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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 »

Gitterarti comes to London town

London comes alive when Frieze Art Fair hits town. It’s a wonderful mix of incredible art and exotic looking people. It also means winter is officially setting in and so are those festive party nights. I danced my way across the glitter strewn carpet at Sotheby’s to the indulgent party they threw for the Gliterarti. It’s always about glitter as far as I am concerned. So when I went to a dinner overlooking the lights of Berkeley Square, at Morton’s, the very same week hosted by Ghost and Rainbow Shoes it felt like the sparkle of the season was on a really good roll. Read the rest of this entry »


Any excuse I can find to wonder home through Fenwicks, I will. It’s a bit like Claridges. Oh actually they are conveniently within throwing distance of each other. Strange that. There is always something to find in Fenwicks…whether it’s my must-have Percy Pigs from Mary and Sandra in the Press Office, or my “where is that from?” shearling number from Karl Donoghue which so many people have asked me about, or the fabulous cashmere ponchos by secret undiscovered brands that the buying team always unearths to my ripped J Brands (yes you read that correctly) that I bought because I saw the then Managing Director the late Jill Steider wearing them on the shop floor one afternoon a few years back. Read the rest of this entry »

Mr Porter And Smythson

It’s a match made in sartorial heaven isn’t it? Take the tradition of Smythson and combine it with the style know-how of Mr Porter and what you have a is a luxury keepsake and the perfect stocking filler for the man in your life. In spite of my iPhone and Mac and Google Calendar and so forth I still cannot quite beat a Smythson diary for getting me there on time. And standing as a lifelong memento of all that I have been up to. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s a shoppable panto first for the festive season

“He’s right behind you! No he’s not! Yes he is!” Gosh. I have always wanted to go to the theatre and say that. And yesterday morning I did. It was the best start to the day and the festive season, thanks to eBay and their world first Shoppable Panto Cinderella An Inspirational Fair:Retail. Get it? Oh yes you do! Read the rest of this entry »

Things to learn – like how to draw Valentino.

King’s Cross. Evening. Behind  a flashing neon sign that reads Erotica Show is a Jane Eyre appreciation club. Upstairs amongst the  rickety-tackety tables and chairs and glasses of wine – stitching and bitching groups. Tucked away just past the stitching and bitching and eating and drinking is a wooden panelled parlour with Read the rest of this entry »

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