Wednesday, 31 July 2013


Oh my, things have been busy of late. But here are a few highlights which have stood out. I've been working on an arts festival which went off with a bang towards the start of July and has only since just started to settle down for me. So am looking forward to the next less busy, more bloggy phase.

{flowers to congratulate a victory at work}

{best burger I've had in ages at Meat & Liquor}

I'd been wanting to go to do a trip to London to take in Meat & Liquor for ages, and the burger didn't disappoint, although the wine served in jam jars and very dark interior plus blaring music on a sunny evening felt a little too cool. We followed it by a trip to the theatre to see Kim Cattrall in Sweet Bird of Youth - highly recommended!

{old friends were in town, so we celebrated at Harry's Bar, Southsea Castle}

Only for the short window of 6-9pm on a Friday, does Southsea Castle (built by Henry VIII, and from where he watched the Mary Rose sink) open its doors to Harry's Bar and become a champagne bar for the evening. I've been a few times now and love it every time. My top tips: book EARLY, tie your hair back (the windy is lively) and take a jacket - it never gets boiling hot, even during the recent heatwave.

And whilst we're in Southsea, Southsea Coffee has to be my favourite new cafe in while. Everything is pleasing, from the decor (they invented their own paint colour for the walls) to the cups and saucers to the food and especially the coffee - or so I'm told, not being a coffee drinker myself. The Iced Drip Coffee was a big hit in the hot weather, and not something I'd seen anywhere else. Check out their website which documents the setting up of the cafe from when it was just an empty shell.

{ahh, favourite new coffee shop, Southsea Coffee}

{I'm told by coffee lovers that their's is the best (the tea's pretty good too)}

{marmalade cake - om nom nom}

{Japan & gin - holiday planning}

Monday, 29 July 2013

Latest Topshop temptations

So Topshop have turned their minds to Autumn / Winter, and here are some of the highlights. Sweatshirts are still king, slipper shoes are still stylish (yay!) and the Gwenda court is still going strong, in a whole new range of colours. As ever, I've hunted out the cotton, silk, or leather options, eschewing the sea of polyester blah that threatens to engulf us. But if you look hard enough, there's plenty of the good stuff out there - seek and ye shall find.

Top row, left to right
Silk colour block cami, £38Leather fold over clutch, £38Gwenda pointed courts, £58Crepe tunic, £34Silk wrap tee jumpsuit, £90.

Middle row, left to right
Long sleeve sweat, £18 and in navy (I was also drawn to the Raglan panel sweater, £55 but this post is already sweatshirt heavy); Leopard multi zip tote, £95Knitted marble print top, £38.

Bottom row, left to right
Floral print crop jacket, £55 (or in monochrome); Maye suede slippers, £30
or in black suedeSupersoft sweater, £18Silk crepe drop loose trousers by Boutique, £80Goslin t-bar points, £68.

Monday, 1 July 2013

We need to talk about (Chanel) tweed

That's right, Chanel tweed, made by Linton Tweeds, right here in Blighty.

Some of you may already be aware of the fantastic "how did no one else ever think of this" collaboration between Jigsaw and Linton Tweeds. Linton Tweeds being the company who have for years supplied the famous colourful tweeds which Chanel use to make their coveted jackets and suits. Until this collaboration with Jigsaw, I hadn't realised that it was a British company who supplied Chanel, and I hadn't heard about the collaboration until I stumbled across a rail of beautiful silk-backed tweed t-shirts in Jigsaw a couple of months ago.

{daffodil tweed t-shirt, £98 Jigsaw}

{multi-colour tweed t-shirt, £98 Jigsaw}

They're available in a range of fabrics, but full for the full range of Linton Tweeds, log on to the website and browse the stunning range of jewel-coloured fabrics with their intricately woven patterns.

I tried the t-shirt on, and was crestfallen to realise that it looked better on the hanger than on me, the cut not really suiting me, however hard I tried to convince myself.

And then I met up with Bob, who unbeknownst to me had embarked on the same Linton tweed obsession, and out of her handbag, she produced a stack of tweed samples, which she'd ordered from the Linton website. And she revealed her plan... that she'd going to try to make one of these t-shirts, in her own choice of tweed which you can order by the meter from the website. And so I twisted her arm so that she'd make me one too - I KNOW! Using an existing silk t-shirt pattern which she knows and loves. More than exciting. I've chosen and ordered my tweed and am waiting for the delivery. 

{Linton tweed samples}

{the selection process}