Thursday, 30 July 2009

Noa Noa

Noa Noa Autumn 2009 - park bench
Noa Noa Autumn 2009 - armchair
Noa Noa Autumn 2009 - beautiful bag
All images from Noa Noa

I am loving the 1920's style finger waves hair in the new Autumn Noa Noa photo shoot. I am also coveting the cute bag in the last pic.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Rose scented soaps

Bathroom jars
Rose soap
A recent addition to my bathroom, I bought these decorative rose soaps in a small interior boutique. I'd needed to top up my etched bathroom jar due to the fact I'd used up most of the bath bombs in it, and I went for the rose design soaps as they match my delicate carved roses on the bathroom shelf.

Rose soaps by Gianna Rose
For similar rose soaps try Gianna Rose Atelier soaps with the fragrance of Gardenia jasminoides.

Leaf soaps by Gianna Rose
After looking on the Gianna Rose Atelier website, I have fallen in love with the Leaf soaps in the clean scent of Tea Leaf and Verbena.

Etched storage jars by Graham and Green
For similar etched storage jars try Graham & Green.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Pink Candy

Pink Candy
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you more candy with my favorite pics of candy on Flickr. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):


Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Amy Butler

Amy Butler design
Amy Butler design
Amy Butler design
All images from

Amy Butler does the most beautiful printed fabrics for both interior and fashion use. I love the mix of colours and the way the collections all coordinate together; there is a kind of seventies retro cool to them.

You should check out her website for the most beautiful inspiring photos of what you can make with her fabrics. Not keen on sewing? Then check out Etsy for some beautiful handmade products you can buy.

Jelly roll of Daisy Chain Fabric on Etsy
Jelly roll of Daisy Chain Fabric Collection from Imagine Fabric on Etsy

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Candy Jars

Candy jars
Pretty candy jars
Pretty Marshmallows
The jars in my first pic are coffee jars from Douwe Egberts. The footed apothecary jar in my second and third pic is from Belle Epoque.

I love jars of candy, from the ones in old fashioned sweet shops to footed apothecary jars. So imagine my delight when a friend of mine showed me a pic of the Juicy Couture table in Selfridges which was covered in candy-filled jars, as an idea for her wedding. I thought "I'll help you!".

Candy jars in Ralph Lauren in Hong Kong, photo taken by Torie Jayne
I'd also seen some candy jars in the window of Ralph Lauren in Hong Kong back in April (see above), so I started to search around to see what I could find.

Amy Atlas candy table
Amy Atlas candy jars
Amy Atlas candy jars
In my search I came across the delightful pics above from Amy Atlas. You definitely should check out her website for the most beautiful candy tables, in an array of colours and themes, for weddings, birthdays and more.

Glass pedestal jars
It seems that the glass jars are a lot easier to get hold of stateside than here in the UK. However, I did find a great store called Chefs that ships all over the world and they do the lovely glass pedestal candy jars in varying heights above.

Candy Jars

For my US readers who want to buy some glass jars please check out the above Candy Jars set in Polyvore for a selection of the candy jars I found in all shapes/sizes and prices.

For some good places to buy coloured sweets in the UK/USA take a look at my recent post: Old fashioned candy.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

White on White

White on White

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a white on white story. I chose white on white as it has been a big fashion trend this summer and one that is set to continue. I love the peacefulness of white on white. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (from left to right):


Saturday, 18 July 2009

Old fashioned candy

Strawberry bonbons
Rhubarb & custard, strawberry bonbons, and milk bottles: retro candy is in. Candy has been a trend for a while, what with Madonna's album called Hard Candy, and Ralph Lauren's daughter Dylan opening "Dylan's Candy Bar" a candy boutique on Third Avenue in New York.

The candy trends for 2009 are jelly beans, for their irresistible colours and flavors, and retro sweets for the memories. Old fashioned and retro candy continues to comfort the mind and taste buds for those who may be a bit apprehensive about the future.

Hope & greenwood

Over the past few years in London we have seen a crop of old fashioned sweet shops pop up. Hope and Greenwood, in Covent Garden and in East Dulwich and Mrs Kibbles Olde Sweet Shoppe in Soho, and in St Christopher's Place. The sweets are sold by the quarter ounce from rows and rows of shiny glass jars crammed full with such delights as rosy apples, shrimps, jelly babies and flying saucers. It is a childhood dream come true and a delight for those of us who like to colour co-ordinate with sweet candy.

Sweetie World

Strawberry bonbons jar

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Anna Lou of London

Anna Lou of London in Fouberts Place

Anna Lou's seaside cutout
I discovered Anna Lou of London the other day and what a delight! The bright mix of colours drew me in as I walked past the door in Fouberts Place. Although most of the pieces aren't to my personal taste, I couldn't help but appreciate what the designer Anna Scaife is doing in her handcrafted brightly-coloured plastic kitsch pieces.

Coral brooch
I just couldn't walk away without buying the large coral plastic flower brooch above!

Anna Lou of London
Anna Lou of London by Torie Jayne featuring Anna Lou jewelry

From the website:

"Anna Louise Scaife, founder and creative director of 'Anna Lou of London' has enjoyed continued success with her celebrated fashion Jewelery handbags and accessories. All collections are handcrafted."

Celebrity clients include Kate Moss, Madonna and Emma Watson.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Alex Monroe

Bird in the nest ring by Alex Monroe
Bird in the nest ring

Following on from my discussion of birds as a trend, I'd like to introduce a British jewellery designer, Alex Monroe, whose designs I've really fallen for. They're delicate, pretty, and vintage-looking.

My favourite pieces are from 'The Poet and the Nest' collection and I particularly adore the 'Bird in the nest' ring above, with a pearl as the setting. As a child, I remember being enchanted by this sort of delicate, whimsical jewellery that was so personal to the wearer.

Diamond set heart locket with swallow by Alex Monroe
Diamond set heart locket with swallow

Little bird charm bracelet
Little bird charm bracelet

From his website:

"His designs are slightly quirky, sometimes cute, but always very feminine."

"Meander through the British countryside to the sound of birdsong. This lively collection captures the energy and spirit of our smallest native song birds. Pink and blue Topaz stones dance with Goldcrests and Reed Warblers among the branches and leaves of the summer meadows. Take a piece of summer with you where ever you go!"

Fans include Kate Moss, Britney Spears, Thandie Newton, and Amy Winehouse, to name a few!

Bird in the bush cups

Bird in the bush cups
Contemporary lighting and home accessories from Dutchbydesign

In my search for all things birdy I came across these ever-so-cute bird in the bush cups. A thoroughly modern mug tree that you would be proud to leave out in the kitchen. I love the sheer simplicity of them coupled with the ingenious handles.

Poem by anon

Birds and more birds

Recently, I've been seeing birds everywhere. Whether they're used in graphics on websites like Laura Ashley and Graham & Green, or on the High Street with bird cage necklaces aplenty, it seems to me that our feathered friends have hit the mainstream as a trend.

It's not the bright, colourful flamingos or peacocks of last year, either. Instead they're the small, softly-coloured birds that you're more likely to find in your back garden.

Why is this? Personally, I think it represents a return to a more natural, organic, comforting symbolism. The bird imagery I'm seeing is delicate, pretty and vintage, evoking a mood more in tune with comfort, homeliness, and eco-friendliness. Take, for example, the Hampton Court flower show that I recently visited where "eco" was the word of the day. A lot of the stalls displayed many bird-inspired garden products, from plant supports to outdoor napkin holders... (check back later for my full report on this wonderful event!).

In tune with this, I'd like to share some of this great bird imagery I've discovered recently. Please visit my Polyvore set above to see some of what I think are the best examples of wallpaper, cushions and jewellery in this trend.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this recent trend!

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Hush sale - 14th July 2009

Hush sale, 14th July 2009. Pyjamas, loungewear, and gift ideas
The Hush sale starts on the 14th of July. Hush are my favourite Luxe loungewear boutique for pyjamas, robes, and sundresses.

From "... our pyjamas are all low-waisted - to make your legs look as long and your bum as small as possible; and why our vest tops have a hidden support so that you can keep your cleavage even when you lose your bra."

They have the most beautiful loungewear in their catalogues, and having ordered some, I can say the pyjamas really lived up to expectation! The pyjama sets come in a small matching bag in the same fabric, wrapped up in sumptuous mocha-coloured tissue paper.

They're great for gifts for you or for others. I always recommend Hush to male friends having difficulty choosing a gift for their partners for birthday or Christmas.

A few of the items above are going into the sale (clockwise from top left):


Duck egg blue

Flickr faves
For my next Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a colour theme of cream and duck egg blue. Check back next week for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):


Friday, 10 July 2009

White chocolate raspberry cupcakes

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You can find me at Gluten free white chocolate & raspberry cupcakes

Thursday, 9 July 2009


Diamonte water dress from Ananya
Diamonte water dress

Love lies sleeveless dress from Ananya
Love lies sleeveless

I have just discovered Ananya in Notting Hill, London. They sell the most exquisite hand made bejeweled dresses and kaftans, worn by Kate Moss, Beyonce, Claudia Schiffer and Madonna to name a few.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Bead flower

Porcelain flower palette filled with beads in the craft room
My porcelain flower palette is filled with beads sourced in India.

The antique butterfly trim is from The London Vintage Fashion Textiles and Accessories Fair.

The sewing thread needles come in this cute pebble from John James.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Boho braids

Boho braids

I'm loving the boho braid hair styles from the Noa Noa catalogue. Looks so pretty and romantic: the perfect style for long walks along the river and picnics in the park.

Pastel houses

Pastel houses in South London
I have just been to the Vintage Amethyst blog where there are some lovely pics of pretty cottages. This has inspired me to write about pictures of some of the pastel houses and exteriors I have taken on my travels.

The picture above was taken in South London. I love the way they colour co-ordinate together.

Front door in St. Tropez
Front door in St. Tropez, France. I took this picture as I loved the intricate carving and, of course, the colour!

Doorknob in St. Tropez
Another front door in St. Tropez, with an almost lace-like doorknob.

Window in St. Tropez
St. Tropez again. It was the intricate lace panel in the window that caught my eye.

Pastel building in Miami beach
Pastel building in Miami Beach. I love the mix of colours on different parts of the facade.

Art deco pastel colours in Miami beach
More pastel loveliness from Miami Beach.

Crescent hotel in Miami beach
The so pretty Crescent hotel in Miami Beach.