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New discoveries…

Nov 8th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 16 min read

… and a couple of old ‘friends’ of course. This is my round-up from last week’s Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia, where some 750 independent boutiques, all hand-picked by House & Garden, gathered under the colossal pink & silver adorned roof of Kensington Olympia. I’d never been to any kind of fair at Olympia before – a gig or two back in the day,…

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That’s not my coat: it’s too leopard!

Nov 1st, 2016 Small Talk Bean 18 min read

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since August, that time of year when all the new Autumn /Winter loveliness hits our stores, you will have noticed that *the* coat to buy this season would be a Leopard Print coat. From Fearne Cotton sporting a bargainous £29.99 Tesco’s F&F one… … to Lauren Laverne sporting the much pricier (£189) and again, SOLD OUT Boden one: And,…

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Donna Ida @ Hero Stockbridge

Oct 11th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 14 min read

Waaaaaaay back in March, when I published my very first blog post, I lamented the loss of shopping in fabulous independent boutiques after moving from London to my Small Town. When I lived in South West London (Clapham then Battersea followed by Tooting), I was never far from such boutiques in Clapham Old Town, Northcote Road and Wimbledon Village. These boutiques generally carried stock that was certainly…

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Boden, be me.

Oct 6th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 13 min read

I recently placed an order with Boden, something I haven’t done in almost 2 years now. As per my last post, having had several items, jumpers mainly wrecked by my tired-fatigued brain (you know, when you put your non tumble-dry sweaters in the tumble-dryer by accident?) and by my youngest (see last post!), I feel like my life is in a much better place now…

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Hilfiger Collection

Oct 2nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

These are the boots which I fell in love with last Spring (2015), and which are responsible for reigniting my love for fashion, and ultimately, led to this blog: A friend of mine did somewhat taint these boots for me by declaring they had a “touch of the Gary Glitter’s” about them” but ultimately, it was true love. Here they are in gold and wine: Now,…

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Bloggers Delight

Sep 20th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 13 min read

Hello!! My holiday is over, and my little moon has started school, albeit half days for 3 weeks and so, (hopefully) normal service will resume. This post has been in ‘draft’ status for the past two weeks, during which time both New York and London Fashion weeks have taken place… Fashion doesn’t stop for anyone. Especially if you’ve fallen off the blogging wagon and been sucked…

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El Nacional Restaurant, Barcelona

Aug 10th, 2016 Travel Bean 11 min read

So this isn’t going to be one of my usual ‘fashion’ posts per se, rather it’s an attempt at the other type of styling that I have a thing for, interiors. As you know, I’m pretty new to blogging, and this is my first attempt at blogging about Interiors: I don’t know any fancy terminology and suchlike but I do know what floats my boat…

Barcelona, Baby!

Jul 21st, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

Tomorrow I fly out to Barcelona, a city that’s on my bucket list. Excited doesn’t even begin to sum it up. The whole Small Town Threads family is going, and after a fortnight in the city, we then have a further 2 weeks up coast. Yep, you read that right: FOUR weeks in Spain!! So how is it that we can go on ‘holiday’ for a…

The Sales: Mango vs Zara hits & misses

Jul 11th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 12 min read

I hate the summer sales. I mean, I love a bargain – I really l.o.v.e. a good bargain, however, I seem to go ‘sales blind’. Or, in other words, I can rarely find a single thing I like or want (anymore) and find myself browsing the ‘New In’ sections… plus things I’ve had my eye on and hoped would go into the sales, either don’t…

Impulse Buying

Jun 22nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 9 min read

This is rarely a good idea in my experience. Impulse buying that is. There have been (extremely) rare occasions when I’ve bought something on a whim and its turned out to be a dream buy / best purchase ever/ lasts forever [delete as appropriate]. However, as somebody who considers herself a veteran shopper, or in other words, a careful, considered shopper, every now and then…