Peggy Guggenheim
Dec08

Peggy Guggenheim

  On a birthday trip to Venice a couple of years back, we visited the house of Peggy Guggenheim – such a fascinating collection of art just filling a home! It was really amazing and such a blast of colour to contrast with the rather wet and grey we were experiencing outside – well it was December and Piazza San Marco was flooded (again!) I hadn’t thought much about it recently until I saw this article in The...

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Who is Yayoi Kusama?
Nov08

Who is Yayoi Kusama?

I remember about 3 years back Ash & I went into London for a day with friends and had a lovely lunch at the top of Harvey Nichols for my birthday. It was mid-October but the sun was shining and we sat on the roof top terrace drinking wine and eating lovely food and giggling a lot.  Afterwards we all went window shopping …yes lunch was all we could afford but it was worth it.   Whilst browsing we stopped at Selfridge’s...

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The history of Polka Dots & other patterns
Nov06

The history of Polka Dots & other patterns

In the early days of Lente Designs we talked a lot about the origins of the polka dot and now there is a new book to be released on the 3rd December which deals with the origins of many of today’s accepted  and well loved patterns from polka dot to camouflage.  As we have a few weeks to go before it’s release (and because I can be quite impatient at times!) I thought I would scour the internet to see if I could pick up...

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Running Etiquette
Nov02

Running Etiquette

Over the last 3 years I’ve been running regularly..to the point where I can & regularly do, run twice a week at least once is a 10k trek.  The only thing that keeps me going is not a “thing” at all but a dear friend.  We’ve been running together twice a week for well over a year now and some days – as you can imagine we have a whole library worth of topics to discuss from the volume of last weeks...

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Changing Rooms a thing of the Past?
Mar11

Changing Rooms a thing of the Past?

I love this article – in promising the demise of the changing room I felt such joy!  I hate changing rooms and the hideous mirrors. No matter who you are, they always seem to make you larger than you really are, shadows make your face look gaunt and the intense bright light makes even the bronzed of skin look pale…it’s a grim experience and one of the reasons I actually hate clothes shopping  The whole shopping...

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Annabel Karmel – calling all mumpreneurs
Feb21

Annabel Karmel – calling all mumpreneurs

I’ve been working with Amazon & Annabel Karmel to tell our story …I know some of you know it inside out but hopefully we can inspire others to set up their business and doing something fun/creative/rewarding too!...

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Quakers and the history of the British Sweet Shop
Feb15

Quakers and the history of the British Sweet Shop

Having spent most of the weekend at home, trying to catch up with rest and family time after the hectic week I have let my mind wonder onto all things chocolate and sweet based as valentines came and went….I was just wondering to myself about how & why chocolate bars had become so enormous and so expensive.  I never ever want a King Size anything, just a nice normal Marathon (yes I know I know it’s been updated but I...

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Don’t try this at home!
Oct03

Don’t try this at home!

                          I’m sure I m not in the minority of parents whose child has dropped & damaged their iPhone (yes I know, v lucky to have one in the first place especially considering I’ve still got my old Samsung ). Well, the screen was cracked and as it was an iPhone 4 we had to replace the screen & digitiser (meant nothing to me either!)....

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