Feast Norfolk

The March issue of the fab foodie Feast Norfolk magazine is out today. Check out my Famous Five column to see what I have loved eating this month.



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The Design Museum


A weekend in London, staying with friends in Kensington , so I had the perfect excuse to pop into the newly located Design Museum just around the corner. The spectacular building was converted from the former Commonwealth Institute, over a period of four years, transforming a modernist icon designed in 1962; into the inspiring building it is today, with the original concrete roof as its dramatic centrepiece. I absolutely loved it.

There is an interesting series of photographs on display there by photographer Koto Bolofo documenting the conversion. He shot them primarily in the vertical format, as if he was taking portraits, so the sense of the building as a body comes across in this series of images.

The space is amazing, ( and inhabited by a cutting-edge uber cool designer/artist/architect tribe), so it is worth taking some time just to have a wander, sit down and drink it all in. I loved all the materials used and the scale of the building. It was just fabulous.

There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions, lectures and talks, artists in residence, a restaurant and café ,and there is a good permanent display Designer Maker User, telling the story of contemporary design with chosen iconic objects on display and an informative timeline.The two shops are very cool, selling colour coded displays of  cards, gifts and design objects. A must-visit.






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Earrings mad

I love big earrings as you have probably gathered,  and I am a real fan of J.Crew ;who not only have a shop near Sloane Square ,but a great website.

I already have the white pair of these fab sequin and beaded, leather backed petal earrings, and now they are available in three more colours. I have bought the papaya…even the name conjures up summer. Bring it on!



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Hockney heaven


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I have always been a fan of David Hockney`s work , starting when I was an art student, when I saw various exhibitions such as Hockney paints the Stage , and Paper Pools. The man himself is an iconic as his work.

It is hard not to love his work. It is easy to understand and react to. There are no secrets and no hidden agendas.

Hockney obviously likes what he does. He rushes out into the woods and sketches and takes pictures, sometimes even from his car, and he comes back and blows up the work to a size he is comfortable with. His subject matter is varied; from his earlier famous swimming pool scenes in the hills above Los Angeles, to the woods near his childhood home in Yorkshire, to hundreds and hundreds of portraits that are fascinating to look at. Earlier in his career he painted his parents in poses that gave clues to their lifestyles.

He is fascinated by the different ways people sit down in chairs when they pose for him. His mission seems to be to show what he sees and then paints to those of us with less acuity.  Looking at what he sees and then records is a thrill. He is not speaking to us in riddles or hidden meanings, but laying it all out there for us to see and enjoy, and doing it with a well-honed sense of humour or playfulness. I’m not saying he isn’t deep and thoughtful; but you don’t come away from this show with a feeling you didn’t get it.

This exhibition at the Tate ( on until May 29th) ,which I visited yesterday in its opening hour, gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney`s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.

As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney continues to change his style and ways of working ,embracing new technologies as he goes. From his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings – some of which have never been seen before in public  –  this exhibition shows how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before. It is once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these unforgettable works together.

I still love his swimming pool paintings, so evocative of Cailifornia in the 1960s, the colours the style the paint techniques -all so very good. His early art school work was interesting and quite graphic design-y in content and full of symbolism, a bit Jasper Johns…but I am not as keen. I am not mad on the I pad works ,although the colours were fabulous. Having had a proper art school training, I am picky about proper drawing.. but he can draw beautifully, and that to me is the foundation of all good art. It makes you look at something/someone for a start. His drawings in crayon and pencil of both swimming pools and portraits , such as those of his mother and Andy Warhol were brilliant.

I loved his video installations of Woldgate woods in Yorkshire, taken during four different times of the year. Moving pictures from nine different cameras driving through the woods. The winter scene was beyond stunning. mesmerising.

And my most favourite painting of all?

The fabulous Garden with Blue Terrace done in 2015.










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Feast Norfolk

The February issue of Feast Norfolk magazine is just out , so do take a peep at my foodie column Famous Five…





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Pom poms and earrings

Back from the Caribbean and it`s grey, grey, damp and  grey… so, what better way to cheer myself up than buying a few summery items to remind myself that sunnier days lie ahead.

Firstly, a pair of gorgeous Disco Volante gold earrings from India Hicks. I spied them on Instagram, checked the website, and found that they do not as yet ship to the UK. But Renee Peters one of India`s sale team , who lives in the Bahamas, very kindly sorted the whole thing for me, having the earrings shipped to her first, then on to me. If I want something…. anyway I LOVE them!






Next, again seen on Instagram ,(such a great source of ideas and inspiration), from Barefoot Living ,in Burnham Market, two lovely whispy cotton scarves , one in pale grey and one in white, both edged in brightly coloured pom-poms. Lovely for summer. If you are interested in buying one, I`d be quick, as they will be snapped up in no time!




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Lily and Lionel

A girl can never have too many scarves! There is cool leopard print and there is tacky leopard print, and in the case of this very much in fashion at the moment look, I think less is definitely much, much more!

I love the cashmere, silk and wool scarves from the fab, Lily and Lionel. I buy them online and have just bought this gorgeous leopard print,huge scarf in a stylish colour combination of scarlet , black and aubergine. I love it!






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