tea and biscuits

April 6, 2018

If I had to choose a favourite biscuit, it would be a Petit Ecollier in milk chocolate. They’re simple and absolutely delicious. You don’t see them at many supermarkets –– Fiesta Farms, perhaps –– but they remind me of my childhood. I used to eat them by the dozen with milky, sweet tea after school. First I’d eat the chocolate, and then I’d eat the biscuit. Perfect.

quotidien

April 6, 2018

My fascination with collections and people who collect steered me to Ettore Guatelli, a school teacher from Parma who amassed a collection of everyday tools and objects –– pincers, hammers, spades –– vast enough to warrant its own museum. Please have a look at these artfully curated displays; one room contains hundreds of baskets hanging from the ceiling, while another features a wall of shoe horns arranged in a beautiful fan. “The beauty of the everyday life events we have always neglected and their inner value that we have not recognized, they were disclosed to us by a simple man from the Parma’s countryside. His name is Ettore Guatelli.” –– Werner Herzog.

linked in

April 4, 2018

My grandmother often wore cufflinks, and I found it so chic. Because I love anything monogrammed, I can see myself wearing large gold discs with my initials engraved into them. These 1950s Cartier fans are gorgeous, and so are these lapis beauties. Andrew Grima designed stunning cufflinks, and one can never go wrong with Tiffany knots. But iron my shirts as crisply as my grandmother did, that I’ll never do.

printastique

April 4, 2018

Not everyone can pull of le mix & match, but this girl’s doing it with aplomb. I love her outfit –– it’s chic, off centre, and totally comfortable. Trifecta complete, in my book. I might trade in the shark teeth sandals for a pair of Converse, or a good looking mule. But that’s me. Everything else, I’m nicking.

decoupage

April 2, 2018

I’ve always liked John Derian’s decoupage plates, and this image from his new West Village store inspires my love of plate walls. It’s a cabinet, I know, and a lovely one, but I like the idea of a wall covered in a hodge podge of plates collected from all over the world. John Derian would appear, a heart, peas in a pod and a colour wheel, perhaps. Have a look at the new store, it’s really quite charming.

cat eye

March 29, 2018

I own a lot of sunglasses, and now I’ve got my eye on this Gucci cat eye that reminds me so much of my Great Auntie Polyxene’s glasses, that I feel I must have them. She was small like me, even in chunky heels, but she always wore her lilac hair in a bouffant on the top of her head which gave her an inch or two more. She would have loved these glasses, little white crystals and all. At Christmastime she used to give me money, $50 dollars or so, and tell me to go out and buy myself a gift. Once I remember spending it on a pair of olive green kitten boots which I wore until they had no heel left. What do you think, Auntie P, retro sunnies for Spring?

Cecil

March 28, 2018

One of the many things I love about our worn, torn, lopsided little house are the windowsills where our Shnautzer, Cecil used to stand on guard. They’re scratched down to the wood, and even after all these years, we choose not to paint them. The windowsills are the last remnant of our sweet, bonkers, fierce little dog. The children ask about him all the time. Iole remembers him in her life. Jason and I often wonder whether he would remember us if he saw us again. Giving him away was very hard, but we like to believe that it was the best decision for our family, for Cecil, especially. We like to believe that he is better off where he is, with room to roam, no children to protect, and no postmen to attack. We like to believe that he is alive, and that he is happy. That’s what we like to believe.

silk

March 27, 2018

I would never pull off a dress like this –– it’s far too flouncy and voluminous for my height. But I do adore it. The fabric looks like Alexis Colby’s bed sheets, and I love the way it gets all whipped up like milk. The soft apricot is delicious –– it’s all quite lovely, really.

 

myth weaver

March 26, 2018

Akira Kusaka is a storyteller, each one as bizarre, whimsical and evocative as the next. Watch this short slideshow of the Japanese illustrator’s work –– and you’ll see what I mean. There’s a peacock in full spread standing proudly over the light of the moon, an astronaut walking his dalmation, and a man fishing for stars from his air balloon. Kusaka’s work is such a delight.

minimal

March 26, 2018

I came across a website today called Minimalist Home, and it’s one beautiful space after another. I think that minimalism often implies cold and stark, but these space are anything but. If William Morris were alive, he would no doubt appreciate them. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” There are so many playful juxtapositions in these spaces. They’re simple, nuanced and unique. Have a look around. 

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