Monday, 30 July 2012

My Week In Pictures...

What a week!
Last weekend were my Bridesmaid Duties for a wonderful friend (you may remember my Hen post from Edinburgh).

The beautiful grounds of Mount Ephraim, Kent

Bridesmaid dress, Ted Baker
Clutch, Zara


Sequin sweater, £45, Marks & Spencer

I had visitors from San Diego over for the Olympics, so we did a bit of sightseeing on Friday. A definite highlight was afternoon tea at The Goring - what a beautiful hotel with fantastic staff.

*FREE DAY OUT* - Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, Chelsea

I love the room filled with oil. There are also some fabulous paintings incorporating holograms that are a must-see.

These amazingly dressed ladies were just wondering around the Gallery
And I got my tiny diamond ring...some of you may remember this ring from a previous post. I ended up getting it from my favourite jeweller, Laura Lee on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden.

9ct yellow gold and diamond ring, Laura Lee

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Investments: BOOKS

Karl Lagerfeld's Library, from the book The Selby Is In Your Place

I use my Fashion books as decorations in my flat: so to me, these are an ultimate investment. I often ask for books for birthdays and Christmas, I love browsing them and having them near me at all times!

Also, if you buy a book with a limited print run, it’s bound to increase in value. A colleague bought the ‘Grace’ book for £80 when it was released 10 years ago. Now, it is worth £800 on ebay.
Currently at over $1,000 on Amazon

I’m hoping the Carine Roitfeld book ‘Irrelevant’ will be worth something in a few years.
£42, Amazon
I stack my books up on shelves, on cabinets, on the floor - anything goes. These are my favourite that I own - they not only look good but I constantly use them for reference:

'Avedon Fashion', £28.80, Amazon

Tim Walker 'Pictures', £40.01, Play

'Kate Moss by Mario Testino, from £31.34, Play 
I was reading the above on the tube as I couldn't wait until I got home and was stopped by a woman to have a look as apparently I was getting so much satisfaction out of it!

I bought this for £40 a few years ago and currently you can only buy for £70 used on Amazon
On My Wishlist:

Bruce Weber 'Blood Sweat And Tears' £85, Amazon
Cecil Beaton 'The Art of The Scrapbook', £120, Amazon

Monday, 16 July 2012

My Week in Pictures

My desk finally arrived, £129, from and I assembled it myself. Pretty pleased!
Desk,, Chair, £71.50, Dennis & MacGregor
Our study 6 months ago
When we finish the room, we'll keep it quite monochrome. I would quite like a blackboard and definitely a collage/inspiration wall. 

My Study inspiration:

I found this old 1930s map of Los Angeles whilst out there, which I'm hoping to frame.

I found these charcoal felt storage trays, great for hiding sellotape, blue-tack and bits and bobs:
£8, Muji

I also hope you like my D.I.Y neon stool - it's an old one from Ikea which I attacked with a spray can- I love it.

The stool matches my shoes I bought this week- some of you may have seen on Instagram. A bit of an indulgence from Jimmy Choo (yes, I admit they weren't very frugal, but they were on sale!).

For a more frugal purchase, check out these earrings from H&M:

£6.99, H&M

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Style-Stalking: Caroline Issa

You may have noticed my Style-Stalking Board on Pinterest. Caroline Issa, Executive Fashion Director and Publisher of Tank, is often featured.
I love her sartorial style with a modern edge. Often found in a shirt and tailored trouser, she also mixes it up with flashes of colour, a bright lip or an amazing pair of shades.

When I got to meet Caroline, back in April, for a shoot in Shoreditch House, I was told she was lovely and she did not disappoint. Graceful, polite and unecessarily humble she was a pleasure to work with and much to my excitement, loved all the clothes I had selected for her to wear. She even wore the Zara shoes!
See Caroline in this month's Red magazine, along with  3 other successful women - showing us how they wear a Chanel jacket.

Caroline Issa, photographed by William Garrett, by the Ben Eine graffiti wall outside Shoreditch House

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

My World: Hallway

Having my own front door and hallway is still a novelty to me.
After a year, I really wanted to change the front door and make it my own. We've just finished painting it 'Manor House Grey' from Farrow & Ball -  my obssession with grey knows no bounds!

The number sticker above the door is from Brume - it was surprisingly easy to put in place and hides the ugly electricity box just behind the window!

Coat hooks, Not On The High Street
I have also got my eye on these:

£18.95, Not On The High Street

Our aim is to have a collage of pictures all the way up in different frames with different media. It's definitely an organic process...!

Our Inspiration via Abigail Ahern's book 'A Girl's Guide To Decorating':

Our attempt:

Frames have been mixed and matched from Next, Oxfam, Debenhams and Target.

Framed butterflies, £40, I Love Retro
Unframed print, £20 (was £40), Dandy Star

My magazines stacks will one day take over...
The table is part of a set of 3 from Matalan - surprisingly good homewares

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