In Bloom

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Throwback Thursday… Still as amazing and unique as the first time I saw them!

Shot in 2011 by Viviane Sassen for Dazed and Confused featuring Dutch model, Lisanne de Jong.

Jemmi x

Images via pinterest

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Cheer Up Buttercup

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Happy New Year my lovelies! For those of you with a severe case of post-holiday blues and a healthy dose of Monday-itis, we’re thinking of you! Which is exactly why we timed this 10% discount for now. Head to sage and clare for a little therapy of the retail kind.

P.s. You’re almost through day 1 – hang in there x

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Shashi’s Chai

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We’re not a food blog, but this is worth the exception! Shashi, the lady who taught us how to make true Indian masala chai, is quite the survivor. After welcoming us into her tiny abode, we realised she isn’t just a whizz in the kichen, but a woman with a story of tragedy, fate and resilience.

After dealing with the unexpected death of her husband and having two young children to raise and educate, Shashi began teaching what she knows best, traditional Indian recipes. Without knowing a word of English, she began passing on these time-honoured recipes, with the help of travelers to translate. Through years of teaching in her kitchen, Shashi learnt to speak six different languages and now has a thriving business in the heart of magical Udaipur. We certainly didn’t expect this inspiring story when we signed up for a cooking class!

After experiencing the warmth of this amazing woman and her home, I feel like I’m passing down my grandma’s much loved recipe here… So cherish it because it really is worth cherishing.

// Masala Chai Tea \\

Makes enough for 1

+ 1 cup of milk

+ 1/4 of a cup of water

+ 2 tbs of sugar (you can substitute this with honey)

+ 1 tbs of black tea leaves (darjeeling is best)

+ 2 cardamon pods

+ 4 whole black peppercorns

+ A sliver of fresh ginger

+ Pinch of dry basil

+ Pinch of nutmeg

Grind the cardamon, peppercorns and ginger in a mortar and pestle. Put all ingredients – milk, water, sugar, tea leaves, ground spices, basil and nutmeg – into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, simmering for about 5 minutes. The chai will start to become a coffee brown colour and should become aromatic. When the chai is ready, strain the liquid into a cup and enjoy!

See Shashi Cooking Classes for more information

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Slim Aarons

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To mark the Summer season, we celebrate the work of Slim Aarons… x

Images via Photographers Gallery

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From the Apothecary

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Having trouble containing my excitement at the introduction of Fig + Yarrow on Sage and Clare. Rare that I get this excited about skin and body care, but in this case it really is worthy of all the fuss. Made in Colorado in a small artisan apothecary, every product is handcrafted from organic, raw and natural ingredients. And I don’t mean “natural”, I mean NATURAL… if you catch my drift.

The perfect Christmas gifts for both men and women, I’m considering gifting one of everything to myself! Don’t mind if I do… x

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Wallpaper Wonder

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My work on an upcoming project (all will be revealed soon!) has taken me on a search high and low for the most magical wallpapers. Stumbling across Mr Perswall and Surface View was like a breath of fresh air, bringing wallpapers to the market that can take a room from ordinary to jaw droppingly beautiful.

With so many amazing options, I’m at serious risk of becoming wallpaper’s version of the crazy cat lady!

Images via Mr Perswall and Surface View

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