Monday, 22 November 2010

The Potting Shed

On Friday night I went to The Potting Shed in Crudwell. The food was pretty good (seasonal British), the staff were friendly and the pub had a jolly atmosphere (nice to see some locals propping up the bar – unusual these days in a foodie pub). The gardening theme – including up-turned antique wheelbarrows filled with lights, a display of vintage watering cans, and fork handles replacing door handles – is fun rather than cheesy.

Some friends were staying across the road in The Rectory Hotel, also run by the owners of The Potting Shed. Before we went to the pub, we had a (rainy) walk in the countryside and then spent an hour relaxing in the hotel, drying off in front of the fire and having cups of tea. This gorgeous 17th‑century Cotswold‑stone house has beautifully proportioned rooms decorated in a cool, eclectic style with plenty of personality. I wasn't surprised to hear that one of its owners is an antiques/art dealer and interior designer.

I'd love to go back in the summer to have a drink in the beautiful garden...

Monday, 15 November 2010

Costume drama

No, not Downton Abbey! I'm talking about our gorgeous new pieces of costume jewellery – the oversize cocktail ring and chandelier earrings (both £23), which have just arrived at Anusha in time for the Christmas party season. Don't forget: all our jewellery comes gift boxed, ready to present to someone special (that includes you!).

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Spell it out!

Our four wooden LOVE blocks are back in stock. Would make a LOVEly Christmas gift!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Gigi in stock!

We've just had a delivery of our beautiful Gigi dress. This hand-printed chiffon shift features a gorgeous painterly design in purple, violet and black. Perfect for the party season!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Gauguin: Maker of Myth

On Saturday, Mr Anusha and I went to the Gauguin exhibition, currently showing at the Tate Modern. Curated by Belinda Thomson (a familiar name from my art history studies - many moons ago!), it divides Gauguin's work into 11 themed rooms. Although I generally prefer chronological exhibitions for solo shows (I like to feel that I'm working out/discovering the themes for myself, and I think it's easier for people who aren't that familiar with an artist's work), there are plenty of Gauguin's showstoppers on display. A surprise highlight for me was a beautifully simple painting of his daughter asleep on a bed.

When we came out of the exhibition, we were greeted with a stunning view across the Thames (hard to do it justice with an iPhone):

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

The Social Network

I went to see The Social Network this week. Even if, like me, you're not a huge Facebook enthusiast, I'd still really recommend seeing it. It's an amazing story of how Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, created the social network site which now boasts 500 million users. Great script (plenty of withering one-liners), beautifully directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and really strong performances – especially Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg. A must see!