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As staying home is the order of the day I’ve selected my favourite pieces to cocoon with as well as a few to Sparkle in when we are able to venture out again.
Similarly, I’ve included my favourite walks for now and favourite haunts for later.
Find morning substance or a morish treat at Gail’s conveniently next door for fresh from the oven baked goods from flaky croissants to Rose infused bites to rustic avocado toast. Get a coffee to go and walk over to Holland Park through the large wrought iron gate and walk up to the ruins of Holland House, now home to the sublime Opera Holland Park ( Summer only) and sip your coffee on a park bench facing the Kyoto Gardens in one of the most beautiful parks in the city.
Exit the Park through the Duchess of Bedford Gate and walk across the quiet Kensington backwater till your reach Kensington Palace.
In Spring take afternoon tea at the Orangery, or walk over to the perfectly formed Princess Diana memorial garden.
Opposite Kensington Gardens is Kensington Court, the first square in London to have electricity. If interested in period architecture, the red brick facades are stunning.
Just off the Square the very charming Thackeray street is tucked away and a beautiful part of the heart of a Kensington village.
Riders and squires riding shop, the delicious Ottomezzo Italian restaurant and cafe, Montparnasse bakery, are all worth a stop.
Parallel to Thackeray street is St Albans Grove our London home for Water Jewels where all of our jewellery is made by hand.
We have been on this pretty corner for over 14 years and I love being tucked away yet very much part of the community.
Find me here most days when I’m in London.
I have always travelled a lot. I look at fashion in terms of capsule collections to fit into one small suitcase.
A few good basics and some beautiful accessories are all that’s needed to create many different looks that can go from day-to-night and work-to-play, effortlessly. Here, is my current accessory edit and some of my favourite places that have inspired my collections.
I will be posting a sample "suitcase" for different trips as well as tips on what to see, eat and where to stay!
Start your day at Black Eye Susan’s for breakfast, remember to get there early, the small patio and dining room fill up quickly. Then a short bike ride from town or a quick ride on the local wave shuttle takes you to jetties beach on the calm Nantucket sound.
The water here is crystal clear, shallow and warm. Walk over to the Galley for lunch with the best view. For the more adventurous go to Surfside beach on the Atlantic side of the island and as the name suggests, catch a few waves with the local surfers.
In the afternoon make your way back to town to stroll the many independent boutiques that line the cobbled streets. Walk up Main Street and turn right onto Centre Street for exquisitely curated shops and galleries and the only downtown bakery known locally as Petticoat Row from it’s whaling days when the women ran the island businesses and the men were at sea on whaling expeditions. This is a town rich in history, that has preserved its heritage. To find out more visit the whaling museum just down the street.
Try and see the Nantucket Lightship basket museum while you’re here, home of the intricate Nantucket baskets, a traditional local craft that is so beautiful.
Inspired by this island 30 miles out to sea our weekend capsule is all you’ll need to wash ashore in style
Shopping along Worth Avenue and in the hidden “vias” that surround it, is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Stop by Trillion at 315 Worth Avenue to see a selection of our jewellery, before heading to Pizza Alfresco, a favourite for a light lunch, or Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel around the corner.
British born jeweller, Barbara Harris creates sculptural and sensual pieces of contemporary and timeless jewellery.
Her creations - inspired by nature and characterised by gentle, fluid lines - have captivated trend-setters in Paris, New York and London.
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