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Thrill of the chase

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on Thursday, 14 March 2013
As a fan of Alex Monroe’s delicate, nature-inspired jewellery – I am never without my Lucky Clover or Mr and Mrs Bird necklaces – I fluttered excitedly to the launch of their new collection, The Chase, at their London SE1 boutique. I was intrigued by the press release description: “there is a darker side, as we observe the hunter and its prey”.
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Just as you would expect, the boutique is a heavenly nest of quirky, woodland gorgeousness with a surrealist twist. I was welcome by manager Jutta Pfannkuch and her team, and over a glass of fizz we discussed the new pieces, available in sterling silver or 22-carat gold plate. Inspired by nature and “all things English”, they have the freshness and lightness of touch typical of Monroe’s work, but in his latest offering nature is earthier, with hints of red in tooth and claw.

Sharp, streamlined foxes chase (but never catch!) adorable bunnies around a bracelet, or across a pair of earrings. And the fox, of course, is both predator and prey – although no hounds are featured. There is a sprinkling of irony too, in the Shotgun Wedding pendant, featuring two birds perched happily on a gun. Winged creatures make their nests on rings or stand on intricate, miniature garden gates. All of it is closely observed, finely detailed and beautifully crafted – and despite the theme of “the chase”, Monroe’s signature gentleness runs through the collection. monroe 2

One way or another, all the pieces made me smile. And, with prices ranging from £105 to £195, they are affordable too. Top of my wish list was a running rabbit pendant, an understated piece that captured the energy and magical qualities of that much-loved creature. Another favourite was a ring with a sitting rabbit next to a tiny diamond – it made me think of Easter eggs. On which subject, the luscious displays included china bowls full of miniature chocolate eggs for guests to enjoy, as well as rabbit-shaped vases filled with daffodils.

Although here to view the new collection, I couldn’t help feasting my eyes on some of the other pieces. Many are well-known classics (the ring with two birds and a pearl that I’ve been lusting after for years) and some I had not seen before and instantly fell in love with, like a gold owl pendant with bright green gemstone eyes. Trying on different necklaces, I discovered they work really well layered together – so my beloved clover and birds needn’t stay at home once I’ve acquired a new one. There was universal cooing of appreciation from fellow guests, as we tried on pieces while sipping champagne and nibbling on mini eggs and cupcakes. Utter, utter bliss.

And after all that, back with a thud into the real and very cold world of a March evening– a bit like Alice in Wonderland waking up from her dream. All I have to do now is decide what my next purchase will be: a tough call, as obviously I want everything. Husband, friends and relations: if you are reading this and are stuck for birthday gift ideas, or even just-because present ideas, you know where to go.

www.alexmonroe.com 

Words by Juanita Coulson

Crazy for coffee

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on Friday, 06 July 2012

At the start of this year I bought a caftière. Overcome with January thriftiness, I was determined to kick my coffee shop habit and make my own filter coffee every day.

The caftière is still in its box.

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A very Cool tasting

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on Monday, 21 May 2012

We young ladies have been fortunate to sample a range of delicious drinks, from whiskey tasting to cocktail concocting to quaffing the Queen’s favourite aperitif.

Not wanting to give the wrong impression, we are fond of partaking of a tipple or too (all in the name of work, obviously). So last week when we were invited along to experience the new range of Jacob’s Creek wine, we said a resounding: ‘Cheers.’

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TONIGHT'S TV: Tales Of Television Centre (BBC4, 9pm)

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on Thursday, 17 May 2012

BBC Television Centre was a one-of-a-kind institution. It served not only as the technical model for media facilities the world over but also a clearing-house of ideas that still form the basis of the best TV drama and comedy today.

It was also a sort of university, training some of the most able broadcasters and production staff we’re ever likely to have in the UK. So, understandably, quite a few people are sorry to see it go.

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The ultimate in British glamour

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on Wednesday, 16 May 2012
A dull morning in May was brightened after a visit to the latest exhibition at the V&A Fashion Galleries.

Norman Hartnell, Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker, Vivienne Westwood...it was just like that scene from Sex and the City where Carrie tries on all the stunning wedding dresses by amazing designers (though unfortunately we weren't allowed to tries these dresses on).ballgowns

From red carpet glamour to catwalk showstoppers, this new exhibition displays the best of British Ballgowns since the 50s, and it is truly a feast for the eyes.

There is something quintessentially British about creating sumptuous ballgowns to wear to debutante balls and dazzling dances. As I walked around the gallery, eyes passing from one beautiful piece to another, I imagined all the glamorous young ladies about town from the past that might have worn them and what fabulous events they went to.

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Boux Avenue

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on Thursday, 26 April 2012

Boux Avenue is reminiscent of the old M&S television adverts. It’s sexy and top quality…all that is missing is a guy playing a bass guitar in the background as you browse around the store. This isn’t just a lingerie store; this is a Theo Paphitis lingerie store. 

Last week Theo opened his newest branch of Boux Avenue at Westfield W12.

 

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Ginbilee!

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on Friday, 20 April 2012

Jubliee fever is gathering pace. At London's The Rib Room, this infusion of spirit has inspired a literal spirit infusion.

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Bombay Sapphire expert mixologist Sam Carter has worked with five of the nation’s most creative people to invent the niftily-named ‘Ginbilee’ celebration. Florist Robbie Honey, interior designer David Carter, event designer Fiona Leahy, product designer Anna Bullus and art director Rhea Thierstein have each added a personal twist to the standard Gin & Tonic. I was delighted to discover that you need only very simple additions to take this popular tipple up a notch, and even the most novice of mixologists (a.k.a me) can recreate the concoctions.

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