So there’s a definite trend. The little French cafe down the road from me serves the best cappuccino and pain au chocolat – and they deliver them on vintage, mismatched china that the owner picks up in charity shops.
At the weekend we took the in-laws to a gorgeous independent nursery, on a tiny plot that made the most of every inch of space. It even included a cafe, dispatching delicious homemade cakes and soups from its tiny on-site kitchen.
And yes, you guessed it – they arrived on vintage, mismatched china. read more…
Yesterday I took part in a blogger panel discussion at London Fashion Weekend, held this year at the Saatchi Gallery.
It was a huge honour to be invited down by the British Fashion Council to sit alongside two brilliant ladies – host Alex Stedman from The Frugality, and Naomi Mdudu from The Lifestyle Edit. read more…
It’s a Monday morning and my personal stylist has just sent over three edits of clothes for me to check out at my leisure.
So far, so fashion, right? But Leah, my stylist, hasn’t cost me a penny.
New York Fashion Week, September 13th 2015.
Victoria Beckham showed off her SS16 collection yesterday to a packed audience in New York (including husband David and eldest son Brooklyn).
And while the collection of luxe separates in suede, leather, gingham prints and pops of colour, along with beautifully draped, sport-inspired dresses showed off her design credentials, it was the wearable hair and make up that caught my eye. read more…
I get it. Not many of us have pots of cash to splash on lots of clothes. I’m with you. So when you spend big, it needs to be on something that’s going to last – and a piece you’ll be able to wear over and over. read more…
You will all have seen them. They are all over Pinterest. In fact, you’ve probably Pinned a couple of stylish images of them in situ to your ‘decor ideas’ board.
And if you don’t already have a couple in your home, you will definitely have parked your bum on one or two in a swanky coffee shop.
Meet the Eames Vitra fibreglass DSW chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1950.
It was their design for entry in a low-cost furniture design competition, much needed during this post-war period.
Formed from one moulded piece of plastic on four wooden dowel legs, the chair has become a design classic – along with the DAW version (with arms).
And given that they were originally designed to be a low-cost option, it’s ironic then that they now sell for over £300 each. I fell in love with an original set of four (similar below) in various shades of grey on eBay, but couldn’t quite raise the £1550.
Last year (and the year before that) I lived and died in my Adidas Stan Smiths. I’ve flirted with other brands in the past, but the retro style of the Stan Smiths just feel like me, not someone I’m trying to be.
The fact that they have simple branding works for me. I’m not an obvious label lover – you’d never, for example, see me toting a bag emblazoned with logos. I just prefer quality things that are a bit more discreet.
Plus I love the fact I can wear them with skirts and dresses as well as more casual trousers. But after relentless daily wear, through the sun and rain, park trips, pavement pounding and general wear and tear, my Stans are looking a little sad.
Seriously, I don’t know why I’m smiling on this picture. I have been soaked approximately 300 times this week. The kids have been bundled from car to bus to tube to running for shelter under a tree wearing outfits that would be perfect – if they were weather-worn fisherman out at sea in a particularly bad storm. read more…