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Friday, 31 December 2010
It feels strange to say this, but 2010 was a good year. What am I saying, good? 2010 was a sterling year. (*I'm excluding the first 3 months of it which thankfully turned out to be just a hangover from the previous Years of Bleakness.) It might sound funny to say that here, as you would barely know it from reading my posts, but trust me. So thank you 2010 - you made me feel like myself again.

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON...

Friday, 24 December 2010
I'm here to tell you that the Toujours Toi Dark Side of the Moon necklace is on sale today and it's 50% off, but just for today!

Oh, I had ideas, I had great plans to shoot this necklace but...
I had to fire my model for insubordination and move onto using inanimate objects as a model. (A lampshade. No claws.)

{The other photos I took of Lola attacking with the necklace were too disturbing to

CHRISTMAS WISHLIST: LOUNGING AROUND EDITION...

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

{Muuto E27 pendant lamp, The White Company velvet bathrobe, Brvtvs double chain ring, Marni bra, Trasparenze Gennifer merino hold ups, F.Scott Fitzgerald beautiful cover hardbacks.}

SNOW ♡...

Sunday, 19 December 2010

I'm so glad I went outside, or I wouldn't have noticed that someone tagged my car with snow hearts. Curious...

{my pics}

Back In Brussels: Preparing shop

Saturday, 18 December 2010


This is just a teeny tiny post to say that I am happily back in Brussels! 

Everyone says Brussels is boring and I have my turn of biatching of how Brussels weather is like a woman on PMS- cannot make up its bloody mind (on the bright side, this has made Belgians such wardrobe layering artists! Though it does involve different shades of grey.)

But even with the yummiest paella and jamon serrano in Barcelonetta- Brussels and this bullshit blog is on my mind.  And I missed you, my bullshit readers- it is corny, i know and i wasn't in a hurry to get back to blogging, i admit - but yes, i did.  

Got so many great posts and new ideas planned for action (read- not have gotten my butt out of the sofa just yet)

What is next, i have been cleaning shop, (for a week now) and I pulled a muscle from my shoulder to my elbow down to my fingers.  I tell people that it is due to this fancy backward smash i do in volleyball - but it also could well have been from too much vacuuming.  But I am sticking to my backward smash story.  (You so didn't have to know that, but, heck, i have got to present my excuses why after weeks of vacation i only have this poor excuse of a blog post instead of a big bullshit revelation!)

I will be answering mails, and comments (thank you! thank you for not giving up on me!) individually and without fail and am working on new blog ideas for now and will be posting after the holidays.

In the meantime- please allow me to wish you a fabulous ballsy bullshit-free holiday season!!!  
Be blogging soon!!!

ESTER PASTEL...

Friday, 17 December 2010
The second in my series (yes I can call it that now that I've managed a second one) on friends around the world. The first is here. Ester Pastel is my lovely friend from Barcelona. Her name isn't really Pastel, but then my name isn't really Petrolia either. Ester is my magical friend who I can go into a bonkers crazy creative zone with and we always perfectly understand each other. She is a

AMITIÉ...

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
A friend recently told me I'm "a meeter", which sat a little strangely with me at first. But somehow, in the past few months - it's true - I've turned into a meeter. I couldn't tell you how this happened or how to go about it, because I don't know. All I know is that I've made more friends in the past six months than I did in the previous few years. On trips to Paris I used to spend most of the

WINTER...

Tuesday, 14 December 2010
{top - my photo, taken out of my window, middle - Catherine Deneuve by Mary Ellen Mark, bottom - my photo, taken in my street}

HEARTS...

Sunday, 12 December 2010
The hearts are up. Now it's officially Christmas. I haven't bought a single card or present yet. I only need to get around ten presents oh so, so, many thanks to sensible family present buying amnesty negotiations.

I plan to spend most of today collecting pine cones and branches and I need to buy some metallic paint. My sewing fingers are twitching at the ready for some craftastic Christmas

I WANT IT...

Friday, 10 December 2010



















Snow butterfly scarf by Mungo Gurney for The Creative Archives.
From No.6 {image 1} and Browns Focus

Oh, P.S. MAYLE KAMIKAZE POP UP ONLINE!!!!!!!!!



















Yes, Mayle. Are you people trying to bankrupt me? Banzai!

RANDOM PARIS...

Tuesday, 7 December 2010





The lady crossing the street is one of those bad pictures that I secretly think is a good picture - even down to the badly dressed tourists in the background (sorry badly dressed tourists but you're in Paris - at least make an effort - honestly.)  The sky kept looking like it was about to snow, like that. But then when it actually did, as A and I were drinking hot chocolate sitting outside,

PILGRIMAGE...

Saturday, 4 December 2010
Many, MANY years ago before the internet, every season I would await the arrival of the postman with the A.P.C. catalogue all the way from France at my parents' house. I would flip through it, noting with a dot of pen my favourite things, then fill in the order form in neat capital letters, post it to the address in Ivry-sur-Seine just outside Paris, and wait. A few weeks later my package would