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British by birth, New Yorker by nature.

TGIF- 14/03/17

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TGIF! Lovely to see you again. What have you got planned for this weekend? We're having dinner with friends in Ditmas Park (I just adore the mad old Victorian homes in this amazing Brooklyn neighborhood) and starting to plan out our Summer trip to Singapore (I'm visiting my little brother, who lives there, at long last. Please send any reccomendations my way!) Below, my usual favorite things roundup. Have a gorgeous one, all.

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"  

Current obsession: A road trip through Texas big sky country (this would be my soundtrack)

Also to be filed under desert dreams...

This profile of Heidi Cruz

Fellow design nerds, this rug seller on Etsy has some amazing stuff. And I LOVE the way the rugs are named.

Ever the sucker for a good basket

This monogram-able pencil case makes me v. happy indeed

A good word

Jimmy Carr talking about sadness vs depression on Desert Island Discs

I splurged on these loafers this month and I can't take them off (I love to pair them with these pedal pusher pants and a French blue button down shirt

A sweet Airbnb in Nashville

Brecht's last poem

A Natural Deodorant That Actually Works

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT. After several years of thankless search and deep skepticism (I have taken too many bikram yoga classes with too many Tom's of Maine users,) I have finally discovered a completely natural, aluminum-free deodorant that actually works! Let the choir sing! Let your armpits breathe a sigh of sweet-secented relief! Let the under arms of your pricey cotton white shirts stay white as freshly-fallen snow!

So, it's by a brand called Bali Secrets. The "original" version, which is the scent I use, rolls on smooth, isn't sticky and is currently available on for a fairly reasonable 14 dollars. It's  a big bottle, and smells kinda herbal, a tangible whiff of joss stick about it, I suppose, but not in an overpowering way (though I nurture hippy sensibilities generally, in this regard, so you may feel differently). There are also rose, aloe, sandalwood and unscented versions to try.

After reading some pretty scary stuff about the nasties found in regular anti-perspirants, not to mention getting super frustrated with my beloved white t shirts yellowing under the armpits, I have been trying to find a good natural deodorant for years, experimenting with, among others, the aforementioned Toms (I swear this actually made me sweat) this Soapwalla cream (works, but messy) and Dr Haushcka (ok, but needed a couple of applications a day to feel fresh, and super pricey). So, needless to say, I was only cautiously optimistic when my first bottle of Bali Secrets arrived in the mail. That day, I put it to the test via a full day of work followed by an hour of barre class. To my great surprise, 10 hours and an hour of intense exercise later, I still smelled fresh as a daisy. I couldn't believe it, and am so excited by my discovery that I have been furtively pulling it out of my bag at parties to extol its wonders and virtues (obviously a completely NORMAL thing to do). Oh also, I found about it from my friend Ethan, an artist who carts around giant paintings and sculptures on a daily basis, so this is 100 per cent as suitable for sweaty dudes as it is for the gals. Isaac has also been trying it out and loves it.

So there you have it, darling readers. May you all run off into the horizon with a bottle of Bali Secrets in your bag and your priciest while silk shirt upon your person. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I'll be working tomorrow as the parade rumbles past (no rest for the journalistic wicked) but will be heading out by 5 to eat a giant dinner with my usual ragtag crew of Brits abroad and other waifs and strays. Though of course TG isn't a holiday I grew up with, I nonetheless embrace it's central pillars of food, friends and overall hygge-ness, and lord knows we all need a daily dose of gratitude. Also Isaac has been tasked with the turkey, so pray for us, bbs. I'm wishing you all a beautiful day. My weekly round up below.

Norwegian sex education is pretty amazing. Also, needless to say, this link is NOT work safe.


Woman live tweets the worst date ever

Doen does it again

It's cold season, dudes. This works.

A classic, on repeat (brought back into my life by this amazing movie

What a pretty shade of pink

Isaac and I gifted ourselves a few days in New Orleans over Christmas. We'll be staying at this newly-revamped classic (the dining room, you guys!) and cannot wait!

A sweet lioness speaks for us all in recent weeks

Beautiful cushions (strictly to gaze at or to save for a very good payday) 

A stunning home

Oh HI perfect Shearling jacket

Koons in Paris


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Here's to a restorative weekend, friends. It's been a brutal election season, and a long week. In a nod to those who are feeling the blues, and let me tell you that New York City, in the past few days, has felt positively funereal, this week's TGIF is dedicated to the fine art of self-care. 

"Endless love. See you down the road." From Leonard, to Marianne. 

A song from Father John Misty (on repeat in these parts)  

Stars, Birds, Babes, Sages

Long baths with this eternal favourite

The Thing Is, by Ellen Bas

The softest (and strangely rather chic, I'm obsessed) joggers 

Michael Stipe on Here's The Thing (I just loved what he says here about loathing sentimentality, while being incredibly sentimental himself. I feel the struggle)

Cocktails=advisable. And this retro classic is totally acceptable as the cold nights draw in.


Because not all of us can have a fireplace but this still feels rather lovely, even on a TV









TGIF- 04/11/16

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TGIF! A slightly late TGIF (election season means very little sleep for me) falling on November 5th, otherwise unofficially known as my most homesick day of the year. Why? Bonfire Night of course, my fave UK tradition, a bizarre pagan relic of a celebration in which we symbolically burn an effigy of a 17th century terrorist, eat sausages, get sleepily trollied on mulled wine and attempt not to amputate our own fingers in the process of letting off the rockets. Fingerless gloves, sparklers to spell your name with, chill damp air that smells of mulch and the golden glow of firelight. Does it get more hygge than that? Still, transatlantic longing aside, I note the complimentary and very 21st century political drama this weekend in my adopted country, and await the fireworks. This week's best of the net below.

I bought these as a silly little present to myself a while ago. I can't stop wearing them (so cute and unexpected with a simple black dress) 

I woke up last weekend homesick for London and thinking about this painting, my fave at Tate Britain. 

I'm still spotting raw hem jeans everywhere. Into it. 

I've long-nurtured a huge insta-crush on LA photographer Jesse Chamberlain. The incredible Gucci dress she wore to her wedding has not helped alleviate my fan-girling.

I adore Lucy Michel's beautiful ceramics

My bestie came to New York and wrote about it for the Sunday Times. Check it out because she's brilliant but also for my withering response  to the party buffet.  

Darling address stamps for top stationary game (also, how cute is this egg box stamp, for any countryside dwellers/urban chicken enthusiasts) 

Whoah, these Danish recipes sound delicious

What a man.  A must-listen for divine music and the story of the incredible Billy Strayhorn

Ina and Jeffrey equal goals   

New favourite band alert

Coveting these perfect ankle boots

Girls And Their Cats

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Photo by BriAnne Wills

Lois, Maxine and I are thrilled to be featured on the rad Instagram project Girls and their Cats this week! Head here for the full story on how I came to meet these two little weirdos, my signature morning look the "kitty bikini" and why these girls are so very wobbly.  Also make sure to scroll through the other photos for a whole host of sweet stories from cool women and their furry friends. In turn hilarious, moving and sweet, this amazing series, the brain/heart child of Brooklyn photographer BriAnne Wills, turns the "crazy cat lady" stereotype upside down, and highlights the special bond between a girl and her feline friend. The love is real, you guys.