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

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)

Friends that scroll together stick together 🙋🏼‍♀️ 🙋🏻‍♀️
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⬆️ That’s the catchiest caption I could think of for this snapshot. Cheesy, yes. But true for @monicabeatrice and I. And fitting too, because today we’re back with a brand new season of the @letsdiscusspodcast and we’re talking about social media with writer @katherine_ormerod.
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Katherine’s debut book is titled ‘Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life’, and it’s the subject of this week’s podcast discussion. We talk about the dangers of social media addiction (did you know the average iPhone user unlocks their phone every 11 minutes?), explore the psychology behind self-comparison, and also look at the ways you can form healthier scrolling habits. Find the episode on iTunes and Spotify - we hope you enjoy it! 📸 by @victoriametaxas #letsdiscusspodcast #everydayoutfit #thehappycapture

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

To quote Doug from The Devil Wears Prada, “Python's hot right now!”
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And for anyone wondering “who the f**k is Doug?!” He was one of Andie’s super-lame friends. (Although he was arguably the best of a bad bunch, because he appreciated a bit of animal print and wasn’t constantly complaining about Andie’s job. Seriously, her friends and boyfriend were the WORST.)
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Blouse by @hm. Borrowed from the press showroom. Earrings and necklace both gifted. #whatiweartoday #everydayoutfit

I finished two novels this week: ‘Force of Nature’ by Jane Harper (a thriller) and ‘The Almost Sisters’ by Joshilyn Jackson (a family drama). I’d give both a solid four stars, but out of the two ‘The Almost Sisters’ was my favourite.
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‘The Almost Sisters’ is set across the Southern States, and its heroine Leia is a 38-year-old graphic novelist with a secret. At a comic book convention she hooked up with a handsome stranger dressed as Batman, and now - surprise - she’s three months pregnant! But before Leia can tell her conventional, Southern family that she’s planning to become a single mother (and that her baby is biracial) she learns that her beloved 90-year-old grandmother has secretly been living with dementia for years. Leia rushes to her grandmother’s home in small-town Alabama to get her set up in a nursing home. But it soon becomes apparent that her grandmother’s illness isn’t the only thing she’s been hiding... because when clearing out the attic Leia discovers something that sets off a criminal investigation.
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I raced through this book. It’s a captivating, easy read, and the kind of story that I could easily see working as a movie.
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I’m now reading the March #CocosTeaPartyBookClub pick, which will be revealed in the monthly newsletter on Thursday. So click the link in my bio to subscribe, if you want to join the book club... #CTPHome #booknerd [table and lamp both gifted]

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a Friday in a LONG time! This week feels like it’s lasted for approximately 87 days, so bring on a weekend of lazy mornings and pottering around the house 🙌🏼 🌷#mymomentswithflowers #prettylittlelondon

I finished ‘Dirty John’ (which I loved! Juno Temple was amazing as the super-sassy Veronica) and now I need another show to stuck into. Netflix suggestions in the comments below, please 👇🏼 #netflixtime #bingewatching

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