design & décor

pocket the difference

January 5, 2015

  • String Pocket Shelving Pink Apple Designs 001
  • String Pocket Shelving Pink Apple Designs 002
  • String Pocket Shelving Pink Apple Designs 003
  • String Pocket Shelving Pink Apple Designs 004
  • String Pocket Shelving Pink Apple Designs 005
  • String Pocket Shelving Pink Apple Designs 006
  • String Pocket Shelving Pink Apple Designs 007

shelves : string pocket shelving, c/o pink apple designscamera, lomography • mug, marimekko • mug, fishs eddy plate, love jozi ‘k’ cup, skandivis candle, skandivis • espresso cup, story • sugar bowl, orla kiely • egg cup, lucie kaas owl, smug • address box, ording & reda •

desk : desk, ikea • sayl chair, c/o herman miller • sheepskin, ikea nespresso machine, john lewis • water jug, stelton • canister, debenhams • mugs, ikea • cup, marimekko • pen pot, hay • catchall, j crew • lamp, ikea • watch, c/o daniel wellington mug, west elm • calendar, c/o such & such •

happy new year, lovelies! there really is nothing like clearing everything out and having a good old reorganise to help beat the back to work blues, is there?

i’ve been itching to put up my new string pocket shelves from pink apple designs, so it was great to find some downtime during the festive break to get them assembled on the wall and then play around with the display. they’ve certainly helped me few up some surface space on my desk (although i don’t hold out too much hope of that lasting too long..) and it’s lovely to be able to display a few of my favourite souvenirs from my travels over the past few years – including my cute little coffee cup from story hotels in stockholm, graphic skyline plate bought in johannesburg and an ‘OMG’ greetings card by garance doré that i bought on my most recent trip to new york, which brings back many memories of all the laughter and fun i had there with will & ari.

i’ve got a hectic january planned already, with home london next weekend and then trips to both zurich and newcastle with clients over the coming weeks, before heading to paris for maison & objet at the end of the month! i hope you’ve all got exciting plans for the first month of the year and that you’ve not been too hard on yourself with resolutions – mine is simply to live in the moment and be open to every opportunity. oh, and setting my weekday alarm for 6am instead of 7…

fashion & style

time goes, you say?

December 31, 2014

  • Daniel Wellington Saint Andrews Rose Gold Watch 001
  • Daniel Wellington Saint Andrews Rose Gold Watch 002
  • Daniel Wellington Saint Andrews Rose Gold Watch 003
  • Daniel Wellington Saint Andrews Rose Gold Watch 004
  • Daniel Wellington Saint Andrews Rose Gold Watch 005

 watch, c/o daniel wellington • sequin jacket, asosvest, topshopjeans, asosnecklace, dogeared • champagne flutes, c/o red candy •

gosh, what a year it’s been! the final few weeks have totally run away with me and it feels like an age since i checked in here (oops!)

i’ll be back on schedule next year, but for now a million thank you’s for the wonder that 2014 has been and fingers crossed 2015 holds just as much adventure, love & joy in store for you all – happy new year my lovelies!

psst! if you want to try and catch time in your hands, you can get get 15% off daniel wellington watches using code holidayfabricofmylife before 15 january 2015.

fashion & style

sunnies & sneaks

December 15, 2014

  • Ash Footwear The Row Sunglasses 001
  • Ash Footwear The Row Sunglasses 002
  • Ash Footwear The Row Sunglasses 003

•  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

christmas stocking fillers xmas 2014 001

• 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

  • Occa Home The Linen Works Bedlinen 001
  • Occa Home The Linen Works Bedlinen 002
  • Occa Home The Linen Works Bedlinen 003
  • Occa Home The Linen Works Bedlinen 004
  • Occa Home The Linen Works Bedlinen 005

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

  • Christmas Jumper 2014 Central Park New York 001
  • Christmas Jumper 2014 Central Park New York 002
  • Christmas Jumper 2014 Central Park New York 003
  • Christmas Jumper 2014 Central Park New York 004

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: