fashion & style

sunnies & sneaks

December 15, 2014

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•  sunglasses, the row at linda farrowscarf, topshop (similar) •  parka, miss. selfridge (similar) •  jeans, zara •  ash metallic hi tops, c/o repertoire bag, warehouse (last season) • puppy & photography by alex vanthournout 

this weekend we had one of those magical frosty days with clear blue skies and golden winter sunshine which demanded we all bundle up warm against the cold and head outdoors with my friend’s puppy, for a long leisurely walk through the meandering streets of the city. the glorious weather also provided the perfect excuse to break out my new ash metallic hi tops and big black leather sunglasses by the row, which i nabbed at the linda farrow sample sale last weekend.

alex’s puppy bailey – a four-month-old chocolate cocker spaniel – was full of boundless, excitable energy and dragged us all across town, from our favourite brunch spot on exmouth market through clerkenwell and down to st.paul’s, so i was mighty thankful for the comfort of my new sneakers given the miles bailey had us cover. we took a breather on the cathedral steps and promptly made friends with a gaggle of tourists who were suckered in by bailey’s beautiful eyes and playful nature; if you want a surefire way to engage with strangers on london’s streets, then get yourself a dog!

so my lovelies, what did you get up to this weekend?

p.s. repertoire have kindly offered fabric of my life readers 10% off your purchases when you spend £100 or more before 31st december, using code fabricofmy10. 

lust & covet

all stocked up

December 12, 2014

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• 1. quill london • 2. daniel wellington (get 15% off using code: holidayfabricofmylife before 15 jan 2015) • 3. net a porter • 4. norsu • 5. candy kittens • 6. the future kept • 7. mast brothers • 8. bobbi brown • 9. lomography • 10. mr. porter •

but wait, there’s more…

design & décor

winter blues

December 10, 2014

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bed linen, c/o occa homechunky knit throw, laura ashley • herringbone throw, gant (similar) • striped pillowcases, toast cushion, c/o nina kullberg headphones, c/o bowers & wilkins • iphone case, j crew  • mug, west elm slippers, c/o loaf 

a few days before i was struck down with the winter lurgy i received a beautiful parisian blue bed linen set from occa home, which perfectly picked out the blue stripe in my aegean summer linens and the stunning geometric print in my istanbul cushion from nina kullberg. there’s something so calming about deeper, darker blues in the bedroom in winter months, especially when paired with natural shades in tactile textures don’t you agree?

i’m thankful that i got around to swapping out my old bed linens for cosy knitted layers before the flu hit me hard, as being ill in beautiful surroundings with a mug of steaming hot coffee, a new copy of cereal and chocolate from melrose & morgan close to hand makes every sneeze just that little bit more bearable… atchooo!

p.s. have you read station eleven by emily st. john mandel? i’m halfway through just now – it’s totally gripping & gives an entirely new perspective on my opening statement in this post!

fashion & style, festive

this is not a xmas jumper post.

December 8, 2014

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jumper, river island • hat, topshop • jeans, asos • scarf, topshop (similar) • parka, miss selfridge (similar) • boots, c/o duo • necklace, dogeared  • arrow cuff, jessica decarlo • bracelet, j crew • yellow bracelet, c/o heidi klein • ring, whistles • photography by will taylor-willis •

well, when in new york…

it seemed only natural on our late afternoon walk through the beautiful setting that is new york’s central park that we stop by the stunning boating lake to snap a few outfit shots, especially given the touch-in-cheek nature of my fun new festive jumper, which demanded i go into full-on diva stardom mode.

ever since mark darcy pulled on that infamous reindeer monstrosity in the first bridget jones it seems the world has gone crazy for christmas knits, and each year i try to resist the urge to give in to the seasonal folly. but this quirky little ‘alternative’ number from river island captured my heart the moment i saw it and well, here we are, with me posing like a loon in one of manhattan’s most popular tourist traps. oh well…

my fave xmas jumpers this year:

festive

deck the halls

December 5, 2014

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wooden trees, skagerak • penguin, skandium • elephant, jonathan adler (similar) • copper candlestick, habitat (similar) • chinese lamps print, nynne rosenvinge • car, west elm • candle holder, jansen + co • frosted deco mercury hurricane, west elm • mercury cut glass hurricane, west elm • winter candle, the white company snowy critter, anthropologie books, amazon string of stars, anthropologie monochrome baubles, toast • monogram, anthropologie angels, skandium • paper ornaments (hanging), future and found 

decorating for christmas is such a ritual isn’t it? this year i cranked up the christmas album from the cast of nashville (super cheesy, i know!), made myself a spicy dona chai latte and broke out a yummy bar of roasted almond chocolate to accompany my decorative styling, and somehow ended up shimmying all around the room like a crazy christmas nutter – oops!

i don’t have space for a tree in my bedroom, but my beautiful victorian fireplace has a mantelpiece above it which is the perfect place for setting up one-stop-shop for all things yuletide. this year i’ve added some sweet little decorations from anthropologie to last year’s scandi-style haul, including a cute little snowy lion to expand my christmas animals collection (my jonathan adler elephant from last year is still one of my favourite ornaments despite elephants not being especially seasonal…)

to complete the scene i tacked up the wrapping paper i screen-printed at wednesday’s pinterest x mr. porter christmas party with lovely craft designer zeena shah, which provides the perfect backdrop for my styled shelf don’t you think?

food & travel

(peanut) butter me up

December 2, 2014

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i have a confession: i’m addicted to peanut butter (surely i’m not the only one?!)

so, when i recently decided to go dairy-free the decision  was made all the easier by the knowledge that peanut butter was most definitely not something i would have to give up!

these peanut butter cookies are from a recipe i found a while ago over on goodness green, and are super quick & easy to make and yummy to boot. i whipped up a batch the last time my bestie came round for a cuppa & a gossip and they were demolished in one sitting. in  fairness, the recipe only yields 8-10 cookies so it wasn’t all that bad, but i reckon we’d have done the same even if i’d doubled the measures…

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