Five things making me happy right now

Just five things making me happy right now… All the flowers.  Can you believe we stumbled across these incredible, giant rhododendrons?  Nope, me neither.  Definitely did not creep round the village streets real slow in my car until I found the perfect spot.  That was not me.  I am way more casual and cool than that. Gingham.  My two very…
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Why I quit the day job

First of all let me be honest…  There was no grand ‘I quit’ moment.  There was no walk out.  Rather more of a ‘me sobbing quietly into my boss’s very understanding arms’ moment and accepting that it was time for things to change. I started working with Fi at Bluebellgray just one month after launching the blog in 2011, wow… …
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Something old, something new, something blue

Just me hanging out in all my old clothes under a tree. But sometimes the old ones are the best ones and this Temperley blouse is a forever blouse which I snagged in a sale one sunny afternoon on Bond Street and felt so indulgent for but know now I will never, ever regret.  The skirt is unremarkable and yet…
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Why you need more baskets in your life

As if I need a reason to justify more baskets in my life… But these are baskets that make a difference – yeah they look great but they also have a real tangible impact in the world.  This May TK Maxx and Homesense have deliveries of baskets and coffee as part of the Sustainable Trade Project in Uganda, developed in 2011…
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Eternal optimism

You guys, my closet is overrun with summer dresses right now.  I cannot stop buying them.  Perhaps I am an eternal optimist?  I mean, honestly, in Scotland we have had approximately two sundress appropriate days this year…  and on one of those days I was here, in Chambéry, where it was a good ten degrees warmer than home and I…
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