Something For Dessert
Shoe Lane Coffee
I stepped out of the kitchen this week and headed to Shoe Lane Coffee for this week’s ‘Something for Dessert‘.
Head over to Cuckoo Magazine to see what I ate.
The recent furore surrounding Lucinda Chambers’ interview with Vestoj has caused such a stir in the fashion world it would be fair to say it almost broke the internet (not in a ridiculous Kim Karadashian way). And with good reason. Not sure what the story is? The short version is Lucinda Chambers, former fashion editor at British Vogue got fired and told the world about it.
Lucinda Chambers’ spent some thirty-six years at British Vogue, twenty-five of those as fashion editor got straight to the point in her interview;
When I first read the article I was taken aback at her honesty and not just about being fired. She spoke about the various aspects of the industry, advertising pressures, vulnerability and selling things we don’t really need. Within a blink of an eye, the article published on Vestoj website was removed. In the age of social media where everything is at our fingertips there were plenty of opportunities to see screenshots of the interview and people were scrambling for a view. With another blink of an eye and a note from the editor, the article reappeared.
Some might say there is nothing new in the article, that behind all of the glamour and retouching we have always suspected the ugliness that lies behind the fashion pages in magazines. And this is probably true, however I can’t help thinking that there is more to this than Lucinda Chambers telling us that she got fired. Her honesty is of course refreshing. I’m not sure I would be able to admit to anyone outside of my close circle that I got fired from a job but in her eyes that was the story so why not tell it? Why not talk about the anxiety and vulnerability that the fashion world inhabits? We all know it and in an odd way it was a relief to hear, from such a prominent person that what I thought all along was true.
But we all play a role in this story. Whether we work in the industry, read magazines or buy clothes. Lucinda Chambers’ role has been very clear and in very simple terms I can’t help ask if it was all so terrible why did she stay so long in a world that made people question their own worth? As adults don’t we have to make choices and take responsibility for the environment we contribute to, the people we surround ourselves with, our body of work and the trends (if any) that we follow? With Lucinda Chambers’ talent I can’t help ask why did she not find another way to participate in the fashion world? Or is it too much to take on? Is this in fact her contribution, after all these years to tell this story?
In the midst of all the drama and many articles and opinions voiced on the matter, there is yet another note from the editor;
“EDITOR’S NOTE: Following the original publication of this article, we’ve been contacted by lawyers on behalf of Conde Nast Limited and Edward Enninful OBE and have been requested to amend the interview. This request has now been granted.”
I’m glad the article has been republished and that I got to read the original interview without the airbrushing mentioned above and that in itself makes me wonder what difference this interview will make.
You can read the current version of Lucinda Chambers’ interview here.
It has been rather quiet here on lovetomtom and some of you may already know why.
Sadly I have had rather a difficult time the past few weeks loosing two special ladies in our family. As you can imagine, life has not only turned upside down, it has been put on hold.
🖤 . . Life has taken an unexpected turn the past few weeks & in a matter of days I have lost two amazing women. They were from worlds apart but somehow their strength & courage was mirrored. I'm filled with sadness & a longing to be in two places at once so until I am able to come out of this fog, my family, friends, work & life here will provide a welcomed distraction. #rip #love #family #strong #determined #women #lose #missinghome #repost @presentandcorrect Still Life.
I’m so delighted to introduce you to Cuckoo Magazine if you aren’t already familiar with it that is, and even more exciting is that I’m joining the team to talk all things food!
Each week you’ll be able to read my recipes, reviews, what’s good and even what’s bad and I’m kicking things off with a trip to Network café for my ‘Something for Dessert?‘ series. You can find out what I ate for dessert here and trust me it was good!
I know I have written loads about my wedding but there is one story I haven’t shared. Don’t worry it’s actually a very short story and you can find in THE NEW YORK TIMES!
I’m so thrilled to see my name maybe not quite up in lights, I’m working on that, but in The New York Times and with this special story.
Click here to read how I picked my engagement ring; it’s in The New York Times!! Just in case you missed that part.
This week I’m delighted to share with you another story that is close to my heart. Better still I got to write this piece for Count Her In, a network for women to be you guessed it, counted in. Georgina, founder of Count Her In has set up an amazing network for women to make connections, make friends, join groups and different events.
It is the perfect place for me to share my tale about moving to Ireland. Putting pen to paper, or finger to keyboard ignited all sorts of memories and I’m thrilled to be have been able to revisit the adventure. Head over to Count Her In by clicking here. I hope you enjoy reading about the place I call home.
Almost time for holidays
August is here and I’m still counting down to my holidays. Fret not: While I’ve been counting down to my own holidays, as part of lovetomtomSBD I’ve had the pleasure of looking through your eyes and seeing all your holiday snaps and adding to my travel wish list. Plus my parents arrived and I’ve been in holiday mode with them so really it’s been a great summer so far and I haven’t even gone on holidays yet!
Here are a few photographs that caught my eye. Take a look at this beautiful view of Lake Como by Amelia at la femme éclectique. A place definitely on my travel wish list.
I couldn’t pass a look at Paris through Marie in May’s eyes.
Then there was this building in Tokyo to entice me thanks to Kristy Who.
And of course I couldn’t resist reminiscing and looking back at one of my own snaps from New York, a place so dear to my heart.
Once again the reason I started lovetomtomSBD has really paid off this month. Instead of being envious of all the places I haven’t gone, I look at your holidays with hope of all the places I will go. Same time of year, different approach and oh boy is it helping me get through the fact that I’m not on holidays. Yet!
Don’t forget to check out all the links I’ve included of these fabulous pictures and the people that took them and keep sending yours through. I never tire of looking at them!
Some of you may be aware that my fabulous parents have crossed the pond and made the very long journey to pay Mr B and I a visit. Life has been so busy the past few months, my countdown to their arrival went from over one hundred sleeps to 1 sleep in the blink of an eye! And you all know I love a good countdown!
House guests means preparations and preparations that I love. Remember the last time I had house guests? Most of my preparations this time round have been about food and what we will eat and where! I know I have a tough few weeks ahead of me!
Back home I’ve gone into guest room mode and I always have this image of how I want a guest room to look (I blame Pinterest for that) but sadly, there are lots of things in my house that are there and not by choice. I can only work with what I’ve got and it doesn’t take much or cost much for that matter to pretend like our house is somewhere worth staying. I added a few little goodies like toiletries I know they like, samples I know mum would like to try, the city essentials and a well stocked drinks trolley will hopefully make up for the brown patterned carpet! At the end of the day they are here to see us so I guess that’s all that counts!
Do you like having house guests? How do you prepare? Will I be envious of your guest room?