Vera & John: life and love on the back of an envelope

Having a cup of tea at his parents’ house in London, photographer Jason Wilde  discovered a used envelope with a handwritten note on the back. This simple message from his mother Vera to his father John – with instructions for the evening’s dinner – was the catalyst for a decade-long project. Without Vera’s knowledge (but with theRead more

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Blimey, it’s Christmas. I’ve been cracking on with Book Number Two like nobody’s business and Christmas has crept up on me like a pantomime villain. This photo of Karen Elson is from Grace: The American Vogue Years . Such a wonderful roundup of an outstanding career, though the coffee table book is so big I can barely lift it. MustRead more

Gathered: a beautiful book on flowers by Mary Norden & Polly Wreford

I’m going easy on the Christmas gifts this year. But one thing on my list for a flower-loving friend (who hopefully won’t see this post) and my mum (who definitely won’t see this post) is the new book Gathered by stylist and art director  Mary Norden and photographer Polly Wreford. The pair worked together commercially for manyRead more

We’ll Always Have Paris: an author’s French Style Fail

‘We’ll Always Have Paris‘ is the ace, new book by Emma Beddington the author of the brilliant Belgian Waffling blog; it’s a wry, poignant and informative memoir – I’ve learnt a lot about French literature and cakes. Here Emma talks about realising her dream of living in Paris and the accompanying French Style Fail: My name isRead more

Seventies inspiration from Grey Gardens and Ladybird Books

With Grey Gardens the musical on at Southwark Playhouse in January, the grown-up reissues of Ladybird books selling faster than cut-price TVs on Black Friday and Gucci, Prada and Marni playing maximalist mash-up, it’s seventies retro inspiration all round. Sheila Hancock  and Jenna Russell play Big Edie and Little Edie in Grey Gardens the musical , adapted from theRead more

The Patternity book, selfies and seeing patterns everywhere

‘Seeing patterns everywhere from the mundane to the magnificent’ is how Patternity describe their vision; and the reason why I love following the creative consultants on Instagram (@patternity). From local architecture to Amazon Rainforests, the pattern-spotters share beautiful images online and I like the idea that ‘paying more attention to the everyday can make us moreRead more

Book Review: Denim Dudes by Amy Leverton

  Rob Harmsen co-founder of Eat Dust, Antwerp Amy Leverton’s Denim Dudes is such a great idea for a book. I’m just hoping there’s going to be a sequel – Denim Dames or Chambray Chicks, anyone? From designers to creative directors, the men profiled live and breathe denim, and obviously I’m drawn to the olderRead more

Style Forever: the grown-up guide to looking fabulous

That Is My Book. Writing Style Forever was such a whirlwind last summer (polite phrase), I still can’t quite believe it happened. I’ve been asked several times recently if I’m excited, and the honest answer is, ‘No. Not at the minute’. The Waterstones website has just told me there are 36 days to publication, so maybe it’sRead more

The Loulou de la Falaise book

  All that extreme reading and writing about style , last year, left me feeling a bit ‘fashioned out’. Then along came the fabulous Loulou de la Falaise monograph by Ariel de Ravenel and Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. Published by Rizzoli, it’s a beautiful coffee table book filled with over 400 wonderful photographs of the Yves Saint Laurent accessories designerRead more

En Brogue an interview with Hannah Rochell

Photo: en brogue Being a flat shoe lover, I’m pleased to see a new(ish) book by Hannah Rochell author of En Brogue the blog ‘for people who love stylish footwear without the pain, bunions and back problems’. Such a good idea. The book, described as ‘ a girl’s guide to flat shoes’, includes Hannah’s gorgeous hand drawnRead more