Saturday, 5 December 2009

Noah in the snow

Although Noah doesn't seem to know what to make of the snow, he's enjoyed stomping and digging in it [afterall what else is there to do with it?!]. I couldn't resist posting these pictures!





Saturday, 21 November 2009

Max Studio

If, like me, you're obsessed with finding something different on the high-street rather than the usual fare it might be worth having a look at Max Studio

It was a favourite of mine when I was working in America as it offered something different to the English high-street and is now over here - hooray!


Shirred tunic £99


Available on-line aswell as at House of Fraser stores, it has a grown up take on quirky style.
I'd head there if you need something dramatic and different for a christmas party like these gorgeous chiffon dresses. Plus they have an offer of £25 off partywear at the moment. 

These dresses would look fantastic with some great costume jewellery.

Printed chiffon dress £125

Pleated chiffon dress £100


Children's rooms

I love visiting our local library. It gives Noah a space to run around, crayon, climb, and of course, pull books off the shelves, and it gives me a chance to flick through books that I might not discover otherwise.





I found a great book last week by stylist Sam Scarborough about Creative Spaces for Kids. Full of fun, and inspiring ideas and beautiful pictures, I'll be looking out for her other book about Children's Rooms too.





Sunday, 8 November 2009

New Karma-cards and prints in store

Exciting news I have Karma christmas cards and new baby prints in store this week. Aalto Moderna are stocking cards and B Biscuit have some of my new baby prints. These are soon to come on-line so keep an eye out! 




Coming soon is a specially commissioned limited edition calender for Aalto so look out for news on that too.


Monday, 2 November 2009

Vintage Home and Garden and The Yurt in Norfolk

I love stumbling on little gems when you least expect it. Today we discovered 2 in 1 place! Vintage Home and Garden near Thornham in Norfolk, is full of inspiring and interesting bits and bobs for home and kids.

Retro ribbons, fun antique trinkets and toys, Ladybird books from my childhood, it was just how I would put a shop together.





The Yurt is just next door and is a restaurant within a cosy, round tent. Delicious simple food is on offer in a fun, relaxed atmosphere - definitely worth a visit.




More details...North Norfolk in Autumn

The North Norfolk coast is beautiful, but in Autumn there's a warm light that seems to add a glow to things. Here are my fun details of a happy day full of sea air and twinkling light.



Thursday, 29 October 2009

Children's art

I spend alot of time reading to Noah, he loves looking at the bright pictures in the books and I enjoy watching his delight. Sometimes the books aren't so much fun for me - rubbish stories and bad design make them uninspiring to read. 

I've discovered that one of Noah's favourites is The Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle books. He's one of my favourites now too.


Another illustrator that I've discovered recently is Charley Harper. He was an American artist whose highly stylized drawings of animals were bright, and fun. I think they're perfect for any kids room and still look modern and fresh.




I just love his use of colour in this picture - want a large print of it for our wall!!




B Biscuit

Cool, quirky kids clothes seem to be really hard to come by, in Sheffield we have a great little shop that has just that. 

B Biscuit have a really interesting mix of bright, fun brands like Molo, Mini a Ture and the gorgeous Padraig slippers. If you happen to be in the area stop by, they are also carrying some of my cards and pictures!



Autumn sunshine!

You can't beat England when the season's are at their best. Crisp Winter mornings, cool Summer days, and warm Autumn sunshine make it the best place to be in the world. Yesterday we had a day like that, Noah and I enjoyed kicking the leaves in the park. He loved it!




Wednesday, 21 October 2009

I wish I had...

What a great idea, and how simple! I just wish I'd thought of it 12 months ago.
Designed by Blonde Designs, these 12 number cards can be used to chart baby's changing from month to month, until you have a full set of pictures after 1 year.



Tuesday, 20 October 2009

More details... Gent

Here are more of my photographic musings on my travels. 

Gent 



Old shoot nostalgia

I've been going through my computer cleaning out files and generally trashing as much as I can to make way for the new business and I came across these pictures from an old shoot I did with photographer Sean Cook for the now defunct magazine, First. 





I have to be honest it made me a little nostalgic but I was pleased to see that it has stood the test of time.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

80s fashion trauma!


I had a rare moment today - I actually sat for a while reading a magazine while Noah dozed in his buggy. It felt quite indulgent, but I had abit of a shock as I flicked through the pages of the mag and saw just how 80s alot of the fashion was! Shoulder pads, jump suits, ok, maybe I can deal with but crop tops - spare me! 

So here is my alternative list for those of us in our 30s who can't bring ourselves to do the 80s thing all over again!

Whistles for gorgeous dresses and knitwear, I love this sweater dress that will be so easy to wear for the weekend. I'm a big dress fan at the moment, worn with thick woolly tights [no shiny nylons please!], and my favourite vintage biker boots. This look works with everything from pretty floral dresses, to slouchy sweater dresses.

Dress, £55

Boden for trousers and jackets. I have so many jackets and coats that I could start my own shop, but this one is so tempting...aptly called the Parisienne, £95, and for me it has to be in navy, could be worn with a cute stripy knit or a pretty silk blouse.


Exciting news, a new label has launched called Mint Velvet. It has lovely easy pieces that mix and match. 


Don't hate me for adding this but I have abit of a thing for Tory Burch at the moment. Her collection manages to look up-to-date and classic all at the same time, and to be honest I couldnt even afford to shop her label but I can still look right?! I guess she's my guilty pleasure and this dress would definitely be at the top of my wish list. You could dress it up or down with heels or a cardi and chunky boots - yum!






Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Karma and Cupcakes shop

So I finally got my act together and set up my new business designing prints and cards. At the moment the focus is on nursery / kids prints but I'm hoping to have lots to choose from soon, including this one that is abit of a favourite.


Details of my on-line shop are featured below my profile, and here is info on my bespoke service.

Style icons


Good style is hard to define and even harder to imitate, but these ladies manage to capture a certain sense of style that I just love. 

Charlotte Rampling



Lauren Hutton



Jane Birkin


Audrey Hepburn



For me good style should look easy, effortless and always simple. For some reason most of my icons are from the 60s and 70s... can't really tell you why that is, but let me know if you agree.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

TRAVEL FILE: Loire Valley

I think at heart I'm a frustrated photographer. On holidays I take endless pictures of random objects, picturesque landscapes, and what my family laughingly call my 'arty' shots. So this year after our trip to the Loire Valley I decided to do something with my collection of odd shots.

We visited vineyards, caves, and pretty villages with tempting boulangeries. Noah liked having the run of the garden and playing with stones outside our door [it's usually the simple things that keep him entertained!]. We stayed at the beautiful Logis du Pressoir .


There were so many great things that caught my eye it was hard to edit the selection down, but I'm quite pleased with the results. I'm just not sure what to do with the picture now! 


Monday, 5 October 2009

Cookie magazine

I just read from one of my fellow bloggers that Conde Nast are closing Cookie magazine, which is very sad news. It was one of the few magazines that acknowledged that Mums can be style savvy, sexy, and smart aswell as totally devoted to their kids.

Hopefully the website will carry on as it always has great tips and features. If you haven't had a look already check it out. Here are some beautiful pictures that inspired me from the magazine.










My favourite cupcake recipe


I realised that some people may be logging onto my site thinking that it's about cupcakes, so as not to disappoint, here is my favourite cupcake recipe from the famous Magnolia Bakery in New York. 

When I was travelling to New York regularly I'd head over to the bakery on my day off to people watch and of course pig-out! Enjoy!


Makes about 2 dozen cupcakes (depending on the size of your cupcake papers and muffin tins)

  • CUPCAKES:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ICING:

  • Vanilla Buttercream (recipe follows) or Chocolate Buttercream

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.

  3. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

  5. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing. At the bakery we ice the cupcakes with either Vanilla Buttercream or Chocolate Buttercream.

Note: If you would like to make a layer cake instead of cupcakes, divide the batter between two 9-inch round cake pans and bake the layers for 30-40 minutes.


Sunday, 4 October 2009

Classic style

It's been a while since my last post, mainly because I've been so busy chasing Noah around as he's a very confident walker now, but also I'm trying to set up a new business designing cards and prints. Over the next few months I'll be sure to post some examples on the blog so let me know what you think. 

In the meantime I couldn't resist these gorgeous pics from American Vogue by Mario Testino of actress Michelle Williams. 
































What beautiful, simple styling! Classic with a twist, just the way I like it.

Speaking of classic style, I'm a sucker for anything vintage and would much rather buy good quality, second-hand rather than really cheap high-street [I'm not a fan of the ultra-cheap end of the market like Primark!]. So I loved having a trawl through a new vintage website Vintage Deli

I was lucky enough to be staying down the road from the barn that is home to the Vintage Deli collection in Norfolk and had a good old rummage through all the gorgeous cocktail dresses, individual tailored pieces and hippy blouses - a treat for any second-hand magpie like me! 

Katy, who runs the site told me how she finds each piece personally, and I think for a special occasion, like a wedding, you can't beat a beautiful cocktail dress like these from the website below. It's the only sure way that you won't bump into somebody in the loo wearing the same dress!







Tuesday, 8 September 2009

TRAVEL FILE: Gent

I was recently lucky enough to visit family in Gent, Belgium. An exciting city, it's full of hidden gems from beautiful historic buildings, to antique markets and bohemian cafes. 

I love exploring the side streets and markets, and people-watching [some of the most stylish people I've ever seen hanging out on a Sunday morning!]. There's even a blue kiosk in the flower market that sells champagne and oysters to the cities early-morning lushes on a Saturday and Sunday.

Here are some of my favourite shop-fronts and street-cafes that make this such a fun city to amble through.















Two gorgeous vintage shops really caught my eye. 

Patricia Vintage is more amazing second-hand including Chanel, and Eve Bos is a striking looking building with a sumptuous,rich interior and amazing vintage shoes and cocktail dresses. You can really imagine Carrie Bradshaw spending a fortune in both these shops!





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