July finds

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We live in a world where we have access to so many wonderful things. I feel like there’s always a new blog to read, new flavour of ice cream to try or a new place to visit. My head is constantly awash with things I haven’t heard of and unless I document them, they end up getting filed somewhere in my head and I forget about them. That’s why I’m starting this new monthly feature, documenting the things that I’ve discovered recently.

1. Coconut water is amazing in all smoothies and juices. I’ve added it to pretty much every one of my fruit or veg based drinks recently and it makes them taste great. Ironically, I really don’t like coconut water on its own, but since it’s so good for you, I’m glad I’ve found a way to incorporate it in my diet.

2. If you’re anything like me, you have a list of dream items that would feature in your dream home. If you don’t, I advise making one – it’s a whole lot of fun. On my list is a wine cooler from The Wine Storage Company. Their products look stunning and I know one of their coolers would look just perfect in my imaginary kitchen in my dream house.

3. If you read my recent post on my favourite apps, you’ll know I’m a regular user of Shazam. Thanks to this amazing app, I recently discovered Hannah Cohen. Her beautiful track, Don’t Say, featured in the credits of a recent Girls episode. After listening to her album, Child Bride, on Spotify, I’ve since bought it. If you’re a fan of singer songwriters, you should definitely check her out.

4. Marks and Spencer Chilli and Lime Chicken salad with rice is incredible. It’s delicious, fresh, healthy and nutritious. I’m even going to try making my own version, it’s that good.

5. I have to thank the utterly fantastic Angloyankophile for this last discovery (if you haven’t read her blog, stop reading mine immediately and go and pay hers a visit, you’ll thank me for it). Joss & Main is a website specialising in curated flash sales. There are a lot of these sites around, but in my opinion, so many of them are disappointing. But not Joss & Main. They have a lot of really lovely products at great prices. If I wasn’t moving house next year, I would have bought a whole lot more than I did.

So there you have it, my five finds for July. Have you stumbled across anything recently that I should check out?


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  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    I never tried coconut water in smoothies, but I should because it sounds delicious.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It’s really good Anca. It gives them a real freshness x

  • http://theleeday.com/ annie lee

    i agree, coconut water is the best!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It’s so good in smoothies Annie, I love the flavour it gives them x

  • http://www.tapeparade.wordpress.com Laila

    I love coconut water. Also good call on Shazam, I am always using it, such a great app! The music in Girls is great, whoever picks the songs for the end credits always does a great job. xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Shazam is the best. I’ve discovered so much new music from using it. And you’re right on the Girls music, it is always spot on x

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    Mmmm, I love coconut water! So good in smoothies. My July find has to be Maple water – it’s pretty similar except it comes from the maple tree! It looks so cool, but I haven’t actually tried it yet!!

  • http://www.simplysaratravel.com/ Sara

    Oh, that wine storage looks wonderful! I would definitely put one of those in my dream home! I got a small wine fridge that holds maybe 12 bottles of wine as a wedding gift – but after living in France, that’s definitely not enough space anymore :-)

  • http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/ Em

    I am utterly obsessed with adding coconut water to juices but oddly I can’t stand it on it’s own. And if you want a good salad in M&S they do a feta one with loads of bulgar wheat and edamame beans – it’s in the lunch section! x

  • http://www.dearskim.com/ Sara // Dear Skim

    You had me at chili and lime chicken. That sounds so amazingly delicious. Gah, hungry! I wouldn’t be opposed to a recipe post if you do decide to recreate it at home… :)

    Sara // dearskim.com

  • http://www.themidnightblog.com/ Charlotte

    I love coconut water and I also love dreaming over home decor. My imaginery kitchen is absolutely perfect in my head. However my real kitchen… well, let’s not go there. :)

  • Asli Kaplan

    I ve never use coconut water. Im going to try it

  • http://evolvewithmary.com Evolve with Mary

    This new monthly feature is a great idea! I love coconut water and I can’t wait to check out Hannah Cohen. :)

  • http://www.mintnotion.com/ Eden Mint

    A wine cooler is definitely a must in my dream home too. Great list!


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  • http://pyreflies.org Jessica Pyreflies

    I keep staring at the coconut water when I go to the grocery store but never buy it… I need to give a try!

    Jessica | Pyreflies.org

  • http://www.naomiinwonderland.com Naomi

    Ohhh great post! I’ve been SO busy this past month I feel like I haven’t been able to discover anything new hah.

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Jealous you get to shop at Marks and Sparks!! I love coconut water by itself too, I love how it makes me feel after I have drank it.

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    I never tried coconut water in my smoothies; really wanna try it now though!


  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie_dc

    Never tried Coconut water in anything before, I’ll have to give it a go some point! Will had some pretty great flavour to any kind of drink I think!