Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst

Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst

Japonisme is one of those books which is actually a piece of art, thanks to the love and attention that’s been put into it. Erin Niimi Longhurst’s debut is a wonderful collection of insights and how you can incorporate the best of Japanese culture into your life. But more than this, Japonisme is full of beautiful illustrations by Ryo Takemasa and stunning photographs taken by Erin herself. 

I have been so lucky to have two weeks’ of Japonisme in my life – from the launch of the book, to reading it, to a Supper Club hosted by Erin and Toral Shah from The Urban Kitchen celebrating the best in Japanese flavours and their culture. So this post is going to cover all of that and include a competition at the end on how you can win a signed copy of Japonisme! 

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The little things are making my life so much better

The little things are making my life so much better

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that my life isn’t exactly how I want it to be right now and this is probably one of the most stressful times for me. I recently went for a run where I sobbed most of the way (running is cathartic!). While there is so much of the big stuff I can’t control, there is a lot of the small stuff I can. And these little things are getting me through the days and weeks.

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I am going to start this post off with a disclaimer: last week I got a massage. It wasn’t part of any physio treatment but something I was offered to try at Marshall Street Leisure Centre and Spa. It was completely indulgent, very, very lovely (more on that later) and not something I have ever paid for before. And it got me thinking, are massages a waste of money?

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Reaching the top of a wall at Westway Climbing

Reaching the top of a wall at Westway Climbing

I am such a newbie with climbing that until a very little while ago, I thought ‘climbing’ and ‘bouldering’ were the same thing. Both might involve leaving the ground and going up, but that’s about where the similarities start and end. Climbing involves ropes and knots and working with someone to make sure you ascend and descend safely. I couldn’t wait to try it at Westway Climbing Centre.  

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The water was so cold!

The water was so cold!

Tough Mudder. When I think of those words I think of mud, cold, wet, and rain. I see pictures of people clambering over obstacles and helping each other. It’s something I always assumed I’d do one day but never really signed up for. Then my friend Charlie, from The Runner Beans was putting a team together and before I cold talk myself out of it, I said yes.

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