Popping my ‘Vlog’ virginity……

‘Ooh er!!’.

I can assure you despite my tongue in cheek intro there, my debut ‘vlog’ comes with a family friendly PG rating (I managed to not swear!!)

Adding a video element to my blog is something I’ve toyed with recently, & after ma home guuurls Kate & Vic simultaneously hit me with some Q&A’s: It seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a go.

Please be kind: Apologies in advance for my bizarre faces, the copious of times I repeat ‘ok’, ‘umm’ & ‘Like’, & for being generally a little odd. I’d love it if you could watch until the end :) Oh, & I promise any future Vlogs will be MUCH shorter!

It’s filmed the wrong way, there are no fancy pants text or musical elements to it…..BUT, after fretting for hours, feeling defeated & screaming at iMovie, I decided to upload it straight to YouTube whilst bearing this thought in mind:

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This week I’m Loving…….

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Last week, I wrote my first ‘instalment of appreciation‘. I shared with you something perhaps very ordinary & mundane, which made me smile. So please, why don’t you join me for a cuppa Rosie Lee: as I express my gratitude for what’s got me grinning over the last week……….

I’m a fully paid up member of the ‘Shoe hoarders anonymous’ club, & there is ALAWYS space for a new pair of kicks, & this week it’s all about the J’s:

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Globe trotting with a tot……

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I love the sun & I love being outdoors. Hardly a great combination when you’re located in the UK. My penchant for all things hot & sunny surpasses from my childhood. I grew up on the balmy isles of Borneo: & from here I was blessed with the good fortune to also explore the farthest corners of the world with my family. Globetrotting around the planet has continued into my adult life: along with Mr. Bananas we’ve experience a slice of each continent together. A feat of cultural immersion I’m so happy & grateful to be able to add to my ‘life CV’.

Before becoming parents, we’d ticked off the list ‘travelling around Australia’, twice. Not in the ‘gap year’ style as is more common amongst Oz bound pommes of a certain age, but 2 separate visits of 6 weeks each. Both of which involved either a campervan/ jeep & plenty of campsites. After our first trip there, we decided this was the place we desperately craved to call home & raise our future off spring, so it’ll come as no shock to you that for the last 5 years we’ve been plotting our escape.

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This Week I’m Lovin’………..

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I can’t quite get my head around the fact we’ve just entered November. What? November?! & With it comes the scary/happy/sad & emotional reality, that Bear turns 3 this month. 3 For crying out loud, when did that happen? HOW did that happen?

Life just feels like it’s whizzing by at the speed of light. I find myself trying to appreciate & absorb every little detail possible, not wanting to miss a beat, but inevitably that isn’t always the case. This year, not unlike others that have preceded us, has been action packed, filled with laughter & love, sadness & emotions.

I’m a classic ‘over thinker’; I procrastinate far too much, especially when it comes to putting pen to paper (or more appropriately on here, fingers to keyboard). In part, because I always want to be very thorough & I’m a self confessed perfectionist: but also, I have so many thoughts & dreams floating around in my head, that I struggle to pin down just one.

Far from being a trait I dislike, in fact, I believe it has many benefits. But the main hindrance as I see it, is the amount of time this behaviour consumes, I often find a single idea takes double the anticipated time to complete (I’m a text book Pisces!)

Our recent escape to Miami allowed me some time to rebalance & I’ve decided to take advice from the legend that is Walt. Walt Disney. More specifically from Frozen, & just ‘Let It Go’. When I envisioned Cool Bananas, I wanted to capture snippets of things within the daily grind that made me smile, little nuggets that make me happy. As a family we constantly strive to create fantastic memories that we’ll cherish, & of course little Bear & Mr Bananas are my ultimate ‘happiness creators’. But I’ve decided to share more of ‘me’ on these pages. Nothing particularly intellectual, less writing from time to time, just a little bit of, well, what ever takes my fancy & makes me smile. Because life can get too serious & bog you down sometimes: it’s good to ‘Let it go’ & just celebrate the simple things.

Without further a do: This week I’m Loving……….

My Dungarees, I’m all over ma overalls!

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The White Company……Takes Miami

Flying the flag for The White Company* in the USA….

….*& not to forget, The Little White Company too!

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A few weeks ago, the whole Bananas’ gang had the pleasure of visiting the Electric Cinema in Notting hill for a private screening of Disney’s Frozen, & a sneaky preview of the new season collection from The Little White Company. It couldn’t have come at a better time: With our family Vay-Kay to Miami on the horizon & a stay with friends taking over their house planned, I was on the hunt for some present inspiration (I’ll refer to our hosts as the ‘B’ family)

All my friends & family will tell you, I have a slight unhealthy obsession with the white company products, & their scented candles are in my opinion the best out there for ‘scent throw’ (that’s the technical term for how well they smell when you burn ‘em) I’m a Seychelles gal, through & through.

Mrs. B, being my TWC nemesis, is on a whole other level of White Company love…..in each room of their home, you’ll find a reed diffuser & candle combo, & nearly every scent ever produced by TWC on proud display. It kinda goes without saying: their house smells divine! On our previous jaunts across the globe to them (The Cayman isles last year) A Candle has always been my gift of choice. The same applied this year, only I came up trumps presenting them with a new kid on the block……

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En vogue, in Brogues……….

Ah, the humble Brogue: A word derived from the Gaelic bróg (Irish), bròg (Scottish) “shoe”, is a style of low-heeled shoe or boot traditionally characterised by multiple-piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations (Why, thanks, wiki)

Just the other week, I shared with you my fashion dilemma for a pending wedding ceremony. Feeling a certain pressure to conform to the traditional ‘wedding guest uniform’ of obligatory high heels, I raised the question: Could I wear flat shoes to a wedding? & My conclusion: without a shadow of a doubt, YES!

Since the wedding took place in a barn out in the countryside, flats were a no-brainer. & Lets not forget their dancability ‘til the stroke of midnight’ comfort factor!

I decided upon a slightly androgynous look, & the leather detail on these Clarks Cut-out Brogues caught my eye. I’m not really one to follow ‘trends’ instead I select items for their longevity & ‘style’ potential.

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