30 November 2011

Walking Miss Cinderella

Photos by Pete Navey

Shoes Topshop, Tights Topshop, Skirt Zara, Shirt Zara, Cashmere T-shirt N.Peal, Leather Biker Gilet Hakaan, Glasses Zara, and Bag Chanel.

This outfit combines some of my most favourite pieces at the moment. 
First of all I am obsessed with this Hakaan Biker Gilet, it was a wonderful gift from my mother from Colette in Paris (she also has a matching one!). I wear it all the time. The leather is really thick and luxurious and it looks great with so many outfits.  People tell me it looks like armour, but my mother says it is more like a teenage ninjah turtle (we were obsessed with them when we were little).
I also love love love these disco boots.  They are so much fun, I like to think of them as a party on my feet. My very own saturday night fever disco balls that come with me wherever I go. 

My detox is nearly over now, which I am soooo happy about. It has definitely been an experience.
I cant wait to get back to London and get ready for Christmas... it is absolutely my favourite holiday. 

28 November 2011

Hermes Press Day SS12

Going to the Hermes Press Day is always a highlight in an endless tour of london showrooms. 
I think they are very clever about how they present their products.  You feel you have been invited to a wonderful tea rather than a boring meeting. 
Last season was a delight of flowers and cakes.  Perfection. 
This season was not a let down. I found quite a few things for my wish list... I hope you can find a few too. 

25 November 2011

Cinderella loves a good hat

Photos by Pete Navey

Bringing Back the Hat Part 4.

Still detoxing in Austria is making me miss my little doggies, I am sure their little silky ears would be wonderful company here. So I thought I would post this hat today as a little reminder of Cinderella's cuteness. 
I love this hat, so much so I have it in two colours, Navy and Black.  I actually found them at T K Maxx which makes the double purchase totally ok! Right?!
Anyway I am nearly halfway through my detox now so wear a hat this weekend and tell me about it to cheer me up. Pretty please?!

23 November 2011

Ham and Cheese Bread Heaven

This is one of the best things I have ever made.
If you don't try any other recipes on this blog, give this one a go.
Not only is it super easy, but it really looks lovely and is perfect for winter with a soup or strew.  I love it with Heston's Ham and Pea Soup.

So first of all you should know this is a cheats recipe.
I don't think that home-made bread is ever a huge sucess. It always has the wrong texture or tastes of yeast.
So I highly recommend that you cheat, however you could of course make your own bread dough and replace that with the pre-made dough I recommend.

Ham and Cheese Bread Heaven.

1 packet of Jus-Rol White Rustic Loaf Dough
6 slices of cheese (Edam, Cheddar or Red Leicester - I like to use a mix)
1 cup of finely grated cheese (same mix as above)
1/3 cup of finely grated Parmesan
12 slices of good Ham (I like to make my own coke boiled ham from a Nigella Lawson recipe and slice is super thin, but a really good supermarket version is fine, it should be super thin and preferably have fat on it still)

  1. Preheat oven to 180 (for a Fan) or 200 (for a regular oven).
  2. Cover a baking sheet in non-stick foil and sprinkle semolina over it. 
  3. Take your Jus-Rol White Rustic Loaf and remove it from the tin. 
  4. Cut the roll open along the seam you will see and gently but firmly encourage the dough to unroll along the line that is already there.  You will end up with an almost flat sheet of dough, similar to a sheet of pastry.
  5. Lie the dough on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Place the slices of cheese across the whole dough so it is covered. Then cover the cheese in 10 slices of ham in two overlapping rows.
  7. Sprinkle 3/4 of the mixed grated cheese over the top of the ham.
  8. Now roll the dough up in the same way that you would a swiss roll, try to do this as tightly as possible.  Make sure the the final roll leaves the open section on the bottom touching the tray.
  9. Take a knife and cut 1.5 inch diagonal slits into the roll along the top at 1 inch intervals, cut down through the dough until you see the cheese slices and then stop.
  10. Use the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese to stuff the slits along with the 2 remaining slices of ham. 
  11. Finally sprinkle the grated parmesan over the whole loaf, and place in the oven for 30 mins, or until the loaf is a dark golden colour and has a crispy outside.
  12. Place the loaf on a cooling rack for 5-10 mins then slice.

21 November 2011

That bike I found

Boots Hermes, Jeans JBrand, Shirt Singapore (Far East Plaza), Scarf from Venice, Coat Hoss Intropia (gifted), and Bag American Apparel with added beaded tassel from V.V.Rouleaux. 

Photos by Pete Navey

When I went to take pictures of this outfit, we just happened to come across a bicycle that was exactly colour co-ordinated with it.  So I just had to pretend it was mine!  However those of you with really keen eyes will be able to see that it is still chained to the fence...
Regardless, I really wanted to post a proper autumnal outfit. I love the colours of Autumn.  All the greens mixed with browns, tans and oranges.  The colours always make me think of cashmere jumpers, cinnamon, long walks kicking leaves, pumpkins, stews and open fires to warm damp feet. 
I hope the pictures make you feel seasonal, even if like me the closest thing you are having to a 'proper country autumn' is walking through Hyde Park!  

Meanwhile I am in Austria at a detox clinic. No comment so far.  Lets just say the view of the lake is better than what was on my plate this morning. 

18 November 2011

Leopards dont have ears like this...

Photos by Pete Navey

Bringing Back the Hat Part 3.

This hat is one of my favourites, mouse ears with leopard print from the ever masterful Marie Mercié. 
I love the humour and whimsy of Marie Mercié hats, they are chic and truly Parisian, but also funny, light, and bold.
The hat was given to me by two friends one birthday. It was such a thoughtful and charming gift!

16 November 2011

Sunday Times Style vs Chanel

During Fashion Month I did a shoot at the Chanel Exhibition in Harrods. These are the photos from the final piece. 
It was a really late shoot and I didnt get home till close to 2am in the middle of LFW so it really was a long day, but the team were all really lovely.  
Everything we are wearing is from the Chanel Resort Collection. 
Although the paper came out last sunday, you can still see the piece on the Sunday Times Website.