• Fashion Never Underdressed
      9th October 2013

      Never Underdressed

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      Recently launched online fashion authority, Never Underdressed, asked for my insight into one of my favourite trends for Autumn/Winter. I chose the dark romance of a Gothic heroine...

      "Skin peeking from under panels of lace and chiffon seem erotically veiled, giving an edginess to otherwise strict, prim and classic shapes in dark hues, while luxurious fabrics like silk, velvet and leather are toughened with straps buckles and zips. Decadent, dark and daring, the Gothic girl is my heroine for winter."

      See my seasonal edit for Never Underdressed here

      www.neverunderdressed.com
    • Love. Want. Need. Floral Necklace
      28th August 2013

      Floral Necklace

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      It breaks my heart to say and I'm sorry to state the obvious, but... we're fading into autumn. The nights are drawing in, leaves are turning gold and the summers brilliant blooms are dissolving.

      However - and never have I placed so much importance on a piece of jewellery - this statement necklace is the perfect piece to keep the sunny season alive! The power of the flower is forever embodied in this fiercely elegant statement necklace, glass jewels and coloured beads are organised into floral shapes on a tough oxidised chain with pretty porcelain petals.

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      Flower necklace - Zara, £29.99 - www.zara.com
    • Out Going Burger & Lobster
      12th June 2013

      Burger & Lobster

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      Another addition to the quirky protein focused foody scene, Burger & Lobster ticks the boxes of two of London's most prominent restaurant trends. With an anti-elitist stance on 'no reservations' and limited menu of few dishes done exceptionally well (others include Ceviche, Meat Liquor, Bubble Dog and Chicken Shop).

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      Though choice is small, the question 'Burger or Lobster?' is a difficult predicament. choosing between a succulent half lobster, a brioche roll stuffed full of meaty lobster or a beef burger is tough.

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      The purist in me would pick the half lobster with a buttery sauce and bib, but for a lazy quick fix that's equally as delicious it's the brioche roll every time. Insider tip: ask nicely and the chef will dress it for you, saving the effort and the need for the not-so-stylish bib!

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      www.burgerandlobster.com
    • Love. Want. Need. Catherine Deane
      27th February 2013

      Catherine Deane

      I love a look of contrasts - tough with soft, new with old, neat with distressed - and no one seems to be doing this better than evening wear designer, Catherine Deane.

      Beautiful silks are structured with leather harnesses, adorned with lace panels and latticed with buttery soft suedes.

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      Catherine, who "... grew up knitting jumpers, pressing flowers and embroidering napkins with my two grannies..." was taught by her mother how to use a sewing machine and has been making clothes since the age of 12. Born in Ireland, raised and educated in South Africa Catherine now works from just outside Hong Kong. This nomadic heritage has clearly provided a cross section of influences.

      Available at My-Wardrobe.com and at Harvey Nichols It's also worth noting that the sale of every dress equals a donation of educational toys to children in need in South Africa.

      www.catherinedeane.com
    • On the Radar Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things
      4th February 2013

      Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      PHOTOGRAPHY Luke Hayes
      30th January 2013

      The Design Museum has opened a permanent collection devoted exclusively to contemporary design and architecture from the twentieth-century. Exploring exceptional everyday items and graphics or objects inherent to communicating a national identity, the exhibition includes a study of the Anglepoise lamp (the single most copied, parodied and collected in the history of design) and profiles the Olympic 2012 logo, now a globally recognised icon.

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      The exhibition presents six key stories through hundreds of items, offering a diverse investigation into the impact of design on every aspect of our lives. Speaking of the exhibition Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum explains "Design matters at every level. It is what makes daily life a little better; it is about the big economic changes that the world is going through. It is about the designers and the manufacturers, but it is also about the users. It is a unique way of making sense of the world around us."

      From the banks of the River Thames to the leafy borough of Kensington, the opening of this permanent collection marks a milestone in the journey towards the future of the Design Museum at its new home.

      www.designmuseum.org