Friday Frock – Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker Costume Institute Gala 2014

This week there were lots of frocks to choose from since one of fashion’s annual highlights, The Met Ball, was held in New York on Monday evening.

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

As the gala marked the opening of an exhibition of the work of couturier Charles James who was famed for his iconic ball gowns, it was no surprise that many guests wore dramatic large scale dresses.


Co-host Sarah Jessica Parker stole the show for me in this monogram dress by Oscar de la Renta.

Sarah Jessica Parker hairstyle 2014

Anyone who can rock opera gloves, a huge hairdo and this much frock gets my vote.

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Thursday Art – Park Street Slide, Bristol

The idea by artist Luke Jerram to turn Park Street, one of Bristol’s prime shopping and eating areas, into a water slide was nothing short of inspired.

On May 4th, a giant 300ft water slide was installed on Park Street for one day only as part of Making Sundays Special and the Bristol Art Weekender. 96,573 people signed up for their chance to get a ‘ticket to slide’ in a ballot with only 360 tickets.

Like many of Jerram’s projects the installation requires public participation and in this case the person on the slide becomes the performer, while spectators either side watched on.

I’ve spent many hours on Park Street over the years since I was first a student in Bristol in 1989 and it lends itself so perfectly to this concept that you kind of wonder why you never thought of it yourself.

It is simply brilliant.

[Harriet – this one is for you x]

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Thursday Art – Andy Tuohy

Bristol Zoo poster by Andy Tuohy

One of the perks of taking the sleeper train from Cornwall to London is that when you disembark at Paddington at a very early hour you have access to the First Class lounge where you can take breakfast and peruse the papers.

Poster of the Tate St Ives created by Andy Tuohy

Whilst checking my emails and nursing a cup of tea, I spotted the work of Andy Tuochy on the walls.

Poster of Dartmouth in Devon created by Andy Tuohy

He created a selection of prints especially for the lounge which take their inspiration from Great Western Railway’s travel posters of the pre-war era.

I’ve always been a fan of those old travel posters so really like his fresh colourful take on some of South West England’s famous landmarks.

oster of St Michael's Mount created by Andy Tuohy

The collection created for the lounge at Paddington together with many other prints are available to buy from Andy Tuohy’s online shop.

[All images – Andy Tuohy]

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Thursday Art: Australian Art at the Royal Academy

Brett Whiteley, 'Big Orange (Sunset)', 1974

One of the things that I often tell people when they ask about the time that I spent in Australia, is how amazing the colours of the natural landscape are.

Australian Art exhibition at the Royal Academy

That coupled with such a dramatic landscape mean it’s unsurprising that art has thrived in the continent from the indigenous Aboriginal work to the journalistic painting of the early settlers through the waves of 20th century immigration and today’s distinctive contemporary art.

'Bourke Street' by Tom Roberts

So I am excited to visit the ‘Australia Art’ exhibition which opens at the Royal Academy in London tomorrow.

Grace Cossington Smith, 'Four Panels for a Screen- Loquat Tree, Gum and Wattle Trees, Waterfall, Picnic in a Gully', 1929.

It spans the years from 1800 to the present day and the 200 works by 146 artists take up twelve rooms at the Academy. A joint venture with the Australian National Gallery, it is one of the most comprehensive surveys of Australian art seen outside the country.

Eugene von Guérard, 'Bushfire', 1859.

The exhibition runs until December 8th 2013.

PS Between September 20th and 25th, you can also view another display of Australian art round the corner from the Academy at Christie’s ahead of their ‘Australian Art: Works on Paper’ sale.
[Images: The Age, & National Gallery Australia]

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Happy Anniversary Richard

Today is our 2nd wedding anniversary. Just like last year, Richard and I are spending it apart.

Richard the drumming gnome

He’s currently being thrown around a ship in the midst of a Force 9 storm in the North Sea, whilst I’m in London.

One of the reasons I married Richard was for his sense of fun…

KIng's Arms band Lostwithiel 2013

During the summer, he has been busy undertaking his duties as a member of the King’s Arms band who this year who as you can see have been dressed as gnomes.

Here he is in action following Lostwithiel Carnival, ‘jamming’ with the official entertainment for the evening.

Love you Rich xx

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Autumn = Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey series 4

I first felt the coming of Autumn a couple of weeks ago during a breezy sail. There was a chill and a guts to the wind that I realised was suddenly Autumnal.

Since that afternoon, I’ve been acutely aware of the rapid drawing in of the evenings and have wrestled between keeping summer alive and acknowledging the change in season.

Over the past fortnight, I’ve also been gorging on the re-runs of the first three series of ‘Downton Abbey’ which are being shown on ITV3.

In the three years since Downton first burst on our TV screens, it’s surprising how quickly the programme has come to signify British Autumn.

The release last week of the trailer for the new series seems perfectly timed to coincide with the end of summer.

And looking ahead to the coming months, we can be safe in the knowledge that as the drama of series four unfolds, Downton will keep us company on the dark Autumn Sunday evenings ahead.

[Image: ITV]

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Advertising Love: Summer holiday ads

Richard and I were due to fly out to San Francisco this week for a late summer holiday but unfortunately, we’ve had some personal and work commitments which have caused us to change our plans.

That’s not stopped me admiring holiday time adverts though and these two below are the ones that have stayed with me during the weeks of summer.

The Cooperative continues to go from strength to strength in terms of modernising and strengthening its brand image.

I think that the use of Andy Williams’s ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ – a song so often associated with the excitement of Christmas – was a genius choice as the soundtrack to their summer advert and the perfect accompaniment to the footage of barbecue entertaining and outdoor fun.

Meanwhile Virgin Holidays have been encouraging us to unleash our mojo on one of their cruises in a series of musical style TV adverts.

The ‘Unleash Your Mojo’ campaign was created by M&C Saatchi and targets families and older holidaymakers.

This one, aimed at ‘nifty fifties’ ‘post family’ holiday goers, and executed with a fun but surprising effective impact is my favourite.

What have been your favourite summer adverts?

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Weekend wedding: Kate Bosworth’s dress

Kate Bosworth's wedding

Kate Bosworth married her partner Michael Polish last weekend in an outdoor ceremony in Montana. She’s been generous enough to give us access to the secrets behind her big day and how she translated her love of minimalism into her wedding style.

Her dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta and in these videos by US Vogue, we get to take a look at her fittings and find out the story behind her dress.

I had my wedding dress made for me, so I can vouch for what a truly special process it is.

Kate has also shared insights about the significance behind the couple’s wedding rings.

Kate Bosworth wedding rings

The Art Deco style bands complement Kate’s engagement ring and each contain 12 diamond baguettes – one for each month of the year.

[Images: Martha Stewart Weddings & Popsugar]

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Thursday Art: Red Arrows in Fowey

This week’s Thursday art images are courtesy of Richard.

Red Arrows Fowey Regatta Week 2013

On a glorious late summer’s afternoon a couple of weeks ago, the Red Arrows performed in the skies above Fowey Harbour as part of their annual display during Royal Fowey Regatta Week.

Red Arrows display Fowey

Although I watched this display most years for as long as I can remember, it still gives me goose bumps.

Red Arrows perform at Fowey Week 2013

But this year was exceptional.

Red Arrows display, Fowey Regatta 2013

The conditions were perfect.

Red Arrows crossing above Polruan

The crowds bigger than anyone could remember.

Red Arrows above the River Fowey 2013

And the Red Arrows art was stunning.

Red Arrows smoke love heart

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Weekend wedding: Monaco Royal wedding

After a week when the press has been full of high profile marriage break ups, it had been good to see on some happy royal nuptials taking place in Monaco.

andrea casiraghi tatiana santo domingo monaco wedding

Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, married his long time girlfriend, Tatiana Santo Domingo, yesterday in the grounds of Monaco’s palace.

Tatiana had already given an insight into her wedding style by releasing this picture ahead of the big day of her on a luxury yacht in the Med with her 10 bridesmaids all looking bohemian-ly gorgeous.

Tatiana Santo Domingo bridesmaid picture

The wedding was a private affair but a couple of photos have been released. I love how happy they look and how proud Andrea seems of his bride in this one below.

andrea casiraghi tatiana santo domingo wedding

Tatiana’s dress was by Missoni.

[Images via: The Telegraph, Ready4Royalty & New My Royals]

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