Month: July 2015

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Autumn in July

Before I moved to London, my father told me the Dad Joke to end all Dad Jokes: “You’re moving to London, eh? Did you know that summer there last year fell on a Wednesday afternoon?” he chuckled, merrily. I dismissed him, of course, and in the 9 summers since my arrival I have genuinely had a jolly good time in the mild and pleasant English Summers. Apart from this year, my dad’s prophetic Dad Joke came true….we have virtually only had a couple of days of warm weather and yesterday I actually wore BOOTS and a COAT to work. It’s kinda cold, a bit rainy and it feels more like October than July- and I blame you dad! Laughing at my meteorological predicament! Don’t be fooled by the shiny sun-like icon on Friday- all week, any glimmer of sunshine has rapidly given way to shower and gusts of wind. I am not best pleased. I do advise you continue to carry your brolly around, and do keep a light jumper in your bag because the …

Interview: The Beach People

If you like the beach, are a follower of fashion and are an Instagram enthusiast, than chances are that you have come across The Original Roundie. You know! Those beautiful round beach throws that are as useful as they are photogenic have been spotted adorning the Instagram of some major fashion bloggers and stylists. With their beautiful ethnic prints, The Original Roundie really stands out as the most stylish beach or poolside accessory you can have. It’s no surprise that suddenly the roundie has been omnipresent in social media. Made by The Beach People sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattle, their first summer in production saw their flagship product sell out completely in their native Australia. Now the sisters are on a mission to build a “community of like-minded sea lovers” around the world. “Emma and I come from a long line of sea lovers. We grew up around the ocean,” Victoria told me over e-mail. “Sitting at the beach one day we looked at all the things that we love to bring on our sea …

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Sunshine & Showers

Just like Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky‘ is the sound of the summer (yes every summer!), Sunshine and Showers is the story of every summer in London. I listen to the radio a lot, and I sort of feel bad for the weather reporters who just have to repeat the same forecast every hour for three whole months. The upside, of course, is that I honestly believe that clothes are much more interesting in the summer. It may be because I was born in the Tropics, but winter clothes, even the most glamorous are always a bit utilitarian for simple virtue of the fact that they are primarily intended to keep us warm. I actually think the fashion world agrees with me. We all noticed the open toe sandals and bare legs on display last February in New York Fashion Week, even as Manhattan was ravished by a super snow-storm. That’s because summer clothes are much cooler, even if they leave us feeling much colder. But looking cool is the name of the game at NYFW …

Late Lunch: POLPO Duke of York Square

Polpo is a lovely place in London. I have long been a fan of the Covent Garden outpost (delicious meatballs), and have even been known to frequent the Smithfield spot. Recently the restaurant has been rolling out new spots as quick as it takes for me to enjoy a gin and tonic on a summer evening- and I wasn’t convinced that was a good thing. The two newest outposts- Cambridge Circus and Duke of York Square- seemed too big and too flashy  to make for great restaurants. What I love about Polpo, originally, is that the food is great and simple- without losing the Venetian flavours it purports to represent. The small menus are appealing and diverse too- and it’s reasonably priced for what it is. I was worried that the new openings might not be able to carry this simple formula well, and buckle under the pressure to turn outrageous profits and cover the expensive rents. So I was sceptical when the Pal and I turned up without a reservation to the Duke of …

A quick guide to Classic Summer

There are a few outfit combinations that are flawless, flattering and effortlessly chic. In the summer these staples should constitute a fundamental part of any wardrobe. A Breton top, khakis, a white Broderie Anglaise dress,espadrilles etc etc. In fact, with just a few classic pieces, a summer wardrobe can be born, no muss, no fuss. However- NOTHING is more important than individual style, and I would never suggest that we should just unquestioningly buy stripy tops and expect to look Parisian chic. What I am suggesting is that we take inspiration from these delightfully classic combinations and reinvent these pieces and add your own flair and personal signature. I have taken some inspiration from some of my favourite bloggers- Leandra, Chiara, Aimee and Julia- in order to see how they have riffed on these classic and what lessons you can learn from these pros. Khakis as worn by Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) Leandra Medine is just a wonderful human, she is full of style and flare. But most importantly, she is not afraid to look completely bonkers …

Chili-Lime Pork with Corn Salad

In the summer, some of the delicious fruits and vegetables are in season. That makes it the perfect season to eat fresh, seasonal local produce as much as possible. I have been working hard this summer to develop some new recipes that are fresh, bright and sparky, to reflect everyone’s mood and keep us all healthy. However, today rained loads in London. And it will continue to rain all week. Bleurgh. So even though I was keen to eat loads the beautiful fresh veggies I have been seeing all over the organic fruit and veg shops in my neighbourhood, I am also craving something warming and a bit naughty. Call me crazy but that’s what I want when my toes have been wet all afternoon. The answer to this conundrum is CHILI. Of course, fresh AND warming. BAM. So I have been trawling through recipes online and I found a gem from Martha Stewart. It’s fresh, it spicy and it’s delicious. It also features a delicious chunk of pork. YAS. So I spent the afternoon …

Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern

Sonia Delaunay was an amazing artist, and fantastically creative human. But because she was a a woman, we don’t learn about her in school. The Tate Modern in London though, is working hard to challenge visitors to expand their horizons and explore some of the most amazing female artists that we may never have heard about. This summer the Tate has a female double headliner- and since I have been moaning about how white and male the mainstream art scene in London is- I am delighted. Sonia Delaunay and Agnes Martin will be the main attractions at London’s most popular museum all summer long.