ONE SUNNY DAY...

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Last Saturday was a lone, glimmering sunny day and I made the most of it.

More on my flickr...

WELCOME TO MY WORLD...

{From bbc}

AVANT/APRES...

Friday, 24 July 2009
I looked at this poster for the UK release of Coco Avant Chanel for at least five minutes before I realised the very odd change from the original French one (left, obvs). Yes, it's in English, the avant is now before, possibly in case some bright spark who failed GCSE French thinks Avant is Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's real name. Some of the other text is also different, but...When looking at the

FROM THE DEPTHS...

Tuesday, 21 July 2009
I have a load of torn out pages from nineties Italian Vogues that I couldn't bear to part with when I moved back to London from Italy (and couldn't exactly bring my magazine stash with me). I found them in a drawer today, and though I wonder why I went to such trouble to keep some of the images, others, like this one, still resonate with me more than ten years later. I might post some more of

NEW MIU...

Sunday, 19 July 2009
I don't get particularly hot and bothered about the release of new ad campaigns these days. Too celebrity driven, too retouched, too shiny. But I was happy to see that after years of famous faces, Miu Miu has chosen relatively unknown models for autumn/winter 09 and has ditched the strong colours that have dominated the campaigns shot by Mert & Marcus for the past few years. As with the new Prada

I SPENT THE SUMMER...

Thursday, 16 July 2009
Slowly, halfway through July it began to dawn on me that apart from 3 days in Paris last month, I would not get to travel again this summer. As friends drift off to summerhouses on unpronounceable northern islands, to cross country road trips and to country homes, I wonder how I slipped through the net. I didn't and won't go to Lisbon or Switzerland or any of the other places I doodled in my

I SAY...

Sunday, 12 July 2009
Yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to trundle along to The Chap Olympiad, held in Bedford Square Gardens - in the loveliest of the Bloomsbury squares. This event essentially celebrates Englishness. I will try and explain: Attendees might be wearing a tweed shooting outfit, full morning dress, or vintage lawn whites. They will almost certainly sport a monocle, a moustache, a pipe or all

SUMMER HAIR...

Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Ah, the topknot. Something that looks and feels so right for this summer. If this was Grazia magazine I might even say it's a great way to instantly update your look, but then I'd have to put an exclamation mark at the end and start calling it the "fun bun" or the "toppy" or something. I've been wearing my hair in a topknot to sleep ever since it got long enough to somehow wrap itself round my

MATERIAL GIRL...

Tuesday, 7 July 2009
You'd think I'd be all shopped out; but not having been clothes shopping for so long, then going for it like it was 2005 seems to have sparked my pre-recession fervour.Now I'm coveting this jewellery. (via Lena) I'm not buying it, just posting it here so I can admire it from time to time.

A FEW THINGS...

Sunday, 5 July 2009
Vanessa Bruno pale mint blouse, APC Russian dressVanessa Bruno off white lace panel linen T shirt, Isabel Marant Etoile thin plaid shirt (nope - not sick of plaid)I used to love coming to Paris and getting one thing from Vanessa Bruno each time. But when it started to become easily available in London (same thing happened with Isabel Marant), well, it became everyone's thing. Then there was the

SURPRISINGLY PLEASANT...

Saturday, 4 July 2009
French breakfast radishes. Yummy dipped in melted butter and sea salt. (Maybe not for breakfast though.)Carnations! The flower I've spent my life avoiding on garage forecourts.{my photos}

TWO THINGS...

Two things the French do particularly well are eyewear and underwear. [O.K., also: floristry, shoes, cooking, interior design, bread products, hairdressing, swimming costumes, yoghurt, wine, bicycling in heels, scarves (obviously), small dogs, cafes, and beauty products.] Let's just stick with two for a minute. Glasses: When I was looking for my first pair of prescription glasses I kept noticing

THINGS I WISH I'D BOUGHT IN LES SOLDES...

Friday, 3 July 2009
Chloe multistrap wedges - oh they had my size, oh they had all the colours. Oh, even half price they were more than 250 euros. Elegance is refusal, elegance is refusal (keep saying it).Heimstone Bergerac dress. I am in love with the print. I also tried the Roxane at the store in rue du Cherche Midi but it was such a hot day my brain started to short fuse and I had to get out. I now notice the

PARIS DIANA...

Thursday, 2 July 2009
I used my Diana camera for the first time in Paris. It was so easy to take out and about because it's so light. I didn't really believe that any of the photos would come out, so I tried not to use it for anything I'd be upset about not getting. I ended up with nine photos (should have been twelve - ahem, lens cap). Strangely the vignetting is much stronger on the scans. But I love the randomness

GETTING DRESSED...

I've been thinking about how inspired I get by just looking at people in Paris. Not just young people; almost everyone really has it together. It came to me that in Paris 85% of people are interesting to look at, it's important to them, they appreciate both style and craftsmanship. It makes for an inspiring whole if you're in a place where beauty is attended to and nurtured in everything. It's as