Parklife Weekends in London. With dogs, coffee & cake

by Sasha Wilkins on November 26, 2014 · 0 comments

red smooth miniature dachshund lettice

Posetta is twelve now and, whilst she loves a park session with plenty of advanced ball throwing and lots of digging opportunities, she really can’t walk too far. So the long hikes over Hampstead Heath have long been swapped for gentle  Sunday morning strolls.

Tiny dog however LOVES a walk. She pretty much loves everything to be honest. But the prospect of OUTSIDE NOW MUMMY OUTSIDE OHMAHGAWD NOW PLEASE OUTSIDE PARK NOW MUMMY has her turning somersaults in the hallway. She’s also a growing dog, who needs a balance of nutritious meals and exercise to ensure she grows muscle not just pork. So, when she stays with me I try to take her out for at least one hour walk a day in Regent’s Park.

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Kate Spade Cookery Book Salon: The Books

by Sasha Wilkins on November 25, 2014 · 4 comments

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It was not easy AT ALL picking out the books to talk about at my Kate Spade literary cookbook salon last week. Although many of my food books are still in storage (London flats only have so much room), the four shelves in the kitchen bookcase are packed full, with a couple of extra towering piles on the floor for luck.

I pulled out what I could without dismantling the towers and burying myself. In the end I had four sections to talk about: cookbooks I grew up with, cookbooks I’ve bought recently, cookbooks I discovered in America, and books about food. I brought far too many books, but it was so hard to edit my piles…

Here is my list of the books I spoke about, along with some of the suggestions from the lovely salon attendees.

I’d love to know what your suggestions might be for other books we might have talked about – do leave some ideas in the comments.

Here is my list, and some of the suggestions from the lovely salon attendees. I’d love to know what your suggestions might be – do leave some ideas in the comments.

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When Caroline Neville, the President of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) asked me to sit on the jury for the inaugural CEW Digital Excellence Award, sponsored by Google, at this year’s CEW Achiever Awards, I accepted immediately: CEW is the highly respected body that exists to support women in the beauty industry at all levels, providing support, mentoring and recognition.

This year’s Achiever Awards were held last night in London, recognising key players, including Charlotte Tilbury, Suzy Menkes and Celine Gilg, General Manager at Tom Ford Beauty, Estee Lauder Companies UK. Our jury chose Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare as the first recipient of the Digital Achiever Award, and I am thrilled that she is the author of today’s A Day in the Life.

Over to you Claire:

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The Dog Box (Solvit Tagalong Booster Seat)

by Sasha Wilkins on November 19, 2014 · 7 comments

dog car seat

Transporting a little dog in a car can be very dangerous: if you stop suddenly, there is an enormous risk that braking will cause the dog to be flung forward off its seat. Best case is that it just falls off, worst that it is propelled through the windscreen. Either way is Not Good.

Although P Bad, and now Lettice, are very good car travellers – they don’t try to escape, or move around, because they are so little and can easily be turned into canine missiles I do worry about their safety. I  also drive a two-seater so they can’t be kept safely in the back, and it doesn’t help that it’s a convertible, so there’s always a risk of a break for freedom by Letty over the sides when the roof is down, as her body is so long that she can stretch herself quite far (think gazelle action.)

And, of course, they are always much, much happier when they have a bed to snuggle into.

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It’s Christmas! Fortnum & Mason Skate at Somerset House & White Christmas, the musical

November 17, 2014 LLG Fashion

I know that every year we all think that the Christmas build up starts even earlier, but I’ve also started to realise that unless I start thinking about all things festive from now, December puts on its rollerskates, and suddenly it’s the 24th and there has been no drinking of mulled wine, no skating, no party […]

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Travels: London-Hong Kong-Phuket-Koh Phi Phi-Hong Kong-London

November 17, 2014 My Travels

Oh frabjous day! I have just booked a proper holiday over both Christmas and New Year. I CANNOT WAIT. I have longed for a trip to Thailand over the Christmas holidays for a Very Long Time, but events have always conspired against me. We will be flying direct to Hong Kong on Virgin Atlantic, then […]

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The Georg Jensen dinner to celebrate Reflections, published by Rizzoli

November 17, 2014 LLG Fashion

One of the most beautiful dinners I’ve been to recently was to mark the publication of ‘Reflections’, published by Rizzoli, which examines the history of Georg Jensen, as they celebrate their 110th anniversary.  Founded in 1904, Georg Jensen has a deep heritage in high-end silversmithing, and is now arguably the preeminent luxury silver brand in the world. The intimate […]

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Behind The Scenes of the Boden shoot for The Guardian Weekend Magazine

November 12, 2014 LLG Fashion

Boden booked me for a lovely shoot* to highlight their new party collection, which ran as an advertorial in The Guardian Weekend Magazine two weeks ago. (See carousel at end of post for the clothes I wore.) The shoot itself took place in the most extraordinary and huge house in Kilburn, about fifteen minutes west of […]

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Three me me me things…

November 12, 2014 Friends Food Family

hi Ever wanted to follow the trail of Bruce Chatwin’s journey from In Patagonia? Or learn the secrets of urban beekeeping? Or hear John Simpson’s incredible anecdotes from more than 40 years in journalism? Earn your wings in a British Airways flight simulator? Attend a show at London Fashion Week front row (with, er, me)? This month sees […]

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Lettice makes her modelling debut for Mungo & Maud x Mulberry

November 10, 2014 Dogs

Lettice & Jackson So when I was away recently, Holly – my sister, and Lettice went off to Claridge’s one morning to have Letty’s portrait taken for the campaign for the new Mulberry capsule collection of collars and leads in collaboration with luxury Dog & Cat Outfitters Mungo & Maud. Of course Holly and I […]

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