Spring has sprung along with a wonderfully random selection of favourites this month. Whilst I learn to lean into the crazy ride we call life there are some things which bring me joy and I always make time for – cooking is one and this month’s recipe is so easy but restaurant quality every time (I do not think it is possible to screw it up). Gingham is another.
The news has been heavy on my mind this past month so, as well as donating to some chosen charities, I put together a ‘shop’ edit with some small ways to help.
Scroll down for my top five to shop, cook, watch, read and wear…
A quick edit of small ways to help…
Local to me in Ayr, Begg x Co have curated a collection of luxury cashmere scarves with 100% of proceeds going to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF PEACE
London based artist Frances Costelloe is also donating the profits of these darling prints to the Red Cross appeal.
Two women, both formerly at Vogue Ukraine, set up the incredible online exhibition Ptashka featuring prominent Ukrainian photographers as well as international photographers showcasing beautiful imagery of pre-war Ukraine. You can buy the limited edition prints or, as I have done, make a donation for the digital download – I went for this stunning abstract which has found a home in my Samsung Frame.
Glasgow based MUD Urban Flowers are selling these sweet dried flower bouquets for just £15 with £10 from every sale going to The Ukrainian Women’s March. UK wide delivery available.
Finally in my round up another print from illustrator Rose England – sunflowers always feel so optimistic to me and all profits from these sales will be donated to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Easy (and healthier) duck confit. I follow this recipe from Olive Magazine and it turns out perfect every time. I served this to dinner guests (hoo-flippin-ray for those again after the past two years am I right?) this weekend along with my favourite roast cauliflower cheese mash and a red wine and redcurrant jus.
Inventing Anna on Netflix. I LOVE Julia Garner in Ozark and seeing her take the lead role here is a delight to me. Her wonderfully weird accent and impeccable dressing drew me right in – she may be the villain but I can guarantee you will be rooting for her. Such an interesting take on modern society, wealth and money based on a true story.
Naturally I have updated the ultimate list of binge worthy tv.
I promised my own feature on pensions for the self employed quite some time ago but, whilst it remains in the early stages, Alex has come up with a great starting point over on The Frugality – everything you need to know about pensions. The stats are frightening but this gives a concise and easy to follow look at where to start and what to think about.
I started my own pension just two years ago at age 38 with no prior pension pots and, whilst I wish I had done is sooner, getting started is the biggest hurdle. Trust me, read this first then take the step. Future you will thank you for it.
Transitional blazers – over knits now or even under coats and then with a cami top or over a summer dress later when it finally warms up some more. I like a heavier weight and a check print – have a browse of my edit below (use the arrows to scroll through) if you do not already have one lurking in the back of your wardrobe.
We all know I have a serious soft spot for gingham so this Boden number with her frayed edge detail is the dream for me…
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