2016. The Review. Pt2


I do love a food special, and this month proved to be a feast.

As well as learning about the wonders of sheep’s milk with Top Paddock Dairy and tucking into proper pub grub in Oving , I had the wonderful opportunity of time-travelling thanks to the Repast supperclub.

The latter, as bewildering as it might sound, was the simple but brilliant idea of Haywards Heath chef Sam Bilton.

Our culinary adventure was back to Venice’s rich past, and from start…


(polenta squares topped with salted cod and mushrooms)

To the end…


(fritelli – almond filled donut fritters)

It was amazing.


I’m sticking with food and I’m not even sorry, I mean how often to you get to talk to a chef whose signature dishes are all made using hotel room appliances?

From steaks steamed in the shower to a full English he insists is ‘better than the what you’d get in the buffet downstairs’, the aptly named George Egg has come up with in-genius ways to create it all.


Mermaids, flamingos and badgers in bowties – time for something a bit different.

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My two favourites for July were Brighton fashion band Sugarhill Boutique (above) and the equally bright and brilliant Eastbourne alphabet by artist Clare Dales.



Lewes-based VRAC teas  would have claimed the top spot this month, if it wasn’t for my behind the scenes visit to Chichester’s Timothy Roe jewellers.

I mean this Goodwood bangle by them is reason enough that it was special..

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…but for me it had a personal connection as this jewellers is where my engagement ring (finally) came from and I got to find out how it was made.

*Finally because I was the one choosing it, not because I am a bunny boiler. But I’m sure, one day, I’ll get around to sharing that story on here.

Dinosaur DIY

Before the craft I think a little context is needed.

This is a story that is (roughly) about 225 million years old – but for me and the boyfriend it began by spending a brilliant afternoon here..

IMG_20131107_135632.. hunting for dinosaurs. Soon after Charmouth, Dorest, we went to a Queens of the Stone Age gig in London  and, deciding to make the day even more historical, we spent the rest of the time here..

National History Museum

National History Museum

Mostly staring open mouthed at these..



ippPretty cool/creepy right?

Ok, so before we knew it dinosaurs had kinda become our “thing” joining a random list which includes putting marmite into a lot of recipes and singing Lovecats like lunatics.

Which meant, come Christmas, I was looking for a ROAR-some (sorry) gift.

And this is what I came up with..



It’s simple but I like it. Mr Rex was a couple of pounds from The Works, the gold screw-in hook was 15p from a hardware shop and the glittery ribbon added some festiveish bling. Easy. To be honest I can’t promise this years tree won’t be filled with farm animals strung up in the same way : )

Look how terrifying he looked in the tree..


But this was just the start of the Dinosaur DIY.
Manfriend went two better.. (literally) by making me three prehistoric presents including two jewellery holders and a keyring..

The gang

The gang

From L – R there is the ring holder stegosaurus (with extra hooks), my T-Rex earring cup and Trachodon keyring.

But my favourite thing about them is when I opened T-Rex my manfriend said “this is why my deodorant doesn’t have a lid anymore..” Nope instead it has been tinfoiled and wired to a dinosaur.. worth the sacrifice I think!

My accessories mountain is certainly grateful..


September issue ~ The film and the reality.

Film synopsis –

The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. This documentary follows the action behind and beyond the pages, featuring the legendary, and iconic, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Alongside, or more often against, her team of editors as they decide what is in and out.  

Review – Obviously my expectations for this film were somewhat heightened by the fact I do what I do. So I can perhaps blame that on the fact that.. it didn’t quite deliver. Yes parts were jaw-dropping and the seeing the disappointment of Grace Coddington, a former model who became a creative director after a car accident, as her shoots get dropped is horrible – but completely relatable. In fact.. I see a bit too much of myself in her than I would like to admit. And it isn’t just the fuzzy halo of unruly ginger hair.

I would however recommend the film as it makes you realise that even in the world of journalism things can be a universe apart.


It probably says a lot that it has taken me until the 23rd of the month to get round to posting about the September issue of etc. Saying it has been busy would be an understatement, but as always it all worked out in the end.

In terms of articles I got to write a whole variety like normal, from interviewing Julian Stephens, an award winning Brighton based jewellery designer, to delving into the history of Butlins as it turns 75 this year and there is a amazing exhibition at Pallant House to celebrate.

As ever, once I have decided I will put an article into my Magazine section (at the top) to read the rest of the magazine or to find out more about etc please click HERE.


West Dean weekend excitement!

Look at it. Isn’t it beautiful? And that’s just from the outside. The inside is full of crafty, arty inspiration. For me a weekend at West Dean is bliss. That is why I am very excited for the next couple of days.

I will be jewellery making with Sarah Macrae, glass fusing with Katrina Beattie, Enamelling with Penny Davis and making wire sculptures with Cathy Miles.

And then of course I will come back and hopefully show off all my creations on here! : )