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 Georgian-inspired 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!
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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



I've lived in Brighton for 15 years and fell in love with the city all over again last winter when I discovered this amazing secret garden I had no idea existed! Turns out hardly

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Fruity Flowery 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 Amazing 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

NYC Trash Cans Filled with Giant Psychedelic Flower Displays



How cool would it be to see one of these bad boys on your walk to work? Even if you started out in the worst of moods, seeing a bin filled to the brim with one of these jaw-

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 New 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

These 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

The Adorable, Squishable New York Convenience Store


Last year, she revived an abandoned corner shop in East London and filled it with 4000 hand-sewn grocery products all made of felt. She also set up her very own ‘Fifty Shades of

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 Cafe


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,

These Colourful 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

Kellerman's Resort Hotel Notepad


This month, I've busted out the Kellerman's Resort notepad from my collection of fictional hotel movie notepads for random scribblings and lists. I love a list.

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 To London


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

Meet Instagram's Most Adventurous Mermaid


What Instagram feeds 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

Friday, 2 June 2017

Crazy Rush Hour In Amsterdam


If you follow me on Instagram, you might know I just got back from Amsterdam. Mr Ellie & Co surprised me a trip which included tickets to see Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) concert.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Doorstops Just Got Really Cool



I know doorstops are generally not that interesting and not useful for everyone, but I found out about these amazing doorstops and had to share! Meet The Wedgies,

Thursday, 25 May 2017

New York, This Time Around...


Those that know me, will be aware I'm borderline obsessed with New York City and visit once a year. It's a family tradition that started waaaaay back, when my grandfather sailed

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wednesday Giveaway!


Today's giveaway is from Ilona Drew, an illustrator based in Brighton, who sees the world in technicolour and creates unique rainbow-filled cards and prints.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Finding Brighton's Forgotten Ghost Signs


Do you love old shop signs? I do and I’d love nothing more than to time travel down my local high street in its vintage signage heyday and see it as it once was, full of all the art

Monday, 3 April 2017

Luxury Hotel Complete with Live Giraffe...


I'm a sucker for a unique hotel (here and here) and I know this one has done the rounds, but it's too good not to add to my wishlist of unique hotels. So, welcome to  Giraffe Manor,

Friday, 24 March 2017

Brighton's Secret Cocktail Bar


Hidden in the basement of Brighton's coolest hotel I recently discovered another Brighton secret – a cocktail bar I didn't know was there. The speakeasy concept might be a little

Monday, 20 March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

A Cool Mother's Day Gift Guide


This is basically a list of things I want for myself disguised as a selection of cool and quirky mother's day gift ideas. No harm in a little humour too...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Grandma Who Solo Hiked Through America



We all need a person to admire, don’t we? Someone ordinary with an extraordinary story, someone to inspire us to jump out of bed in the morning, to be a better person,

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Vintage Holiday Souvenir Straw Bags


The other day in Brighton I spotted someone toting a little vintage souvenir straw bag with multicoloured flowers and the words 'Bahamas' on it JUST LIKE THE ONE ABOVE THAT's

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans


Here's a winning idea for your next fancy dress party – go as a Mardi Gras Indian. Every year in February, to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans, tribes of 'Indians' from different

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The Ellie & Co Brighton Like A Local Guide (so far)


As spring approaches and to complement my Secret Brighton Guide to the city's lesser known sights, next I thought I'd round up more of my Brighton stories to help you

Monday, 27 February 2017

Around the World Cushions




You can never have too many cushions – or so the saying I just made up goes. These hand-embroidered around-the-world cushions from Cat Studio feature cities,

The Frida Kahlo of Home Baking

abeille bakery brighton

Last week for Dan's birthday I ordered up a box of cakes (pictured!) from a little micro bakehouse in Brighton called, Abeille Bakery. I discovered it on a scroll through Instagram