books

Read this: Live at the Brixton Academy



Live at the Brixton Academy by Simon Parkes

“I made the police an offer, ‘you have a problem with illegal raves; I have the solution: make them legal. Give me an all-night licence and you can stop the ravers from panicking the Daily Mail readers of Middle England.’”

This old article about the Brixton Academy found it’s way into my Pocket (my favourite app for bookmarking articles). It’s a few juicy recollections from Simon Parkes, the founder of The Academy and was part of the promotion for his memoir, Live at the Brixton Academy. (more…)



L’Officine Universelle Buly: the book



Buly 1803 - L'Officine Universelle Buly

What to buy the beauty-phile who has everything? Well there are a few always happily received items one can rely on. A Fornasetti candle, in its illustrated ceramic holder is a definite keeper, or maybe the trinket tray with the illustrated hand to hold her nail polishes and cotton pads. If she’s a lover of the double-Cs, then the Chanel Jasmine Facial Oil is a fabulous everyday treat. (I’ve been using mine daily and it’s still full to the top.) (more…)



Style and substance: Francesca Belluomini



Francesca Belluomini

It’s a year since my book was published and I’m still going on about it I’ve met so many brilliant women who have bought it, talked about it or Instagrammed it. Thank you! Among them was the effervescent Francesca Belluomini, who writes the blog chicfb.com, has published her own book and is a voracious Instagram liker and commenter. We got DMing and found we had a similar stylistic point of view. (more…)



Quote of the day: Stephen Schaffer, Fiorucci



Fiorucci Brewer Street W1

Fiorucci is optimistic and fun. It was never just a fashion or luxury brand. It appealed to everyone. You could walk in and buy something, whether it was jeans or a postcard. It’s 50 years old, but people remember the experience more than anything else.”
Stephen Schaffer, new co-owner of Fiorucci, Business of Fashion. (more…)