Visit the world’s largest antiques market and give well-loved pieces a new lease of life. Shabby chic is the order of the day, with abundant florals, worn white paint and crushed velvet, alongside Victorian oak furniture. Go vintage for timeless elegance.
Who hasn't dreamt of bumping into Hugh Grant in one of London's most amazing neighbourhoods? Today, I'd like to be in Notting Hill. I would go to Alice's and find some antiques, then make my way up to a travel books library and escape for a bit while drinking tea in a comfy club sofa...
It’s festival season. Basslines shake the ground beneath your feet as you head for the main stage. Take inspiration from Notting Hill Carnival and bring out the brights – this isn’t the time to be a wallflower. Stand out from the crowd with tropical prints and bold blues.
You’re a free spirit – lighting up the room with sunshine yellows and glowing greens, bringing warmth and energy. Summer prints and splashes of neon add an extra vibrancy. Channel the carnival mood with glow sticks and a crop top to show off your summer figure.
From humble roots on a Clapham market stall in 1976 and after opening their second shop in Peckham three year later, Dub Vendor opened their famous 'Record Shack' in Ladbroke Grove, West London. Responsible for supplying the hottest Jamaican reggae imports heard on many a Notting Hill carnival sound system, in 1980 they formed their own label 'Fashion Records' who scored a series of hits from some of the biggest names in reggae such as Smiley Culture, General Levy, Cutty Ranks, Alton Ellis amongst many others. In 2011, they sadly shut their doors on the shop and went online only, here's a tribute to some of the great records they sold and released.
You’ve dreamt of this for years, your older brother talks about nothing else. Fresher’s week – the last hazy days of summer, but you’re starting afresh. Who will be on your corridor? Get ready for the party with cards, punch bowls and the basslines to make the halls shake.
A hot day in Rio de Janeiro and there’s a beach full of beautiful bodies. What could elevate this perfect picture of paradise to the next level - a churrasco of course?! Brazilians barbecue like no other nation; they put everyone else to shame. Step up your barbecue game – grill juicy perfectly seasoned steak and make your kebabs devastatingly dreamy. Top off a perfect day at Copacabana with a lime heavy caipirinha – viva Brazil!
It’s a lazy day by the poolside and you’re sipping cool coconut cocktails under shady palm leaves. The colours around you are dazzling. Recreate that tropical atmosphere with hot flamingo pinks, lime greens and cool vintage pieces. Who says home can’t feel like a holiday?
Whether you’re watching thousands of happy people dancing from your spot on a crowded pavement or from the comfort of your home, bring Rio Carnival to your wardrobe, wherever you are. Celebrate in style with bright, sizzling colours, bold prints and exotic statement pieces.
You’re the most popular girl in school. Whether you’re in class or hitting the mall, make an entrance with mini backpacks, berets and tartan mini skirts. Be a total Betty with pearls and heels, and channel everybody’s favourite Nineties teen movie. Fashion crisis? Whatever.
The sun’s shining and the water’s warm. There’s a party feeling in the air. Help them get into the carnival spirit with great beachwear in bright festival colours and treat them to toys and DVDs featuring everyone’s favourite talking parrot, Rio, and his tropical friends.
Ambitious and intelligent, you know you’ve got what it takes to create an internet revolution. But any social media guru needs the Apple Macs to match, so get some brushed steel, cutting edge tech to help you with your latest scheme. Ready to take over the world?
Growing up is hard guys, can't you remember? Well then go get some DVD's and give yourself a nostalgia shower.
Preparing for your battle of the bands? Get ready to rock out with a guitar solo to make your friends’ hair stand on end. School of Rock taught us that one great rock show can change the world – pledge allegiance to the band and get practising. Drum roll please…
Monochrome has always been a hypnotic trend. Channel Twiggy’s minimal, wide-eyed Sixties look and sport graphic patterns for a unique daytime option. Make a statement in seminars with bold shapes and clean lines, adding a splash of colour with bright red nails.
A fresh start – away from home, you’ve got free reign to create your own space. Keep it crisp with whites and greys, and that modernist design your parents never liked. Sleek and adult, make sure your smart desktop and that all-important alarm clock take pride of place.
A buyer of vinyl. A rejecter of digital sound waves. You go old school. From the way you dress, to the car you drive – everything has a history, a story, a past. The old FM radio gifted to you from your uncle, who knew you’d had your eye on one for the last couple of years. Even as a teenager, whilst your friends adored Kurt Cobain’s lyrics, you were more interested in what Sammy Davis Junior was crooning about. Imagine playing soulful grooves on an impeccable record player. The classic tracks have never sounded better.
The picture perfect wedding scene: a rose garden in full bloom set against a stunning half an acre of breathtakingly green lawn. Dotted about are adorable little cherubs, mini-assistants of the bride and groom. Proud pageboys and excited flower girls look the epitome of angelic; so smart they almost look like they belong in another time. Be inspired by vintage clothing and dress up your little ones to the nines.
Your little ones are always gorgeous, but if you want to give them an especially sweet look, take a note out of French dressing. Perfect for spring, be inspired by the colours of The Tricolore and make sure your darlings look fresh and bright. Dress them up in lightweight cottons, stripes and cute buckled shoes for adorable results.