I haven’t done a favourites post before – I’m still pretty new to this whole blogging thing – but I really like the idea of naming a few things that have made me happy and that I think are just a little bit awesome this month.
A lot of these, I now realise, are strongly related to moving house – but then that is pretty much all I have done this month (or at least that’s how it feels!) so I guess it makes sense.
Also, my favourites are slightly different from what you normally see, but then this isn’t a beauty or a fashion blog (I love reading them but seriously, Would. Not. Have. A. Clue. how to write one!) – mine is a little bit of everything!
1. Starbucks App
I am a huge advocate of independent coffee shops (see my post on “Tart” in Clapham), however, when you are on the motorway, or are in a huge rush, then you can’t be a coffee snob.
Originally, I thought the starbucks app was a bit rubbish – the fact that you have to top it up like a pay-as-you-go phone seemed like utter MADNESS.
But I tried it out (stranded at a service station at 1am when my car broke down – I know, nightmare, right?!!) and I have to say, I love it. Charge up it with £20 and you can keep track of what you are spending. Not having to dig around in duvets, kettles and boxes to find your purse is another bonus – you just scan your phone screen – how CLEVER!!!
2. Now That’s What I Call Disney.
I bought this at a service station somewhere on the M4 on my first drive of the house move so I’d have something to listen to while I drive. This CD has kept a smile on my face whenever I’ve been behind the wheel this month, (which has been a lot, apparently I’ve driven over 1500 miles just this fortnight!!) It has saved me from any house move related road-rage – find me someone who can get angry when “Happy Little Working Song” is playing and I will find you a serious reward!
3. My Little Blue Car.
I bought my little car from my flatmate when he went away last year and it has saved my backside with this house move. Even though she broke down (yes, definitely a “she”) in the middle of nowhere and needed her rear wheel cylinders (brakes) replacing (ouch….£££) I honestly don’t know what I would have done this move without having my little blue citroen to drive all my stuff to and fro!
(Apparently I don’t have any photos of my little blue car so you shall just have to imagine a little blue car that looks like it is smiling – the headlamps are the eyes – it just looks happy!)
4. Dorothy Perkins Jeans.
I always struggle finding jeans that fit right – I’ve got a bit of a bum, but my waist is small and my legs are just normal…normally if I find jeans that fit my bum, they are HUGE everywhere else and fall down or flash a little too much when I sit down! Dorothy Perkins, however, have got it right! I don’t know how they do it, but these just fit perfectly!
I bought these at Christmas and had never worn them – I found them when packing for the move and originally thought I wouldn’t get in them (house move = cake!) but they went on fine and fit like a glove! Well done, Dorothy Perkins – you have made jeans that actually fit me and my bottom! Yay! 🙂
5. Fairy Lights
Moving out, moving in. The best way to make anything feel like home quickly is fairy lights. I have 2 sets that have been travelling around with me and I can’t get enough!
One went on my bed the day I moved in and one on my desk so I can write in the evenings – which, inevitably is when I get my ideas! They make anywhere feel cosy immediately – I love it!
I am going to put this out there today and I promise I will try not to mention it in my favourites again….If you follow me on Instagram, you will know about my slight obsession with Paperchase. It’s official. I am addicted. It holds a role so esteemed in my life that it is almost on a par with things like tea and chocolate!
Whenever I get a performing job, or achieve something professionally, or finish a task that has been taking a lot of effort and time on my part, I take myself to paperchase for a little treat. The day I handed in the keys to the flat was one of those days and I went to paperchase and bought myself a little present….or two…
Really, I need a job in paperchase…solely to justify how much I spend in there!
7. Hummingbird Bakery
As a huge cake-fan, I am mortified to admit that until 2 weeks ago, I had never been to a hummingbird bakery!
I know. Serious shocker. I don’t know how I have lived in London as long as I have and not ended up in there, but it’s true.
I found myself the other day with time to kill in Angel. I had a rehearsal with my band, Straight On Red, and was running way ahead of time. I was wandering around and saw the Hummingbird Bakery, so I went in.
It did not disappoint! Cake everywhere! I had a nutella cupcake and I can’t recommend it enough – even my Dorothy Perkins jeans didn’t have a problem with it cos they fit so damn well! YUMMY!
It looks so pretty in there too – I’d quite like an office base in one of their cafes…I think that would be fun.
What were some of your favourites this month?
I’ve really enjoyed writing this one – let me know if this type post is something you like reading – maybe I’ll make them a regular thing! 🙂
Ooh, and HAPPY EASTER when it comes!
Indulge your every chocolate craving – the calories don’t count if there is a hallmark card for the occasion!
Phoebe DawsonApril 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm
The fairy lights looks so good! Will definately be investing in some to add some coziness and life to my new room, great post xxx
Sophie HelmanApril 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm
Definitely going to be buying that Disney CD! – looks great for long journeys haha
Sophie x // http://sophiehelman.blogspot.co.uk/
ohlooklauraApril 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm
I am leathal in Paperchase. Oh my word. If I go in there with my daughters, even moreso! And I'm such an enabler 'CHILD 1, LOOK AT THIS, IT'S SO CUTE! LET ME BUY IT FOR YOU!!' 'CHILD 2, YOU NEED THIS IS YOUR LIFE' lolol.
The late geekApril 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm
Always love to hear about other people's Paperchase addictions, I swear they've had a fortune off me over the years! Ps lovely blog very happy new follower.
theworldofhanbel.comApril 5, 2015 at 10:13 am
Oh my god, I miss the Hummingbird Bakery so much! You need to try a red velvet next time, the best! X
HayleyApril 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm
I've been listening to that Disney Cd since I got it for Xmas, definitely puts you in good mood!
Elisabeth HayesApril 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm
Love the fairy lights! I want to pick up some for when I move!
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm
Love fairy lights – they are my first addition to any new room or workspace! So cosy!
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm
Still use this – so great for belting along the motorway – can't beat disney! 🙂
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm
All my money has gone. Paperchase has it. All of it.
Ha! You're passing on your paperchase habit to your children – even better! Educating them in the way of the world now! 🙂
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm
So much of my money has gone to paperchase – I regularly have to go on a detox and ban myself from going in at all for fear of coming out in serious debt!
Glad you like the blog – thanks for following!
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm
oooh, I'll take that advice – Think I'm meeting a friend there next week so I shall jump on the red velvet then! Yum!
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm
Such a good mood – and some great tunes too!
Glad you enjoyed the post!
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm
Do it! There is no way of beating the cosy feeling you get from them!
zaraSeptember 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm
the Hummingbird Bakery so much! You need to try a red velvet next time, the best! X