Wednesday, December 05, 2007
£145 from Solange Azagury Partridge
Makes 1 rocket
Finished size: Height 285mm x Width 80mm
£14.99 from The Little Experience
You'll fire automatic pistols and sniper rifles, de-activate bombs, throw axes, learn skid car techniques, and some martial arts for when you 're cornered by enemy agents!!
The experience starts at 9.30am with Arrival at the stadium where safety briefings and issuing of all equipment will take place.
In this fun packed experience, you will engage in activities such as:
Upon booking, the recipient will recieve a map with directions, but more importantly, the Spy Games gift pack, with a Spy Games 'Passport ' and Camera (genuine-disposable)!!
£215 from Buy A gift
h14 w6 d25cm
£29.95 each from Wrap It
Saturday, December 01, 2007
It is the delicacy, the slight feeling of claustrophobia, as if these characters, the landscape have been trapped inside the book all this time and are now suddenly released. A number of the compositions have an urgency about them, the choices made for the cut-out people from the illustrations seem to lean towards people on their way somewhere, about to discover something, or perhaps escaping from something. And the landscapes speak of a bleak mystery, a rising, an awareness of the air.
£1,000 from Su Blackwell
Friday, November 30, 2007
Large (H:55xDia:55cm) £350
Medium (H:35xDia:35cm) £275
The White Company
Contains essential oils that soften and hydrate skin. Unique cleansing oil technology allows bath oil emulsion to maintain skin moisture. 200mL
A new sport seat and Combat specific finish completes the machine. The result is an exotic balance of power and beauty. A discreet "Combat" insignia is engraved on the outer primary machined aircraft-grade aluminun plate.
£40,000 number made 20 from Confederate
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Hire from £2,500 London Aquarium
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Cup size 8 cm high, saucer 10 cm diameter.
£12 from Maiden
Exclusive design. Aluminium frame with stainless steel runners. Innovative folding mechanism: no loose parts, ready for use within seconds. Exchangeable robust nylon seat in red or black (both included in package). High-quality protective carrying bag. Approved by German safety standards agency [TÜV].
£210 from Porsche
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
An exquisite piece that stands out against anything else. Always have a flower with you.
Lydia Courteille £5,160.00 available from Browns
They first produced their own printed fabrics and then began importing to Paris the most renowned English perfumes. In 1963 Diptyque started producing a series of scented candles which soon gained world-wide fame. In 1968 Diptyque produced its first toilet water, l'EAU, based on a XVIth century pot pourri and clove pomander recipe. This was to be followed by other creations, which came as toilet water or soap as well as a rare and sophisticated toilet vinegar. Boxes in a sober design with elegant lettering and stylish drawings at the unmistakable hallmark of Diptyque products.
New for 2007 the Diptyque Gingembre Candle (sweet, warm aroma of ginger, honey, spices, woods and citrus fruit). £40 available from Space NK
Also new for 2007:
Encens (woody herbal blend with myrrh, resin, benzoin an incense)
Epicea (leaves, pine, resin and wet birch bark mingle in a base of vetyver, cedar and sandalwood.
Friday, November 23, 2007
A single press on LIGHT will switch on the lights in the room. Each source can be switched off individually or all at once, leaving your home entertainment and lights on standby for when you return.
from Bang & Olufsen
Taking each design through several stages from a painstaking first clay model to the perfectly finished glittering glass bauble. Their baubles are designed in England and manufactured by skilled craftsmen in Poland. Michael and his wife Zaneta have family connections with the factory that manufactures the baubles, adding to the special care taken with all of their designs.
It hasn't taken long for Michael's designs to be noticed and he has now designed baubles for many clients .. from Sir Paul Smith to Saint Paul 's Cathedral. always on the look out for new ideas and inspiration Michael's witty and pretty designs have become instant collectibles.
Even the packaging is desirable as each bauble, or bauble collection, comes in a beautiful wooden presentation box - making postage (and gift wrapping) an easy task. New designs are always being created.
from £11 available from Bombki
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Msambweni house is in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on the beach surrounded by 28 acres of natural land. The house offers 700 feet of private beach along a tropical 4 mile white, sandy coastline with palm trees where guests can really feel at one with nature. It stands on a 40 feet high cliff and is safely surrounded by a typical coral wall.
Msambweni house is luxury uncompromised. It’s a family owned and run exclusive house with three spacious and luxurious suites in the main house, one villa and a luxury tent.
The house has probably the best infinity pool ever (25 meters) and its winding jetty ends in a perfect sundowner spot on a cliff overlooking the big Indian Ocean where guests enjoy pre-dinner cocktails under the African sky and the sound of lapping waves.
The main house features high ceilings, has three spacious, luxurious ensuite rooms with private verandahs. The décor is of Swahili orient with fine finishes in chalk white and all the linen is pure white cotton.
Not far from the main house are two Lamu villas well appointed with their own swimming pools and Jacuzzi facing the sea.
And for a ‘wild’ alternative, they have a luxury tent.
All the rooms have a Lamu bath, shower, Lamu sinks, air-conditioning, a safe, king size beds, satellite television, free minibar, hairdryer, mosquito nets and a big terrace to relax and enjoy complimentary daily massages if you choose.
Always elegant, always enchanting - but not too serious - Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. This limited edition ring is classic yet youthful, containing a solid perfume that you can apply any where, any time.
Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Day-per-page (two-days-to-view) diarist’s diary not year specific, hard bound.
• Smythson White Wove watermarked paper with a silver gilt edge.
• Bound in Smythson goatskin with FIVE YEAR DIARY silver blocked on the front cover.
• The diary runs from 1 January to 31 December, but is not year specific.
• Each page is feintly ruled with 5 darker lined divisions on each page to allow for daily entries over a 5 year period.
• Silver colour lock and key.
• Satin ribbon marker and end-papers lined in moire silk.
• The diary cover can be silver-stamped with a name or initials.
• Presented in a tissue-lined Nile Blue gift box.
• Dukes size 7.5" x 5.5" / 19 x 14cm
59 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB
(nearest tube stations Russell Square and Holborn).
Their titles include novels, short stories, diaries and cookery books. They are all carefully designed with a clear typeface, a dove-grey jacket, a 'fabric' endpaper and bookmark, and a preface by writers such as Jilly Cooper, Adam Gopnik, and Jacqueline Wilson.
'The answer to a present-giver's prayers.' Vogue
'There are cute books, there are beautiful books and then there are Persephone books.' The Irish Times
'What unites all the books is their timelessness. The writing is fresh, psychologically accurate, frequently moving and funny.' Daily Telegraph
'Oh, the bliss of Persephone Books!' India Knight, The Shops
All books are £10, or 3 for £27
Monday, November 19, 2007
Black patent leather bag with bronze trim and gold hardware. Anya Hindmarch bag has a designer embossed plaque on front, a strap across top with large hooks on end, a concealed magnetic fastening and black suede lining.
Product Code: 23384
£555 from Net A Porter
Solid silver necklace which moves as you move. Two garnets are set in the top fangs, which bear the taste of your last victim.
Approx £240 from Liberty
About The Artist
Bittersweets NY was created in 2002 by a girl who used to work at a foundry, welding and finishing art for famous people and housewives. In order to pay expensive NY rents she found a warehouse in Long Island City where she could live cheaply and still bike to work. The ground floor was home to several night clubs that switched from topless, to full nudity, to salsa, on a rotating basis. After 2 1/5 years living there-to avoid comparisons to Flashdance and a coked up neighbor, she moved from her spacious 1200 square foot studio, gave up sculpting and her foundry job, and started making jewelry in her new tiny apartment.
The idea behind Bittersweets NY is making something exquisite out of the everyday objects and designs that are taken for granted. Why reinvent the wheel? The first project, Bloodlust Princess, was a matching necklace, beltbuckle, tiara and mini ashtray set based on the design of the dollar store Vampire Teeth available once a year for Halloween. Of the four items from the orignal set, the Classic Vamp Necklace, now cast in solid sterling silver, is still in production. The sterling silver Heart n Dagger was inspired by true love, of course. And the Maggot and Earthworm series stay within the ideology of borrowing a design from another tried and true source...nature. Bittersweets New York opened a retail shop on Broadway in Brooklyn. There you can find all sorts of bittersweet surprises including one of a kind pieces. Stop in, if you dare
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The first plan was to set up a breakfast cereal business, but Curtoys wanted to encourage wildlife on the farm so the hedges were left to grow and given a two-metre margin of land to protect them. It was only then that Curtoys realised how many blackthorn hedges there were and had the idea of turning the sloes (ancestors of wild plums) into gin. "It almost happened by accident," he says. "The breakfast cereal business didn't do well and it's ironic that the wild food did."
By 2005, three years after starting Sloe Motion, there was a 40 per cent increase in breeding birds and the butterfly species count had risen to 21 - the highest in Yorkshire. "Not cutting the hedges has given us a crop for free as well as being massively beneficial for wildlife," says Curtoys, who now also buys sloes from local farmers and is planting more hedges.
As well as its sloe gin £14.95, Sloe Motion makes sloe vodka £14.95 and whisky £14.95, and also produces chocolate truffles £8.95 and chutney £3.95. There are plans for a sloe coulis and a fruit cheese in the not too distant future.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Designed by New York jeweller Jay Strongwater, the bauble is made of handblown glass.
There is also an egg priced at £250 and a teddy bear at £195.
It's worn by mountaineers, sailors and pilots worldwide.
Sir Richard Branson once used his to initiate a sea rescue.
£3,420 from Breitling
Thursday, November 15, 2007
A finely etched deck of 54 stainless steel playing cards with zebra stripe back
Mounted in sheet form for display or can be permanently removed for play
Modern interpretation of classic English face design
Each card - 8.7 x 5.6cm (standard playing card size)
Each sheet - 46 x 31 x 0.02cm
£195 from I Want One Of Those
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Full Course - Delivered at home and/or at School or University
A complete driver education programme for novices encompassing in car, online and in class lessons, the DSA theory and practical test and a post test mentoring programme that delivers post test motorway, night time and adverse weather training. From an initial psychometric evaluation a bespoke curriculum is prepared for each student ensuring that upon graduation from the academy not only will they be safer drivers but also have a more detailed and thorough sense of the road and the issues drivers inevitably encounter whilst driving.
Graduation from this course offers life membership of The a2om mo2a Club, as well as Royal and SunAlliance insurance discounts that would save approximately £1000 per annum on own name insurance for the first three years.
£2,500 inc. if paid in advance, or a £300 deposit followed by 11 instalments of £210.00 (£2610. inc. in total)
Post Test Course - Delivered at home and/or at School or University
A course dealing with all aspects of road driving and driver behaviour post test when for the first time the newly qualified driver is alone at the wheel. Using online and in car lessons this programme covers key crash risk scenarios and develops coping strategies. Designed to build upon technical skill proficiency the post test course aims to mature the driver's attitude to the road and increase overall awareness and responsibility.
Now available to those who have already started the process of learning to drive or have already taken and failed a DSA test. These courses are priced on the basis of an assessed drive with one of their Senior Educators.
Italian design and manufacture
Teflon coated screw for easier extraction
Inclined guiding rack
Variable leverage angle
Luxury presentation gift box
To keep your Ghidini Vigneto wine opener in tip top condition, hand wash in soapy water.
£99.95 from Style Cook Shop
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Gigantic, lightweight and delicate at the same time, it is made from various layers of polyester. It comes with a cone-shaped plastic safety protector, which prevents the material from coming into contact with the light bulb.
Flat-packed for quick and easy assembly. Maximum lamp rating 60 watt. Drop approx 78cm.
The idea for the Icarus started as an experiment with cutting paper to create a dimensional form for light, discovering a structure with overlapping feather shapes that resembled a swan's wing. The end result is very romantic, delicate and absolutely dreamy.
£58.50 from Dutch By Design
Monday, November 12, 2007
Brush & Razor Stand £330.00 from Acqua Di Parma
The beautifully designed stand holds both the pure badger hair brush and the shaving razor - a sophisticated combination of burnished brass and fine wenge wood.