23 Jan
4

Fields are frozen

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I’m gonna make a confession right now – these posts, these ones that fall on Fridays, these posts give me stress.  I mean, a Friday post sits right there up at the top of the screen for 3 whole days.  That’s 72 hours I have to scrutinise this one look and these photos but, now and again, when we finish shooting and my toes are stinging with cold, my numb little fingers have a quick look at that tiny square on the back of the camera and I just smile at the husband, ‘That’s a Friday post’.

I first wore this when there was no snow on the ground, all be it with wool thermals underneath because it’s barely been above zero for about 10 days now, but I liked it that day and when I scrolled through my Instagram last Saturday deciding which of the week’s look to shoot, this one was it.  My dad made farmer jokes, cause I’m wearing overalls and that’s what dads do right?  And we love them for it.

They were in the Zara sale (similar ones here or here if you fancy yourself as a farmer too) and they’re definitely linen and positively meant for warmer days than these but with the thermals and the chunky knit, they just work, for me at least.  And that low sun, thank you for shining your golden rays all over my photos – you can come out for every shoot for every post from now on – deal?  Happy Friday.x

knit – Zara :: overall – Zara
heel – Ulanka
shaz tote – Mooi :: glasses – Mango

leather leash – vintage Ancol :: coat – Infindigo

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21 Jan
4

Chocolate peanut butter protein balls

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January… month of health kicks.  This month I’ve done bikram yoga, I’ve re-committed to my morning work-outs, I’ve walked further and faster and I’ve been eating healthy.  Only in January can I show this kind of committment – heck I’ll put it right out there, I’m even on a 3 day Juice Garden cleanse right now (more on that later).

Aside from the leaner more efficient and nutrient full me, I’ve made a resolution to add some new recipes to that ‘Eats & Drinks’ section up there.  I love to cook and I don’t mind to eat either so taking a few snaps along the way shouldn’t be so rough.

So I’m kicking things off again with these yummy, protein packed, peanut buttery snacks – perfect for pre workout or post workout or those times like last week when I dropped almost £5 on two ‘Bounce’ balls half way round an extra long dog walk.  Wait?  £2.39 for a protein ball?  I can make these a heck of a lot cheaper at home…

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Chocolate peanut butter protein balls (makes 6)

180g medjool dates, stones removed
1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp good quality cocoa powder
3 tbsp good quality wholenut peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
coconut and cocoa for dusting

Directions

Find a spare 5 minutes because that’s all you need.

Place dates, protein powder, cocoa, peanut butter and cinnamon in a food processor and blend until you get grit.  Then blend some more and a bit more (until your kitchen starts to smell like a tyre factory).  Eventually you’ll get a stiff dough and if you really, really don’t then add a teaspoon of water.

Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll them into balls, or whatever shape you fancy, before rolling them in your topping of choice – it’s January so I’m saying coconut or cocoa but you could dip them in chocolate if it wasn’t January… but we all know how we feel about healthy eating in January.

Store in the fridge and enjoy pre or post work out or dog walk or whenever you need a bit of protein that feels like a brownie – just look at him and all his brownie goodness…

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19 Jan
9

Weather fail

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Friday was what we call a monumental fashion fail.  Decided to brave bare legs.  It snowed.  Not just a flurry, a full on blizzard.  After work I had a meeting in town – couldn’t get a cab, tried to drive, had to abandon the car and then walked.  I think I looked like I was cross country skiing… without the skis.  Because these boots are completely smooth soled, not a hint of a grip, I don’t think I’ve ever even accidentally scraped the sole on an uneven surface.  And they’re suede.  Good choices all round for Friday then wouldn’t you say?

But one of us made the right choice in a double fur coat all weekend.  Smug much Mr K?  I can’t help thinking he does look just a little bit smug in these shots.  Don’t blame him.

cape – Chloe :: ‘weekend’ sweat – Dead Legacy
dress – Hush :: boot – Daniel
myla ring – Edge of Ember
riva diamond hoop ring – Monica Vinader

(much more weather appropriate) coat – Infindigo

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16 Jan
14

Brunching : the Melbourne photo diary

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There’s really no denying that the weather this past ten days has been special.  Special in the Scottish kind of way where it sleets sideways for days on end and your windows rattle all night long.  To say it’s been a slight issue with blog photos would be unfair.  It’s been impossible.

So Iet’s have brunch in Melbourne okay?  I never really did a big ol’ round up post of this trip and, yep it was over a month ago, but indulge me.  Because one of the amazing things about blogging is that, when I’m old and wrinkly, I’ll be able to look back at that time we flew to the other side of the world and spent time with friends that meant so much to me my eyes fill up just typing it.  Big smooshy love to those guys (who are probably on the beach right now).

But you know, not to forget my roots, there’s a bit of fashion too…

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The coffee.  Like drinking velvet and your mouth curls up into a sleepy morning smile because Australian coffee is just that darn good.  And then you remember that coffee at home is ruined forever.  Suffice to say that Megabucks failed in Australia because they thought it sucked.  Just have a look down there… you want to pick him up don’t you?  Me too.  Just a 24 hour flight between me and that cup of love…

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And then there were the brunches.  Melbourne is all about the brunches and, as chance would have it, I too am all about the brunches.  Where can you order mushroom toast and the mushroom is as big as you toast?  Merricks General Store.  That was the very first morning of our trip after touching down at 7pm the night before.  That was the medicine.  That and friends.x

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But because I really just can’t stop there let’s have a mini round up of the rest of the trip with some shots courtesy of my good friend Instagram.  Toes in the sand on the Mornington Peninsula and look, the husband was on this trip too!  Hi there.  Couldn’t have spent those days with anyone better (that would take all my photos.  Every day.  On a holiday).  He rocks.

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And the night at Polperro winery – one of my favourite places on the planet.  Some places I visit and even though they’re incredible I think ‘I’ve been here now and this was awesome – I have my memories and next time I want to see somewhere new’.  Not this place.  We’ll be back.

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And then Melbourne herself – for surely she is a lady.  Full of culture and smiles and sunshine (and rain, but shhh we don’t advertise that) and great food and art and fashion I can’t afford on UK wages and trams and pour over coffees and roof top bars and streets full of graffiti and, most of all, friends.  Good times.  In fact no, the best times.

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Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for indulging me.x

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14 Jan
14

Date night – when leather stopped being ‘nasty’

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Remember when leather was kinda nasty?  Leather skirts only came in two shapes – short and tight.  And leather pants were usually shiny, maybe with buckles, probably with zips.  Times have a-changed.  Hooray.

They might not be man friendly but I’m loving these leather culottes.  They’re butter soft, they’re loose, they’re long.  (And they’re warm but that’s just a bonus on top of their fashion credentials – though a welcome bonus at this time of year all the same).  So they joined me, and the husband, for date night with other leather legged friends and a big balloon sleeved knit.  The new sexy maybe?

knit – H&M (ON SALE!)
leather culottes – Topshop (ON SALE!)
hallie over knee boot – Sophia Webster
fraise pearl necklace – Edge of Ember :: clutch – Zara

leash – Ancol :: coat – Infindigo

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Personal style and life's adventures with Mr K (he's the furry one). By Wendy H Gilmour. Email me at thankfifi@gmail.com or, for collaborative and advertorial enquiries, leave a message here.

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