fashion & style

presents in the post

October 29, 2014

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have you heard of not-another-bill before? they’re a fun little monthly subscription service that sends out beautifully wrapped and carefully curated surprise gifts in the post that have been exclusively created in collaboration with a handful of top designers and artists, and therefore not available on the high street. clever, right?

to introduce me to their exciting concept not-another-bill kindly send me their latest monthly gift; a beautiful silk-cotton scarf by textile designer karen mabon whose whimsical illustrations you may recognise from her work with vogue, anthropologie and liberty’s. aiming to capture the postal ethos of not-another-bill, this uniquely designed scarf features hand-drawn illustrations of messenger pigeons, letters, parcels and stamps creating a design that would be equally wonderful framed behind glass on a wall or worn nonchalantly around your neck as wearable art.

it’s wonderful to have received such a charming little surprise gift in the post, and got me thinking about how fantastic a not-another-bill subscription would be as a gift idea for one of those hard-to-buy-for friends with impeccable taste. each present is sent out with a personalised letter explaining how the collaboration and design came about, and gifts are carefully curated based upon recipients tastes and preferences. past gifts include bespoke designs by tom dixon, hay, ferm living and ham, and with monthly prices starting from just £18 (a yearly subscription costs £229) i can think of many of my friends who would love to receive a bespoke design gift through their letterbox each month!

fashion & style

duo

October 27, 2014

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• boots, c/o duo  leather jacket, river island • scarf, zara • jeans, topshop  top, topshop • bag, warehouse (last season) • watch, miss. selfridge  

so, i’ve finally done it; my first ever outfit post.

i’m most definitely not a natural in front of the camera and i certainly couldn’t have done it without plenty of words of encouragement from my bestest blogging pals – not least of all the kind, generous and ever-so-patient man behind the camera – but all that posing in a quiet and colourful london mews turned out to be super fun and i have to say i’m pretty darn happy with the way the snaps have turned out. thanks so much, will! xx

it was my new leather boots from duo that started it. when duo first got in touch back in the summer i had not heard of the brand before, but i was quickly won over by their tailored approach to footwear. every autumn i search high and low for the perfect knee high boots to no avail, so when i heard that duo combine style, lasting quality and comfort in equal measure i was intrigued. each of the season’s unique collection of boots is handcrafted in up to 21 calf sizes giving you a sophisticated made-to-measure style and tailored fit with a superior level of comfort that will take you from day to night without so much as a blister in sight. i opted for the super soft leather over-the-knee romi style, with elegant pointed toe and a low heel to ensure they would be perfect for running about town all day whilst still looking chic and polished. i’ve been wearing them all weekend and can’t wait to pull them on to head out again later; that truly is the sign of a fantastic new winter wardrobe staple in my book!

design & décor

a garden is not built in a day

October 24, 2014

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i’m not someone who naturally gravitates towards using plants in my home. don’t get me wrong, i really love the idea but my inability to keep another living thing alive more than five minutes means i don’t often think to bring foliage into my decorating scheme.

but the art of using plants to transform you home has become a real ‘thing’ of late. there are so many gorgeous images doing the rounds on the internet at the moment, making use of indoor plants, succulents, driftwood and dried, preserved or artificial flowers in the home that it becomes impossible not to want to recreate a little oasis of greenery in your home. enter garden stylist satoshi kawamoto‘s new book; a delightful guide to decorating your living space with a wide variety of plants.

using his own house as a studio the japanese stylist guides you around each room in his home, presenting many different ways of styling for people who have limited space and who lack the expertise required to grow their own plants (- err, me!). the beautifully illustrated examples are captivating and showcase wonderfully inspiring ways to bring plants into every corner of your home, from small corner spaces to more elaborate wall displays. there is also a section dedicated to using plants in party settings, from a casual supper party to a more dynamic holiday get-together.

just you try and fight the urge to adorn a stepladder with a trillion little succulents after reading this…!

decorating with plants: the art of using plants to transform your home by satoshi kawamoto, published by jacqui small

p.s. i’ve had a lot of fun playing with my new nikon 3200 lately, and honing my photography skills at a jessops academy masterclass. if you’re interested in brushing up on your own dslr skills jessops are very kindly offering fabric of my life readers a £40 discount on their photography level 1 & 2 courses (uk wide). you can book your place for just £79 (usual price £119) by calling 0344 800 4444 and quoting WBWSEPT14 before 31 dec 2014.

design & décor

telling stories

October 23, 2014

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i just love hearing about the stories behind design brands and new online shop such & such feel exactly the same way.

their ethos is about showcasing the great designers and makers who produce the unique hand crafted items they stock, and in selecting their range they attach a huge importance to the way that product has been made and it’s impact upon the environment. as brother and sister team alistair & nikki searched for treasures to fill their virtual shelves they met many wonderful designer makers who had inspirational stories to tell, so they decided to dedicate a section of their site to sharing these tales and give their customers that extra special insight into the products they were buying.

from the touching father-daughter relationship behind the beautiful carved wooden wares of herriott grace, to the skilled wood workers in hokkaido producing the light and delicate kami mugs, to the candles made from recycled wine bottle by circle 21, there certainly are plenty of fascinating stories to make this page a welcome bookmark for essential weekend reading!

such & such also have a little east london pop-up shop running this weekend only, so be sure to check it out if you’re in the area: shop 12, old truman brewery, dray walk, e1. 

design & décor

WExAtMine

October 21, 2014

 

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last saturday morning i was invited along to the west elm store on tottenham court road to take part in a little styling challenge organised by judith & igor of urban jungle bloggers and new interiors platform at{mine}.

my fellow bloggers and i were split into 6 styling pairs and each given a little area of the store to work our magic on. i was very happily paired with geraldine from little big bell, who shares my love of vibrant hues and geometric patterns, making it a match made in heaven! we naturally decided to give our plain little white bedroom corner a much needed injection of sunny yellow to banish the encroaching winter blues and went with a cosy breakfast in bed set-up as a nod to the weekend  lie-in we were missing as a result of being super-busy bloggers with no time at all for such indulgences ourselves (haha).

geraldine summed up our approach perfectly in a soundbite for west elm’s front + main blog: “we’ve balanced yellow with its perfect colour partner teal, and played with textures and layers such as that knitted throw to add the sense of cosy and warmth. we wanted to create a relaxed, lived in feel, hence the reality of crumpled sheets, ruffled bedspread and breakfast in bed (complete with croissant crumbs)! the pillow cases in a contrasting colour palette are a pleasant surprise of how polka dots and stripes can combine so well. as we love how west elm support local makers we added matt pugh’s wooden owls on our bedside table – we thought why buy one owl, when a pair make such cool bookends?”

like what you see? you can shop the products below & vote for us in the challenge by liking this photo on west elm’s instagram: 

 p.s. i bought the adorable egg cup on a trip to stockholm earlier this year – he’s by lucie kaas. the owl bookends are matt pugh

lust & covet

lust & covet | cosy comforts

October 17, 2014

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if you’re in the uk, you’ll know the weather has really turned in the past week and that brisk autumnal chill is making me covet a nice cosy sunday wrapped up warm in bed, feeding my tendency towards winter hibernation. i’ve plans to catch up on the new season of scandal then re-watch all my favourite films, while indulging in a few too many pots of alpro’s new yummy gingerbread dessert!

what are your weekend plans, my lovelies?

this week i’m coveting: 1. nina kullberg 2. limited edition cork keep cup  3. toast 4. amazon.co.uk 5. neom organics 6. selfridges 7. the future kept 8. boden