Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Delightful evening of yum

After a rather scary moment when I thought the Mac didn't like the camera - shock, horror - I made sure it did with this photo of the end of a lovely and very rare evening of lazing around having baths reading and listening to nice music. It used to be red berries, kiwi and grapes in vanilla fromage frais. I'm finding moving it to the bottom of the text rather than the top quite challenging, so any tips gratefully received.

Photos are to come of our wedding commission in situ at said Hawaiian wedding soon, but thankfully not until I've worked out how to paste photos elsewhere on the page otherwise I'd have to do some complicated uploading order thing and that would be a right headache... Document and download stacks have disappeared too, hope am not completely incompetent at this Mac thing...

Anyway nevermind, sure I'll get my head round Leopard in good time. Had a lovely compliment from a buyer today, thanks Sara!

Friday, 23 November 2007

Little dance of joy!

We've been thinking of buying a MacBook for some time as our PC is on its last legs. D did the necessary yesterday and told me that it would be delivered on Monday so I'd have to be patient. He arrived home in the evening with it under his arm, trickster that he is. It's beeeeautiful...

Another exciting piece of news is that we will soon be launching pink milk vintage (due to lack of wardrobe space...) with choice vintage finds from around the world. I am very excitied about this as it gives me the perfect excuse for regular trips to flea markets to chine for new finds.

Please join me in a little dance of joy.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007


The strikes are continuing. Life is still difficult. People are getting more fed up and are starting to shout at each other in street... my parents are coming this weekend, so I hope an agreement can be found in Wednesday's talks, otherwise they will be stranded at the airport. Cross your fingers for me!

I had an aborted attempt to make some Indie Christmas tree decorations with the lovely fabrics Sarah sent over at the weekend which went wildly wrong, but she had been busy running up cute purses in the meantime. I love the Missing Key Purse:

and the Little Black Apple purse:

Give them a click...

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Strikes strike

For the second time in a month, Paris is preparing to be paralysed by strikes, as transport workers and other civil servants take industrial action in protest to President Sarkozy's proposed special pension regime reforms. Once again, millions of people will struggle to get to work with less than one in ten metros, RERs and buses running, many forced to take a day's leave, in some cases unpaid.

The fact that the strikers have less and less support in France doesn't seem to bother them and it's hard to see how further action would help garner support from the general public, who largely see them as the cossetted teacher's pets of the country, currently able to retire early on a comparatively large pension which dates form the days when train drivers spent long hours shovelling coal and working in conditions which harmed their health and reduced their life expectancy. As part of Sarko's bid to streamline a cumbersome state he is starting with the civil service, which costs the tax payer an inordinate amount of money each year. As tax payers, we are wondering why we should pay for the early, comfortable retirement of the people who are currently unwilling to provide the basic service for which they are paid, clogging the streets with traffic as Parisians desert public transport and take to the road, leaving little room for priority vehicles like the emergency services, not to mention ruining people's dinner plans.

I could go on. I won't, I will show you my strike survival kit from etsy.

When trapped in an overcrowded metro carriage with your head in someone's armpit zoning out with your ipod is a must. Make sure it looks indie-stylish, like this one, from peepbags:

If you find yourself shivering on a suburban platform waiting for a train that is unlikely to come, you will need a warm scarf. Try Suzannie:

Stuck in a traffic jam with three colleagues you barely speak to at the best of times, advertise your shop as you go, with a car banner from ceejay77:

And if like me, you walk to work and are set to spend days on your own in the office while everyone else works from home on the sofa, then make sure you have a plentiful supply of tea, in a lovely mug from magicforestcreations:

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Stop press (well I'm excited anyway)

Colette in Paris stocks Kate Moss for Topshop. Testament to just how cool the Anya Hindmarsh I am not a plastic bag is, they are also stocking that, too, although presumably we can put that in the past tense now as I would imagine they sold out in heures. Anyway, they are pretty and green and conscious-free and if I had been in the UK when they launched I would more than likely have queued outside a supermarket for one. Unlike, one presumes, Keira Knightley, below...

Photo from the purse page.

The upshot is that I shall be pottering past Colette to inspect the Topshop threads. Ladies, place your bets on the mark-up...
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