This Month We Love Families and Spring Holidays!
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Hoity-Toity the new stars in fashionable, sustainable childrenwear burst onto the scene in Spring. The brand’s new winter collection showcase the perfect wardrobe occasion pieces. Produced with luxurious organic cotton, plush faux fur and finished with their trademark delicate cutwork and appliques; the essence of this British made label are heirloom pieces made with love and designed to last. The brand were awarded 'Highly Commended' from the Junior Style Awards 2015 and have new pieces launching on the site soon so keep your eyes peeled! www.hoity-toity.co.uk
The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner
Synopsis: For those inspired by what they see on screen, From Stitch to Style accompanies all levels of sewers on their creative journeys, from tentative first stitches to confident dress making, including 25 garments to sew for women, men and children, of which many appear in challenges on the show. Starting with the Foundation chapter, sewers can choose from a collection of garments that will ease them into the world of sewing.
Moving on to the Inspiration chapter, sewers are encouraged to look around them and seek inspiration from alternative sources beyond the high street and look at ways of incorporating that inspiration in their fabrics choices and garment silhouettes.
Finally, the Experimentation chapter brings everything previously learnt together and challenges the sewer to explore working with different fabrics, non-conventional sewing methods and tricky techniques.
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love The Great British Sewing Bee series and the books that accompany the series.
The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style is another fabulous example of how aspiring designers can take inspiration from the show to create their own masterpieces.
Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent
Deliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies
Arranged by season, with extra chapters on a Classic afternoon tea as well as a Showstopper afternoon tea, Will showcases his no-nonsense approach to the key techniques involved in patisserie, baking, chocolate work, and serving savory dishes in 80 beautifully illustrated recipes. An invaluable source of inspiration, there are also six guest recipes from top restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gramercy Tavern, The Berkeley, Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Harrods.
Starting with a brief history of afternoon tea and how it came to be such a British institution, Will then offers up store cupboard recipes for basic jams, spreads, butters, and curds – everything you might need to serve alongside a carefully planned afternoon tea. A real feast for the senses, this book will make you want to pull out all the stops and create your own gorgeous themed tea parties at home.
Welcome to our latest Home issue, what makes a home for you? We have some suggestions as to what makes a home for us in our Creating a Home feature, along with a review of Lillian Too’s 168 Ways to Declutter Your Home: And re-energize your life.
Each week we are sent some amazing cookery books to review and this month’s collection is equally delicious.
We also have a delightful collection of the latest children’s picture books.
In this issue we also highlight some of the gorgeous products from this year’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer collection to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in the UK. Since the campaign launched in 1996, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has raised £14 million for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research.
If you are looking for inspiration for your home or garden this spring we have a fabulous collection of ideas and suggestions for your home from our listed companies as well as our usual beauty round-up.
Latest Review – Bake Off: Crème de la Crème by Martin Chiffers and Emma Marsden
Synopsis: Master the secrets of showstopping patisserie with the beautiful book of the BBC series presented by Tom Kerridge, and from the team behind Great British Bake Off.
Make your cooking the crème de la crème – learn the tips and tricks of Britain’s greatest pastry chefs with the book of the spectacular BBC series, from the team behind Great British Bake Off.
With patisserie skills broken down to their simplest elements, you will soon be familiar with the ingredients, equipment and chemistry behind the showstopping creations you see on-screen and in the best restaurants, and be inspired to make your own irresistibly indulgent treats.
From croissants to intricately layered slices and eye-catching petit gateaux, each mouth-watering recipe is illustrated with stunning photographs and accompanied by expert advice on equipment and how to achieve a truly professional finish.
Latest Review – The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding by Carole Matthews
Synopsis: The ladies of The Chocolate Lovers’ Club should be gearing up for the wedding of the year but life keeps getting in the way . . .
Lucy is worried about her financial situation and it keeps distracting her. Should she accept an offer of help from an untrustworthy source?
Nadia may have a real chance at finding love but other areas of her life aren’t so rosy. Something needs to change – but what?
Autumn can’t wait to meet someone she hasn’t seen in a very long time. She’s full of hope for the future but then things don’t exactly go to plan . . .
Chantal has been through so much and she’s finally starting to feel settled. The last thing she needs is the kind of bad news that could change her life all over again. And yet, despite all the ups and downs, the Chocolate Lovers’ ladies know they can get through it all as long as they have each other. They’re not going to let anything get in the way of their happy-ever-afters in . . . The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding. Read more
Latest Review – Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino
Synopsis: Imagine swapping your house for a stay in an Italian villa… and falling in love with the owner’s life…
Stella has life under control – and that’s the way she likes it. For twenty-five years, she’s been trusted assistant to a legendary fashion designer, but after her boss dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing to do apart from clear the studio.
It seems as though the life she wanted has vanished. She is lost – until one day she finds a house swap website and sees a beautiful old villa in a southern Italian village. Could she really exchange her poky London flat for that?
But what was intended as just a break becomes much more, as Stella finds herself trying on a stranger’s life. As the villa begins to get under her skin, she can’t help but imagine the owner from the clues around her. She meets his friends, cooks the local food he recommends and follows suggestions to go to his favourite places. But can an idea of someone ever match up to the reality?
As Stella wonders if she can let go of the safety of her past, perhaps there’s a chance for her to find a way into her future…
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