Three hundred posts!

This is my 300th post on A Spoonful of Style and I had wanted it to be something special but lack of time and inspiration means that a quick update will have to suffice. It is a struggle to keep up with the blog at the moment but I hope you will agree that something is better than nothing! This week (and last) has been a whirlwind of leavers assemblies, teacher presentations and class parties, and to top it all off Clemmie has not been very well. She developed a temperature and scaly rash at the end of last week – the doctor put it down to a virus so I guess we just have to wait it out. Tomorrow is finally the last day of school and I’m looking forward to no school run, homework or after school activities for five and a half weeks, although I’m sure that by end of August I will be counting down the days until they go back.

A quick update on life lately:

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{The spa day was just as fun and relaxing as I had hoped it would be. There was a no phone policy inside the building but I managed to snap a quick pic of the traditional phone box in the garden that one could use to order drinks.}

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{Which of course we did! After swimming, steam room and facials/massages we were in need of some prosecco.}

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{On Sunday we celebrated my in-laws’ wedding anniversary in their beautiful garden. The glorious weather is still here and looks set to last for at least another week. I don’t want to complain but the afternoons are a bit stifling so a paddling pool is next on my shopping list!}

 

 

 

Five on Friday

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{Some new beauty purchases – as usual every product ran out at the same time! I love my new nail polish by Essie in Cute as a Button.}

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{Daddy took Clemmie to the golf course this week (and got her dressed – note winter boots and inside-out skirt!). Soon I will be the only non-golfer in the family.}

Carmen Edge Clutch

{OK, so I don’t really need any more bags but this Carmen Edge clutch by Becksondergaard was too cute to pass up.}

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{Nothing like a bit of me time with a latte and the latest copy of Vogue.}

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{Except maybe packing for my spa day with the girls tomorrow. A whole day of doing nothing but relaxing – I can’t wait!}

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! X

New Knits

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{Misty Trapeze Knit and Colour Block Rib Knit - both from Whistles}

With most of the UK basking in a heatwave and temperatures set to soar to 30 degrees, what on earth am I doing buying knitwear?

Fear not, I assure you there is method in my madness. I know from previous experience that I will spend  most of this year’s clothing budget on Autumn/Winter pieces as knitwear, coats and heavy boots tend to be more expensive than shorts, sandals and cotton dresses. Also quality, in my opinion, is paramount when it comes to these items – a cheaper, synthetic jumper may look appealing on the hanger but give it ten washes and I can almost guarantee that the initial allure will begin to fade.

So, this is where the summer sales come in. If you can force yourself to think about the darker, colder months that lie ahead, it is the ideal time to invest in some quality pieces at a fraction of the original price. Both these Whistles jumpers were reduced from over £100 each to £35. Hopefully they will stay hidden in my wardrobe for a good few months, but come mid-November, I will be thankful for my forward planning.

Next on my list are a pair of classic biker boots as my old pair have literally been worn to death.

What do you buy in the sales? Do you think ahead to the next season or do you prefer to concentrate on the here and now?

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Raspberry Jam Biscuits

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These biscuits are a real favourite of mine. In Swedish they’re called Hallongrottor which translates to ‘raspberry caves’ and they remind me a bit of jammy dodgers although they’re much nicer than the shop bought ones. They also freeze really well so I like to whip up a big batch and keep for impromptu coffee mornings.

Ingredients:

200g butter at room temperature

100ml caster sugar

1tbsp vanilla essence

450ml plain flour

1tsp baking powder

150ml raspberry jam

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Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees

2. Stir together the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth and light. Mix the flour with the baking powder in a separate bowl before working in to the dough.

3. Divide the dough into 20 pieces of equal size and roll into round balls. Place in muffin cases and, using your finger, make a small indentation in the middle.

4. Fill the indentations with raspberry jam and bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes.

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A Weekend of Two Halves

Saturday: Hampton Court Flower Show in soaring temperatures.

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{I didn’t buy any plants but I did manage to find a hat!}

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{A seafood platter and a glass of chilled rose hit just the right spot}

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{So many lovely flower displays to admire. From rustic country gardens…}

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{..to the more exotic orchids.}

Sunday: The final installment of Clemmie’s birthday celebrations, a garden party with grandparents and a few friends. Again we were very lucky with the weather.

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{More presents to open.}

Boys party

{My lovely boys spent most of the time playing football and badminton with their friends.}

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{Clemmie in her new dress from No Added Sugar.}

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{A very tired girl at the end of the day!}

Five on Friday

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{Clemmie’s favourite present was without a doubt the Princess Anna costume. She is obsessed with Frozen at the moment and, if she had her way, would happily watch the film every day.}

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{Beach 2014 is just around the corner (I live in hope that we will get at least a few sunny days in Sweden!) so I’ve been trying to eat healthily and go to the gym a couple of mornings a week. It’s a drag to get there by 8am but it feels so good afterwards.}

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{The kids absolutely love going to our local library and lately I’ve been taking advantage of the great selection of books there too.}

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{Today was Cameron’s sports day. He was very pleased to come fourth in the sack race.}

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{I’m off to Hampton Court Flower Show tomorrow. I haven’t been for a couple of years so am really looking forward to admiring the gorgeous displays and indulging in a glass of Pimms or two!}

Have a fab weekend! X

 

 

Birthday Time!

Phew! It’s a good thing birthdays only come round once a year. Clemmie turned four today and we have had a two-day celebration, and another party with the grandparents is still to come this weekend. Great fun, but oh, so exhausting, especially when the day kicks off at 6.30am. The birthday girl is now fast asleep in her bed and if I wasn’t on a detox I would collapse on the sofa with a glass of wine. As it is, a cup of peppermint tea will have to suffice!

Birthday Bunting

{The bunting that normally lives in her bedroom moved downstairs to mark the special occasion}

Balloons

{And lots of balloons in all different colours}

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{Waiting for the party guests to arrive. We decided against a big party and just had four little friends over for a small celebration yesterday while the boys were at school}

Clemmie party

{Holding court on the kitchen table}

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{A big pile of pink presents greeted the birthday girl when she came downstairs this morning}

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{All the presents were opened in about five minutes flat. One of the favourites was a Cinderella doll from Cameron}

Clemmie cake

{You’re allowed cupcakes for breakfast when it’s your birthday!}

 

The Daily Wear #5

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{White blouse from River Island (last year) ♥ 1969 Destructed Sexy Boyfriend shorts from Gap ♥ Regina sandals by Rieker ♥ Bracelet by Tiffany & Co}

Denim shorts with a light, flowing top are a summer classic and when you’re on the go all day a pair of comfortable shoes are also a must in my book. Hot weather and ill-fitting footwear is one of the worst combinations ever! They’re not exactly Louboutins but wearing these Rieker sandals is like walking on air. I bought my first pair last summer and have just invested in a second pair. Seriously, if you’re planning to do a lot of walking this summer (sightseeing, to and from the beach etc) be sure to check them out. Your feet will thank you!

And with that I wish you all a happy Monday! X

Sunny Sunday ♥

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It’s late Sunday night, way past my bedtime really as I’ve got work tomorrow but just wanted to squeeze in a quick post to finish the week off. It has been a lovely weekend – less busy than of late which is exactly what we needed. A full social life is great but too much of a good thing can be, well, too much sometimes.

I went for dinner at a friend’s house on Friday but yesterday was mostly spent at home apart from swimming and ballet lessons in the morning and a trip to the supermarket in the afternoon. Gardening, catching up on homework and watching the World Cup were all on the agenda. Today Casper’s school held its annual summer fete which is always a fun day out. The kids had a great time catching up with friends, spending their pocket money on silly toys that will last all of five minutes and eating far too many sweets.

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{Clemmie and Casper going down the bouncy castle slide at the summer fete }

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{Cameron spent most of the afternoon at the ‘Beat the Goalie’ stall. As long as he’s got a football, he’s happy!}

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{Clemmie held on very tightly to her lucky jar. Prior to the fete parents are asked to fill jam jars with sweets and small toys which are then sold for £1 on the day.}

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{I also managed to do some baking today as it’s Clemmie’s birthday this week and she’s having a little party for her friends on Tuesday.}

Definitely time to go to bed now! Hope you’ve all had a great weekend. X

 

Five on Friday

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{I finally bought the Benefit They’re Real Mascara that I’ve been reading so much about on various beauty blogs. So far it lives up to the hype.}

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{More peonies. I’m convinced that fresh flowers on my desk boosts my productivity!}

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{A photo of the London Eye while crossing the bridge for a meeting in town this week. Do you know, I have never been on it!}

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{Blazing sunshine at Casper’s sports day today. He did well in all his races and, most importantly, had great fun.}

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{A Mr Whippy ice cream van has been conveniently parked outside Cameron’s school this week so we celebrated the start of the weekend with yummy ice creams.}

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! X