I really hate winter. I hate the cold, the murk, the dark and the cold, again. But the thing that cheers me up the most is a trip to Columbia Road flower market to get my favourite flowers: the gorgeous cymbidium orchids which are in season around this time. They make a perfect addition to any decor, be it elaborate and busy, or clean and minimal.
I am a huge fan of Jing Tea, an online tea retailer that always swoops in to save the day when I can’t be bothered to trek all over London to refill my favourite teas when they are getting low.
I always keep a few oolongs in my staples section, to pull out on a rainy day or to get me through a day at the office. And although I prefer most of my oolong on the sweeter side, this Taiwan Jade oolong has a wholesome taste and is great with a meal.
Co-starring in this post is crackle tea ware by Jars in teal.
Remember, remember the 5th of November… England has this great holiday on the 5th of November of every year, where burning a large bonfire in your backyard and setting off some fireworks in memory of Guy Fawkes day and a narrowly avoided act of terrorism is completely mandatory.
I headed up to rural Yorkshire (the one in England) to enjoy a giant bonfire, fireworks, sparklers and take a walk across the Yorkshire moors the next day. I have to say, after spending months poring over the pages of Jane Eyre for English class I kind of thought the Yorkshire moors would look a lot more dramatic and a lot less muddy. But I’m glad I ticked it off the list. Up next: a trip to the Scottish Highlands to bust some more pop-culture myths.
This year I celebrated Halloween with a theme of skulls and my continuing obsession with everything yellow. We went to LCC (London Cocktail Club), an unassuming little place tucked away in a basement on London’s Goodge Street. The place is very friendly, sets your drinks on fire and does amazing things with rum (see the skull-shaped 12-kinds-of-rum creation and the passion-fruit-adorned Black Pearl, housed in a black cooking pot), not to mention oyster shaped chilli jelly.
My love affair with Dior beauty began with my first ever foundation in the Forever range (incarnation I). Theirs was the only one light enough for my super pale skin colour.
Since then, their 5 colour eye palettes and rouge serum, Diorshow mascara and their lip treatment have taken up permanent residence in my every day makeup kit.
So while on my recent trip to Paris, I couldn’t resist a visit to several of Dior’s beauty-only shops, complete with their entire range of perfume in bucket-size on display (all of which I later got given as freebies, albeit in baby sized bottles). The products I shot above are bits of the Dior collection I am using right now. If I had to pick a favourite product, it would be a toss-up between their foundation in Nude (I wear their palest shade) and the Rouge Serum in 560. Those are two things I reach for in the morning and never leave home without, even if I have only 5 minutes to get ready.