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River Cottage + breadmaking + a perfect English summer’s day + blue skies + wonderful women + Boden = perfection

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It’s nearly time for Port Eliot Festival 2014!

by Sasha Wilkins on July 23, 2014 · 0 comments

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The Port Eliot Festival, held in the grounds of the home of the Earl of St Germans, in Cornwall, was on hiatus last year, but returns with a bang this Thursday – Sunday. It’s quite lovely – only 5000 or so people, with flower shows, spelling bees (2012′s was hosted by Dominic West – I wrote about it here), music, literary talks, a wardrobe department and so, so much more. (There are still a few tickets left here.)

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Hello from The Caledonian Sleeper

by Sasha Wilkins on July 18, 2014 · 2 comments

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I was planning to blog properly from the Edinburgh – London sleeper but I forgot that these rather wonderful old slam door trains were built pre the digital age (I’m guessing 1970s) and there are no plug sockets.

That means that I don’t have enough juice to write much more than a brief couple of paras on my smartphone before my battery dies.

This was a fleeting trip: a car picked me up from a photographic studio in kings Cross to get to Heathrow for the 1530 to Edinburgh. I attended Graeme Black’s show for ravishing cashmere label 1436, headed to his envy inducing townhouse for dinner and then hopped it to Waverly Station to catch the 1140 Caledonian Sleeper to London, from whence I write this.

More tomorrow….


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Royal Ascot Ladies Day: Wearing Suzannah and Edwina Ibbotson

July 16, 2014 My Life in England

  (Wearing Suzannah, and Edwina Ibbotson) I think for the first time ever, I had a win at Ascot. After a cracking time on opening day with Brig, as a guest of the racecourse, I returned on Ladies Day with my friends at Longines, the official timekeepers, for lunch in their box, and what turned out to [...]

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A Day In The Life – Catherine Ryu, Women’s Creative Director, Citizens of Humanity

July 15, 2014 A Day in the Life

Established in 2003, Citizens of Humanity was founded by Jerome Dahan and now designs, markets and produces more than one million pairs of jeans annually in an internal laundry facility in Los Angeles. Citizens of Humanity is distributed in over 1300 retailers in more than 35 countries including Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols in the [...]

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A weekend in London from Fischer’s to Lemonia

July 14, 2014 LLG Food

After last week’s dashing about from pillar to post, I dedicated this weekend to seeing friends and family, exercise and beating my flat into submission. I had a lovely long lie-in on Saturday, before waking with a jolt at 0930hrs, casually glancing at my phone and realising with horror that I had booked myself into [...]

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Travels in Ethiopia with Girl Effect: An Overview

July 12, 2014 My Travels

This was my first trip to Ethiopia. To anyone of my generation Ethiopia has become synonymous with dust bowls, skeletal children, cargo planes unloading pallets of aid and refugee camps. But that was thirty years ago and things have changed remarkably.

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London: House Festival 2014

July 11, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

Last Thursday Brig, Rachel and I played truant from work, spending the day in the grounds of the magnificent Marble Hill House in Twickenham at the annual House Festival, organised by Soho House for its members and guests.  Tickets sell out each year in minutes, but I managed to snag a couple through judicious use [...]

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Travels: The post where I head to Ethiopia with Girl Effect

July 10, 2014 My Travels

If you follow me on Twitter or in Instagram, you’ll know that I have just made a whistle stop tour to Ethiopia. I left on Saturday night, arrived in Addis Ababa Sunday morning, flew to Bahir Dar on Monday afternoon, and returned to Addis and thence to London on Tuesday night. Why did I do [...]

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