New Year: New Plans

Hhhmm, I don’t know about you but January is always a knock-out punch, I stagger too slowly after the all consuming Christmas roller coaster and glumly face the endurance test which is January, February…  and it all started so well this year:

la clusaz Juliet ocarroll

I was on top of the world.

Then I got off the plane and was blown off my feet by sheet rain and glowering skies, feeling somewhat like this ever since:

Guy Bourdin girls in trenches

Sepia-toned, inside out and on the back foot. So I have decided the best way out, being Virgo, is a list.  There are resolutions too, but really need we go there?…  the ubiquitous I MUST abstain from alcohol and refined sugar for 30 LONG days,  going well as always.

032311-elizabeth-taylor-6-350x580Replace silk slip and heels with UGGs and ‘comfies’ to join the dots this end.

So while I sit here drinking cocoa (Virgo’s can’t cheat) I am planning, you too?  looking at the year ahead in ‘highlights’, to be worked towards: projects and travel plans, game changers and small uplifts that will between them define the year and make January bearable.


o-o-o-m.  I have started that yoga course. Now to see how long I can hold the position breathing through my left prevention

London is calling, I know it’s equally miserable there, I like to check this annually just to be sure, and there always a couple of cultural highlights to lure me in:

Guy Bourdin, he of the sepia-tone umbrella shot above is subject of an exhibition at Somerset House, his sophisticated images will pep up Janvier:

Afterwards a pitstop at the new ABC Assouline store for bibliophile contemplation, and adoration,

assouline mayfairand if I am lucky (time wise)  the Beaumont  has just opened its slick Art Deco doors around the corner.

This needs to 20-25 January for the interior designers’ (and chic West Londoners)  favourite antiques fair: The Decorative Fair.   Dealers save their key stock for this, looking for a Gustavian beauty or mid-century classic? you will find it here,  all beautifully presented,  as the equally ‘beau monde’ chic and greet en masse.

Now I would love to go to Maison et Objets, however I was there last year and feel I could wait till…

FEBRUARY…for Paris.

There are good reasons, I haven’t made it, but this trip I am going to visit two gems:

Hip Paris photoMusée de la ChasseValentino Haute Couture and Olympia le Tan have both held fashion shows at this eclectic gem a curio-wunderkammer in Le Marais, and clearly Isabel must be within striking distance?

isabel_marant_french vogueIsabel Marant

Not forgetting our love affair with the  Decorative Arts, THE first stop (pre-shop)  Musée Jacquemart-André. I want to step inside what was once one of Paris’ grandest residences, where the displays are presented as if they were still part of a private home. Musee-Jacquemart-Andre[1]Leads the eye… right?

MARCH…little 4 letter word: work?

I am planning to squeeze some in.  I have 2 themes floating around which need to be researched and written up:

An Enduring Enchantment: The power of fairytales.   Designers are consistently inspired by the mythical power and imagery of these classic stories: they are universal,  timeless and rich in imagery and symbolism.

tellingtalesva1Tord Boontje ‘s Fig leaf wardrobe first displayed at the V and A’s Telling Tales exhibition in 2009 stays with me, a modern masterpiece of extraordinary craftsmanship inspired by folklore and fairytale.  I want to understand a little more about the origins and influence of fairytales, our need for magic and mythical beauty and how we can sprinkle fairy dust to create imaginative interiors and charmed spaces.

alexander-mcqueen-savagebeautyConsequently I will be first in the door at the V and A for Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty

met museum savage beautyhere myth and fairytale are woven and tailored into couture fashion by his soaring talent and gothick imagination.

Savage_Beauty_Alexander Mcqueen


Let’s escape over Easter to Provence, where a week is never enough, but it will have to be.  Easter is when Isle sur la Sorgue’s antique markets take over the town, in rain the trader’s drink coffee and calvados at 10 am,  in sunshine the rosé flows and whatever the weather everywhere deals are being done.

IMG_0201Count me in.

On my return time to consider ‘Englishness’, or more exactly…

Bloomsbury’s  Boho Legacy: How did a group of artists and one house become emblematic of a quintessentially English style that still evokes boho dreams in all of us?


remember Burberry’s catwalk show for AW14?  I do. 
cara-burberry oyster magazine


Now if I could, I would,  magic myself to NYC, this year’s Met Museum extravaganza is China: Through the Looking Glass,  looking at China’s  influence on Western fashion through the ages, Chinoiserie is something I am rather passionate about.

John galliano christian dior 1997 chinoiserieHowever I will content myself with an instragram-fest as the dresses roll up for the Met ball and hope that like Savage Beauty this too will cross the Atlantic and hit the V and A.  Because my magic carpet is already booked to a city that knows all about the allure of the East, a mythical trading post, the baroque gem … VENICE.

Rialto_Gondoliers wikimedia

My love affair with Venice is deep-rooted, I grew up in a house  filled with paintings of its magical waterways and parents who make an annual pilgrimage which I was finally allowed to join age 21.  Fast forward and 2015 is my 13  year wedding anniversary, a date which definitely needs some magic stardust, I think the Gritti Palace and Venice will weave their spell.  Actually getting excited writing this! this list thing is working…

Gritti reception Gritti aqua bar Gritti AD

JUNE… enough already.

I agree, we’re half way through the year (also now half way through January) it’s looking  good both ways. I need to pull that parka a little tighter and knuckle down, to earn those highlights and holidays, work hard and get going.


 You too?  let’s do it.


All photos not by me are credited as you click into them and enlarge them.

One thought on “New Year: New Plans

  1. …you look great.

    Parka madness, it’s all people seam to be talking about…it’s frantic this side of the water.

    Thanks for the McQueen heads up – have dan on the case to book tickets.

    So how are you guys doing? We’re in great form – it has to be a reaction to all the gate stoppers I’m meeting. it new ‘i wouldn’t be taking this shite’ admin proceeders to no scooters in the hall ways….ah god the world is in knob, as you say, this time of year.

    je suis le knob.

    How’s derro and oscar and Lyra …this summer you’re moving back right?


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