Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Day Trip: Lavender Fields

Shirt: £14.99, H&M. Denim shorts: £7 in the sale, New Look. Sandals: Next (sold out). Bag: Primark
It's that typical thing, isn't it? You live down the road from a place of astounding beauty, but you wait until you no longer live there and on your way to somewhere else to finally visit.

These Mayfield lavender fields are 10 minutes from my parents' house in Surrey - and July being the peak season, I finally got my schedule in gear to visit at the right time of year. 

Busy? Yes. But they're huge so you can lose people quite easily.

Free? No, you have to pay £1 per person.

Bees? Loads.

Lavender holds special memories for me - it was both my Bridesmaids' bouquets and the confetti at our wedding.

Lavender planted by my dad for our wedding, 2 years ago
Wedding photos: Ed Peers
Lavender letters, £95, Polly Fields. Bouquets by Mad Lilies, Banstead

Shirt: £14.99, H&M. Denim shorts: £7 in the sale, New Look. Sandals: Next (sold out). Bag: Primark 
Sandals: Next (sold out). Bag: Primark. Sunglasses: £189, Celine at Sunglasses Shop.

Bracelets: Astley Clarke and Z for Accessorize

Mayfields Lavender isn't the only one around - Hitchin has a famous one too. You can't 'pick your own' at these too but you can at Letchworth for only £4 adult entry. I didn't risk it for my wedding though as lavender dates can be hit or miss, it actually bloomed a little late the year of our wedding - luckily I bought confetti from Amazon as a backup - it's a really affordable version of confetti - and smells divine!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Interiors Envy: Elizabeth Cocozza-McMordie

Liz with her twin boys, Zack and Otis
Meet Liz, one of the most effortlessly chic, immaculate, organised and loveliest women I know. She was actually the first Fashion Director I ever assisted (10 years ago now!), whilst on Eve Magazine - and her experience and support help guide my career to what it is today.

She also has an ah-mazing house. The perfect mix of city and country, she sold her small (but gorgeously decorated) flat in Queen's Park and moved to Bromley into a ground floor flat with immense rooms, the highest ceilings I've seen and a beautiful garden where the boys can run freely. A decent swap.

Liz is now a PR director for Fashion Agency Inexcess but also does Personal Styling (you can get in touch here) and Interiors Styling - something she has always enjoyed - and you can see it in every detail.

Liz's book collection is amazing - she got me into Peter Lindbergh's photography when I was at Eve (far right)
When did you move here, and what made you move outside of London?

We moved  to Kent 4 years ago when I was pregnant with the twins. We found we got so much more for our money and we wanted to be nearer to family.

How do you juggle working with twin boys?
I am super organised, it's the only way.

Camilla Skovgaard heels
Which are your favourite High Street stores?
Zara, H&M and The White Company.

Where do you shop for your boys?

Zara Kids, Boden, H&M and The White Company.

Where do you buy your flowers from?

I love going to The Covent Garden Flower market, it is amazing how much choice there is and such great value.

You're a fan of Farrow & Ball - which colours have you used?
In our bedroom we used 'Off White', in the twins' nursery is 'Parma Grey'. The hall and study are 'Skimming Stone' and the Lounge Room is 'Oxford Stone'.

A fraction of Liz's fabulous bag collection

Where do you shop for interiors?
Brissi, Ikea, Rigby & Mac, Camerich, Cox and Cox, Lombok and I love French Markets.

What inspires you for interiors? Do you use Pinterest, other people's homes or is it just innate?
Lots of things, I love Pinterest, Instagram, websites and interior design books. I also get great inspiration from Hotels: Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany, TheDelano in Miami and The London Edition all move me.

Slippers from Zara Home Kids

Booties bought in India
The twins' playroom. Buy similar wall mural from Photowall
Cushion: Donna Wilson 

What are your top 3 beauty products you couldn't live without?
Chanel eye makeup remover, Kiehl's Moisturiser and Clarins hand cream.

Make-up bag: Jimmy Choo

Taps by Burlington from Potter Perrin

Custommade - one of the many cool (Scandi) brands Liz represents
Are you happy with everything at the moment, or are you itching to change any interiors?
I want to redo the twins nursery next. It now needs to be more of a little boys room rather than toddlers. I've got my eye on some great Scandi style day beds and pirate themed bed linen.
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