Tuesday, 4 February 2014


The power of the internet can be a wonderful thing. I'll happily get on board with an entertaining or worthy viral campaign. I've even been know to participate in the odd Harlem Shake lurking somewhere deep in the depths of YouTube, though this was not one of my crowning moments. However, the latest viral craze, sweeping over our social media pages from our sunny cousins down under is Just.Plain.Stupid. 

For anyone that has been living under a non-wifi enabled rock for the last few weeks, 'neknomination' includes videoing yourself 'neking' (the australian equivalent of 'downing') a pint of alcoholic substance, at best a beer, at worst...I dread to think, and then nominating a friend to do the same.

At this point, I could blather on, about despite how extremely cool this may make you seem to your friends, 5,000 people under the age of 21 die every year due to alcohol related causes, and how the 7 fatalities already resultant of 'neknomination' make this a terrifically dangerous and asinine thing to do...

But instead, I'll simply direct your attention to an alternative 'neknomination' from the inspiring @RazzleMonster.... Let's do this instead. #OnlyGoodThings

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

'The One'

As many of my family and friends are aware stationary has always been an (unexplainable) passion of mine. (I used to collect pencils when I was little.) There's just something special about the beautifully neat, colour co-ordinated pen display in Paperchase that I can't quite put my finger on, and the satisfaction of buying (and packing) a brand new pencil case? You must know what I'm talking about. I sincerely miss the annual 'school supplies' shopping trip which would take place the first weekend of every September, and remember distinct pangs of jealousy the first year I had left school and my younger sister (still at school at that stage) came home to show me the number of scented gel pens, heart-shaped post-its, pink glue sticks and other exciting stationary items that she had managed to swindle in with the 'necessities' that my mum had agreed to pay for. 
Annual school supply shopping was soon swapped for annual diary purchasing - a compulsory part of the 'growing up process.' Despite bringing as much exciting anticipation from the offset as school supplies shopping, annual diary shopping for me was always followed by a certain disappointment  when my personal desired requirements (A5, lined, week-to-view) didn't match up with the combinations on offer. 
Which is why I wondered at the beginning of this year, wether I was ready for the next stage in my personal stationary purchasing development. The Filofax. Would I really shell out maybe triple the price of a normal diary, in return for a lifetime of commitment to one Filofax?
 I decided I would, and I was ready - as long as I could find 'The One.' Needless to say my Filofax research trip ended with disappointing results. The Filofaxes were dull and boring, I wouldn't commit to one for a year never mind a potential lifetime. Despite my admiration of Filofax users (connotations of maturity, sophistication and professionalism) maybe a Filofax just wasn't for me.

Or so I thought. Untill I came across this. Alice Temperley's exquisite  Filofax Creation. With a pony skin leather cover, gold frame and zip closure, and a crocodile print leather interior including an iphone holder, this Filofax is definitely 'The One'.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Teal Deal

For my most recent birthday, it was by pure coincidence that three different people had given me gifts all in the same shade of brilliant greenish blue. Perhaps subconsciously it is the colour that is most reflective of my personality - whatever that may represent! Either way it is a delicious colour, so here is a collection of colour themed items for your enjoyment. 

(The gifts were the Tiffany coin purse (below), The Fortnum & Mason World Travel Journal (below), and the YSL arty oval ring talked about here.)

 P.S. Thanks to the Bante girls, Aunty Hel and my parents for such lovely presents!

1. Toywatch
2. Faye Earrings - Amrita Singh
3. Irene Neuwirth Necklace
4. Debenhams Candle
5.T&F Slack Shoemakers London
6. Mulberry Oversized Alexa bag
7. Robindira Unsworth ring
8. Benefit D'finer D'liner
9. Fortnum & Mason World Travel Journal
10. Hermes Les Chevaux Qataris Cashmere and Silk shawl
11. Tarina Tarantino Topkapi Throne Room earrings
12. Tiffany coin purse
13. Chanel 527 Nouvelle Vague
14. Brian Atwood Embroidered Heel Pump

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Charity Case

I actually had a Pudsey bear soft toy when I was a child, but just the standard fluffy yellow with the red polka dot eye patch variety. I'm sorry to say he always came second to the white rabbit with cross stitches for eyes and tended to be 'left on the shelf.'  

This year, the loveable Children In Need mascot has been given a designer makeover by 9 fabulous high fashion designers. (From left to right) Erdem, PPQ, Mulberry, Giles Deacon, Kate Hillier, Liberty, Henry Holland, Patrick Grant and Jonathan Saunders have all contributed to creating new identities for the iconic bear, reflective of their respective brands themes and trend stories. For example, the 'Mulberry Pudsey' has been crafted from the same soft buffalo leather used for the Alexa bag, the Henry Holland bear follows Henry's Spring/Summer '12 Punk theme and is made from '100% wool House of Holland tartan,' whilst the Giles Deacon Pudsey is an on trend metallic leather creation, which has been inspired by his S/S '12 collection.

The bears will be exhibited at Liberty until November 19th, after which, the bears will be auctioned off on Ebay, adding to the Children In Need collection pot. 

Needless to say, if I was to be given a second chance this time round with a more fashionable Pudsey, he would no longer come second to the rabbit with cross stitches for eyes, nor would he be 'left on the shelf.' 

Monday, 7 November 2011

Le Vernis

I have recently been grieving the end of the summer months; it is now pitch black walking home at 5pm, I can see my own breath in the air, and the house is so terribly cold the cat feels the need to join me under the duvet of an evening. I am also mourning, with the end of the summer months the fact that, as my bestie reminded me 'It is not acceptable to wear pastels on your nails anymore, its winter now.' 
Enter my new winter find, dark enough for the wintery nights but sparkly enough to brighten my day. It  also happens to be my absolute favourite, favourite nail polish find to date. 

On purchase of a new bronzer at the Chanel counter (honestly once a year only, I'm not always that extravagant,) the glimmering, glittering, liquid metal lacquer, in its glorious little Chanel bottle not only caught my eye, but practically screamed out at me to buy it. On picking up the tester, to admire in all its splendour, the clever Chanel counter assistant just happened to mention that 'this one is limited edition -so won't be available for too much longer.' I think we both knew at this stage I was sold. 
So there goes 25% of the remainder of my student loan that needs to last me 'til January, but at least I have glimmering, glittering (wintery) nails.  

My glimmering, glittering nails.

Chanel Fall/Winter'11: Le Vernis Graphite 529, £18

Saturday, 5 November 2011


I'll admit, at first glance I was severely unimpressed. The 'skewiff' shape makes the shoe look as if it has been damaged during production. However, ever since I first noticed the Banana heel, I can't stop thinking about it. Definitely a grower.