Saturday, 29 August 2015

Our nice summer days have been few and far between this year, but during one particularly lovely (albeit slightly windy) weekend at the coast, my sister took some photographs of me by the sea. The outfit consisted of an older summer dress from H&M, my trusty Panama hat, brown sandals, white pearl earrings, Daniel Wellington watch and Zara Trafaluc brown shopper bag.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Just because.

It had been a year and a half since I had the opportunity to wear my lovely peach gown during ‘Cowes Week’, a sailing festival on the Isle of Wight. I was attending a cocktail party and took the opportunity to wear the dress again. I had a lovely evening with my family.
Photographs courtesy of my sister Catherine.

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Alchemy Natural Luxury Collection.

I have been working on a new set of luxury range cosmetic recipes for my organic cosmetics website, Alchemy Natural. This includes artisan soap, organic fragrance, moisturiser, face scrub, face mist and body oil, each with their own rich scents.

Alchemy Natural Born Free Body Oil.

20ml organic rose hip carrier oil
40ml organic almond carrier oil
40ml organic jojoba carrier oil
40 drops organic sage essential oil
30ml PET plastic bottle with mister

Born Free is a luxury body oil, perfect for moisturising the skin after showering. It will keep the skin silky soft and help heal scars and blemishes. Simply mix all of your ingredients into a sterilised, dry amber bottle and shake well. Use within a year.

For more natural living recipes & reviews, please see my other project Alchemy Natural.

Friday, 14 August 2015

For a while I had wanted to share photographs of my favourite place on earth, my home. We live in a two bedroom Victorian apartment in West London. When we first moved in, the house itself was still being converted to 4 apartments by Philip’s father. It took some time and we have remained here for the past seven years. Over those years we have shared it with a few foster animals too and at the moment, we have two lovely Ragdoll cats; Enzo & Diablo. We enjoy having friends over for wine and conversation, as well as walking around the beautiful neighbourhood and going to the local farmers market.

All of the furniture we have has taken us quite a few years to accumulate, picking out pieces that we really loved rather than buying everything at once. I am I fan of mushroom and blue-grey colours so my eye is often draw to furniture and paint in those colours. Our bedroom is painted ‘Dusted Fondant’, our living room ‘French Grey’ & guest room ’Chic Shadow’, all by Dulux. My favourite piece is the hand painted screen by Steven Shell we have in our living room. I also really love our side table and media unit by Swoon Editions. Neither of us like clutter, we try to keep our home minimalistic without being empty and un-homely, but being a food photographer means I have acquired a few kitchen props so the few kitchen cupboards we have are packed full. I do love my collection of wooden chopping boards though and they all get used a lot, as one of our favourite things to do is cook at home. I recently bought a new bed from Muji and I seem to have become a hoarder of bedding, especially linen. There are parts of our home that need a fix up, cracks that need painting, things that need touching up, but we always love being here.