Chelsea in Bloom 2015

For the third year in a row, I’m thrilled to be one of the three judges today (Tuesday) of this year’s Chelsea in Bloom competition, along with Official RHS Chelsea Flower Show Judges Stephen Woodhams and Hayley Skipper.

The theme this year is ‘Fairy Tales‘, and we’ll be judging participants on their creative interpretation of the theme, as well as their style, flair and use of fresh flowers.

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(Last year’s winner Kate Spade’s wonderful floral toucan by Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart)

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joss main sasha wilkins sale

One of the things that I missed most when I was living out of a suitcase in America, at the beginning of my LLG journey, was having a home, a place where I could have all the things I had collected around me. I take huge enjoyment from my environment, and designing a space that is calm and easy to live in has always been one of my great priorities – and pleasures.

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(Some of my picks for Joss & Main)

Now that I’m settled in one place, I love shopping for my home – whether it’s new cutlery, prints for my walls, rugs for the office or lamps to change my lighting scheme, so I’ve been having enormous fun working on my latest project – a curated-by-LLG sale on interiors flash sale site Joss & Main. The sale is now live, and runs until May 13th.

Free to join, Joss & Main offers insider access limited-time sales on the world’s best brands in housewares, furniture, and lifestyle accessories, at prices up to 70% off retail.You’ll need to sign up here (they just need an email address & password), and then you can access all their sales – not just mine.

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A truck filled with 5 tonnes of food items including rice, dal (pulses), noodles and beaten rice (chiura) leaves for Sindhupalchok

Do you have an old mobile or smart phone or charger that you can donate to Nepalis who have no other means of communication?

First of all, I wanted to say thank you to the host of LLG readers on here, and on Twitter, who have so generously contributed to MondoChallenge Foundation’s work in Nepal following the earthquake last Saturday. To date just under £18 000 has been donated from various sources. (The Just Giving page is here.)

Today, Jimmy Lama, Executive Director, HELP & Nepal Country Director, MondoChallenge Foundation, emailed an update from Nepal. It made for harrowing reading, although it is gratifying to hear that, thanks to the considered construction of the school buildings paid for by Mondo over the past few years, the majority of them are still standing.

Although he is sending supplies to the villages where they are so badly needed (there is a list of what has been achieved so far at the bottom of this post), there are currently things that are desperately needed on the ground that cannot either be sourced or paid for in Nepal. Amongst these are mobile phones. He says in his email:

“Collecting or buying mobile phones for villagers as most have lost their phones in the house… If there is anyone willing to donate their second phones and can find a way to ship them to Nepal, we can organise SIM cards here…”

I am organizing a mobile phone drive here in England. If you have a spare ‘phone and/or charger, please consider donating it to help these people who have lost everything.

Phones can be either sent via post to the following office address:
Suite Four, 48 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7AH, or dropped off in office hours, between 9am-6pm from Tuesday next week. If you have any further queries, or would like to drop off outside these hours in Camden from Sunday onwards, please email the LLG office on contact [at] libertylondongirl.com and we can make arrangements for a shop to take them in on our behalf.

Can you also donate unused medical supplies that you have at home? I, for one, have boxes of expensive dressings lying unwanted in a drawer from an operation last year that I will never use again. We can’t send pharmaceutical products of any description out to Nepal, but we can send unused bandages, plasters, dressings, safety pins and the such like. These are very lightweight and easy to send, so if you would like to include any of these with phones – or just send them alone, please do!

And to keep you updated, your donations to Mondo Challenge Foundation so far have paid for (in Jimmy’s words):

1. We have sent 10 boxes filled with medicines to various villages.. Two were taken with helicopter along with rescue team to Shugenche and Gunsa..

3. We have bought 75 solar panels with batteries and convertors to help resume communication in each village. About 25 of them are being transported today.

4. We have bought 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of bitten rice, tons of noodles, oil, sugar, salt, biscuits and lentils for supply.. Two trucks leaving in an hour… We are trying to arrange a jeep for other supplies…

5. We have bought or collected 20 blankets, 50 tarps and water flasks for older people.

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Sport: What to take to bootcamp? PUSH Mind & Body

by Sasha Wilkins on April 29, 2015 · 4 comments

WHAT TO WEAR TO BOOTCAMP

I never ever saw myself at a bootcamp, let alone enjoying it. But two weeks ago Clare and I spent six days pushing ourselves as far as we could go in The New Forest in Hampshire at PUSH Mind and Body and found to my limitless surprise that I absolutely loved it. Yes, that really is me above on the bridge.

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The CEW Beauty Awards 2015 – celebrating the beauty industry

April 29, 2015 LLG Beauty

Well, this was a lovely way to spend Friday lunchtime last week. I had been asked to present an award at this year’s CEW Awards, which honour the most outstanding beauty products as voted for by more than 700 CEW members – all from the beauty industry. It was quite nerve-wracking – not the public speaking […]

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Bobbi Brown Launches Eyewear Collection in the UK

April 29, 2015 LLG Fashion

I am ridiculously short-sighted, so myopic that I get a free sight test voucher from the government. To be honest, it blows not being able to see your glasses in the morning, not even when they have been carefully places on your bedside table, a mere arm reach away.

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Lettice & Maisie practice their poses for Dog’s Trust

April 28, 2015 LLG Fashion

After Posetta Baddog died in January, we thought long and hard about whether we should offer a home to another dog. My sister took to haunting the Dachshunds Needing Homes group on Facebook, and one day Maisie popped up. A Mini Wire, like Pottles, but eight years old, in a foster home after her person had […]

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Please help MondoChallenge Foundation help the Nepalese people

April 27, 2015 Uncategorized

Photo of Helambu village, Nepal, via the Facebook page of Sangye Hyolmo, a Nepalese helicopter pilot based in Kathmandu, who is heli-evacuating Nepali villagers whose homes have been completely flattened, as above.  MondoChallenge Foundation. Charity Registration No. 1106237 MondoChallenge Foundation works at grassroots to support education and livelihoods in Nepal, NE India (Kalimpong/Darjeeling) and in […]

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Writing about food for The Pool

April 21, 2015 LLG's Journalism

I’m particularly pleased to be contributing a regular food column to The Pool along with, occasionally, some imagery to illustrate my pieces – like the photos I styled and shot above and below. You may have read this piece in The Guardian, or this one in The Independent, or maybe you’ve seen me Tweeting, or […]

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A Day in the Life: Emily Bradbury, co-founder of True Rocks Jewellery

April 16, 2015 A Day in the Life

We have had some wonderful Days in the Life already this year, and I am thrilled that we continue to receive yet more wonderful accounts of working days from women that I admire. Today’s diary is from Emily Bradbury, co-founder of designer jewellery label True Rocks. She lives in Belsize Park, just up the road […]

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