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Valentine’s Day Home Gift Ideas To Share

Share the Love

With just two weeks to go now until Valentine’s Day is upon us, I have put together 10 home gift ideas that you could buy to share … Valentines is about the two of you after all, no ?

If you’re single then you can still treat yourself because you deserve it. It’s a win, win situation ! I’ve added the prices too and if you like the look of any of these things then you can click and take a closer look.

1. We all know and love Penguin Books. A loved up print for your wall that will also add an extra pop of colour to the room. Unframed. Made by Reece Ward. £21.

2. I adore the elegant, french furniture and accessories by French Bedroom Company. I can personally vouch for this cosy, soft  dusky mink ” Pauline’s Pretty Throw ” as I have one here at home. Perfect for cosying up. £70.

3. If ever there was a time to insist on more scented candles in the home. One each. He gets Cardamom, Pepper, Patchouli and Amber. She gets Mandarin, Bergamot, Jasmine and Vetiver. From Amara. £30.

4. More lusciousness ( yes, apparently it is a real word ) .. REN Moroccan Rose Bath Oil from Space NK. £30.

5. Love Birds ! Stoneware salt and pepper shakers. I couldn’t resist sharing these with you. Kitsch and extremely colourful. Liberty London. £19.95.

6. Alessi make really unique products and these heart spoons are just perfect. My daughter has one ( well, she has hoodwinked mine ) They look so pretty at the table and great for hot chocolate. Millys Kitchen Store. £19.95 for 4. Which leads me on to the next idea …

7. His n Hers ” Together ” mugs by Rob Ryan. These are from Mollie and Fred. £16.99.

8. I’ve talked about Liberty London enough for you to know that these would always get picked. Bombus ( remember my interview with them ) decoupage the letters with Liberty fabric. They are £10 each.

9. US based store Leif has lots of lovely things including these heart cushions that come in different colour ways. They are $58.

10. Oh how I love Vowed & Amazed. They provided our light up letters for our wedding and they now make and sell them too. This joined up ” Love ” sign with fairground lights would be a beautiful addition. £260.

That is all ! What do you think ? Are any of my picks winking at you ?

Have a good week, more blog posts to come …

Lucy x

Three is the Magic Number

Lucy and Andy Musical Theater Wedding093Todays is Andy and my 3rd Wedding Anniversary. It’s a real cliche to say but times does fly. It’ll be 10 years next week since we first me too. So much has happened in the last decade – births, loved ones passing, work, life changes, ups, a few downs …

I shared some photos back when we had just got wed but thought today I would post just a few more. The longer away the wedding feels, the more I enjoy the memories. If I’m honest, I felt quite overwhelmed on the day –  not the most relaxing when two of your bridesmaids are 2 and 5 and are so excited that they’re pinging off the walls all day beforehand, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way because they still remember every little detail.

It’s nice to see the wedding dress again – fond memories of making it with my friend Sarah Belinda.

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Hope you have enjoyed the images from our theatre wedding. They were all taken on the day by Laura Babb. She’s ace.

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

All images copyright Laura Babb.

INSPIRE ME with Laura Babb

I have a lot to thank Laura Babb for. She was our wedding photographer and quite frankly, couldn’t have captured our day better.

Laura is based in London but also travels far and wide, photographing many a happy couple. Her work has been featured recently in Hello Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Wedding Ideas Magazine, The Huffington Post, Rock my Wedding … to name just a very few.

As a story teller of other peoples loves – I thought it would be interesting to find out more about Laura Babb herself, and how she manages to evoke memories so effortlessly with her camera …

Tell me about your background. Have you always been creative ?

I was into drama and performing arts when I was growing up and studied performing arts at college but I didn’t ever really have a visual arts medium that I used to express myself creatively. I am dreadful at drawing.

I think my interest in photography was sparked in 2007 when I travelled around Cambodia and Thailand.  This picture of a boat, on a beach on Koh Chang, is one of the first pictures that I ever took that I remember feeling proud of.

How did you get into wedding photography ? What inspired you ?

When I got back from my travels, I met Pete, my now husband, who is a graphic designer and was always taking pictures on his compact digital camera.  I guess that inspired me, as I bought my first SLR not long after that.

Pete had studied photography at A Level and taught me to use it.   We’d go out on walks to take pictures nearly every weekend and my love of photography developed that way.

I loved photographing urban landscapes and architecture and I still use a lot of those elements in my work as backdrops when photographing people.  I am constantly inspired by the world around me, shapes, lines and form and I love to explore these elements with my camera.

Is there a technique to relaxing people so that you can get the perfect photo ?

When I photograph couples it’s really about getting them to interact with each other naturally.  When I photograph individuals I’ll get them to engage with me.  For me a lot of this is trying to get people to forget that the camera is there.

Once they have spent a little bit of time being photographed in a really low key way, you can move in a little close or try to get more creative shots.  I think it’s all about reading people really and, for me, the first 10 minutes of any session is the most important as that’s when I get a feel of what the person will be like on camera.

On the wedding day it’s often easier, as you’ve been photographing the couple in a documentary style for a few hours before it comes to the portrait session, so they’re used to you.

What has been your most unique location to date ?

I’ve had a few warehouse weddings which I’ve really loved.  One of my favourites was Camp and Furnace in Liverpool.  They have a big, warehouse with vintage caravans inside.  It’s very cool.  I love heading off to different cities and countries too, to shoot.  I was in California recently for a photography workshop and being able to explore a new area with my camera totally reinvigorates my love for shooting. I’ve been lucky enough to do some destination weddings too, which I really enjoy for the same reason.

Do you feel nervous or excited before a shoot ? Or both ? 

Both. I think a bit of nervous energy is normal.  It starts to build up the day before, when I am getting my kit ready and packing my bag, and I often feel a little nervous when I’m on route. The nerves dissipate when I start photographing though and the adrenalin kicks in.

What camera do you work with ? What would you recommend to a budding photographer ?

I shoot with Nikon cameras.  They’re all much of a muchness though really.  Any entry level SLR is a great move if you want more control over your photography.  There are some great mirror less options now days too.  It’s funny, people often ask me for camera advice but I really don’t know much about them.  I know my camera but don’t know much about what else is out there ( unlike my husband who seems to know everything about every camera ! ).

I’d always say a camera is only as good as the person who’s using it so the biggest thing to invest in is practice time.

As well as wedding photography – you also offer fashion, beauty and portrait photography – are they all very different ways of working ?

I only really do the odd shoot that’s not wedding related.  A lot of my editorial work is wedding related and I do enjoy it. I have thought about trying to grow these areas of my business but, really, my passion is story telling.

I love doing lifestyle shoots that involve hanging out with someone/a family for the afternoon, and just telling their story.  I love this picture from a family lifestyle shoot that I did recently, where Laura and Rob are just hanging out with Max, their baby.  It makes me really happy to be able to put together a set of images that provide a window into what life is like on a day to day basis.

Being self employed and running your own business  – what are the pros and cons ?

Pros – it’s such a lovely feeling to see your business grow.  This is the start of my fourth year in business and I have just set up a Limited Company and taken on an assistant.  Having flexibility is nice and being autonomous is great.  I also love being able to do something creative.  I also never, ever get that Sunday night feeling of doom that I used to get when I worked for someone else.  I love my job now.

Cons – About five percent of my time is spent on photography and the rest is running my business.  As a company of only two people, everything falls to me ( although I do now outsource various bits and pieces ).  You really do feel compelled to be working all of the time and it’s common for me to work six days a week or even seven in the middle of wedding season.   I even had to check my email while I was on my honeymoon !

Where do you see your career heading in the next few years ? What else would you like to achieve ?

I want to expand the business to have a number of associate photographers who shoot for me.  I have started this process with my new assistant, who will be shooting with me this year then shooting her own weddings as part of Babb Photo next year. On a personal level I’d love to do more travel / documentary photography and me and my husband are saving to travel more at the moment.


Thanks Laura. Looking forward to seeing this summers shoots. :)

If you’d like to see more of Laura’s work, you can go to, where you can also check out her current portfolio. Of course, there’s also her Facebook and Twitter pages too, if you fancy saying hi !

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All images copyright of Laura Babb 2014.

INSPIRE ME – with Chie Mihara

91There are certain shoe designers who radiate individuality within their work. To be able to do this – and mix it up with beauty and vintage inspiration is my idea of heaven !

Chie Mihara started out in 2002 and now ten years on, stocks her shoes, boots and sandals with over one thousand clients worldwide, including Selfridges in the United Kingdom and Neiman Marcus in the United States. She even has a really pretty and distinctive bridal range.

I have been a bit of a fan of Chie Mihara for some time, so am pleased to be sharing some of her inspirations with you today…

How did you originally get into shoe design ? Was it always a dream of yours ?

I was always into fashion. For me, shoes was a big unhappy story because I could never find a shoe that I liked for my 40 feet… but never thought I would be a shoe designer !!

Being into fashion takes you to all it’s areas.

Can you tell me the process from design to actual fruition ?

The longest process is the searching. I go to the shoe museum and look for images from different decades, also look for my fashion and accessories book archive I hold in my studio, do trips to Paris, Milan and look around what´s cooking…shops, movies, music, everything is feeding your mind with information.

Later I start defining last shapes, heel shapes, soles, platforms…go to leather fairs in Milan and Paris to see and buy from the tanneries. Once you get all these information you can start drawing…that can take three to four weeks…

Then you pass the catalogue finished with all details to the factory, once the patterns are made. The factory makes the samples and now we are ready to show to our customers from all around the world. we do fifteen to eighteen fairs per season and from the selling season we go to production time, that could take another three to four months until the stores would receive the goods to sell.. shoes

How many seasons ahead are you with your designing ? 

I finished summer 2013 a few months ago.  Right now for example, I am working on the fall 2013 /14 wich will be shown in fairs of early december through march and the shops will have it delivered by July / August.

Are all of your shoes handmade ? 

Yes. All shoes are hand made. even in China ! but of course the process we use here in Europe is more hands on and little details are watched carefully.

Which era’s do you draw inspiration from ?

I love the 30´s and 40´s because it was a very down to earth times and fashion was very utilitarian. Also enjoy the late 70´s and early 80´s for the fun and funky of disco and the explosion of youth. MG_06092

What would you say sets your style aside from other shoe brands ?

Comfort and the very personal style. I never look to what other brands are doing, I dont care. I only look and work for my never ending joy of  creating ! can´t allow myself being too comfortable or relaxed, I have to be hungry at all times !

Do you like to listen to music when working and if so what inspires you ?

Always ! music carries you to another state of mind…sometimes when I´m creating, I repeat the same cd over and over again…

With your shoes stocking in over a thousand stores worldwide now, this must keep you super busy! How do you relax when you get the time ?

I have three children (15, 13 and 11) and my husband, we do lots of things together. I have a very balanced life. I don´t live in a big city, we are sorrounded by mountains and the beach …we are in the mediterranean, its really nice.

But, I´m a very active person, I don´t know what´s relaxing and watching tv…never do that.

I take work on weekends and thats relaxing for me !

How long have you been designing wedding shoes as well ? They are stunning :)

Thanks ! I started wedding shoes four or five years ago…it was an easy choice, because my shoes are already romantic. Some clients would do the white combination and i decided to do it myself.

Could you give a bit of advice to new designers out there ?

You have to work hard on exploring your creativity. Develop techniques to get more original ideas and concepts. Don´t copy other designers! keep your personal integrity ! be original !


Good looking shoes designed by a very inspiring woman ! Thanks so much, Chie.

I love the fact that Chie focuses on her own idea’s and remains unique !   

You can follow Chie Mihara on Twitter – @ChieMiharaStore, become a fan on Facebook and see more designs right here.

All images copyright Chie Mihara 2012.

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INSPIRE ME – with Irregular Choice

I think I ‘may’ have *cough* mentioned before… once or twice ;) that I am a HUGE Irregular Choice fan. As in, not able to pass a shoe store without popping in and checking out their latest designs… trying on…… and then purchasing them…. :)

For a while now, I have wondered about the innovative creator and designer behind this now world renowned label – Dan Sullivan.. how he puts his lines together each season and what makes him tick. Not only do Irregular Choice design mouth watering footwear ( that I have recently also seen cool brides adourning ), clothing, bags and accessories – they even now make very pleasing on the eye homeware !

So, my friends.. today is a really special day. It’s ‘Inspire Me’ .. all about Dan, his design inspirations for Irregular Choice and his directional, extremely exclusive new collection – Dan Sullivan . A collection for “die hard fans” – and I can assure you, he has not held back – they really are incredible as you are about to see…


Dan, how did you get into shoe design ? Had it always been your plan ?

My parents had a line of shoe stores called Transit in the UK during the 70’s punk Camden London era, so from an early age I grew up around footwear, design and how to retail that to the consumer. I then learned about production by traveling to the factories jn the far east. I didn’t go to fashion or design school.


What I love about Irregular Choice, is that your shoes, clothing and accessories are totally unique – where do you get your inspiration ?

Thank you, that’s definitely our brand ethos. Everything I’ve done has been self- taught and influenced by travels- experiencing a huge variety in world cultures, people, fashions and food. I have to say Japan is probably my most influential place.


Do you have a strong vision of each piece before you start the designing process, or does it evolve as you work?.. and do you name the shoe style before or after ? :)

I have a clear vision of the direction I want to take, design wise, in order to push the boundaries from the collection before. I then use a huge library of colors, textures, trims and fabrics to make that happen. I make sure that each collection has meaning and is well- rounded, so although the shoes are very different and strong , there really is a shoe for everybody. The naming of the shoe comes afterward, once we see how the shoe has turned out in person as opposed to drawing.


You have a huge fan base, worldwide – is this something that happened very quickly ?

I’m very thankful to the Irregular Choice fans, the fan base has evolved greatly over the past 12 years which is great. I think that the opening of the London England store in 2009 really saw the brand catapult here in the UK as it was a place for fans to come and really understand what we are about as a whole lifestyle.


As well as stocking internationally, you have your own Irregular Choice stores in Brighton, London, Hong Kong, Virginia in the USA and currently a ‘pop up’ shop in Paris, Does this mean you spend alot of time travelling and how do you combine it with the designing side of things ?

Yes, our retail has expanded which is really where I want to see the growth of the brand in the future. It means I can present Irregular Choice in an environment so unique and memorable that people keep coming back. Although I do travel a lot, particularly to the Far East and to the factories to check on production and sampling, I set aside specific time to design the season’s collection. I plan it into my schedule and close the door from outside distractions. Thats the only way I can really get the point of the brand across in design and keep each collection consistently unique.


Do you get time to switch off? What is an ideal day of chilling for you ?  

Sometimes ! Spending time at home with my family is the best day.


Recently, you launched an exclusive collection under your own name – Dan Sullivan. Will you be doing this every season and what can we expect ?

I went back to the roots of what makes IC unique and desirable and timesed it by 1000. The Dan Sullivan Collection is really a thank you to the fans, and I havn’t held back in creating one- of a kind shoes. These I think are some of my favorite designs as it’s truly different. I also wanted to keep them unique by making only a dozen or so of each style, so each customer really feels special. At the moment they are available on and each month I will be launching new styles between now and Feb 2013.

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For anyone reading this interview who wants a career in design, what advice would you offer them ?

I never went to design school, so I can’t say that works for everybody. But I would say to emerse yourself in whatever inspires you and whatever motivates you to design and makes you happy.


A large cap doffing thanks to Irregular Choice and of course, Dan himself.
You can keep up date with Irregular Choice on Twitter, Facebook and also on their website and blog


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All images copyright of Irregular Choice 2012.