Sunday, June 28, 2009

If you can't beat them...

(Left to right): Gold Vincci peeptoe flats, patent grey Roland Cartier peeptoe heels, black jewelled Hollywould, wedges, gold Substance loafers, patent black Substance wedges, silver Havianas. Hidden underneath shelf: silver Repetto ballerina flats

I really do have too many pairs of shoes, and as I regularly rotate wearing them, oftentimes I end up not keeping them properly in boxes and strewing them all over the floor. The pictures from The Selby a couple of posts below have reminded me that if I'm not going to keep them, I might as well line them up neatly.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sunday at Columbia Flower Market

I've been meaning to post these pictures of my day at the Columbia Flower Market one Sunday a few weeks ago. I had no intention of buying any flowers, but after seeing all the beautiful colours and the low prices at the end of the afternoon, I couldn't resist and got myself 2 pots.

A very filling lunch of sausages and eggs.

Come closing time, people jostle to get flowers at discounted prices.

A little break of mint tea and biscotti at Carluccio's in South Kensington before evening service

One of my purchases at the market: cheery sunflower. Unfortunately it got a little squashed throughout the day.

Geraniums are becoming a favourite.

Friday, June 26, 2009

A most enviable shoe collection

Owning shoes like these say one thing: I'm don't need to take public transport. Or I own a car.

From The Selby

Ruben Toledo for Penguin

I'm always a sucker for prettily illustrated book covers, and will readily admit that there have been times when my choice in buying a book has been led purely by how much I like the cover.

Fashionologie reports that Ruben Toledo has taken on illustrating the covers of 3 classic books for Penguin: Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and The Scarlett Letter. This has gotten me really excited. With the assurance that the covers look fantastic and the stories within are equally fantastic, I've placed my pre-order for Pride & Prejudice (despite already owning the book) and Wuthering Heights on Amazon.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mulberry to cure grouchiness

Latest purchases from House of Fraser (L): Bayswater tote in metallic silver, (R): Mitzy purse. Pictures from Mulberry and Net-a-porter

Beware going for some retail therapy while grouchy on your lunch break.

Vera Wang and Herve Leger

Vera Wang and Herve Leger can join my dream wardrobe too.

Vera Wang Resort 2010

Herve Leger Spring 2009

All pictures from

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

3.1 Phillip Lim dream wardrobe

My dream wardrobe is filled to the brim with 3.1 Phillip Lim, for all four seasons. *Sigh*

Fall 2009

Resort 2010

All pictures from

Monday, June 22, 2009

Guilty pleasures (while at work)

Michelle Obama's look book, via NY Mag

Pretty pictures with charming captions on It's Pretty Good

Stylish outfit pictures from new blog crush Park & Cube

Online shopping at ASOS. Much time and ££ have been wasted here.
Left: latest dress purchase, Right top and bottom: Want & need - sequinned ipod/camera holder and Steve Madden sandals

Sunday, June 21, 2009

This June, I am into...

Wearing: Fascinators, open-toed shoes, new Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon shoes in peach, less bulky layers, clothes brought over from Singapore
Beautifying: Boots Organic Rosewater toner, Neal’s Yard Orange & Geranium body lotion, Clairol Herbal Essence Brilliant Shine shampoo & conditioner, Avalon Organics Peppermint shower gel, Prescriptives lipstick in Racecar Red

Watching: Story of a Man, Sons of Sol Pharmacy

Listening: Songs on shuffle in my iPod

Eating: at Gordon Ramsay, dinners out with friends to celebrate birthdays/farewells/no reason needed

Enjoying: longer days, playing with my MacBook, the line-up of summer events like Royal Ascot and Hard Rock Calling, getting a tan in the London sun (if it comes out)

Sunday, June 07, 2009

A classic trench coat

On the left: double breasted trench coat , on the right: classic double breasted trench

I had some spare time this afternoon, so I wandered into Harrods for some window shopping. I managed to persuade myself that I didn't need another matching set of Calvin Klein underwear, and was smugly leaving the building when I walked by the Burberry concessionaire. On a whim, I tried on the classic double breasted trench (pictured right), and am now in serious love. 

Having always wanted a classic trench coat, am thinking this is probably the best time to buy one, since I actually live in a city that requires some trench coat-wearing. Now that I'm at home, I've been looking through the Burberry website and am completely flummoxed by the variety of choices in trench coats. How on earth does one tell them apart? Case in point with the two coats above, what's the difference?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

New accessories love: Uterqüe

All images from the website.

While looking through The Cherry Blossom Girl, I found this link to a new accessories label: Uterqüe, owned by the Inditex group, which also has labels like Zara, Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear under its stable. The designs seem to be very much in keeping with the Zara / Massimo Dutti style philosophy, and judging by what I can see by the web shots, don't seem to be of shabby quality either. I can't see prices on the site, but am guessing they won't be entirely cheap.

I'm loving almost everything I see here. They don't seem to have a shop in the UK yet, and I'm seriously plotting ways to get myself to Portugal just to check them out. And of course to get a summer holiday in as well.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

White walls no more

Clockwise from top left: Hello May from AshleyG and Drew, I Like Your Bow from Belle & Boo, Yoshitomo Nara prints from eBay

I couldn't stop thinking about pretty pictures for my room, so I did a little online shopping on eBay and Etsy. As you can tell from my picks, I've gone for sweet, girly and dare I say it, rather childish in light summery colours. I can't wait for them to arrive!

Actually, if I was spending freely, I'd also be getting these fantastic Yoshitomo Nara postcards and these adorable glasses.

If you'd like to find out a bit more about the artists I've bought from, you can visit their websites: Belle & Boo | Kitty Genius

Monday, June 01, 2009

White walls

Picture from Design*Sponge. Love the colour of the walls.

New illustrator discovery: Tadahiro Uesugi.

I love my room, but have recently been thinking about doing something to the bare walls. The trouble is it's not my house, so I can't drill holes and do as I like and put up pictures. On looking through Design*Sponge today, I found this charming sneak peek into a French designer's home and liked the arrangement of little polaroids in what seems to be her son's room (another view here). Perhaps I can do the same - put up little postcards-sized prints of Yoshitomo Nara or Tadahiro Uesugi artwork.