A week of soaring temperatures and searing sunshine has given me all of the inspiration I need to get into the holiday spirit; I've given TGG's manifesto and dossier summer-inspired makeovers and I've channeled all of those heatwave vibes into a dedicated Pinterest board. It's palm trees and mojitos all round, and I'm eagerly counting down the days before I jet off somewhere even warmer and sunnier.

Wishing you all sun-filled Sundays!


This week I revisited one of my favourite books, Rebecca; best described as a ghost story, without the ghosts. As cleverly written as it is atmospheric, Rebecca is an underrated classic that will captivate you from the first line and stay with you for years. The young heroine meets and marries wealthy Maxim de Winter in Monte Carlo and returns with him to his ancestral home, where she is haunted by the mystery surrounding Rebecca, Maxim's seemingly perfect first wife. Think of it as the original Gone Girl, and be sure to watch the movie adaptation, starring a [considerably younger than Tywin Lannister] Charles Dance.

FURTHER READING  : John Crace on the captivation of Rebecca.

testing testing

Meet the products currently undergoing experimentation...

pinterest party

I'm back with my Pinterest A-game and I've given my boards a complete makeover, so join me for the obligatory Sunday morning/evening pinning spree...

rmk : the new lip

RMK's summer collection fails to disappoint [as always] - this season the focus is on the lips; bright, bold and accompanied by lustrous smokey eyes and vibrant nails. Two ranges, 25 shades; choose between glow lips [a moisturising glossy shine, resulting in a plumped juicy pout] and bright lips [a smooth and long-lasting pop of colour, which blends with the natural pigment of your lips]. I'm smitten with both formulas and couldn't possibly choose a favourite. Plus the shade range is exceptional. See also: softer than soft crayon style lip liners [I'm convinced they'll be giving my No7 favourite a run for its money], subtle metallic eyeshadows, beautifully understated blush, chic bronzer, and vividly hued nail polish.

FURTHER READING : Explore the collection in detail.


Tango In The Night - Fleetwood Mac

drink : the alchemist


Come nightfall Manchester is more than equipped with watering holes of any and every variety, from traditional pubs to champagne bars, beer halls and sky high cocktail bars. However, my establishment of choice when celebration is on the cards is always The Alchemist [which fortunately has two locations, meaning that a good cocktail is always within a 10 minute radius]. The Alchemist offers more than just creatively named cocktails, their formulations and inspirations push the art of bartending to the far limits of the imagination, making them a joy to both watch and drink. Expect drinks to be created with test tubes and bunsen burners and served in vessels ranging from vintage teacups to glass teapots. You'll be hard-pressed to stop at just one.

FURTHER READING : The Alchemist in action.

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