Monthly Archives: November 2009

She’s still got it!

Wow! With so many designer collections on the high street, a girl just doesn’t know which way to turn. There’s Kate Moss at Top Shop (her new range has just gone on sale), Stella McCartney’s incredibly cute Gap Kids togs (and no, I’m not small enough to fit into any of them, more’s the pity), more Giles Deacon at New Look, the one and only Jimmy Choo soon to launch at H&M… and more to come, by the looks of things
But the latest designer to launch a high-street collection who’s really caught my eye is Zandra Rhodes – yes, she of the mad, bad pink hair and questionable make-up style. Zandra’s collection for Marks & Spencer is gorge – all floaty and dead boho, featuring amazing prints (Zandra’s speciality) and lovely loose, flowing lines (great for disguising lumps, bumps and too many big dinners). The two jumpsuits in her M&S collection could well see me revise my policy on wearing such things (I previously deemed them as utterly ridiculous, but now even I’m not so sure…). I am totally and completely in love with her halterneck jumpsuit. Makes me think of Bianca Jagger on a yacht, somewhere off the coast of the south of France. Utterly fabulous, in other words.
Well done M&S for bagging Zandra. Now when is someone going to persuade that other great English eccentric, Vivienne Westwood, to do a high-street collection?

Celebrity pooches (and Buddy Love)

If you’ve got those rapidly-descending-into-winter, middle-of-the-week blues, here’s something to cheer you up. Check out the slideshow of celebrity pooches on the Glamour website.
Take pity on poor Tinkerbell, Paris Hilton’s male chihuahua (that woman has done more to sully the reputation of chihuahuas than anyone else on the planet), swoon over Orlando Bloom and his rescued black labrador (awwww), squeal at the dinkiness of Kate Beckinsdale’s puppy and gasp at the similarity between Mickey Rourke’s new pooch and my own little Buddy Love – who, by the way, thinks he’s the celebrity around here (well, er, I guess he is – he’s got more friends than the rest of us put together).

Here he is, posing as usual, and looking rather cute. Looks like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth, huh?
See, now doesn’t that make you feel better?

Let’s be friends

I’m not that keen on celebrities designing jewellery – well they already have a job, why be greedy? But even I couldn’t scowl at this one.
Courtney Cox – the most famous Monica in the universe – and husband David Arquette have joined up with Satya Jewelry (yes, a US designer, hence the spelling) to produce a butterfly-inspired collection. I’m a huge fan of Satya Jewelry, I love their charming, simple designs with all their yoga and Eastern symbols and gorgeous gemstones. And this new collection is called the EB Collection (EB stands for epidermolysis bullosa, a serious but thankfully rare genetic condition that affects children’s skin).
The lovely, generous people at Satya donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their EB collection to the EB Medical Research Foundation, which is working to develop a cure for the condition. So why Courtney and David? Well, one of their friends has a little boy with EB, so they decided they had to help. And, with the help of the Satya designers, they designed the Butterfly motif, which, they say, is a symbol for the fragility of EB children’s skin.
“I think becoming a parent redefines your understanding of love and compassion,” says David (reported on “Beyond spirituality, it is about being a good person and doing what you can to make a difference and make this world a better place.  It is important to do positive things in your life.”
Yes, indeed. And as an added plus, the jewellery is beautiful. I particularly like the EB Cutout Silver Butterfly and Silver Topaz Necklace, which, at $38, is a steal. Buy the collection from the website (if you can bear to wait for overseas deliveries). Or, if you live in or near London, Satya has just opened a Covent Garden store in Henrietta Street.

Viva El Dia de los Muertos

If you’re suffering from Hallowe’en withdrawal – and facing the proposition of another 12 spook-free months before the next time you can freely wear your witch’s hat without appearing like a mad old bat – there’s still time to celebrate All Souls’ Day. Yes, it’s Mexico’s Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos, incase you were wondering), celebrated on the first two days in November each year. The event – a public holiday in Mexico, lucky things – is traditionally one where families and friends get together to remember loved ones who have died. But to most people outside Latin America (and countries where lots of Latin Americans live, such as North America and Canada) it’s probably best-known as the festival with the skulls. And yes, there are skulls aplenty, from edible, chocolate skulls to skull masks (worn during the celebrations) and spooky-looking skeleton dolls that adorn colourful altars to the dead.
No surprises for figuring out that the Day of the Dead hasn’t caught on over here. Well, not yet, at least (judging by the increasing popularity of the American interpretation of Hallowe’en, it’s probably only a matter of time). But it’s a good excuse to wear some fab skull jewellery – like my Silver Skull Stud Earrings (see below) – and indulge in a drop or two of tequila this evening…

Here’s a recipe for a classic margarita, courtesy of Thomasina Miers and Saturday’s Times Food + Drink section. Thomasina recommends using the real deal, 100 per cent blue agave tequila (which she says won’t leave you with a hangover… though surely it depends how much of the bottle you drink, right?) and, instead of using sugar syrup she suggests agave syrup as a sweetener. So here goes – it’s really easy to make, and after one you’ll probably feel a lot more, er, Mexican…

To make one margherita:
37.5ml tequila
12.5nk triple sec
20ml fresh lime juice
10ml agave syrup
Shake all the ingredients in a shaker containing plenty of ice, then pour over more ice in a fat tumbler (salted rim optional).
Salud, as they say south of the border.