THE HAPPY LIST #113

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A recipe for healthy coconut pancakes, the red shoes plus some of the best things I’ve seen and heard online recently.

I thought I’d broaden my happy lists a little from now on to include a few added extras; some of my favourite links and online tips, things I’ve been trying and buying lately plus good reads worth sharing. Don’t worry, I’ll still be giving thanks for the little things in life as is customary for a good old traditional Happy List but I thought this was too good an opportunity not to collate all the other random bits and bobs I try to mentally bookmark. Hope you like!

Let’s just hear it for the official first day of spring, even if the weather has been the usual British batshit kind.

Speaking of which, I dragged myself out for a run on Easter Sunday (I know, smug but I was trying to offset the chocolate consumption) and while out I got caught in one of those freakish hailstorms we were blessed with over the long weekend. I’ve been finding it quite hard to run lately, not sure why, and that kind of thing certainly doesn’t help. But what has helped is a bit of new running kit to spur me on. I’ve been trying some pieces from theΒ Sainsbury’s Tu Activewear range, including a lightweight waterproof running jacket (handy!). It’s also bright enough that everyone can see me coming in it (safety first!). The leggings are great too; stretchy, supportive, hold-you-in type things that means I have something decent to wear for yoga sessions too.

Spending time with the kiddos over Easter. We created a proper easter egg hunt with cryptic clues and they loved it.

I’ve become slightly obsessed with the ‘healthy’ coconut flour pancakes at my local Filmore & Union so I think it’s time to try making them at home. This recipe sounds tasty and healthy (depending on how much maple syrup you add) and is gluten free plus includes ingredient du jour, coconut oil too.

Adding a bit of colour to my wardrobe now spring’s here with my Jemima Vine flats aka the perfect red slipper shoes. They’ve been so popular they have currently sold out but watch the website for new stock coming soon.

A lovely 24 hours away in York with the mister, child-free! We even had brunch outdoors for the first time this year in a gorgeous little cafe – Mannion & Co. – try it! I’ll follow up with a post soon including a few more recommendations.

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Oh that egg by the way was a gift from Betty’s and almost too beautiful to eat (almost!). Did you all have a fab, choc-filled Easter too? I’ve been mostly on the sofa watching The Night Manager (so good, you must watch on i-player if you haven’t already) plus a doc on the Brontes, Eddie Izzard Marathon Man – 27 marathons in 27 days in aid of Sport Relief (donate!!!) and ever late to the party we’ve just waded into The Good Wife on Netflix. But there’s something quite satisfying about knowing you’ve got a tonne of episodes to make your way through!

I’ve been currently living in this cardigan c/o Poetry. I love the kimono-style and basket stitch weave plus that blue/grey colour is just my fave at the moment. I’m hoping it will become the perfect ‘coatigan’ when the weather finally gets milder.

One of my new fave brands Finery has just undertaken its first collaboration, called Forever Pieces, they have asked 6 brilliant women including writer Polly Vernon and broadcaster Alice Levine to design their take on a classic piece. Check it out here.

There have been a lot of things written about Instagram recently with the proposed changes to the algorithm but I really enjoyed this take on the medium from one of my favourite bloggers Oyster & Pearl.

Speaking of instagram, my new favourite hashtag is #BretonLoversUnite I don’t think I need to explain why.

This article from the ever brilliant The Pool, in praise of ikea.

Stocking up on a few treats from Neal’s Yard recently including a lovely Orange & Honey scrub which is a great natural exfoliator but also contains kaolin clay so you can leave it on as a mask – delicious! Meanwhile, last week’s copy of Stylist magazine had a nice interview with Alexa Chung (I must admit to still girl-crushing on her) and I’m getting quietly excited about the imminent launch of her Archive M&S collab. I predict a riot!

Bye for now and please let me know if you enjoyed the longer length Happy List edit and I’ll keep going with it.

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Lins @ Boo & Maddie //

Love the happy list and I think it’s a great idea to recommend additional bits and bobs you’ve enjoyed. Funnily I was just saying to Pete last night that I’d totally missed the night manager and whether I should catch up on I – player so it sounds like I must. Beautiful red shoes x

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Kathryn //

The Manager was soo tense and so good. Great acting and Tom Hiddleston is easy on the eye too πŸ˜‰

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Clare //

I really enjoyed this Kat, it’s nice to see what you been enjoying via the links. I love that cardigan, beautiful colour. Will look out for your review of York. It’s a beautiful city, we enjoyed a lovely weekend there and vowed we would return, must get around to it some time!

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Eleanor //

Agree – really liked the Oyster and Pearl post, too. I’m yet to be convinced by anything with coconut flour in it though. It’s not my flavour!

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Alice | More Than Toast //

I’m absolutely desperate for that stripy zara shirt, hope they have some left by the time I get my arse into gear to buy one. And I LOVED The Alexa interview too – counting down the days until the collection is available x

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Kathryn //

My striped shirt was from H&M Alice so try there if you can’t find it in Zara xx

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Laura //

As I have said many times I love your Happy list πŸ™‚ and how yummy do those coconut pancakes sound – my idea of a perfect sunday – also love the Poetry cardigan πŸ™‚

Laura x

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Katie Albury //

What a gorgeous happy list…I love hearing about new bits that bloggers love, which doesn’t help my shopping addiction! I’m loving the workout gear, I could really do with some new stuff, it might make me actually workout! x

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