I was able to put this edit together with lovely light spilling in the downstairs kitchen doors, adding and arranging until it felt just right. Really obsessed with the coppery, pink and green hues – dream palette! And surprisingly print heavy for me. Starting with the gorgeous Lily & Lionel – a favourite at Liberty’s and Whistles – modal-silk blend scarf (soft washes of colour inspired by Hampstead on a rainy day!). I have a terrible habit of losing my season-transitional silk/cashmere scarves and it’s with a heavy heart I look back at the ones that have been and gone as I tend to get attached. As we glide into autumn, this type of scarf becomes a daily fixture to the point I feel undone without it. Love the softness of the colours and print of this one, it’s subtle not dominating, a blending in piece, easy and calming on the eye. One of their most popular prints I’m told and I can see why!
The other print is the art-deco inspired Inferno backpack from a new collaboration between Eastpak and London fabric designers House of Hackney. All designed and made in England, the collection is fun, fresh and striking and the bags will take a 15″ Macbook. So if you’re a backpack kinda gal, check out the collection here.
The other main focus is two lovely new beauty discoveries. Both of the natural, no nasties variety, which is a fave for me, especially when it’s makeup as I feel this an area that is still evolving. The first, W3ll People feels like such an amazing find; given that makeup isn’t really my thing. But, you know, I want rid of bags under the eyes as much as the next girl and I was pretty surprised by the easy application and coverage of the extremely creamy Narcissist Foundation Stick. A tootle of cheek and lip colour from the Universalist Multi-Stick and a dust of of the Bio Brightener Invisible Powder and I felt brave enough to perform a rare selfie! The brand is interesting in that one of the three founders is Shirley Pinkson, a pro-makeup artist and former creative consultant at NARS (which even I know has an incredible reputation – and you can see the ‘sticks’ are based on the NARS Multiples). The focus is all natural, skin-friendly products with no parabens, propylene glycol, or other potentially toxic chemicals. I’ve completely fallen in love with the packaging and the product and would quite like to get my hands on more of the range!
The other brand is Odacite, a range of organic serum blends with concentrated oils. You mix a few drops in with your moisturiser – I been trying the Ca + C with camelina and camomile for sensitive skin and cell-rejuvenating blueberry BI + J. Sweet-smelling with a soft syrupy quality that feels like they’re actually penetrating the skin – sometimes I feel that serums can just slide over off rather than getting properly absorbed. I always use a serum or oil between eye balm and moisturiser and these feels like they’re really working hard for me. Available at Cult Beauty, the blueberry one is my fave!
Other bits are housey ones. I’ve had my eye on these gorgeous little Anthropologie copper measuring cups for quite a while now and finally bit the bullet. I really love copper as an accent in the kitchen so I have these out on display on the tray I have by the hob for salt, pepper and oil. And I’m planning on extending copper highlights to the sitting room by spray-painting metal bookshelf brackets, so will keep you posted on that.
The beige fabric you see is my biggest indulgence yet. Linen towels and dish cloths from Linen Me, who seems to do this type of stuff marginally cheaper than everywhere else. The waffle towels, which I bought in charcoal as well, are an absolute dream, it’s the way the linen falls post-use – beautifully crumpled – that takes these a step above your average towel. Call me crazy, I think must be really turning into a housewife granny type, but they bring me deep pleasure! And yes, I bought the stonewashed linen for our new bed too, which as soon as the new mattress arrives I will be making up and rolling around in. And you wonder why I worked my butt off during fashion week! A linen wrapped lifestyle is not a cheap one, let me assure you…
Finally a total Amazon impulse buy after the BT engineer came to sort out our internet; a retro 60s style phone. Ok, so the dial is actually buttons but that’s cool, it’s the colour really that does it for me. Super cute and big improvement on our bog-standard white BT handset of old. Oh, and the sweet little plant and £7 pot is from Friday’s B&Q trip.
Right, that’s it folks. I’m in a painting things white mode – my mum told me about this brilliant Annie Sloan chalk paint which you can just paint straight on to most surfaces, no priming or sanding prep of wood needed! – so I’ve got an old dark wood chest of drawers and mirror on standby in the garden. I bought the paint next day delivery from Sweet Pea, because when you got the DIY urge you gotta go with!
Measuring cups | Anthropologie
Backpack* | Eastpak x House of Hackney
Scarf* | Lily & Lionel
Towel & dishcloth | Linen Me
Makeup* | W3ll People at Cult Beauty
Serums* | Odacite at Cult Beauty
Telephone | Wild & Wolf