Monday, 31 October 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
A new boutique has recently opened up on my local mini shopping street, Bellenden Road, so on the way to run some errands I popped my head in to be greeted by the delightful Tara Postma. A young actress by trade, local girl Tara set up shop earlier on in the year after she spent preparation time hand picking her lovely shop wardrobe.
When you look up Everything Alice on Amazon, it gives you a list if "suggested" or "most bought with" books and The Vintage Tea Party Book seems to appear every time. So given the opportunity to have a look, I did and I'm glad of it. If I could have written this book I would have, sufficed to say I am absolutely in LOVE with it!
Monday, 24 October 2011
I was down in Dorset this weekend, I paid Mortimer's which is the fantastic bakery in Dorchester, a visit. They always have something in the window that makes me giggle, and this Halloween was no exception. From Chocolate Witch Muffins, to Meringue Wiggly Worms and Ghosts, Gingerbread Mummys and Pumpkins. Check out some of my SEASONAL HALLOWEEN CRAFT for your own inspiration.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Okay its cold, yes a couple of weeks ago we were sipping cocktails in the garden pretending that it was the summer, but now its cold. I can tell you this officially as I have had my first bout of the dreaded flu. But I like it when it gets cold, I like wrapping up warm and cozy, drinking hot chocolate, buying a new coat, eating pizza and watching a movie instead of going out on a friday night, it comforting.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
On Monday I helped out friend and fellow stylist Annie Swain set up the Hugo Boss SS12 press day at the Oui Rooms, in London's West End.
Annoyingly I had to leave early due to a nasty bout of the flu ( by early I mean 6pm, thats early for a press day set up!) So I didn't quite get to see the lay out in all its glory, but it was looking pretty damn amazing by the time I left. Whilst thumbing through the collections; setting up still life areas, styling hangers and mannequins I couldn't help but get to know the 4 collections very well indeed.
The one which stood out to me, surprisingly was the Hugo Boss Orange collection for women, the cheaper, younger range. It had a really strong 70s vibe to it, with an almost vintage boutique look. The mixtures of denims, knits, crocheted waistcoats, hole punched leathers and even cross stitched scarves were beautiful. Overall the womenswear took on more muted tones with a shock of yellow which really worked.
Friday, 14 October 2011
Had an extremely fun night out with a collection of lovely creatives in East London, for the Hanger Seven studio launch last night. During the silliness of the end of the evening I was caught on camera by the delightful Oly Barnsley, by day fashion photographer/ by night Tabasco sauce addict.
See his work www.olybarnsley.com
Thursday, 13 October 2011
I love Halloween, and cant wait to go to a party at the end of the month!
Fortnum's downstairs sweetshop was packed with wonderful chocolaty treats; skulls,
severed fingers, mumies, haunted house lollipops, to name but a few. My favourite was the goggly eyeballs in a box! Boy oh boy I would have loved to have been that Kensington kid who got Fortnum chocolate when they went trick or treating!
Monday, 10 October 2011
Yesterday saw the annual Bellenden Bun fight, my local version of the British Bake off! I managed to come 2nd in the cakes category ( most competitive category, of course). I cant deny I wasnt a little disappointed not to come first, beaten by a pretty almond number, but as we all know the baking world is a harsh one, filled with the sugary sweet taste of success and the bitter cocoa taste of disappointment. My triple soaked Luxe Dark Chocolate Black Forest Gateau, with handmade leaves, Kirsch Cherries then dusted with a little edible silver magic, just didn't quite cut the proverbial biscuit.
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
I am a huge Liberty fan, and if I had to live in a shop happily for the rest of my life, it would be Liberty. With hopes and ambitions of one day producing an Everything Alice Liberty fabric, styling the next book or window, you can safely say I have a certain bias when it comes to this brand. So when I was offered a pre-release copy of the brand new Liberty Book of Home Sewing, surprisingly their first ever book (proving the new popularity of craft!) I jumped at the chance to do a practical review, ie make something from the book to test it a bit!