Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Oh, there are some horrible shoes out there! I've been trawling for a new pair of boots and have come across some remarkably nasty ones. Why is it that when you're actively looking for a specific pair you can't find them?
The boots of my dreams are ankle boots.
They are devoid of buckles and zips and laces, and yet they have character; they have lived a little.
The leather is good, soft leather.
They have a hint of the cowboy or the biker about them without being a caricature or a costume.
They pull straight on, the toe is not too pointed, and the heel is low.
I think they could be described as lady pirate boots.
Have you seen my boots? Please tell me where they are. I miss them.
These ones I've pinned come close but aren't quite right. The search continues...
Friday, 3 October 2014
|Sali Hughes and her sons|
Photograph by Thomas Butler for The Guardian
1. Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion
From the age of about 19, I've worn the same make up - black, cat-eye eyeliner - accompanied by varying degrees of face/eyelash coverage. As I've got older, I've just upped the quantities and now wear the full face of make up I wore on my wedding day as my day-to-day look. I have no idea if this is a good thing or not. Sali Hughes knows, and I'm deferring to her from now on with her new book. She recommended a glorious Chanel eyeshadow on her Instagram a while back, and I proper fell in love.
Book group time again. Looking forward to reading this story of 'Calliope Stephanides and her truly unique family secret, born on the slopes of Mount Olympus and passed on through three generations. Growing up in 70s Michigan, Calliope’s special inheritance will turn her into Cal, the narrator of this intersex, inter-generational epic of immigrant life in 20th century America.'
It won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, dontcha know?
My friend Alice swears by her Alice Hart book, and I've only just discovered this one dedicated to all things green and glorious. And Skye Gyngell, she of Petersham Nurseries, has contributed! What could be better?
4. The Priory
I've always been a little bit enchanted by the idea of Persephone Books - a publisher dedicated to reprinting neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers. Cor, yeah. Hubs went to the capital a few weeks back and went in on my behalf. He requested the best/most popular title and came home with this one. The reviews are almost universally great. Can't wait.
5. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
'Here is the story of what it was like to be a girl at the height of punk: the sex, the drugs, the guys, the tours, the hard lessons learnt and those not considered. From Madonna to Lady Gaga, fashion to feminism, Viv Albertine has influenced a range of exceptional artists. Here, before and beyond the break-up of The Slits in 1982, is the full story of a life lived unscripted, with foolishness, bravery and great emotional honesty.'
Can't NOT read it.
What are you reading at the mo?
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