• 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
    • On the Radar Triptease
      5th September 2013

      Triptease

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      A walk along my local high street often involves several stops to gaze longingly in the windows of estate agents at homes with prices to make my eyes water - I call this house porn. Another form of self-torture reaches beyond my neighbourhood and extends globally. Dreams of far flung and exotic holiday destinations often lead to endless searches on the internet gazing at white sandy beaches and luxurious suites, I call this holiday porn - categorically not to be confused with the other kind of porn commonly found on the world wide web!

      To add to the later indulgence is my discovery of Triptease, a new take on travel reviewing and inspiration in glorious technicolour. From budget to boutique, frugal to fabulous, if you’re looking to book a break, Triptease is a new online social community that offers impartial and unbiased viewpoints delivered on a visually appealing and aesthetically stunning image led platform.

      (As a foot note, if you’ve stumbled across this post via a misguided Google search I apologise you haven’t found what you were looking for but hope you still found this stimulating.)

      www.triptease.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