Comfort and Colour: Embracing My Wardrobe

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Colour and wardrobe cover image

As I feel myself hurtling into midlife, I am slowly coming to realise that my wardrobe should reflect the current stage of life, and evolve to reflect not only personality but comfort and practicality. I have never considered myself to be a fashionista or have a particularly well-kept, up to date wardrobe of clothes for all seasons. I remember watching … Read More

My Evening at Tavola, Leamington Spa

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Tavola cover image Cup of Toast blog

I recently had the pleasure of being invited along to a launch party at the newly opened Tavola bar and restaurant in Leamington Spa. Leamingtonians will remember the site as being the former home of Bar 44, but stepping over the threshold you are now met with a light and airy take on 1920s style glamour with an Italian flair. … Read More

Editor’s Note – April 2024

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Camellia Japonica in full bloom with pink flowers

Welcome to my first ‘Editor’s Note’! When I was planning content for my blog across 2024 I felt inspired to finally get myself round to writing a newsletter. That said, I did not want to add an extra subscription service so it seemed sensible to keep it right here on my blog. That way it can be referred to as … Read More

APPG on Family-Friendly and Flexible Working

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Jennifer Amphlett from Zurich Yasmin Qureshi MP Alesha De-Freitas MBE from the Fawcett Society Working Families CEO Jane van Zyl

The inaugural meeting focusses on women at work Last week I was delighted to attend the inaugural All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) meeting for Family-Friendly and Flexible Working. The background Timed to coincide with International Women’s Day and month, the panel was chaired by Yasmin Qureshi MP, and included Alesha De-Freitas MBE from the Fawcett Society, Jennifer Amphlett from Zurich, … Read More

Embrace Eco-Friendly Living: Furnishing Your Home with Preloved Goods

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Pre-loved furniture is eco-friendly

In today’s fast-paced world, where trends change as quickly as the seasons, eco-friendly living may not feel attainable. It’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly buying new furniture and décor to keep up with the latest styles splashed across countless websites and beautifully crafted home and lifestyle magazines. However, there’s a more sustainable and budget-friendly option that’s slowly … Read More

The Art of Exploration: Museums, Galleries, and Cultural Delights


Inside a museum, ready for exploration

Embarking on a journey of exploration through museums and galleries unveils a rich tapestry of cultural wonders. From ancient artifacts to current masterpieces, these institutions function as portals to the past, windows into numerous worlds, and showcases of human creativity. In this text, we delve into the art of exploration, celebrating the allure of museums, galleries, and the cultural delights … Read More

Three ways to heal your relationship with money



Money has a significant impact on our lives and can often be a source of stress. The idea of living within our means is well and good in a stable economy, but with significant cost of living increases you’d be forgiven for feeling a little thin on the ground as 2024 gets underway. Financial woes can have a particular impact … Read More

WUKA Wear and Periods


WUKA medium flow pants

*Features a gifted product from WUKA Periods. They throw up a lot of mixed views. So many people still don’t like to talk about them. Parents and guardians may find it an awkward topic of conversation with their daughters and sons, and products designed to help you through your monthly cycle can appear misleading. That’s before we get on to … Read More

Home Organisation for the Winter

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Home organisation - living room

Embrace the Chaos? As winter heads towards the Northern Hemisphere, our homes become sanctuaries of warmth and comfort. While we may envisage scenes of cosy fireplaces and steaming mugs of hot chocolate, there’s something else that can bring a sense of calm during the season – home organisation. Here I am sharing five ideas for dedicating time to decluttering and … Read More

Your Guide to Insuring Your Jewellery


Insuring your jewellery necklace with diamond

#AD. In the interest of disclosure and transparency, the syndication of this article has been provided and paid for by FBD Insurance. Keeping Your Sparkler Safe: What You Should Know About Insuring Your Jewellery You’ve popped the champagne, toasted with family and friends and you can’t stop staring at your left hand. You’re engaged! The next step – before you … Read More