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Bloggers Delight

Sep 20th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 13 min read

Hello!! My holiday is over, and my little moon has started school, albeit half days for 3 weeks and so, (hopefully) normal service will resume. This post has been in ‘draft’ status for the past two weeks, during which time both New York and London Fashion weeks have taken place… Fashion doesn’t stop for anyone. Especially if you’ve fallen off the blogging wagon and been sucked…

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El Nacional Restaurant, Barcelona

Aug 10th, 2016 Travel Bean 11 min read

So this isn’t going to be one of my usual ‘fashion’ posts per se, rather it’s an attempt at the other type of styling that I have a thing for, interiors. As you know, I’m pretty new to blogging, and this is my first attempt at blogging about Interiors: I don’t know any fancy terminology and suchlike but I do know what floats my boat…

Barcelona, Baby!

Jul 21st, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

Tomorrow I fly out to Barcelona, a city that’s on my bucket list. Excited doesn’t even begin to sum it up. The whole Small Town Threads family is going, and after a fortnight in the city, we then have a further 2 weeks up coast. Yep, you read that right: FOUR weeks in Spain!! So how is it that we can go on ‘holiday’ for a…

The Sales: Mango vs Zara hits & misses

Jul 11th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 12 min read

I hate the summer sales. I mean, I love a bargain – I really l.o.v.e. a good bargain, however, I seem to go ‘sales blind’. Or, in other words, I can rarely find a single thing I like or want (anymore) and find myself browsing the ‘New In’ sections… plus things I’ve had my eye on and hoped would go into the sales, either don’t…

Impulse Buying

Jun 22nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 9 min read

This is rarely a good idea in my experience. Impulse buying that is. There have been (extremely) rare occasions when I’ve bought something on a whim and its turned out to be a dream buy / best purchase ever/ lasts forever [delete as appropriate]. However, as somebody who considers herself a veteran shopper, or in other words, a careful, considered shopper, every now and then…

Big Unwrap: Topshop

Jun 14th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 15 min read

Welcome to another Big Unwrap, an exciting one for me as it contained potential birthday presents: big YAY! Before I get onto that, I wanted to apologise for being remiss about the irregularity and frequency of my posts. When I started this blog 3 months ago, I had the intention of doing 3 posts a week as my youngest is at preschool 3 days a…

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Birthday Wish List

Jun 2nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 23 min read

So, I turn 45 in just under a week. I’ll leave that thought hanging there, as although I’m not especially bothered by the actual number, I guess I can’t believe that I’m so into my forties: yes I’m a walking mid-life cliché! Where did all that time go? I’ve never been one to make a fuss about my birthday, and although I’ve compiled this ‘wish list’,…

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To Culotte or Not?

May 23rd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 12 min read

Are you a culottes-crazy like me? I am *in* love with them. Bit OTT? Well, the original idea behind culottes came about from skirts being split into two legs so that ladies wouldn’t have to ride side saddle or some such. Or in other words: they gave women a bit of equality and freedom if you like. So, what’s not to love? Although I will state now for…

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Jeepers, Peepers…

May 10th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 6 min read

Where’d you get those sneakers?! I’d been adding both of these HM velcro strapped sneakers in and out of my basket for what felt like months.  I wanted a perfect pair of pure white sneakers, to go perfectly with a lightly tailored, minimalist look that I hope to cultivate: In my head, I was already wearing these: I was wearing them with kick-cropped jeans (which I don’t…

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All that glitters…

Apr 25th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

… really is gold. And silver. And pewter… …in fact, if you love metallics (which I do) you will be in heaven right now given just how much shiny stuff is out there in the shops right now. For me, my love of all things shiny, gold in particular, has come with age.   If you were to ask my mum about this, she’d tell you…