My life doesn’t really follow a template: there isn’t much of a line drawn between work and play, and sometimes I’ll be rushing about in sneakers all day from meeting to meeting, Lettice tucked under my arm, and umbrella in hand, and sometimes I’ll not leave the house in daylight – or the dark. Unless you count putting the bins out.
Unusually for me, this week has been a fairly high octane, rushing about week – I prefer being at home writing, given half a chance, but it is nice to get out to see people from time to time.
On Saturday I drove my sister and the dogs up to my mother’s cottage in Northamptonshire, and on Sunday morning cooked brunch – buttered eggs, roasted cherry tomatoes, and a hash of Savoy cabbage, crispy chestnut mushrooms and fried new potatoes, for us all to eat in the garden in the beautiful sunshine, before heading down to Hannah and Mark’s house just off the River Thames in south London for a late barbecue lunch with Rach (picture at top).
I try not to do anything at all on Mondays – it’s my ease myself back into the week day and it’s great to have a big chunk of uninterrupted time to edit images, write copy, and deal with my always out of control inbox.
Tuesday evening I left the office at 1600hrs with Lettice and an overnight bag in a car to head to Shoreditch in East London. One of my all time favourite French pharma skincare brands, La Roche Posay, was hosting a dinner and overnight stay at The Ace Hotel, to launch and then test their (as I discovered) excellent new night cream addition to the Toleriane range for tricky, sensitive skin.
Next morning Lettice and I cabbed it back to the office to dump my bag, and then hopped it to Fitzrovia for press days. We had a lovely time at Monsoon/Accessorize, checked out the very pretty and affordable Z jewellery range, and were particularly taken with their new personalisation bar, which will launch soon in-stores.
This was my take on embellishing a denim clutch.
Then it was off to Sanderson to check out La Redoute‘s High Summer and AW16 collections – this French mail-order company has always been a favourite. I’m still wearing an army green cotton jacket lined with Liberty print from a Cacharel collaboration they did fifteen or so years ago, their swimwear is always excellent and well-priced (I LOVE this suit – £21!)), and their current Carven hook up is well worth a look.
Available now on the La Redoute website: Striped Wedged Sandal (£49)
Marks & Spencer’s AW16 presentation at the beautiful One Marylebone venue – a converted church – was next, – my report is imminent, and by that time I was very ready for lunch at Black Roe in Mayfair, to discuss my upcoming panel talk on defining digital identity at the Vogue Festival here in London.
After lunch I made a quick dash down the road to Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair to meet the team from Celtic & Co – I first wrote about this fantastic Cornish brand as a consumer on LLG all the way back in 2007, and it was great to finally meet them and see the new collections. In particular their upcoming collaboration with sheepskin supremo Karl Donoghue (below), and their delicious baby alpaca sweaters (above). Of course, I had to show them the photos of me feeding baby alpacas in Peru – OBSESSED.
Georg Jensen, at the new-ish flagship store on Mount Street was next, to see the challenging, sculptural and, above all, beautiful collection by Zaha Hadid, which launched just a month before her untimely death early this year.
And then – home, for just an hour or two, to scrape away at the email coalface, before heading back over to Shoreditch for a dinner with a difference with TK Maxx (TJ Maxx for my US readers).
Hosted by lovely Gizzi Erskine, above with Lettice, the seven course menu was designed to showcase the concept of ridiculous possibilities that forms the backbone of the current TK Maxx ad campaign. So we were served Gizzi’s delectable and thoughtful food inside a duvet fort; whilst the others ate beautifully executed cherry meat fruits (modelled on Heston’s at Dinner) and Korean Fried Chicken, I had Korean Fried Tofu. Sticky, hot, salty and sweet, crispy and melting: YUM.
Thursday am was a breakfast meeting with a PR outside in the sunshine at Granger & Co. in Kings Cross. (And so was Friday.) Meanwhile I spent the rest of Thursday writing at home, before heading out to the Jigsaw press day, where I developed quite acute tuxedo longing
I seem to have an equally hectic weekend lined up…watch this space.