Month: November 2009

The email from Irish Tatler that set me on fire today

So today, between thousands of things to do, I took 5 min to write a press release about La Tropezienne leather tote bag (tote leather bag not sure how it goes…) and within 2 minutes, I got a wonderful email from the Editor of Irish Tatler magazine (yes exactly!) who wrote: “Can you tell me where I can find this exact bag on the site so that I can order it? It’s the bag I’ve been waiting to find forever!” It took me a split second to answer and another split second for my energy level to hit the roof! I was on fire and I can’t believe how many bags we’ve sold in a week!Now, I really really like this leather wrist wrap with studs from Clare Vivier, the designer of La Trop…it costs around £49….What do you think? Shall we go for it?? http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

A Day at BODIE and FOU Via The Beat That My Heart Skipped

The Beat That My Heart Skipped just featured A Day with BODIE and FOU…..I felt out of breath just reading it! Can’t believe I’m squeezing so much in a day…and for the records, I actually don’t run every day but this was done the day I went for a run in the morning.Rohini, the Editor of The Beat That My Heart Skipped was so nice and complimentary, that I think I’m going to print it as a positive reminder of how far we’ve come and read it when I feel down, tired and I feel like giving up….I thought it was interesting to show behind-the-scenes for a change and I love all the others ‘A Day with‘ Rohini did with Deborah Bowness and Mibo so here is ours…. A Day With… Bodie and Fou I am delighted to introduce the inspirational Karine Kong [FOU] of BODIE AND FOU. Karine is going to introduce herself and you will soon discover what an amazing woman she is. I can’t even begin to describe how talented Karine is …

House tour in Amsterdam

This is the house of Karin Gaasterland and Alain Parry, the owners of Balthazar’s Keuken – a little crowed restaurant in Amsterdam, where I really want to go, next time we are there.To these days, Amsterdam remains one of my favourite European cities. It’s a beautiful place, unpretentious, family-oriented, charming, hugely inspiring and beautiful to shoot.Having so many people riding their bicycles definitively add something to the city’s atmosphere but it is also a place where you will find a lot of shop and restaurant owners showing a great deal of creativity and individuality in their retail space, unlike all the high-street shops on Oxford Street, London.When the weather is a bit warmer (it’s quite windy there), I would love to go back and also check out this shop. The website doesn’t do any justice to the beautiful and unusual lights they have but my friend Gabrielle got her gorgeous lamp from there and she said it was a bit like the Cavern of Ali Baba. She also recommended Anouk Beerents’ shop which specialized in …

Perfect gift for baby….

This is one of our best-sellers.I bought it first 6 years ago when Bodie was pregnant with Lily and we have now some really cool shots of Lilypette in this gorgeous babygro. Then we launched B&F so I sourced it for the shop…It’s often like this…We fall in love with something then try to source for our online boutique. Last night, I just played around with photoshop and loved how this cute Angel babygro looks in a polaroid format….It comes in 3 sizes (0-3 months, 3-6 and 6-12 months) and is also available in pink here http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Oh Joy party

Last week Oh Joy threw a party in Philadelphia to celebrate the launch of her gorgeous stationary range with Chronicle books and I just wanted to share it with you because the photos of her party look truly fabulous and really it’s a case of I wish I had been there….It’s always good to have inspiring, cool, creative examples in mind for the future….you never know…You may need one day to organize a launch party for your business. We never did for B&F because we didn’t have the money and if I can reassure small businesses and give a piece of advice….don’t worry if you have a limited budget, focus on other things to start with.However one day when we have the time, I would love to organize a party to celebrate our little adventure! Joy rented out a photobooth from Photoboothlove in the US but you can rent from these companies in the UK: thephotoboothcompany.co.uk, Rentabooth.co.uk or Groovybooth.co.ukHave you ever been to a party where there was a photobooth? No?Then you really need to …

Chocolate cake by Mila Sienna

If you live in the UK and you have bought a copy of Easy Living (the November issue which was actually out in October)… you may have seen me ‘doing a Nigella’ (Marta for US readers ou ‘faire la Nadine’ for French readers) where I share my bonfire tips and my SU-BLI-ME chocolate cake recipe…..And if you have been spending some time on this lovely blog for a while and read ‘the bowls that stopped from going to jail’ piece, you will know by now that cooking is not my best point…. However in the name of love/for the sake of a happy relationship I had to learn a few recipes and this chocolate cake is one of my signature dishes…Well actually the only desert I make unless you count ‘fresh organic strawberries with organic custard from Tesco prepared organically by me’ as a second signature desert.Yesterday, my four-year old and my TBC-year old mum spent the afternoon making little chocolate cakes from a French Weight Watchers recipe and pffuu…. they were amazing! Now I …

Une fille, un style…Yasmine Sewell

I’m developing a serious crush on anything to do with the French Vogue and I think a yearly subscription is going to be on my list from Le Pere Noel this year….. Yasmin Sewell is Chief Creative Consultant for Liberty of London, yes….nothing less….she is also the owner of Soho cult boutique Yasmin Cho and ex-buying director for Browns. Garance Dore who regularly shot for the French Vogue, stopped in London to take these really cool shots of a really cool girl… (C) Vogue France, Photography: Garance Dore See you later…I’m off to the new Anthropologie shop that recently opened in London…Bises http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Feeling very glamourous today……

I’m feeling very glam this morning……Mandy, Founder of Oneboutique, a gorgeous online boutique which sells purple shoes to die for and the sublime ‘Cobb’ dress by Malene Birger, sent me a link this morning to the little chat we had a while ago and I love how the page looks…it’s very VOGUE but then Mandy is a super stylish chick and so is her boutique…. And ma vie…ah well….I love it when it looks so damn glam because when I was wallpapering the bedroom featured below…I wasn’t looking glam at all, I tell you…more like Bob the Builder and his mum (cause mine was helping me)! How would you describe your personal style? Very French (not sure if it’s a good or bad thing) … understated, natural and a bit rock ‘n roll, which I try to make a bit more glamorous in the evening with skyscraper heels and a clutch bag. What do you wear for work? Plain white or grey tops with black trousers/boots or high heels or winter shorts with ugg boots. …