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Online Magazines

Once upon a time I bought magazines frequently, pouring through their pages in the hope of finding a connection. It never really happened for me until I began to read blogs.

Bloggers cut to the heart of the matter and I have never looked back to the old days of print alienation. Yet there is something lovely about flicking through a magazine which brings together a collection of features in harmony.

Thank goodness for online magazines! All the wonderful talent from the blogging world in one delicious publication. I thought you might like to know what I’m reading these days so here are my absolute favourites.

91 Magazine Fall 13

91 Magazine has been rocking the virtual shelves since 2011. For me it is the perfect homes magazine. It is a great place to come for interesting and achievable interiors ideas. In addition you’ll find fun DIYs, interviews and home tours as well as recipes – oh my, the soups in the latest issue are tempting! Bravo Caroline & the team.

Check out Issue 7 – Autumn / Winter 2013.

 Review Magazine of London Design Festival 2013

Confessions of a Design Geek is the blog of Katie Treggiden. At this year’s London Design Festival not only did Katie curate a graduate design stand, put on a design blog tour and get herself around the shows she has managed to write an entire magazine review of LDF. Seriously -how much energy? Whether you were there or not Katie’s London Design Review is a fab read and will tip you off on many names to watch.

Check out London Design Review and donate the price of a magazine to say thanks.

 Sweet Paul Fall 13

Sweet Paul is a long established title and has a passionate following. Quite simply, Paul’s love for food and craft sings from every page. The magazine is a collaboration of people who share Paul’s passions and it is the closest you can come to a great meal without eating. I am constantly bewitched by the photography and this Autumn’s issue is no exception – a delight from beginning to end!

Check out Sweet Paul Issue 14 – Fall 2013 and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Kids Holiday issue on November 10th.

The Hambledon Lookbook Autumn Fall 2013

The Hambledon will always have a special place in my heart for being the first shop which awoke me to the non-High Street world. Their brand new Autumn lookbook is a thing of wonder. Beware before you start flicking – you might get a severe case of the wanties…

Check out The Hambledon’s Autumn 2013 lookbook.

The Wanties: Birthday Parties

Wanties Bday

Thanks to a twist of poor forward planning two of our children have birthdays this week. Creating two different yet special parties within two days is taking up much of my energy at the moment.

Luckily for me this is a great time of year to be party shopping with all the new ranges hitting the shelves I have been spoiled for choice…

1. Every good party has something exciting in a goodie bag. I tend to go with a couple of really lovely things and a paper bag is just the right size. I got mine at The Hambledon.

2. Monty doesn’t know it yet but his Grandma has bought him a swish new rain outfit ready for his woodland party and to wear at forest school. I can’t recommend Didriksons highly enough and we tend to buy from Viking Kids.

3. Miss Betsy is a little bit crazy about bunnies – there is little she loves more. To fit in with her bunny-mania she will be unwrapping a bunny dress from Wild Things Dresses! I know it’s a bit over the top but really, Kirtsy’s dresses are such great quality I know it will be worn until it barely fits.

4. When it comes to a party for toddlers I like to keep things simple and I’m hoping these bunny ears will provide some entertainment as well as doubling up as a cool take home gift. I snapped mine up from Little Baby Company where they have a whole range of Easter Bunny hunting goodness.

5. Also from Little Baby Company are these funky honeycomb parade characters by Ingela P Arrhenius. Not strictly necessary but I shall be decorating the house with them. (I have used a picture from Mokkasin, an awesome store who also sell these online)

6. To decorate both house and woodland I picked up a couple of rolls of crepe paper streamers which in my mind will be draped artfully around the place (in reality might well look shocking!)

Wanties B-day

7. A quick browse in Tiger the other day turned up these cute napkins for Betsy’s bunny saturated celebration. They don’t sell online (boo) but do have an endlessly fascinating range of toys and homewares if you happen to live near a store.

8. Monty picked out some paper cups from the party range at The Hambledon when we visited last week. I could easily have decked out the whole table in this range given the money but as we have plenty of reusables I refrained.

The bakeathon starts this evening – wish me luck!

Something You Want

This is the first of my Shop Indie guides featuring my favourite places to scratch the itch of the wanties. These are the shops for both children and grown ups which have my nose pressed to the window in excitement.

The Hambledon is my local haunt and for more than a decade it has been bringing the best of style and design to Winchester. Shopping in The Hambledon is a delight as each trip unearths new arrivals each more exciting than the last. This is the shop I would take you to if you came to visit. We’d browse the toys, books, homewares and stationery; sighing over their beauty. Their website now reflects the range they have in store making it even more tempting to pop in and check out the latest finds.

Sisters Guild have drawn me like a moth to the flame since they opened two years ago. It’s an enviable mix of children’s clothing, toys and gifts and goodies for the home and Mama. They have just opened their first bricks and mortar store in Frome which I will be visiting very soon. I regularly basket dance with their Rice goodies when shopping for the children and their latest addition, Tutu du Monde, is the ultimate gift I want to give.

I have a huge passion for cooking (you may have noticed) and regularly travel to out of the way shops to buy less common international ingredients. This week I managed to get all of the ingredients we were running low on in one beautiful space: Sous Chef. If you’re shopping for a cook then this is well worth a browse as they bring together hard to find ingredients in one spot. If you’re watching Yottam Ottolenghi’s latest series (and if you’re not get on iPlayer now!) you’ll be pleased to find many of the ingredients used here. I am very much hoping their range expands with more temptation in 2013!

My camera gear wanty list is extensive! If  I somehow win the lottery my local camera store are going to have a very busy afternoon. Kit aside there is something decadent about having a nice camera bag. I’m of the school of thought that if you buy a quality product in the first place then it’s a long-term saving. When it comes to quality there are few who can beat Grafea. Stunning leather camera bags with classic elegance – what’s not to love?

Tickety Boo! You can’t talk the wanties without toy shops – I’m a grown woman and I still get the shivers when I see an amazing toy. This is my favourite place to go wild as it stocks so many of my favourite brands – Djeco, Haba, Holztiger, Bigjigs, Jelly Cat, Brio and Vilac to name a few. This Solstice we will be shopping here for Djeco arts materials which are the best I’ve found. The people of Norwich are lucky to have such a gem on their streets.

Eve and Ned is an artisan silversmith brand which specialises in contemporary necklaces and rings. Wearing jewellery is one of those quirks of style that I’ve been missing since having children and Eve and Ned’s flat wire rings are calling to me…

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