Spring knits

Let’s not get too excited, but the sun is shining, the clocks go forward tonight, and I’ve just eaten lunch al fresco. Whisper it. This could be spring… I love this time of year, when the days are getting longer, the weather’s that little bit less chilly and it feels like the whole summer is…

Oasis x Wild at Heart

I bloomin’ love a floral. Do you see what I did there? So I was excited to see that Oasis’ latest collaboration is with florist Wild at Heart. Previous collabs with the V&A have resulted in some really pretty printed pieces, and you can rely on Oasis for reasonably priced, well-cut clothes, so the combo is a…

Interview: the creator of the cronut

One of the most fun parts of my job at House & Garden is getting to write about food. For example, I’m currently taking on the task of sampling Easter eggs to find the best. It’s a hard life! And earlier this week I met Dominique Ansel, the baker who created the infamous cronut. Click…

Time for tea

I blame Pinterest. As always. It’s clearly got the idea I enjoy a pretty teacup. And a slice of cake. And a nicely laid table with pink decorations and bunting. And flowers. So many flowers. No idea why… But it keeps showing me beautiful tea party tables all laid out with cakes and china and…

Camis and cardis

I’ve never really been a big one for camisole tops (I tend to prefer a bit of structure), but I think all that might be about to change. Pinterest has been filling my head with lovely looks like the above, so I think it’s time to dip my toe in the trend, particularly as it…

Pink sofas and curtains

I’m finding myself in lust. With sofas. And curtains. Pink ones, to be specific. Wonderful old Pinterest has obviously clocked the fact I’m a fan of pink, and has been helpfully showing me lots of beautiful pink interiors bits. And my goodness, I am falling for them. So of course I’m going to share them… What…

Yes to fishnet socks

What are your feelings on the current fishnet socks trend? Me? I’m fully in favour! Here’s a snap from Instagram of me wearing mine with a sale purchase from Russell & Bromley… And here’s some of my favourite fishnet socks inspo from Pinterest… I especially love the white socks with trainers, and the black socks…

I love Asos denim

Have you tried Asos jeans? I bloomin’ love them. Why? Firstly, they’re super affordable (about £30 a pair, and often they go down as low as £10 in the sale). Secondly, if you find a shape you love, they usually make it in a huge range of washes, so you can get your perfect jeans…

Illustrating children’s books

I’ve recently started Monday night evening classes in illustrating books, and particularly children’s books. I’ve got a few story ideas whirling round in my head, and I love to draw, but now I’d like to put the two together and see if I can illustrate my own story. Hence the class. We’re three weeks in…

Emma Stone make-up inspo

Have you seen La La Land yet? Yes, the film everyone’s talking about! I saw it on Tuesday, and really enjoyed it. Pure Hollywood escapism. Also, shall we talk about Emma Stone’s fab fashion in the film? Beautiful floaty dresses in a rainbow of colours. Come summer, I’m channeling Emma. But until then, she’s been…

National Trust adventures

Rob and I were lucky enough to receive a year’s membership to the National Trust for Christmas. My parents have been members for years and have taken me to lots of fantastic stately homes, parks and gardens, so I have a real fondness for them. While we had a few days off over Christmas, we…

New season joy

As much as I love a sale (and believe me, I really love a sale!) there’s nothing quite as fun as a high street filled with lovely new stuff, especially when it’s lovely new spring stuff, which makes you feel it’s just around the corner (even though we know we’ve still got a good three…