Because I’m Happy #2

Deliciously Ella recipe book

This week, the sunshine is making everyone happy – it’s actually impossible to feel crappy when it’s gorgeous sunshine. In fact, those very first few days of proper sun seem to put a spell on us all. Today, as I was driving along, other drivers were stopping to let me through, waving and smiling as they went. That never happens on a normal here in London! So continuing my new regular series, here’s what else has been making me happy…

Going on a health kick. We did it. We became those people who make smoothies every morning. Thanks to our new purchase – a NutriBullet – we are now really into having a healthy start to the day. My favourite smoothie so far is: spinach, banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, almond butter, coconut water, oats and chia seeds. But we’re going to try doing a full on green smoothie soon. I also bought the Deliciously Ella book and plan to try a few new dinner recipes this week. Wish me luck!


Nights out with lovely people. Last week, I met up with some lovely blogger friends for dinner. Over pasta and pizza, we chatted and caught up with each other – it was such a nice evening. The following night, I was invited by River Island to a dinner at the Riding House Cafe – one of my top restaurants in London. And I was able to chat to some of my favourite bloggers and fashion editors over beef wellington and red velvet cake. Mmm!



Getting wine delivered. I often wish that there was an actual wine (and chocolate) home delivery service – like a takeaway but just for wine and sweets. It would be so popular with parents, at home with sleeping kids in the house, who can’t leave to pop to a shop. Or y’know, people who are just a bit lazy. So I am fully on board with The Grape Club, who – once you sign up – deliver a ‘grape drop’ of four bottles of wine, each month. Each bottle comes with its own personalised tasting note tag allowing you to learn about the wines as you drink. The Grape Club’s founders Anthony and Louisa are trying to ‘desnobbify’ the wine industry and bring brilliant wine, in a hassle-free way, to its members. Costing £45 a month, with no membership fee and the ability to cancel at any time, The Grape Club seems awesome to me. They sent me a grape drop to try and all four bottles were – no word of a lie – fantastic. Special shout out to the Malbec.


Getting my toes out. When is it that it really feels like summer is on its way? When it’s warm enough to wear sandals or flip flops. This week, thanks to mini-heatwave, I’ve shoved my boots to the back of the closet and I’ve been wearing my new black Birkenstocks. I even painted my toenails (*pops party popper in the air*).

Black Birkenstocks

Seeing the four-year-old smile. Granted, she does this most (most) days, but she gave the biggest, widest grin when she received a Cinderella doll, c/o the Disney Store, last week. Having watched – and loved – the movie at the start of March, one of the things that has stayed with me is the message ‘Have courage and be kind’. I explained to the four-year-old what courage is and she agreed that courage and kindness are two important things to show (loving the Disney Store’s new premium kidswear range Courage & Kind). Obviously the first thing the four-year-old did was strip poor Cinders to her pants. Why do kids insist on doing that?!

Disney Cinderella doll 2015


What’s been making you happy this week?



  1. April 15, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Lots to be happy about! The weather has the same effect on me, and so does the fact it’s not dark yet at 8 p.m. I love it! The wine service is great. Mouton Cadet: nice! My sandals are out as well, and my toes are not going anywhere near anything other than them as long as it’s warm(ish).

    • Alison Perry
      April 17, 2015 / 10:09 am

      The light evenings are amazing aren’t they? I feel like skipping when I notice it’s 7pm and still sunny! Yippee!

  2. April 16, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Lovely list gorgeous, you’ve made me smile just reading it. So glad you’re happy! And I think this series is a lovely way to remember to be glad about the little things. Lovely xx

    • Alison Perry
      April 17, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Glad to have made you smile, lovely lady x

  3. April 21, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Today is another of those days – it’s absolutely gorgeous here in Liverpool!

  4. April 22, 2015 / 9:11 am

    Love this new series and really nice to remember the things that make us happy (although am not happy about that picture! ha ha) I look bloody awful and what on earth am I saying?? Lovely post A and very inspiring x

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