A Yoga Brunch with Deliciously Ella.




Let it be said, I am generally not the sort of girl to get excited about volunteering herself for exercise. Five years of compulsory school sports days saw me assigned that-most attractive of events: shot put. An ordeal so ridiculous (and painful) it scared me off all sports for life. A civilised morning of yoga with a healthy brunch thrown in though? That’s an idea I can get on board with. The morning was hosted by Ella Woodward, babest of babes and the founder of healthy-eating super blog Deliciously Ella.

So, buoyed with an enthusiasm for yoga I have experienced frankly never, I strolled into the idyllic South Kensington mews where Evolve Yoga is situated, got into my yoga gear (last appearance: 2011) and supped on two cups of Pukka ‘Revitalise’ tea and a home-made energy ball before 75 minutes on the mat. Selda, our instructor, was really amazing  and even though I was the only one of twenty to crash to the ground during their downward dog I still ended up feeling as zen as Angela Lansbury in ‘Positive Moves’. Result! The brunch afterwards was where things got super delicious with 26grains providing the almond milk porridge with pomegranate and coconut yoghurt, apple with cacao-dusted nuts and seeds and roasted root vegetables and Mission bringing along a host of juices.

So, is a yoga-practicising me on the cards? If the subsequent two attempts at Yoga with Adriene on YouTube are anything to go by, then it looks likely. As for Ella, her book is out in January and I already have a few more of her recipes in the pipeline for this week. Who knows, maybe it’s tim to dust off that shot put…

We moderns.

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It seems absolutely ludicrous that I haven’t posted on House of Eliott before. I mean, it was an entire BBC series set in 1920s London that focused on a burgeoning fictional couture house. In the history of broadcasting has there been a better concept for any programme, EVER? It’s got everything you could hope for: love triangles, men in braces, casual references to Gazette du Bon Ton and, in the second series, a sojourn to Paris. Stick a fork in me, I’m done. The great news is that all three series are available to watch on YouTube so you can binge until you can binge no more. I strongly recommend you do as I did and take a week to watch the lot in one, glorious sitting. At the end of it you will almost certainly finish every phone call and text conversation with ‘good day’.

Some things I learnt by re-watching a few episodes this weekend: firstly, that my life is utterly substandard for not owning a selection of antique silk kimonos to merrily laze around the house in and secondly, that 1920s daywear was absolutely unbeatable. The images above are just a tiny selection of the incredible ensembles worn by the two Eliott sisters, Bea and Evie, on their journey towards becoming famed couturiers. My favourite outfits are generally those worn by Evie; the younger, slightly sportier sister with a killer taste in knitwear and a penchant for waistcoats and ties. It is the daywear of dreams.


[Images via the incredible House of Eliott tumblr]



Forgotten favourites.





Behold, some recent favourites from Twitter that aren’t cat videos:

1. Behind the scenes of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s wardrobe in The Honourable Woman (Grazia)

2. ‘The Paying Guests’ by Sarah Waters. (The Guardian) The review doesn’t quite shower Waters’ sixth novel in glory, but it is set in 1920s London which you might have guessed is my thing.

3.  The Cut describes the late Lauren Bacall as ‘a casualwear enthusiast’. Hello, new Twitter bio!

4. Off-duty essentials from Net-a-Porter (see no.3). Those boots look particularly good, especially teamed with some grey cashmere and a leather jacket. Also, free shipping this week so maybe the right time to finally get my hands on some KORA Rosehip Body Oil…?


6. Fashion books you should know about. (Fashion Historia) Not my words, but those of bonafide fashion historian. I’ve added them to my Amazon wish list, if you fancy a peruse…


[Images via Grazia, Net a Porter and The Cut]

Diary dates for Autumn.


Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing fashion by Tappé ; masks by the Polish illustrator W. T. Benda, 1926 © 1926 Condé Nast


iPhones/Moleskines/Smythsons at the ready, it’s time to pencil in some very special events taking place over the next few months. Inevitably, I will be haunched in the corner making frenzied notes at all of the below. Apart from the SHOWstudio web interview, of course. That is most certainly a pyjamas, pot of tea and entire packet of bourbons in bed kinda deal:


Penny Martin in conversation with Lou Stoppard at SHOWstudio, 12.00 BST, www.SHOWstudio.com 

The lady at the helm of the best magazine on the planet talking about her career up to, and including, The Gentlewoman for a whole hour. Oh, to know what goes on at 1 Tavistock Chambers! Before landing one of the world’s best jobs, Penny researched a PhD thesis on 1980s fashion magazines and spent seven years at SHOWstudio. Fellow Martinite Holly from Luxe Pauvre has already told me she might transcribe the whole thing. I AM SO EXCITED.


Lunchtime lecture: Virginia Woolf: A Woman of Fashion?, National Portrait Gallery, London. 1.15pm, 4th September 2014.

The Bloomsbury group is having a moment this Autumn, from those hand painted Burberry totes to this new exhibition at the NPG. This free lunchtime talk is accompanying Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision that runs until 26th October and looks at Woolf’s ‘ambivalent relationship with clothes and fashion’. It sounds really excellent, actually, especially when you read that she once resorted to pinning together her underwear with a brooch. Haven’t we all been there, ladies? Keeping with the Bloomsbury theme I also hope to visit Charleston some time before November, likely on my own unless I can convince R that the cafe is worth the two-hour drive.


Inventing Elegance – Fashion Photography 1910-1945, V&A Museum, London, 12th December 2014

If a lunchtime talk just isn’t enough, you can book now for this day-long conference on Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, Man Ray and other contemporaries at the V&A in December. It is one of the events supporting ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’, and, I think, ‘Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Conde Nast Years 1923-1937′, which will open at the Photographer’s Gallery on 31st October.  I originally read about that here, but it’s not on the Photographer’s Gallery website yet, oddly. Is this the definition of being a bit too keen? That ringing noise you can hear is my 1920s nerd-out points hitting a gazillion.


[Image via FEP photo]

At the door.

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Even back in 1999, when my taste in clothes was decidedly more colourful (awful) than it is now, I loved this scene in Notting Hill where Hugh was trying oh-so-hard to get over Julia with Emily Mortimer’s elegantly dressed ‘perfect girl’. That dress! That bob! Those earrings! It all looks incredibly Calvin and so right for now. Seeing as I am newly equipped with a brand new haircut it seems only right to wear something similar in the near-future. A little black dress edit coming right up…


[Images via Leave Me the White]


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