Monday, February 18, 2008

London shopping

My London booty includes this simple organic cotton Twiggy tote, designed for Marks & Spencer by fashion illustrator David Downton .
I also bought Iris Murdoch's "The Sea, The Sea" - I was enthralled by the pages I read on the Eurostar, my first foray into her work. Ok, I admit, one of the reasons I chose the book was also this beautiful Vintage Classics edition. I've already mentioned on this blog how much I love Penguin's old covers ("Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005", an anthology of the paperbacks' designs, is a coveted tome) but when it comes to contemporary editions of masterpieces of the past I'll pick Vintage Classics any time...
My bag was much weighed down by the Brit VOGUE. This glossy (a lot heavier than Murdoch's 500-page novel...) features some terrific writing (such a tribute to the late stylist Marit Allen, and pieces about love by 4 writers including Tamasin Day-Lewis), as well as an elegant step-by-step tie-dye project.


Finally, an item from England I haven't bought yet because it's a prototype... I just love Artycho's exquisite and whimsical work (made by this French lady in the English countryside), so imagine how honored and excited I was when I found out that my (admittedly pressing) requests inspired her to create a hat!Merci Artycho! I can't wait to buy and wear this lovely creation!

17 comments:

MISS GLITZY said...

Poirette will die for the Twiggy tote and so do I.

yasu said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for some time and its my first comment! I'm really enjoying your blog by the way and I love Paris..
I live in London and British museum is also my favorite place to go! Its actually quite near from my place and I can even go there by walk!.. but when you live there, you seldom go there, you know what I mean..?
But your post reminded me that I should go there more often since its so near!

Mary-Laure said...

Hello Miss Glitzy, je retourne a Londres le mois prochain et si tu veux j peux vous rapporter a Poirette et toi un de ces sacs! C'est seulement 2 pounds!
Ce serait une bonne occasion de nous rencontrer a mon retour, non?

MiMi said...

Thank you for your comment awhile back. Sorry so long to respond. Thats my cat named MiMi shes a cutie. ;) Love your blog!
if you dont mind I would love to add a link to it?

Joanna Goddard said...

that twiggy tote is SUPER rad.

Cara Black said...

nice tote and for bringing attention to the vintage penguin covers

marie said...

nice buys..what a lovely weekend trip!

ALL THE BEST said...

I may need to take a trip to M&S!

Esti said...

What treasures! I love the tote bag! I could spare the magazine (too big to carry around).

coco said...

I love the M&S bags
I have the Erin one

eclecticentertaining said...

Makes me want to buy a ticket for France so I can go shopping with you in London! I love to peek in at other people's treasures. It really shows you a lot about them... maybe I'll post about some of my recent treasure finds!

artycho said...

Dear mary-laure, thank you ever so much for the tribute! for the hat you have inspired me! I understand you had a lovely time in london! I love london,one of my teenager dream (influenced by cinema!)was to get married there and that what I did! Have a nice evening!

pve design said...

May as well flaunt it when you've got it!
Fabulous Fashion Illustrator and love you new hat!

Laura said...

Oh, Twiggy ... the mini-skirt, heavy mascara, Mary Quant, The Beatles, my teen-age years ...

valee said...

Hi! I absolutely love Paris and I'm so jealous that you can live there. On Sunday I'm going to LOndon for my very first time I'm going there for two weeks and I can't wait! Salute á Paris!

Joanna said...

That copy of "The Sea, The Sea" definitely beats my modern Penguin edition (though the latter is still lovely). I found the narrator to be so frustrating and out of touch with reality, but therein lies his quirky charm!

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