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the instagrammers: @juliabesidethesea

Julia (@juliabesidethesea) & I have followed one another for a couple of years on Instagram, but we only met for real last December. With over 120k followers, she’s a bit of an Instagram celeb these days – but still, of course, as lovely, funny and friendly as ever. I knew she’d be the perfect person

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Giveaway: Sparrow & Co

All my decluttering and simplifying has led to a lot of time spent contemplating our belongings, and a pattern has emerged. I’ve realised that so many of the objects we’ve discarded as clutter turned out to be things we had never deliberately acquired in the first place – gifts, hand-me-downs, impulse purchases made for all

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from Northumberland with love

In Northumberland, the sky is a different blue. It’s icier somehow, fresher than our Yorkshire cerulean, and on rainy days it is the cold, bright grey of steel. The hills are amber and green, the Scottish border just minutes away, and the beaches smell of seaweed, old stories and burning wood. It’s a natural habitat

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live with less: ephemera

I go on about decluttering a lot, but for good reason, I think. Living with less crap in your home has three big benefits: It gives you more space. I’ve mentioned before the idea of pricing up the square footage of your home that is devoted to storage; how much are you paying for all

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I did not wake up like this: on beauty & lies

I’m a bit fed up of being made to feel ugly. It’s not by anyone who actually knows me or sees me, I should add – but, like any dutiful 21-centurion, I care not for these opinions and choose instead to listen to the advertisers, manufacturers and purveyors of all things ‘female’. This morning whilst

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photo archive: pink snow

After my last instagram tips post, I looked back at my wider photo archives, and found a few sets I wanted to revisit somehow. So this is the first of a little series, I think. F was about 3 when these photographs were taken; I was staying with her parents, illustrators & authors Helen &

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Stuff that works: Anxiety

Ah, anxiety, my old friend. Except it took me a surprisingly long time to see her as that; so sure that ‘anxiety’ was something else entirely, a plague on housewives and teenage exam students – all wringing hands, jittery knees & butterflies in the stomach. True anxiety is nothing like this; it is a swarm

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instagram tips: learning from my mistakes

I think my #1 piece of advice for beginners on Instagram, after ‘edit with VSCOcam‘, is to post every day. Partly because this is the best way to find your ‘tribe’ & make some friends, but mainly because regular practice & routine is the fastest way to get any good at anything. I hate that

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