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Slightly more laid back outfit than my previous one!  Girls gotta have some comfy stuff and downtime, right?   British summer hasn’t delivered another heatwave yet, so lounging around indoors it is.  Most mornings this week I’ve trotted off to 7am exercise classes (which are surprisingly really popular!) but I’ve given myself a couple of more chilled days too.  UncommonGoods kindly offered me an item from their collection and I chose this robe with those chilled days in mind.  We could all do with some loungewear that doesn’t consist of elephant print joggers and a Spice Girls reunion tour tee, couldn’t we?  No shame… I was 9 and Wannabe was my jam, OK?  So yeah, cool robe that’s comfy for me and good for people/the planet too:  it’s made from reclaimed cotton saris by a group of artisans in India.  There’s something I really like about wearing thrifted/recycled clothes and knowing that they’ve been worn by others and seen other places before reaching me.  As a blogger it’s nice to know that you’re working with brands that impact the world in a positive way, and UncommonGoods support charities benefitting people, animals and the environment.  Oh and delivery was speedy too – my parcel arrived from their Brooklyn HQ within 48 hours!


A silk version is available here too if you fancy extra luxury.  I prefer my technicoloured dreamcoats less slinky, more crisp, but whatever floats your boat.  For more gifts and cool things click here.


So, about that chilled time.  First of all – this is a stack of books that I haven’t actually read yet!  All are on my reading list (well, reading pile that I grabbed from our bookcases) and several will be coming away to the Lakes with me tomorrow.  I’m strangely both looking forward to and dreading the lack of wifi.  It’ll force me to ‘unplug’ and actually read more than 10 pages in one sitting, but I’ve no doubt it’ll drive me mad too!  Amber wrote a great post on the whole ‘unplugging’ idea the other day which really hit the nail on the head.  I’m not a full time blogger nor am I nearly as professional as her, but I definitely can relate to the ‘feeling like I should be doing something more productive than than reading’ thing.  No wifi is gonna be good for me!


Drinking tea like the stereotypically British girl I am, yes.  My ‘Brew Fairy’ brother is outraged at the number of cups of tea and coffee my mum and I get through daily.


So, the books.  You know me and my lists.  No spoilers don’t worry; I haven’t even read any myself yet!

On the map – Simon Garfield Basically a history of maps.  I like maps.  I want a huge one on my wall.  Yep, more geekery!

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell The story of success and why some people achieve more than others.  So if I suddenly become an absolute wonderwoman, you know why.

The Magic of Reality – Richard Dawkins.  Explanations of space, time and evolution.  Richard Dawkins is always interesting.

Moondust – Andrew Smith.  The only one I’ve actually started already!  What next when you’ve been to the moon – tales told by those who went, came back, and… well the book will tell me the rest.

The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson.  Started the first couple of pages of this one yesterday whilst my mum was snapping away, and was already intrigued by around page 3.  Will rate myself as a psychopath when I’m done!

Middlesex– Jeffrey Eugenides. Family secrets about genetic history. This one came highly recommended by my mum.

The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton.  Mysteries, secrets, and love. What more do you need?  Murder, that’s what.


Turns out it’s reversible too!  Well, I don’t know whether it’s actually supposed to be, but the lining print is cute and the hidden seams would indicate it can be worn either way.


Hope you all have a happy Friday!  And if you have any book recommendations, send them my way. 😀

lily kate x

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  • Reply
    31st July 2015 at 1:48 pm

    If you want a map on your wall you should check out this site http://www.bondharrington.com/index.php. We’re planning a wall with a map of Paris on it! Genius! Enjoy the lakes. And the books!

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      lily kate
      1st August 2015 at 8:09 am

      I’ve just had a look now – this site looks so cool! Are you heading to Paris too?
      Thank you!

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    31st July 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Middlesex sounds so cool! I wish my mom could reccomend me some books…Oh, and The Psychopath Test sounds soo cool! Eeep!

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

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      lily kate
      1st August 2015 at 8:14 am

      It does doesn’t it! They all sound really interesting tbh 😀 I’m lucky my mum and I have really similar taste in most things!

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    31st July 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Ooh you’re like me with your reading list! I never just have one genre I stick to, I’ll read anything!
    Hmmn… I’d recommend the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I’m currently reading the Book Thief, which is quite interesting too 🙂 I’ve just been enjoying reading something other than university textbooks!

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    31st July 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Absolutely love this robe! So nice to see a company making use of reclaimed materials too!
    I’ll have to check out their site :).


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    31st July 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I should probably invest in loungewear that does not resemble what I wore as a 5 year old but oh well! This is such a pretty piece!

    Infinity of fashion // Lucy Jane

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    31st July 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Have a great time at the Lakes! unplugging is not a bad idea. Maybe bring some knitting too. Do take somephotos and tell us about the great time afterwards. Suggestions of where to go and interesting things you saw and did are nice too. We have a heatwave here, but today was only 30 degrees Celsius so things are calming down. I am looking forward to a bit of rain tbh.

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    what is interesting? - Joli House
    2nd August 2015 at 12:17 pm

    […] I think I’m slightly more mindful and aware these days, and I think blogging has made me that way.  As has generally growing up, obviously.  Arriving in the Lakes yesterday I found myself taking in far more of my surroundings than I did on our countless trips here years ago, and that’s because I had an eye turned to locations and backdrops and colours.  A lot is made of how people Instagram their lives these days rather than living it, but I guess if a positive side effect of this is a greater awareness and appreciation of natural beauty and detail, then maybe it’s not so bad.  Documenting our lives online means we’re often (consciously or subconsciously) on the look out for inspiration, meaning we’re more aware.  We might be preoccupied with our phones and laptops a lot too, but that’s a story for another time.  I’m typing this from our cottage sofa with a fantastic view over the valley, as my dad discovered a hidden router and fired up some wifi for us, btw.  Bye bye unplugging. […]

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