Saturday, 29 September 2012

Postcards from Spain...

We just came back from a wonderful week in Nerja, Costa Del Sol. I have been coming here for over 15 years and this quiet fishing town has a special place in my heart, I organised my sister's hen weekend here last year - the perfect mix of nightlife and relaxation: there is something for everyone.

We managed to find return flights for £80 (including all admin and taxes) with RyanAir - and we survived! We had 50 euros leftover from Helsinki and we took £100 spending money each, giving us roughly 30 euros a day between us.

Instead of the usual 90 euro taxi, we would get the local bus for 4 euro. Instead of formal dinners, we would either go to local Tapas restaurants (proper, Spanish tapas where you order a beer, and get free food)...but it was worth it to find off the beaten track restaurants and live like locals...
Fresh fried sardines free with our beer!
It's also a good opportunity to finally wear some summer clothes!
Dress, £45, Littlewoods, sandals, River Island
Belt, Prada, Bag, Theyskens' Theory

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Frugal Cards...

This year I have a plethora of thirtieth birthdays to attend...and the cards in the shops just don't cut it. So I decided to make my own, mainly inspired by Liberty's Letterpress cards. 

Card, 60p from Ryman.

Stampkit, £21.50 (but I am also using these for my wedding - so versatile!), Liberty or Willow & Stone.

I used to collect rubber stamps as a child, so I am thrilled they are back in fashion:

Personalised stamp, £16, Not On The High Street

Alphabet stamp kit, £18.50, Cox + Cox
Some friends used a rubber stamp for their 'Save The Date' wedding cards, £22.95, CraftyCo

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

People That Inspire Me...

Jennifer Woods is a Sub-Editor at Red Magazine and married her husband Dave in Ibiza early September...

Jen did a lot of the 'extras' herself to give a more personal touch...
Stripe straws, from Not On The High Street and hand-made flags
Vintage style case, from Matalan

Confetti cones hand-made from old 'Brides' magazines
Jen organised the props herself

Photography in Ibiza by Gypsy Westwood

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Recipe: Vegetable Paella

Antony Worrall Thompson recipe via New Magazine
Serves 4

  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 dried chillies
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Pinh of saffron
  • Half tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 325g arborio rice
  • 115g peas
  • 115g baby broad beans
  • 1 large courgette, chopped into small cubes
  • 12 pitted olives
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  1. Heat the stock and water in a pan to boiling.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil and cook the onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and chillies for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Stir in the red pepper, saffron, turmeric, paprika and rice and cook for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add the stock and water, bring to the boil, the reduce heat and cook for roughly 18 minutes, until the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Stir in the peas, broad beans, courgettes abd olives, cover with a lid, turn off the heat and leave for 5 minutes.
  6. Season, give a good stir, then sprinkle with the chopped parsley.

Friday, 21 September 2012


It doesn't matter if you buy cheap shelves, it's what you DO with them that counts...

Love these crates as shelves. From A Pair And A Spare
Image from Instagram of Paper Fashion

You can follow my Flat Inspiration Board amongst others on Pinterest...

Ekby Viktor Shelf, £3, Ikea

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

LFW Day 5

Every day this week, the Red girls have picked their favourite Coach bag to wear to the Shows. 
I picked the Legacy Leather Medium Candace Carryall in a brand new colourway - hot pink. I love the way it makes the plainest outfit of a shirt and trousers stand out, plus I can shove all my show tickets, schedules, spare pair of flats, notebook and iPad in it and STILL look chic! Today was a relaxed day, I only had a few shows and still managed to fit another shoot in - styling a very exciting celebrity for the December issue - all will be revealed soon!

Shirt: Uniqlo, Trousers: Zara, Bag: Coach

See how all the Red Team style up their favourite Coach bag at Red Online.

What do the Editors wear to the shows? The Whistles leather sleeved 'Kristen' varsity jacket - we've spotted at least 4 at London Fashion Week alone (and Sienna Miller is a fan, too) - I am VERY tempted to invest in it:
Jacket, £295, Whistles

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

LFW Day 4

Jacket: New Look, Shirt: Gap, Sequin skirt: H+M, Bag: Internacionale, Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Today was a quiet day for me at LFW as I was shooting some pages for my January shoot - here I am just popping back to the office post-shoot to get some admin done before heading out the 8pm Osman show.

My bag got a lot of attention today - can you believe it's only £9.99 from Internacionale?

Bag, £9.99, Internacionale

The highlight show for me, was J W Anderson - loved the pastel prints and neoprene suiting...

You can still get a few bits from his Topshop collaboration. How cute is this sweater?!
£69.99, JW Anderson x Topshop

Monday, 17 September 2012

LFW Day 3

Coat: Topshop, Shirt: Margaret Howell, Necklace: H&M, Jeans: MiH, Bag: Jimmy Choo, Shoes: Carven

Some of you may have already seen my necklace on Instagram - I love it! Very Aurelie Biderman.....only £6.99 from H&M:

Necklace, £2.99, H+M
It has been another long day today, starting at 9am with Preen and ending for me at 6pm with Paul Smith (although my Editors have stayed out even longer for evening events!).
I decided to wear my Margaret Howell shirt today as they were showing today. I love her clothes, so wearable, chic and effortless. And, of course, I am a big fan of a classic shirt:

Margaret Howell ss13
 My favourite shows today were Topshop, Temperley and Paul Smith:

Temperley's collection was almost all dresses - and look how beautiful they are!

These are the Paul Smith items which have my name on them - especially those striped slipper shoes!

My Jimmy Choo oversized clutch has been a lifesaver (it fits my ipad and was only £50 in a sample sale) and Topshop make-up in the goody bags at the Show

Whistles also showcased their S/S collection at The Savoy - what a glorious place to relax in between the chaos of the shows...
The leather sweatshirt all the Editors at Red love...

The versatile chain strap bag - it's a completely different colour on the other side!

View from the window of The Savoy - bliss!
Dungarees are going to be BIG news next season!

You may have noticed I wear my boyfriend jeans a lot. This is because they are the most versatile and useful jeans I have ever owned - equally great with flats or heels, a simple t-shirt or a sparkly jacket - they are the most used item in my wardrobe:

London By Cropped Jean, £195, MiH Jeans

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