Le Weekend: Nina Food

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I am absolutely loving this book by Chef and high-end caterer Antonia Parker! As you may know, I have a strong connection to the South of France so was instantly drawn to this book. I am happy to report that I have not been disappointed. The recipes are refreshingly simple yet classically French in provenance.

Those requiring a little more hands on instruction should head to Nina’s YouTube channel for wonderful recipes filmed in equally beautiful locations.

Love, Style & Life with Garance Dore

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So after almost two months of waiting I finally received my copy of Garance Dore’s first book “Love, Style & Life” and I couldn’t be more pleased!
Immensely personable and refreshingly real, Dore certainly puts the style into “lifestyle” and allows us mere mortals to chart her assent from zero to fashion hero. This book is a must for anyone looking to find their “fashion feet” as a blogger, illustrator or photographer. Congratulations Garance, from one blogger to another! Bisous.

www.garancedore.com

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Mostly Reading: Mason Currey: Rituals

A Mason Currey best Seller

A Mason Currey best Seller

The lovely Garance Dore put me onto this book by Mason Currey. It’s a wonderful detailing of the daily rituals and practices of some of the historical greats from Mozart to Plath. Some rituals are incredibly complex in order to promote productivity whilst others barely cover half a page. You can guess which appeals to me…

Weekend Reading: Eat, Nourish, Glow by Amelia Freer

Eat, Nourish, Glow, Sam Smith diet

Eat, Nourish, Eat?

This weekend I will be devouring Amelia Freer‘s best seller “Eat, Nourish, Glow”. Apparently, this is the diet plan used by singer Sam Smith. I really love the simplicity of Freer’s approach “No matter much money you spend on expensive creams, you can’t undo the cellular damage that sugar causes”. Basically, if you want “the glow” something has to give. Changes must be made and not for a week or a month but indefinitely. This book offers us mere mortals a chance to side-step the waiting list for a consultation with Freer and in doing so make the changes that will get us looking good and feeling great!

Mostly Lovin’: Gustave Caillebotte

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This weekend I will be devouring my new book “Gustave Caillebotte, An Impressionist & Photography”. Time to get back to the numerous galleries of London me thinks…

Chinua Achebe, RIP

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The Sartorialist: A Closer Look

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I first became aware of The Sartorialist back in 2008. I was in the South of France away from the bulk of friends and family whilst navigating my way though one of the most challenging times of my life. In a quest for an “emotional relief”, I think this was one of the first times I really saw the web for what it is…a seemingly infinite looking glass. I spent much of my evenings surfing the net and yes (tut tut) reading the gossip sites quite honestly because the content was so deliciously ludicrous and as far removed from my situation as seemed possible.

A frequent visitor to Style.com, I looked forward to viewing the new images from The Sartorialist (AKA Scott Schuman), who at the time was a regular contributor. If designers can have a signature look so too can a photographer I feel. In the case of Schuman, it is the ability to truly capture life as it is being lived, providing a platform for a great outfit is a poor second.

So finalement, the second installment from The Sartorialist has finally arrived. As with the previous book, I only peruse three to four pages at a time. Like a child savouring their favourite treat…I know how to make this book last. Sometimes I casually skip pages safe in the knowledge that I will at some point stumble upon them and the beauty encased therein will have made the wait worth while. 

For me, the appeal of The Sartorialist is far greater than merely a study of trends and the fashion friendly. It is an open / ongoing discourse on how different lifestyles produce different styles but ultimately, it is the study of people and that is what keeps me coming back for more. I love the androgynous qualities of the above photo, the fact that she is looking away from the camera suggest a real authenticity between The Sartorialist and his subject. He is permitted to capture the subject living their life…