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August 27th, 2014

Loves, Likes, Bits & Bobs – August 2014

It’s hard to believe the end of August (and summer!) is almost upon us. To round off the month, here’s a round up of my loves, likes, bits and bobs that I’ve spotted over the last month. Enjoy!

1. Rocket & Squash – A food journal

Rocket and Squash Supplemental-28

It’s hard to keep up with all the food columns and recipes in the weekend newspaper supplements. Luckily Edward Smith does a fantastic round up in his weekly ‘Supplemental’ feature on his fantastic Rocket & Squash blog.

2. ‘Diana Kennedy at Home’ (via Eater)

Diana Kennedy

Watching this clip, it’s hard to believe Diana Kennedy is 91. An oracle when it comes to Mexican food, she’s spent the last 45 years of her life travelling around Mexico and documenting the amazingly diverse regional cuisine. There’s a beautiful honesty to this film, shot by James Casey, which encapsulates Diana’s ethos of conservation and sustainability. If you haven’t heard of her before, I highly recommend checking out her books.

3. Space saving solutions (via Stylist)

Stylist smart storage - Fold down shelf

As my regular readers will know, I am a huge fan of creative storage solutions, which maximise small spaces. Stylist has hit the nail on the head with this feature, I particularly love the fold-down shelf, which doubles up as a desk, and the bed risers with built in power sockets – hopefully they’ll come to the UK soon!

4. How to transport your knives (via Chocolate & Zucchini)

Chocolate and Zucchini transport_knives_title

I used to have a knife bag from culinary school, which was practical, but huge and quite ugly too. Clotilde from Chocolate & Zucchini has a fantastic tip (as well as lots of great recipes and food tips) on her blog for transporting your knives safely – all you need is a tea towel.

5. ‘The power of vulnerability’ – Brené Brown (via TED)

Always a fan of an inspiring TED talk, this one from Brené Brown on ‘The power of vulnerability’ might be an oldie, but it’s a goodie – and one I’ve only recently discovered. This is truly inspiring and helped me put a lot of things into perspective! If you’re a fan of this, check out her website for more inspiration.

6. Alexandria Nurseries (via This is Your Kingdom)

Alexandra Nurseries

I am putting this on my must-visit places in London list. Penge is not normally somewhere I’d think to visit, but Alexandria Nurseries combines so many of my loves in one place: vintage, books, tea (and cake!), plants and beautiful homeware.

7. Paper and Cup

Paper & Cup

Love the idea of this social enterprise! Paper and Cup combines café cool with a bookshop, while training and employing vulnerable men and women to work in store – genius. All profits go back to the parent charity: Shoreditch Crypt Trust, to ensure the good work can continue.

8. Bert & May

Rachel Khoo Bert and May tiles

I must admit I have a fetish for tiles (see my Instagram feed here, here and here). I discovered Bert & May’s shop tucked away in Bethnal Green with a fantastic selection of reclaimed and their own collection. I liked one so much that it’s ended up in my kitchen in London (see above!).

9. Chocolate lego? (Via Dezeen)


Combining my love for chocolate and design, these chocolate lego pieces by Japanese designer Akihiro Mizuuchi are fab! The level of detail is quite impressive (you can even see the logo on each individual piece), though not entirely practical these would make a fun gift.

10. Sergio Membrillas’s illustrations (via It’s Nice That)

Sergio Membrillas summer

Loving these graphic illustrations, from Spanish designer Sergio Membrillas, they have a retro almost Hockney feel about them. Take a look at more of his work here.

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