A Royal Affair

Boy meets girl.  Boy likes girl.  Boy marries girl.  Girl becomes ‘it’.

The morning after the night before

One year ago today,  everyone wanted to be a guest at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  I was lucky enough to have front row seats, as a guest of the BBC that is!

Bunting for the special occasion

Setting the London 'scene'

Everything about it was magical.  From the extra Bank Holiday Friday that we were all given off, to the revival in British pride that saw neighbourhoods hosting street parties, you could literally smell English roses everywhere you went!

Outside a pub in Hampstead

And then, the dress. That dress. No matter which angle it was photographed from, it was the perfect dress for the perfect wedding.  Sarah Burton did the late Alexander McQueen proud.  And Kate did her future history proud.  Those photos will live on forever, and with a dress like that, let forever reign!  Happy one year anniversary W & C!

The 'it' couple

Will they? Won't they?

Heston Blumenthal's 'Royal Trifle' for Waitrose - in honour of the special occasion

Quite a 'rich' trifle, rose petals and all!

The morning papers and an amaaazing cup of cappuccino!

Breakfast with the newlyweds

 All Photographs via Me

A Sexy Kind of Crazy

I first heard about Kris Carr on an episode of Oprah to do with death and dying.  Despite the theme of the show, it was one of the most inspirational hours I had ever watched on television (watch the amazing clip here).

My new copy of her latest book

In her early 30s, Kris was diagnosed with a rare and untreatable form of stage 4 cancer. Her future was not promising.  After her ‘wtf’ meltdown, she decided that she would face it head on, completely overhauling her diet and lifestyle, leading to her healing journey.  

She catalogued this journey in an inspiring documetary and  book called Crazy Sexy Cancer, which started an international revolution.  Along the way, she gained many followers and fans, including Sheryl Crow, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra.  Almost a decade on, although she still technically has the tumours, she is healthier than ever before.  One ‘can be healed without being cured’.

Kris believes that we should all ‘aim’ for prevention over early detection (hear it here in her own words).  Thus, her latest book:  Crazy Sexy Diet (foreward by Dr. Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California – San Francisco). 

In it, she discusses the vital role the foods we eat play on our level of health.  Although most of us ‘know’ this, her very captivating and refreshing writing style raises our awareness to a whole new level.  Only she can compare our ‘acidic’ fixes to the rebell boyfriend; the one who is always fun and exciting in the short term, but never returns calls and is unreliable in the long term.

Pages 20-21, pHabulous indeed

She explains the  important role of having a slightly alkaline pH Balance, ideally 7, on one’s overall wellbeing.  An acidic environment, which is the result of a western diet, is a breeding ground for cancer cells and other illnesses.  Sugar (and that includes alcohol) is one of the BIG culprits, and actually ain’t that sweet!  One simple way of increasing pH balance is by juicing green drinks.  Green is the new white.  Mooooo anyone? No thanks! (that is a whole other blog entry!)

Pages 104-105, Invest in a great juicer

A home pH balance testing kit

(It’s easy to get your own pH Balance testing kit.  I ordered mine from Amazon.co.uk  or (Amazon.com))

Pages 40-41, What we think 'boosts' us, actually 'hurts' us

Kris Carr, is a true example of what can happen if we turn our circumstances into our defining moments.  For all that, and for having taken her life sentence and turned it into a Crazy Sexy Life instead, her new diet book is actually the ‘it’ life book.

All Photographs via Me

Spotted: IT Style

Fashions fade.  Style is eternal”  (Yves Saint Laurent)

Timeless Elegance

Name: Fiona Ferguson

Location: B & T Antiques, 47 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill

Story: Born in Ayr, Scotland.  Has been living in London for 35 years.

Accessories: Necklace (£10 from a stall in Portobello Market), watch (hand me down from daughter),  smile (original)

Style Inspiration: Classic with a twist.  “I like to wear simple clothes, but then add accessories”.

Inside the antiques shop. I want that mirror! I just need to save £1,600!

A lovely, lovely shop. The photos on its website don’t do it justice.

All Photograps via Me

Kate’s High (Street)

There are only a handful of living people’s wardrobes I would want to raid (otherwise the list gets too long!): my mother’s wardrobe from the 70’s, Gwyneth Paltrow’s, Olivia Palermo’s, my cousin C’s and without a doubt, Kate Moss’.

Fast forward to Saturday 7 April, 2012.  The Times Magazine.  Cover Story.  Pretty Chic –  Kate Moss does the high street.

Photos not accompanied with an article.  No words needed.  Effortless chic.  High Street and High End.  The ‘it’ girl for organic style.  No one does it better.

Page 47, Looking Good Kate, Looking Good

The Saturday Times Paper and Magazine

Pretty Chic

Kate times three

Page 50, Louis Vuitton, Spring/Summer 2012

Page 51, from Catwalk to High Street (Celine to Zara)

Page 49, dress £22.99 Mango

Page 53, Jacket £79.99, T-Shirt £17.99, and Shorts £22.99, all Mango

Page 48-49, Jacket £44.99 and Dress £22.99, all Mango

All Photographs of Magazine Taken via Me