Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

30 Day BC – Day 28 : Your Favourite Autobiographical Book

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Did you forget I was doing this? Because I totally did.

I don’t tend to read non-fiction books but an ex boyfriend was quite into biographies so I did read a couple out of sheer desperation. I think my favourite was probably Rolf Harris, weirdly. One other one that I enjoyed was the story of Starbucks, but I’m not sure if that really counts as autobiographical or not?



I think it’s safe to say that I’m more into fiction than non fiction – if you’ve got any books you think will change my mind feel free to suggest them!

Polyvore Love: Yellow Edition

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I’ve been messing around on Polyvore a bit. I forgot I even had an account until Heather started posting her outfit posts and it jogged my memory. I love yellow (obviously) so I thought I’d create a fantasy outfit for a smart casual night out. How cute are those shoes?!

Yellow Night Out

Miss Selfridge army t shirt
£28 – missselfridge.com

Vila short shorts
£20 – mylabel.co.uk

Falke tight
$69 – net-a-porter.com

High heels
£68 – schuh.co.uk

H M leather shoulder bag
£9.99 – hm.com

Miss Selfridge hair bow accessory
£8.50 – missselfridge.com

Gold Baby Cat Ring
£6.50 – missselfridge.com

Awe Struck

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Whenever I meet people who have talents that I do not, I tend to sit, open mouthed at just how incredible whatever it is that they can do, is. Dancers especially, since I cannot follow a routine for toffee and illustrators because my drawing skills have never progressed past scribbles and doodles in the margins.


We went to London this weekend to help celebrate a friend’s birthday. We went out to a comedy show, we came home and listened to the inconsiderate bastards upstairs party until 4am (thanks, you bunch of peons), we went out for a beautiful brunch. The good far outweighed the bad, especially since I got to meet Leni. Owen had tweeted me previously saying that I should check out her blog, and I did and my god was I in awe. So it was nice to meet her in person so I could tell her to her face how amazing I think her skills are :) She’s also a really nice person, which is a great bonus, heh.

She’s new to social media (her twitter account is here) so go and give her blog some love. It’s a beautiful mix of food, London life and general whimsy, and who doesn’t need that every now and again?


all images © Leni Kauffman

A Pictorial Update

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Things have been a bit quiet over here on Falling Forward. Partly due to the fact that I can no longer access my blog at work (they force us to use IE6 and it’s slowly killing me, I swear) and partly because things have been a little hectic of late. I do miss this tho, so here’s a little update of what we’ve been up to lately.

My girlcrush, Liz, is a Barry local so she took us to Barry Island for an ice cream and a wander around the pleasure park. It was awesome.


Here she is. Isn’t she cute?


We also went to a Singstar party, organised by the brilliant Amy (who managed to not be in any of the pictures because she took them all, sneaky.) I curled my hair, for a change.


(I won the tournament, and thus the bottle of expensive champagne. Parttaaay)


Q and I went to Sutton for a friends birthday.

drunk teeth

& I made drunk teeth in photos without actually being drunk. Oh dear.

So sorry I’ve been away a bit. It’s been such an awesome summer tho, and I haven’t even touched on Cardiff Blogs, Cocktail Club or being on the radio yet. That update will have to wait since as usual I’m late for work and I haven’t even started getting dressed yet. Oops.

Ps. You’re all having a great time too, right? Aces.

Grace In Small Things

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  • rediscovering old favourite songs
  • ripe cherries
  • waking up with the sun
  • singing
  • trailers at the cinema


Friday Thanks

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Dear Pop-Tarts,

Thanks for coming in so many ridiculous flavours. My quest to try you all has been a lot of fun so far, you overly enumbered, crazy toaster pastry, you. You also make it really easy for my friends to know what to buy me for my birthday, which is always nice.

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Grace In Small Things

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  • cocktails with friends
  • fresh fruit from the market
  • new pens
  • pleasing fonts
  • chips soaked in vinegar

Books! 2011 – July Update

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Read in July: 7
86. NEW: X-Men: First Class – Jeff Parker
87. NEW: The Almost Moon – Alice Seobold
88. NEW: The Importance of Being a Bachelor – Mike Gayle
89. NEW: The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
90. NEW: An Object of Beauty – Steve Martin
91. NEW: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell
92. NEW: My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

Favourite Book This Month:
To be honest there were a great many that I enjoyed this month, but My Sister’s Keeper and The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox both had strong story lines that snagged me and kept me reading. Oddly, I didn’t like the ending of either book particularly – The Vanishing Act… just felt unfinished and rushed. My Sister’s Keeper had an ending I really didn’t expect, and one that actually made me cry, but it felt like a cop out way to finish the story and I wish Jodi Picoult had had a bit more courage to finish it in a more realistic way.

Least Favourite Book This Month:
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht just didn’t do it for me. I don’t know if it’s partly because it was hyped up so much before I read it – it won the Orange prize for fiction this year – but I struggled to get into the storyline and by time it ended I was more infuriated than enlightened.

I read: 7 new books in July and 0 re-reads, bring my life list wish of reading 1000 new books up to: 85/1000.

Friday Thanks

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Dear foreign coins,

Thanks for being so different to our own currency. It’s a lot of fun to look at your different patterns, shapes, sizes and colours. Hey Canada… don’t tell the rest of the world but I like your animal coins the best.

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.


Recipes to Try

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I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a ‘foodie’ (altho I don’t associate anything negative with the title) but I do love food. I like to cook and I like to find new recipes. I spotted these three on What Katie Does a little while ago but haven’t gotten around to actually making them yet. If anyone has any experience of them, feel free to give me a shout :) Katie’s pictures looked delicious.

Raspberry and white chocolate blondies
I’m sort of ashamed at how long it took me to work out what a blondie was. I had heard people talking about them, and seen blog posts mentioning them and in my head I was imagining a sort of yellow biscuit, I think. It wasn’t until I saw the picture that I realised, duh, they were just a yellow batter brownie.

I’ve never actually made brownies so I’m not sure how good I’ll be at making their lighter counterpart but I’m pretty desperate to give it a go.

Butternut Hummus
I love butternut squash but I never really know what to do with it past making it into a soup or roasting it stuffed with some other veg and some cheese. I like the idea of making a cold dip with it so I couldn’t really pass this one by since I’m seemingly obsessed with hummus.

 As an aside, why are there so many different spellings for hummus? Houmus, houmous, hummus. It makes my head hurt.

Aubergine dip and barbecued poppadums
Q isn’t a fan of aubergine (or dips in general for that matter) so this one might have to wait for a night that we have company. (Maybe Amy would like to come over and try it, I know she likes aubergine :) She did a lovely stuffed aubergine recipe, here). I quite like aubergine but often find the skins a little greasy so I think blending it into a dip might be what I need to really start to love them. Nom.

 I have a folder full of favourites from the BBC Good Food website so expect another one of these in the near future and if you have any suggestions for recipes in the meantime don’t be afraid to let me know them :)