Chelsea Candy

I never knew what my ‘dream’ gardener garden looked like, until I stumbled upon him it at this year’s annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Since 1912,  the best of the best from the floral/gardening worlds have been gathering in Chelsea to display their visions.  Or as I call it, to display nature’s eye candy.

There were many gardens that caught my attention and deserve a special mention: The Modern Slavery Garden, The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden, The St. John’s Hospice – The Modern Apothecary Garden and more.

But out of the 30 show gardens on display, the Support, The Husqvarna Garden (Silver Gilt medal winner), designed by Australian Charlie Albone, was by far my favourite . From the layout, to the colours and the flowers, if I had to imagine my dream garden, this one would be right up there!

So, if you have never been to The Chelsea Flower Show and you will happen to be in or near London in May 2017, I highly recommend you arrange your plans to squeeze this incredible event in your calendar. You won’t regret it.

The annual Chelsea Flower Show…another must-see ‘it’.

P.S.: Standby Mr Albone, I might be flying you in from Australia to do my garden if I ever hit the jackpot!  In the meantime, photos will have to suffice.

 

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Hola Malaga!

Why didn’t I discover you sooner, Malaga?

This is a ‘hit and run’ post folks! Let’s just say, not many words needed!  Enjoy…

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Playa de la Malagueta

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A typical ‘local’s’ breakfast, at Café Central

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Anywhere where they take their coffee this seriously, is so my kind of place!

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Love it!

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Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga.  The Picasso Foundation’s exhibition doors.

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Churros de Chocolate

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Ok, so this freaked me out a little.  Not a hint of clear plastic in sight! But I think I figured out how they did it.  Can you?

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A fish stall in the local food market

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A Sangria and Tinto de Limon toast to capture the moment!

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Lunch at the fish bar in the food market.  Fresh off the boat. Literally.

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This was very yummy!  I just followed the crowd to this bar!

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The architecture was something else!

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A tiny hint of heaven on earth!

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I wonder if you can ride this?

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My new favourite bag spotted in Old Town Marbella

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Puerto Banus

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The Donkey Taxis in Mijas, a beautiful little village near Malaga.  Can I just say that donkeys are the most undervalued animals! LOVE them!

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My kind of street art!

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What an entrance

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Beautiful lights at a shop in Malaga

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Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga

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And this is how I felt after my stay in Malaga!

(Carmen en Malaga, by Mercedes Lasarte – 2011)

TE QUIERO MALAGA! Thank you for the ‘it’ memories!

All photographs via ME

LOVE IT: The Cookbook Stand

I love a great find.

Enter Exhibit A: The Bamboo Panda Cookbook Stand from HABITAT.

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Every great cook needs a great kitchen.  And every great kitchen needs a great…cookbook stand. Would you agree Ms. naokoEats?

Think of it as a little piece of practical-design heaven on the counter.  Not only is it great to look at {display your favourite cookbook as subliminal inspiration}, but it is also so clever {no more flipping through your cookbook with cookie-dough fingers on the floured counter!}.

Although there are many different ones on the market, this particular one from HABITAT ticks all the boxes for me: practical, great design, affordable {£15}.

Throw in Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, Notes From My Kitchen Table  {sold as My Father’s Daughter in North America}, and this duo is my go-to present for special friends {A, you love it, no?}.

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{The front view}

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{The side view}

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{I wonder if Ms. Paltrow has one of these?}

So for turning ‘recipe reading’ into ‘recipease reading’,  I give this one a very spot-on ‘it’.  Just LOVE IT.

Here are some other examples from: John Lewis and Williams Sonoma.

All images via Me, Myself and I

The Sartorialist: A Meeting

So you all know how much I love The Sartorialist, right?  (In case you don’t, this will explain it).  Well, on an autumn day in mid-September, I happened to be browsing ‘the’ blog and found out that Scott Schuman, its founder, was doing a book signing for his new book CLOSER, at Harrods, that same evening.

After a quick change of plans (I was originally on my way to the opening of a certain artist’s exhibition, but I decided to go to it, post ‘a meeting’), I got in the queue alongside London’s well-dressed of the style/blog scene.  I chatted with some very interesting people, before finally meeting the man behind the lense himself, along with his ‘lady’,  Garance Dore, the recently-hired VOGUE Paris columnist.

Both were very warm and gracious and I was surprised that after my introduction, he in fact did remember my submitted comments which had triggered a re-post of one of his entries in response to them.

The very handsome Mr. Schuman

Funky London blogger in the queue

Spotted waiting by Harrrods’ Door 9 entrance, with CLOSER in hand

Schuman and Dore, signing away

And…the wait was worth it

The one-and-only Harrods, where it all took place

I love full-circle moments.  And by meeting the man himself and going from The Sartorialist: A Dialogue to The Sartorialist: A Meeting, this one felt like a very ‘it’ one.

All photographs via Me

An Inspired Generation

If you know me, you know that Florence is the love of my life, but London is my LOVE (Confused? Don’t worry!). And now, I love London even more than ever before (if that was even possible!). The reason? The Olympics in London 2012.

The Olympic rings on Tower Bridge, a.k.a. ‘the gates to London’.

World Peace on Regent St. (front row): Bulgaria (Europe), Burkina Faso (Africa), Burundi (Africa), Cambodia (Asia), Cameroon (Africa) and Canada (North America)

SO, TAKE A DEEP BREATH, AND CHECK OUT THESE HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON 2012:

Inspire a Generation‘, the 100 day countdown, The Olympic Torch here, there and everywhere to sleeping safely at The Tower of London after its dramatic arrival, The Olympic rings on Tower Bridge, a quirky and fun opening ceremony a la Danny Boyle (Beijing 2008’s will always be in a league of its own), 007 and the Queen, the  very original steel and copper Thomas Heatherwick-designed cauldron lit by the ‘next generation’, the best logo…EVER!, the hippest font on fantastic pink signage, the cutest mascots (looove Wenlock and Mandeville!), the most historic and picturesque venues, Mo Farah’s double,  Usain Bolt’s double double, Jessica Ennis’ gold at the Heptathlon, Michael Phelps as the most decorated Olympian of all time, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius a.k.a. the fastest man with no legs running against Bolt, Tom Daley’s splash in the pool after his bronze win, the Italian swimmers lovebirds Filippo Magnini and Federica Pellegrini making out on the tube, Andy Murray‘s first championship win, Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France win to Olympic gold, Stephen Kiprotich’s marathon gold and Uganda’s first medal in 40 years, the first  ‘WOMEN’S’ Olympics (36% of medals won by Team GB were by women, Saudi Arabia’s first women delegation at the Olympics, women’s boxing debut as an Olympic event, etc.), the most user-friendly website (and that is coming from me!), empty seats and sellout crowds, free tickets to London schools, tickets ‘for all’ at £20.12…

OK, take another breath and stay with me!

Stella McCartney for Adidas‘ Team GB (individually fitted uniforms for ALL Team GB athletes, years in the making) to Giorgio Armani‘s Team Italia and Ralph Lauren‘s Team USA,  a great Athletes’ Village (the best one yet according to athletes), Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid, The Orbit by Anish Kapoor, the Badminton scandal, 70,000 incredible volunteers a.k.a. ‘the face of the games’, a secure and safe games with gratitude to the army, crowds moving fluidly at every event, a very friendly and fun atmosphere (GB fans cheering on even for other countries), Boris Johnson’s contagious enthusiasm, no congestion on the tube and beyond, the most environmentally-friendly Olympics ever (stadium made of previously used materials, basketball court de-assembled to be re-used, possibly in Rio), The Spice Girls’ reunion at the closing ceremony, and on and on and on. .. ‘An Inspired Generation’ indeed. Mission accomplished 007. Overall, a very priceless ‘it’.

You rock London and you did it with style! And now, the best for last: Paralympics, you are next!

What were your memorable moments of London 2012? Let me know if I missed anything!

More Flags on Regent St.: Norway (Europe), Oman (Asia), Pakistan (Asia) and Palau (Australia / Oceania)

All Photographs via Me

Do Come In To Spend The Queen

First impressions count.  And British retail got it perfectly right when designing their shop displays in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Not only was ‘window shopping’ made even more  fun and exciting, but it also made it more enticing to spend the pound sterling and purchase a piece of  ‘a moment in time’.  After all, a Diamond Jubilee tea towel from Cath Kidston comes around only once every 60 years!

So enjoy some of the great window displays, as seen on and around The King’s Road and Sloane Square, for what was a very ‘it’ shopping experience.

 The fabulous L.K. Bennett, who started out with her first shoe shop in Wimbledon Village.  Kate Middleton made this shoe of Bennett’s very popular when she wore it with several outfits during the week of her wedding.

The Best of British at Space NK. I can spend hours here just browsing!

Jack Wills.  The British answer to Abercrombie & Fitch.

Probably the nicest JIGSAW location in London, at The Duke of York Square.  As we happen to be talking ‘Kate’, this was the company she worked for prior to becoming The Duchess of Cambridge. Love the clothes at Jigsaw.

With her first shop in London’s Notting Hill in 1993, Cath Kidston MBE, has made her signature  nostalgic floral patterns as iconic as the Burberry plaid.  I happen to LOVE her toiletry bags and take mine everywhere with me!

Famous for her candles, fragrances and more, the Jo Malone scent is uforgettable. Loving the hot pink  Union Jack bunting at this Sloane Street location.

The White Company, for all things ‘white’ in luxurious bathroom and bedroom linens. Would not expect anything less than a white display!

Even the Union Jack gets Orla Kiely‘s signature stem design!  Love this Irish, London-based designer.

All Photographs via Me

SPOTTED: IT Style ~ no. 3

“Fashion is architecture:  it is a matter of proportions.”  (Coco Chanel)

Name: Felipe Hecherm

Location: RAFFLES night club (present: the Prince of Brunei in the VIP area)

Story: Born in Mexico City.  Has been in London for 7 months and is studying Urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Wearing: Head to toe H & M and a Gin and Tonic.

Style Inspiration: ‘Buy what you like’

All Photographs via Me

LOVE IT

I love tea.

The glass teapot

Tea anyone?

Persian Rose Petal Tea (or chai as it’s called – pronounced cha-ee) to Indian Chai  (my grandmother used to make it for me  from her days living in India), relaxing Camomile Tea to healthy Green Tea, fresh Mint Tea and dates to detoxing Nettle Tea, English Breakfast Tea to Earl Grey Tea.  This tea to that tea.  Well, you get the idea.  In fact, I once thought about having a blog about ‘tea’ called…(stay tuned!)

Shall we?

A colourful treat

In particular, I love drinking it when it is pretty to look at.  Half the experience is in the eyes.  That is why I love the glass teapot.

Too steamy!

It is a simple, sensible and modern design.  It’s perfectly pleasing on the eyes, especially for drinking herbal teas (imagine the beauty of a Jasmine flower blooming in the hot water).  And it makes an ordinary experience feel like an extraordinary one.  The glass teapot, very ‘it’ indeed. Oh, and I just LOVE IT.

You can get yours here or here.

All photographs via Me