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Here’s my piece on talented cellist turned musician Anna Hu – she set a world record at Christies when she sold her Orpheus ring at Christies in Hong Kong earlier this year………

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btw.. here’s something I never thought I’d publish on my blog; pics of You Know Who, wearing Anna  to the Met Ball..

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Sunday Times Style section

Sunday Times Style section

Just to make you feel better about eating lots of sugar over the next few days here’s my piece on sweets which I wrote for Style, The Sunday Times.

Not sure all of you will be able to read it unless you have a subscription… but still, just know that if this your idea of heaven……..

Sweetie, darling.. ?The Sunday Times

Sweetie, darling.. ?The Sunday Times

………you are not alone.

Wear black tomorrow – here’s why…..

Alexander Wang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, just in case you have any last minute gifts to buy…..here are my last words on the subject See below for my favourite panic purchase..

Aspinal Hip Flask

Aspinal Hip Flask

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NAMASTE..XXX

Sean Connery as James Bond

When your gran calls to tell you that she hasn’t ‘had a blog from you in a while dear’, then you know you have been truly slack. And so, for my gran (and anyone else who is interested) here’s a smattering of my recent pieces,  including: how to dress like you know who…

Why fashion photography is the new collectible.

Photographer:Tim Walker       Vogue-UK-July-20...

Photographer:Tim Walker Vogue-UK-July-2005-LilyTake (Photo credit: ciaochanchou)

 

 

Donna Karan

 

The fabulous and truly unique Donna Karan

 

 

 

And…. a piece on Christopher Bailey‘s new ‘shop’ for one of my favourite mags, Architectural Digest

Namaste gran…xx

 

 

 

 

Chanel grows its own Jasmine in Grasse for No5….

The farm is owned and run by the fabulous Joseph Mul (above) and his family and harvested by a loyal team of pickers…

 

 

 

 

When at Chanel’s Jasmine harvest naturally one wears.. Chanel wellies…

 

pickers at the weigh in–Jasmine flowers overnight and can only be picked during the morning..

 

 

 

 

the flowers are loaded into trays and  the pickers load their baskets into the back of their van and head for their lunch…meanwhile the harvest heads for the processing plant…

 

 

 

 

where it goes through multifarious processes…. which ultimately create an absolute- the liquid used in the No5 fragrance formula…  Other highlights of the day included… the Chanel PRs who naturally.. wore great accessories…

and the Tuberose (which I had never seen growing in fields before). Chanel also grows its own roses for No5 at the Mul’s farm….

namaste…xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backblogs occur all the time – by this I mean you get so bogged down with other stuff that you just can’t, don’t or won’t blog and then as time passes you grow resistant to putting fingers to keyboard – wondering if it really matters, and really, who the heck cares in any case…. Well that’s my excuse- but also check out two of my all time fave bloggers: Justine Picardie

Justine picardie

and Dominique Browning

dominique brownings blog

for much better reasons to not be blogging – a wedding (hurrah) and some challenging life issues. OK, so both these bloggers are peers of mine and I admire them greatly, but even if I didn’t I’d be urging you to check them out – they both write with such humour, grace and dignity.

So, in an effort to end the backblog of my own pathetic blogging record – – here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to  in the last few weeks:

Location: Long Island, here are some snaps:

Stylish small person at Heathrow

best dressed traveller at Heathrow

The best bikini store? Malia Mills  Southampton NYC

Southampton NY bikinisI

I like her approach to swimwear – she embraces all sizes, makes great stuff that as a friend of mine puts it ‘doesn’t move when you and your breasts jump into the pool’ – great colours and fabrics too

Malia Mills bikini shoot

This is how she merchandises and displays: cool -no?

C Wonder

Free Candy at C- Wonder Chris Burch’s new store  (AKA the ex- Mr Tory Burch). Now we’re talking…

eating an icecream

You don’t have to be a Euro to eat icecream at Sant Ambroeus but it helps. And you must be dressed properly to do so….

Hamptons children's scribbles

And on that note… only in The Hamptons would a child’s doodles be the above… -pretty good twin C Chanel logo though…

Pimped Vespa at C-Wonder

I hate football (soccer) but I love my son… which is why I let him persuade me to take him to a Chelsea v Paris St Germain game at Yankee Stadium, which is a beautiful stadium….

Chelsea FC versus Paris St Germain at Yankee Stadium

Totally different atmosphere to the UK….lots of well behaved fans and not a C word to be heard. And I don’t mean Chanel……

Before I blog off, a word about the Olympics coverage from here. I LIKE IT! OK so before they lifted their paywall you couldn’t stream live events via the NBC website, but now you can…

NBC London 2012 logo (thanks NBC)

and frankly there’s nothing better than going for a swim, sitting down in the shade with an Iced Tea and chanting ‘USA, USA!’ followed swiftly by ‘Come on GB!’ -( for those of us conflicted by dual nationality)..

namaste and thanks for having me back….xx

Not blog apathy but life atrophy… – I knew things were bad when a friend of mine @katemuir said to me whilst we were running ‘I haven’t seen you around on twitter lately’ – which is the modern day equivalent of saying ‘you don’t seem to be getting out much’.

So, here’s where I’ve been in the last two weeks (discounting a couple of visits to the local ER -see life atrophy)…

 

Chelsea Flower show.. the cool old boys – aka The Chelsea Pensioners and the L’Occitane garden

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ever wondered what the judges at Chelsea looked like… i have.. see below….

l'occitane garden at chelseajudges at chelsea flower show

 

Eccentricity abounds…

british stuffwell, it is Britain…

home of the well informed (tipped off) paparazzi – here they are outside my house- not for me (obv) but for some other poor female trying to push her baby on a swing in my garden square.. Nice.

paparazzi

I suppose you could accuse me of the same for taking a pic of these cute waiters at the Orlebar Brown party… but I mean, how could you not…?

orlebar brown party

here’s Julietta Dexter at the Orlebar party making Versace look very good… note the yoga body..

Versace

here’s the Orlebar Brown pop up truck. Genius idea. Watch out for it…

orlebar brown pop up truck

how great are these flowers done by a guest for a wedding at my local in Primrose Hill?..aaahh…x

flowers at The Lansdown Primrose Hill

on that note to finish….lanterns over primrose hill

lovely lanterns and the moon over Primrose Hill…