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My (third birthday) party planning has kicked into gear. Balloons are ordered, colour scheme (red stripes) decided upon, decision made re cake (order not make. My baking skills are sadly lacking) – time for the invitations. These wonderful retro invites with circus-style typography from Quill London are just perfect. In fact, pretty much everything on their website is perfect. Ideal for stationery fiends.

Party invitations, £12.95 for 6, Quill London

Party invitations, £12.95 for 6, Quill London

Blue wallpaper two-handed vase, £49.95, Emma Bridgewater

Blue wallpaper two-handed vase, £49.95, Emma Bridgewater

Even when I was at university, I loved having flowers in my bedroom (it impressed my now-husband when he first met me – so he says, in any case). Now I love having flowers in every room of the house. I’m hankering after some new vessels, and have chanced across this jug by Emma Bridgewater which has just the right amount of Victoriana about it.

 

 

 

I love Liberty – my favourite department store for simply wandering around (plus the sales are excellent) in a happy daze; and I love candles (as you know). So a limited edition collaboration between Diptyque and Liberty, the Diptyque Insolite candle? Hell, yes. Described as a blend of spices, leaves, petals, zests and peels, inspired by the “aromas found in curiosity cabinets” – it’s what winter evenings have been waiting for. And that box. So lovely that words fail me.

 

Diptyque Insolite candle, £45, Liberty

Diptyque Insolite candle, £45, Liberty

warm and cIt is getting colder and my daughter is keen to wear her gloves. Gloves. What was I thinking? It takes forever to wiggle each finger into place. Mittens it must be.

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Ragdoll mittens, £12, Cath Kidston

Mouse mittens, Cath Kidston

Mouse mittens, £12, Cath Kidston

 

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f0e5ec20cc819a3ec08184d488278aa1-1This weekend I will mostly be: kicking up my heels at the last of this year’s weddings (hurrah. I do love a good wedding) and pondering where to find a skirt/clutch combo like this one.

However, more realistically (given that it has suddenly turned chilly), I will be hitting up Boden to get my mitts on this very Marni-esque jumper, which I will team with this could-be-from-JCrew-gotta-love-Boden necklace. A double whammy of gorgeous.

Printed button back jumper, £69, Boden

Printed button back jumper, £69, Boden

Flowerburst necklace, £49, Boden

Flowerburst necklace, £49, Boden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De Mamiel Altitude Oil

De Mamiel Altitude oil, £22, My Showcase

De Mamiel Altitude oil, £22, My Showcase

It is fair to say that my immune system has taken a beating over the last couple of months, so when I saw this De Mamiel Altitude Oil on the very good Get the Gloss, and read of its antibacterial and antiseptic healing and preventive properties, my response was, sign me up, please. Excellent for preventing and fighting colds, I would venture to say it sounds like an essential for anyone who uses public transport…

 

 

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I do love a new cookbook. And Lorraine Pascale’s A Lighter Way to Bake, might just tempt me into trying my hand at baking. Thus far, it has somewhat eluded me, as there has never been much call for baking in my life. Until now. Yesterday C and I made cookies together for the first time – and she loved it. Not as much as the eating, mind you, but enough to regale Daddy with ‘how to bake cookies’ at bedtime, “You put flour in a bowl. And then some sugar. And then some toast.” (Note: no toast was involved in the baking of these cookies).

Thing is…I am not a huge fan of rich, heavy baked goods, so the lovely Lorraine (and she is lovely – so friendly and warm and gosh-darn pretty) is tempting me with promises of reduced fat and sugar, but oodles of taste (check this out and this ah-may-zing sounding breakfast loaf which I want to make right about now.

This is a big old ask for a W&W wishlist, but I would really, really love a woodburning stove for my living room. We have talked about having one for ages (middle class cliche, I know) and I am just in love with the thought, cliche or not.  I can imagine us cosied around it at winter, reading murder mysteries (me); the ipad (him); Just look at how fabulous they can look…

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This one from Charnwood is all kinds of lovely. I love that they are British made and can be used in Smoke Control Zones (which, living in London, applies to us).
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SKCSW_94_LI have long coveted a Chinti & Parker star print cashmere jumper. However, whilst they are undeniably gorgeous, they are also a little budget-busting for me (and I live in fear of moths – where have they all come from? I swear they have become more of a plague in recent years). So this Star Knitted Jumper from The White Company’s new collection is looking pret-ty tempting at £95 (wool and cashmere mix, so the moth problem remains, although your bank balance will probably prefer it).

Anyone who knows me is aware that I have a small obsession with stationery. I even like writing thank you notes (most of the time. The appeal palls after Christmas when I have written notes for me, him and our daughter.) So I am always thrilled to discover a new outlet to satisfy my paper cravings. Fraser & Parsley make really lovely personalised correspondence cards, announcements, invitations, even tags. I love them all. How sweet are these ‘little notes’ for children to send?  And how much would they lighten the load post-birthday and Christmas? (Plus, Fraser & Parsley are planning to launch a downloadable ‘Party Perfect‘ range so you can DIY.)

Button Mini Notes, from £18 for 10

Button Mini Notes, from £18 for 10

Bunny Mini Notes, from £18 for 10

Bunny Mini Notes, from £18 for 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new go-to destination when buying presents for new little people is Jools Oliver’s gorgeous Little Bird range for Mothercare. C has several pieces from the collection and they are perfect: sweetly retro – but easy to wear and they withstand tumbles and repeated washing. Here’s what I have my eye on this weekend:

Fawn all in one with bag and hat, £12

Fawn all in one with bag and hat, £12

Red gingham bubble bodysuit, now £6

Red gingham bubble bodysuit, now £6 (was £12 so a total bargain and beyond cute to boot)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it wrong to be excited by tea towels and measuring spoons? Probably. Even though I can hear my mum saying, “But I couldn’t possibly use those tea towels. Far too pretty.”

Thalia tea towel set, £xx, Anthropologie

Thalia tea towel set, £20, Anthropologie

Mushrooms measuring spoons, £20, Anthropologie

Mushroom measuring spoons, £20, Anthropologie

Measuring spoons, £xx, Anthropologie

Flowerpatch measuring spoons, £18, Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I tried not one, not two but three new items on my face. (In my beauty routine, this constitutes A Big Deal): CC cream (Olay, as recommended by Vicki); Avene Cleanser, as recommended by the delightful, preternaturally adorable Dominique at GLAMOUR (who is also a brilliant beauty girl in the making, under the tutelage of one of the best in the business. In other words: you can believe what she says. And lo, my sensitive skin is thanking her). And, finally, my new discovery, Butter London. I tried – and fell in love with the rosy, just-pinched-cheeks glow this blush.

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Cheeky Creme Blush in Pistol Pink, £17, Harvey Nichols

And now I have my eye on these. This range is very promising – it looks and feels luxe,  but it’s pretty affordable and the textures are lovely.  Exclusively at Harvey Nichols.

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Nail lacquer in Pistol Pink, £12, HN

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Tinted lip balm in Axis Kiss, £15, HN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally – may I put in a plea to the weather gods for today to be a gloriously sunny day? One of my dearest friends is getting wed and I would so love the sun to shine on her.

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b74a7561bf09571344ee087ce97f4af1Because we are v professional here at W&W, I am scribing this as daughter naps. I am attired in a sundress, the paddling pool is in garden. However, the BBC weather app on my phone assures me that tomorrow will bring temperatures over 10 degrees lower, torrential rain and the return of my jeans – and who am I to disbelieve the BBC; it’d be like mistrusting John Lewis.

(Okay, it doesn’t mention my jeans.)

And, to be honest, as Alex and I discussed only this morning, we are ready for autumn. Not least because it heralds the arrival of Strictly.  Thus this weekend’s list is all about looking forward, not yearning back.

It would be worth the rain if only I could wear this skirt from Jaeger Boutique. It’s navy, short without being eyebrow-raising, beautifully swishy and a little bit French. I’d style it with this blouse from hush‘s very good A/W collection. This silk shirt is a dead ringer for one by Equipment, and it’s a true go-with-anything piece so worth the investment.

Pleated mini skirt, £125, Jaeger Boutique

Pleated mini skirt, £125, Jaeger Boutique

Classic silk shirt, £140, hush

Classic silk shirt, £140, hush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the girls at work had these books on her desk – and I pounced on them (and have already bought one for a friend’s new baby. Little Miss Austen – what’s not to like? (The Sense & Sensibility ‘Opposites’ primer includes a ‘happy and sad’ page featuring Willoughby and Colonel Brandon.)

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Jo Malone London has just launched a new fragrance, the lovely-sounding Peony & Blush. I rather fancy trying the cologne and the candle.

Peony & Blush candle, Jo Malone, £39

Peony & Blush candle, £39, Jo Malone

Peony & Blush cologne, £78, Jo Malone

Peony & Blush cologne, £78, Jo Malone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am craving a weekend away (instead, I have a weekend to be spent recovering from the removal of two wisdom teeth next week. Oh, the thrill.) If I was booking somewhere, I think it would have to be Limewood, which looks almost too gorgeous to be true. And – from the end of September – they’ll have Forest Cottages and a Forest Cabin for families. Enough said. It’s my autumnal break dream.

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Image: Steven Meisel for Vogue, September 2007

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f44393eaad7fc66586536746f051ff85This photo makes me want to go to New York. Ok, so there’s only a hint of the Chrysler building in the background, but that building is so darn Manhattan, it practically sings ‘New York, New York’. Unfortunately, there are no NYC nights on my horizon, so I’ll just have to dream. However, if I were to go, I would definitely be checking into the Crosby Street Hotel. A little slice of London cool in SoHo, it’s elegant, yet eccentric, relaxed, yet buzzy with arguably the best design in the city. And if you are planning a trip Stateside, keep an eye out for our Black Book guide to the city that never sleeps, coming soon….

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I keep seeing Max Wanger prints pop up on Instagram, and I have completely fallen for this one – Tulum (from $25 – $350). It’s so beautiful, so peaceful, so saturated with light and happy holiday memories. I want to dive right in. We are spending the bank holiday weekend near the sea in what I hope will be a last(ish) hurrah of summer. There will grandparents and tomato picking and long al fresco lunches and weekend papers and a ride on a steam train and walks by the sea. Some of my favourite people in the world will be under one roof. It will be bliss. And then of course….

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Favim-2.com-5323Have I mentioned that Alex and I love coffee? Love it. Not in an eight-cups-a-day way, but in a starts-the-day manner. I’ll have one cup a day; maybe two, tops (and not too late. Coffee does you no favours if consumed too close to bedtime.) So I want my coffee to taste like real, proper, delicious coffee – no substandard beans with their bitter aftertaste, thank you very much. At home, I buy fresh beans and grind them as required (Monmouth and the Algerian Coffee Store are both worth investigating on this front), but I am wondering about investing a coffee machine, you know, the ones with little pods. (Alex has one and it makes great coffee – and frothy milk for babyccinos – a favourite with our children (yep, I know how London that sounds). Coffee experts Hope & Glory have brought out their own range of said machines, and very natty they look, too. (Also in red, blue and silver – with a plethora of coffee pods to choose from.)

Hope & Glory coffee machine, £349

Hope & Glory coffee machine, £349

I’ve been doing ‘Christmas in July’ press days for the last couple of weeks – and, despite it being something of an anomaly to look at christmas presents (indeed, and trees, faux snow, marching bands playing carols, mince pies…) during a heatwave, I have seen much to covet. I wish, I wish I could buy these hand-knitted shoes by Little Badger for some of the new arrivals in my life.

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Back in the land of now – although the heatwave has abated, it has demonstrated the lack of sandals in my life. I discovered a new-to-me website this week – Cavan – and it is wonderful. An artfully curated collection of uber-chic clothes, shoes, accessories and homeware. It’s a lifestyle destination (okay, so it’s a lifestyle I wish I had, but still…) Here’s what caught my eye on the sandal front.

A Piedi nautical sandals, £53, Cavan

A Piedi nautical sandals, £53, Cavan

A Piedi H-bar golden sandals, £50, Cavan

A Piedi H-bar golden sandals, £50, Cavan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And permit me just one little bit of thinking ahead. This Mango cardigan will prove indispensable pre-coat season. Throw it over jeans and a grey t-shirt; mix it up with another print. Plus, it’s reduced to £19.99 which makes it a total steal. I think I need to order it. (It’s also available in blue, if that’s more your shade.)

83212307_VT_BFinally, a tub with a view. I grew up near the sea and find myself missing it horribly when the sun shines. I would love to escape to a beach about now. R and I were lucky enough to visit luxe eco hotel, The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall last year. The journey was epic – but the hotel is blissful. (Plus the pub on the bay does the best crab sandwich I have ever tasted.) The highlight? The hot tubs. (So much so, some friends of ours used a picture of said tub with a view for their Save the Date). From £180 per night.

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It is, however, a child-free zone. Which is fab – if that’s what you’re looking for. But if you want a break with your little people, their sister hotel Bedruthan looks like something I really want to visit.

Images: The Scarlet

 

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In keeping with this week’s summer theme, here is where I would like to be this weekend – on board a boat in the middle of the ocean – possibly the most gorgeous summer photo ever – by Pamela Hanson for Tommy Hilfiger.

I would, however, settle for…

Eating al fresco at Petersham Nurseries

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Dappled shade, a menu made up of locally grown produce, delicious lemonade – Petersham Nurseries Cafe, tucked into a bend by the river in Richmond, is such a treat (it opens for lunch only Tuesday to Sunday). If the menu is a little out of your price range – or mentally marked ‘special occasions only’ – the delightful teahouse serves cake (the lemon poppyseed is my downfall), tea and coffee.

Swooning over the mini sundresses at Childsplay Clothing

Such a great website which has carefully curated designer children’s wear under one virtual roof. There is plenty to covet here, whatever the size of your child. And their sale is on right now (if only the Stella McCartney polka dot tulle skirt wasn’t sold out, it would be on my list NOW). I would love to see my little girl sporting this Oiliy Junior dress (reduced to £28.20). Heck, I’d wear it if it came in my size.

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Wearing Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint with SPF 15

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Liz Earle’s long-awaited make-up range is an out-and-out winner. And this is EXACTLY what you need. It has SPF 15, is laden with good-for-your-skin ingredients, and gives you that dewy complexion without looking like you have a face full of slap (one of my personal bugbears. I had a pre-wedding makeover once and my husband’s response was, “Why do you have orange talcum powder all over your face?”). And it’s £21, which puts it on the not-cheap-but-affordable level (this is your SKIN, people – you wear it every single day). All the beauty editors I know are fans – and that is good enough for me.

 

 

 

Lighting up my garden 

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Hurricane lanterns, fairylights strung through trees, candles (under close supervision, of course) – perfect for a summer night in the garden. Head to Ikea, Garden Trading or Cox & Cox. Mine is the classic London courtyard garden – and I rather fancy stringing lights across it.

Making my home smell like summer with Neom’s Enchantment candle

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This is summer in a candle: bluebells, rose and something called guaiacwood (I don’t know what this is, precisely, but it combines with the florals to smell delicious). It’s all natural (no nasties), with 50 hours burn time (£42).

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Pamela Hanson for Tommy Hilfiger; GQ; via Pinterest

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