Category Archives: London

Sunday Comfort Cooking: Sophie Dahl

I love being in New York, but this past week I have felt homesick.  It’s been two and a half months since we were last at my parents home in England. I’ve started to romanticise everything about England, even the weather!

I always find that cooking is a good cure for melancholy. I think that making a Victoria Sponge Cake and drinking a pot of tea would sort me out. I have to confess that last night I spent a few hour watching the lovely Sophie Dahl’s cooking programmes to cheer me up. They received mixed reviews in the UK when they aired in 2010.

I really like her antidotes and find her charming. I also love her cookery books.

The photography and presentation are utterly gorgeous.


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Nikki Anne Stark Jewellery

Earlier in the week I met up with my friend Nikki Anne Stark. She makes beautiful jewellery. I was admiring the necklace she was wearing which was one of her Anastasia pendants.

Soooo pretty and such a satisfying organic shape! I ended up buying one for myself.

If you want to check out the rest of her jewellery visit her website.  She will also be at Spitalfield market in East London this Saturday.

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Interior Inspiration: Pollen Street Social

I recently took my husband to Pollen Street Social for a birthday meal. It was his choice, and the food was beautiful (both taste wise and to look at)! It was fresh and imaginative with an effortless simplicity to it.

I would say the same about the interiors which I loved. They are beautifully simple with lots of classic designs and natural materials; wood on wood, leather and stone.

I loved the oversized flower displays. They soften the look, which could lean towards austerity, adding height and drama.

There is actually very little colour in this scheme, which consist largely of shades of brown, dark blue (leather on the banquettes), black and white. This could be cold but the beautiful blown glass pendant lights and the artwork throughout soften the look. They art adds a dash of colour. The overall effect is calming and relaxing. The attention to detail makes you feel that you are in a special place. I loved the crisp, but slightly rough, linen table clothes against the porcelain china. I think that simplicity can be the hardest look to pull off, as any mistakes or imperfections become glaringly obvious.

I absolutely love the lighting, especially hung en mass as it has been below. Such a fun and playful effect!

Lastly I love this place because even though it is quite an expensive restaurant it feels relaxed and unpretentious.

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Song Of The Week: My Phaedra: I Have A Thing For Strangers

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Inspiration: Mary Katrantzou


I don’t usually like very bold prints but I think Mary Katrantzou’s clothes are amazing. They are unique and imaginative with beautiful silhouettes.

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Roses In the Rain

It’s raining again in London, but that hasn’t stopped me getting out and about. In fact I love walking in the rain so long as I am armed with an umbrella! There is something wonderfully romantic about warm summer rain. Yesterday on the way to my favourite coffee shop I came across these beautiful purply-pink roses. I love the blueish tinge that they have and the way they are bowing under the weight of the rain drops.

On returning home I discovered a leak in our bedroom ceiling.  We now have a rain drenched bed! Not so romantic!

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Jubilee Cupcakes


One of our suppliers just dropped by with these cute Jubilee cupcakes for all the office. Yummy!

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