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The Magical World of The Imaginarium, York

Curiouser and curiouser! During my last visit to York I walked into a shop which had me captivated from the moment I walked in. The Imaginarium has a beautiful window display, complete with a golden ‘merry go round’ horse, I can’t imagine how anyone could walk past and not venture inside! The gentleman in the shop, Lewis, was incredibly helpful and was keen to tell us the stories behind many of the items on sale in this Victorian style curiosity shop. I was shopping with my Mum, who was particularly taken with the fox artwork; some tongue in cheek pieces featuring the animals in human (and very un fox-like!) poses. And as you can imagine, the reason I loved the shop was due to all of the fabulous items for teas and dinner parties, including a wide range of animal milk jugs and salt and pepper sets. Mum bought a fantastic goat milk jug for Tim and I, as we realised we didn’t have one recently while hosting lunch and I awkwardly had to serve custard …

Dinner Party Blooms from Serenata Flowers – Review & Giveaway!

I must admit, when I was younger, I wasn’t particularly interested in flowers. My parents spent a lot of time making our garden look wonderful, but I didn’t pay much attention to the names and types of plants. I certainly appreciated the beauty of flowers, but I could just about tell you the difference between a rose and a lily, and that was pretty much the extent of it! When Tim and I got married, we made an appointment with a local florist in Devon, and it soon became very apparent how little we both knew. We knew what we wanted in terms of how it would look – creams, greens and browns, for our rustic countryside theme. I’ve never been a ‘girly’ girl, so pinks and yellows aren’t really for me. So when the florist arrived at my room on the morning of our wedding and presented my bouquet to me, I surprised myself by bursting into tears! As well as not being a ‘girly’ girl, I’m also not a ‘happy crier’ so this …

Sipping Spirits ‘On The Go’ With SWIG

When I was at University, the hip flask was a vital belonging for the savvy student – despite the alcohol being insanely cheap at the student bars (I cry inside when I think about the £1 vodka & cokes we used to be able to buy), we still carried hip flasks with us, although usually concealed somewhere clever, to avoid the detection of the bouncers’ hawk eyes. As we’ve grown older, the hip flask has become a respected household item. My husband and his groomsmen had their hip flasks with them at our wedding, sipping away nervously/excitedly before I came down from my room for the ceremony.         There are lots of great uses for hip flasks, here are a few examples I’ve come up with; Wedding presents: I’ve been to a few weddings recently where the groomsmen have been given an engraved hip flask as a gift. Sports matches: They’re perfect for taking to sports games – in the past, we’ve used them for rugby matches at Twickenham in the winter. Picnics: …

Dream Dining Rooms With India Jane

We’re in the process of buying a house in South London and we’re so excited – we’re going from a small one bed apartment which is fairly central, to a 3-4 bed house further out, with a garden and a huge kitchen and dining area. We’re therefore going to need a lot of new furniture, but I’m especially excited about the bits and bobs to go along with it. I can see it now – no bed, but we’ll have some fab plates and candles 😉 I was recently invited to visit India Jane’s beautiful store on Kings Road (121), a part of London where I regularly have to restrain myself from visiting, in fear of wanting to buy everything I see. We were welcomed by James from India Jane, who told us a little about the brand’s history. It first started out in Hampstead in 1991 by a husband and wife team, followed by Sloane Street in 1992 and the first Kings Road store in 1994. They now have 10 UK stores, in Chelsea (two locations), …