Birthdays, Biscuits & Bling

My birthday is this month and that always makes me a little nostalgic. I love thinking about celebrations past and the fun times with friends who may now be faraway. I'm planning to take some time this month to catch up with my personal Feeders. Friends who have fed my mind, body and soul over the years and whom I don't see as often as I wish (like those ladies who convinced me this look at the right was a great idea!). It's a little present to myself to help me recharge my positivity.

Who feeds you? Do you have someone in your life that always makes you laugh? Or is whip-smart and challenges you? Or offers great advice or an empathetic ear? Don't wait to reach out for a re-charge. Take a minute for a little self-care and connect with those who feed your being.

And thinking nostalgically, I pulled out a cookie recipe from my son's kindergarten friend. It is so simple and can be made with ingredients you've probably got on hand right now. 

We've also got a must-read article for taking care of your favourite bling...from diamonds to gold and everything in between. Plus tips on storing a partially drunk bottle of wine. Enjoy!

XOXO, Paige

Book Nook

We love a good beach read and like everyone this summer, Alison grabbed this best seller...

To see her latest recommendations, follow her on Instagram @theextrovertedbookworm.

Malibu Rising
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Alison's Score 6/10

Here’s the Deal: The four Riva siblings are the offspring of Mick Riva, one of the most famous showmen of his day. They were raised in Malibu and are all gorgeous surfers. The eldest, Nina, throws an annual end of the summer party. The book goes back and forth between 1956 when their parents met and the current lives of the siblings in 1983 throughout the night of the party. By the end of the night, Nina’s mansion is in flames and life has changed for all of the Rivas.

Okay, controversial because I know this book is being pushed as one of the big summer books, but it was just okay for me. I really, really liked Daisy Jones and the Six and I liked The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, both by this author. While the premise is good here, the writing is a weird combination of over-flowery and stilted. For example, these excerpts about a parent and child: “it is as if once your heart has been broken you learn of the deepest reserves it carries. And she had given up her reserves as well this time.” Huh?

And: “So casual was their affection, so comfortable were their bodies and souls next to each other that there could be no rejection, no discomfort.”

The description of the shenanigans at the party at the center of the book are absolutely insane. It’s like Weekend at Bernie’s meets Sixteen Candles. People are literally swinging from the chandelier—which the author juxtaposes with a deep emotional beach scene with the siblings.

That said, this is a perfectly acceptable beach book. It’s light. It’s fluffy. It has beautiful people. It’s a great escape but I honestly believe that the inevitable movie or TV version will improve the 2D characters in this book.

Happy Reading!

Simple Sweet Treats

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Time for Wine!

Sometimes you just want to have a single glass of vino with dinner, or maybe it's a pre-dinner tipple in lieu of cocktail. But, once you open that bottle, how long will it last and what's the best way to store it? We asked our favourite wine expert, Emma Clough of Through the Grapevine to give us the lowdown.

Once you open a bottle of wine, what’s the best way to store it? Do you store whites & reds differently? 

For whites return the cork and place in the fridge; for reds return the cork or if you’ve decanted cover your decanter. I use a stopper for mine, but a tea towel, cling film or tin foil will work.

Refrigerating helps keep wine fresh longer—even reds—because storing at cooler temperatures slows the oxidation process that occurs when wine is exposed to oxygen. And be sure to store your bottle upright to reduce the surface area exposed to oxygen.

Get more tips from Emma on making that bottle last a little longer on our website. And, as a special offer for our Feeder community, TTG gives you 10% off  with offer code 10OFF (valid until 31 July). Be sure to checkout their mixed cases—a real bargain!

My Jewellery Box Tells My Life Story

Jewellery makes an outfit. Finishing with a simple pearl earring or elaborate statement necklace can transform both your ensemble and your attitude. All of your beloved pieces from flea-market finds to bespoke designs deserve special care and attention to keep them looking their best. We asked Leah Lambert Designer & Director of Stones that Rock for some tips on stone storage, gem care, metal polishing and more.

What is the best way to clean jewellery? Can you be specific — silver? gold? pearls? different types of stones? I’m guessing that each needs to be cleaned differently. 

The best way to clean silver and gold jewellery is with a high quality polishing cloth, and once polished, rinse off in warm soapy water to remove any chemical residue. Be careful not to rub too hard, you don’t want to scratch your items. It’s also important not to rub gold-plated or gilded pieces aggressively as this could remove the relatively thin layer of plating on the piece.

Gemstone jewellery responds well to warm soapy water and a soft brush.

An ultrasonic cleaner is not suitable for removing tarnishing, but can be very effective at cleaning metals and hard stones that have a build-up of pollutants, sweat, shampoo and lotions etc. By hard stones, I mean diamonds, rubies and sapphires, but they are not suitable for soft stones like emeralds, opals, turquoise and lapis lazuli, which are more porous.

Pearls require extra care and attention to ensure they retain their colour and lustre. After each wear, try to wipe the pearls down with a soft, damp cloth to remove perspiration, body oil and any lotions. Do not use soaps, abrasives or an ultrasonic cleaner when cleaning pearls. It’s also very important to not sleep, shower or exercise while wearing pearls as this very definitely can affect their lustre.

Read the rest of Leah's interview including how she became a designer and more about jewellery care.

Leah is giving The Feeder community a very special one-month offer until 20 July.
Use code FEEDER15 for 15% off at checkout.

In Sync with Amy & Devin

Up next with our team's favourite tunes, Cocktailing@Home duo, Amy & Devin. No surprise that even when we asked them independently for their Top 5 Hit List, there was some overlap from this very in sync couple.

Can you guess which tunes they both listed? Click below to hear more.

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About me: I'm a writer, obsessive reader, decent tennis player, mother, wife and one half of the marketing team known as Chop Chop.  I love to travel and explore new places, but hate to plan trips. I strive to be a good friend and a great home cook. My friends tease me about my germaphobia and being's all good. 
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