices of happy from this week so far!!!  I love reading them so very much, they're just extra rocket fuel to power me through until Friday!!  Remember you can tweet me or tag your #wonderfulwednesday loveliness on Instagram {I'm @sallytangle on both} or just drop a sweet comment below.  

HAPPY mid-week all!


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