Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Seasons of mists and mellow fruitful baking

Blackberries sweet from the bush give sustenance during a walk down footpaths in Hertfordshire


Leek and sweet potato risotto give sustenance to friends joining me for a birthday gathering

Lemon butterfly cupcakes in posh silver cupcakes give sustenance to hungry parents, down for the weekend to choose a wedding venue


Monday, September 17, 2007

Farewell to the Mirrors

Well, after just under a year of working with the fabulous Paola, I have handed on the reins (and storage!) to a good friend of P's in Cambridge, and beholden's involvement in mirrormirror is no more.

It's been an incredibly informative and interesting company to work for, not least of all the delights of giftware tradefairs and sampling and sourcing new products. I've learnt so much about presentation, fudgemaking, giftwrapping and how not to smash £50 worth of product in trans-atlantic postal disasters.

Thankyou for your kind words and for teaching me so much about online retail! I know your beautiful boutique will go from strength to strength, and in the meantime, I'm kicking myself for not unwrapping the new stock before it left my apartment...How gorgeous are these?? How much do I want them for no other reason than to stare and stroke??

Oh, and I'm coveting these monochrome beauties. When I get my mid-century minimalist pad, these will be my first purchase.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Agony Aunt

It seems that the added bonus of betrothing oneself to a boy is the knock-on effect of betrothing oneself to his family. Despite the tenuous connection while we are still unwed, I am claiming myself auntie to the Boy's nephew, born on August 29 after two days' labour, a failed epidural and the final intrusion of a ventuose suction.

Agony indeed.

However, the beauty of childbirth is maintained in the fact that this is now long since forgotten in the squidgy brilliance that is Jamie George, seen here posing for his first dealing with the paparazzi at the tender age of six days old.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Introducing my new home

....chancing upon the only surviving windmill in Hertfordshire while driving around the villages...

...savouring the fleeting final days of summer on the patio...

...settling into our new home and its fabulous period features...

....getting used to an electric oven in time for the birthday baking extravaganza...


...acknowledging that shooting into a lit window is pointless but revelling nonetheless in my reading seat in the bay window...

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Commissioning Art

Let’s be honest, I’m unlikely to ever be in a position to ring up Damien Hirst and request he produce me a piece of artwork specific to my requirements. Though I live in custom-made frocks, they’re custom made by me, which isn’t really quite the same as Chanel Couture. I am, however, in a position to commission jewellery, and am now the proud owner of a beautiful pair of earrings, specially commissioned to my specifications by an upcoming designer, currently touring the land as part of the Dazzle exhibition.

My sister’s 21st birthday party had a very specific theme of ‘A Hint of Pink’. I and the other 80 guests, were under strict instructions that we were to wear a hint and not a lot of pink, lest we divert attention away from the birthday girl. I wracked my brains for details to coordinate with my black and white frock.


While I love the pearl and oxidised silver bracelet stocked by mirror mirror, it was slightly beyond my purse strings. I contacted Abigail Percy, the extraordinarily talented young designer-maker, to see what she could do. She sent me a beautiful ‘hasty scribble’ (her words) of suggested designs and I selected the elegant simplicity of a single pearl drop on a handmade fitting.

They arrived just in time, no thanks to striking postmen, and I felt quite the belle of the ball.


The process was smooth and enjoyable and I highly recommend thinking outside the box when looking at contemporary jewellery designers’ work. If you like their general style but can’t quite see what you want, contacting them for a discussion is free and could result in a truly unique and beautiful piece.

Thanks, Abigail, and I look forward to doing business with you in the future.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

retail therapy :: a break from the madness

:: tube strikes and commuter hell :: overground trains and commuter bliss::

::marrakech beckons :: riad daydreams ::

:: penniless from housemove :: kitchenware idolatry::