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Friday’s Favourites

I love jewellery but hardly ever buy it or wear it, actually since having Freddie I don’t put my wedding and engagement rings on every day for fear of scratching the babe (ahem, a toddler so not that scratchable anymore!). One of my favourite pieces is the Birds and Nest ring but it is so tricky to wear, I keep catching fabrics with it, can’t put gloves on and it needs to be sent back to the workshop for reconditioning. I miss wearing it though, and looking at it, it’s so pretty and special. This brings me to the designer of the said ring, a pure creative genius, Alex Monroe. Every collection has got something covetable, whimsical and surprising so this bicycle necklace from Best of British collection jumps right to the top of my wish list.


January things

Thank you so much for the lovely messages, I had no idea I had so many wonderful readers! You are all amazing. I promise to update as often as possible but it is definitely encouraging to know you will be back even if I have breaks. Yay. Onwards and upwards then. Here are few things I am obsessed with at the moment (because you need something to keep you going in January):

I have a new found love for Anthropology. When the shop first opened I found everything in it too pretty and fluffy but it has grown on me since, both clothing and home wares. So I purchased a pair of boots which I adore, I have been looking for such a pair for a long time and couldn’t find anything that was right. The stripy tops are Petit Bateau – great thick cotton, I have one and so does my son. All the bangles and the bracelet are Alex Monroe.

Anthropology inspired


As you know I got really into Dickens and was looking forward to Great Expectations on BBC but sadly it was very disappointing. Firstly, it is a real shame to squeeze such a wonderful novel into 3 hours, it felt really rushed and a lot of very important things and characters got missed. Gillian Anderson was not right as Miss Havisham and Ray Winston played basically himself (as usual). Pip was more beautiful than Estella. Joe Gargery was much gentler and more humble in the book, and so was Magwich when he came back to reveal himself to Pip. Perhaps it would feel different to me have I not read the book. The art direction and set design were stunning though.

Next week we have The Mystery of Edwin Drood directed by Gwyneth Hughes (she did Emma and Little Dorrit) with very Dickensian cast like Alun Armstrong. It should be good.

And I am reading, for the first time, David Copperfield – what a great book this is. I am nearly at the end of it and I shall miss all the characters hugely. I think I will pick something light afterward, any recommendations?

Something to look forward to in the spring, a new Sue Townsend book.

And new Douglas Coupland book which is out now.

These two should bring me back to the 21st century for a bit. And of course another author I only discovered few month ago – the wonderfully witty India Knight!

I have been obsessing with my skin which gets very irritated in winter, I find rose and honey products the best.

Winter rescue


From top left: Dr Hauschka’s body balm, Ren’s body scrub, Neal’s Yard’s facial wash, Ren’s delightful Moroccan rose bath oil, a smelly candle to improve one’s mood, Nuxe’s honey lip balm and Ren’s Mayday rescue cream. There is another cream that I swear by – a very wallet friendly Dr Organic’s Manuka rescue cream.

Christmas gifts – fashion

Nothing like a nice fashion accessory for Christmas, here are my picks:

Vivienne Westwood scarves, I want I want I want. They start at £35.

westwood scarves


There are some nice rings out there at the moment
Net and Liberty rings


From top left corner
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Iosselliani, Dannijo, Dannijo, Alexis Bittar at my-wardrobe and Alex Monroe at Liberty.

net rings


From top left corner: Alex Monroe, Kelly Wearstler, Alex Monroe, Marni, Isharya and Ives Saint Laurent from net-a-porter.

Bird’s nest

Today I have been recovering from the Christmas festivities we had. All the eating, drinking and late nights took a toll on my body so I am taking it very easy and going to bed early to get some restorative sleep.

Christmas eve is a big deal in Poland when we gather and have a big meat-free dinner consisting traditionally of 12 courses and a spare plate for a lost traveler. A friend of mine and I took the responsibility of introducing our British friends to some of the dishes. I was in charge of dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms (M is a master in making the dough) and borscht, my friend was in charge of a cabbage stew, potato salad and tomato and root veg fish stew which we call fish a la Greek but funnily no Greeks have ever heard of this dish.  We rounded the evening up with M’s gran’s Christmas pudding which gets better  and better every year.

We cycled merrily home at an ungodly morning hour when quite near our house I spotted a beautiful lush Christmas tree left behind by the traders so in a drunken craziness we decided to save the tree from a sad death. We don’t buy Christmas trees but at the time it seemed like such a great idea to take this one home. When we woke up the next morning there was a huge tree lying in our living room and we spent few hours to try and fashion a suitable stand to make it stand up. It is nearly standing straight but it doesn’t have any ornaments as we don’t own any, we also have been too hungover to try to create some, perhaps we can do so in the next few days.

Christmas day was all about gifts from our dear ones and lots of phone calls followed by a dinner with the same friends, this time they were cooking a vegetarian feast for us. The table was bent under a delicious spread of various roasted winter veg with gravy and bread sauce followed by yet another Christmas pud. This time the cycle home was uneventful.

Today I was barely able to stay awake and spent the day reading and watching TV (which btw is shockingly bad this year) but bravely, hubby and I made our own Christmas dinner with succulent roast chicken, potatoes, parsnips and brussel sprouts with chestnuts. No dessert was needed.

Now I am lying on my bed with a cup of peppermint tea admiring the gift I got from M, a beautiful ring from Alex Monroe. One of the absolutely nicest things I was ever given. He has done well ;)


Winter warmers

I got stinking cold and really wish to get better now, everyone is sneezing around me and I bet the few necessary tube trips contributed to getting it.

I started to read The Accidental by Ali Smith and I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet but perhaps I should read bit more than 2 chapters.

Picture 1

When the weather gets windy and chilly I like to surround myself with things that make me feel good and cozy so I engaged in a little Polyvore fun and here are the results.

These fabulous items could brighten up dark cold winter days especially if made of cashmere like the cardigans.

Winter warmers

Dress and black top with star detail by Malene Birger, navy blue cardi by Vanessa Bruno, gold waistcoat and stripy top by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, beige cardi with pearl detail by Moschino Cheap and Chic, scarf-y black top by Camilla and Marc Meek.

And few more mood enhancers wouldn’t hurt.

Winter warmers 2

Boots and scarf by Toast and jewelery by Alex Monroe. Some books, film, beauty products and hot chocolate.

Feeling better already. Might cook up some chocolate bisque tonight.