Monthly Archives: May 2015


sparrow + co

May 26, 2015

sparrow and co

this (scottish!) shop & i met on twitter. delighted i was.  i noted all of the pieces i planned to buy for the house with the big kitchen (that we haven’t bought yet) immediately …

s p a r r o w  a n d  c o .

inspired by traditional crafting skills, this collection curated by Samuel Sparrow, of handmade homewares is cleverly & lovingly sourced from all over the world – countries including morocco, india & of course scotland.
also designing products in-house, each item is picked or created with durability & uniqueness in mind. objects of function – every piece handcrafted & imperfect.
& perfect because of this.

they say they are ‘the antithesis of mass produced products .. and proud’

i love them. again – likemindedness is a warm & welcoming thing – & as well as the shop, the sparrow & co journal is another online space, like us, sharing stories & recipes – a perfect place ‘to explore & discuss’.
shop in the shop & stop in for a read of the blog. it’s super. (this sourdough recipe is on my list)

thanks for introducing yourselves guys! i’m so happy to know of you.

may my longed-for big kitchen be filled with imperfect-perfect ceramics & objects crafted to last.
(& may i always have a sheepskin on my reading chair)

– c x


skincare / gills favourites

May 19, 2015

Night1_skincare_blogI made a lot of rush purchases in the lead up to our wedding, not excluding: cushion covers (because the photographer would capture those in the morning- right?) , 3 pairs of shoes – sandals, flat boots & 2 pairs of heels (okay 5 pairs) and a whole host of other life improving bumf that is completely unrelated to a wedding.

But, one of the best panic-buy decisions I made, was investing in some great skincare. & by great, I’m talking proper good stuff – with all of the right kind of chemicals. Products that actually make a difference.
My messiah became Caroline Hirons. Her no-messing, honest approach to product reviews & skincare advice.  I won’t regurgitate all the stuff I learnt from her – you can learn the the best bits for yourself here & here.  Instead I’m giving you the shortcut to my favourite new products, and a run-down of my routines.

For your ref. my skin type – dry with occasional breakouts.
My new skintype – pretty clear & feeling much more plump & hydrated.

I’m not a mega girly girl (girlier than Claire) but I enjoy knowing I’m doing something to look after my face & making some moves re. aging that hopefully I’ll pat myself on the back for later…..



Cleanse with running warm water, a flannel and Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm – you only need the tiniest amount and it smells incredible. Rub the balm onto dry skin and let it melt in to truely get the benefits of the balmyness.

Tone with cotton wool & Lush Eau Roma water – I worked with lush in my teens & have seen first hand all the magic that happens at their factory. Its a truly incredible place if you ever get the chance to go!

Drop a couple of facial oil drops onto fingertips and massage in. This feels amazing – I use Rodial stemcell super-food facial oil. Again you need the teeniest amount and I tend to concentrate on problem wrinkly bits & dry areas. This formula is extra light and sinks in quickly.

Moisturise – I love Lush Skin drink for hydration and it too absorbs quickly. It feels super protective & smells like sesame.

Night time:

I use a home-made olive oil, water & baby shampoo eye make-up remover. Remover is one of those products I hate paying a lot of money for & this combo is by far the best for taking all that liquid eyeliner off! You can find a diy here.

Again onto dry skin – I rub in Lush’s Ultrabland – It’s super soothing yet wipes all that grime right off. Give your skin a good massage and wash off with running warm water and a cloth. Do this twice if you’ve got on a shit-ton of make-up that day.

Tone with cotton wool and Thayers Rose & Witch Hazel toner, it’s alcohol-free so doesn’t dry-out at all.

If you like to use an eye-cream now’s the time just be super delicate (I use my ring finger to pat in) in rotation I use Kielhls midnight recovery eye or creamy avocado eye treatment.

This is my favourite product and the step I take most pleasure in…  Kielhs Midnight Recovery Concentrate is sexy looking, smells divine & makes your skin glowwwwww. Pop a couple of drops on your fingers and enjoy a good face massage!

Finally a good swath of thisworks no wrinkle midnight moisture. Feels super luxurious, lasts forever and is a little bit like sleep in a jar. Makes your skin feel soothed & AWAKE!

I know this all sounds a bit mental and I guess it kind of is if you’re not used to this type of routine (Claire) but I promise you its 100% worth it. I love that it forces me just to take a teeny time-out twice a day to give myself a bit of self-love.

Do it! – G x


tonight | 3

vsco grid

that’s what i look like tonight.  kind of doing yoga but mostly just hanging upside down with messy hair trying to clear my head. it’s one of those weeks.

the next post you see will be Gills. and it’s useful & interesting & already inspired me to start a new routine… not this week. but as soon i don’t feel like that girl up there.

so here’s to yoga doing the trick with the help of devendra banhart  & the start of some new blogging by the gill.
enjoy! – c x


image by Jared Chambers via vsco grid.


shop | fine little day

May 12, 2015

fine little day

this shop has been on my share list since before we launched . . the plan being to buy this print – which i first saw somewhere on instagram – & share/rave about how it introduced me to the joy that is this shop.

F I N E  L I T T L E  D A Y

what started out as a personal blog, by swedish artist & photographer elisabeth dunker, sharing bits of life & flea market finds, has evolved into what they now call “a sprawling and happily inconsistent company and blog..” offering quality products, created in-house by their very own design studio… everything from art prints & posters, beautiful textiles & kitchenwares, to books & bed linen for kiddos.

the key to this brand is expressive patterns & graphic designs – unique, homely, cool & creative.. i love it all very much. heavily inspired by nature – mountains, trees & the sea – and almost naive, playful, patterns & prints . . . i imagine my big kitchen full of fine little day barr trays & these napkins – a bathroom of beautiful hand towels.
& if ever we have kiddos, they will most definitely be wearing knitted squirrel socks , reading the life of mr moustache & eating cut apples off our bobo pot mat.

an amazing shop – a brilliant blog to read – and now, a book to love too.

YOU ARE WELCOME. (please don’t buy that poster before me ..) – c x

ps – follow fine little day on instagram for the loveliest home pictures, most brilliant wall paper, inspiring outdoors & the coolest/weirdest cat i think i’ve ever seen…


le weekend | 9

May 10, 2015

francoise hardythis weekend i found out that you can have a karaoke on spotify* & life as we knew it changed.  if you knew about this before now – you should have told me. I’m delighted. john seemed a bit upset. for why i don’t know because he now arrives home after a long day at work to wine-drunken, & i’ll say pretty successful, renditions of francoise hardys – tous les garçons et les filles. the perfect wife welcome.

finally. i am singing in french, my hair is growing long again, and we are one step closer to the big kitchen life…

hope you had a great weekend – c x


* to partake in some spotify karaoke  – play your song and click on lyrics down next to the time line/mins left line at the bottom. i’m honestly over the moon about this. & yes i’m aware that you can google lyrics. this is better.



abandoned love

blog break. life was full. a good thing is being busy. and i was/am. when i came back i found this:

a b a n d o n e d  l o v e

a series based on private thoughts and messages, by photographer and artist peyton fulford.

i like it a lot – c x


(found via IGNANT)


ocelot chocolate

May 9, 2015

ocelot chocolate

THAT PACKAGING. it’s chocolate inside. handmade beautifully packaged quality bars of chocolate.

o c e l o t  c h o c o l a t e

this has to be a favourite hear of the year …
Edinburgh based husband and wife team, matt & ish, left jobs as chefs to start their own business. . . hand making pure organic fair trade chocolate.  i said, HANDMAKING chocolate. you love this couple already right?

newly married – these 2 are working hard, endlessly even, to make the most delicious, purest chocolate that they can. in all of these brilliant flavour combos. & designing all of the artwork for the packaging too.

young, obsessed with chocolate, super creative – & NAILING IT.
i mean, bee pollen & mango? and those wrappers? all the yes.

read an interview with ish & matt about how ocelot began & why – over on here.
and find a list of stockists here.