Free Spotify Playlist – December 2014

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This month’s free Spotify playlist is a celebration of songs I can’t get out of my head (spanning fifty years), songs that can’t get out of the nation’s heads (because some genius has decided to use them in TV ads), and songs from a few of my favourite new age rappers.

It also kicks off with Lo-Fang’s take on Grease…just because I can. Enjoy!

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for November’s free Spotify playlist.)

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Track listing:
You’re The One That I Want by Lo-Fang
I Just Want To Make Love To You by Etta James
I Am The Best by 2ne1
I by Kendrick Lamar
Acapella by Karmin
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
American Dream by MKTO
Shower by Becky G
The Never by Pell (ft. LV Baby)
How You Like Me Now by The Heavy
Pumpin Blood by NONONO
Meltdown (from The Hunger Games) by Stromae, Lorde, and Pusha T
Anaconda by Nicki Minaj
Madame Coquette by Tape Five and Yuliet Topaz
We Got The Beat by The Go-Go’s

In Review: Peyton and Byrne, London

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Having spent most of my adult life freelancing in one way or another, I have come to know the cafes of Londoner better than most yummy mummies.

And the yummy mummies know their cafes. The proof was in my first visit to Peyton and Byrne in Greenwich. As soon as I walked through the door I was met by a sea of suspiciously fuss-free pushchairs and worried my long working lunch might turn into a scene from Children of the Corn.

A misconception, of course; as it turns out, a harem of mothers is the sign of a genuinely lovely cafe.

With no initial intention, my partner and I shared one of the best vegetarian lunches to memory. For him? A lusciously creamy parsnip soup served with a two giga-slices of fresh bread. And for myself? A mushroom-packed savoury tart (just the way I like it) alongside a fresh goat’s cheese and aubergine salad.

In fact, we were so pleased with our rustic veggie lunches that we got stuck in to two hours of client work without leaving our seats.

It’s not like we were going to leave without trialling the bakery’s treats.

With digestion on the horizon, we paused for a pot of green tea, a silky latte, a ‘Strawberry Cheesecake’ fairy cake (a light vanilla sponge topped with smooth strawberry cream cheese icing and milk crumbs), and a classic treacle tart. I have a particular abhorrence to the sticky stuff but the treacle-loving gentleman thought the home-made bread crumbs took the tart above and beyond.

Survey says? You’ll find me with the yummy mummies. Peyton and Byrne is a gem.

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What I Wore – I’m Yelling Timber

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I’m not sure what kind of images you associate with the brand Timberland, but my very hypervisual brain sees everything from 90s rappers to hard-working Midwesterners. Not me. Not my own shoe closet.

Here I am, eating my own brain juice. Pray tell: when exactly did Timberland boots get so attractive?

What I Wore:
Pink collared shirt (similar here)
Second Female coat
Autumnal floral scarf (similar here)
Timberland Rangeley boots from Get The Label
Zara leggings (similar here)

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timberland fashion boots
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