An alfresco breakfast in London: Petersham Nurseries La Goccia

posted on: Saturday, 20 October 2018

For those of you that haven't already been informed, the popular Petersham Nurseries has recently opened an additional location in London's Covent Garden. Expect to find a charming shop, filled floor to ceiling with swoon-worthy home interiors, flowers, gifts and more. While the Richmond location may be focused more on the garden experience, it seems the new Covent Garden outpost is mainly about the culinary arts. There's an a la carte restaurant, an afternoon tea, a delicatessen and a Italian restaurant featuring an extensive menu of small plates. La Goccia, the Italian side of Petersham, recently opened with a beautiful outdoor courtyard available for the sunnier days we get in London. And trust me when I say you'll want to have a few places on your list when the sun is shining!

Style Update: One for the four legged friends

posted on: Friday, 19 October 2018

When I was sixteen I had my heart well and truly broken for the first time. The circumstances aren't important. Young love is powerful, but often times ridiculous. Let's just leave it there. But, as I collapsed on my bedroom floor crying, believing my life was over, my dog, Bizmarck, came straight to my side and buried his face in my lap. The tears streamed down my face down onto my pup's head and he looked up at me and licked the salty water from my cheeks. In return, I wrapped my arms around him, around his golden fur, and thanked him for being someone who would never ever break my heart. That's the thing about a dog. They can only love you. That's their only setting. You love and they love in return, unconditionally. 

FFG Travels: Kiawah Island Resort, South Carolina

posted on: Thursday, 18 October 2018

When new acquaintances ask me to describe my home in "The South," I know they are always expecting me to compare my lifestyle to something out of Gone With The WindFried Green Tomatoes or Dawson's Creek. There is an incredible romance that has built up around this part of the world, because of the way it has been portrayed in popular culture around the globe. Forrest Gump sold us the simple life, with Spanish Moss billowing in the live oaks at every turn; Reese Witherspoon returned home to Sweet Home Alabama, turning her back on the big city and re-embracing the slow southern lifestyle; and of course no one living should carry on without watching the kiss to end all kisses at the end of a Southern dock in The Notebook. In short, there is a reason so many stories are given life in the Southern states. It's every bit as romantic as you would imagine it to be. Even after calling it home for 38 years, it can still charm and seduce me every time. My heart is here, it will always be here. But, there are moments when the Southern Charm is so powerful, so poignant, that I am nearly brought to my knees by it's unique ability to woo even the toughest critic. But, I've often struggled with answering the question, "where can I stay in South Carolina where that Southern Charm will be delivered in spades?" It's not for lack of searching. It's a challenge I haven't taken on lightly, but one that came to a swift conclusion after spending five minutes inside The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a Preferred Hotels Resort

Style Update: Styled by Eva Mendes

posted on: Wednesday, 17 October 2018

I love being able to share online discoveries of great brands and not so well known collaborations with you guys as often as I can. I think there is so much going on with shopping online that we often miss out on the collections that are really deserving of headlines and often don't get them, for whatever reason. I call them the "sleepers." A part of me loves that, globally, these collections aren't spoken about as much as they could be, as it means I can get in and grab the product as it launches without worrying about anything selling out immediately. So, I'm almost a little hesitant to say this out loud, but one of my favourite designers over the past couple of years has actually been....drum roll please.... EVA MENDES.