Monthly Archives: May 2012

Some Jubilee-inspired fun heading into the weekend:

1. Original Brit Hunter Boots / 2. Rory Dobner Hot Dog Blanket and Union Jack Cushion / 3. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps / 4. Laduree Diamond Jubilee macaroons / 5. Alexa Pulitzer notecards / 6. Emma Bridgewater Great Britain Half Pint Jug / 7. Aspinal Brit Leather Travel Bag / 8. nick iluzada corgis print via Pinterest / 9. Alexander McQueen Faithful de Manta Mother of Pearl Print Clutch / 10. June 2012 issue of Tatler / 11. Mulberry Union Jack Bayswater / 12. Sipsmith Vodka / 13. Smythson Travel Clutch 

Off to London for the long weekend, I leave you with some gorgeous black and whites:

Queen Elizabeth II in Australia in 1953 via The Telegraph

Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace Garden as photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1939. Part of an exhibition at the V&A museum.

Queen Elizabeth II with a Leica found via Retronaut

Queen Elizabeth II found via Pinterest


Headed to London next week for Queenly festivities and having a good think about what to do while we are there.

Came across Bill Granger’s restaurant while browsing Conde Nast’s Traveller’s list of 2012 Innovation & Design Winners and think we have to try it!

The restaurant looks casual, but with a bit of designer’s edge to it, serving meals all day in the charming  (if ever increasingly posh)  neighborhood of Notting Hill.

I love restaurants that have atmosphere as skillfully thought through out as the food.  Granger & Co.’s transition from a bright and airy breakfast room to a dimmer, more intimate dinner space is delightful.

Start it all off with a cocktail and some spiced cashews while you try to decide on the menu. (I’m going for “the bramble”, a mixture of gin, lemon and blackberry liqueur.) 

The menu has an Australian-Asian twist to it and several dishes include lime and avocado (two ingredients of obsession). All of the below sound delicious:

– Crisp salmon salad with coconut caramel dressing

– Crisp duck with plum sauce & clementines

– Pure beef burger with beetroot, tomato relish & our courgette pickles (you can add gruyere or gorgonzola dolce)

Take a look at the menu here.

If you don’t have room for a full dessert, you can order some peanut brittle which is simply the sweetest touch to end on.

More information on and on Granger’s blog here. Photos via Granger’s blog. 

That’s what author David Nicholls calls the loveable book I am currently reading.

I am only a quarter of the way into Rules of Civility and already, it is one of those books I do not want to end.

It is an escapist story full of 1930s New York City, fancy cocktails and jazz nightclubs, charming gentlemen and slightly-naughty, upwardly-mobile ladies, with a main character you cannot help but fall for, a la Holly Golightly. (If you have not yet read Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s…pick that up next…yes, even if you have seen the movie.) 

Viv Groskop’s review of the novel in the Guardian pretty much sums it all up, including a mention of how great the author’s name is. The book will easily translate to the screen – which is clear as you read it – however sometimes such books are a simple pleasure to read.

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