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Ladies and Gentlemen, again I must apologize for my small absence. Truth is, I’ve been busy on various and sundry projects, one of which I am very excited about. If you are London based, you must absolutely head East this weekend to check out the Icon Design Trail and The Poundshop, which features the coolest products, including Forma notebooks and wrapping paper, inspired by patterns from Russian Constructivism.  The address: Alma showroom, 12-14 Greatorex Street, London, E1 5NF. Opening Hours 16th-19th September 12-6pm. The most exciting thing is that Michelle Alger, Buying Manager – Home, at Liberty has  selected her favourite Poundshop Products and Forma wrapping paper is among her picks. You must be wondering why I care so much about Forma – well, I can tell you that it’s a little project that my alter-ego (who shall remain nameless but some of you may guess) has been working on. Check out the lovely Forma website too.

Poundshop Website - you can also buy online

 

Forma Website

Forma products for sale at The Poundshop

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Crazy in lust

I am crazy in lust with this Tribute Vespa that combines two great design icons, the Riva boat and the Vespa scooter. I can’t say much more about it as I don’t know where to buy it or how much it costs but apparently it’s

Tribute Vespa, isn't she a beauty?

the perfect accessory for yacht-faring folk. I don’t have a yacht nor do I think you would need one in order to fully appreciate the beauty of this baby.

 

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My personal Seabag

Seabags from Maine (USA) combine two of my favorite things. They “up-cycle” – recycle old sails to create cool beach totes and other accessories, AND they allow you to personalize your bag. Every bag is handcrafted in Maine.

An artisan crafting a Seabag in MaineThey also make these cute weekendersMy personalized SeabagSailed around the world, recycled in Maine

I just love the custom trend. It just makes me feel great to have a product that is individualized. To know it’s unique to me. Like my Nike ID’s that have my initials on the back and come in a color combination I chose.  Ah, consumer satisfaction at it’s best. So you can imagine my exhilaration when I got my custom Seabag in the post yesterday – a large tote with the word MARE (Sea in Italian), emblazoned on the front in blue.  Beach, here I come!

Sailed around the world, recycled in Maine - love this sentence

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Dangerous Discoveries

Yesterday, I got caught in a rainstorm without an umbrella and had to retreat into Liberty to stay dry. Now Liberty is one of my favourite London shops. I know it’s polarizing like Marmite, some people hate it and think it’s a merchandising disaster of Titanic proportion, while others, like me, think it’s a fabulous authentic shopping experience, with always a surprise in store. Yesterday’s surprise was the new Assouline shop in shop, a book-lovers paradise. From the sacred (they sell a massive book on the Haggadah) to the profane (The Sex Game Book), it seems that they have every topic covered and, well, with an abundance of style. You want to buy every last book in the store, and they even have vintage editions (like Irving Penn’s Flowers) that made my mouth water. And then there is this extremely luxurious and totally decadent Goyard trunk full of little Assouline biographies…is it too early to start my Christmas wish list?

Assouline Literary Lounge at Liberty

Beautiful Books

Vintage Editions...LOVE

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Rick Owens super sexy leather jacket

I admit I have a long standing crush on Rick Owens. Not him actually, his clothes. Rick looks like he belongs in The Cult (the band, remember?) and I guess it’s exactly that rock aesthetic that I love about his clothes. The interesting thing though is that he combines that rock’n’roll flair with a timelessness and elegance that is sort of surreal. Just last week I had the hedonistic pleasure of trying on some of his Palais Royal furs. These are little fur jackets that are somehow so glamorous and cool at the same time. And they have the power to transform. You try one one on and whoah, you feel like a million bucks. One day I will also have the million bucks (not quite) to buy one. In the meantime though I’d settle for one of his fabulous leather jackets.

 

 

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It’s that time of year. Every June, a man turns up at the Marylebone Farmer’s market (from about 10:30 am to 2:00 pm every Sunday in the car park behind Waitrose on Marylebone High St) selling the most beautiful, sweet smelling roses. £20 for three bunches that last all week and give you so much pleasure. The beautiful roses I bought for £20

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Whilst lounging around the rugged gem of an Island that is Sardinia I have been indulging in way to much food and local wines collected with empty water bottles from local wine makers. However I have also been checking out the traditional Sardinian dress and its history which has influenced the hand of designer Antonio Marras so much.

Traditional Sardinian Dress

For AW 2011, The talented designer who spends a lot of the time on the Island at his studio was inspired by the intriguing story of  the legendary Sardinian bandit queen Paska Devaddis. A lady who famously wore a mixture of men and woman’s clothing.

Antonio Marras inspiring mood boards

The True Story of Paska Devaddis

Usually the tirade of fearless Sardinian men, Devaddis’ legacy is that of a strong, caring and gentle young lady in the early twentieth century Sardinia who cooled the fracas between the feuding Cossu and Corraine families and lived a turbulent life beyond the law.

Antonio Marras AW 2011

Check out Antonio Marras’ runway show below. I love the magpie mix of vagabond lady style, cropped fur-trimmed tweed coats, heirloom brooches, trinkets and antique floral prints.

Keep on Fuelling,

Fuella x

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I am in Sardinia right now and it is hot. It is so hot that the turtle who lives at the bottom of the garden has dug a hole and moved in underground. He has the right idea! I on the other hand am hiding under an umbrella on the beach. More on this later!

It funny that in the midst of dense, dry, stifling heat you start to think of gorgeous Autumn clothes and all their billowing layers fluttering in the crisp cold wind. I am loving Cole Haan’s lush boots and court shoes right now.

Cole Haan, Luxury for Feet!!

The soft grey Air Talia thigh boots $498 will look perfect pulled over jeans or tights.

Air Talia Boots $498

I did capes last year but could resist a quick peek at this Contrast Trim Cape £80 from ASOS.

Contrast Trim Cape £80

This is a throw over any outfit staple I can use all Autumn/Winter.

Fuella x

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I am no digital wiz but my ears will twitch at the mention of a super-cool new concept and Fashion Popcorn sounds sweet!

Freshly popped, this initiative launched at London College of Fashion and had a interestingly mixed bag of fashion designers, bloggers, digital media practitioners and film-makers all in attendance with pencils or should I say smart phones poised!

Fashion Popcorn

Fashion Popcorn is a digital fashion salon created to demystifying digital, social and pervasive media, debunk the geek myths, and encourage the use of new technologies for creative expression and communication. All of which sounds pretty cool!

Fashion Popcorn Launch

We listened to presentations from creators Editorial Consultant and Digital Content Producer Emily Fleuriot and her sister Harriet, an award-winning performance film-maker. Following the bouncy sisters, Kathryn Ferguson, a super-cool film-maker who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Richard Nicoll talked about her work and the industry and Tim Kinderberg of Matter2Media presented his intriguing Krystl Project.

Emily and Harriet’s mum Constance, who is also a founder of Fashion Popcorn sat at the front snapping away on her camera. I love her blog Grannies With Mobiles.

Following an interesting and interactive panel discussion, we relaxed in the adjoining Terrace with a Martini (who sponsored the fabulous event). I played with Tim’s interactive mannequin and pondered the future of fashion on an increasingly digital landscape. Could this just be the beginning?

Keep on Fuelling,

Fuella x

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I am afraid I have developed something of an obsession with Frozen Yogurt. Perhaps its the weather beckoning me to refresh myself with something cool and lovely. Although it could also be down to the fact that it is apparently fat-free. That is until I smother a tub with carmelized nuts or chocolate sprinkles, then its just embarrassing but blissful!!

Thinking of you dear readers, I have taken the liberty of visiting several frozen yogurt spots and after careful consideration and several toppings, I reveal my top 3!

Yu-Foria, Beak St London

Yu-Foria on 38 Beak Street is the stuff of dreams. I popped in to the petit grass walled outlet a few weeks back after being spiritually drawn to the Fat Free sign. I got a small mango and passion fruit yogurt topped with a delicious helping of strawberries £3-4. They fill the pot right to the top with plenty peeking over. The furniture inside Yu-Foria is handmade in Scotland using wood from eco-friendly forests.

Fancy a Snog at Liberty?

Now if you happen to be wandering around London and fancy a snog, head to Liberty where they are dishing them out by the bucket load! This already world-renowned frozen yogurt has kindly taken over a section of Liberty with its irresistible pots of deliciousness! I particularly loved the refreshing yet zingy Green Tea Snog from £2.85. Not only is it fat-free but its super good for you too! Yum yum.

Itsu Frozen Yogurt- the small ones are super-cute!

Still not convinced, well worry not as Itsu’s mega popular frozen yogurt could be right up your street. They sell just one flavour but have a nice little choice of toppings to go with it. My favourite has to be a small Squirrels Dream £1.80. This is a tootsie, espresso cup sized yogurt with a generous helping of carmelized nuts. It is small enough to avoid guilt factor and hey it has to be good if the Hanover Square branch is packed with Vogue houser’s picking up their fix!

Keep on Fuelling,

Fuella x

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