This post is dedicated to all the list making lovelies out there. Peer inside your handbag and if there’s a crumpled to-do list tucked into one of the pockets, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re a list making lovely!
A couple of times a year I try to bring order to the chaos that is my wardrobe. I’ve tried arranging by colour, type and even grouping together items I think would work well together. Fortunately a nifty little app called Cloth is about to go all Cher Horowitz on my wardrobe. Take a snap of your outfit with Cloth and save it with a tag, e.g work, date-night or weekend wear. Instead of checking your wardrobe, just open the app and scroll through your favourite looks. Or you could make it really simple and go for a one colour, winter white wardrobe. Here’s my favourite winter whites this season…
Pop those champagne corks…. it’s the Cosmo Blog Awards!
Today I wanted to give a big shout out to all the Cosmo Blog Award 2013 winners. Being recognised in an industry so heavily populated with excellence, it’s such a big achievement to win a Cosmo Blogger Award. Far from being intimidated by others excellence, it’s really worth while checking out what your peers are doing right and picking up a few tips that you can use to improve your own offering.
Online shopping giant Net-A-Porter to launch print magazine.
PORTER will be a bi-monthly consumer magazine featuring fashion, beauty & lifestyle produced by Net-A-Porter, headed up by Lucy Yeomans, launching 2014. Lucy currently edits ‘The Edit’ Net-A-Porter’s online magazine but this will be the retailers’ first venture into print publication following a 104 page tester magazine ‘The Collections Special’, sent out to 10,000 customers earlier in the year.
Retailers have spent the last decade trying to keep up with e-commerce by establishing digital platforms and investing in social media. This is a real change of pace for an online retailer to move into traditional media. I can’t wait to read PORTER and see how the publication stacks up against established magazines like Vogue & ELLE….
Home is such an under-rated destination, I can’t quite work out why so many people are desperate to ‘get out of the house’ for no reason?
After you’ve spent all that time and effort making your house into a stylish home, there needs to be a pretty good incentive to leave. For me it’s the simplest of things that tempt me to go out- a silky cup of coffee, a tasty slice of carrot cake or an in-store beauty launch. It doesn’t have to be anything flash like tea at the Ritz, it just needs to spark my imagination. Otherwise I just don’t see the point, why not enjoy what’s right in front of you…
I’m giving my green fingers at work out this year with my onion, garlic and bean crops. There so easy to grow, just plant and water daily. Above is the first bunch of spring onions from the crop all tied up with ribbon.
The best my garden has to offer. Delphiniums put on a fabulous display and come in the rarest of all colours in the garden- blue. Ready for my top gardening tip…. buy the oldest type of rose you can find, they smell the sweetest and have the most unique and distinctive fragrance (the one above is called Tequila Sunrise).
My dad is the handyman extraordinaire who built this swing. I convinced him to paint it blue. It’s the perfect spot to rest in the afternoon with a nice cup of Turkish apple tea.
The lavender is one of my favourite scents in the garden. It’s irresistible to bees and I can never resist running my fingers through the bushy lavender tufts as I wander past.
And this is where the magic happens, my little hideaway at the bottom of the garden (aka FFH HQ). The set of draws came from Out There Interiors and the note board I made myself from an old picture, re-spraying the frame gold and board cream. The chair is an antique I bought from eBay.
June is proving more hazy than sun drenched but this month holds my two favourite summer events- Wimbledon and Royal Ascot. This months edit celebrates all things quintessentially British. For Ascot a spectacular hat is essential, this Ben De Lisi (I love designers at Debenhams- such a clever idea that paved the way for other highstreet/designer collaborations) floral headpiece is fun, bright and breezy. With the weather being hazy rather than baking-hot this coral Zara dress (which now lives in my wardrobe) is the perfect cover up. The sale season is in full swing, pick up a set of Giles plates half-price at MatchesFashion.com. It’s no secret I’m slightly obsessed with Charlotte Olympia and the Fall collection is now online…. these Sunset heels are inspired by Hollywood but remind me of fairground rides and circus treats. Ear cuffs resemble all that’s good about England- quirky, inspirational and rebellious. Hearts will flutter when you’re wearing this ASOS gem. M&S is a British institution, I can’t count the hours lost in this department store. Time well spent when floral print fancies are on offer. Enjoy June. x
Don’t panic, this isn’t anything like the dull reading lists at school. These are my top online reads, the sites I visit when I have 5 minutes to spare but be warned…. 5 minutes usually turns into 50- there just that darn good!
Fashion Monitor- These guys never miss a trick. Every launch, appointment, collaboration and any other type of industry news in bite-sized pieces.
Liberty London Girl- Needs no intro (unless you’ve been under a rock for last 7 years!). Sasha infamously broke the news about Kate Moss teaming up with Topshop and regularly features exclusives like a guided tour of Coco Chanel’s Parisian apartment. If you need a little good advice on fashion, beauty, baking or dachshunds- look no further.
MatchesFashion.com Style Report- Most children ask for sweets but when my mum went shopping I would always asked for the instore magazine. Instore magazines can be surprisingly good and inspirational. MatchesFashion.com Style Report is my current favourite including the informative style debate.
Prete Moi Paris- Delivers my weekly fix of Parisian chic and Melissa’s recommendations are essential reading for anyone planning on a stylish trip to the French capital.
Really Ree- Handles all my beauty needs. I can pretty much guarantee any product you’re thinking of buying… Really Ree will have tried it out. Never buy another beauty product without checking here first.
Vogue- The fashion bible brings order to my life. Every note-worthy fashion and beauty event from around the globe, chronologically ordered so you never miss anything. EVER.
Wish, Wish, Wish- Sometimes you come across another blogger who inspires you to up your game. It’s not easy admitting that someone else is doing what you do but doing it better. Carrie inspires me to improve the photo’s on Fashion Follows Her. The images on Wish, Wish, Wish are amazing. Simple objects shot in a way that captures the theme of the post and brings the text to life.
Bank Holiday Monday teamed with the lovely warm weather sparked a little thought- what makes a great FFH Weekly Gem and why is it only jewellery that fits the criteria?
I guess I started doing FFH Weekly Gem posts to add a little sparkle to dull Monday mornings. Looking at shiny, pretty gems and wish-list lust kicks the week off with a certain je ne sais quoi. Anything that glitters on the greyest of days qualifies as a ‘weekly gem’. Working on that criteria I’ve put together a FFH Weekly Gems board designed to add a whole heap of sparkly goodness to the next bank holiday weekend.
The Great British Bake-Off has a lot to answer for…. in the last two weeks I’ve achieved a whole lot of nothing. Instead my afternoons have been spent watching, tweeting about and eating cake!
The plan was to catch up on the episodes I missed during the last series. That was the plan. In reality I’ve re-watched the entire series, washed down with gallons of tea and lashings of cake (yesterday it was ginger cupcakes made by a friend and today it is fresh cream and strawberry donuts). I’m slightly ashamed to admit precious little work has been done by comparison.
Twitter provided a constant stream of delicious snaps from fellow foodies and cake lovers. Check out this snap from the Corinthia Hotel of their Afternoon Tea.
But what would afternoon tea be without a nice cup of Lady Grey to accompany the scrummy cake- that just wouldn’t be right! And if I’m going to ‘do’ afternoon tea then we have to talk cups and saucers. In my opinion the more ornate the better. Give me florals, birds of paradise, dainty patterns and matching saucers…. and I’m a happy girl. I think afternoon tea is one of life’s little luxuries and here are a few of my favourite tea sets that I’m sure Mary Berry would love.
Fashion Follows Her loves all things online, especially shopping. Travel Supermarket is making it so much easier to decide where to go shopping (when you actually plan on leaving the house that is) with the help of their nifty shopping streets infographics. So when Travel Supermarket asked little ‘ol me to choose my very favourite shopping street in the whole wide-world, I pondered for about 2 minutes and decided it had to be the Avenue des Champs-Elysees/Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Here’s my infographic and why I couldn’t resist Paris.
-Time to don your Hunter wellies and get out on the garden, Spring is just starting to blossom.
- I guess it’s also that time of year to start getting your bikini body ready, soften dry skin with the Wiltshire Beekeeper hand cream made from all natural products (the lavender is particularly soothing).
- Charlotte Olympia launches her dreamy Parisian La Premiere de la Vie En Rose collection. Who could resist these hot fuchsia Paris platforms……