Spending sunny evenings on the river (in between the seemingly daily torrential downpours). Channeling a 50s Palm Springs babe in gobstopper jewels, glitter and sunny mimosa nails. Dates at the ice cream parlour with my gal pal. Celebrating the Clever Boyfriend’s academic achievements (and the news that we will be Cambridge-based for another 5 years). Cocktail hour. Adorning my wrist with new jewelled treasures. Mulberry bow heels and floral trousers. Afternoons spent lazing in secret gardens. Transforming vintage jewels with a DIY splash of neon. Channeling cat lady chic with Charlotte Olympia Kitty heels and Paul & Joe’s darling Cat Collection beauty. Saturday morning walks along the college backs. London wearing its best Union Jack bunting in celebration of our Her Majesty. Collecting vintage Coronation souvenirs. Fragrant garden rose blooms in Jubilee tea caddies. My favourite things about English style. The Prime Minister’s famous door at Number 10 Downing Street. Pottering in Cambridge’s vintage bookshops. Taking a break from the office in the rose gardens of Westminster Abbey. Shoes, glorious shoes at Jimmy Choo HQ. A trip to the theatre with the Clever Boyfriend (and that magical moment when the lights dim and the orchestra strikes up). Continuing my list of ’30 Things to do Before I’m 30′ and embracing the pure opulence of a Cambridge May Ball (tuxedos and silk dresses, new shoes, fireworks, dancing and champagne until dawn). Exploring the mansion-lined streets of Maida Vale and the canals of Little Venice with Dearne and Anna. Strawberry cocktails on the waterways at The Summerhouse. Being reunited with my favourite fashion gal pal Nicolette for a week of adventures all over London. Back to back afternoon tea at Laduree with Laetitia, Charlotte and my favourite PR girls. My first trip to Wimbledon for strawberries and cream and terrific tennis. A trip to Hampshire for quality time in the countryside with Amanda.
Wishing you all a delightful July!
Love, Miss B xx
P.S. I have at last joined Pinterest! Come and join me over there
I’m forever going on about the importance of saving up for special pieces that make your heart flutter, rather than accumulating lots of stuff which doesn’t really make you happy. Which is why, despite their rather exorbitant price tag, I finally bought those glittery Miu Miu booties that I had been daydreaming, fantasising and generally obsessing over for months. I knew it was meant to be when, after trying them on for the third (!) time in store, my pulse started racing and I got sweaty palms as though I was on a really good first date. And so I finally went for it, and I haven’t regretted it for a second.
Because I spent the equivalent of my rent money on a pair of shoes, I’ve largely avoided making any other major fashion purchases the past month. But there was room for a few small luxuries which are currently making me smile just as much on a daily basis.
Straight to the top shelf of my beauty cabinet is Chanel’s new ‘Graphite’ polish (a glittery dirty golden metallic which has barely left my fingers since I bought it), while Stella McCartney’s beautiful limited edition perfume (the original Stella fragrance repackaged in three different floral prints from her Spring/Summer ’11 collection) and Lierac’s body oil and illuminating moisturiser (which smell of a beautifully soft cocktail of jasmine, gardenia and camellia) make me feel a million dollars even when I’m wearing nothing but silk pyjamas.
This ridiculous/fabulous printed silk top by Antipodium makes me feel fun and silly (like I should be playing Patsy and Edie’s sidekick in an episode of ‘Absolutely Fabulous’), and this vintage aurora borealis crystal necklace (found on one of my regular vintage jewellery ebay trawls) is currently satiating my magpie tendencies. And finally, a gorgeous new lingerie set from Elle Macpherson – surely the ultimate small luxury (because few things can make you feel deliciously gorgeous while wearing something as simple as jeans and a tee shirt quite like sensationally beautiful underwear).
I’d love to know what new treasures are currently making you smile?
Love, Miss B xx