25 Jan 2015
London, Saturday Morning, New Covent Garden

London, Saturday Morning, New Covent Garden

What to do in London on a Saturday morning?

The obvious is to enjoy a good sleep in, but that’s not my plan.

Saturday morning early and I’m at New Covent Garden buying flowers for the week ahead.

Home, wherever it may be, doesn’t feel like home to me without a bloom or two.

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22 Jan 2015
Dolce & Gabbana, Their Nonnas And Why Age Is Irrelevant To Fashion

Dolce & Gabbana, Their Nonnas And Why Age Is Irrelevant To Fashion

Dolce & Gabbana obviously love their nonnas.

Why wouldn’t you? They look totally adorable.

In the fashion and beauty world of late there has been a great push to feature older women in campaigns. The 50+ not the 15+.

How refreshing to finally have some real faces, with character, wisdom and expression. What a breath of fresh air to see bodies that don’t look like they belong to an alien planet.

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20 Jan 2015
A Fresh Start, Starting Over With Skincare

A Fresh Start, Starting Over With Skincare

I dare not admit to the excesses of the holidays, but as I don’t like secrets, I must come clean.

Relaxing the routines, spoiling ourselves and over indulging is not always a bad thing, as long as it has its limits. Enjoying ourselves and throwing caution to the wind can be very therapeutic and I belive that if we don’t treat ourselves from time to time, then life becomes a drudge and so do we.

The new year has well and truly started turning and now is the moment when I am re-thinking my skincare, health and exercise routines.

Starting a new year I have promised myself that skincare is a number one priority.

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18 Jan 2015
Weekend Vignette

Weekend Vignette

Inspired by French antique dealer and international designer, Madeleine Castaing. “Don’t be intimidated by audacity. Be audacious—but with taste.”       

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16 Jan 2015
When In Florence

When In Florence

When in Florence, what to do?

There is so much to do and equally I could sit in Florence and do very little at all.

Daydream, people watch, gaze at the architecture, become colour obsessed, taste a thousand delectible bites and drink my fair share of light and fruity Prosecco.

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15 Jan 2015
Taking Style Notes From Botticelli

Taking Style Notes From Botticelli

I find fashion inspiration in the most unusual places, in this case Sandro Botticelli and his early Renaissance works.


Botticelli and his lush femininity had me thinking silk chiffon, crepe de-chine and soft flowing drapery.


Gazing at the painting, Primavera made me long for a return to softer dressing,

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13 Jan 2015
A Room With A View, Florence

A Room With A View, Florence

In Florence I couldn’t help but recall the wonderful film, A Room With A View.

My mind was on repeat as I hummed Puccini and let myself retreat into a world of Renaissance art and architecture.

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10 Jan 2015
Taking The Time

Taking The Time

Holidays mean time to me, taking the time.

Time to catch up with or on anything that takes our attention.

Time and having time must be one of the greatest luxuries of all.

I am taking a short break over the holidays and I wanted to leave you with some of my favourite writings this year,

in case you have time.

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23 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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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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