Friday, 30 March 2012

Happy Birthday Jackson!!

I'm not the only one celebrating a birthday this week, so is this gorgeous hunk - Jackson Beck, once known as my "Baby Jackson" (see below).
4 years later, there's nothing "baby" about Jackson. My littlest dude is growing up fast, so, to celebrate his turning the big 4, he's having a party!
However independent he may be, I'm pretty sure they'll still be a fair few tantrums, and plenty of tears, but anyway,
We love you little fella.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Since I am a child of the 70's, and as I turn 38 tomorrow, I thought I'd induge in a little 1970's shopping in the form of this gorgeous dagger collar Paris shirt.
Perfect with a knee length denim skirt.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Ditsy New Dress

This is my new dress from Ted Baker.
It's kind of a early birthday present to myself now that I'm steering dangerously close to 40.
It puts me in mind of Zooey Deschanel's character Jess, in New Girl,
and I love it.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Bloody Domestic Goddess...

This is typical of me - just as we are on the brink of moving house again (this time for a long time!), my mind and imagination go into overdrive. So, instead of packing boxes and sorting out our current house, I find myself making strawberry macaron's, editing 'The English Writer' novel, blogging about Paris, washing, and sorting out the kids.
Blimey, I'm shattered just writing about it.
Anyway, I have a sneaky suspicion this is just my way of coping with another mammoth move, and it might only be down the road, but the stress is the same.
So, instead of dwelling on the negative, I might as well use this time and my imagination to get creative and eat loads of macaron's!

Monday, 19 March 2012

The Little Paris Kitchen

It's coming up to a year since hubby and me took a trip to Paris and I'm feeling nostalgic.
So, last week whilst browsing books about Paris I stumbled upon this rather brilliant cook book by Rachel Khoo - 'The Little Paris Kitchen'.
I quickly ordered it, devouring it as soon as the postman gave it to me, but even more delighted by the fact it has a TV series to go with it, and guess what - it starts tonight.
So, with the kids in bed, I intend to make myself comfy on the sofa, put my feet up and indulge.
See you there.
'The Little Paris Kitchen' starts tonight on BBC2 at 8.30pm.

Saturday, 17 March 2012


At almost 38 years of age, it just goes to show I will never grow out of my love for killer heels.
OK, I don't really wear them that often, a young family and a tiring schedule makes sure of that, but it doesn't mean I don't still pine for the days of striding happily into a city bar feeling 10 feet tall.
Anyway, these are my new Karen Millen 4.5 inch heels with my Marrakesh 'Made In Heaven' jeans - all I need now is somewhere to wear them (and a babysitter!).

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Oh, Tom Delonge...

This is one of the reasons why he will always be my muse

Thursday, 8 March 2012

ePublishing V The Book?

In January, my second novel 'Hope & Jump' became available to download onto Kindles and eReaders. There had been demand for both my books to be converted but the publisher remained cautious as I am still a fairly underground writer and could there be any financial gain?
Best stick to what we know, was their philosophy.
So, after pressure (from me) they decided to test the waters by making the newest novel (Hope & Jump) available to see what happens.
 Anyway I've just received feedback that in February more copies of the novel were sold for download than paper copies, which I am pretty amazed by. As a writer, my aim is to 'get my work out there', and as much as I adore 'the book' (I own hundreds of books, an eReader and an iPad2), I have to accept that this is the way we are going.
Maybe now it might just be viable for 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk' to go the same way.


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Evie's House

This is the house that inspired a novel.
My novel.
Before moving to Cornwall, back in the days when we visited the Penwith Peninsula at least 4 times a year, we stayed in this Bed and Breakfast in St Ives called 'Seaforth'.
This was a house brimming with local art, local pebbles, local crafts, and of course local food; this was the house my lovely Evie had to live in, with the views across to St Ives Bay,but also because of the breathtaking sight to Godrevy Lighthouse where she and "Ellery" spent many a night falling in love, but also where hearts get broken.

Geek Dress

I don't know why I keep referring to this dress as 'geeky', because as I'm fairly geeky anyway surely it's no surpris...