Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Who needs a boyfriend this winter when...

It is January, the armpit of Winter, and it is cold and wet and sometimes lonely. Do you find yourself trolling the online dating sites desperately trying to find yourself a boyfriend to keep close to you during the winter months? Check out candidthreads.com and you might just meet your future husband: a beautiful, unique, handmade cashmere scarf, originating from local artisan communities around the world.

Tsah Green Cashmere Scarf by A Peace Treaty - handmade in Nepal

That's right, I am talking plush, lush, luxurious, velvety cashmere scarves to keep you warmer and cosier than any internet boyfriend ever has or will. 

Changra cashmere shawls by Laty Cashmere - handmade in Nepal

And guess what, they come from an ethical source, so they make you feel good about yourself too.

At candidthreads.com, you'll find a great selection of one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find oversized, patterned, monochromatic and embroidered cashmere scarves, for men and women alike. Suddenly January doesn't feel quite so brutal.

Friday, 3 January 2014

This winter, bundle up with a handmade scarf from Candid Threads

After LondonZest comes www.candidthreads.com, a new online shop for handmade scarf enthusiasts!

Every Scarf Tells a Story

Candid Threads is an online shopping destination for scarf enthusiasts. It showcases and tells the story of truly beautiful and hard-to-find handmade scarves and wraps from local artisan communities around the world, that not only reflect impeccable craftsmanship, but are also exceptional in their design, story and origin.

Whether woven by up and coming designers in Ethiopia or produced by fair trade projects in India, each scarf tells a story of colour, heritage, love and compassion. Carefully choosing the highest quality cashmere, silk, cotton and wool threads from these communities, Candid Threads helps them to generate sustainable businesses and make a positive impact on their local economy.

Follow Candid Threads

You can follow Candid Threads on the social media channels below:
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/CandidThreads
- Twitter:
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/candidthreadsuk
- Blog: http://candidthreads.tumblr.com/
- Newsletter subscription: http://on.fb.me/1jbm9Fb

Though Christmas is well behind us, it's never too late to give the gift of handmade to someone you love. Go on, have a browse www.candidthreads.com.

Hope you enjoy the site!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Winter is Nigh

It's that time of the year again.

Who's coming with me?

Friday, 7 September 2012

Welcome Back, Wobbly Bits

It's nearly the end of summer and as we enjoy our last rays of sunshine, we think ahead at the Fall season that is about to set in. And with the Fall season come the baggy jumpers, the loose trousers and coats. It's a welcomed change from the bikinis and short shorts that ensure we keep our diets in check for three long months. The wobbly bits are finally allowed back in the house. Welcome back, muffin tops and love handles. And welcome back to the more than occasional beer and chips on a Friday evening after work. Finally! Welcome back, beloved Hamburger. Oh, how I've missed your soft bun, crispy beef patty and melty cheese. I've missed your finger-licking goodness.
Meet ... Meat Liquor, my new best friend this Fall season. For less than £10, I'm back in wobbly-bit heaven and I'm not embarrassed to say it. Yes, the queues are often times longer than a queue at DisneyLand, but it's worth it in the end. The onion rings are crispy, fresh and lemony. The chips taste like an American dream. But above everything else. That. Burger. Tastes. Good.

I rest my case.

Meat Liquor
74 Welbeck Street

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Lush Sumery Shades at My Fingertips

Ever wonder why nail polish bottles only come in absurdly large sizes? "What a waste", I thought to myself, every time I disposed of yet another half-full bottle of dried up nail varnish in the trash can. Wonder and waste no more, zesties. Max Effect, the mini nail polish bottle by Max factor, is the hottest most delicious piece of low-end cosmetics you'll lay your hands on these days. What with its miniature size, its great value for money at £3.49 a pop, and its fun and playful pastel summery palette, such as Cappuccino, Pretty in Pink, Chilled Lilac...

...and hold your breath, my all-time favourite colour this season, Mellow Yellow, summer won't feel so far away.

Pick out your hot new summery shade at Boots Pharmacy now. Hurry up! Summer won't wait!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Birdy - The Voice of an Angel

In case you missed her at the Tabernacle last week, here's a glimpse of what this fair-skinned, honey-voiced, 15 year old musical prodigy sounds like. Her name is Birdy and you have no choice but to fall in love with her and her heavenly voice. You will be amazed how such a little body and shy girl can utter such bold sounds. Check out her mini YouTube interview here:

Born and raised in Southampton by musically-gifted parents, Birdy started playing the piano and singing at age 7. She made her music debut on YouTube and the rest is history. Check out the rest of Birdy's videos here. Her rendition of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" and the xx's "Shelter" will send shiver down your spine.

You can also download her amazing debut album here.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Like Heaven on Earth

Last Friday, I decided to head down to Richmond for some zesty adventures, where I feasted on the most divine food and did so without an ounce of remorse. Heavens, Good Friday never tasted this good. Believe me, there's something so exciting about indulging oneself in pure gluttony on a day many use for penance and abstinence. I did none of those two things as you can probably tell, but instead tasted the forbidden fruit of Petersham Nurseries, and enjoyed every bite of it, as if it were my last supper.  

The concept is simple. Centered around the English gardening tradition, this cosy and welcoming family-owned haven offers simple, fresh and homegrown cooking, shabby chic fashion for the home, and a great variety of plants and flowers, all in a magical and whimsical setting, at the base of Richmond Hill, just a few miles outside of London. 

And what amazing food. There was fresh home made bread and olive oil, unctuous risotto, fresh John Dory and guinea fowl; creme fraiche ice cream and homemade crumby/chewy fig biscuits; and the most interesting and creative juice recipes I'd ever seen or tasted. 

Petersham Nurseries is kind of like a concept store, but instead of clothing, home decor and cafes, it's a restaurant, teahouse and gardening store, with a section for home decor. It truly is a stunning little slice of paradise. Like heaven on earth.

If you're lucky enough to get a table at the restaurant, you won't regret it; the whole experience is worth the trip. I recommend booking a month in advance if you have a particular date in mind. As the weather gets warmer, availability will be harder and harder to come by!

Take the district line to Richmond station, and it's stone throw away:

Church Lane
Off Petersham Road
Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AG