Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A Trip to Santa Claus School, Circa 1961

If your head's at risk of imploding if you hear Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas one more time, or see yet another poor soul clutching a tacky panic-bought toiletry

Friday, 17 November 2017

John Derian Paperweights

I wouldn't say I have a need for a paperweight that often. But I'm happy to become a paperweight kind-of person just to own one from John Derian, that cool home

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Home Inspiration: Gallery Walls

I reeeeeally am obsessing over creating a gallery wall at home but am getting totally overwhelmed trying to choose the art, AND the frames, help! To save my brain, I might

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted House Party

Do you celebrate halloween? I don't particularly but I would if I could throw or get an invite to a party like this! In 1953, just as he was about to embark on his next film, The

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

She Creates Magical Miniature Scenes in Vintage Tins

Sometimes it's the unexpected moments or events which spark a flurry of creativity and lead to a new passion project, like these whimsical scenes in vintage tins made by

Friday, 13 October 2017

A Tribute to Fiveways Wilf, the Coolest Cat in Brighton

Working from home means I spend an embarrassingly large amount of time in my local coffee shops, 'getting out the house'. Until last week, bumping into Fiveways Wilf was

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Miniature Roadside Shrines of Greece

After a week wandering around Hydra – and then nearby Spetses – I ended up with quite a collection of pictures of these miniature roadside shrines I kept seeing. Each one was set

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Hanging out on Hydra

If you follow me on Instagram, you may or may not have noticed I just took some time out in Greece – on a special little island called Hydra to be precise.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Home Inspo: Bar Carts

I keep seeing bar carts everywhere lately! (They're definitely having a moment right now). Until I find the perfect one on Etsy which I plan to keep stocked with Brighton

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A Cool Guide to Havana

Have you been to Havana in Cuba? I've been hankering after a trip for years now, and one of my favourite travel guide writers, Herb Lester, has just brought out a cool guide to

Thursday, 14 September 2017

A Time Capsule Cottage in Brighton

The North Laine in Brighton is a vibrant neighbourhood with a relaxed village feel and lots of little streets filled with pretty whitewashed cottages. There's a great deli and

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Finding Happiness in Old Denmark

Have you ever been to Denmark? These beautiful vintage photos are from Denmark’s national library. (Fun fact: Some of the photos were staged. The photographer wanted to

Friday, 8 September 2017

Friday Giveaway!

Happy Friday lovelies! Today's Ellie & Co., Inc giveaway is from the whimsical chocolate company I blogged about recently here. From their workshop in Sussex, they make 'especially tempting' chocolate concoctions in 15 delicious flavours, like St Clement's oranges and lemons, fig and cinnamon, oatie crunch and lime chilli to name a few...

They're offering one lucky reader the chance to win three bars of your choice which will arrive beautifully gift wrapped.

For a chance to win, take a look at the selection of bars on the Rowdy and Fancy's website, then tell me in the comments box below which three flavours you'd like to win along with your email address (this is important: most people miss this part and I won't be able to contact you otherwise).

UPDATE: If you don't feel comfortable leaving your email address on the comments box, you can email me with your entry.

The winner will be chosen at random on Friday 15 September. 

Good luck!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Black and White Brighton Map Print

I'm obsessed with maps and have just discovered this black and white illustrated Brighton map print by local artist, Helen Cann. I love the playful design and would hang it in my

Inside the Secret World of a London Globemaker

Not many people get to see inside the workshop of one of the world's remaining globe makers, Bellerby & Co, hidden in a cool studio up a mews in London's Stoke Newington,

Monday, 21 August 2017

How to Watch a Solar Eclipse, circa 1960

If you're sad to be missing out on seeing the US solar eclipse, this collection of cute vintage photos from the LIFE magazine archive will cheer you up. They were taken by

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Paintings that Look Like Photographs

Even if you look super closely at it, it's virtually impossible to tell that this is a painting and not a photograph. It's so clear and look at all that detail on the face. Amazing! Yigal

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Chocolate in the Coolest Packaging

I'm a sucker for cool packaging and obv love chocolate, so my jaw dropped when I came across two in one – this delicious handmade chocolate in enticing whimsically

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My Secret Garden in Brighton

Last winter I fell in love with Brighton all over again when I discovered this amazing secret garden I had no idea existed! I was taking walk around the neighbourhood park minding my

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

This Amazing DIY Ice Bucket

Or, how to trick everyone into thinking you're naturally gifted at DIY party pieces. The only ice bucket in my life to date is a retro silver number with matching tongs –

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Vanishing Stepwells of India

What's the most mysterious sight you've encountered on a trip? For me, it's got to be one of these beguiling Indian 'stepwells' Mr Ellie & Co and I discovered one hot day

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Home Inspiration: Colourful Chinese Lanterns

How beautiful are these Chinese lanterns? Some of them are silk and others made of paper. They're a great way to add quirkiness and colour to a room. I wouldn't have

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

He Fills NYC Trash Cans with Flowers

How inspiring are these magical flower displays? It would be so fun (if you lived in New York) if you spotted one on your walk to work. Even if you started out in the worst of moods, it would put a huge smile on your face...

Lewis Miller never broadcasts where his next 'Flower Flash' will appear; it will just pop up randomly around New York City, with the hashtag LMD x NYC sprayed next to each installation.

He had the idea for 'guerilla floristry' for a while, and as florist known for his fantastical wedding and party arrangements, he knew exactly the kind of impact these displays would have on people and the way they feel. "Gifting flowers to the people of New York was my goal, my vision – to create an emotional response through flowers," he told me.

No sooner is a project spotted, it's instantly rewarded on Instagram and Lewis has since racked up a huge following of over 30K.

Lewis and his team take to the streets under the cover of darkness, setting out in the early hours with a van filled with thousands and thousands of flowers, working quickly to create these psychedelic displays of colour before sunrise.

Trash cans aren't his only target, 'flower flashes' can pop anywhere, such as on the Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park...

The John Lennon Imagine memorial, also in Central Park...

Even on bus stop canopies!

Where next, I wonder? Keep up with Lewis Miller's guerrilla floristry antics on Instagram here

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Family with the Secret Recipe for Making Blue Plaques

I've never seen so many blue plaques as in the past three months spent researching my upcoming Secret Brighton book (watch this space readers), which got me thinking –

Friday, 7 July 2017

Anthropologie Summer Sale!

Good news! Anthropologie is usually so expensive, but it's offering Ellie & Co readers an extra 20% off its sale items – there are literally a gazillion things to choose from

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A Whimsical London House with an Epic Shower!

I love a good house tour and have just fallen in love with this whimsical London house I discovered  last night on a trip down the ol' Google rabbit hole...  I mean,

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

My Magic Summer Bag

Basket bags are my favourite for summer (see here and here) and although I have to admit to owning a few already, I just added to my collection. Introducing my new magic summer bag – a

Monday, 3 July 2017

Teeny Tiny Envelope Paintings

When we were little, my friends and I used to write notes and letters to each other and cover the envelopes with a gazillion pictures and tons more writing – so my jaw

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Iceland's Secret Swimming Pool Hidden in a Valley

Here's an off-radar place to bookmark for when you're looking for your next heatwave escape hatch. Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, built into the mountainside in a narrow

Candy-Coloured Donkey Prints

I've been looking for a whimsical and uplifting print to brighten up a corner of the Ellie & Co office and I think I've found just the thing (along with one of these). So many illustrators

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017

Magical Memories of Glastonbury

This weekend, the giant beast of an otherworldly gathering that is the Glastonbury Festival took place in the Somerset countryside in south-west England. A celebration of life, earth

Friday, 23 June 2017

Internet Scrapbook #12

Happy Friday, people! Hope you've survived the heatwave. This weekend, I'll be knocking around the hood, taking a few more snaps for the Secret Brighton book, coming soon! In

Brighton's Secret Thai Restaurant

It might look like an ordinary Thai supermarket on a busy main street in Brighton and Hove, but this shop is actually hiding a secret in a cosy corner at the back. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

She's Been Sketching Her Road Trips for 20 Years...

You know when you discover an artist whose work really speaks to you? To me, it's like finding a new friend; one that shares similar interests, tastes and aspirations,

Cool Summer Entertaining Plates

So, I can totally imagine serving hungry dinner party guests heaps of delicious, artfully arranged tasty treats (think 80s Ferrero Roche ad) from Brighton's amazing French bakery,

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Some Amazing Summer News!

To celebrate summer solstice, Herb Lester is offering a huge 30% off its entire collection of travel guides, maps and accessories with the code HOLIDAY17 until 28 June 2017. Here's

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Weird and Wonderful Weekend in Amsterdam

As I mentioned before, the Ellie & Co team of two recently took a weekend break to Amsterdam to go to a gig and do a bit of exploring. It was a whirlwind adventure, so seeing

Friday, 9 June 2017

Internet Scrapbook #11

What are you up to this weekend? I've finished the first draft of my Secret Brighton guidebook so I'm going to a local festival to swig GnTs. For now, I thought it high time I put

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Notes On Going Home

Did you move away from your hometown? For me, London is always a great and strange place to visit as it sparks so many memories – some good, some not so good – of growing

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Brazilian Salsa Under the Bandstand

On Bank Holiday weekend, I was biking along the seafront when I spotted people moving around under the bandstand. As I got closer, I could hear soft music playing and noticed

Monday, 5 June 2017

Instagram's Most Incredible Mermaid

What people inspire you? I know life envy and flicking through social media too much aren't healthy pastimes, but... as a desk-bound writer in rainy England, I love that Instagram can transport me to exotic places and new worlds and teach me about brave people living adventurous lives that are completely different to my own.

Like the incredible Kimi Werner, a champion free-diving spearfisherwoman who lives in Hawaii, can hold her breath for four minutes 45, fishes with nothing but a spear and a knife and once caught a 165b yellow fin tuna.

She grew up on a remote part of Maui and was taught how to freedive for her food by her father; skills which soon became a way of life and passion she's turned into an amazing profession as a speaker and activist – and star of her own show on National Geographic called Living Free.

After an underwater hunting expedition, she cracks open a cold beer, cleans and prepares her daily catch before turning them into delicious healthy dishes like fish tacos – before posting it all on Instagram.

 Follow Kimi Werner on Instagram here.

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