Thursday, 30 June 2011
I cannot wait for tomorrow. I'm getting on the train and going up to see our new house for my second only ever visit. When we first went I took 300 photos and Chaz and I have looked at them every single night since. No Joke. I'm quite looking forward to taking some new ones. So I'm going to have a proper look at everything. I need to work out what we want to do paint wise, do we need to get the carpet men in, take curtain measurements etc. All the usual bits you do before a big house move.
I adore this Martha's Vinyard farm house below. It belongs to New York restauranteur Keith McNally, his wife and their five children. There's something very 'back to nature about it'. All the exposed wood and natural linen fabrics everywhere. It's slightly too rustic for our new house but I would love to recreate some parts of it. I think i'll start with making the Cub a bed like the bottom photo. He'll think he's climbing into a boat every night.
I love the mish mash of this room and how amazingly light it is from the huge windows
photos courtesy of elle deco.com
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Model, Writer and Oxfam Ambassador
Currently googling - Paris hotels, Botswana safaris, vintage Chanel, Oxfam projects, Bon Iver and bicycles.
What scares you?
Making a speech at my best friend's wedding next weekend.
Describe yourself in three words.
Mother of 2.
Laura in Ghana for Oxfam
Perfect holiday destination?
North Island,Seychelles. But happy with Cornwall...
What would you eat at your last supper?
A vegetarian feast cooked by Skye Gyngell...
Which five people would be joining you?
My best friends. They know who they are.
Last fashion disaster?
Packed a favourite vintage dress next to a bottle of red nail varnish ..
Favourite London hangout?
Bay 66 skatepark with my kids...Quite like a cocktail at Claridges in the tiny Fumoir bar too. Or a pizza at Pizza East Portobello.
The Fumoir Bar in Claridges
You can wear three designers for the rest of your life. Who are they?
Chanel, Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant.
What annoys you?
My failure to learn to speak fluent Italian despite it being my new years resolution for the last ten years...
What impresses you?
Loyalty and fearlessness.
What would you do with a day to yourself, no children, no work?
Big sleep,long walk in the park with my puppy,lunch with all my favourite girls..and a matinee movie.....
Backwards and forwards from Paris to write and shoot for Vanity Fair....and hopefully the whole of August off with my kids....
Laura for Comic Relief
Full English or egg white omelette?
What was your inspiration for the Made collection?
To make a collection that was authentic,affordable and ethical...that me and my girlfriends would want to wear,and which fuses traditional skills and techniques with my own style and vision.My sketches and moodboards included tribal headdresses and the simplest geometric shapes,spears and jasmine buds...colour palettes and beading patterns....Much happy experimentation in the workshop. Plus my desire to tell the story of a business that grew out of the Kenyan slums at the same time...
In the Made workshop
Who do you admire?
Christiane Amanpour,Livia Firth,Stella McCartney,Thandie Newton,Sam Taylor Wood....I have a long list of heroic women in my life...
With Thandie Newton and Tory Burch
What's on your Autumn Winter shopping list?
Bella Freud knitwear,a Roland Mouret gold dress I wore on a shoot last week and cant stop thinking about,and a pair of scarlet heels by Charlotte Olympia.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
This might temporarily knock the Rich Moist Chocolate sensation off the top cake spot. A proper culinary vision. But possibly too pretty to eat?
This could mean my chocolate might still reign supreme...
Made by Netherlands design studio, House of origin
Saturday, 25 June 2011
If I could only have one cake to have for the rest of my life. It would be this. The Rich Moist Chocolate Cake from an ancient Aga cookbook. It was the first cake I ever made, probably when I was about ten and still comes out most weekends.
If you feel like giving Nigella a run for her money today, definitely give this one a go.
Add the first six ingredients on the list to the Magimix bowl.
Make sure you sieve the cocoa and flour.
Throw in the eggs.
Then measure out the oil and milk into a pouring jug.
Switch the Magimix on and while it's whizzing around pour in the oil and milk mix down the spout.
Pour equally into your parchment lined cake tins.
Cook at about 180 degrees for about 25 minutes.
Or until a skewer comes out clean if you spike the middle.
I'm often far too impatient and cook it too quickly at too high a temperature.
While the cakes are cooking away it's time to make the icing. Very simple.
Melt the butter in a pan. When it's melted stir in the sieved cocoa powder.
When it's all smooth, bit by bit stir in the sieved icing sugar.
Stir in the milk until it's the consistency that you want.
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
I seem to be spending a lot of my time at the moment looking for inspiration for doing up the new house. It's quite hard considering I've only ever been there once and don't have one measurement to go by. I guess the moment I do get all the dimensions it's going to be slightly less leisurely and a bit more hands on. I think I should enjoy the day dreaming while I still can.
My usual style of home is very white, wishy washy, I hate this word but 'shabby chic'. Ideally there would be a lot of white washed floors, faded florals and a stripe thrown in here and there. I've recently been leaning towards a much brighter, bolder colour palette. More bohemian perhaps. Lots of colourful walls, bright but faded rugs and cushions. Still sticking to natural materials. I don't suddenly want plastic or metal everywhere.
It's in a different climate to ours but I love the way Liza Bruce has done up her riad in Morocco. There seems something very homely about it too.
photos from www.elledecor.com
We went to the Ralph Lauren for Wimbledon party last night to support the wonderful charity Too Many Women. The party was at the Brompton Cross store and typical to Ralph, no detail had been spared. My best bit was walking up the fresh grass 'red carpet' up to the 'line judges' who welcomed us in from their proper Wimbledon chairs, perched up high. Delicious cocktails, great outfits and one incredible prize. The silent auction was for two tickets to the men's final, looked after by Ralph Lauren from start to finish.
The brilliantly dressed waiters
Sienna Miller in Autumn/Winter 11 cream lace