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Blogger Spotlight: Peanut Buttered

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Tell us a bit about yourself, how you met and why you started peanut buttered?

“We met while working as show business journalists at news website Mail Online, and instantly hit it off. Andrea is an Aussie living across the Pond, while Sarah is a Northern girl hailing from Manchester. After bonding over food, wine, gossip, and sunny climes (fun fact: we lived around the corner from each other in Sydney a few years back, and never met) we were separated when Andrea, and subsequently Sarah went on secondment to Los Angeles.  It was while Sarah was in LA that we decided to team up on a project - a creative outlet that was completely separate from work.  We talked about it and talked about it and finally, one day in April, Peanut Buttered was born. It's our very own little space to muse over the little things in life that make us smile.”

What are your favourite things to write about and why?

“Anything stylish and scrumptious - beauty, food and travel are our primary themes, with a little fashion, fitness and fun on the town thrown in. Basically, the things we love to do. Andrea loves to bake and play with manicures, while Sarah is a fitness freak and a bit of a party animal, running around events all over town, and we're both huge foodies with the travel bug.”

What are your most popular posts?

“The recipes in our 'nom nom nom' section do well, especially if they're particularly indulgent, like our Mr Whippy Cupcakes or Love Brownies. Our regular Tuesday Talons manicure posts have a smaller but more dedicated following. Travel posts are always a hit, for the escapism factor, and then sometimes we are surprised by ones that do well. Sarah wrote about a walk she took in Derbyshire a few weeks ago, which we didn't think would be hugely popular, but we just loved the gorgeous pictures she took. It did amazingly well.”

Food is featured quite heavily – who’s the bigger foodie of the two?

“Andrea cooks, and Sarah is the official taste tester! We are both huge foodies. We would eat out at a new restaurant every night if our wallets allowed it. We have a list of 'must try' places that is never-ending.  Andrea would happily spend the rest of her life in a kitchen, whipping up decadent desserts and sumptuous dinners, but Sarah weighs in from time to time with some healthy recipes to balance out all the naughty treats we write about.”

You seem to be constantly out and about – how do you find the time to blog?

“We are both running around London as part of our jobs, either at events, red carpets and launches, or trying out new bars and restaurants. Andrea is now freelance, so she manages to fit in blogging as part of her daily routine, while Sarah writes on her days off. It can be hectic at times, but having two of us helps - if Sarah has a particularly busy week or is out of town, Andrea will pick up the slack, and vice versa. We are in constant contact, either over the phone or text, checking each other's work, giving feedback and forward planning what we will be posting for the next week. It also helps that we love writing Peanut Buttered... It's our baby!”

From a beauty perspective what do you invest the most in and why?

Andrea: “Nail polish. My collection is getting slightly out of hand. I mix it up with a number of different brands, both higher end, and more affordable for the seasonal, on-trend colours. The neon shades I adored in the summer seem bizarre to me already. Mavala, OPI, Essie and Barry M are the bottles that take up the most space in my collection. I also love a rich, great quality body moisturiser - Kiehl's Creme de Corps is my saviour in the cold English winter, face exfoliator - Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is wonderful, and candles - Diptyque, Jo Malone and Malin + Goetz are my favourites.”

Sarah:“I am obsessed with skin care and am always on the hunt for new lotions, potions and treatments that promise to make my skin silky smooth and radiant - I swear by Lancome Visionnaire and Clarins Flash Beauty Balm. I suffered from acne when I was younger and have sensitive skin now so I don't mind splurging on good face cream - a decent moisturiser is also extremely important as my hectic lifestyle often leaves my skin dehydrated. I also treat my hair to a daily dose of Moroccan Oil.”

Where are your favourite places to shop – for indulgences and bargains?

Andrea: “I prefer little boutiques over big department stores. Anna in Primrose Hill and The Village Bicycle in Notting Hill for clothes, Blitz in Shoreditch for vintage, Ben Pentreath in Holborn for homewares, and Labour & Wait in Shoreditch for kitchen goodies. I also struggle to walk past any Topshop, Urban Outfitters or Zara without picking up something cheap and cheerful for a night out. I'm trying to work on cutting down on buying lots of cheaper, trendy clothes and concentrating on classic, well-made pieces. If my whole wardrobe were from Cos and Reiss I'd be quite content.”

Sarah: “I can't pass a market without picking up a little trinket or two and I also have a serious addiction to all things from Zara at the moment.  I indulge in accessories; handbags and shoes or bits of jewellery - beautiful pieces that will last.”

Best piece of advice you’ve been given/heard?

“Don't give up on something you can't go a day without thinking about. And all problems can be solved with cupcakes.”

 PEANUT BUTTERED

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