SUMMER...

Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Mr. Braddock: Ben, what are you doing?Benjamin: Well, I would say that I'm just drifting. Here in the pool.Mr. Braddock: Why?Benjamin: Well, it's very comfortable just to drift here. Charlotte: I tried taking pictures, but they were so mediocre. I guess every girl goes through a photography phase. You know, horses... taking pictures of your feet. {Guilty.}

WEEKEND...

Sunday, 27 June 2010
Summertime in England. I had given up hope that this was possible.*Edit* Tuesday am: pouring rain.

TO WANDER...

Thursday, 24 June 2010
Travel is what makes me happy and always has done. That sounds trite and perhaps happy is the wrong word. Travel is the thing that keeps me going; it's like fuel. Getting on a plane, arriving somewhere and roaming, discovering new things, just sitting and feeling the atmosphere of a place. Once you know what a place is like, no one can take that away from you. Whatever kind of life slump I've

GONE SUNBATHING...

{First photo - can't remember: tell me! Dennis Stock (thank you!) Second photo - Yelena Yemchuk}

SIMPLE SUMMER LOVES: FLOWERS AND FOOD...

Monday, 21 June 2010
It doesn't take much to make me happy when the weather's cooperating. Even though my garden is nothing to write home about, I can still find a few sprigs of jasmine, a couple of roses and this beautifully scented tree/bush thing (which may be a weed) to cut and put around my flat. Lately, every meal I have at home involves a variation on the same ingredients: avocado, cherry tomatoes, soft goat

TOURIST...

In Issue 3, Tourist Magazine chats to Ana Kras about her furniture and photography. This is the first online magazine that hasn't made me frustrated with the actual process of reading it (clicking,zooming etc) or conversely thinking, "this is exactly the same as a blog" (scrolling).Grace and Lauren make me want to take a roadtrip immediately, but also give me the disconcerting feeling that I may

ONLY YOU...

Sunday, 20 June 2010
You know how I write regularly for ONLY.com's website? What! You mean you haven't been religiously following my missives covering subjects such as Chanel nail varnish, Diana Vreeland, the joys of spring, Alma and pink being the navy blue of India? I think that brings us up to date. Well I'll forgive you just this once because I have also been remiss in only (see what I did there?) now remembering

FILMS...

Saturday, 19 June 2010
Come on, own up - how many times have you re-watched it in the past few days? I have great hopes for Elle Fanning, purely from the withering look she gives Johnny/Stephen over breakfast after he's spent all night shagging. (Also - weird that no one knows if Sofia's new baby is a boy or girl or what the name is yet? I'll take guesses.)Talking of films, this damp grey June has led to me watching

SO NEAR, YET SO FAR...

Tuesday, 15 June 2010
We went to the crazy vintage shop near my house over the weekend. I can't tell you the name of it or where it is, but not because it's full of amazing secret treasures like '70s YSL, Valentino and Chanel (which it is) but because I want to say bad/fun things about it and I'm scared they'll track me down and kill me if they find out. I first posted about this place a few years ago, when I stumbled

MEMENTO...

In Capri years ago a friend and I stumbled on a perfume line where each of the fragrances had "Capri" in the name. She bought "Capri Sexy" (you had to say sexAAy) and hilarity ensued. I don't remember how it smelled, or if she ever wore it or still has it somewhere. Thankfully the perfume industry has classed its act up a bit since then. The above images are from the campaign and packaging for

GRRRR...

Monday, 14 June 2010
Sorry if you've seen posts appearing and disappearing. I was merely trying to upload a nice neat Polyvore set and Polyvore did something weird to the rest of my blog. Stupid thing. Anyway all I wanted to say was that if it were really summer and I wasn't shivering with a blanket round my shoulders, I would quite like to wear this outfit today:Parker dress from Steven Alan, Illesteva Leonard

WHAT I SAW ON THE WAY...

Friday, 11 June 2010
At an out of town shopping centre I saw a very thin, very orange young girl pushing a stroller. She wore a pink velour tracksuit with something embroidered on the back in gold swirly letters: Queen of something, I can't remember. She had tied her hoodie in a tight knot at the front so as to expose her midriff. Yesterday on the tube at about 11.30am I saw a young black man wearing a tuxedo and bow

ELSA...

Thursday, 10 June 2010
The other day Liselotte Watkins posted this scan of a profile on Elsa Peretti and the photograph, no - she, stopped me in my tracks. Then I read on. The first sentence is; "She is a woman of almost awesome chic, looking as dazzling in a beat-up men's fedora as she does in a Halston ballgown." The first thing I thought was I wanna look dazzling in a beat-up men's fedora, why can't I look dazzling

SO LONG...

Wednesday, 9 June 2010
I've been really getting into wearing long dresses. Not of the floaty printed boho maxi variety, no - the long jersey solid colour variety. I compared many, many of these at different price points and I can say with some confidence that you should buy one from New Look and no one will ever be able to tell that you spent £15 rather than £150. And I don't require a special occasion to get out the

ONE MORE...

Monday, 7 June 2010


This is a picture Anna took of me trying on bracelets in Deogarh, Rajasthan, since a couple of you mentioned the jewellery there. They were made by the man selling them and the price depended on how heavy the piece was. His 10 year old daughter was a whipsmart businesswoman. I chose just one (can you guess?) and I haven't taken it off yet. (The mehndi on my hands is because we were there for a

RANDOM...



A random selection of India photos that I'm fond of for one reason or another. The photos I have were mostly hastily snapped while flying round a corner in an auto rickshaw or out of a window. The thing is that the most incredible moments were ones I don't even have pictures of, all the moments happened so fast and piled up on top of each other. Arriving in Udaipur: seeing a woman in a

BACK TO BUSINESS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD...

Saturday, 5 June 2010
1. A ticket to Paris. (Done!)2. Where I will purchase Merci linen bedlinen - it's really overpriced but I haven't seen anything else that compares to its overdyed slubby gorgeousness, so what can you do. 3. A one day course at Nikon to tame the beast that is my camera. 4. I would really like this Mociun ring, but even better I would like to find a ring like the Mociun ring in London or Paris

INDIA: CHILDREN AND ANIMALS...

Friday, 4 June 2010











There are children and animals everywhere. Take a photo of a child and ten, twenty more appear, all posing for the camera and swarming around asking for more. There are camels pulling marble slabs, donkeys with sacks of bricks on their backs, elephants carrying god knows what. Monkeys hang out on a wall under a tree. There are goats and dogs and cows wandering casually in the streets

BACK...


India was more extreme than I could ever have imagined - overwhelming, intense, stimulating - a million different feelings at once. Andrea left a comment before I left which said; "Your brain and your eyes and your heart never seem to agree on what you're seeing. You will fall in love and out of love one hundred times a day." I couldn't have put it better than that. I'm home and have had a bath