THE HAPPY LIST #117

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High street bargains, nice ways to display greenery indoors plus some of the best things I’ve seen and read online.

June seems to be taking a bit of a dark turn recently (and I’m not just talking about the weather for a change). This article by Kate Spicer via The Pool, on the tragic death of Jo Cox amid the Brexit debate, sums up the situation quite well. As usual however, I’m trying to look on the bright side and focus on a few positives, trivial though they might seem.

Let’s start with breakfast (always a good way to start) and the delicious treat* we had at my local Bettys; some of the best scrambled eggs and smoked salmon I’ve had in a long while. Yorkshire folk (or anyone visiting the area soon): you might like to know there’s a special breakfast deal running across all Bettys branches. You have been briefed!

New telly watching fun: Versailles on BBC2 (like The Tudors but French, obvs) plus the new season of Orange is the new Black starts today on Netflix! NB: I am not watching the football!

A gold bag. Not literally made from gold, that would have made it slightly more expensive than the 9 quid it cost me from Primark but it’s a great little tote that’s making me feel all kinds of summery even on overcast days.

Ecodeer! One of my favourite new discoveries*. This is a simple yet genius way to display foliage, flower stems, plant cuttings, twigs etc on the wall. And they sort of look like antlers, which is a nice natural alternative to taxidermy you know. Fill the two glass tubes with water if you want to keep things fresh or use dried pieces. The wooden wall plinth comes in a range of colours/materials too. Check them out on etsy and follow on instagram for more inspo.

Finding stationery gold in the Aladdin’s cave that is TK Maxx. I can lose hours rummaging in that place and I found these notebooks in perfect condition and at a great price. They’re from a scandi company called Fringe apparently.

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Spending a couple of days at A Place in the Pines*- as part of the Canopy & Stars collective. This small glamping site (just four tented lodges at the moment) is located near Northallerton in North Yorkshire, in a quiet wood filled with wild flowers and a pond – utter bliss! Full review to follow soon.

Getting into podcasts (better late than never) via newly launched funny and illuminating The Pandolly, from two of my favourite writers.

The prettiest bouquet from Bloom & Wild*. Loved the roses, which I also cut down to create little posies for my desk. Sadly my peonies didn’t open properly but I’m now armed with several peony coaxing tips (take off the outer leaves, spray them with water and gently massage the petals). High maintenance flowers eh!!!?

A couple more high street treats. I popped into a branch of Dorothy Perkins for the first time in ages and found a cute necklace with my initial (the last K left) plus these nude/leopard print sunglasses which just happen to match these New Look granny shoes (finally took the plunge with that trend!).

The third of my videos for White Stuff is up if you fancy a watch – this one’s on day to night dressing!

And finally, booking a family holiday with my parents to Rhodes in September which I am very much looking forward to!

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Disclosure: *review items

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sallytangle //

Love your happy lists dearest Kathryn! Looking forward to reading another Canopy and Stars review from you…..trying to persuade the Mr it might be just the ticket after a hectic house move in a couple of weeks! Love the metallic tote, and the pink shoes! And hells bells TK MAxx is ace-ing it here lately, i’ve got SO much good stuff from there!

I’ve had peony-opening issues {the struggle is apparently real lol} and i read that to help them open, you place them head first in tepid water for a couple of hours and then return to their vase. Mine are definitely starting since doing that. I did however nip out and pick up another bunch that were already just starting because….well i’m impatient!

Sending love and wishing you and the gang a lovely weekend xxx

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Kathryn //

Glad to hear I’m not the only one with peony issues (first world problems)!! House move?? Hope all goes well sweetie xx

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Kathryn //

I always describe it a bit like a posh jumble sale – you never know what you’re going to find! 🙂

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