Monday, 8 March 2010

Alice in Wonderland

No, I'm not talking about Tim Burton's latest release, but the first-ever film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's story, directed in 1903 by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow - watch it here.

It's just been restored by the BFI National Archive, and forms part of a Alice in Wonderland season, running at the Southbank from 11th to 17th March.

The 1903 film ran for 12 minutes (around eight minutes survive) and was closely based on John Tenniel's original illustrations for Carroll's story. I just love the adorable little children marching past the camera, dressed as playing cards!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Surina kimono top

Our Surina silk kimono wrap top is really something special. The dot design is created using the ancient Indian technique called bandhani (the silk is tied with thread before dyeing), and then it takes TWO days to sew on all the sequins by hand!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Back by popular demand

I couldn't ignore the requests any longer! I've just managed to reordered our popular Gabrielle maxi dress. It's online and available to order now - delivery will be end of March.

Don't forget to team it with one of our gorgeous bandhani scarves for the perfect laid-back wedding outfit.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Around midnight

I love the colour blue, and I've always been a fan of midnight (I find it a flattering alternative to black, which can be draining).

And it seems you agree. Two of our best-sellers so far this season have been Leah and Ava - both in midnight blue. So versatile, as you can wear them with opaque tights now (I've found the perfect midnight match in M&S) and then with bare legs and our cobra sandals - coming soon - through the summer...

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

NEW IN: Spring collection!

The first part of our spring collection has arrived! Here's our pick of the just-dropped crop.

More to come over the next few weeks...

Friday, 19 February 2010

Walk this way...

Health advice says we should try to walk 10,000 steps a day, so this week I downloaded a pedometer app for my iPhone and decided to take the challenge.

I've always considered myself to be fairly active, so I was shocked to see that on Monday I was struggling to do 4,000 steps - fewer than HALF the recommended number!

Even when I walked to and from the train station in Bath and then spent the day pounding the aisles at a trade show in London on Tuesday, I only notched up 8,500 steps.

It's been a real eye opener, and even if I don't manage 10,000 every day, at least it's made me aware that I need to increase my foot count. A lot.

Monday, 15 February 2010

What's Up With Illustration II

I was in London on a buying trip yesterday, which meant I missed the private view organised by Rich at his gallery, Mauger Modern Art in Bath.

The show runs until 16th March 2010, and features work by five leading commercial illustrators: Noma Bar, Adrian Johnston, John McFaul, Paul Davies and Simon Spilsbury.

If you can't make it to the show, all the prints are available from his new online shop, The Print Dispensary