Preparing for a “Clean Eating” Week

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Mostly Lovin': Modern Muse

A Little Taster...

A Little Taster…

Mostly Lovin': Afternoon at Leith Hill

One Big Step at a Time!

One Big Step at a Time!

A View of the County & Beyond

A View of the County & Beyond

This weekend I spent the afternoon tracking up to Leith Hill Tower a wonderful 17th Century attraction beloved of the Victorians who by all accounts loved a good picnic. It’s a wonderful place to visit if you want to get your heart pumping as unlike many attractions there is a steep 400 meter hike up to the top of the hill but once there you can reward yourself with a steaming pot of tea and some homemade cake. Now what could be better than that on a misty Saturday afternoon?

Leith Hill Tower

Leith Hill Tower

“The Last Smoke” by Garance Doré

"The Last Smoke"

“The Last Smoke”

I am so in love with my new print by illustrator and fellow blogger extrodinare Garance Doré. I ordered this print from the studio in New York last year but it has taken until now to actually unwrap it. We still have a multitude of renovations to complete before I can display the piece properly but it doesn’t hurt dream in the meantime… x

Mostly Lovin': The 7/8 Pant

www.net-a-porter.com,Acne Studios

The Perfect Pant

Have I ever told you about my obsession with the 7/8’s pant? No, OK allow me to continue if you will. The 7/8 pant rests comfortably on the knuckle of the ankle and is tapered to give an elegant yet perfectly wearable fit. Think Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”. I have a pair in crisp black, day-time blue, business like grey but now I am looking to add some more colour into the mix for some day-to-night glamour. Paired with sneakers or heals, a loose tank top or silk blouse, you simply cannot go wrong. Look into it mes amis. Bisous.

Paul & Joe

Image Courtesy MGM

Audrey Hepburn – Image Courtesy MGM

Summer Sense

www.esteelauder.co.uk/, bronze goddess perfume

There is something so wonderfully evocative about perfume and familiar aromas. For a long time now I have associated memorable days with particular scents. For example, Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Classic” women’s fragrance will always bring to mind my first kiss. Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder puts me in mind of late summer evenings or days spent lazing on the beach in the Caribbean. Laced with vetiver, mandarin and a hint of coconut to remind you it is a summer fragrance, a quick spritz of this and I could be lying on a hammock somewhere north of Brazil. What’s your go-to summer fragrance? x

Mostly Lovin': Emmanuelle Alt

The "Alt Gang"

The “Alt Gang”

I’m pretty sure I may have stated this before however, I really want to infiltrate Emmanuelle Alt‘s gang. Alt displays such a low key yet functional personal style. She is neither showy or too fashion consicous and this really appeals to me. I dare say, it is just one of the many reasons she collects sartiorial admirers the globe over. This woman simply gets it. Comment ne pas aimer à ce sujet? Bisous.

Image courtesy of Tommy Ton.

Discovered: The Grubbag Cook book

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This cook book was given to me by a dear old friend. Held together by string and tacks, The Grub bag by Ita Jones is a political, feminist manifesto all wrapped up in the guise of an “underground cookbook”. Developed from its original incarnation as a column in the Liberation News Service, Jones interweaves practical tips intermixed with silent revolution and the desire to “break the chains that oppress”. Set aside some of the more barmy ideals i.e. “eating an apple is cannibalistic”,
There are some great timeless recipes to be found such as “Blackgap Stew” – a hearty beef, beans and pork one-pot wonder. The “winter salad” section is also a great addition to any weekly menu repertoire. One of my favourite recipes would have to be the “Javanese Omelette” a type of slow cook Spanish style omelette. I’d be interested to know of any other books by Jones. Do get in touch if you can recommend one. Happy New Year! x

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New Year, New Sleepwear!

DKNY Shine On PJ's

DKNY Shine On PJ’s

Yes…it’s true my friends. When the burgeoning year rears it’s head I look to new sleepwear. I decided a while back to no longer take the path of least resistance when it comes to maintenance and personal style hence this latest addition to my nightwear repertoire. Classic, stylish and oh-so-warm, these “Pajamas” from DKNY are a welcome addition on cold nights of late. I used to collect vintage silk PJ’s from stores such as Flip in Covent Garden but since they departed I have found there to be a thin line between vintage and plain old worn-out. It is lovely to come across classical styles of sleepwear. I dare say my love of vintage style pyjamas is a by-product of watching one too many black and white movies but what’s a girl to do? Heureux Nouveaux Année amis . X

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Joyeux Noël A Tous

Merry Christmas to me!

Merry Christmas to me!

Pre-Dinner Christmas Amble...

Pre-Dinner Christmas Amble…

Treats for the Sweet!

Treats for the Sweet!