The Last Days of Colette: The End of an Era at Paris’s Legendary Concept Store 1997-2017

“Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.” Paris. The concept store was born in March of 1997, at the corner of Rue Saint Honoré and Rue du 29 Juillet. In the 90s, lifestyle shops didn’t exist. Boutiques and department stores were the choices for multi-label retail therapy, and …

Frock Me Vintage at Chelsea Old Town Hall

I’ve been trying to avoid fast fashion to adopt a more sustainable approach to my own wardrobe, and I’ve found more and more of my clothes are pre-owned. Charity shop finds, thrifting, clothing swaps, and of course vintage. I love vintage. I had a few hours to kill before my train home from London; so I thought I’d stop in …

Lunch at CREAM Café in Shoreditc 

In 1996 I was going through a goth phase. I remember this because I played Nick Cave and Kylie’s “Where the wild roses grow” on repeat, wore a lot of black velvet, and explored the many uses for eyeliner. It was also around the time that I dated the most wholesome individual on the planet, who stubbornly refused to be …

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Another year, another Kelburn: Festival Essentials

This year I have plans to go to a grand total of six festivals, from one-day wonders in a local woodland to a trek across the country for Boomtown. Festival season is well underway; I’ve already been to two, volunteered at one, and have my bag half-packed for the next. For me, music festivals aren’t just for catching some of …

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Vegan dining at The Gate (Islington)

  I have a Master List. Every vegan or vegan-friendly cafe, restaurant and bar I hear about is added to an increasingly long wish list of places I want to stuff my face at. I’ve diligently marked them off, one by one, sometimes two or three in a day. The past couple years I’ve been to London more than ever, so …

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Vegan Travel Diaries: Friday in Prague

Prague is one of my favourite places to visit, and every time I come, I wish I could stay longer. I decided to celebrate my first proper holiday in three years by booking myself into a hotel rather than an Airbnb. I love the space and freedom of having a whole apartment to myself, but I just fancied not having …

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Vegan Travel Diaries: Thursday in Prague

About 10 years ago, I landed my first design job. I wasn’t having  a great time in Edinburgh, one of my closest friends had just died, and I’d found myself flunking out of all my classes because I had zero coping mechanisms. When I was offered a chance to go to Prague for a month to overhaul someone’s newly inherited …

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Not a Fashion Blogger: LFW Day 4 (Series 4/4)

As we launched ourselves at full speed towards the last day of LFW’s AW 2017 season in our carefully-selected-for-comfort mismatched velvet brogues, this rookie fashion writer was inspired, excited, and very very knackered. 

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Not a Fashion Blogger: LFW Day 3 (Series 3/4)

Fashion Week brings up all sorts of existential questions. If no one takes a photo of your outfit, did you really wear it? Is the average length of a queue the same as the median length of a piece of string? Do things start to relax by Sunday at LFW, or do they just get more surreal?  In some respects, by Day 3 …