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LisaInLondon
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"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl
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I celebrate Valentine's Day with my husband; we usually buy something a little splashy (some extra lovely champagne, or some caviar, or both!) and have it just at home on our own. I can't bear the set menus and crowded restaurants on V Day itself. PS: for the purposes of the giveaway, I spend enough time in the US to still qualify as "resident!".
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A friend (hi KK!) posted the Dalai Lama's 18 Rules for Living on her Facebook page the other day, and I've been thinking about them ever since. Some of them are really easy for me, and some of them I've struggled with since, well, forever. Here they are: 1. Take... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at LisaInLondon
Thank you for the gentle kick in the pants! I also feel overwhelmed at the long list of things I need to get accomplished in the next few months (that I should have accomplished over the last few months). I won't get it all done, but if I at least make a good *dent* in it, that is progress and not failure.
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I couldn't love it more, Sharon!
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I love that Marmee quote from Little Women, Gwen! I haven't read it in a while; thank you for the lovely reminder. What an amazing post, Megan. I was never a girly girl as a kid either, and I never felt ANY pressure to be one to fit in, but I can see that marketing to children is completely different now than it was 30 years ago. I don't have children yet, but I watch my friend's children get bombarded by pink sparkly princessey ballerina type things, (cakes, clothing motifs, iphone apps, toys) and it feels really abnormal and single-focused to me. Why not love horses, or the stars and planets, or dinosaurs, or birds, instead of ONLY Disney princess/Barbie things? I love the thought that you put into parenting. Your girls are lucky.
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I'm not a serial coffee drinker but I'm a serious coffee drinker. Let me 'splain... Coffee makes me completely crazy, so I only allow myself to have it once a week, maximum. It makes me nervous, as if I'm about to sing a national anthem solo at the Olympics. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2011 at LisaInLondon
Good heavens, this looks absolutely delicious! I love anything nutty/caramel-y. I'm definitely going to try this.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2011 on aunt bills brown candy at hollywood housewife
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Dec 17, 2011
We also used to do a big Chrismas for everyone, and then eventually we started drawing names for the adults and gifts for all the children. THEN we stopped even doing that (for the adults) because it just became so rote. Everyone asked everyone else's wife/mother/husband what they wanted within a certain budget, and of course, that is what they'd get. No surprise, no thought, just ticking a box on the list. (This sounds really depressing!!) Now we just get together and have a big partay, the kids get lots of toys, and it feels really great. No pressure, no traveling on planes with loads of heavy presents, just lots of enjoying the family being together.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2011 on gifting at hollywood housewife
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It looks great! I've just ordered it for myself. In the future, this looks like a great gift for foodie friends.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2011 on Gift Guide, Day Thirteen at Ruth Reichl
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Dec 14, 2011
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Limewood Hotel is my favourite nearby place to go when I want to get out of the city. Here's why: It is exactly a 1.5 hour drive from our house, which is completely bearable. The rooms strike that perfect balance of cozy + luxurious... not too formal and not too... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at LisaInLondon
This video for the The Story of Stuff is one of the best and most thought provoking things I've seen recently. Many of the issues Annie Leonard discusses are issues that are on my mind a lot lately, particularly as our planet's population recently hit seven billion. I especially love... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at LisaInLondon
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I love everything about winter... I love winter weather, I love winter food, I love winter clothes, I love winter accessories (scarves! hats! gloves!) and I especially love that winter staple, black tights. However, I am really fussy (read: "a pain in the ass") about black tights. They have to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at LisaInLondon
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On Saturday, we went to Bermondsey (yes, SOUTH of the River) to visit the newest White Cube Gallery which just opened on October 12th. It is an enormous (58,000 sq feet/ 5440 sq metres) tranquil space with magnificent glossy concrete floors and lots of natural light (photo with owner Jay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at LisaInLondon
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Oct 24, 2011
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My in-laws just left this afternoon. What a whirlwind they are! They are really inspirational, those two...just as full of questions as they are of stories. They never sit still; it is like having two children in the house! After taking them to see the Degas exhibition at the Royal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at LisaInLondon
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I own every cookbook that Elizabeth David has ever written. She led such an interesting life that the stories and information accompanying her recipes are a treat to read. Her 1950s-era English is fabulous; 'nothing will surely ever taste so hateful as nursery tapioca, or the appalling boiled cod of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at LisaInLondon
If you have a Y chromosome, please use your BACK navigation button now. This is interesting for ladies only (not even all of them) and will surely bore the pants off of any man. If you've never seen a Lisa Eldridge makeup video or don't know who she is, you're... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at LisaInLondon
I love Fall (or 'Autumn' as it is referred to in London). The scent of dried leaves everywhere is gorgeous, I have an excuse to drink even more tea than usual, and I love layering on cozy soft cashmere clothes.
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Whenever I get bored with my clothes and need some inspiration, I visit modeavenueparis.com and delve into its Archives. It reminds me of what 'Fashion' is all about. I wish nearly every piece on the site was in my closet, but since that isn't the case, it inspires me to... Continue reading
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Oct 10, 2011
Good heavens, Seamus is absolutely gorgeous! So unique and so friendly looking! We have a rescue Lurcher who is just fabulous. And a Whippet. and a Jack Russell. I'm stopping at 3 dogs unless we move to the country which is highly unlikely. Good on you for rescuing Seamus; I wish you many happy years with him.
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Oct 10, 2011