I want I want: Pretty balls

When I used to work in an office, I was routinely ridiculed for two things. My Do Not Disturb hat (a paper hat with, duh, Do Not Disturb scrawled on it for when I was deep in thought reading Easy Living doing fashion trip budgets) and sitting on a ball. Yep, I had an exercise ball as my chair. Sure it used to roll around the department crashing into the interns but it was super comfy. And now I have one at home as my office chair. But what I’d really love is a fun ball like Sarah Lerfel’s – maybe an Eley Kishimoto ball or a Mariko Mori polka dot ball. Or a psychedelic Patternity ball. Are there other snazzy exercise balls out there? And if not, why not…?

Mary vs Anna

OMG, Mary Portas is gonna freak. Blogs are agush at news of the imminent arrival of Anna Dello Russo’s fragrance, Beyond. The scent (which contains notes of vanilla and almond) will be packaged in a bejewelled glass shoe. Rather similar I notice, to the glass perfume receptacle ridiculed featured on one of the best episodes of Mary Queen of Shops. In the gift-slash-interiors shop that Mary famously suggested should be renamed ‘Utter Shite, Come And Get It’, the retail guru took particular umbrage to one decorative shoe-shaped perfume dispenser…

What do you think? Could ADR possibly make the shoe-bottle cool?

Red soles begone

It has to be said, Cesare Paciotti isn’t a name that hovers on my radar. At all. I’m strictly a Church’s-slash-Margiela kind of girl but these lace-printed Paciotti soles are quite the stroke of genius. What next? Floral blooms adorning the soles of Dolce & Gabanna’s slingbacks? Burberry checks decorating the underside of Chris Bailey’s hiker heels? Perhaps a flash of leopard print on the soles of Roberto Cavalli’s stripper heels? The possibilities are endless.

[Pic: Style.com]