This week’s nails

Illamasqua in Fragile, for Spring.

Base coat of Orly Bonder, 2 coats of polish, another coat of Orly Bonder then sealed with a coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Flash (better than Seche Vite, IMO – doesn’t smell as strong and there’s very little shrinkage at the tips).

(Guest appearance by my lovely Rifle Paper Co telephone message pad – purchased in Paperchase but I’ve since spied them cheaper – grr – in Waterstones)


Juniper Sling

I wandered into Heals at lunchtime, seduced by the sale signs and the lure of a bargain. I am an idiot. They’re selling Penhaligon’s in there now, and I made the mistake of spraying a little Juniper Sling on my wrists. CALAMITY! I don’t think I’ve ever loved a fragrance so much – I’ve been sniffing my wrists all afternoon (attracting some odd looks from my colleagues, no doubt), whilst despairing at the fact that I can’t afford it (it’s £78 ouch ouch ouch).

Just look at that packaging! It’s so beautiful. The description on the website makes me laugh a bit, but it does give you the gist:

“Introducing Juniper Sling, an intoxicating new fragrance inspired by the most iconic and atmospheric of spirits: London Dry Gin. 
For enigmatic boys and girls, Juniper Sling is a crisp cocktail shot of gin with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris. A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber add sensuality to the scent. Apply liberally and drink in.”

I can’t bear the taste of gin but I’ve always liked the smell – both Mike* and my dad love a G&T, so it’s familiar and comforting. Juniper Sling doesn’t smell exactly like a glass of Gordon’s – it’s spicier (I guess that’s the pepper and cardamom), and softer (the leather?).

It smells exactly right on me. DAMN.

*Do you think if I tell Mike there’s a perfume that smells of gin he’ll buy it for me? 😉

Happy Friday

Feeling inexplicably grumpy today, so I’m putting these things here in an effort to cheer myself up:

Caine’s arcade. I’m sure most of you will have seen this by now, but if you haven’t it’s just so lovely – do watch:

{via the entire internet}

Dancing Bucharest, wonderful pictures by Dani Ionita:

{via tumblr}

My new owl print top from Next (so pleasing, I may have to get the navy version too):

 Spring blossom:

The article With Friends Like These in the May issue of Vanity Fair is well worth a read (I rarely buy VF as I find it annoying to read but I made an exception for this):

There, that’s better 🙂

The want list

  • How lovely is Zhao Liping’s cloud lamp? Wish I could actually buy one…. (via swissmiss)
  • I’ve long wanted to go to Sweden, and now I really really want to stay in one of the Treehotel rooms there. Imagine it – “Where are you going on holiday?” *nonchalantly* “Oh, I’m going to stay in a UFO up a tree”. Look!





  • Mulberry Taylor satchel – I think if they’ve named something after me it’s only right they give me a free one. No? *sigh*