Weekend Wishlist

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Oh joy. The weekend is So Very Nearly Here. Here’s what mine would contain, were I the Queen. Or even K-Mid.

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Peonies. Armfuls and armfuls of peonies (until I look exactly like this girl from the Vogue archives). Or just a bouquet of palest pink, white and cream ones. They are summer in a blowsy, overblown, gorgeous flower. I love peony season. (I also love these pictures, from Trouvais.) You can buy them from everywhere – on offer at M&S (I have deep pink peonies – reduced to £5), your local flower stall, or a fancy florist (this is a wow bouquet).

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Susan Ibrahim for & Other Stories The name Susan Ibrahim is new to me, but she’s a Paris-based Swedish designer who has worked with & Other Stories on a niche collection which does not – hurrah – cost the earth. The red dress, for instance (also available in black), comes in at £65; and this terribly ladylike leather handbag at £79.

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Big Birdies… 

big_birdie_detail-1For this is what these delightful cushions (£20) are called. Yet, I know I am obsessed with cushions – but a couple of these marching across C’s bed? What could be nicer? They’re by the clever Clare Nicolson, fashioned from vintage fabrics and come in a variety of colours. (I found these courtesy of Design Sponge, which I was cruising in search of inspiration.

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Clinque Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm I’ve gone a bit Diane Vreeland on the ‘think pink’ front today, haven’t I? Still, I have dry lips and I like the merest suggestion of colour (I cannot carry off lipstick) and so these brilliantly-named Chubby Sticks, £16 have shot to the top of my wish list. Plus Clinique is one of those brands on which a girl can rely upon always deliver.

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Weekend Wishlist

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eres-swimwear-ss09-campaign-600x461I am off on holiday this weekend – hurrah – so this will be a holiday-themed wish list. I would love to say that I will be sporting an Eres bikini (the classic French swimwear brand) by the pool (looking exactly like Hilary Rhoda (photographed in Eres by Cedric Buchet. Honestly, we are virtually interchangeable). However, more prosaically, I will channeling Eres in this bikini from & Other Stories.

Bikini briefs, £15, & Other Stories

Bikini briefs, £15, & Other Stories

Bikini top, £12, & Other Stories

Bikini top, £12, & Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I am also completely smitten with this 1950s style number from Topshop:

Navy scallop bikini set, £34, Topshop

Navy scallop bikini set, £34, Topshop

I will be taking several books (yes, we have a Kindle; no I am not keen on using it; yes, I realise that makes me Amish and contrary), including this one, which I cannot wait to read. The story of an actress who escapes to a remote Italian village after filming Cleopatra – and the local boy who falls in love, and turns up, years later, in Hollywood, in search of her: it has holiday written all over it.

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The perfect sundress to be worn with flatter-than-flat sandals and brown legs, by Jonathan Saunders

Alexandra dress, £474.75, Jonathan Saunders The Outnet

Alexandra dress, £474.75, Jonathan Saunders The Outnet

And flawless skin, please, courtesy of Clinique’s newly-launched CC cream. I’ve been obsessed with trying a CC cream since reading Vicki’s post on the subject. I feel it will be The Answer.

CC cream, £28, Clinique

CC cream, £28, Clinique

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Weekend Wishlist

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What I would REALLY like this weekend is for the Dreaded Pox to exit our home so we can do the same. Not leave the house forever, you understand, just for a coffee or to go to the park. All those kerazy things.

However, it will go when it goes, so instead I am thinking about house renovation. We have plans to ‘go up into the loft’ (could I sound more of a middle class cliche?) if our ship comes in, where we will have another bedroom/working space. I would LOVE it if it looked like this. However, I am not sure I could ever talk my husband into a floral wallpaper and hot pink faux grandfather clock combo.

Still, house arrest means we have been terribly creative. The stairs have become train carriages. There is currently a makeshift house in my garden (rug flung over two chairs – retro style) under which a well-attended tea party is in full swing. So the first item on my wishlist is for my darling, pox-riddled daughter: a gingham play house from Great Little Trading (at time of typing on special offer at £76 (from £95)

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Abalone cup, £12, Anthropologie

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There are two things I love about Anthropologie: their stores (brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed) and their homeware. It makes me want to set a beautiful table under the wisteria for long lunches in the sunshine with views over the rolling hills. (Note: I do not have a wisteria pergoda and the view from my garden is of a school. A girl can dream.) In the meantime, I will settle for some new large cups for milky coffee weekend mornings. I am usually a fan of smaller cups, but sometimes, only something that has to be cradled in both hands will do. These are beautiful (and not chunky – am not a fan of overly-chunky china).

A little something leopard print

Is it me or is leopard now a-okay and free from Bet Lynch associations? I think perhaps not a coat (although I have a colleague who totally makes it work) but I have been eying up accessories for a while. I saw these fab Sixties Slingback’s (£99) at the Boden Autumn/Winter press day last month (and then I espied the flats (£89) and have pretty much made up my mind that my wardrobe needs at least one pair.

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The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, 15-16 June

When we do eventually venture into the world again, I would be very happy to make my way here. What’s not to like about an art fair (which has activities for small budding artists) on Hampstead Heath?There’s a sneak peek on the website – and l find myself very tempted by Craig Mooney’s oils.

Craig Mooney, Land 6, £3500, Carina Haslam Art

Craig Mooney, Land 6, £3500, Carina Haslam Art

Image: theofficestylist.com via Pinterest

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