Meet Lettice…

by Sasha Wilkins on September 23, 2014 · 14 comments

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

On Friday afternoon Remy and I drove north to meet our new sausage, Lettice, Letty for short. She’s a miniature smooth red Dachshund, a year old and weighing just 3,7kg (about 8lbs). Although she is verrree long

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

We’ve always loved the name Lettice, and she has excellent name forebearers, two Lettices in Agatha Christie and extraordinary Lettice Curtis, the WWII pilot. A big name inheritance for a tiny doglet.

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

She has a little separation anxiety, a very sausage trait and, so far, only really wants to snuggle in or on my bed with me.

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

We have re-homed Lettice, after seeing her on a Dachshunds Needing Homes board online. She was put up for a new home by a breeder because, at a year old, it was clear she wasn’t growing any bigger, and she was too small to have puppies. (She barely meets the weight criteria for a miniature Dachshund).

Unfortunately not everyone felt that way – the only other potential re-homer would have seen her being shipped off to Germany, where she would have ended up producing puppies, as she would be classed as a kaninchen (German for “rabbit”), a size of Dachsie that is not officially recognised in the US or UK.

So she has found a new home with us, and we are very happy to have her. (And, regardless of her illustrious Kennel Club pedigree, she is being spayed once she comes into season.)

On Saturday she went to Highgate with us to buy a new harness at The Hair of the Dog, before dropping in to wish godson no 1 a very happy birthday. On the way home we had a quick walk (sit) in Primrose Hill

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

On Sunday morning we went to Regents Park with both sausages for some acclimatisation.

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

Even Posetta Baddog likes her (remains unmoved). Which is a miracle in itself.

Lettice miniature smooth dachshund

She visited our vet this evening – Village Vets in Belsize Park – and was pronounced fit and well. So now we just need to get her microchipped, courtesy of Dogs Trust, at one of their free microchipping events.


I extremely pleased that the latest inspirational woman to take us through a day in her life is the brilliant Fanny Moizant, Co-Founder and Head of UK for Vestiaire Collective, the chic consignment store, that is full of things I want in my wardrobe. (I’ve just succumbed to the most amazing Dries faux fur jacket.)
Over to you Fanny:

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A post about New York, for Jackie Dixon, with love.

by Sasha Wilkins on September 18, 2014 · 5 comments

Sasha Wilkins by Jackie Dixon

(Me in the now-closed Life Cafe in Manhattan’s East Village in October 2006)

One of the wonderful things about writing a blog is that you have an all-singing, all-dancing record of your life. No lines of indecipherable script in a dog-eared, hard-backed diary, but instead megabytes of easily searchable posts, complete with photographs to make you remember, well, everything.

Once in a while I’ll be searching for something in the blog archives, and the LinkWithin widget will throw up an old story that I want to read. Immediately I am transported back to another time: my road trip in California in 2009 perhaps, or eating fondue in Switzerland with Meriel in 2012. There’s the time I was living in Colts Neck, New Jersey with boys and Basset hounds five years ago, or the apartment fire I was rescued from in New York’s SoHo in spring 2010.

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A Week in LLG, from birthday suppers to book signings

by Sasha Wilkins on September 16, 2014 · 3 comments

sasha wilkins book signing

(Signing the first batch of  pre-ordered copies of my cookbook in my publisher’s boardroom on Friday am.)

Last week was mainly about working like a fiend in the day, to try to clear admin before LFW started, and food and friends. Jo, whom I have been friends with since high school, some twenty-four years or so,  came up to London from Wiltshire for work, and landed on my office sofa for the night on Monday. We spent the evening in the pub opposite my flat, so she could drink cider – you can take the girl out of the West Country- and talking nineteen to the dozen. (She is also the owner of Amelia, god-daughter no.1 (I have five).)

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Fashion, Food and books…

September 16, 2014 LLG Fashion

(Preen SS15, shot by LLG) This blog was meant to be a round up of what I have been up to in the last seven days, but writing this post after four very long and intense days running around London Fashion Week, and reviewing shows for the official newspaper of London Fashion Week,  is making me all too aware [...]

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LLG Digest: From Bicycles to Boodles, Books to Bold Brights…

September 15, 2014 Digest

The 100 Years of Maserati Garden Party with my godchildren at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire Five things I have noted this week…(Pictionary, Uterque, Farrow & Ball, TK Maxx, & graffiti) A Day In The Life: Georgie Cleeve of OSKIA skincare Travel: London: Bicycling the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford London: Climbing the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in Queen [...]

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Friends, Food, Family for YOU magazine Shoot: Behind The Scenes

September 14, 2014 LLG Fashion

So goodness knows how I have managed to keep my mouth shut about this, but about six weeks ago I was photographed for The Mail on Sunday‘s YOU magazine in a studio behind King’s Cross, for the images to accompany a feature interview with me, to celebrate the publication of my cookbook Friends, Food, Family.  [...]

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London: Visiting the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

September 13, 2014 LLG Fashion

If I was working on an enjoyment + unexpected pleasure measure, then our trip up the The ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park two weeks back was one of the best things I did all summer. (The whole day was perfect – from hiring bikes to cycle the entire breadth of the park, to hanging out [...]

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Philosykos Eau de Parfum by Diptyque, & a Fig, Feta & Honey Salad

September 12, 2014 LLG Beauty

It’s most definitely autumn outside. Although it’s just warm enough to wear shorts in the afternoon, and I automatically still  pick up my sunglasses when I leave the house, there is that underlying nip in the air that says that summer is over. I always start wearing a different scent as the seasons change. Today [...]

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My Campaign for the Boodles Maze Collection: Behind the scenes on the photo shoot

September 11, 2014 LLG Fashion

(In a suite at Browns Hotel.) Sometimes people are surprised how long it can take to get the shots you need on a photo shoot. For the Boodles Maze collection campaign imagery, we were aiming for about three or four and we spent about five or so hours  shooting, in addition to hair, make up and [...]

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