Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Cheap Eats: Pie and Mash

Pie, mash, liquor at Harrington's, Tooting

This is what I love about London. Two of us can eat a huge lunch such as this, with drink (and my partner had a significantly bigger portion than this) for £8. Pie, mash and liquor (a clear gravy made from parsley - or sometimes eels!)is a London tradition that I love to keep alive. My grandmother's sister went out with one of the Harrington's shopowner's sons back in the 1940s!

Best served with lots of vinegar and pepper. And if you really want to fit in, you eat with a fork and spoon instead of knife and fork (that's what the locals told me, anyway).

Blink and you'll miss it. Harrington's, Selkirk Road, Tooting, SW17
Best of the Rest:
  
Cockney's, 314 Portobello Road, W11
I used to come here for lunch with my friend Sid, when I worked in expensive boutique: Matches!
M Manze, 74 Chapel Market, Islington, N1


See Time Out's Guide to the best London Pie and Mash shops here.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

DIY: Pinboard


I've wanted a pinboard/scrapboard for ages and now our study is almost finished, I decided it was the right time. At the moment, it's quite neat but hopefully in time I'll add to it and it can become a memory wall...

Stretched canvas, £9.99, Rymans. I painted it with Farrow & Ball's 'Manor House Grey' which I had left from my front door

Sifting through my inspirations/memories
Co-ordinating your pins keeps it simple and chic, £6.99, Rymans


 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

D.I.Y Chalkboard

The inspiration:


Before...
Paint, £14.99, Homebase (however, after 2 coats, the magnetic field doesn't seem to be working!)
Before the masking tape was removed
Chair, £69.99, Dennis + McGregor

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Behind The Scenes: Corsica

You may remember a few months back (May Bank holiday, to be specific), I was lucky enough to be working in Corsica with the beautiful Yasmin Le Bon for Red Magazine's Anti-ageing special. It was a real career highlight, and she was just as funny, charming and down to earth as I imagined.

Dress, Theysken's Theory
Shot by Heather Flavell for Red Magazine, Top by Velvet
The island was full of beautiful meadows everywhere you looked

Start time 6:30am!
Beauty Director, Annabel, picking some flowers for the shoot
View from my room

My favourite pic from the shoot
Yasmin is currently supporting Avon's Breast Cancer campaign (October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness month):


And she is also currently sporting an undercut - how amazing does she look?! Total girlcrush...



Saturday, 6 October 2012

Barcelona Frugal City Guide

Downloadable map, City Spy
Keeping in the Spanish frame of mind, I thought I'd share my top Barcelona spots - a MUST VISIT place if you have not been! You can get really reasonable flights on Easyjet and the subway from Barcelona airport goes straight into town.

Here are the top tips I keep on file should any of my friends decide to go:

Boqueria - this is an amazing indoor market in the centre of Barcelona, just off Las Ramblas. An absolute feast for the senses and great to mingle with all the local traders.
 
Sagrada Familia
, great to see, but quite expensive to go in (around €20 each) and the best architecture can be seen from the outside...

Parc Guell – we loved walking around here, the park designed by Gaudi: surreal, mad colours and amazing views. And best of all - FREE. I would do this early as you have to climb a huge hill so best not to do in the heat of the day.



Tapas in Barcelona is amongst the best I've ever had – I would rather do all these restaurants again over the sights...


Catalanaif you only do one restaurant, do this. It is BUZZING and full of people both inside and on the streets, all waiting for a table.....the trick is to go, put your name on the list and then go back (or stay and drink) but it is worth it, which is why there are so many people waiting! The tapas is amazing – and great value (Spanish know a good thing when they see it) - we loved the croquetas jamon (ham & potato croquettes) and the calamari. 
C/ Mallorca, 236.

Bar Lobo – on street called Pintor Fortuni - just off Las Ramblas, v trendy restaurant but still great value. Tapas with a twist, we loved the raw tuna and guacamole and Calamari Andalusian.



Bar Velodromo
– on Calle Muntaner, we loved this place – bit of a walk but worth it. Very Art Deco, like The Wolseley in London, or Pastis in NYC.....very Spanish – their croquetas jamon were the best.


Cafe L'Academia - tucked away on the backstreets of the Gothic Quarter, this restaurant serves modern Catalan cuisine and is always very busy - a  good sign!
"Oh my god it was good. I could have stayed there all day!" - May Frost, Freelance Journalist

For great value places to stay, I would recommend Trivago and Airbnb.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Red Magazine: November Issue

A few months ago, I was thrilled to be asked to do an Editor's Choice page for the November issue of Red. I was asked about a key trend that would suit me - and I immediately thought of 'Winter Dandy' - essentially masculine tailoring (with a little bit of a silk cravat thrown in), which is so my style. I loved the Miu Miu A/W show this season, so cool yet quirky and love that you can wear this style everyday and, of course, with FLATS!

Miu Miu A/W (style.com)
Paul Smith A/W (style.com)
£35, Next
Trousers, £34.99, H+M
Love this shirt, £29.99, from Zara

Boots, £85, Office
Trousers, £14.90, Uniqlo

The photographer who took my photo is called Julie Adams, such a lovely, talented person and she has a fantastic website too called An Affair with Italy:



Jacket: The Kooples, Blouse: Zara, Trousers: H+M, Bag: Accessorize, Shoes: Jimmy Choo
The bag is instore now at Accessorize, I love their new range of bags this season:


Bag, £35, Accessorize

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