Superstition ain't the way.

Vintage leather jacket: £17.50. Topshop patterned crop top: £24. Topshop oxblood skirt: £45. Hobbs boots: £40, via warehouse sale. Topshop textured bag: £25. Michael Kors sunglasses. Mum's necklace. Topshop lip gloss.

Look who's totally bought into the seventies. I may have been born twenty years too late, but the amount I listen to Stevie Wonder ought to make me an honorary fifty year old, even if only down to those trumpets. Take my favourite shades (warm tan, olive green and, obviously, oxblood), a pattern best seen on one of Oliver Tate's dad's shirts, my favourite oversized leather jacket and you've got yourself a combination I couldn't even try to resist.

This wasn't the only throwback of the day - and it wasn't even a Thursday! We popped along to Finchingfield, a quaint, rural village in the middle of bloody nowhere, famed for its pastel houses and listed buildings, with a duck pond and Tiptree tearoom thrown in for good measure. We celebrated the first of hopefully many sunny days with a slice of lemon drizzle over tea, and didn't even have any crumbs leftover to throw to the ducks, it was that good.

Isn't it amazing what you do when all the trains to London are cancelled?
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I fell straight into your arms.

Laura Ashley trench coat. Topshop utility dress: £40. Oasis loafers: £4, sample sale. Vintage leather bag: 50p, charity shop.

Happy Easter, chicks! Although I hope you're all reading this on Monday as you're far too busy on various easter egg hunts, of course. Chez coco, the lamb's out, the wine's in the fridge (not for much longer...) and there's about triple the amount of chocolate to be found, despite there still being some leftover from Christmas - just us?

I couldn't resist saving this pastel-perfect throwback to Thaxted for the "celebrate bunnies, lambs, daffodils and the death/resurrection of Jesus" day, because if there's ever to be a day fit for warm tones and blue skies this is it. We went for a wander around the pretty mid-Essex village (it's near Stansted airport, if you need a little context) as a stop off on the way to Saffron Walden, and it's quickly rocketed right to the top of my favourite villages list, which has substantially increased in the last couple of months. All those included feature good tea-rooms and friendly pubs, minus points for scowly locals. For this Spring day it was warm enough to layer up with only my favourite Laura Ashley trench coat (it's an oldie, I'm afraid, but this Asos one's pretty similar). I don't own many in-between coats, but am on the hunt for a black/navy mac after seeing Helen in a darker version. I'm pretty tempted by this Oasis number, but I'll be sure to keep you all updated on this riveting affair.

In other news, I have discovered Biscoff. My life and waistline will never be the same again.
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You can hate it or love it.



Did you think the end of January would cue the end of these sort of blog posts? For most well-organised, content-scheduled bloggers, that may be the case, but for those of us (i.e. just me) who's blog is more pay as you go rather than 24 month contract these topics come and go as they please. If you're planning to get your New Year Resolutions a more feasible kick up the bum from right about now, this might just be the post for you.

Before you groan, click 'x' (if you haven't already) and swear about the annoying insurgence of fitness-related content on the Internet, I just want to point out that this is more about how I fit a little fitness into my daily routine, rather than going completely gym bunny on you. Because no one wants that when there's pasta to be eaten.


Clockwise, from top left: Clothing at Tesco top, Optrex eye drops, Dove deodorant, iPhone on its last legs, Nike slim fit leggings, the cheapest trainers Sports Direct could offer, Soap and Glory "One Heck of a Blot", Vichy cleanser.

Going to the gym is the most obvious and my least favourite way to react to Nutella. I tend to go twice a week (once mid-week before work, and once at the weekend) to do a mixture of cardio and weights. I would love to start a course at Barrecore, but, until the day I'm earning enough to drop a serious amount of money on the coolest ballet lessons around, I'm on the lookout for something similar near to home. Jazz and I went to a Nicki Minaj dance class a few months back, which is definitely something I'd recommend if you fancy trying something a little different one weekend with the sassiest dance teacher ever.



All hail the blender! Not quite ready to commit to a Nutribullet, I picked up the Breville Blend-Active on a whim when food shopping, and it's a bit of a game changer. I can't compare it to a Nutribullet as I've never used one, but for less than a third of the price at £25 you're getting a rather nifty little piece of kitchen tech. I reckon this'll come in even handier come Summer when smoothies will be high on my list of priorities, but right now I'm using it most days with frozen fruit and almond milk.


Willing to try everything once, I tentatively said yes when asked to review this matcha green tea powder. As a long-time fan of green tea I was all for giving it a go, but, call it a spoiler if you will, it tastes nothing like your Twinings blend friend. You can drink it like above in shot form with almond milk, but I'd recommend mixing it into a smoothie instead as it tastes pretty similar to grass. 

This is hardly a 'GET FIT NOW' deal, but if you're in the market for a little bit of inspiration, my favourite fitness ladies are:
- Lydia Millen - Best hair. Best abs.
- In the Frow x Lean Machines - Easy peasy one minute workouts to incorporate into your daily routine.
- Where are my knees? - A blog with plenty of babin' contributors all telling inspiring stories of how they're making fitness work for them.

In the meantime, here are my favourite pieces for making time spent in the gym more bearable. They might even just about make gym selfies acceptable...



PS, no, this is not an April Fools' day joke.
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