22 Dec 2014
Writing, Words And Absolutely Nothing To Do With The Holidays

Writing, Words And Absolutely Nothing To Do With The Holidays

It’s a little too early or too late to start talking resolutions but I have been thinking about one.

Writing.

I love the punch of the keys, the words lolling towards a conclusion, sometimes the merest hint of an idea can end up with pride of place on the page. I haven’t been writing as much as I would like, or maybe I have been writing even more than ever and haven’t registered that I am actually engaged with my words.

Writing is like that, practise means everything. The more we write, the more we can write and the easier it becomes.

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What Is In Your Christmas Stocking?



Christmas and the stockings need to be filled with the fun and the fabulous.

I like to include something sweet, something scented and something personal. Something that you might not find for yourself.

It doesnt matter how old you are, there is nothing more wonderful or festive than a Christmas stocking.

19 Dec 2014
Hotel Le Bristol, Paris

Hotel Le Bristol, Paris

What is the best part of staying in a hotel?

Is it the luxury and comfort? Is it the room service and total pampering at the press of a button? Is it that all our cares and woes remain outside the door? Hotel life is not the real world, so much of the pleasure must lay in the escape. Who doesn’t like to escape every now and then from the rigours of everyday life?

Last week, in Paris, I had the great pleasure to be a guest at Le Bristol Paris for several nights.

Was I spoilt? A resounding, yes.

Did I adore every extravagant moment? Of course.

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12 Dec 2014
Dior + Avenue Montaigne = Paris Perfect

Dior + Avenue Montaigne = Paris Perfect

Dior in Avenue Montaigne was Paris perfect.

The pale pink hanging chandelier was a show stopper. I couldn’t take my eyes away from this street-scape. I loved the oversize scale, the simplicity yet generosity of their holiday celebration.

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11 Dec 2014
The Rue Saint Honore

The Rue Saint Honore

How could I resist snapping these luxurious and vibrant roses at Dani Roses on the rue Saint Honore?

I promised myself that I would search out the unknown, the new and the different during this Parisian visit, but I found myself drawn to my old haunts, snapping my most loved spots and following my familiar traditions.

Walking the rue du Saint Honore in December is magical. The sparkle, the beauty and the people watching. The Parisians, rugged up against a backdrop of glamour, there is nothing quite so atmospheric.

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10 Dec 2014
Paris And First Impressions

Paris And First Impressions

Paris and first impressions.

Imagine Paris in the late afternoon, driving along the banks of the Seine through a winter landscape. Bare can be so very beautiful, so serene.

The dappled light, thrown wide over the river, whispered sweet nothings; the scene gave me such a sense of calm and familiarity.

Familiarity in a great sense, in the warmest sense.

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8 Dec 2014
Paris And The Magic Of Christmas

Paris And The Magic Of Christmas




Paris and the magic of Christmas bekons.

I want to capture the ambience of a city decorated for the holidays.




I’m in the mood for a Parisian fix, so I hope you are too.

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7 Dec 2014
About The Boys

About The Boys

We don’t really talk much about our boys here.

Mine know their own style and how they like to dress.

I have stopped trying to influence so I work on the tried and true theme.
I know what they like so I run with that.

I admit to finding the classics on a man very attractive.
To state the obvious… is there anything sexier than a man in black tie or a well tailored suit?

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5 Dec 2014
The Christmas Countdown

The Christmas Countdown




The Christmas coundown is on.

Am I ready? I don’t think so, not quite yet.

There are so many moments before I settle back in Provence and switch off for the year.

London is in holiday fever and the city looks particularly festive and beautiful.

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2 Dec 2014
What To Wear For A Night Out in Paris? I’m Going To Say, Lace

What To Wear For A Night Out in Paris? I’m Going To Say, Lace

What to wear for a night out in Paris?

I am going to say, lace.

Carla captured this evocative Parisian night in the Place Vendôme.

The street lights, the two looking out from the balcony at the Christmas decorations and Boucheron, one of the most beautiful jewellery houses in the world.

How glamorous and romantic Paris looks?

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30 Nov 2014
Classics and Essentials On Sale

Classics and Essentials On Sale

Many of the classics and essentials are on sale this weekend.

In my little e-book, that I hope you have received by now, I talk about the top ten French wardrobe essentials.

These pieces really are the basics for any wardrobe and while they may not sound like the most original or exciting of choices they are the foundations of a functional and elegant style of dressing.

Having these items ready to wear really changes the game

It’s the extras and the way we put our look together that gives us individuality and personality.

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28 Nov 2014
Black Friday… It’s Showtime

Black Friday… It’s Showtime

Black Friday and it’s Showtime.

The biggest sales of the year have started in the U.S and they are incredible. Discounts on current stock all weekend… now is the time, if ever, to re-think the winter wardrobe.

Nordstrom less 40%, Neiman Marcus up to 50%, Shopbop 25% across the board, J.Crew minus 30%

This year I am editing the best buys for you, all weekend. Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Fashion gets confusing enough, especially when it is reduced in price and temptation is running at an all time high.

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27 Nov 2014
And So It Begins…. The Holidays

And So It Begins…. The Holidays

This fabulous interior, another photograph from Departure Lounge, might not have much to do with the holidays and the forthcoming sales, but where better to lounge around.

Where better to let the imagination run wild? I could easily cosy up on that fauteuil, feeling luxurious in cashmere or silk, with a great book and a glass of something delicious. Wouldn’t that be heaven?

Parisian interiors such as this; I don’t believe that there are any others that resonate more deeply with me.

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