Month: May 2016

on being ghosted…

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There’s been much talk recently about digital “ghosting”…whether it’s socially or now, there’s a new term: career ghosting. I suppose it’s like being sent to Coventry in the old days. Where someone doesn’t return your calls or avoids you, or doesn’t speak to you. Except in this era of everyone being plugged in and digital, it’s even easier to do it to someone, a chickens way out. I’ve recently been ghosted by someone who used to […]

all change…

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A quick half hour time-grab found me in the changing rooms of M&S, trying on shorts (I was feeling kinda summery that day, clearly peaking too early). The shorts fitted me, but the hateful rear and side view mirrors revealed I actually resemble Babapapa. And not in a good, cheery pastel pink kind of way. It got me thinking about the whole shopping experience. Having just returned 90% of an online Boden delivery, all of […]

That dress…

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…We’ve all had them. Dresses or whole outfits that we’ll never forget. That made us feel ace. That made us walk taller, say witty things and feel top of the world. Two stand out from my childhood.  This one right here, and a pink gingham one, with a daisy motif overlaid. Both were handmade by my mum on her old Bernina sewing machine. Which cost dad a fortune when they were first married, but that […]

for the love of Liberty..

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…as I mooch once again through the creaking wooden floored Liberty, I realise my pace has changed. It happens every time I visit. However stressed, rushed, or unhappy I feel when I push through its doors, once inside I leave it all behind. How does a shop do that?! As a rule I hate shopping with a passion. I do most of mine online where I can. I get stressed, irritated and often angry or […]

making me happy today…

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…Ramen Bar by Aleesha Nandhra I bought this, and another Japan inspired print (more on that soon) as a souvenir and reminder of our recent family trip to Toyko. LOVE this print by Aleesha Nandhra. Aleesha is an illustrator and printmaker and definitely one to watch. http://www.aleeshanandhra.com/ Available from http://www.printclublondon.com who represent loads of other amazing print artists including another favourite, Clare Halifax whose prints I’ve been collecting. Get yourselves over there for a look. You […]

moral high (heel) ground…

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Here we are in 1916. Oh no, but hang on, it’s 2016 surely? Sorry, my mistake, I thought what with all the hoo-ha about some poor temp worker being given her marching orders for refusing to wear heels at work, we must still be pre women’s rights let alone equality, in Britain. I could go in to a teeny bit of a ranty monologue on this. So I’m going to keep this super-short. But from […]

first days of summer..

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…Summer in the UK is a cruel mistress. It’s here. It’s not here. It’s here. It’s gone. Ever the optimists, we crack out the summer clothes, open toed sandals, flip-flops, shorts, Pimms & Lemonade, gins on the decking from anywhere in April onwards. And the reality is normally frozen toes, patchy fake tan, and blue chattering lips with the addition of some attractive goosebumps. But I refuse to give up. New flip-flops and new garden […]

Good evening Stockholm..

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A guest post written by Clare (in Sydney) Eurovision is upon us again and this year it’s Sweden’s turn to host it. There’s been some moaning (I’m looking at you Graham Norton) at Australia being allowed to compete – this year on its own merits rather than the wild card they received in Austria. Admittedly, not only is Australia not only not in Europe (although this doesn’t stop Israel) it is almost 9000 miles away, […]

12th May…

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…is National Limerick Day. Whoop! Who knew? Ha. Most probably the most useless information of the day. Limericks were popularised by Edward Lear in his “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.  In truth, they irritate me – so instead, I give you another of his poems, my childhood favourite, The Owl and the Pussy Cat. I commissioned the illustration from Kitty age 7. I’d have liked Mack to have read this at our wedding but things were troubled then […]

Spring Scarves…

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It’s cold. It’s hot. It’s cold. It’s raining. It’s hot. Yep, the great British spring is never easy from a sartorial point of view. If you’re in danger of reaching peak North Face, giving up entirely on any sense of joy or style, then here are some of the best scarves to update any outfit from a biker jacket to a breton and back, saving you from the chills in the process. They’ll take the […]