15 November 2022

Japanese Prints

I'm currently holed up in my bedroom, sat with my laptop on my bed, surrounded by furniture as decorators sand the floors and paint the walls in the other rooms.  We moved into this flat last December with a five week old baby (would not recommend!) and it's taken a while to make this place feel like ours.  I had dozens of interiors choices to make, from kitchens to curtains, paints to planters, and I lacked the motivation after putting the baby to bed and cooking dinner to research options and make a bunch of decisions.  I've slowly been ticking things off the list, but now Raphael's settled in at nursery, I've had the time and bandwidth to pick up the pace.

We plan on hanging a few pieces of Japanese art on our freshly painted walls, to remind us of our travels and the special place where we got engaged.  Here's my current shortlist of Japanese botanical/ landscape/ vintage prints from Etsy - one of which will be added to my Christmas wishlist shortly...

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Bamboo by Kōno Bairei - Vintage Japanese print - Japanese art on Etsy

Hiroshige, Yamashiro Province - The Togetsu Bridge in Arashiyama (Yamashiro, Arashiyama, Togetsukyô) - Japanese Prints on Etsy

Forest Illustration by Wantabe Seitei - Japanese Woodblock Poster - Oriental Art on Etsy

Vintage Japanese poster with red Crane Bird illustration art print - Japanese Prints on Etsy


25 October 2022

Gold Hoops

Last year I was kindly sent some gold hoop earrings from British fashion jewellery brand Ottoman Hands.  I've worn them a lot, as pictured here ready to pop at 39 weeks pregnant last October, and then last month, taking Raphael to his first day of nursery.  I took this photo on the walk there, before I dropped him off and the tears came (but more on all the motherhood feels later).  A year of change, but the beautiful gold hoops remain!

Style Blogger Emma Louise Layla wearing Ottoman Hands Alana Textured Gold Front Hoop Earrings - London Jewellery & Fashion Blog

Founded by Deniz Gurdal in 2010 and inspired by the traditions and craftsmanship of the Ottoman Empire, each piece is handcrafted by artisans in their Istanbul workshop.  Uniting eastern and western heritage, the designs are gold-plated recycled brass and feature semi-precious gemstones.

Ottoman Hands Alana Textured Gold Front Hoop Earrings - London Jewellery & Fashion BlogAlana Textured Gold Front Hoop Earrings

I love the unusual design of these front-facing hoops, which are handmade in 21 carat gold-plated brass.  Both pairs of earrings are lightweight so really comfortable, and come with matching pieces if you want to complete the look.

Style Blogger Emma Louise Layla wearing Ottoman Hands Mati Gold Eye Hoop Earrings - London Jewellery & Fashion Blog

Handcrafted in recycled brass plated with yellow gold, these eye hoops radiate artisanal character and playfully nod to the ancient evil eye symbol, thought to offer protection against evil forces.  The matte finish of the gold gives a well-loved, well-worn patina and vintage feel, as if they're old treasured jewellery box favourites.  And I'm sure they will be!

Ottoman Hands Mati Gold Eye Hoop Earrings - London Jewellery & Fashion Blog

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20 October 2022

Current Skincare Faves

Here are a few skincare favourites I'm currently loving.  After having limited time for self-care since a certain little someone came along, I'm enjoying having a (quick) morning and evening routine again.  These are all now empties, and are all recommended.

AHC Lightweight Hyaluronic Serum, Omorovicza Overnight Mask Gel, Aurelia London Cell Repair Oil, Youth to the People Vitamin C Serum, MZ Skin Retinol SPF30 Moisturiser, and Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel - London UK Beauty BlogAurelia London Cell Repair OilOmorovicza Overnight Mask GelAHC Lightweight Hyaluronic SerumMZ Skin Retinol SPF30 MoisturiserYouth to the People Vitamin C SerumDermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel and Dermalogica Eye Wand

For daytime, I'm using the 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum from vegan, eco-conscious brand Youth to the People.  Packed with vitamin C and caffeine derived from yerba mate and guayusa plants, this serum brightens, moisturises and reduces morning puffiness.

Next in the morning, I apply Hydrate & Nourish Age Defence Retinol Day SPF30 Moisturiser from MZ Skin, created by Dr Maryam Zamani.  This velvety-smooth, hydrating cream includes encapsulated retinol to smooth and refine, and factor 30 to protect the skin.

At night I'm using the Aqualuronic Serum from the #1 Korean skincare brand AHC.  It's a lightweight, moisturising serum formulated with ceramides and mineral-rich seawater clinically proven to boost hydration, which glides on the skin leaving it feeling smooth and refreshed.

For a night moisturiser, I love the Midnight Radiance Mask from luxurious Hungarian brand Omorovicza.  Packed with salicylic acid, it's an unusual, cooling gel consistency, which melts into the skin and works overnight to brighten, tone and reduce pigmentation.

These new parent dark circles just won't quit, so I'm relying on the new Awaken Peptide Depuffing Eye Gel from my favourite skincare brand, Dermalogica.  It firms, hydrates, helps minimise the appearance of fine lines, and works well under makeup so I've been using it morning and night.  I apply it with my little finger or Dermalogica's refreshing Ultimate Eye Wand, which I kept in the fridge over the summer to make it even more cooling on tired eyes.

Last but not least, before bed I apply a few drops of the Cell Repair Oil from all-natural, British brand Aurelia London.  This award-winning, nightly treatment uses botanicals and essential fatty acids to firm, tone and regenerate the epidermis, whilst antioxidants fight free radicals to reduce oxidative stress and ageing.

There you have it, my quick and efficient daily skincare routine.  I'm using the occasional face mask/ body scrub/ haircare treatment when I can, but I make time for these six products every day.  Let me know if you have any speedy big-hitters you recommend!

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10 October 2022

Milton Avery at the Royal Academy

It's your last chance to see the excellent Milton Avery exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, which runs until Sunday.  The London gallery has brought together a selection of around 70 paintings for the first comprehensive exhibition of the American artist's work in Europe.

Milton Avery, Sails in Sunset Sea, 1960 - Royal Academy of Arts 2022 Exhibition - London arts & culture blog
Milton Avery, Sails in Sunset Sea, 1960

Featuring paintings spanning Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism from the 1910s-1960s, American Colourist is a celebration of harmonious colour and simplified form.  Quiet scenes of daily life and portraits of loved ones sit alongside serene landscapes and bold, colourful canvases depicted in Avery's unique style.

Milton Avery, Blossoming, 1918 - Royal Academy of Arts 2022 Exhibition - London arts & culture blogMilton Avery, Blossoming, 1918

Considered one of America’s greatest 20th-century painters, Milton Avery (1885–1965) was admired by abstract expressionists Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, and a major influence on the next generation of artists.  Hot foot it to Burlington Gardens this week to see for yourself why.

Milton Avery: American Colourist, runs until 16 October 2022 at The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy

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Milton Avery, Little Fox River, 1942 - Royal Academy of Arts 2022 Exhibition - London arts & culture blog
Milton Avery, Little Fox River, 1942

Milton Avery, Husband and Wife, 1945 - Royal Academy of Arts 2022 Exhibition - London arts & culture blog
Milton Avery, Husband and Wife, 1945


21 January 2022

Fruit Bowls

I'm starting the new year, as feels right after the cosy clutter of Christmas, with a bit of a spring clean.  We moved last month into a new flat (side note: I would not recommend moving with a newborn), and are slowly but surely getting through the unpacking and arranging.  I'm decluttering as I go, taking dozens of items to the charity shops and recycling banks, then will do a proper wardrobe spring clean in the coming months when I can use naptimes to try on clothes rather than rummage through the final boxes trying to find a place for everything.  You can expect a lot more interiors content coming your way this year, as I research everything from bedroom and nursery furniture to kitchens and flooring - we were supposed to move in before the baby was born, but better late than never: let nesting commence.

Shell fruit bowls - Lara Decorative Bowl from Anthropologie - style blog 
I mentioned Christmas 2021 came and went in a bit of a blur - one of the things I hastily added to my last minute wishlist my family chased me for throughout December was this glazed fruit bowl from Anthropologie, and I'm happy I did. If you're in the market for a beautiful bowl, here are a few others I shortlisted too.

Anthropologie Lara Decorative Bowl - interiors & style blog

Taking organic form, this hand-glazed, textured bowl is perfect for decorative displays on a coffee table, counter or console.

RAAWII Strøm large earthenware bowl from Net A Porter - interiors & style blog

Designed by Danish artist Nicholai Wiig-Hansen, this geometric piece is inspired by early 20th century Cubism. Made by hand, with a raised conical base and a deep vessel, this fruit bowl is equally striking as a sculpture by itself.

Wolf & Badger Black & White Toppu Bowl - London interiors & style blog

Characterised by a graphic and stylish design, this bold black and white piece can be used as a pot or serving bowl.

Sophie Conran Floret Serving Bowl - Cream - Large

Wonderfully tactile and inspired by the outdoors, this stoneware bowl adds a naturally beautiful touch to your home and family meals.

Anthropologie Decorative Footed Bowl - UK interiors & style blog

Anthropologie decorative footed bowl

Crafted from terracotta and hand-painted, this bowl sits atop a wide base that lifts it from tabletops - perfect for displaying baked creations, fresh fruit, or dried arrangements.

Tom Dixon Bone Bowl - UK interiors & style blog

A sculptural solid brass bowl for the table top. Its open structure works as a display platter or unusual table top piece.

Etsy Marble Ruffle Bowl - interiors & style blog

Stylish, modern multi-purpose bowl, crafted by hand from a single piece of stone.

H&M cream stoneware bowl - UK interiors & style blog

 Modern, decorative bowl perfect for displaying fruit or other items, providing a minimalist interior design detail.

TK Maxx Red Woven Bowl - UK interiors & style blog

Add a statement splash of colour with this red glazed bowl in a plaited design.

John Lewis Truly Stoneware Fluted Serve Bowl, 26cm, Pale Grey - UK interiors & style blog

Handcrafted from pale grey stoneware, this serving bowl has a vintage-style fluted design.

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