Today sees the launch of my brand new newsletter. More fabulous than before, I will be brightening up your inbox with lots of wonderful offers, beautiful flowers, stunning events and gorgeous photos. I’ll be revealing my favourite recipes and ideas, taking you ‘backstage’ to exclusive launches and sharing my hints and tips on the latest florals, fashion and interiors, plus much much more.
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I am thrilled to introduce my first guest blogger, Susannah Hunter.
Susannah is a world renowned handbag designer with celebrity fans including Nicole Kidman, Uma Therman and Helena Christensen.
We are currently in the throes of an exciting collaboration (more on that HERE) so it was only right that Susannah was my first and fabulous guest. After all these years of being interviewed, I am now the interviewer, how exhilarating!
Nikki Tibbles meets…. Susannah Hunter
[NT] I remember buying my first ever handbag from you 16 years ago at The Cross! How time flies. Anyway, I’m always asked the question: What inspires me? So, what inspires you?
[SH] Wow, I remember that day very well!
My inspirations are flowers and gardens from around the world. It’s a never ending love story.
[NT] Fabulous answer, darling! What are your favourite pieces?
[SH] I love my current graphite split mail bag, with melanite branch from my AW13 collection. I team it with my favourite Dries Van Noten dress and a Queene and Belle cashmere cardigan to top it off.
[NT] Beautiful. Where are your favourite places?
[SH] Taroudannt in Morocco, Kagoshima in Japan, Scotland and Paris.
[NT] Who are you favourite people?
[SH] Violet my daughter
[NT] How would you describe your style?
[SH] Simple clothes, jolts of colour, Moroccan cuffs are essential, and of course my trusty Susannah Hunter bag and seascape jumbo clutch.
[NT] I love your style, you always look so effortlessly glamorous. Apart from our exciting collaboration, what else do you have in the pipeline?
[SH] Expanding my furniture business and my market in Japan, with another huge stockist tour planned for next year.
[NH] Thank you, Susannah. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
Today [Sunday] I am lucky enough to be writing this from the gorgeous surroundings of my country retreat. Time to myself is far and few between, but last night I managed to jump in the car with my beautiful dogs and escape to a world of luscious green hills and breath-taking views. I think it’s always important to always grab some ‘you’ time when you can. And for me, even if it is for a few hours, my ‘me’ time is right here.
Today has involved a morning stroll with the dogs across rolling hills and beautiful beaches, followed by a fabulous home-made roast dinner for lunch in a quaint little village pub and then back home to make some Quince Jam. I’m now sat in front of the huge burning log fire counting down until Downton Abbey starts. Pure bliss.
I took some snaps of the Quince Jam I made earlier. It was my first attempt so I can’t wait for the team to give it the taste-test tomorrow morning!
I’m very excited to be attending Solange Azagury-Partridge’s party next week – just have a look at the stunning invite! Solange is an old friend of mine and I can’t wait to see the new shop in Mayfair, along with her latest collection Metamorphosis. I must try and refrain from buying every single piece of jewellery in there!
We will be providing flowers for the launch so, of course, blog post and photos to follow.
A lovely Friday treat for you all. To celebrate London Cocktail Week I wanted to share one of my favourite cocktail recipes with you.
Now, for everyone who knows me knows how much I love a tipple of Hendricks Gin. I came across this recipe a few years ago and it’s never failed to let me down. Sometimes (just sometimes!) champagne needs to take a back seat; this gin cocktail is just divine.
Let me know how you get on – I’d love to see photos of your cocktail making sessions!
1 2⁄3 oz Hendricks Gin
2⁄3 oz Lime Juice
2⁄3 oz Simple Syrup
8 leaves Mint Leaves
3 slices Cucumber
Method: Prepare in shaker
Mix the mint and cucumber slices with a little bit of the syrup
Add the Lime juice, Hendricks Gin, Bitters and the rest of the syrup
Half fill the shaker with ice
Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a sprig of mint or a slice of cucumber
Last night I had the great pleasure of going to watch a play about the life, loves and work of fabulous socialite florist and life-long inspiration of mine, Constance Spry, at The Arts Theatre. What fun to watch our industry played out on stage! I couldn’t help but smile while listening to Connie talk to her staff about the importance of space, light, shape, composition and of course, colour when making flower arrangements. As you all know, I love to be bold in my colour combination choices and will always try everything at least once…just like Constance! Her rule of “never over vase-ing” an arrangement also made me laugh, as I too have a keen eye for proportion…the vase, no matter how beautiful, should never ‘out-do’ the wonderful flowers that go in it! The flower trade has a lot to be thankful to Constance for, not least her insistence that jam jars and pickle pots make “jolly good vases”… and as we all know, they look great stuffed full of amazing flowers and placed on vintage wedding breakfast tables!
I would definitely recommend this show to anyone in the business, or indeed anyone with a love of flowers. If anything, what struck me most during the play, is just how an arrangement of flowers can be a lot like life…beautiful, colourful and hopeful!
My favourite part of redesigning spaces and rooms is discovering new and fabulous talent. Last week I came across the extremely talented Ellie Cashman. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Ellie Cashman Design creates the most spectacular floral wallpaper I have ever seen.
The designer, Ellie, originally from USA is now based in Netherlands. Her award winning creations are described as artful, elegant, sophisticated and feminine. Flowers are her inspiration and in her own words she describes them as ‘not only beautiful, but as powerful symbols that express the full range of human experience’.
I couldn’t love these creations and inspirations more.
My office is due a revamp soon, so I think I know what I’m requesting for the walls!
There’s not many parties where my trusted neon trainers get left behind – FYI, I have a whole wardrobe dedicated to them in every colour imaginable – but last night was a fabulous exception. Thank you to Vogue magazine for hosting such a fun evening at Daphne’s, celebrating the publication of Vogue On Designers.
Hailed as the new fashion bibles, Vogue on Designers is now in its second year of publication. Each book is written by renowned fashion writers and documents the careers of luxury designers through words, sketches and beautiful images. In 2012 the collection focused on Alexander McQueen, Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior.
The latest collection includes Cristóbal Balenciaga by Susan Irvine, Hubert de Givenchy by Drusilla Beyfus, Vivienne Westwood by Linda Watson and Ralph Lauren by an old friend of mine, Kathleen Baird-Murray. All the books take on a journalism view of each of their subjects and really get beneath the skin of each designer. A purely magical read and a no-doubt collector’s item.
Well done to Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman, all the extremely talented writers and Quadrille Publishing for producing such beautiful and iconic books.
Sunshine, autumn leaves and a cool breeze all made it the perfect weekend to get married.
On Saturday we were involved in a gorgeously romantic set-up. With 45 guests attending, sometimes the most intimate of weddings can be the most beautiful. Our theme was ‘typical English fall’ and the bride, who is from LA, had all her family fly over for the special day. Our colour palette was rich in oranges and deep reds with lots of berries and gourds.
Each guest was given a pumpkin flavoured cupcake and the couple were chauffeured around in 1950’s Rolls Royce. How perfectly English.