Weekly Love: Week 134

So, it is the time of year for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, the only blog awards event in the year that I actually pay attention to! In 2011 Judging Covers, a book review website I write for was nominated as ‘Best Lifestyle Blog’, in 2012 my beauty blog ‘The Glossy Guide‘ was nominated as ‘Best New Beauty Blog’, but much to my disappointment I’ve never managed to get Rachel Phipps into a category  and I would really appreciate everyones support if I was to finally get Rachel Phipps in there for 2013. I thought about it long and hard, and while this is a lifestyle blog, it is more of a food blog with lifestyle content mixed in so I would really appreciate it if you could take a moment out of your weekend to nominate Rachel Phipps as ‘Best Food Blog’ this year. Nominations for The Glossy Guide in the ‘Best Established Beauty Blog’ category will also be greatly appreciated! Also, remember to nominate your favourite fashion bloggers in their categories too!


1. A beautiful sunny and hot Saturday spent at the beautiful Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. | 2. This delicious ‘French Berry’ soda I picked up from Joan’s On Third tastes exactly like a Diablo Fraise. | 3. LA in bloom at the Huntington. | 4. For a easy and delicious lunch or light supper supersize the English pub favourite of the classic prawn cocktail. | 5. Picking up goodies such as tortilla chips and pineapple juice in Trader Joe’s to make some Cinco De Mayo goodies. | 6. A test run for a hopefully upcoming recipe for Strawberries & Cream Shortcakes.

Today I want to introduce Rachel Phipps’ first round of sponsors on the blog, whose ads you may have already spotted in the sidebar and been over to check out their sites. First, we have amazing half French, half English, London based lifestyle blog Joy Felicity Jane. I’m personally a reader of Tania’s beautifully photographed blog. I’ve particularly been enjoying her posts from the English Countryside recently.

Next up is SUJUU, an online jewellery and accessories boutique. Everyting is ethically sourced and made with love and care, and they stock designers such as Cinderella B, Aidai and Mirabelle. My personal picks from the store? This Hammered Gold Bangle, this gold Bea Bee Necklace and this Amethyst Bangle.

Finally is the very funny and aptly named lifestyle blog Venus Trapped In Mars. Ladies, especially my American readers? If you need a crash course in sports so you still know what your boyfriend and guy friends are going on about, but you still want things to be pretty and sparkly, it is Sarah’s blog you need to be reading. I found her post yesterday on the calorie count in different beers an interesting read, and her drinking games revolving around different major players in the American sporting calendar is well worth bookmarking. If you want to sponsor Rachel Phipps with 20% off through the month of May, click here for more info.


7. There are beautiful purple Jacaranda blooming all over Los Angeles at the moment. Every time I see one it makes me smile. | 8. Indian Spiced Summer Vegetable Fritters served with a side salad and paprika dusted soured cream. After lots of requests for what was just a light supper I threw together out of leftovers on Instagram and other social media to feature as a recipe post, I’m going to have another play around with it this weekend. | 9. Old (and mock old) sculpture make for great photos, again at the Huntington. | 10. Classic M&M’s: the only way to get through writing an essay. | 11. For an even better version of the classic Strawberries & Cream, whip lemon zest into mascarpone. | 12. I’ve been drinking so much thyme infused lemonade recently; look out for the recipe in June!

Finally, I’ve decided that I want to trial a new feature in my ‘Weekly Love’ posts. I know one of the reasons you guys love them so much is because you enjoy finding new blogs to read through the sites I link to, but I think that can also work both ways too. So, below I’ve decided to play around with the a ‘Simply Linked‘ widget where you can submit your own links to be shown at the bottom of each ‘Weekly Love’ post. If you have a blog post that you’ve posted during the two weeks since the last weekly love post; be it a recipe you are particularly proud of, photos you’ve posted from your recent travels or an outfit you are particularly proud of styling, I, as well as the rest of your fellow readers I’m sure would love to see it. Just a note, to make this fair on everyone, please only submit one link per website, link to a post and not just your home page. Any spam links I will take care of. Also, just to help with my little level of blog post consistance OCD, I would really appreciate it if you could title your link the exact title of your original blog post. 

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? My weekend is going to be pretty work orientated, so thank god I’m on the home stretch; a month today I will be sitting my last exam at UCLA and my best friend Kathryn will be arriving from London for one last LA adventure!