russian baths

what to get the girl who has everything for her birthday?   a 3 hour session in a russian spa – cleansing, exhilarating and a fun way to spend some time with some girlfriends.  go for the parenie massage for a more stimulating cleanse or a honey and salt scrub;  destress your neck and shoulders with a deep tissue massage – and relax with honey tea – its a real treat.

love this street sink in guatamala.



newquay is fun for the young teenagers – lots of surf style shops, but our favourite place to go for lunch or to see the evening sun go down is just past the centre of  newquay  – lewinnick lodge – situated on a headland  where the views are just spectacular.  its always busy especially in the evenings, so its a good idea to reserve in advance.

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if you want to surf, then watergate bay is the beach to go – lovely sandy beach, surrounded by high cliffs.  Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant is also situated there, but you need to book in advance.  its also another amazing place to catch the sunset.  the watergate bay hotel is apparently the hip place to stay!

curtis stigers

what a mad evening in soho, london pride was so colourful, atmospheric and incredibly busy – it was amazing to watch people celebrating the streets all day and through to the late hours;  we popped into ronnie scotts to see the charismatic Curtis Stigers and his band – hard to believe that you can step from the eccentricity of soho into the wonderful rendezvous of Ronnie Scotts – its my favourite venue for listening to music, so intimate and back to old time glamour of an old style jazz nightclub – long may it survive.   if you missed Curtis this time he is playing the Edinburgh jazz festival  in July.



vintage fabrics

sheila cook for inspirational vintage fabrics – its not easy finding interesting fabrics –  but sheila cook has a good collection, but more for the serious collector.  donna flower has a more affordable collection, ranging from the 1920’s onwards.   liberty is still a good source for both modern and vintage style patterns – especially with its famous floral print. john lewis has a big selection of interesting fabrics, some quite retro in style – their leaf and graphic designs are quite 1950’s in style. . designers guild probably has the prettiest and brightest colours – some are delicately pretty and some bold and vibrant.

bend it like beckham

absolutely loved Chadha’s film from 2002, so it was such a pleasure to see the musical production – its all light hearted fun, song and dance, but includes the social dilemmas of  modern indian family life in the western world – loved all the colourful sets, especially the southall and wedding scenes;  great viewing for all the family and especially for all those girls who are mad about football.

“It’s about a young woman who dreams of doing something that is seen to be very much part of a man’s world, and how she earns the right to take on the world for herself despite everyone saying ‘don’t do it’.

i always remember our summer 2013 shoot when mary created all these wonderful colourful sets.