Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Wedding shop launched!

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that we've just launched our wedding shop this week, featuring a collection of beautiful, hand-picked pieces to transform your wedding (or party) into a truly unique day.

So, if you're looking for the ultimate wedding guest outfit, gorgeous vintage-inspired jewellery, fab accessories, honeymoon essentials or original wedding decorations, you'll find them all here, grouped together in one, easy-to-find section!

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Brighten up!

After a cold and miserable few weeks (why don't humans hibernate?), I've been having lots of fun playing around with all the new summer goodies that are coming into the Anusha office at the moment (online in the next couple of weeks).

The new collection is a breath of fresh air - colourful printed sundresses, maxi dresses and playsuits; sequins and sparkle; super-flattering crepe dresses in shades of purple, stone and navy; delectable chiffon and silk tops popping with colour; gorgeous oversize costume jewellery; and an adorable new selection of shoes (think stack heels and cute ballet pumps).

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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

The Westwood manifesto

westwood cover

To help celebrate 25 years of London Fashion Week, Vivienne Westwood, along with Stella McCartney, John Galliano and Christopher Kane, was asked to create a cover for Elle. Westwood accompanied her cover with a bonkers manifesto on how to live stylishly, which is worth a read:

westwood manifesto

Friday, 6 February 2009

Wordles of wisdom

I've been having fun with Wordle, a nifty (and rather addictive) little tool that generates 'word clouds' from text that you provide. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts and colour schemes. This is what it came up with for the first two lines of About Anusha:

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Thursday, 5 February 2009

Storm in a teacake

dress

Bizarre story of the day must go to the one about Marks & Spencer's dispute over its chocolate teacakes!

It's just won a landmark VAT battle, which has been going on since 1995, about whether its chocolate-covered teacake should be classed as a biscuit or a cake (is it just me, or does anyone else think the biscuit base always seems soft/stale?).

The teacake had been wrongly classified by HM Revenue and Customs as a biscuit, which means it's been taxed at 17.5% and lately at 15% VAT (most food is VAT-free, with exceptions including chocolate-covered biscuits, which are regarded as confectionery).

M&S went to the European Court of Justice to demand its money back and yesterday judges ruled that it is indeed a cake, and that the Treasury must return the overpaid tax. M&S is now in line for a £3.5m rebate after overpaying the VAT for more than 20 years!

Monday, 2 February 2009

The Snowflake Man

As heavy snow falls across large parts of Britain today (we've hardly seen any here in Bath – boo), I'm celebrating the work of Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley!

Born in Vermont in 1865, he's the first known photographer of snowflakes, catching flakes on black velvet so that images could be captured before they melted. Here's a sample of his amazing snowflake images:

snowflakes

As he put it: "Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."

Enjoy the miracles of beauty, and be careful out there.
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