Monday, 28 February 2011

Cashmere

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One of my favourite fabrics to be clothed in has to be cashmere. There is something so comforting about it's softness that gives instant cosiness. I have bought expensive cashmere before but find that the Autograph cashmere range in M&S is equally as good. I already have two cardigans, the pink is my favourite - I love the cool pink hue, it was bought for me as a gift so has sentimental value (previously worn here). I was overjoyed to find this peach sweater when browsing Oxfam the other day, a bargain for £3.99 instead of the usual £100.

My only issue with cashmere is that it can grow holes very quickly. It is an absolute draw for pesky little creatures who love to nibble away at the cashmere fibres - I am baffled as to how they find their way in! So, I try to remain vigiliant on a regular basis and make sure there is a lot of lavender floating around the wardrobes (as they hate it) - a much more pleasant aroma than mothballs. So far, this ploy seems to have worked!

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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Vinyl

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After finally getting around to buying a record player that I had been debating over for longer than I care to remember, I am slowly starting to build a small collection of vinyl. I procrastinated over a vintage player or a modern reproduction, the price decided for me on the latter. Somehow, it seems that records from a different era suit this medium so much better. I'm relishing the crackles, quite happy to leave the modern tunes for my ipod. So far, my collection includes Francoise Hardy, Leonard Cohen, Nat King Cole and Juliette Gréco. I'm quite obsessed over the song Sous le Ciel de Paris, that was featured in the film An Education, so I was pleased to be able to get my hands on a copy on vinyl. Here is a little (very home-made) video of me listening to the song and wearing a 60's vintage dress.

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Monday, 21 February 2011

Things I Like

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Fresh flowers. Opera Binoculars found at an Antiques Fair. Blouses with huge collars. Bargain boots. Old issues of Nylon magazine. Gold jewellery. Mr Kipling's kitsch French Fancies. Finding new Flickr Favourites from others' Flickr Favourites. A cup of tea with the Sunday Times.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Saturday Starbucks

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This morning, a very pleasant time was spent with my dad. We visited the Literary & Philosophical Society (the 'Lit & Phil'), an old library in Newcastle upon Tyne, which I believe to be an absolute hidden gem if, like me you adore old books. I roped him into some picture taking, which you'll see in a few days and afterwards we went over to Starbucks. We ate a strawberry cupcake (me) and an apple doughnut (him) and drank cappuccinos, listening to the pitter-patter of the rain outside, cosy and content in each others' company.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Delightful Dena

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Last weekend I picked up a very lovely and very unexpected package from the Post Office. To have someone read my blog and think of me when on her travels really blows me away! That person is Dena, who I'm sure you will already know from Being Dena. She recently covered a Scandanavian Fashion show and met the head make-up artist of Pixi Beauty Products. Remembering I liked Diptyque Fig products, she thought of me and sent on a bottle of perfume and candle in my favourite fig scent. Thank you so so much Dena!! You may have just inadvertently introduced me to a new range that will be no good for my pocket! xx