News for December 2010

Strike a match

After a short stint discovering the joy of the Selfridges candle department a new obsession was born. (If you rarely venture to the lower ground floor, trust me, it’s worth a browse.)

I’ve always loved the whole pillar candle look and let’s be honest, birthday cake just isn’t the same without birthday candles, but that’s as far as my dalliance went.  But now, after Selfridges, and fanned by the flames of wintry circumstance, my obsession is at an all-time high.

Raquel Zimmermann, b 1983 Brazil

Posted: December 31st, 2010
Categories: Models, People
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Christmas shopping panic

Don’t panic.

Rather then head to the hullabaloo of Oxford Street for your last-minute Christmas shopping why not try something different?

This evening Columbia Road and Ezra Street, the cobbled East End streets famed for the Sunday flower market, will be buzzing as the independent shops and galleries open up especially for a night of shopping.

Ok, ok, so it *might* get a little busy there too, but why face Oxford Street again when you can have a shufty around the independent boutiques, which are packed with hand-made treats rather than mass-produced tat?  Fortysomething shops, which usually only trade on Sundays alongside the market, will be open from 5pm until 9pm.

Pop along for unique gifts, live music and festive cheer.

Posted: December 22nd, 2010
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Crystal Renn, b 1986 America

Posted: December 20th, 2010
Categories: Fashion, Models, People
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Food, glorious food

When I first started blogging way back in the February of 2009 I was living in Berlin and was attempting to take the opportunity to do some of the things that I never had time to do in between studying.

Those things included (but were not restricted to):

  • Reading a lot of books (The Scarlett Letter, the entire works of Angela Carter and a lot of classics, just for starters)
  • Reading a lot of Greek mythology and starting a reference folder filled with Greek Gods/stories/references so that when reading Angela Carter (my fave) I wouldn’t be completely lost
  • Getting to know the Bible (more for literary purposes than religious)
  • Exploring my interest with Gender Studies
  • Figuring out what I want/ed to do with my life

No mean feat then.

Needless to say I barely got started on this. Once you’ve factored in improving German, attending classes, making friends and writing a dissertation, there wasn’t really much time left for intellectual improvement, never mind colour-coded folders and life plans.

That said, the year abroad did help me to realise that fashion is most definitely the industry for me – I started my blog, started interning and went to my first Fashion Week. But more than that, I fully realised that although I adore writing in particular, I’m really just a creative beast in general.

You see, it was in Berlin that I started blogging, but it was also the time I really started obsessively taking photographs of food.

This is a bit of a bizarre first blog for me, but I only just remembered this today because of the competition NOWNESS are running at the moment called ‘Fantastic Food’. Readers are uploading pictures of ‘decadent dishes’ and then everyone votes for their favourites…

“The top ten most popular photographs will be included in a NOWNESS guide on and reviewed by our panel of judges, which includes chef April Bloomfield (of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin and The John Dory), food artist Jennifer Rubell, restaurateur Frank Falcinelli (co-creator of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats), Swallow magazine editor James Casey, and’s Fiona Tang. The panel and NOWNESS will select the winning image, to be showcased in a feature on the site—placing the photographer in the esteemed company of NOWNESS contributors considered to be among the world’s leading image-makers.”

You can upload your competition entries until Wednesday 22nd December.  Until then, here’s a selection from my personal archives…
(It’ll also give you an opportunity to get used to my *superb* photographic skills)

a scrummy summer breakfast

chicken and spinach pasta

who knows what this is. But it looks tasty

One of our infamous 'yellow dinners'

Tuna pasta in sunny Spain: simple but effective

Club sandwich at the clubhouse

Chilli at the Thatch, Ilfracombe

Couscous and chickpea salad

The perfect fry-up

Sauages at a BBQ

Room service dinner of foccacia burger

Birthday dinner at Alice's

Only the best for desert. Apple Strudel and Sachertorte in Vienna

Posted: December 17th, 2010
Categories: Food, Hello, Thought
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Crack out the bubbly..

…I think I’ve cracked it.

Hurrah!  Welcome to my new shiny blog.

Posted: December 14th, 2010
Categories: Hello, Thought
Comments: 2 Comments.