My love for a neon light is not a new thing. In fact I discussed creating a bespoke design here – before realising quite how expensive they can be. You have to treat it as you would an investment work of art – and price it up / save for it accordingly.
Now there’s a new company for me to lust after – and it’s affordable! Say hello to Bag & Bones.
Run by sisters Gigi and Cavanagh Foyle (a former scientist and lawyer), Bag & Bones was founded after Gigi spotted a gap in the market for kid and planet friendly neon lighting.
Their cool designs are actually a combination of flexible neon tubing and light-emitting diodes, which basically means they emit very little heat, are durable and far less likely to break as they’re not encased in glass. You can just plug them in too, no need for electricians.
Gigi says, “I studied science at University and I’ve always been particularly interested in green energy. Our dad is somewhat of an environmentalist and we spent our youth listening to him lecture us on turning the lights off and the effect of energy use on our wonderful environment. So, when it came to the neon, we wanted to find a solution – the neon feel, without the neon gas!
“We get very inspired by living in London – there is so much beautiful art in everything from music to fashion. And at the moment we are doing a collaboration with interior design duo 2LG which we are very excited about – stay tuned to our Insta feed to see more.”
The ladies also offer a hire service, so you can borrow their cool lights for events, parties or even weddings.
I absolutely love them. Check out their site and the rest of their designs here.
Last week I prayed that the weather gods would be kind, because I had a tea party planned – and YOU KNOW, there was NO PLAN B.
Thankfully, they listened – and the plans I’d been making for weeks came to fruition with a small group of friends chink-chinking chilled Prosecco and supping tea in the sunshine.
We took over my friend Ciara’s BEAUTIFUL garden (because mine is a mud-pit before it gets landscaped) with a Japanese-meets-British-vintage afternoon tea in association with Denby Pottery.
I’m not sure whether you’ll find a more cheery trimming than a pom-pom.
In these strange days of ‘is it summer yet? No but really, IS it?’ adding a little jolly row of fluffy balls to an outfit will surely boost your mind every but as much as the sunshine. Surely. read more…
If you have one (and we didn’t in our old house), the downstairs wash-room is an opportunity for folly.
It’s generally the smallest space in the house, but still one of the most useful which means there are absolutely TONS of ways of making it cool, quirky, stylish and fun. read more…
Skirt, Marks & Spencer (also available in black) | Sweatshirt, Isabel Marant for H&M (old season, similar here) | Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old season, similar here) | Sunglasses, & Other Stories (old season, similar here) | Bag, Jigsaw (new season update here) | Rings, Renné Jewellery | Intials necklaces, SWYC | Circles necklace, Matthew Calvin | PHOTOS: ELEANOR SKAN
Who knew sourdough crumpets were the PERFECT accompaniment to judging the Etsy Design Awards?
It only took me and my fellow judges this hearty breakfast, quite a few pots of tea (in cute, mismatched Etsy-purchased china, obvs), a LOT of discussion and only a few minor disagreements to decide on the winners.
But now I am delighted to announce the crafters, makers and creators who will take home the prizes.
Lace top, Iris Fashion | Maxi skirt with broderie hem, La Redoute | Smiley bag, Anya Hindmarch | Sunglasses, ASOS | Rings, SVP Jewellery | Sandals, Office (old season, similar here) | Necklace, Accessorize | Photos: Hannah Gale
I always thought wearing black and white would make me look as though I was wearing uniform. Probably because from the age of four to sixteen, it was indeed my uniform.
Now I fully appreciate the beauty of monochrome, without feeling as though I should be heading to Miss Humphries’ physics class (and believe me, NONE of us wanted to go to Miss Humphries’ physics class). read more…