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'I haven't been everywhere yet but it's on my list' Susan Sontag

Thursday, 11 September 2014

miss b loves ..........one final sweet taste of summer



A couple of weeks ago it was looking as if autumn had arrived far too early with chilly days and overcast skies ...... but summer is back! It's blue skies and warm temperatures(at least for this time of the year in England) What a treat! 



A chance to enjoy a final taste of summer too with a home-made raspberry Pavlova. There are certain foods which instantly make me think of warm sunny days and this is one of them .....



This meringue-based dessert is said to have been named in honour of the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova during one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. There seems to be a long-running dispute about which of the two countries actually invented the dish. The Oxford English Dictionary and some research suggests New Zealand but the debate continues!


Anna Pavlova 1912
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

miss b loves ......Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed The 1960s


Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed The 1960s is my latest book in the Design Museum's Fifty series. Paula Reed takes a look at the key pieces and fashion icons of this inspirational decade. 


Jean Shrimpton, Saint Laurent
David Bailey, Missoni

The book captures the main fashion highlights and explains in detail the looks which have continued to influence designers over the last forty years or more. It celebrates those swinging sixties styles which revolutionised fashion for ever. This was an exciting creative era, full of energy, bold, bright colours and psychedelic patterns .....



There was lady-like elegance too from Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy .... 



A wealth of fabulous photographs capture the celebrities, models and designers of the time including Courrèges, Pucci, Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell .... and of course Mary Quant described in the book as 'The driving force behind democratic fashion.' Her store, 'Bazaar' on King's Road offered fun, inexpensive clothes designed specifically for young people. She was well-known for her mini skirts and colourful tights which matched the sweaters ....



Thursday, 28 August 2014

miss b loves ..... a stopover in Dubai



En route to Singapore last month we took the opportunity to break the journey both on the way there and back. It's a seven hour flight from Manchester to Dubai and another seven hours on to Singapore.... A couple of long weekends in Dubai was definitely a good idea...an excuse to visit a few favourite spots...



 ..... and a chance to discover new openings in a city which is constantly evolving.

I'd read that London's iconic Fortnum and Mason store had opened a branch in a prime location opposite the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. The terrace has a spectacular view of the Dubai Fountain too .....



The ground floor stocks a variety of teas, preserves and other treats...



The sophisticated Tea Salon on the first floor serves their famous afternoon tea and the second floor is a stylish ice cream parlour. As it was late in the evening, we made our way to the top floor for dessert and coffee.... 




Friday, 22 August 2014

miss b loves ..... Singapore, the final day (Part 3)



Our final day in Singapore began with a stroll around Little India. It's one of the most colourful and vibrant districts of the city and the air is filled with the aroma of exotic spices. 

It's a riot of colour too with local ladies wearing traditional saris ........ 




It was fascinating to watch the flower vendors making the traditional garlands from jasmine, marigolds and roses. Garlands are placed on the statues of deities as prayer offerings and they are used at weddings and other special occasions. 


More colour greeted us at one of the oldest surviving Chinese villas in Little India. Built in 1900 for the wife of Tan Teng Niah, a prominent Chinese businessman, who owned a successful confectionery business in the area...


We stopped for a while at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, built in 1881 and dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, wife of Shiva. 


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