Sunday, 7 November 2010

Hello Autumn

Images - Hooray

Happy Autumn! The rest of the Summer slipped away in a haze of weddings, travels and enjoying the last warm evenings. Then suddenly it's Autumn with leaves gradually turning from green all the way to the palest gold and there's a chill in the air.

The last few weeks have been the time to bring lavender-scented cashmere from the drawers, crystal lamp-lit evenings as the nights draw in and, of course, pumpkins harvested in all shapes and sizes, from the creamiest white to the boldest orange - the very most comforting symbol of Autumn. Leading me to Hooray's most elegant Autumnal table. Sorry it's been a while, but hope life is lovely where you are too. CXX

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Shabby style

All images - Lonny

Home from another weekend: sheltering from soft summer rain, country retreats, manicured gardens and stem ginger ice cream. It's a grey August evening outside so happily staying in the warmth to catch up and launder ready for another weekend away. Easy to escape the rainfall into Rachel Ashwell's London home as featured in Lonny magazine. Gentle shades that exude relaxed summer elegance. CXX

Saturday, 31 July 2010

♥ Saturday afternoon daydreaming

Images - Plush Palate

Image - Escapade

Saturday afternoon dreaming after a manic week. Taking it easy this weekend with al fresco iced latte, stopping by a lovely new deli and a post-lunch snooze. Plus two lovely blogs to share. Cxx

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

St Germain

Images - Elle Decor via Everything Fabulous

Actually a misleading post title given that the apartment featured here is actually near San Francisco (one of my favourite places in the world). But it reminded me so much of St Germain (one of my favourite bistros in the world, though now closed - sob) that I had to reference it. St Germain was New York fused with Paris and brought to life in a lofty ex-warehouse in the heart of London. The most chic and elegant bar, it mixed white-washed revealed brick walls with the most classic black and white striped wallpaper (finally - the connection!). Think classic Grey Goose martinis on a Friday night and elegant continental breakfasts on the weekend. I'd always thought that black and white was too stark for interiors but I've been persuaded that this look is the epitome of cool and adds a bit of a masculine edge to all my lovely whites. CXX

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Lovely bathing

Just a quick hello on this lovely sunny morning and some beautiful pictures from a lovely blog. These shots make me wish I was treating myself to a spa morning rather than heading back to my desk! Have a great day. CXX

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Morning latte

Just a quick hello and some gorgeous coffee and cream interiors. Oh, and make sure you comment on my giveaway post below to win £50. This can be spent in any of CSN's online stores, on virtually anything. As simple as that! I'll be drawing the winner Friday. Wishing you all a lovely Sunday morning. CXX

♡ Summer giveaway

Images - Pink Wallpaper

Exciting stuff people! Following my mention of chandeliers a few weeks ago, the lovely people at CSN have offered Lovefromcarrie readers the chance to win £50 to spend at one of their online stores. And for all of those other chandelier lovers out there you'll be pleased to hear that this includes a dazzling array of ceiling lights. All you have to do is drop me a comment at the end of this post to be in with a chance to win! Best of luck to you all, and thanks CSN. I'll be picking a winner on Friday so get posting those comments! In the meantime, enjoy these well-lit shots courtesy of Pink Wallpaper. Love CXX

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Peach belini

This evening was spent outdoors surrounded by the summer scent of compassion - a divine peachy-coloured rose. I love this feature on peach by The Sweetest Occasion - my new favourite for inspiration. Completely agree that pink usually steals the spotlight when in fact shades of peach can work in a totally understated, elegant way. Think Venetian peach belini, satin ballet pumps and the palest honeysuckle. Heavenly. Hope you're enjoying the soft scent of summer as much as I am. Love from Carrie XX

Monday, 19 July 2010

Love is in the air

Just home from another beautiful summer wedding. This weekend was Pimms on the lawn, dusty pink tearoses, cupcakes and dancing as the sun set. Loving wedding season so is truly in the air! Hope your week is off to a perfect start. CXX

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Bathtime bliss

Just a quick hello as tonight is bath night with full manicure and pedicure for another wedding weekend. Lovely scented candles, sweet bath salts and nothing quite like perfectly pedicured tootsies to make me feel pampered. Enjoy this lovely summer evening wherever you may be! CX

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

A good heiress

Image - Allure

I just love this shot of Aerin Lauder. And it's her workspace I love most of all; everything from the crystal lamp base, creamy peonies to the swanky gold and white stationery; all pulled together with such style and class. Would be happy to rule the beauty world from a desk like this. Love CXX

Monday, 12 July 2010

Summer shades

July has come and the last two weekends have been a warm summery haze of riverboats, picnics on the lawn with Pimms, exotic Indian weddings and freshly baked frangipane. Thought I'd share this lovely Californian lingerie boutique with you - Faire Frou Frou. A girly piece of heaven. Have a great Monday. Love from Carrie XX

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Light and airy

Image - Martha Stewart

Just a quick good morning and a lovely sitting room to while away the warm summer evenings we're having here in London. Also wanted to say thanks so much for leaving comments - I've only just enabled them on my blog and it means so much to hear your thoughts. Wishing you a sunny day wherever you are. Love from Carrie X

Monday, 28 June 2010

Sparkling June

Just back from a perfect weekend in the Champagne region of France; think romantic chateau, driving the winding roads through famous vineyards with the roof down (headscarf and sunglasses required of course), picnics in the sun, creamy-coloured macaroons French flea markets and many perfect Champagne-shaded bubbles. Have a lovely start to your week. CX

Friday, 18 June 2010

Bedtime stories

Pajama parties don't get more glamourous than this: 40 Winks is an amazing boutique hotel in the heart of East London. Each month it hosts an evening of themed story telling to which you must wear your best bedroom attire. Sponsored by Hendricks Gin (for cocktails served in a teacup), Coffee, Cake and Kink (for amazing chocolate cake in the interval) and Godiva (there's even an award for most glamourous nighty), this is a fabulous way to spend an evening lounging on a chaise. CXX

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Morning glamour

Image from Paris Hotel Boutique

Now this is a breakfast worthy of cream marabou slippers! The twinkle of chandelier crystal at breakfast time is so elegant. I've been dreaming of amazing chandeliers a lot recently and have been introduced to a whole world of these amazing pieces via CSN Lighting. The glitter they create can transform any room into a glamourous boudoir. Have a lovely day. Love CXX

Monday, 14 June 2010

Lemon Chiffon in June

Boudoir mules - Victoria's Secret

This weekend began with white peonies and Lemon Chiffon cake; iced coffee on a June afternoon; glamourising in a white peony and vanilla scented boudoir before exploring the most beautiful Roof Gardens and a perfect Sunday morning smoked salmon brunch. Hope you had a wonderful June weekend too. Love from Carrie XX

Monday, 7 June 2010

Luxe summer

Image - At home in Arkansas

Fresh greens is the best way to set off summer whites. There's a luxury about a vase full of white roses or a stunning hydrangea surrounding by their intense green foliage. As the early summer London rain falls outside my window I'm dreaming of opening the windows to let in the sunshine once more! Have a lovely start to your day. Love from Carrie XX

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

♥ Angel food

I'm home from the most lovely Spring weekend in Brighton for a girlfriend's hen do. Visited some lovely girly shops including Lavender Room then also stopped by the Angel Food Bakery in the heart of the lanes to buy the bride-to-be a romantic cupcake. Went perfectly with blush wine for a toast. Absolutely adore the tiered Angel Food Bakery creations for weddings. CXX

Thursday, 6 May 2010

May bliss

Doesn't this just make you long for Summer? I have no idea where the image above is from but it looks pretty glamorous... I can't imagine a better way to spend a Summer Saturday than sitting back with chilled rose and a drop of San Pellegrino. Bliss. CXX

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Silky soft

Image - Dusty Lu

Despite it being May there's a real chill in the air. All I really want to do is spend the evenings snuggled in a soft blanket like the one above. Love the crown motif. I'm sure I should have come out of my winter hibernation by now?!! CXX

Thursday, 29 April 2010


Image - This is Glamourous

It's officially the start of wedding season and I'm spending the long weekend celebrating with friends. Have settled on the most elegant Champagne-coloured cocktail dress so now I'm just waiting for the Spring rain to stop and the May sunlight to come! Fingers are crossed for a beautiful day, and plenty of Champagne... CXX

Monday, 19 April 2010

♡ Let them eat cake

Images - Beach Studios

Isn't this French-inspired pad just fabulous? Imagine it would be like coming home to Versailles... And is that a duck-egg blue Faberge egg in the fireplace? Sigh. CXX