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Last Night In London: Art fashion poetry passion

London a few last nights ago felt like one long stream of consciousness ode to visual and mental feasts thanks to Aiweiwei’s newly launched exhibition at the Royal Academy. It made me think of my first ever article I wrote when I started working at a newspaper. It was Couture. I was in a taxi under the Eiffel Tower dictating copy to the nigh time copytakers all the way back in London. It was all about Elizabeth Hurley and Versace Couture. This was ‘news’ baby as it happens! Only the article didn’t happen for me – my writing was considered too stream of consciousness. Well that’s what Paris and Couture does to you and the imagination.

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Barrecore: What it’s like to stretch, define, tone and burn baby burn

Before barrecore, after barrecore. Those pictures aren’t going to happen. My iPhone 6 cannot take selfies of the inside of my mind. Yet.  Just ask my friends for those ‘you’re looking lean and sleek and buff’ affirmations of the external effect it’s had on me instead. But that’s not why I started barrecore. I took it up because I somehow knew that I would always like it and like everything in life there is no point doing something if it’s just not you. I also took it up because I needed to zone out and move. I am a swimmer but if the pool does not stink of chlorine I am not getting in. So I haven’t got in in a long time. The more you move the more things happen. Read the rest of this entry »


It all ended like it started with a Roland Mouret dress. And Whatsapp. That’s how I’m styling my friends these days. From the comfort of a restaurant on a Sunday afternoon straight to you in the changing room at Harrods, Liberty’s, Harvey Nichs et al. That’s what Sundays are for. Long lunches. Shopping. And friends. It’s why I love technology. Everything is possible – always. Read the rest of this entry »

TRAVEL: Birkenhead House, Hermanus, Cape Town – What to wear

Just because you are in Africa doesn’t mean you need to do safari-chic. Leave that to the opulent but paired back interiors of Birkenhead House floating above the crashing waves of the sea in Hermanus. Don’t hold back on the glamour factor. After all how else are you going to match the candy striped poolside sleek of crisp whites and sharp pinks or the monochrome magic of the sprawling zebra print rug in your equally sprawling room?  Read the rest of this entry »

Outfit of the Day: Menswear for me


There’s nothing more fabulous than a cashmere jumper, especially one from the men’s department or the cupboard of your husband, boyfriend…whoever. There’s also nothing more fabulous than the onion soup at Balthazaar Boulangerie in Covent Garden. Beyond delicious and if you’re on a celiac diet it’s perfect. Read the rest of this entry »

A pair of pick-me-up Chanel sunglasses

Was having a breakfast without the Tiffany’s kind of day and the only way to scratch that itch was to buy myself a pair of Chanel sunglasses. Only Chanel can put the pearls back into the world. It’s an occupational hazard walking through Fenwicks in the name of fashion research … and ending up shopping. This was after I went to have my obligatory Percy Pig and chit chat with Mary in the press office at Fenwicks. Mary who is as much a part of the Fenwicks and Bond street DNA as the double interlocking CC is to Coco and Chanel. Read the rest of this entry »

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