Tuesday, 16 March 2010

The Beauty In The Little Black Box..

Look what's arrived.....!!

There is nothing like a little black Net-A-Porter box arriving in the post! Thanks to being on the waiting list, and someone else's indecisiveness, a 3.1 Phillip Lim Edie Bow Bag is now in my clutches, never to be pried away!

I blogged a little while ago about Rachel Bilson's Edie Bow Bag - a thing of utter beauty - and I'm ridiculously excited about having one of my very own.

I'm going to wear it with EVERYTHING. Possibly even my with pyjamas too.

(Images from & my own photographs)

Sunday, 14 March 2010

A Weekend of Domesticity

There's a scene in Sex & The City when Carrie is describing a New Yorker's Saturday, flowers and Kiehl's brown bag in hand - this conjures up the perfect image of the kind of weekend I love.
And oh how I do love weekends. There is nothing quite like a Saturday and Sunday spent out and about and at home, eating eggs Benedict and blueberry pancakes for brunch at Brew 'down the Junction', visiting Portobello Market, pottering around finding various bits and bobs for the flat, buying flowers, the Sunday Times, a new nail varnish or two (this week Lilacism by Essie) and procuring a little chicken all ready for roasting.

I normally avoid central London at the weekends - taking the tube to and from Oxford Circus in an over stuffed carriage full of angry people every weekday can put a girl off - but I was in desperate need of a hair cut - my fringe passed my eyes weeks ago...

After fitting in a haircut at Daniel Hersheson on Saturday I happened across Anthropologie on Regent Street. I've been meaning to explore America's latest export for ages but never seem to be on the right side of said street. I didn't go a bundle on the clothes, but was so excited by the beautiful home section. The bowls little and large, mugs, cups, saucers and pots are exactly what I've been dreaming of. It has become my life's mission to recreate Nigella's kitchen - all those fairy lights bowls that look like they were happened upon in a far away Moroccan market, perfect for that easily whipped up dip or deceptively complex salad.

They also have a great selection of books, coffee table appropriate, and lovely recipe books. I think I might return mid-week to recapture that weekend feeling and buy a book or two.

The bowls and cups will have to wait until we have a kitchen with more than one functioning cupboard and a landlady who moves at a slightly less glacial pace...
In the meantime I plan to practice my domestic godess-icity with a lovely Sunday roast, Hugh's (FW naturallment) rhubarb with orange and honey and The Time Traveller's Wife.

All images and products from

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Bon Appetit!

Julie & Julia made my Friday evening last week (yes, yes I may well have pre-ordered it).

Meryl Streep - a firm favourite since The Bridges of Madison County - is brilliant, and in my eyes, still a winner!

To mark this fact, the boyfriend and I shall be raising our glasses with a high pitched 'bon appetit!' whenever the opportunity presents itself.

(Image: tv guide)

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Wedding Guest Pondering..

A lovely wedding invitation landed with a thud (it contained both invite and wedding list and directions!) on the mat yesterday.

On the 1st of May my boyfriend's brother and his girlfriend will be tying the knot!
The wedding and reception are
presenting various style hurdles which I shall need to hop delicately over. Firstly, it is in May - not entirely sure what the weather tends to do
at this time of year, and it could be a little on the chillsome side.

Secondly, the reception is being held on a boat on the Thames - should I plan an outfit that works well with deck shoes? Or hope the stabilisers on the boat will be better than those on the ferries over to France that I remember from childhood?

As well as the amazing Stella McCartney Spring Linen-Blend Dress above, here are some other current options filling my head:

A beautiful Cherry Blossom Silk dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs is the front runner, but
in a world where money was no object I would opt for anything floral from Erdem - Ideally this Floral Print Silk Satin Dress.

I'm sure they'd all look tip top with a reflective orange life jacket!

These tick all the boxes I seem to have assembled for Spring/Summer wedding
guest outfits. Quietly beautiful, demure, ceremony and reception appropriate - oh they're just lovely. Extra points go to the Stella McCartney dress for working with or without tights, weather dependent!

Am also looking forward to Topshop and Whistles' Spring Summer dress offerings - but whichever dress is chosen, I think I'll team the winning number with ankle boots to add a little something to what I hope will be a charming little dress and an equally charming day!

(photo credits: Net-A-Porter)

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Hello Lover... The 3.1 Phillip Lim Edie Bow Bag

I have a rather awful confession to make. The ink on the receipt of my new oak Alexa is barely dry, and already I am lusting after the attention of a new suitor - 3.1 Phillip Lim's Edie Bow Bag. I know it is hideous behaviour and I should be utterly ashamed!!
But I can justify this - a) it is black and the Alexa I have is Oak and b) it is bloody sold out so I can only lust and that is as far as it goes.

I long to wear it with everything just like Rachel Bilson - a shining example of why this beautiful bag is at the very top of my very long 'must have this very instant' list.

p.s. it may be sold out but I may have added my name to a certain waiting list - here's hoping. Apologies bank account - merci tiny pay check.

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