That time we were in the Guardian. And some favourite blogs.

Last week I was interviewed by Jenny Stevens for a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ piece she was writing about couple bloggers for guardian.co.uk. The finished article, published on Tuesday, seemed less ‘tongue in cheek’ and more ‘get your claws out’. If the headline ‘Over-sharing 2.0: the rise of the couple bloggers’ wasn’t bad enough, the byline ‘Facebook envy wearing off? Try following the exhaustingly perfect lives of the blogosphere’s numerous romantic duos’ put paid to any preconceptions I might have had. More fool me.

I have to laugh because our so-called ‘exhaustingly perfect lives’ are far from perfect. But the thought of a blog about our frequent tiffs over matters such as Ross leaving all of his beard trimmings all over the bathroom sink (again) or me going over my overdraft (again) is one I can’t bear, so if it’s all the same by you, we’ll keep on blogging about things that we do like, thank you very much.

And if, like many of the commenters, you find us annoying, smug, boring, narcissistic, (insert derogatory adjective here) or believe blogs like ours triggered last week’s riots (!), that’s fine and the solution is easy: don’t read it.

On more of a positive note, I love reading blogs. So does Ross. There are ones we like to dip into every now and again and there are ones that we visit on a daily basis. In celebration of all that’s good about the blogosphere, we wanted to share some of our favourites with you today:

365 days of breakfast
Food porn of my favourite meal of the day. Yum.
Backyard Bill
“Stylish folks in their own clothes”.
Betty magazine
Girls, meet your new best friend.
Buckets and Spades
A menswear fashion blog by a lovely chap called Mat.
Pierce Me Up

A cool blog about piercing ideas, tips and aftercare.
Calivintage
Erin’s inspiring personal style blog.
Elsa Billgren
A goddess by way of Sweden. I want to be her friend.
Dear Photograph
Pictures of a picture from the past in the present.
Fancy Fine
Inspiring vintage style from San Fransisco’s Ashley Ording.
Ink Me . Tattoo
Amazing tattoo blog.
Foxtail + Fern
A fashion and lifestyle blog with a modern take on vintage clothing.
From Primark to Prada
Katy rocks. I’m lucky enough to have her number in my phone and no, you can’t have it.
Glossary
The digital scrapbook of Durban beauty Lauren.
Hannah and Landon
Ultimate in couple crushing by way of Brooklyn.
Helmi Otsalla
One seriously stylish Finnish lady.
Inside Out
Topshop’s blog never fails to inspire and is packed full of interesting content without being too sales driven.
Jazzabelle’s Diary
The loveliest girl with the best charity shopping skills in all of London town.
Lay me in some tall grass; let me do my thing
Kennedy is a babe who sells pretty vintage clothes.
Liebemarlene
One of the first blogs I ever read is still a firm favourite.
Lulu Letty
As well as Maria’s clothes, I’d also like to steal her adorable dogs, please.
Mademoiselle Robot
Fashion and lifestyle musings from London by way of Paris. Laetitia also co-hosts the brilliant Babetime radio. Also see nail design blog UnhasHoy
Miss Moss
In her own words, ‘rad things that are nice to look at’. Indeed.
Niotillfem
A Swedish girl in New York, Sandra’s dreamy photography never fails to impress.
Pink Bow
A lovely blog by North Eastern beauty Paula.
Pretty Much Penniless
Thrifty finds and lovely words from London based Eleanor, who is as charming in real life as her blog implies.

The Selby
Nosing around cool people’s houses? Yes please.

The Cherry Blossom Girl
Beautiful photographs and inspiring outfits from the Parisien lovely Alix.

The Velvet Bow
Charming style blog by Perth based Jessie.

Update: We’re now featured on Vice Magazine! At least they were funny about the whole thing. And so are the comments.

Maybe we are too twee after all. We’ll be back next week with a suitably unrefined, gritty post for you all. But until then, toodles!

Oh, and if the lovely couple (Glen Coco and Strawberry Ribena, cute guyyyzzz!) that wrote the Vice piece fancy going for a drink at one of our favourite vintage themed hotspots, just let us know. Perhaps we can pick up some tips from you both on being less twee?

 

In which Ross turns twenty five and we move house

The past weekend we moved into our new flat and celebrated Ross’ birthday. After much huffing, puffing and unpacking, we got into the celebratory spirit and the rest of the weekend turned into a hazy, drunken blur. A blur that included a surprise visit from his best pal Karl, a Comet Gain gig and a Camden pub crawl – the perfect way to celebrate the big 2-5!

When we weren’t hanging out with our nearest and dearest and drinking generous measures of gin, beer and dark rum (that amazing Kraken bottle below was full on Saturday morning!), we were making the most of our new place, eating lots of salad to compensate for the aforementioned celebrations, and enjoying our huuuge new bed, which was most difficult to get out of bed for our return to work yesterday.





We’ve also been reading our much-neglected-of-late books. I’m halfway through Keith Richard’s autobiography (so good!), whereas Ross has got two on the go – The Peculiar Memoirs Of Thomas Penman, a satirical peek into the life and times of a troublesome 13 year old boy; and Tomas, a comedy so dark you’ll need night vision goggles to read it. All come highly recommended!

We’ll show you some more photos of our new place once we’ve made it homely (read: frequented loads of flea markets to buy the perfect vintage touches). On that note, can any of you recommend any good interior blogs? Aside from The Selby, I don’t really know many so your suggestions would be most appreciated. x

 

Feeling hot hot hot

Hurrah for the return of the British summer! With a glorious weekend and start to the week, we relished the chance to sit in beer gardens, go on a bike ride, have picnics and enjoy the warm evenings with friends whilst not having to wrap up in twenty layers. Yessirree, bare legs and t-shirts until 11pm.










These pictures are from the past couple of days, including a jaunt to the Southbank with our favourite double daters Lizzie and Jo; and an evening of al fresco wine with friends. Don’t you just love summer nights? Sandy and Danny were onto something there, I tell you!

Hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine as much as we have. x

 

Cards and cocktails

 




After a raucous Friday night spent in and around Brick Lane where we watched Ross’s mates INTL, we laid low for much of the weekend. Cleaning the house in our underpants, making the most delicious patatas bravas, watching awesome films; you know, usual weekend fodder.

Come Sunday afternoon, boredom had set in so we got our glad rags on to play cards whilst sipping some homemade spiked smoothies (vodka, blueberries, raspberries and orange juice whizzed in a hand blender), before heading to our friend’s house for wine, dinner and a game of darts whilst listening to motown records. It was fun.

I was wearing an old favourite dress I’ve had for a good few years – arguably the best £3 I’ve ever spent. Ross was looking his usual dapper self in a shirt that can only be described as ‘deckchair chic’. We matched our footwear for a unifying look*.

Hope you all had a fun weekend ladies and gents, get up to owt nice? x

*I lie. We just both have great taste in tasselled loafers, natch.

 

Snapshots from a summer holiday

I would love to tell you that this year’s summer holiday was spent someplace hot and exotic (you know, the kind of place where they serve cocktails out of pineapples), but that would be a big fat lie. Owing to a lack of funds, we embarked on a tour of the South West instead, starting off in the English Riviera before travelling around south Devon and ending up in Bath. And you know what? Aside from a few hiccups – and the fact we still managed to spend a small fortune – it was really, really lovely.


We had such a good time that I compiled a little list of subjective reasons why spending your summer holiday in the UK is actually rather fun:

1. You can plan your holiday around family weddings and suchlike. Two birds, one stone. Case in point: Ross’s cousins wedding in Torquay. Here we are in our wedding finery complete with my unruly barnet (Ross had the right idea with putting his hair up, my half-a-can-of-Elnett lacquered ringlets proved to be no match for the coastal winds).

2. Tea. On tap. I’m not worth talking to before I’ve drank my morning cuppa, and going for a brew and a cake is my favourite way to while away an afternoon. Grey’s Tearoom in Totnes was suitably charming, offering a range of savoury snacks as well as some seriously scrumptious looking cakes. We scoffed smoked haddock and horseradish, homemade buttery crumpets and a perfect scone smothered in thick clotted cream and strawberry jam, of which there are no photos because of a little accident our Ross had with the camera strap and a jug of milk – yikes.

3. National Trust and English Heritage properties. I find the allure of a period property hard to resist, so it’s rare that we go on a trip without checking if there are any NT or EH properties nearby first – yet another sign that I’m turning into a granny a good forty years early. I do have both of their apps downloaded on my phone so at least that’s pretty hip, right? When we were in Torquay, I tried (but failed) to coerce Ross into joining me on this Agatha Christie tour which looks like my dream day out – next time friends, next time.

4. Being pleasantly surprised when the British weather turns out nice for once, enabling you to enjoy beer gardens, beaches and al fresco eats on nice terraces what overlook pretty buildings. Like Jamie’s Italian in Bath, where we drank red wine and Ross ate a delicious meal. I opted for the squid ink risotto which was, err, a little bit intimidating to say the least! That is, unless you like food that looks like mini lumps of coal, which I can now confidently say that I don’t. Soz Jamie.

5. The English seaside. Nothing quite beats beers on the beach with views like this.

Hope you’ve all been enjoying the end of summer too. x