miniFORD Swimwear For Kids

Each year around this time I become completely fixated upon finding the perfect swimwear for each of the children. Don’t ask me why it’s this particular item of clothing. Especially as we don’t exactly live in the hottest of climates…

And yet still I get them a new swimming costume every year. I make it my mission to quite literally leave no stone unturned in my quest.

So, I’ve put together a definitive guide for you. For little girls it’s all about the ruffles for as long as possible as far as I’m concerned. The more frills the better. I usually go for one pair of frilly knickers and one swim suit.

Aurelie is now 10 and last year was the first year I let her wear a bikini. With a pre-teen girl I think it’s all about them still looking like young girls. The last thing you want is them looking sexy.  I go for a bandeau with ruffles and steer well clear of anything that looks like a bra.

Boys, oh the boys. SOOOO tricky. So often SO wrong with the most garish colour combos. Instead, I think gingham and stripes always looks cute on a little boy as do those insanely cute mariniers from Petit Bateau.

Teen boys need something a bit cooler and let’s face it an Andy Pandy stripe doesn’t really feel like that no matter how much you’d like it to. Think surf dude but in nice colours.

For Little Girls

Trotters Betsy Ruched Swimsuit . Emile et Ida Liberty Ruffled Swim Knickers . Next Blue Gingham Frill Swimsuit  . White Co Floral Swimsuit . Next Stripe Frill Swimsuit in pink and blue

For Older Girls

Boden Pretty Ruffle Bikini . Simple Kids Floral Bikini . Mango Striped Bikini . Petit Bateau Floral Print Two-Piece Swimsuit . Massimo Dutti Striped Bikini

For Little Boys

Tom & Teddy Swimming Trunks . Alice a Paris Pablo Swimsuit .Petit Bateau Milleraies Striped Swimsuit . Marks & Spencer Striped Swim Shorts . Boden Baby Bathers


For Older Boys

Next Pink Palm Printed Shorts . Jott Contrasting Belt Cord Swim Shorts . J Crew Boys Short-Sleeve Rash Vest . J Crew Boys Snap Front Board Shorts . Zara Surf Label Swim Shorts

Habitat's New Collection IS AMAZING

Habitat. Fair to say they’ve had a bit of a bumpy ride over the last few years. I must say unless I’m in the market for a picture frame it’s not been at the top of my list of go-to destinations for a while. Well, thanks to a tip off from a friend with serious interior credentials, that has just changed. Habitat have had a huge drop in the ‘New In’ section on their site with 604 products to be precise, and luckily for you I have meticulously tralled through each and every one to bring you my top selections. Oh happy days when I realised there’s a fat 25% discount code running until the 1st of May.  On your marks, get set…

DISCOUNT CODE: HAB25 (ends 1st May)

This comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Perfect, chic and understated.  Top of my list.
. Coffee Table .

Sod the outdoor bit and get it in your sitting room now as a side table. Remember that something has to be a bit off in every room tip? Hi there chic interior person.
. Side Table .

Black and brass together make for the best combo. Two sizes? Yes please!
. Storage Trunk .

 Garden furniture can be a bit of a hornets nest.  This has all those Jardin du Luxembourg vibes at a wallet friendly price.
. Garden Chair .

 I’m having a thing about weird objects at the moment OK. Come with me on this one.
. Black Jug .

 Instantly turn your home into a Hamptons beach house with the edition of a pillowcase or two ;-).
. Pillow .

Yves Klein Blue matt ceramics. OMG.
Blue Mug . Store Jar . Espresso Cup in Blue . Espresso Cup in Black

Soho House Your House

I have a rule about hotels. If they’re not as nice as my own house then I am not going to fork out for one. No point in splashing all that cash when you’ve spent a lot of time making your home a beautiful place to be. That’s my theory anyway. The Soho Houses and Hotels dotted about the world are obviously somewhere I’d happily stay any day of the week.  (In fact I’m off to the new one in Barcelona in a months time so I’ll be sure to bore you senseless with my smug Insta Stories sipping cocktails by the pool).

They do a good old luxurious space thanks to the likes of mega designers Tom Dixon and Ilse Crawford. Last year they launched their own homeware and if you haven’t yet seen it, I thought I’d share my picks for you to ‘get the Soho look’.

Blue Cushion . Pitcher . Cocktail Glass .  Teapot . Cashmere Cinema Blanket . Laundry Bag

Kirsten Hecktermann

There are cushions, and then there are Kirsten Hecktermann cushions.

Almongst other things she was the seamstress of choice for all the World of Interiors photo shoots for about a million years.

She makes the most insanely beautiful hand dyed velvet cushions in all manor of combinations and perfect muted colours.

Those big ol’, wonderfully plump cushions are on my sofa at home, always find a way onto my sets, and on my last jaunt to Tuscany, cushioned the posterior of supermodel Arizona Muse. NBD. This is, for those in the market for beautiful cushions, my major insiders tip.

If that’s not wondrous enough she sells her hand dyed velvet as lengths that you can use for curtains or upholstery and is available for bespoke commissions.

Frankly, in my opinion, this is the only place to buy your cushions.

Flora Starkey

It’s Easter weekend (well we’re veeeery nearly there) and I am not going to talk about chicks, baby lambs, chocolate eggs, and you’ll be pleased to hear, resurrection today ;). Instead, this post is dedicated to blooms and specifically the work of the incredibly talented florist Flora Starkey.

When I am styling a shoot, I am often called upon to add flowers and foliage to a room or set. It’s one of my favourite parts of the job. And I find immense inspiration in the work of Starkey whose arrangements muddle the delicacy of flowers and decay – there’s a rich darkness to her work inspired by the Dutch masters paintings.

“I’ve always referenced those pictures, long before I did floristry as a career. I think they’re just so captivating and beautiful; I love the darkness that underpins them.” Flora told House of Hackney.

“I guess because flowers are so transient and a lot of the beauty comes from the fact that it’s quite fleeting, that it doesn’t last forever, and there’s a lot of beauty in the decay as much as the life. I love the imperfections of things, I love flowers as they die, and I think they’re so symbolic of the whole life cycle.”

Flora made a career switch from fashion designer to floristry when she became a mother of three and was looking for work that fitted her family life. Her own mother was a florist and the transition was natural. She’d since bagged the likes of, Alexander McQueen, Another magazine and British Vogue as clients.

I particularly love that Flora picks rare and unusual flowers for her arrangements, often growing what she can’t find in flower markets in her garden in London.

There are many more where these pics came from but I’ve picked out the spring arrangements that I LOVE.

This weekend get your daffs next to some pink cherry blossom or a fuschia pink tulip.

Happy Easter people.