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Parkas x

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If I had to chose one item of clothing to represent modern London, it wouldn’t be the timeless belted Burberry Mac ..but the utilitarian street-chic Parka..

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And it’s the one item of clothing you don’t have to spend a fortune on..because the truth of it is that the High Street does it far better than the designers who can’t help trying to guild the lilly when the appeal…

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Scotland Calling..

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No joke..since the remains of Hurricane Bertha blew through, the temps in London have kept falling..we were down to single figures this morning – but it does make looking at autumn clothes that much easier…

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Like the new, vibrant ready-to-wear collection by Barrie, the historic Scottish cashmere manufacturer now owned by Chanel.

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Chanel purchased Barrie Knitwear in 2012 saving the jobs of all…

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Part 2: Lefkada x

Part 2: Lefkada x

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We left Spetses and started our epic journey to Lefkada..it’s almost impossible to capture the sense of height from photos, but this was the gorgeous spot half-way to Korinth that we stopped at for lunch.

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We then drove through all manner of road works to Patras and the new (for me) and incredibly beautiful bridge that now spans across the sea in place of the Rio Antirrio (always remind me of…

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Laid back Layering..

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The cooler air of autumn is seeping into London.  Rumour has it the heat could yet return, but the aroma of moist leaves and wet earth make the mind turn to thoughts of jeans and easy cover-ups.

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It’s not that one wants to dive into thick winter layers..it’s more about wanting to embrace that transitional phase, pairing summer favourites with something slightly warmer: Jeans with sandals, shorts…

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Oh The Joys of the Summer Hols… x

You’re watching a film, OK it’s Disney..but actually you’re involved in the story (sad but true)..at the crucial scene (long-lost Anastasia being re-introduced to her frail Grandmother..a real tear jerker.

Oh The Joys of the Summer Hols… x

You’re watching a film, OK it’s Disney..but actually you’re involved in the story (sad but true)..at the crucial scene (long-lost Anastasia being re-introduced to her frail Grandmother..a real tear jerker.

Ultrasun, Ultra Fab x

Ultrasun, Ultra Fab x

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There are some things that summer cannot survive without..and a brilliant sun screen must top the list.  Ultrasun in my book is the gold medal winner.  It doesn’t look much..the packaging is awful, but how many ways can I sing it’s praises?

1. It’s a ‘once a day’ formula so it goes on first thing..and then you don’t need to think about it again.

2. There’s no smell – I’ve tried other ‘once a…

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Special Spetses x

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My connection to the island of Spetses goes back two generations when my grandparents were first offered land there to build a holiday home away from the pollution of Athens.  They’d travelled to Greece from the highlands of Scotland following the depression – the story goes that my Grandfather, Robert Mackenzie, a Classics Scholar, was offered a job sweeping the floor of the EMI factory.…

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