Good to see that Blythe is getting suitably frocked up for Halloween on Etsy. There are all manner of spooky-themed accessories and outfits available for my favourite retro doll, with itty bitty details like scaled-down prints, tiny striped stockings and wee ric-rac. It's all a bit mad, really, but I can't help loving it.
And for those of you who think that Blythe is just plain spooky in the first instance, well … Happy Halloween!
Entitled 'Who Goes There', the collection consists of four one-off bright pieces for winter, which has been illustrated by the very talented Beth Davis.
Click here to go to LauraLaura's online shop and see the pieces 'in the flesh'. Playful details like blanket-stitched edging, embroidered tromple l'oeil buttons and frilled collars keep things fresh and original. Prices start at £50.
A few months ago I was mooching around Greenwich market and stumbled across Andrea Garland’s range of natural balms in vintage tins, compacts and pill boxes.
I really like her organic lip balm made with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and vitamin E, but she also does a terrific sore muscle rub and a body balm. The best bit is that she does refills at a fraction of the original price – so you get to keep the original pretty tin.
These days you can find her at Brick Lane’s Upmarket and Liberty in London, but she’s also got an online storehere.
I do love popping into Lazy Oaf on the ground floor of Kingly Court (just off Carnaby Street) for a kooky dose of sausage dog print tees (my all-time favourite), banana Perspex brooches and hamburger sweaters.
Lazy Oaf are the crew behind the Michael Jackson tee I posted about recently, and they seem to have a never-ending supply of slightly mad graphic concepts for men’s and womens’s tees and sweaters, as well as toys, pins, stationery and plush toys.
New this season is the fabulous Foxy tee, which features a print collar, as well as a super-sweet ‘I Make Things’ tee – perfect for crafty make-and-do chicks.
They've also got an amazing range of Japanese stationery and decorative items. Take a look at these Pinocchio plates, notebooks and decorative tape by designer Shinzi Katoh. How much fun is the 'Happy Friends' tape?
Their website is also well worth a look, with all their products available to purchase, along with a particularly good shop blog.
Fortnum & Mason is one of my first stops if I’m looking for something quintessentially London to send to family and friends in Australia – whether it’s a canister of their iconic tea or a jar of Rose Petal Jelly.
Now I can add Fortnum’s honey to the list, which is actually harvested from the hives on top of the building in Piccadilly. I love the idea of bees getting busy high above the bustle of Piccadilly. The bees feast on pollen in the nearby gardens of Green Park, Hyde Park, and Buckingham Palace, and the honey is limited to just 400 jars. But apparently there has been a rush on pre-orders, so there are just 60 precious jars left.* Available now for £10.
* NB. I've just been informed by Fortnum's PR that there's been such a buzz (sorry, couldn't resist) about the honey, that stocks may in fact be depleted. Best to call customer services on 0845 300 1707 first. If they're out of stock you can put your name on the waiting list for the next harvest. Can you imagine? The bees have a freakin' waiting list!
I stumbled across Love Lane Caravans via the lovely @pipnstuff on Twitter, and was instantly charmed by the rustic romanticism of hiring a lovingly restored classic caravan in Cornwall.
Each caravan has been fully kitted out to suit the period, and comes complete with linen, BBQ equipment and outdoor seating. The website also lists a number of excellent campsites around Cornwall.
The ‘70s style caravan brings back some of my earliest childhood memories of camping around Europe with my family in the summer of 1977. I was only three at the time, but I do vaguely remember picking wildflowers with my sister at the side of the road, and scouting out each campsite for the nearest playground. In fact, my brother rated each campsite according to the pool/playground factor. Here are some of the photos I've dug out of the family album…
Check out the groovy mustard curtains! But this was camping at its most basic – there were no mod-cons, toilet or shower on board – and my parents had to contend with three children under the age of 13. I’ve never been camping since then, but that trip has become the stuff of family legend and will stay with me forever…
Love Lane Caravans Cartshed Cottage Retallack Farm Constantine Cornwall TR11 5PW Tel. +44 (0)1326 340406 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org