Thursday, 27 August 2009


So French, so chic.

Delicious (rich!) flavours, lovely atmosphere. Insanely delicious Gascon Mess for dessert.

I love that the menu listed things like "piggy treats," "juicy greens" and "curly leaves." It has a food-store as well.

Comptoir Gascon, on Charterhouse Street next to Smithfields.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

On the Street

Chickens and Arabic graffiti, south Jordan


I was on my way home on the tube last week, and there was a man sitting opposite with a sketch-book, drawing some of the passengers on the train.

There was a man sitting on one side of me, who was big, with a bald head and huge black sunnies, completely oblivious to the fact that he was being sketched.

When he'd finished drawing him, he started drawing the man sitting on my other side (I was only slightly offended not to be a worthy subject!). This guy noticed, and looked a bit amused. When he'd finished, he gave the drawing to his subject, who looked quite chuffed to receive it.

Just another great London moment.

Veruschka by Avedon

(via modelinia)

Head in the Clouds

Maison Martin Margiela
(image via fashionologie)

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Slow Reveal

The Treasury in the pink city of Petra, Jordan. Magnificent.

Prince of Wales

Lovely classic English pub, just around the corner from Holland Park tube. There's a really nice outdoor section, where you can relax in the sun into the evening.

Prince of Wales

Monday, 24 August 2009

Angela and Jordan

My So-Called Life


I haven't enhanced the colour in this photo at all. The tulips really were that red! Taken back in spring, in Richmond.

Local Sushi

Delicious, un-pretentious, good local sushi.

In Whitecross street, near Old street, East London.

We had the amazing tuna tataki, and something called a dragon roll (inside out) with eel. I was very hesitant about ordering eel, but it was excellent!


I feel I need to share this website, for anyone looking to plan a little getaway in Europe.

It's called Special Places to Stay, by Alastair Sawday. It was recommended by a friend, and I've found it very useful for finding a little villa in the south of France for a long weekend.

Special Places to Stay

Another travel website I like to browse (though the places are a little more expensive, it gives lots of inspiration) is i-escape. It's very stylish, and quite discerning about the places and hotels it lists.

East London Tapas

This place is cool. I just went for a drink, on a Monday night, but I'll definitely go back to eat. The food at the next table looked great, and it's got a nice vibe. It's near Old Street.


Sunday, 23 August 2009

New dress

(image via

Current Obsession

The BEST yoghurt in the world. Obsessed.


A friend said this to me on Friday night, and I found it helpful:

What is for you
Won't go past you

Friday, 21 August 2009


I love Liberty prints!
And look what they've done to the side of the building.
(via Liberty)


Loving this, which I came across via a music blog I discovered this week, strictly bangers

Black + Whites

Some portraits from old editorials, in black and white

Dublin Pub

Oddly Alluring

From British Elle, by Matthias Vriens
(via Refinery29)

More markets

Couldn't help myself, had to post more goodies from the St Tropez markets.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

William Street

William Street, 1966, by David Moore.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Crazy Days

I was walking to work yesterday, and bumped into one of the guys I work with. He's very English, with a fabulous accent, and we were discussing the hectic day ahead of us (a tight deadline and a mountain of work to get through), and he said that his dread and trepidation brought to mind a Dylan Thomas poem -- which he proceeded to quote to me in full! It's quite lovely, and it's about, broadly, how no matter how wild your dreams, they'll never match the madness of the day.

Here it is:

Awake, my sleeper, to the sun,
A worker in the morning town,
And leave the poppied pickthank where he lies;
The fences of the light are down,
All but the briskest riders thrown
And worlds hang on the trees.

(From 'When Once the Twilight Locks No Longer', Dylan Thomas. See the whole poem at poem hunter)

Monday, 17 August 2009

Friday, 14 August 2009

Summer Afternoons in Belgravia

This is the perfect pub for a long lunch in the sun. I had the perfect pie, and my friend had a sunday lamb roast. Delicious and stylish.

The Thomas Cubitt, on Elizabeth Street, Belgravia

Thursday, 13 August 2009


This coat, by +J (Jil Sander for Uniqlo). That's the actual Jil Sander; the label Jil Sander is now designed by Raf Simons, who I also think is brilliant. But Jil is the original minimalist.
(via FabSugar)

Listening To

La Roux, Bulletproof. Listen here.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

An 80s Favourite

Molly Ringwald, star of one of my favourite movies ever (Sixteen Candles), wrote this touching tribute to the late director John Hughes in the New York Times.
(image via google)

Les Plages

Eat, Drink, Swim, Sleep

Here are some of the fabulous places we went to in beautiful St Tropez:

* Villa Romana. Restaurant with a definite party-vibe. Beautiful food and lots of fun. Have a look at the intro on the web-site - good photos of St Tropez from the air.

* Key West. At the beach, gorgeous, looking over the sun-beds to the sea.

* Les Palmiers. The scene of the JC sighting. Very fancy, white-on-white-on-white, stunning, lovely, loved it!

* La Maison Blanche. The most elegant spot for a drink before dinner.

* Joseph L'escale. At the port, fun restaurant, one of the many Josephs in St Tropez. They're all good; I liked the Joseph bar the most. The lady who looked after us was great, thought our French was adorable.

* Nikki Beach. Beach club - completely crazy, OTT and lots of fun. It's like the Ivy Pool x 10.

* Canastel. Lovely casual local restaurant, very chic. We went there twice. It's in one of the narrow streets.

* La Ponche. Our perfect hotel.


I love the campaigns for Boy by Band of Outsiders. The designer shoots them on polaroid film, with no hair, make-up or special lighting. Top to bottom: Michelle Williams, Marisa Tomei, Sarah Silverman.
(via fashionologie)

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

See And Be Seen

The famous Senequier Cafe, at the port.
It's good for breakfast...
Or an afternoon beverage.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Late Afternoon Colours

St Tropez markets