Nixdminx
The life and times of a happy go lucky blogger in London
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Lemon Love drinks

If you want to know what the up and coming culinary trends are now and in the next year or so, Food Blogger Connect is the a great place to start. The event brings together bloggers from all over the world and a three day parade of workshops, labs, conversation hours, food demos and sampling […]

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rosy rosie lilac candle

Summer in not quite-the-city is always pretty quiet; families head off on extended holidays, once the schools have broken up the rush hour is quieter, while the Chelsea tractors and perilous parkers have given up the ghost until September.  But we’re not quite there yet.  It’s the beginning of June which means the Summer Fete […]

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Dimly lit, overcrowded, noisy and lots of queuing. No, this isn’t a battery hen farm or the ladies loos at a busy night club on a Saturday night, it’s the first week of the Matisse Cut Outs at the Tate Modern. Yesterday, the sun was shining and the street food sellers and foodie trucks which […]

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I'm speaking at FBC14

For those of you who attended Food Blogger Connect last year, you’ll remember that it was right in the middle of a heatwave which was great so let’s hope for another sunny Summer to welcome the world’s foodie bloggers to town. Even better this year, is that FBC14 (June 6-8 at BAC, Clapham) has an […]

energy show

    Yesterday we went to see, The Energy Show or in the words of the performers and not mine, the “Great British nerd off”. Promising lots of noise and explosions, it certainly didn’t disappoint. Aimed at the 7 years plus audience, the ‘edutainment’ show is pretty entertaining, set in the future, and features two […]

clogs

Spring is all about decluttering, it’s part of the human condition to want to clear away the old to make way for the new and this is where I tend to get a bit stuck…. Take these clogs for example, do I bin them, send them to the charity shop, do a car boot sale…or….keep […]

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London Design Week Poster

March is kicks of London Design Week and the UK and international design industry will gathers in London for lots of great events. I’m hosting a social media session next Tuesday which should be great fun. Tweet me if you’re there! @nixdminx. Full details on the web site here.

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twitter 5 years nixdminx

I got a tweet the other day telling me that I was celebrating my 5th birthday on Twitter and then I got a rather sweet email from Twitter with this picture below. I’ll be honest, I’ve been on twitter in a number of guises for well over five years and my confession to you is […]

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FROZEN

On the morning of Sunday 17th November, we headed out to a preview screening of Frozen in Leicester Square. As we turned the corner we were surprised to see it was transformed into a winter wonderland with snow, reindeer and ice sculptures to celebrate the release of the film, Norway andloosely based on ‘The Snow […]

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We love a good musical in our household, they’re so uplifting and generally camp that you can’t fail to leave with a smile on your face and Wicked is no exception. On Monday we popped over to Victoria and joined the expectant crowd of theatre goers to see the Ozian prequel.  Having seen it a […]

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‘Muuuuuummmmm – why did you put that picture of me on Facebook – that’s soooo mean!’ Yes, I confess, that was the reaction from my daughter a few months ago when I posted a photo of her at the optician in full eye-test regalia you know those odd looking gigantic Willy Wonka style glasses. What’s […]

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My first London flat was on Ladbroke Grove, a huge run down Victorian house which was converted into tiny flats and it was jam packed with media luvvies and creative types. I remember working for a PR agency and when I was doing the rounds of the glossies with a story, mentioning to a journalist […]

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sisley green cabinet from john lewis

Juggling work and motherhood is something that many women face and we all handle it in different ways over time. When my daughter was really young, I worked three days a week and made sure everywhere I worked was within running distance of her childminder should anything go wrong.  As she got older, it became […]

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girlcalledjack

I think we can expect to see a few more ‘You’ve read the blog now buy the book’ tweets and posts over the coming months and I’m really pleased to see that two great blogs are joining the book shelf with the publication of their sites in fully bound print.  Well, not the whole site […]

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The last few weeks have been a bit intense on Twitter to say the least. Sometimes I see a flurry of tweets about a point of view and want to run, hide and delete my account, but I usually get over it. This week’s ‘flurry’ took me a bit by surprise. Forgive me for bursting […]

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It’s silly season; government is in recess and schools have broken up for Summer holidays so it’s time to expect outlandish fillers stories in the media. We’ve seen the unidentified whale-monster and the six legged octopus that became a calamari supper, but the week that began with news of a new Prince has also given […]

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The ASA has announced the results of a survey today about how children are served advertising on social networks and I’m pretty appalled, not just about the small sample size (24 children) but also about the various reactions I’ve been reading in the media. Parents and kids themselves appear to be the target of blame […]

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sunshine empty room

This is my entry for the Gallery this week and the theme is sunshine. We were at Food Blogger Connect on Sunday at Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill. It was such a hot morning that it didn’t feel like we were in England as we walked from Clapham Junction. Arriving at the venue quite […]

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This one might resonate with you bloggers who often get a bit stuck or find yourself with writers block. It happens to us all and I’m no stranger to it either which is why I wrote this presentation which I used for my session at Food Blogger Connect last week. My thinking has really come […]

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Double Trouble

I just love the way that companies can get funding these days. I’ve been enlisted to help spread the word about Ciao Chow Bakery - the first ever Pop Up Bakery for dogs which will launch in Chelsea in October this year.  Featuring a selection of canine patisseries and a collection of chic accessories for dogs […]

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gallery june 12

Stargazer that I am, my entry for this week’s Gallery over at Sticky Fingers blog is looking towards the future with a touch of nostalgia.   Always one for an oxymoron, I’m posting this photo which not only makes me feel very reminiscent of my first year or so of blogging but also very optimistic […]

Emmeline Pankhurst

When I learned that soon there would be no women on our bank notes in the UK, I didn’t want to let the matter go without doing anything.  I’ve joined up with The Womens Room to get as many bloggers as possible to create a blog post and nominate which women they believe deserve to […]

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The West End Men

Last night we went to see The West End Men at the Vaudeville Theatre which promised a night of musical and modern singing from a quartet that includes giants of the UK stage; Lee Mead, Matt Willis, David Thaxton and Glenn Carter. This evening bills itself as The West End Men is a brand new […]

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five pound note

Did you know that when Elizabeth Fry is replaced by Winston Churchill on our five pound notes, there will be no other women, other than the Queen who appears by virtue of birth, on our currency?  Please help and act now to stop this happening, here’s how   Sometimes I hear about things that make […]

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Extra Almodovar

It’s the last day of April which means I’ve come to the end of my life overhaul. It’s been a brilliant way to start Spring. When I began it was snowing and cold and now it’s sunny and colourful flowers are popping up everywhere. I’ve posted 29 out of 30 days about the things I’ve […]

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It’s day 29 of my life overhaul and I feel like I’ve done a lot thing, not quite as much as I’d like but it’s been an interesting few weeks all the same and really enjoyable to boot. Isn’t it easy to get swallowed up by life in London, or elsewhere, and not take a […]

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Autism is still a misunderstood condition, when I grew up it was called the middle class malaise which it certainly isn’t. It’s Autism Awareness month and I’ve not seen much about it except via Crystal Jigsaw who is compiling posts about it throughout the month, so pop over and have a read if you want […]

Sex and the City: Carrie's walk in closet

If you’re a fan of Sex and the City, no doubt you will have drooled over the amazing walk in closet that featured in the films. I have to to confess, I have a similar walk in box room full of crap closet. While this should be a thing of envy, in reality, it couldn’t […]

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Phew, five days in to the ‘no-meat-no-wheat-no-dairy-or-booze’ and today I’ve really missed…ummm…wine. Especially, burgundy wine, with a nice rare steak and a plate of cheese. I can easily survive the working week on rabbit food on a detox diet, but when it’s time to unwind on a Friday evening, another bowl of rice noodles and […]

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I’m living the dream and blogging from my iPad but the app doesn’t work and so I’ve logged in from the web and can’t see any of the flash stuff on the CMS, and it’s taken ages, not really what I was hoping for but that’s what happens when you delve into the world of […]

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After a very spritely start to the day, I hit a wall at 9pm… I can’t even face watching Mad Men. I’ve been thinking about the mental list of things I set myself to do this month and running it over in my mind’s eye, there’s still quite a bit left to do, but I […]

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The sun, blue skies and blossom everywhere makes life amazing doesn’t it? It’s almost dreamlike, as if some kind of flower-power was shooting petalled fireworks from the gnarly knots of the winter trees. It was 19 degrees in London today and everyone was buzzy and happy. I breezed through the day and kept to my […]

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Bright-eyed and bushy tailed on a Monday? Who am I trying to kid! A day without dairy products is probably one of the hardest things I’ve done so far this month. Breakfast without butter, tea without milk and not even the slightest nibble of cheese has been difficult. An evening without wine is easy, but […]

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I was lucky enough to have a lovely lunch with a group friends this afternoon, we had hugely indulgent and divine plates of food. Wouldn’t it be great if life was always like that? But it can’t be so – especially if a Summer holiday is in the planning and the dreaded bikini reveal moment […]

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Conversociable - digital and social media marketing

It’s always a shock to the system when the new term starts, even though it’s only been a fortnight break, having to sort out uniforms, snacks, lunches and all the other gumph is easily forgotten until that time comes around again. While I’ve resorted to getting up earlier but continue to switch the 6am alarm […]

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Trusted wisdom says we need eight hours sleep a night, but BUPA says seven or eight and the NHS says six or nine, so maybe it depends on who your health provider is. For me, seven hours unbroken sleep is more like it, but when I watched Bed Time Live last night I saw a […]

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vitamin d

You don’t need to resort to drastic measures for a life overhaul. Sometimes, it’s the small things which can really make a difference and I’ve been trying three things out over the last couple of weeks. This is the new wonder drug in our house, well it’s not really a drug, it’s much less exciting, […]

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meditation

After the terrible events in Boston yesterday, my daughter was really upset before going to sleep. She had gone to bed, sneaked her iPad under the covers to look at stuff online and then read the news articles, watched disturbing video footage and came downstairs crying inconsolably at 11pm. She had got herself into such […]

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Thoughts and prayers with everyone in Boston, that is all.

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NW

If you really want to do something, you’ll always find the time won’t you? Well, sometimes you have to try a little harder, well I do, especially when it comes to reading. Over the last year, my capacity for reading books has nosedived. I’ve gone from reading between two and five a month to about, […]

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Supporting my local flower sellers and ditching the supermarket packaging

Do you buy flowers? I do and while they’re an indulgent treat, they’re also a lovely way to mark the passing of seasons. We’re awash with hyacinths and daffodils at the moment but that will soon pass and well be tip-toeing through tulips and daisies. Someone once told me that it was good feng shui […]

Paul Thorne - comedian

It’s been a really busy week and today was no exception, but as it’s Friday, I’d cannily scheduled in a bit of up time for the evening. As they say, there’s nothing better than having a few laughs, so today’s vodka and tonic was a big night of comedy at Headliners, a night of stand […]

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My luxury facial ingredients starring Olos

Today has been hectic, I mean really hectic, my week has been hijacked by deadlines brought forward by a week and an early return home from my daughter…While I’m delighted about both, it’s had a concertina effect on my to do list. This is why everything I usually plan gets put on the back burner […]

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Hampstead Kitchen lunch

Who needs friends? We all do. Feeling good every day has a lot to do with being in touch with people you love, who you have shared experiences with both good and bad and you can continue to share your lives with in any way possible. I have two very amazing friends who I have […]

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The Hampstead Kitchen - lunch with Saima

Overhauling your life is all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and doing different things. Today, I did that very thing. I spent a great afternoon with Saima who owns The Hampstead Kitchen – a most fantastic start up business which cooks up amazing food according to what you like, where you like and […]

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The Human League

The day has been overwhelmed with news, first PIP was everywhere, and then the news that Lady Margaret Thatcher has passed away broke. The biggest surprise for me was that the circumstances of her death were more Rock and Roll star gone bad than former head of state; it’s sad that she died alone in […]

Lift app on iPhone

At the end of week one of my Spring life overhaul, it’s time to take stock – is it going well?  Have I achieved what I set out to do? And more importantly, can I manage this for a month? The answer is yes, yes and yes. I feel healthier, more energetic and slightly more […]

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I’m always full of ideas and part of this 30-day process is to substantiate them into something real. This week of culture and inspiration has sparked some creativity in me and for the first time since I can remember, I’ve been sketching.   It’s utterly absorbing. I’ve had this idea for a while for illustrating […]

Unhappy Birthday hails itself as a no budget movie and has an intriguing synopsis (below) and like Sightseers, it’s a grotesque pastiche of Britain rather than a gentle drama, so be warned but prepared for a Tales of the Unexpected meets Hammer Horror type tale… A surprise birthday party becomes a living nightmare for city-dwelling […]

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Not a big post as it’s just before midnight…I’ve been catching up on stuff I’ve been given to review and was happily waylaid by some unexpected visitors… Expect more tomorrow

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Lichtenstein at Tate Modern

Phew – four days in to this malarkey and I feel quite refreshed but being so busy, hitting the sofa for a bit of R&R this evening is no bad thing. It’s still f-f-f-freezing and feels more like the Christmas holidays with the snow. It’s hard to believe it’s April but we’ve been dosing up […]

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Well, the day’s not quite over yet but it’s been productive and busy with lots to feel good about, even though I’m knackered.  I’ ve also had some lovely tweets and comments about my 30-day challenge, which is great so thanks everyone. Today’s big win is that I managed a 5k run.  Getting started the […]

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This is day 2 of my winter to spring/summer overhaul and things are moving along nicely.  I thought this spring clean idea was an invention of Mrs Beeton or some such but actually spring cleaning is an ancient Persian tradition called Khouneh Tekouni – who knew?  I certainly didn’t.  The literal translation is ‘shaking the […]

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After a bad fall running a month ago, I’ve  not hit the streets to do my 5ks since and I’ve grown a bit too fond of Sky Atlantic to make my evenings at home productive.  I’ve been using this extended Winter as a big excuse and decided it’s time for a change. The sun is […]

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