Tuesday, 30 June 2009


Just as a quick aside.

Agent Provocateur is having it's annual sale online now! If you sign up for their newsletter (they send out occasional emails and no spam) you can get early access. Trust me they have slashed prices, up to 50% off.

Now I'm not buying lingerie at the moment but a girl can dream. And yes I know as a woman of the world I shouldn't just "dress up" for a man. Who says it would just be for him, fabulous, well fitting and naughty lingerie makes me feel like a goddess.

Sneak peak!

a little excess?

Obviously I am not one to swoon of ridiculously expensive luxuries!!!

How much have I swooned over these wellingtons which seemed to save every fashionista from the mud bath at Glastonbury this weekend. The fantabulous Hunter boot is now embossed with a crocodile print and has a leopard print lining!

Fashion and functional. Oh my weak heart. If only I had £500 to spend on wellies!

bridesmaid beautifulness

If I do decide to have bridesmaids all I know is that they will need to look slammin' hot!

Luckily my girls are all hot, hot, hot!

I am pretty sure I won't want them to match but co-ordinate. The most important thing is that I would want to wear the dress, they are happy and it's something they will actually want to wear again.

I'm not sure of colours yet, maybe purple or grey and I'm not seriously looking but it's always fun to window shop.

So what's a girl to do when she wants to peruse pretty dresses? Visit Net-a-Porter and their new outlet sister site Outnet. Prepare to swoon. Well I did!

Catherine Malandrino - A wee bit busy, but I would still love to wear this dress!

Both Burberry Prorsum - Delicious, particularly the first one, like a bridesmaid dress but infinitely cooler.

Bi La Li - such a cute little shift - simple but elegant.

Jovovich Hawk - A little summery, and I'm pretty sure my grandmamma has something similar but I still think it's cute.

Thurley - a little Grecian chic

Temperley - Oh she makes such beautiful dresses.

3.1 Phillip Lim - Chic yet quirky. I would love this dress with super high heels!

Moschino Cheap and Chic - not so cheap but I love the grey and pink together - tres chic!

Missoni - Pretty and feminine.

Mint - something so simple but fun.

Matthew Williamson - I love the grey and super feminine.

Marchesa - Could this dress be any hotter? Serious Swoon.

Luella - a little risque but super fun.

Marchesa - If I has a few thousand to spare this would be mine. Exquisite.

Herve Leger - Oh the bodycon dress, all the rage, maybe not best for a wedding where there will be a lot of food!

Fendi - Fun, fun, fun!

DvF - I love this dress, all her dresses are cut for a woman.

Anyhoo, I think that's enough of the pretty dresses today. If only I had unlimited funds and could buy fantabulous dresses for everyone. But wait, I have a plan. More on this tomorrow - are you intrigued?

Anna xx

Monday, 29 June 2009

antique love

I have been meaning to post about these beauties for ages.

I have no idea how I found this site. Oh how I love to cavort merrily through the interweb.

I would love this to be my dressing table chair. The colours are dreamy. It would make me want to sit and play with make up. Something I never do.

I would buy this for the boy, for he wants a pony. He is a very handsome horse. The boy spent his pre-school years on a Northumberland farm and sometimes I think he yearns for a simpler life. One day maybe, for now he will have to survive with a talking hobbyhorse.

Finally, who wouldn't want a beautiful antique mirror with such character. It would hang nobly above our bed and make me smile with it's imperfections and blemishes. It would only become more beautiful with time.

What beautiful items are you lusting over?

All images via Jayson Home and Garden

and the band went marching on

Could I be more envious of a New Orleans wedding with a brass band. There is something so joyous and celebratory in this sneaky preview.

If you haven't seen it before I insist you pop over to Cats, cheese and a wedding please, right now!

waiting for godot?

So I have finally finished the questions! I simply cannot believe how long this has taken me. I hope you enjoy and find it somewhat interesting.

P.S. I just saw Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal. Oh it was wondrous. Having not read it previously, I found it a tragic but tender story which is still contemporary today. If you are in London, I would recommend!

What is your current obsession?
Don’t tell anyone but as I’ve only just engaged it would definitely be wedding blogs. Otherwise, vintage signs or letters, vintage educational posters and generally stuff.

Coffee or tea?
Neither really, at the moment I really would rather a glass of cold cold still (tap!) water.
However if pushed I’m a coffee (shamefully usually instant) gal in the morn and an afternoon (mmm earl grey) tea lover.
What’s for dinner?
Hopefully, seafood spaghetti with chilli and coriander. Mmm it’s super quick and easy but delicieux.
What would you eat for your last meal?
Hmmm seafood heavy, rice light risotto for my starter. a mouth wateringly tender piece of fillet steak (or rabbit, or pigeon). For pudding I would love a toffee apple soufflĂ©. Oh it’s just too hard. I think i would need a little of everything.
What was the last (and I’m going to add exciting!) thing you bought?
This maxi dress. Yes I’m 5’ 2” and I know I shouldn’t really wear a maxi dress but I love it and am trying to find more opportunities to wear it.
Please excuse my poor photography and do not be scared of our skeleton, he's friendly, he lives in our hall and protects us from trespassers.

And yes, I am that little!

What are you listening to right now?

The boy playing a computer game – maybe I should go and lie in our pretty, pretty communal garden and listen to the birds instead. Otherwise, my music collection is somewhat eclectic hence our ever growing wedding music list. I’ve started adding this list to the blog in the right hand pane. Any ideas are obviously welcome.
What's the best gift you have ever been given?
Hmm – a tough question, well apart from life, bleugh I hate that expression. I think I’m quite easy to buy for but they boy thinks I am particularly difficult. To the extent that I have a spreadsheet of my hopes and desires on his computer. I would say that my engagement ring was my best gift but the boy didn’t even really choose it, so I don’t think it can really can be my selection.
So it would have to be my inquisitiveness, perfectionism and intelligence which I inherited from the females of my family. Although I think my musical talents (limited as they may be) must have been from the males, a welsh grandfather in particular.
What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
I am a sorbet girl all the way – the sharper the better – lemon usually but occasionally you can find a fabulous raspberry or elderflower.
What do you think of the person who tagged you?
Flora of Moments of Pleasure. She speaks about such beautiful things. I wish I had such an eloquent turn of phrase.
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Tepuka, one of the little islets on the main atoll of Funafuti, Tuvalu. Truly magical lying on the sand at night, I have never seen so many stars.
Oh how I wish I could be back there now
Which language do you want to learn?
Well, I would love to learn a few really. Polish, my grandfather’s native tongue but as I grow older I fear my brain is beyond learning such a complex language. So I would love to be fluent in French and Italian as they are such beautiful languages (maybe with Latin) and possibly Japanese or Mandarin but again I fear they would be too difficult for me!
What’s your favourite quote (for now)?

"Pour myself a cup of ambition.”
Dolly Parton. One day I will have these words on a wall in my house.

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.”

Henry Ford, whilst I may not agree with much of his ideology I do think this is true and I am trying to learn to be more positive.

What is your favourite colour?
Without a doubt grey and pink. All colours of grey from dove to dreadnought so chic and then very dark fuchsia pink. Heaven.
What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
I have no idea although at the moment it will be my fantabulous new maxi dress.
What is your dream job?
Writer for a comedy show. Well actually I think I would like to be Liz Lemon (30 Rock) – in fact the boy’s nickname for me currently is Lemon!
What is your worst habit?
My inability sit and watch a film without pointing out the continuity errors. I actively look out for them and love it. The boy, not so much!
If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on?
Party line - my savings account
True answer probably this .........

There is something so beautiful about this Italian perpetual calendar.
Do you admire any one’s style?
That is a tough one I guess I like people who dress for themselves rather than slaves for fashion. I am quite loving our lovely Queen at the moment (admittedly she is rather matchy matchy). I am very excited about attending the Queen and Commonwealth – The Royal Tour Exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer which brings together her dresses from her previous tours. Excited, oh yes!
Describe your personal style?
I used to be about the matchiness until I realised the error of my ways. I still find it difficult to clash colours and styles well but I am learning.
What are you going to do after this?
Beddles probably. Although I am so hot, I may have a brisk cold shower. That’s not as exciting as other people so can I make something up?
I’m dining with the Queen this evening and then flying by Concorde to CERN where I am speaking about my research on the Higgs Boson particle. From there I am meeting with all my wedding dress muses to play with their fabulous designs and create a fantabulous wardrobe for my weekend of commitment and debauchery. Then maybe a cup of tea and an earl grey cupcake. Perfect.
What are your favourite movies?
Oh, these questions are so hard. I could not name one. I’ve tried. I can’t. Ok, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves or Silence of the Lambs or Funny Face. I just don’t know.
What is your favourite fruit?
Raspberries, blueberries but the ultimate would be watermelon. Paradise.
What inspires you?
Marie Curie – her imagination, her intelligence, her tenacity and her determination.
Your favourite book?
Any crime or secret society thriller that I can read in a couple of hours or Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It has the most beautiful first paragraph. I think it could be perfect as a wedding reading.
“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live no matter how many skies have fallen.” DH Lawrence.
Do you collect something?
Stuff. Anything that I fall in love with I will want to buy. I have some self control, but only some.
What is your favourite smell?
Freesias, hyacinth, any flower really apart from lilies, they make my head hurt.
What are you most proud of?
Becoming a doctor (with a distinction and gaining a 1st for my BSc, oh yes!) although I still think it was a fluke!
How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up?
Depends. I usually work three into my schedule but I know this is particularly bad for me. If I could just set my alarm for the time I need to get up I would be a much happier bunny in the morning.
Cats or dogs?
I’m a cat girl at heart – who couldn’t love this face? (the little one is a little camera shy) My parents adopted two little semi ferals a few years ago. They are beyond cute. One has grown exponentially and the other is still her tiny villianous self. (One of them brought in a slug the other day, said slug then ran merrily across a leather sofa, Mummy was not pleased.) However one day when I am grown up with a vast country estate (but with a London pied a terre) I would love a Newfoundland or a Bloodhound. Actually my mother is a little bit grumples at the moment and I saw this Bassett Hound, from the train, walking around at The Dog’s Home Battersea . How cute is she!? Please mummy, please!
What’s your biggest fashion mistake?
I’m sure I’m still making them. Probably an ugly lilac flowery dress I wore to a University Summer Ball. I thought I was going to wear something else but couldn’t find it and panic bought.
Also I love t-shirts with slogans – I’m sorry but they make me smile. Behold the fantabulousness.

They are great for working out in and they make me happy.
What do you look forward to coming home to after you've been away?
My bed, my shower and London tap water.
Complete the following:
Love is… everything. Without it I am sure I would feel completely lost.
Now my question and because of my love of slogans...which phrase do you feel embodies your spirit?
Hmm, as my mind and imagination has a spirit of an inquisitive child it would probably have to be, “please, tell me more, I want to know everything.”
Oh gosh, this has turned into an anna manifesto! My apologies and congratulations to those who have made it here.
So I am going to tag in no particular order.

And anyone that would like to have a bash! Go ahead why wait to be tagged? Would love to hear your answers. Let me know when you have finished.

Anna x

Thursday, 25 June 2009

i love you more than sleep

It seems to be turning into a Rob Ryan day but I seem to have saved up a few of his lovelies for my confused blogging days.

The cute little decal, says I love you more than sleep. I'm not sure the boy would say that though! I just simply adore his cute cutouts. They are always so intricate with such joyful, whimsical prose.

What more can I say?

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

would you like a guest blogger?

I have been thinking that it would be fantabulous to have the boy talk about himself and his thoughts about his wedding.

I am almost entirely sure his first post would be about the whole wedding/male propaganda. It drives him absolutely crazy and to be honest it does bother me. However I think I should leave it to him to explain more.

So what do you think? Would a male input be welcomed?

oh how i wish i could read japanese

The delightful Rob Ryan has created a cute range of rainwear. I do love my umbrellas.

Why is this not available in the UK?

It rains all the time!

Rob Ryan doesn't even know if they will come to the UK. Why, oh why?

my brain doesn't want to work

I have been trying to answer the questions that have been doing the rounds lately. They are really making me think! How ridiculous. They will follow shortly, hopefully.

Anyhoo, and so I lay before you a random series of posts!

Monday, 22 June 2009

could this be my dress?

I am loving this dress, could it become my wedding dress?
  • It's a little different
  • Plenty of dress for twirling and other dancing
  • Still "wedding colours"
  • Long (well it will be on me!)
  • Best of all 'tis "only" £300
  • I love it!

However, is one shoulder a little passe? Do I actually need to go dress shopping. Which I think I will hate.

Hmmmm, meee wanty.

Any thoughts?

I will post lots more soon - I have many things to say but no energy for anything but this dress.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

oh how much do I yearn for you

Every since I saw Rosalie's - from Tea and Whimsy - fantabulous engagement photos I have had a hankering for a heart shaped umbrella.

David McNeil via Tea and Whimsy
I hope you don't mind me including one of the photos when you are on your own but I think it's soo cute.

Most people know about my joy for the heart-shaped form and I guess it is about time I shared this with you!

I know it would be classier to stick with the prettiness of the red nonetheless I really can't but want the umbrella in pink!
It would really cheer up those rainy London days, no?!

Friday, 19 June 2009

ryantown and famille summerbelle

Oh how pretty are these!

I love Rob Ryan and his awesomeness. I would love to own one of his beautiful pieces. Actually, I were rich enough I would buy all of my engaged friends one of his pieces for their wedding.

And then I found these. I think the Parisian piece came first and, of course, I love the London one because I can see my home(ish).

P.S. Buy from Famille Summerbelle, they have fab other things too! If anyone wants to buy me one that would be fine also!


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