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Coat of Many Colours

I fondly (maybe only now) recall a floral jacket I used to wear in the early nineties. It was a pink and blue floral blazer.  With  great big shoulder pads.  I remember it well because I wore it often and I wore it proudly.  There was nothing subtle about it.  It was an in your face bright pink flowered piece …

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Dress You Up

I have recently been asked to look for a dress for a wedding in South Africa in January, on a wine estate near Cape Town.  This means that its likely to be blindingly hot, with temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius.  Unfortunately this request has come a couple of weeks into the summer sales, so suddenly this task is …

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Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

Last week I was surprised with a small feature in Look magazine’s “What to Wear from Beach to Bar” article.  And it reminded me that the summer holidays are coming.  Excitement is in the air for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.  But what do we pack? Probably have enough clothes.  But the shops have gone into sale.  Will there …

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The Vomityville Horror Part 1 – Summer 2014

At the start of summer of 2014, a friend sends me a text message to invite us  to join him on a group holiday at his family’s chateau in the Dordogne. The suggested dates are propitiously within the two weeks we have booked off work, so our answer is an easy one.  Oh yes please, count us in!   The …

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Kimono my House

My blog post about my newfound love for the kimono was due to happen a few weeks ago.  But shortly after returning from a week  in Sussex, my website was afflicted with the white screen of death.  The support team at my web hosting company said they couldn’t fix it.  Cue a McCauley Culkin ” Home Alone” face on a …

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An Indian cotton farm adventure

I am waiting for my travel partner  at the boarding gates for a flight to Mumbai.  I have met Rachel once, but apart from that she is a virtual stranger.  We are embarking on an adventure to far-flung cotton farms in the north of India.   It is our mission to gather footage to advocate the benefits of  Fairtrade cotton and how it can improve the lives …

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A skirt for all seasons and reasons

I’ve been a huge fan of the skirt for some time now.  Although I love a gorgeous dress as much as the next person, a skirt is infinitely more versatile for our somewhat unpredictable weather.  This aside,  there are so many ways you can layer it up to suit the weather and dress it for all occasions. Last spring I …

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Salt & Pepper Calamari with Rocket and Mango Salad & Balsamic Reduction

I created this Salt & Pepper Calamari salad recipe whilst camping in the Gulf of Trieste in Italy last summer.  The campsite was in Grado, Gorizia and it was located right on the beach with a very well stocked little supermarket selling fresh seafood.  Soon after spotting that they had fresh calamari in their seafood fridge, I started obsessing about trying …

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Afternoon Tea with a slice of nostalgia

Its been a very busy few weeks with the Easter holidays taking up a healthy chunk of April, my shopping this week was done with a sense of mild panic.   I took myself to Oxford Street, not  sure what I was looking for.  I don’t know about you, but for me, shopping without a purpose is a dangerous thing. As …

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Facing my M&S shopping fears

When I turned forty, I decided that perhaps it was  time to start buying  my clothes in M&S.  Dutifully, the next time I went shopping, I put M&S on the top of the list as the place to start.  It didn’t go well, I walked swiftly through the clothes section to the food and bought myself a slice of cheesecake. …