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Made the very excellent Business of Fashion newsletter today with my piece from yesterdays WSJ on Uniqlo….

Great company. I love their approach of listening to both the customer and their on floor sales teams, so that they can really supply what the customer wants. They own their supply chain too which is also something Frida Giannini of Gucci said was essential to a great fashion business when I interviewed her. Three best Uniqlo pieces this season:

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women’s engineer boatneck t £14.90

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women’s skinny fit cargo pants £19.90 on the website

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and my favourite which I’m considering buying for myself – the men’s biker jacket £59.90

in my WSJ column I discussed a MAWD (middle aged woman’s dilemma) – many more to follow. This one was about wearing shorts.Oh yes we can. But maybe not like these at Balenciaga…..?

or these at Jil Sander…?

Jil Sander courtesy of Style.com

thinking more along the lines of these……?

or even more realistically….from www.net-a-porter.com

Diane von Furstenburg shorts £270

In Norfolk where I was born they do things differently…..

which is not to say that it’s not lovely… because it is.. particularly if it’s my sister and her architect boyfriend’s home….

the perfect kitchen….note the Aga..

and I promise you she didn’t style anything.. this is how she lives…really..

this fire is fantastic, chic, efficient and it smoulders all night,,,

and they still have a milkman… you know one of those men (or women) who delivers the daily pint? Note the location of the milk crate…

Very House and Garden…..

The phrase ‘Normal for Norfolk’ came about because Norfolk (for those of you who are not English) is somewhat cut off from the rest of the country and has its very own peculiarities.. which sometimes includes the people, Alan Partridge not being the best (but certainly being the funniest example)…..I'm Alan Partridge

So really, if you haven’t been then visit Norfolk….Nelson, Delia and Alan can’t be wrong…

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Norfolk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

i love Pippa Small’s designs. She’s an anthropologist who works with indigenous tribes to create sustainable resources for her jewellery. Her store in Notting Hill is evocative of her entire approach…

everything is really well showcased..those are my earrings in the left hand corner or they would be if I had the odd spare 4k lying around..

love that charm bracelet at the top..

gorgeous pendants/amulets

meanwhile… at Granger & Co, the Aussie Cafe in Notting Hill, what feels like a small slice of Sydney..

Good Jasmine tea… 7/10

great flowers….

and on the topic great of jewellery,  here’s my friend Helena’s ‘push present’ – a gift from her husband Tom on the birth of one of her children….it’s from Tiffany, though it looks vintage -no?