Beautiful Citrus Juicers

The French-Style Enamel One I mean, come on: how gorgeous would this look on your kitchen shelfie? Small and beautiful. What's not to like? Check it out The Design Classic One The Juice Salif by Phillipe Starck, this is a stunning piece. Imagine juicing your oranges with this of a morning? See it here The …

Spring Jackets

Looking for a lighter jacket for Spring that will keep you warm, but make you feel uber-cool? Biker jackets are having a bit of a thing, it seems, and you can't beat a short denim cover-up or blazer either. Try styling with a summer dress, T-shirt and skirt, with a hoodie (hood out) for warmth …

Longbourn

There’s a tradition in drama for the ‘lower classes’ to dish the dirt on the tiddly posh. Plays, especially social comedies, often start with a pair of servants discussing what naughty things their superiors are up to. ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ does something similar. In the 1970s, when I was growing up, this was a drama series …

Two TV Favourites

To chime in with International Women's Day, here are two of my most recent womany TV favourites. First Sandi Toksvig's Extraordinary Escapes on Channel 4. Now, I'll watch anything with this diminutive witty woman in it, to be honest. Why? Because she's just so human, somehow. She comes across as genuine, caring, sensitive and 'normal'. …

The Diary of Isabella M Smugge

Smugge by name, smug by nature, Isabella is debut-novellist Ruth Leigh's unpalatable influencer character, who discovers she has a well-hidden heart of gold. In The diary of Isabella M Smugge, you are hard-pushed to like 'Issy' much, what with her constant #hashtagging, (im)perfect family set creation and incessant people-judging. Moving from London to the country …

Designer Coasters

I just loved these when I came across them recently. I wasn't even looking for coasters, of course. Mirabilia Sunlight Coasters designed by Anna Glover for Polkra. The hand-illustrated designs are so unusual. Anna was inspired by mythical animals and folklore from ancient Indian, Arabic and European manuscripts, known as Books of Mirabilia. Mirabilia means …

Arm Knitting

Not being blessed as a natural crafter, this has not been on my radar at all. But now it is, and I love the simplicity of it. You can make a blanket like this.... ...in an hour! If you can't be bothered, of course, and still want some chunky beauty for your bed or sofa, …