Booking tickets for…The Vogue Festival.
Last year’s inaugural festival was a fashion spectacular, so we’re booking early for this year’s shin-dig (April 27-28). They’ve relocated to the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, where you can hear talks by the likes of Natalie Massanet, Alexa Chung (number one question: who cuts that fabulous fringe?*), Cara Delevigne, Mario Testino, Yasmin Le Bon, Victoria Beckham, Anna Dello Russo… Err, who isn’t going to be there? It’s bound to sell out, so book your tickets now.
* Alex says it’s George Northwood and wishes he could cut her hair.
Staying in with: We’re Vogue-tastic this weekend at W&W HQ. Not only are we booking tickets to the Vogue Festival, but we’re also planning on watching In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye on Sky Atlantic tonight at 9pm. Tying in with the 120 year anniversary of the US magazine, it tells the story of Vogue through its editors. Illustrious interviewees include Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alber Elbaz and Marc Jacobs. Sounds interesting, although will it live up to fabulous The September Issue?
pretty much anything from our new cookbook obsession, The Smitten Kitchen. Based on the blog of the same name (Deb Perelman has the unlikely combo of a teeny tiny New York kitchen and an obsessive pursuit of cooking good food), it’s quite honestly the most tempting cookbook we’ve come across in a looooong time (and I say this as one who peruses a lot of cookbooks…)
Visiting…The Pig in the New Forest.
We arrived this afternoon and, quite honestly, it’s already knocking the trotters off most other hotels out there. Look out for a review next week – but don’t wait to take our word for it – BOOK NOW. We’ve just eaten the most sublime supper at the restaurant [left] and I am supine on the bed, typing this in a desultory, yet happy, fashion. Full confession: tomorrow we visit Peppa Pig world. A pig for us; a pig for C.
Peculiar title, ripping yarn. A group of girls – including our heroine, the extraordinarily monikered Calamity Leek (the Calamity is derived from the Doris Day musical, Calamity Jane) live in a walled community overseen by ‘Aunty’ and the high priestess (so to speak), ‘Mother’. Men are the enemy; war lies over the other side of the wall. But when one of them attempts to break free from their cloistered life, Calamity – keeper of the ‘Index’ of rules by which they all exist – is compelled to question everything. Weird, compelling, fantastical and utterly unputdownable
Seeing: Steven Soderbergh’s latest (and rumoured to be last, if the retirement whispers are true) offering, Side Effects. Rooney Mara (the American Girl with a Dragon Tattoo) stars as a troubled young woman who, when under the care of psychiatrist Dr Banks (Jude Law), is prescribed a powerful new drug, which while easing her depression has worrying side-effects. A psychological thriller which really packs a punch, it also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum (aka Magic Mike with his clothes on). Its rave reviews has got us booking babysitters and tickets.
Planning: a trip to the Temperley sample sale on the 13th-14th March. If you’re in London make a beeline to the 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill, where samples and pieces from past collections from the Temperley, Alice by Temperley and Somerset by Temperley collections will be on sale at a fraction of the usual price.
Daydreaming: about living in an old rectory.
Pondering: whether it should be men who change their names when they get married.
Coveting: Hot pink lipstick. Wear with mascara and cover-up, your basic no make-up, make-up look (as really, who honestly never wears any make-up AT ALL? If I didn’t have a pot of concealer and a powder compact on hand at all times, I’d scare my children)
And, it goes without saying that we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day. Love to all the mothers out there!