Category Archives: To buy


June 22, 2014

Top: Primary No.2 by Endswell  *  L: Amelia by Oh My Clumsy Heart  *  R:  Verity by Oh My Clumsy Heart


I used to really not like ‘real’ jewellery – the type of stuff that needed real skill to make, as opposed to the things you could buy in Topshop for a fiver. Nowadays I’m all about smaller, beautifully made trinkets. Instagram is a total enabler of this – turns out so is Twitter, after I was followed by Oh My Clumsy Heart and I instantly fell for their dainty minimalism. Also, I really wish their Petunia necklace wasn’t sold out.

Hex Rings by Alexis Russell

I’ve been loving geometric designs for a while now, but it’s about time I bought some decent rings that aren’t spray-painted ‘gold’ and won’t turn my finger green… shout out here for the jeweller in Upstate NY who made my beautiful custom engagement ring, Alexis Russell Design. There’s something wonderfully rustic about her handmade hex stacking rings. Post payday, I might have to add these to my small ‘collection’.

For the more spulrge-y amongst you, TiroTiro are awesome, as are Endswell. Any independent accessory-makers you’re loving recently? Share the love in the comments…

Lovely Lettering

June 9, 2014

Reasons to love Instagram: it can easily feed a lettering/calligraphy addiction. Here’s a few of my new favourite letter-er-ers that I came across recently:

1. Jennet Liaw

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Project 365 is Jennet’s instagram project I came across first, swiftly followed by a couple of Pins from her site. How lush is her work?! Every time it pops up in my feed it’s like I can’t double tap quick enough. Her mix of calligraphy and photography is perfect. I can’t wait until she opens her online shop – some of these beauts are going to make it into the flat for definite!

2. Molly Suber Thorpe

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With a copy of Molly’s (@plurabellemolly on instagram) Modern Calligraphy on order, I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can get started smearing some ink across a page in a pale imitation of her gorgeous style. I remember going through a Calligraphy phase when I was about 10 or so – who’s wishing they’d stuck with it now!? Despite having no space for extraneous stuff in our flat, I’m still tempted to buy one of her address rubber stamps. Because then I really would send people handwritten letters all the time, right?

3. #dslettering

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Not a single user, but a great hashtag started by Design*Sponge, #dslettering is a fab amalgam of real-life lettering. Not just what talented people can etch into paper, but buildings, titles, menus…everything. Which reminds me, when we were hanging out at the Drafthouse this weekend, saw an empty bottle of Einstöck Icelandic white ale, and I’m in love with their branding. I should definitely have got a shot and added it to the feed…oh well, next time!

Mango Sport

February 25, 2014

Mango Sport // fitness range: 1. Slimming effect leggings 2. Technical active sweatshirt 3. Yoga cool down t-shirt 4. Motion Stretch t-shirt

With my two month cold (!) finally abating somewhat, I’ve started getting back out on the road and thinking about upcoming 10ks and even (whisper it) putting in for the Royal Parks ballot…because frankly if I’m going to do another half marathon it’s going to be somewhere with better weather. Sorry Newcastle, but running in sodden trainers for 13.1 miles isn’t something I’m dying to repeat.

Anywho, with a resurgence of movement comes a resurgence of the urge to buy everything in the Sweaty Betty/Nike catalogues. But when you don’t want to fork out £80 for a pair of leggings (even totally dreamy ones) there are a few other places that are pretty good. I nipped into H&M this evening to grab a pair of bargainous £7.99 yoga shorts that I’m going to use for Bikram. H&M aren’t terrible, and actually their leggings are really comfy, but the patterns are usually a bit dire and the material they use for their vests…fully weird. Still, you can’t go wrong at that price.

A colleague of mine training for the London marathon was wearing a gorgeous adidas jacket today, which I’ve failed to find on the website, but I did come across this lush Studio Sweatshirt that would be perfect for post-yoga cooldowns. Which brings me to the above-pictured range that I came across through the usual marketing email. Mango look like they’ve actually put a decent amount of thought into it: flatlock seams, concealed pockets for keys (with zips!) and long sleeves with thumb holes. I don’t know how likely I am to fork out £45 for a sweatshirt from a completely untested brand though…and I have to say that I hate it when brands put their activewear on models that look like they don’t really…well, eat – never mind actually run.

I’m definitely tempted by the Motion stretch t-shirt anyway. Perhaps as a birthday treat…

AW/13: coats

September 4, 2013

Winter Coats AW13

1. Just Female  *  2. Zara  *  3. Zara  *  4. Zara  *  5. Topshop  *  6. Zara again

Last year I tried to find a winter coat that had a fairly masculine tailoring but didn’t swamp me. I’d seen a tiny, tiny petite girl pull off a sixties car coat and I was determined to find one that didn’t make me look like a five year old.

I ended up in a belted military coat because could I heck as like find one. Anyway, there seem to be more around this season, and I’ve got my eye on the above…at least *one* of them’s got to fit me. Right?!

Also the duffel: not really fitting with the theme or anything, but it had a furry hood so…*yoink*