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“So what did you think of the new Murakami?”

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For someone with quite an impressive (and aesthetically pleasing) cook book collection, you’d think I’d be a bit better at cooking. Feelings of nausea induced by contact to raw meat don’t help…

But I’m getting better, at both cooking and meat contact.  Practise makes perfect after all.

Sophie Dahl, Rose Price, Nigel Slater, Dan Lepard

And while I might not turn into Rachel Khoo any times soon, (my new chef crush. She wore 3 different polka dot dresses in the last episode. I think that means we’re soul mates) at least I’ve stopped retching when walking past butcher shops.

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… a birthday gift from someone who knows me too well…

Oh dear…

If it wasn’t for the fringe, I’d think I was looking in a mirror!

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After 3 years in the wine cupboard, I finally had a reason good enough to open the prettiest bottle of champagne ever. And it was definitely worth the wait.

But what to do with the bottle? Hand painted with Japanese anemones, designed by Emile Gallé, the creator of the Art Nouveau movement, in 1902, this is one bottle that’s not destined for the recycling bin.

Instead, filled with clear-corded fairy lights, it’s the perfect addition to the book shelf.

But perhaps I need another bottle so I can make bookends? I wonder if anyone would like to buy me more?

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No, not clothes (I’m a bit too lazy to bother to find the good stuff).  Books. When it comes to books, I love Vintage.

Not only do they publish the paperbacks of Haruki Murakami (so much easier to carry and read on the tube… although I’m carting around the hardback of 1Q84 just now because I can’t wait for a year to read it) but to celebrate their 21st birthday, they’ve published 21 of their most popular titles in the most simple, most stylish, most gorgeous of ways.

Vintage, Haruki Murakami, 21st annersary, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Time Traveller's Wife, Niffenegger, Mark Haddon, The text-only and tactile (touch them, you’ll see what I mean!) covers come in a selection of rainbow colours designed to compliment each other and brighten up any dusty old bookshelf.  And if that wasn’t enough, the page ends are sprayed to match the covers for added irresistibility.

And I know that I’ve got a bookshelf full to bursting point, I’ve got my eye on more than a couple of these… they’re just so PRETTY!

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