Light Up x

 

I often wonder, do people like Champagne because of the taste, or the associations?  It raises that question of how much of life do we see through filters of branding and subliminal messages? Step away from what you’re supposed to want and a whole other world can open up.  For instance, this lighting is from Homeof, a relatively new brand formed by Helen White and Michael Jones, ex-BHS lighting designers who decided to go it alone.  Remember BHS lighting? How brilliant it was? A high street wonder…the ethos here is very similar, but oh so much slicker…


(All pics Homeof and Pinterest)

 

This is designer looks, because they’re designed by exceptional designers, with the experience to know what the high street wants, and the eye to push boundaries for the perfect product, at a price point that’s genuinely affordable.

 

I, for one, am sold.

Laters, Kate x

The Golden Globes x

Oh. The Joy! It’s award season again – and it appears the uncertainty in the world is translating itself into unusual dress choices, pushing the boundaries and the return of colour.  Thank you Jodie Comer for these sleeves, this colour, that face.  Not sure quite what happened on the boob line, but I’ll forgive you for proving flashing flesh isn’t a necessity.

 

Not a miss in the classic sense, but a darker red would’ve been so much more flattering Nicole.  But the reason this is in the naughty list is Keith’s shoes.  You know what they say about big  feet…unless this is the armour for a Napoleon complex…

 

All that money, that body and Salma looks like she stepped out of a C&A advert Circa 1982.

 

Sacha Baron Cohen. Designed so his wife could find him in the crowds? Just. No!!

 

Saoirse Ronan. Don’t be blinded by the label – it’s a sack.

 

Dear Michelle, Your large blue bra strap is showing.

 

What?????  I wonder if there’s a recognised Hollywood affliction that’s the opposite to body dysmorphia where top level actresses think they can pull off any dress, including slime and a bin liner. Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture. Heads should roll.

 

 

Quentin Tarrantino looks like a scary man so I’ll only say this in brackets (Did he dye his hair and eyebrows to match his tux?)

 

 

This year, it’s my proud pleasure to give the Tara Curtain Award to Taylor Swift.


 

Kate Blanchett, normally impeccable, gets the Canape Award, sponsored by crinkle chips.

 

It’s not quite in Bjork Swan category, but I’m impressed JLo decided to wear her Christmas wreath down the red carpet.

 

I am, and will always remain a Phoebe fan……………………………………………………

(but……..the hair.  Who decided that the way to go was to give her a bald man’s combover???)

 

 

But drum roll please…….for consistently trying, but generally failing…and  even having the chutzpah to repeat horrific mistakes…the lifetime achievement award goes to Gwyneth Paltrow!

 

 

We know, with the right help, she can do it.


 

But nine times out of ten, something else happens.

 

 

The Golden Oldie award goes to  Zhao Shuzhen. Loved the film. Love her elegance. A beautiful choice.

 

Closely followed by Lucy Lu. I want to be these women when I grow up.

 

(They both put Helen Mirren and Glenn Close in the shade: Old fashioned, uninspiring.)

 

Toni Collette gets a pat on the back. A difficult choice, pulled off.

 

 

This is beautiful: Cut and colour. Zoey Deutch in Fendi.

 

 

Another winner, in both sense of the word, from The Farewell, Awkwafina. Loved this fun, understated, fashion forward look.

 

( All pics Elle and Pinterest)

 

This is how you do it. Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Gucci.

Roll on the Oscars.

Laters, Kate x

Smile x

 

In the summer, in Greece, I hunt down the old fashioned souvenir shops that still sell the shell based surfer chokers of old for a few euros, then layer them up. A look akin to a mash up between a Masai warrior (is that cultural appropriation – or cultural celebration?) and a sun bleached beach bum. The jewellery of Roxanne Assoulin gives me the same joyful feeling – and for those still on the present hunt, the price point is a Christmas treat (£70 – £350) but not in the mortgage your left kidney and sell your soul to the devil bracket.


(All pics Roxanne Assoulin and Pinterest)

 

It also helps that her ‘story’ page makes me laugh. You can either read it as I don’t care, or you can see it as a pithy comment on the modern disease to manufacture and self promote.

 

For me it’s the later.

Laters, Kate x

Angelic x

Top guilty pleasure: watching Escape to the Chateau. An intoxicating mix of laughter, love, creativity and embracing with full hearted wholesomeness all the best things in life, with a happy two fingers to convention.  For those new to this rare delight, the programme follows a couple – Dick and Angel Strawbridge – and their transformation of a 45 room chateau into a business and a place of beauty.  For those already under it’s spell, did you know Angel has started producing her own wallpaper, fabric and cushions commercially? All based on either old wallpapers found in the Chateau or her own design….

Heaven, sliced up and presented on a gorgeous vintage plate, garnished with love.

Laters, Kate x

Tasty Pampers x

Even I think I’m a conundrum – I love seeing boundaries pushed, to the extent I hate boundaries. But if something works, I’m loyal – it takes a great deal to convince me the grass is greener on the other side.  Hence this post – the pampers that make the cut every time, because not only do they smell like heaven, they also work. Stuck for a Crimbo present? Look no further than Le Labo’s Jasmine 17 shower gel...even Bella has discovered it..I was hoping the plain packaging would put her off…it is pure joy in a bottle and I covet every drop.

 

 

This baby – OI all in one milk –  works on fly away hair..and anything else. Rub into arms and legs just because it’s gorgeous – the type of scent that turns heads when you walk into a room.

 

 

An every day must –  Ren Moroccan Rose body oil – for use on face – buy the body oil, ignore the body bit – 100ml versus 30.  Bargain.  (The only difference is in your mind, put there so you don’t do it.  A wall that needs to come down)

 

 

This little wonder  – Herbivore Orchid – packs a punch – small and powerful – as an extra layer and to extend the bottle, I mix 3 drops in my palm with my Ren rose oil for a mood boosting face cocktail. I’ve used face oils for years and won’t use anything else.

 

 

And finally, an old favourite – Elemis Frangipani monoi body oil – because now it smells of holidays, sunshine and smiles. Perfect for the summer. Perfect for the winter.

 

Laters, Kate x

 

 

 

 

Baubles x

Each year the aim is to hunt down and buy one new decoration that has the ability to tug heart and tummy in a warm, I must have that, embrace.  This year, it’s a skating rabbit from Graham and Greene – there’s something about the retro tinsel, the nostalgic pose, the subtle colours that makes me smile.  In fact, Graham and Green possibly richest vein of baubles this year….

(All pics Graham and Green and Pinterest)

Simple pleasures.

Laters, Kate x

Street style x

 

What is it they say…the worse the country is doing, the more fabric is used? It isn’t working for trousers – cropped and ankle grazers are still winning the day – but coats…there’s a whisper on the air regarding coats, and it’s saying length equals elegance equals appealing….


(All pics Pinterest)

Laters, Kate x

Mind the gap x

A fan of the quirky and like a genuine re-cycle? For present inspiration, look no further than the London Transport Museum shop. and their vintage shop.

There’s a whole section dedicated to first edition posters at unframed, present friendly prices.

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As well as refurbished luggage racks, large and small.  And for the real aficionados…push plates…

And even a jubilee line telephone….

(All pics London Transport Museum)

 

 

Choices, Choices.

Laters, Kate x

Christmas x

I’ve learnt the hard way – set a time and set it early for Christmas crafts, otherwise days will fly past and time will be eaten by nothing. My time is Saturday afternoons: A week to plan and gather bits, an open fire, a family film = perfection.


This Saturday we started with interpreting and making these, found on Pinterest, and as ever, it was a learning curve.  We used Inkjet printable Iron on T-shirt Fabric paper for light fabrics bought from Amazon for £11.99. Whilst it does work, the material you use is critical – we had to change from a coarser cotton to a smoother version.  Also a simple thing, but important – you need to cut out all the background and leave a white margin – it does something important to the eye.

 

This, for me, is the spirit of Christmas. Pour me a large one.

Laters, Kate x

Madness with love x

A fusion made in heaven: Tall candlesticks – already an object of desire because of their perfect balance of functionality with beauty – now upgraded to lust level with whimsy, madness and imagination.  Apparently these lovelies were originally from Anthropologie, and – apologies – are both unavailable and required deep pockets (I saw them priced at $395 each). But their joy is the love they continue to radiate in inspiration, because when should price stop anyone?

I particularly love this pic, and can only doff my hat to the skillful drilling it must’ve entailed. Muchus Kudos.

Quite a few examples have used glass: I have no idea what kind of glue they used, or how long the bonds would last, but how appealing for a Christmas table…

(All pics Pinterest)

 

And then there’s this little beauty, a hybrid of many things, including a brutal yet fanciful version of Japanese Kinsugi, the art of finding strength in the broken.

 

Come to Mama.

Laters, Kate x