Thursday, 28 May 2015

Craving bacon and eggs

We are off to Bournemouth to make the most of the last days of the half term and I cannot wait for a cooked breakfast. Is it because I just joined a gym that I'm craving proper bacon and eggs? I mean seriously, how good does this look? 

P.S even though Bournemouth has a whole vintage quarter a self imposed vintage clothing ban is being enforced.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Visiting the Decorative Living Fair and being an interiors geek

It's official then, I am in Interiors Geek.  The 16 signs, according to Houzz, include colour coding your books, knowing Farrow and Ball paint colours at 50 paces and "finding it heavenly to be able to spend all day wandering among stalls of furniture and accessories, discovering new talent and products and swotting up on all the new trends" and that is exactly what we did at the weekend. The nice organisers of the Decorative Living Fair  sent us a couple of tickets to visit their 10th Fair at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells in Kent and we had a fabulous time. After the Fair we had a very late lunch / early diner in Tunbridge Wells enjoying the first of the summer sunshine. A perfect day in the garden of Kent. 

N.B Eridge Park is beautiful and steeped in history, being reputedly the oldest enclosed Deer Park in England. It is listed in the Domesday Book under the name of Reredfelle and the ownership of Odo, the brother of William the Conqueror. Today Eridge Park is a family home, a film location and work-space to a mixture of small businesses in the former farm buildings and outhouses. The views are immense.
I I have a suitcase of vintage goodies from San Francisco waiting to be unpacked so I knew we were visiting the Fair for inspiration and just in case we saw anything on the 'really really want list' we didn't; but I am looking forward to the next fair which will be at Chelsea Old Town Hall on 6 October 2015. I cannot recommend the Fair enough if brocante is your thing. There are bargains to be had, prices literally start from around £2.00 to about £1,000 so there is something for everyone. Save some pennies, grab a friend, make plans for lunch and head on over to Chelsea for some early Christmas shopping or a little (or big) treat for your home. I know I will be.

If you fancy visiting a Fair these are some coming up soon in the South East ....
The Three French Hens, 22/23 May, Tenterden, TN30 6TL
Wealden Times, 4/5/6 June, TN17 4JB
The Country Brocante, 4 July, Pentworth Park, GU28 0LY
Firle Vintage Fair,  8/9 August, Firle Park, BN8 6LP

Here's the rest of our day in pictures, and if you want to take it, the interiors geek test is here.

On my vintage shopping list is a small globe and a white porcelain door handle. Do you have a list? What's on it?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

A snapshot of San Francisco

After a week at Stanford Graduate School, more about that in another post, I was able to stay on for a few days which gave me a whole weekend in San Francisco. What to do, so much to see and do but hmm I am out of practice exploring by myself so I opted to mooch about with a sort of plan rather than even try to see everything. 

Would I go back, maybe. Was I prepared for the amount of homelessness, definitely not, and I did a lot of reading before I left.  My highlight was definitely STUFF on Valencia Street; a massive vintage warehouse with multiple traders and oh so cheap but how to get all the lovely treasures home (errm STUFF was closely followed by a little trip to Bed Bath and beyond).  Low point, the hills, yep they actually freaked me out so I stayed where everything was horizontal, not easy in San Francisco!
So here it is a weekend in pictures, in no particular order.

Crossing the other bridge

San Francisco was described to me as Mecca for the homeless

Street art

The Goodwill store on Mission Street is the largest charity shop I have ever been to

Mr Holmes Bakehouse ..... hmmm

Definitely me, if a little blurry

From the Caltrain

They saved the street-cars for ever

A viewfinder with a view

Art innit

City streets

Street Art
STUFF was full of lovely vintage stuff

and finally ... petaled streets

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

I have arrived, well at Stanford anyway

I am finally here at Stanford Graduate Business School taking the Executive Women Leaders Program. It's only Monday and I have learnt so much.

It's gonna be a great week!

The time difference in inconvenient, speaking to the Boy requires careful planning around my jet lag.
 There will be so much to share.