ASHDOWN PARK HOTEL

For my BFF's hen party, we spent a relaxing weekend playing ladies of the manor at Ashdown Park Hotel in the beautiful Sussex countryside.  We got on the train after work on Friday with a bottle of Champagne and arrived an hour later, getting a taxi from East Grinstead to this beautiful Victorian gothic manor house in the heart of the Ashdown Forest.

Almerida restaurant at Ashdown Park Hotel

We checked into our luxurious twin bedroom, finished with traditional furnishings and period pieces, overlooking the pristine landscaped gardens and lake, before heading down for an aperitif on the lawn and then dinner at the two AA Rosette award-winning Anderida restaurant.

Ashdown Park Hotel garden


PETIT BATEAU AND CÉDRIC CHARLIER

Petit Bateau, which has previously collaborated with Carven (I have that beautiful navy collared dress) and Christian Lacroix, has just announced its latest designer collaboration - a partnership with Belgian designer and ex-Lanvin/ Cacharel Artistic Director Cédric Charlier for a new capsule collection launching in December just in time for Christmas, perfect for both parties and presents.

Cedric Charlier for Petit Bateau designer capsule collection

THE PERFECT SALAD SERVERS

I've been looking for salad spoons for ages.  Years.  Obviously I've had some (simple metal House of Fraser ones, which were perfectly acceptable but plain) and some bamboo ones my friend brought back from Thailand (lovely, but very fragile) but I've been looking for the perfect servers - a simple large spoon and a three or four prong fork with good, heavy-ish handles - since I worked on interiors magazines way back in 2010.

Oliver Bonas gold feather salad servers

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: MILES DAVIS

Irving Penn Miles Davis hand 3 black and white photograph, 1986
Miles Davis hand 3, by Irving Penn, 1986
I love this photo, I've had it up in my room for years.

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OSTWALD HELGASON

One of the new designers added to The Outnet is Ostwald Helgason, the London-based designer duo by German-born Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason from Iceland, who established the brand in 2008, show at London Fashion Week and produce beautiful clothing made in Britain.  Hooray.

Ostwald Helgason Colour-block twill dress

This sixties feel preppy shirt dress in royal purple and electric blue blended silk finished with a bright white collar is a winner. Think this is my favourite. 

The bold use of bright colours, eye-catching prints and luxe fabrics jazz up the modern silhouettes, clean lines and smart shirting and I'm smitten.  There are plenty of goodies on the site, but these four dresses are all up to 65% off.  Eeny, meeny, miny, moe...
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