JUNE EATING AND DRINKING...

Friday, 29 June 2012















 June started on a culinary high note in Rome with good coffee, spaghetti all' amatriciana, fragoline, aperitivi and gelati. 40 Maltby Street cheese and wine brunch with C, Pintxos at Pix in Soho and Affogato at Gelupo on the Queen's Jubilee with Charlotte and Jeanine, coffee and lavender and pear cake with Laura at Fernandez & Wells, my secret detox weapon at Rose Bakery at DSM,

Stop and Smell The Bullshit

Thursday, 28 June 2012
Well hello there stranger, thought your world could use some rocking today.  A little post from your friendly neighborhood bitch.

Recently, at a Body Shop in Brussels, I was asked to sign an international petition against animal testing in cosmetics. 

Oh, what a delightful gem of an idea, protecting those cute fuzzy little bunnies, I thought to myself... isn't the world such a beautiful place?

But then, an alarm went ringing in my head that said:
 "BULLSHIT! BULLSHIT! BULLSHIT!"
This is what I saw in my head:


The end.

Author disclaimer.  
The author does not take the side of pro or anti animal testing here (Well, at least not in this post).  Just that you stop and smell the bullshit  before you commend in haste  anyone's seemingly noble actions.

WEATHER REPORT...

Tuesday, 26 June 2012



I thought my subconscious was up to something. Despite the cold, wind and rain, I'd been amassing quite a little trove of clothes in light cotton prints more suited for exotic climates. I even bought a white and leopard print APC canvas bag to carry my camera in, like a summer bag! (Online it's full price, but it's on sale in stores.) There's usually no point in buying summer stuff here, since

SOLSTICE SPICE...

Saturday, 23 June 2012
On the summer solstice I had my first experience of legendary Punjabi restaurant Tayyab's in Whitechapel. Regularly listed as one of the best - and cheapest restaurants in London, it was only because I happened to walk past it on my way to a private view of C's upholstery class that I ever thought of going there. I'd always thought it was probably one of those over-hyped places that's listed in

CHOUPETTE'S 15 MINUTES...

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


© Slim Aarons

It has come to our attention that numerous mainstream news outlets have run features on Choupette Lagerfeld, the big KL's kitten. Fashionista, in an alleged "interview" asks "Choupette" about her daily habits and rituals, favourite foods and past times. Choupette's alleged Twitter account currently has 7,783 followers.

This is clearly a thinly veiled attempt to jump on our

ENGLISH WINTERSUMMER ANTIDOTE...

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
























Rome, June 2012. Where the sun shines every day, everything is beautiful and the answer is always yes to gelato.

{Disposable camera snaps and a few digitals thrown in.}

ON SCENT...

Sunday, 10 June 2012
Sometime in the past year I stopped wearing perfume, ever. I've always been a serial monogamist with scents, but in the past few years the perfumes I chose became lighter and lighter until I realised that the En Passant I sprayed every morning was only noticeable, and only to me, for about four minutes. And I'm not really the kind of person that carries their perfume round for re-spritzing

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN CERAND...

Thursday, 7 June 2012













The night before I went to Mexico uh... a while ago, my friend Lauren and I attended an event for charity in a storied private London palace overlooking Green Park. We, as tradition dictates, took an aperitif at the secret martini bar to start, where another customer was so overwhelmed by Lauren's style and grace she was almost in tears.

We walked around the corner to the party,

AM NOT DEAD...

Monday, 4 June 2012





In fact quite the opposite! Have been roaming a lot lately, most recently in Rome. More soon - baci! x

{Can't find a credit for First photo of Monica Vitti credit: AP, the second the internet is telling me is by Helmut Newton - could be possible I suppose, but unlikely?}

Rowena Dating 101 (aka why perhaps I am single to this day)

Friday, 1 June 2012