I don’t know how many people still enjoy handwriting but I’m firmly an advocate of it. Although my handwriting has gotten messier and larger – I’m notorious for not being able to fit between the lines – I’ve now transitioned from trying to find the perfect pen to using a HB pencil.  

I attended a course recently and I wondered if the other tech-savy delegates may find my useage of a pencil old fashioned. Funnily enough, the person who sat next to me pulled out a gorgeous shiny black pencil. He did ask to borrow my sharpener.  

Any favourite pencils?




“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw. German plates from Design For Use:

What a gorgeous, easy and fresh summer ensemble, courtesy of The Sartorialist.



Cab Calloway couldn’t have expressed more joyfully how good you feel when you’ve got “Happy Feet”. My husband is mad about stripes and admittedly, I’m quite partial to the classic French stripey t-shirt. I’m loving the range of stripeys from Swedish sock merchants, Happy Socks.


As a child I always wanted a bicycle but my dad said the road we lived on was too busy and too dangerous.  I now live on a quiet road and it’s time to buy my first bicycle.
I’ve found a bicycle with great classic design that I could put a toddler seat on the back and cruise to the library or local cafe with my daughter. It’s an American Electra “Amsterdam”


If you’re like me and use time in the shower to think and dream, I can’t imagine a better scene to view whilst doing this than the streets of Paris. This cool vinyl shower curtain is from Izola, who have combined their passion for photography and art into the everyday.


Australian artist and fabric designer, Florence Broadhurst, was mysteriously murdered in the late 1970s but her work continues to be uncovered and displayed to sublime effect. Sydney fabric designers and manufacturers, Signature Prints, have been bringing to life her highly distinctive, flamboyant patterns in cushions, clutch bags, limited edition art and stationery. I covet this Ikeda luggage bag which would fit the contents of your handbag as well as a laptop.