1. Visiting Eltham Palace
Without doubt, one of the best places in the London, the UK, the world; left to us by Ginny and Samuel Courtauld and now in the care of English Heritage. From the phenomenal entrance hall to Ginny Courtauld’s private bedroom (complete with gold tiled bathroom), this Art Deco mansion also incorporates a two-storey ladder for the Courtaulds’ then-pet lemur Mah-Jongg. Too much. The volunteers at Eltham Palace are SUPER awkward about you taking photos, (hence the use of the stock photography above) so, for now, you’ll have to settle for this photograph of the Lemur-printed tea towel that accompanied me home. Well, a new flat isn’t going to furnish itself, is it?
2. An interview with Phoebe Philo from 2003
Otherwise know as the one where she talks to Murray Healy about hardcore jungle dancing and going to raves in hotpants and a vest. Atta’ girl. There is, of course, her more recent interview in US Vogue, but frankly..
3. ‘Americans in Piccadilly’, British Vogue August 1968.
After inheriting two tonnes of 1960s issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, it is taking a veritable age to deliver my promise of sharing the best bits with you all. This editorial, shot by David Bailey for the August ’68 issue showcasing new American designers is particularly ace. Perhaps no outfit more so than the box jacket and pleated skirt combo finished off with a jaunty Matador-style hat and patent buckled heels a la Marc Jacobs.
4. Birthday gift wishes.
It’s very nearly birthday time and these lovely things, along with two dozen gin and tonics, will hopefully soften the blow of turning – gulp – 23. The Isabel Marant-style jacket is particularly beautiful and has me aching for some more sunny days. Plus, it’s from somewhere suitably obscure that not everybody and their mother is going to be wearing it. Zara *cough*
5. An Art Deco architecture walking tour of London
After two years of procrastination, I finally galvanised myself to go on this two hour jaunt around London. A totally unexpected discovery was the National Radiator Company building, right opposite Liberty! The final stop on the tour was Claridges, which would have been a lot more fun if we hadn’t been kicked out for being such a large group. Nevertheless, if feel like learning more about the oldest escalators incorporated into a department store in the UK (!) you should definitely give it a go. Seriously though, go, it’s great.
6. Nickstape Megamix on Spotify. Every Friday morning Nick Grimshaw is let loose on Radio 1. The resulting list of 417 songs (and counting) is a ready-made party playlist. Warning: It’s pretty heavy on Destiny’s Child.
7. Dream blogging desk in the V&A
It’s silver, shiny and has a lot of drawer space. Seeing as this post is currently being written hunched over my bed, laptop resting on a book entitled, ‘The Laura Ashley Guide to Country Decorating’, it seems like a pretty tempting prospect right now. Designed by Edward Maufe and originally displayed at the Paris Exhibition in 1925, this beauty is currently sitting pretty in Room 74 at the V&A. Swoon over some more images here.
8. And FINALLY, the greatest conversation ever overheard, then live-tweeted, by the brilliant Sarah Bennetto. If you’ve ever questioned your past dating history, THIS GUY will, I hope, put all of your problems into perspective.
[Images via: Payne & Gunter, Gardens to Go, Tumblr, Pinterest, all other (shoddy) photos by me]