26 April 2009

a perfect saturday is...

*bare legs and a henry skirt *late-morning mimosas (which, i've just learned, are called 'buck's fizz' in britain!) *treasure hunting in camden passage (and stopped in my tracks by a 1920's denim deck shirt) *catching the tail of altermodern at tate britain *wandering through a few parks, chinatown and soho
*savouring a chocolate mousse at maison bertaux (an instant fave!) *window-lusting in lambs conduit street....this lil' cafe is called cube and i can't wait to get back there
all day adventures left me smiling. and relieved i'd chosen flats over heels.

16 April 2009

the friendly skies.

tomorrow morning i'm off to oslo for five days to visit a dear friend i've not seen in a year. at the top of our list is hitting eight flea markets on saturday and sunday. i probably won't sleep tonite, imagining all the treasures. o and fretting about what i've packed - or forgotten! see you next week.

15 April 2009

like a glove.

o ebay - it comes in waves for me. sometimes i am looking everyday, sometimes months go by without looking. i must admit, since i've moved across the ocean away from my beloved small-town thrift shops, i've looked and bought a few too many times on ebay. today, for example, i saw the western jacket of my dreams on lecon de 's blog and was on ebay in a flash. i've never sold anything on ebay but i've amassed a hefty lil' pile of things that haven't quite worked.....too big, too narrow or altogether not how i imagined by looking at the photos. in fact, i really should post some of the orphans here so they can find new homes!
but sometimes, the shoe fits, literally. and that's what happened just last week. i was so happy to win a pair of shorts described as '1940s military shorts', no measurements aside from 'xs/s' and one photo. it was a risk i was willing to take for £1.99!
they arrived within 24 hours and just made my day. the perfect starched cotton in olive green, a wide hem, with a button fly that leads to the most glorious high waist! and the cherry on top is that they must have belonged to my body double (!) as they have been taken in at the waist and up the back, making them a perfect fit. the sweet tag inside reveals the original 'measurements' which are intriguing considering i am 5 ft 9. and not 1940s, but 1960s! not wanting to wait, today on the 'warmest day of the year' i gave in to shorts with tights. i could be a convert......

12 April 2009

pin the tail...

here's hoping there's lots of chocolate in your day today. mine was filled with parkside coffees and pie, long walks and mango-coconut curry. i've just realised there was no chocolate or eggs....

10 April 2009

ladies who lunch.

i love my job [most of the time] but just as much i love lunchbreaks - i'm sure i'm not the only one countin' down to midday! i've professed my love for whitecross market before, but recently it's become even more magical. even though my beloved coffee@ has already closed (which means no iced coffees with lunch this summer) and it seems there is another abandoned shop each week, that doesn't stop the market from overflowing with people, tastes, smells and bargains each day.
it's such a treat to get out of the office for an hour and soak up the rays or dodge puddles.....and just have a bit of silly fun.

08 April 2009

cabinet of curiosities.

i realise all my posts as of late have gone back in time, and although i've only been back in london for a few weeks now, things are happenin' here in the present too! i've still got a bit more to share with you from my southern adventures, but thought i would tell you some london Tales too.
this one is about both -- home and abroad.
for our first thursday late to accompany le corbusier, the gallery was buzzin' with queues out the door and a workshop by peter marigold and tony hayward called 'empty your pockets'! we were all recovering from the opening and i was hoppin' an eight-hour flight the next morning, but i couldn't resist stopping by to celebrate corbu's love of collecting. peter and tony arrived early in the afternoon for set-up and i was just in love with all the little props they'd made and brought with them, backgrounds out of wallpaper samples, stands and pedestals, backdrops, small wooden shapes etc. the idea was to get people to empty their pockets (or bags) and show us what they've got, allowing them to create their very own 'collection'. the idea is along the same lines as the 'what's in your bag?' pool on flickr, only i must say, way more funn! once the 'collection' had been assembled and arranged just-so, it was picture-time, and a lil' name placard was made for each person's display.
what was great was you could really edit your selection. when it came time to do mine, i chose only three objects from my heaving bag, the ones i thought most represented the me of recent times: gold earrings (i love these because they remind me of cookies from my childhood), YSL lipstick (again loving the gold) and my second set of eyes (you haven't seen these on my blog yet.....wouldja believe i am so blind i wear contacts all the time and then glasses over them when i'm at work.....crucial). gold and peach is such a lovely combo!
you can see more of the 'collections' here.
the hi-lite of the evening? tony and peter had the most amazing work jackets they'd bought for £1 in deptford market appliqued 'empty your pockets' onto the backs (baby pink and navy blue....another great combo!). i wasn't shy about asking to try the jackets on but i did shy away from asking if i could take one home with me - peter and tony, if you're reading this i'm still lusting....! when i got to north carolina i had a lot of packing to do. feelin' inspired after peter and tony's workshop, i couldn't pack away all my ceramics and trinkets without a few photos to hold me until we are reunited again who-knows-when.
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