Sometimes when I have a bad day I think: what would Dolly Parton do? I like to think that Dolly Parton would put on a fabulous double denim outfit, some bedazzling earring and some fun shoes and grab life by the balls.
I'm so glad double denim is an acceptable way of dressing, we've come a long way from the days of Britney and Justin power dressing together (iconic). I wore this when I went to afternoon tea with some work colleagues. Dressing to go out with people from work is hard because you want to look good but not be overdressed. This felt like a good balance between comfort and appropriateness.
My shoes deserve a whole paragraph to themselves. I get so many compliments when I wear them and I can't get enough of them (the shoes and the compliments of course). I've been wearing them constantly, they're a 'sensible' heel so I can walk easily in them and they instantly jazz up a simple outfit. The bobble reminds me of those Koosh balls we used to play with in the 90s.
So with the double denim and the Koosh ball shoes this really turned into a bit more of an 90's mid 2000 outfit than I was planning for it to be. It's funny to me to be wearing trends again that were massive when I was young but I refuse to wear one of those black neck chokers, that's still too recent in my mind.
Lots of exciting things are happening towards the end of this month. It'll be one year since I started my job and I'll be graduating from my Master course (finally!). Then in August it's off to Brazil for 2 weeks to spend some time with my family. It's so good to have things to look forward to as this time last year was quite hard for me so it stops me being too melancholic! I can't wait to share these next few months with you guys.
Music is and always has been a huge part of my life. My mother loved The Beatles and The Doors growing up but she's also influenced my love of opera. My father loves jazz and I have so many memories of waking up on the weekends to my dad playing his favourite jazz CDs. Genesis and Phil Collins are also big loves in his life which is ironic as the Swedish brand Sudio's name comes from a Phil Collins song - Sussudio.
Inspired by watching Phil Collins struggling with his headphones in New York, Sudio aim to bring clear crisp sound whilst also being aesthetically pleasing and practical.
I have gone through countless headphones in my lifetime. From those uncomfortable ones that come with your iPhone to expensive headphones that still seem to get tangled, it's felt like an endless journey with mediocre products. I'm also very fussy when it comes to the design and look of headphones. I like sleek and simple products so the Scandinavian aesthetic is right up my street.
These Klang headphones are great, I've been using them non stop since they arrived. The packaging was stylish and clean. The headphones come with a little leather pouch to store them in when not being used and keep them safe. They also come with different sized ear buds that you can put on as to your personal preference. What's great about these particular headphones is that you wear them around the back of your neck. This takes a little getting used to at first but it minimises the amount of dangerous tangling potential most headphones subject you to.
Good headphones make listening to music such a joy, and Sudio are giving my lovely blog readers 15% off your orders with this special promo code: The.littlenomad15, it's also well wort noting that they offer free worldwide shipping.
Since getting these headphones I've been listening to the new Florence + The Machine album non stop, it's absolutely stunning. Do you guys have any more music recommendations?
Brunch is my thing. I love nothing more than putting on a spread on lazy Sundays and sitting down with my nearest and dearest to catch up about everything that happened on the weekend. It's as if Marks & Spencer knew and when asked to test out their Cook M&S app how could I resist?
I've downloaded a lot of cooking apps before and I have to say this is my favourite. It has a clean interface and is very easy to use, in fact unlike most cooking apps there's absolutely no signing up or registering an account needed. You just download the app, open it up, start browsing through all of the recipes and get cooking.
The recipes are organised into categories or you can do an advanced search filtering it down to 'effort levels', calories, the total cooking time and what course you'd like. This is really useful for people who don't have a lot of time to cook or are just getting started into the world of cooking. You scroll through and 'like' your favourite recipes, then you can then amend the ingredients as to how many people you're serving and add the ingredients to your shopping list.
Whilst cooking the app lets you set timers to alert you to your cooking times, this is really helpful if you're like me and tend to get a little side tracked doing three things at once.
As I said, I love brunch. Getting some fresh flowers, putting some of my favourite music on and inviting friends over is such a good start to a lazy and cosy day. There's always lots to catch up on and laugh about when it comes to my friends. With the idea of hosting a brunch in mind I started browsing the 'Brunch' category on the app. The category has 25 recipes to choose from but the Fruity French toast just called to me. It's perfect for summer and was very easy to prepare which is just the thing you want after an evening of celebrating World Gin Day a little too much.
I've always prided myself on my pancake making skills but I think french toast may become my new staple. The french toast was ready and on our plates in a matter of minutes, with the fresh fruit and honey it was the perfect summer dish. It was all washed down with some iced coffee that I'd made previously.
All in all it was the perfect start to a blissfully lazy Sunday that involved Netflix and my sofa. The most wonderful day.