To Halloween or not to Halloween?

Trick or Treat and the whole Halloween thing, was always big in the States but not so in the UK. It took it a while to catch on but it certainly did.An opportunity for some much needed mid-season commerce coupled with the fact that kids love sweets and teens love dressing up has put Halloween firmly on the map, even in the UK, where a persons home is their castle and uninvited guests are really not welcome on the whole. I always used to joke that Halloween is backed by the UK dental association as I am sure there are so many teeth that will need being seen to after the day- sugar, sugar and yet more sugar.

So what do I think about it? I think I quite like it, I always stock up on sweets and I always wait to see just how many trick or treaters will knock on my door. I’ve sadly given up on my front garden decoration,-lights, pumpkins and creepy crawleys which, without fail either get stolen, broken or thrown into a bush every single year!  So, I’ve already bought my stash of sweets for Thursday ( far too many of them) and I’ve been carefully looking at all the various Halloween cakes now appearing in shop windows, some of which are really quite something and I’ve bought a little wooden sign for my front gate which says ‘BOO’ (wonder how long that will last…) and my weekly Top Nine was of course, Halloween themed. Happy Halloween to all!

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So who said you can’t mix business and pleasure?

August is a busy time for me at work and I am not able to take any time off. My solution to a week full of meetings in central London, is mixing work and pleasure. So, here are some of my highlights from last week which includes something delicious I ate: Vietnamese @ Phat Phuc on the Kings Rd followed by Ice Cream at DriDri in the Chelsea farmers markets (and I can’t recommend the salty caramel enough!) Things I bought and want to buy: A stroll through the lovely St Christophers place demands a look in at the Marimekko shop, all of which I would like to buy. A Visit to Nico Didonna in Soho and I know for sure that I want the Stella dress, which colour to go for is more of a problem. The Extra Virgin Minerals range at The Body shop is all you need to keep your face looking fresh for the day and finally, nothing beats a good Cappuccino and I am delighted to say that Tower 47  in Camden is a real find, the perfect combination of fantastic coffee, gorgeous snacks, perfect location, great interior and free live jazz on a Sunday.

Business and pleasure? Any day thank you!

ps, you can review my weekly Top 9 on my webpage

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(but of course, can’t go into central London without having something tasty) things I bought, want to buy and… really want to buy.
The temptations of central London and just too big and too abundant!
Have a great week wherever you are and if it’s a busy one enjoy some little treats along the way, they make all the difference.

The weeks Top Nine

In a week that saw the British summer behave like it really should: rain, followed by the hottest day of the year, followed by hailstones at dawn I chose my inspiring photos to reflect what this week has felt like to me… warm, laid back with beautiful light. Seems the ‘new arrivals’ in the high street  shops reflect this too, soft prints, soft colours, flirty strappy shoes. And for those of you fortunate enough to be in London this month two suggestions:

Must try Nitro ice cream @ the Chin Chin Labs in Camden Lock.

Must see… a ‘staple’ London landmark, the O2, which has now opened its roof to those who want to embark on a 40 minute climb to view this spectacular city from above.

All the important links for the Top nine can be found on our webpage

Whatever you are doing have a chilled August,

X Nadia

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A quick snapshot from life…

As some of you may know we recently introduced a weekly column to our website ( and newsletter) called ‘Top Nine’, a collection of my personal snaps , things I have seen, eaten, wanted, heard, read- basically anything that inspired me. We ran a competition this week on our FB wall and on our Twitter account asking our followers to send us some inspiring images, personal or otherwise, or weblinks for us to use in our forthcoming newsletter. To my great surprise, no fashion inspiration was submitted but I guess with the opportunity to snap so readily using ones phone people do really capture little snapshot of their lives that mean something to them. A snapshot that makes remembering something special a whole lot easier. It was hard to choose a winner, we had such lovely entries and in the end we chose two because their photos felt , to me anyway, like England feels at the moment: hot, lazy and rather cosy. so here we go:

Anne Bostwick, ‘stairway to heaven’ snapped at St Nicholas Church, Pevensey, East Sussex.

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Kel Bridge ‘Rocks’ 

These are my children and their friends exploring on the exact same rocks as I did as a child, and the exact same ones my mum did too on her camping trips as a child 🙂 

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This weeks ‘top 9’ are on the whole inspired by nature

It took a long time for summer to finally make an appearance in London, and it may not last long either. Us Londoners know how to embrace every minute of it and although I don’t spend my lunchtimes in the park (as many do) I make the most of my weekends and the late summer nights.
What else? I finally had my first organic box delivered from Able & Cole this week and I’m hooked, my garden is producing vast volumes of berries, fruit and vegetables, and I confess I’m addicted to Argan oil- my new beauty staple. I’m loving some of the new contemporary printed summer dresses I’m seeing, jewel coloured bib necklaces and vibrant clutch bags. As for Jake Buggs debut album, well… I’m completely hooked.
For all the vital links check my webpage, have a fantastic sun filled week

x Nadia

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