How great is it that J.Crew are coming to London!  There are certain stores that I check out every season, looking  for inspiration on how I might apply current trends to my personal taste and J.Crew is right up there for interesting shapes, quirky prints and the use of beautiful natural fabrics.  Internet shopping is always an option(Jcrew.com, The Outnet, Net-a-Porter) but I love that, from November, it will be a little easier to touch their beautiful clothes in their Regent Street store.  Glamour.com have put together a post on “Genius J.Crew outfit ideas” from their AW13 collection, click here to take a look and be inspired.

It warms my heart to see that under the heading “Garments for Good”, J.Crew have a custom collection where 100% net profits go to the Friends of the Highline NYC.  What a great gift to all lovers of  the “Park in the Sky.  Thank you J.Crew from one of them xx

In a New York State of Mind

I’m just back from a trip to New York and even in the soaring heat, what a great city it is!   From Barneys to Macys and everything in between…..Wonderful!  Best shopping for me was wandering around the streets of Chelsea and Downtown Manhatten.  Taking in the ambience of The Meatpacking District, Greenwich/West Village, Soho……  Everything I love,  filled with street after street of food and shopping treasures!

I loved the feel of Orla Kielys Soho shop. Open plan on one side, showing the beautiful  Spring/Summer ’13 collection (on sale and failsafe when it comes to buying a pretty frock).  What makes it unique though, is the other side: designed like a life size doll’s house, filled with Orla’s mid-century inspired home delights. Oh yes!….  And then the 60’s caravan parked at the end.  It made me feel like I should really consider just throwing away everything I own and convert to a life  filled with pretty dresses, swaying in a summer breeze, on a forever vintage holiday by the sea.  Alas, that’s not on the agenda, so instead I sat down and took a moment to enjoy the air conditioning and design….. A cool haven on a hot day!



I do feel I should share that my favourite thing in the whole of New York was free and for all to enjoy.  The Highline:  Built on an old railway, this amazing elevated  line of green park sits among the cityscape like a surprise present.  Stretching from 30th to 14th at 10th Avenue, it differs from other parks as it doesn’t really remove you from the business of the city , it merely lifts you above it! An oasis from where  you can look down and take in the incredible views of the Hudson and New Jersey to one side and the city to the other. It’s like no other green space I know and is loaded with inspiration for an amateur city gardener like me.


And now….. Back to the real world, of unpacking chaotic suitcases, clothes mountain and long grass….. Welcome home 🙂