Packing

The build up to a holiday is probably as fun as the holiday itself; it’s the anticipation, the possibilities, the best version of you that you imagine you’ll be in this sunny new place… So, packing is best when you can take the time and make it a ritual. Today was such a time. It’s like a funnel, start with every single thing you love and then start to edit. Down to the point of hand luggage only. My golden travel rule. Here is the process part way through..

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shopping list: europe and the us

we’re off on a two-week vacation soon and we cannot wait. a few days in Italy at the stunning borgo della marmotta where we were married, four days in London at the haymarket (my favourite hotel of all time), and then a week in new york at soho house (rooftop pool action aplenty). So, I need a place to record the shopping transactions that will take place… here goes…

GAP — pink leather envelope clutch

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Crate & Barrel — french marble cake plate

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Williams-Sonoma — Mauviel copper beating bowl

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H&M — navy + pink wedges

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Marc by Marc Jacobs — gold foil iPhone 5 case

MJ iphone case

charlotte olympia + the beverly hills hotel

I love it when two brands come together in an unexpected way. It is rarely done right (to wit: multitude of brands + h&m, missoni + target, lagerfeld + diet coke, list goes on), but when it is it really drives you into crazy lady have-to-have-it acquisition mode.

when I first spotted the charlotte olympia greta pump in martinique ‘banana leaf’ fabric (which is eternally and intrinsically connected to the beverly hills hotel) I simply had to have it. So I made a flying detour to the charming Charlotte Olympia boutique during a work trip to London and raced out with them after approximately 3 minutes in the store (where everyone was really lovely and super stylish; much like Charlotte Dellal herself who seems amazing).

They are last season now (SS2012) so probably difficult to track down. In any event they are somewhat difficult to actually walk in, but they look very pretty in the dressing room.

the Meredith wedge version

I really wish I’d also bought the clutch: