Christmas Traditions & Dinosaurs...

... As everyone winds down for Christmas and starts to leave London - we (I) start to think about all the things we can do in London. 

Because, I love this city - and - I love it more the quieter it gets (perhaps a throw back to growing up in a seaside town...). So as the last Saturday before Christmas has passed and the city quietness down we head into town.

One of our favourite places is The Natural History Museum - I hugely recommend membership (you sail past the snaking queues) and given The Dinosaur Room has reopened we hot-footed to one of everyones favourite places.

The eeriness of The Natural History Museam makes a great setting for Tv and film 

Miss Cupcake...

... What better place to hang out on a rainy, December day - or any day, rainy or not.

Miss Cupcake is one of (many of) our favourite places to hang out in the Marais, Paris - drinking hot tea on cold days and cooling, milk shakes on a hot day - always accompanied by a delicious cupcake! 

Miss Cupcake - 22 Rue la Vieuville, 75018 PARIS

Miss Cupcake - 35 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 PARIS


Denim Desire...

... It starts like this - 

Sunday night (5 mins ago) flicking through a glossy magazine...

... spot some jeans and the words - 'Levis', 'remake', 're/dun'

Brain thinks 'interesting'...

*goes straight online - to see the words...

... SOLD OUT

Now here's the thing - it was a passing interest and now...

...desire! 

I'm on the waiting list.



BKD London...

... Pursuing Instagram I came across BKD London. Creative cakes for kids - home baking and classes - classes! yay! 

Now I m a happy 'home' baker - n.b 'home'. My baking is great for the family but I'm not so sure how it passes as professional. 

So looking on the website I was super excited to see a course in East London on my actual birthday! Who needs to buy a birthday cake when I can get them decorated by my own child, on my birthday and without creating any mess in my own kitchen...

... So off trot said child with father in toe. 

And what a result!

The best birthday cakes ever! A happy and proud child - fulfilled and entertained. 


41 & Balloons...

... Turning 41 was ok - I thought I might freak out but nothing changed. It was, as we all know 'just another day'. However it allowed me to indulge in all things that my 'inner child' love...

... Balloons. I love balloons! Especially shiny, happy, glossy helium balloons - think Andy Warhol...

... And flowers.

Balloons and flowers - they remind me of celebrations, of dancing the night away, friends, fun & frolics, laughter and left over pizza for breakfast from the night before! 


"Jammy' Storage...

 

... Jam sandwiches will never go out of fashion in this home. Toasted or cold, jam sandwiches are one of our staple comfort foods. 

Which leaves us with

a. a substantial amount of empty jam jars and

b. with the dilemma of whether to add our jam jars to the recycling box or reuse them at home...

... and with the amount of 'stuff' we collect - pencils, crayons, elastic bands, beads, flotsam & jetsam...  these glass jars come in handy!

Including being handy for separating and pairing earrings, plus great for storing. Given my OCD, I'm rather partial to storing them by colour! 


 

Everything but the Kitchen Sink...

... Given that we live in our kitchen. Literally - eat, play, work, catch up with friends. We spend countless hours at the kitchen table or hanging out on the battered leather sofa, snuggling up with our treasured Mini Schnauzers - so the kitchen sink just seemed so 'kitchen' for a room that isn't really a 'kitchen' at all! 

So originally it happen by accident - I received flowers, grabbed a vase out them in it and most probably my attention was taken by... the dogs, child, husband, delivery, etc but the result was the flowers got left at the kitchen sink. 

Result! Flowers by the kitchen sink as became a fixture. So but nicer to wash up to the scent of fresh flowers and so much prettier to look at! 


Terry de Havilland & Liberty's = Love...

Like... Love... Lust!

... Shoes, shoes, shoes...

... How much more love could you give to the following...

Terry de Havilland - The God of all things shoes - Why? Because he makes the most exquisite, fabulous, comfortable (yep!) and crazy awesome shoes...

Liberty's of London - An institution of style, slaws, sophistication, new designers...

And. 

Shoes... Well made shoes - they never judge your clothing size, your weight fluctuation, your bad hair day (in fact they take the eye away from a bad hair day!)

So all in all, for Terry de Havilland and Liberty's of London to have a collaboration is perfection! 


J Brand X John Rocha X Street St...

... How many elements can you add to a collaboration... 

In this case - 3.

Which in this case is the prefect number!

J brand + John Rocha + Dover Street Market = Pure Brilliance.

As a huge denim lover (and an over 40 year old) this is one collection I would wait in line for... (unlike my H&M  X Alexander Wang crush - short lived - I spent an hour hitting the refresh button and then gave up!).

So, what can get better denim (as in the fabric) designed in a non-traditional denim (clothing) way and sold in one of the most coolest and inspirational shops.

Given it launched today - be prepared to hit the West End this weekend.

Denim that wears like denim and looks like tailored clothing - perfection! 


H&M Alexander Wang...

... Every time H&M collaborate with a designer I think about purchasing...

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... I think and sigh...

... And to be fair I have tried to purchase (online - I refuse to stand in line) but I'm either too slow, the internet server (?) is too slow or I should stand in line (but I won't).

But,

This time I can't decide what to do - 

Stand inline,

Upgrade the internet, 

Be ready (putting cup of earl grey down) at 8.59am Thursday

Or, pay a fortune to someone who gets there quicker and sells on...

...because I love this collaboration and fear so may many.

9am Thursday 6th November 


Patch It...

... I love patches and the above jeans are fantastic DKNY jeans. Patch perfect but as much a I love wearing them it did make me think about doing it for myself...

... So I tried.

And as much I loved making my own patched jeans and loving the end result, I idid learn two things.

Firstly - Iron on patches - stick until you wash and wear them, so sewing is essential and secondly, sewing on to a narrow jeans leg is trickier than expectations...

Home Patched Jeans

Home Patched Jeans

DKNY Patched Jeans

DKNY Patched Jeans