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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pumpkin Time

Ah yes, its that time of year again where I normally get out my pumpkin carving tools and start hacking away at 10 pumpkins to help decorate my friend Karen's house, in preparation for our annual party. But this year I thought I would try something new. So out went the knives and in came the spray paint and glitter.
Obviously I thought it was going to be a doddle, and if I had left it at just spray painting them, then yes it would have been a breeze. But then again when did I ever take the easy route?

My idea was to spray each pumpkin with one of four colours - black, white, gold and red. Then prepare a stencil of a spider's web or an owl or bat, stick this onto the pumpkin and then spray over in another colour. This was trickier than I thought.
At first my idea was to draw the image out on paper - but how to stick them onto the surface of the pumpkin without glue? All the edges needed to be stuck down so no bleeding occurs during the spray painting process. To combat this I used masking take to stick the edges of the template down, but this was fiddly. So I thought why not make the templates out bands of masking tape stuck together? Great idea, not so great in practice. When I peeled away the bats, they simply took the underlay of colour with them. The effect looks quite charming (see below) but it wasn't going to work on a large scale.






The same thing happened with the little circle stickers I had bought from Rymans. So instead of putting them on and peeling them off, I decided to spray paint them and stick them on after and I'm loving the result!


Inspired by the fantastic Yayoi Kusama, they look like pumpkins that Louis Vuitton would be proud of! I even added brass tacks to some to create a polka dot effect and finished off the look by brushing the stalks with pva glue and dousing them in gold glitter.
I then decided if my silhouettes weren't going to work, then why not decoupage? I plucked some Lady's Mantle leaves from my garden, spray painted them and when dry, coated both the top and the underside in a watered down PVA solution. Quite baroque.
I also like keeping the wonderful textures and shades of these decorative gourds but enhancing them with some more glitter stalks. I put them in a glass bowl on my kitchen table in lieu of freshly cut flowers and they look fantastic.






Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Wee Willie Winkie

So the Pom Pom tassel was not the only reason we chose minis school but it definitely incentivised us! I mean who could resist a woollen wee willie winkle hat as part of the uniform? It's just too cute. And it fits perfectly with her grey velvet pie crust collared coat. Winter is well and truly here.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Mini's first sleepover

Mini had her first sleepover this weekend. Well she had technically slept at her cousin Talulla's house in the summer for one night but this was the first time she would be properly away from home.
Boy was she excited. We planned her outfit meticulously from her Mothercare bird print tshirt to her Caramel faux fur collar coat, encrusted hair band and Liberty print suitcase. Which, once on the front steps gave her a 1930's war refugee vibe.
Oh I was losing my little girl. But only for the night. Off she trotted to her best friend India's house where they played beautifully. And then it was off to dinner in an outfit curated from indie's wardrobe followed by a barbie movie under a canopy. What fun!
The next morning it was pancakes for breakfast and then an afternoon spent with Tante Poppy at her flat baking chocolate chip cookies and watching enchanted.
Definitely a fun packed weekend for miss independent.
Thanks to poppy and kate for the pics!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Mini does LFW

Mini has of course done London fashion week before but it seems this year really resonated with her.
It's probably her age coupled with the fact she got to spend lots of mummy time but she thoroughly enjoyed the shows this season.
We dressed up and trotted off to four shows, Preen, Matthew Williamson, alice Temperley and Marios Scwab. She was not only incredibly well behaved but she watched each look come down the catwalk in rapture. Pointing out which looks I should photograph and telling me what she loved about the show once we were in the car. 'It was the best day of my life!' She exclaimed on the way home. I started weeping.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Bye bye fashion and flair school is here!

Oh dear the days of mini and I carefully selecting a gorgeous outfit and coordinating accessories are now banished to the weekend.
Minis fashion file is four and a half years old! (I can't believe I've been posting that long) and she's finally ditching the fashion in favour of a uniform, albeit a pretty dandy one at that.
Mini started school today. Proudly showing off her red gingham summer dress (rather shapeless and pouffy if you ask me) but we did add a little pizazz in the shape of her red gingham ruffle socks from John Lewis. The straw boater looks divine but wait til you see the winter headwear - even better.
But don't fret fashion filers, mini will still showcase her favourites, Ottilie will undoubtedly feature too and I hope to bring you some designer profiles and fashion tips and finds to boot.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Tent living

Back to ibiza and hanging out with my glorious three.
While I've been away a tent has been erected in the living room. Made from sheets, towels and string it's housed Phin and mini complete with soft furnishings and a makeshift bed. These two are very proud of their new residence. It's something my brothers and I did when our parents went away and I love that my kids get the same enjoyment from doing there's.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Hamptons shopping 1

Tom and I did a fair bit if retail therapy. East Hampton has a great selection of designer shops from RRL to JCrew, as well as boutiques such as Intermix. A favourite of mine was Everything but Water - great bikinis, kaftans and hats as well as the Australian swim label Zimmerman whose dresses are favoured by Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and an old favourite of mine Calypso which caters to my hippy side with their easy summer dresses, jumpsuits and beaded jewellery.
But we also fell in love with the homewares available. And only wished they shipped to the Uk. One of these was Serena & Lily who have an easy beach vibe that would be perfect for Ibiza.