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Ella Gregory  Bookworm, cat lady (sans cat) and romcom addict ✨ cocosteaparty.com 🎙 @letsdiscusspodcast #CocosTeaPartyBookClub 💌 ella@cocosteaparty.com

AD | Off to see the wizard to ask for a healthier planet 🌎 Every time I read about climate change I feel so sad for our beautiful planet, but I’m pleased to see that many of my favourite brands are making moves to become more environmentally friendly. @monsoon have a beautiful eco-friendly collection called S.E.W which uses sustainable fabric 🙌🏼 This gorgeous spring dress is made from organic cotton that was grown using methods that are kinder to the environment - avoiding toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers that harm the local wildlife 🌱🐞 More of this please! 📸 @chloeelyphotography #mymonsoon #whowhatwearing

“Love makes a place in your life, it makes a place for itself in your bed. Invisibly, it makes a place in your body, rerouting all your blood vessels, throbbing right alongside your heart. When it's gone, nothing is whole again. Before I met you, I was not lonely, but now I’m so lonely I talk to the walls and sing to the ceiling.”
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Yesterday I started reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I’m only 96 pages in and it’s already made me cry once. It’s about a young couple living in Atlanta, who have only been married for a year when the husband is arrested and sentenced to spend 12 years in prison for a crime his wife knows he didn’t commit. The quote above is from the first letter she sends to him in prison. Have you read An American Marriage yet? Without sharing any spoilers, what did you think? #CocosTeaPartyBookClub #anamericanmarriage #bookquotes

Happy Friday ✨ I’m SO ready for the weekend, and have lots of fun catch-ups with friends scheduled 🙌🏼 Plus I’m planning to watch more of Queer Eye’s third season, which I’ve been rationing because I’m dreading the moment when I reach the end! What do you have planned?
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I’ve put out lots of new content this week. On the blog you’ll find a very personal post about my experience with the IUS coil, a list of London’s best first date locations, the productivity trick I use to stay on top of life admin, and the latest Weekend Reading List. Plus, a new episode of the @letsdiscusspodcast dropped on Tuesday - and this week we’re chatting about skincare!
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So there’s LOTS to catch up on, if you missed anything... • •
Credits: jacket and boots were gifts 📸 by @chloeelyphotography #everydayoutfit #whowhatwearing

AD | Day two of the @costacoffee road trip, and naturally I’ve been powered by caffeine ☕️ Oat milk cappuccinos are my favourite - and I’ve accidentally dressed as a cappuccino today in lots of creamy neutrals 🤣 What’s your go-to coffee order? Whatever you favour, you get 25p off at Costa when you bring your own reusable cup! #CostaCoffee #FlatWhite

AD | High vis, but make it fashion ⚠️
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I spent the morning touring the @CostaCoffee Roastery to learn more about their commitment to sustainability ♻️ Their roastery is one of the greenest in the world, powered by 100% renewable energy and sending 0% waste to landfill 🌱 🙌🏼 Check out my Insta Stories from today for more information! #CostaCoffee #FlatWhite

Before I get onto the point of this post, does anyone else feel like this outfit could have come from Connie Britton’s ‘Dirty John’ wardrobe? 🤣 I didn’t realise “Wealthy Orange County Divorcée Dating a Sleazy Con-Artist” was the style vibe I’d been inadvertently channelling until this very moment...
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But, anyway, that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m *actually* on here to talk about productivity. Specifically, how to manage life admin and boring household chores. On the blog today I’m sharing @gretchenrubin’s Power Hour technique, which is my favourite method for blasting through mundane tasks that I’ve been putting off for too long ⏰ Like, for example: filing away paperwork that’s been sitting on my kitchen counter for months, and finding a home for the plug adaptor I’m posing with here (it currently belongs nowhere, which means it pops up everywhere 🙈). Read the full story now on cocosteaparty.com. 📸 by @chloeelyphotography (blouse borrowed from the H&M sample room) #CTPHome #productivitytips #wearitloveit

AD | What's your favourite way to relax after a busy week? I always make "me time" a weekend priority, and love to snuggle up on the sofa in my cosiest PJs, with a good book and an indulgent, chocolate-y treat for company 😍 And, speaking of sweet treats, I've just discovered the new @bettycrockeruk #mugtreats...
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I've been a big fan of Betty Crocker for as long as I can remember (self-confessed sweet tooth over here 🙋🏼‍♀️), and I was so excited to discover the Mug Treats desserts. They're super easy to make - taking just over a minute in the microwave - and they taste great! Find the two flavours, Hot Fudge Brownie and Belgian Chocolate Cake, at your local supermarket and enjoy your own "me moment", this weekend... 📸 by @chloeelyphotography #ad #thehappycapture #CTPHome

Which books are sitting on your bedside table, right now? 📚
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I finished ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ this week, and really loved it. It‘s set in a small town on the North Carolina coast, where in 1969 the community’s most handsome young man is found dead in the marsh. The locals immediately suspects Kya Clark of his murder. Kya has lived alone and isolated in the marsh since she was a young girl. And the story jumps between the 1950’s and ‘60s, until it climaxes with her murder trial. There’s a really sweet love story woven throughout, and I was completely captivated by the novel!
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Next on my list is ‘The Dreamers’ by Karen Thompson Walker. I’m a few chapters into the book already, and get the sense it’s going to be one of my favourite reads of the year. I can’t wait to see how the story progresses...
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Have you read any of the books in this stack? Without sharing spoilers, what were your thoughts? #CocosTeaPartyBookClub #reesewitherspoonbookclub #bookworm

AD | Is shoulder and neck pain the bane of your life? I constantly feel stiff and knotty, because I spend too much time at a computer screen. So today on the blog I’m sharing my tips for easing tense, achey muscles. And @tempur_uk’s pillows are one of my recommendations.
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The material used in TEMPUR pillows and mattresses was originally created for NASA, to relieve the pressure on astronauts during lift-off into space 🚀 Super cool, right?! 🌟 So just as their material protects astronauts blasting through the earth’s atmosphere, their pillows support your head and neck, allowing you to drift off into a peaceful, weightless sleep. It’s the closest you’ll get to sleeping in the stars ✨ #SleepingInTheStars (Illustrations by @jenandjennifer)

Personality-wise, I’m VERY similar to Monica from Friends. I’m the classic “type A” - disciplined, scrappy, bossy and obsessive about keeping my home tidy... However, just like Monica, I have a secret, messy cupboard. In fact, I have two! But today I organised them both and it felt SO GOOD 🙌🏼 🎉 🙌🏼 Honestly, I think the organisational high will last me right up until next weekend 🤣 Which character from Friends is your spirit animal? #CTPHome #sodomino #apartmentdecor

Something funny has happened with me and Instagram, this week. I’ve been so busy that I’ve barely looked at the platform. And, as a result, I’ve felt 10x happier and more relaxed. This is despite the fact my engagement has taken a dip, because I haven’t had time to interact with other accounts or post much. Usually this would stress me out and prompt the following pattern of thoughts: I’m failing > my career is over > I will never work again > 😭 😭. But this week I’ve been too preoccupied to panic. And it’s been brilliant!
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A few weeks ago I was listening to an interview with @ravennicolegates on @offthevinepodcast and she said something along the lines of “Your real life needs to be so much more exciting than your Instagram feed.” That was a real lightbulb moment, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about repeatedly, ever since that episode aired.
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When you work online it’s hard not to obsess over the ‘gram, because (like it or not) it’s how the rest of the industry measures your “worth”. But this year I want to get a LOT better at living my best and most fulfilling moments *offline*. Who’s with me? 📸 by @lydiaxcollins #thehappynow #thehappycapture

What three words would you use to describe your week, so far? Mine are: hectic, fun and exhausting.
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I kicked off the week filming a video project with American Express 🎬 And after we wrapped @monicabeatrice came over for gin and tonics, a Thai green curry and a Gilmore Girls marathon. Monday night sleepovers are the best!
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On Tuesday we finished recording the seventh season of the @letsdiscusspodcast (which kicks off next week) 🎉 And since then life has been a whirlwind of meetings, press events, deadlines and 8.30pm bedtimes 😴 I’m so tired, but at least I’m having fun!
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[Sunglasses gifted. The bag is a press loan for the season.] #CTPHome #desksetup #deskdecor

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