Shopping In London #1

January 8, 2015 • LondonTravel

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with the birth of our little one coming up, i just can’t help wondering where we’ll be traveling in 2015. i know things will get a little more complicated as we’ll no longer be just the two of us, but my most important new year’s resolution is to not change who i am just because i’m becoming a parent. after all, i want my kid to grow up loving travel as much as i do… anyhow, i’m not sure london will be in our planning for this year, but looking back on last year’s trip for CONNECTIONS is fun, too. i want to share many more places that we visited, but i’ll start with some of my favorite shops (there’s a part two in the making!)

i discovered MARGARET HOWELL by reading an interview with her in one of my favorite magazines, INVENTORY. it’s an old issue – not sure if you can still find it – but the interview always stuck with me. i love howell’s take on style, that it should be timeless and that quality should always be front and center. CEREAL also included her boutique in their travel guide, so i knew i had to swing by and take a peek. though the fashion is not entirely up my alley, the shop is gorgeous – such a calming and tasteful place.

FOLKLORE is by far my favorite store in all of london. for me, it represents the perfect balance between cozy and modern, with homeware and furniture from both british brands and international suppliers. i lingered over the textiles a bit longer than is perhaps socially acceptable, and i admit i’ve been perusing their webshop quite often since i visited them in london. i love the styling of their products!

and i don’t really have to tell you about LABOUR AND WAIT anymore, do i? for those who haven’t seen the shop pop up on one of the dozens of blogs or magazines that have published pictures of it – labour and wait is your quintessential general store. it is filled to the brim with british goodness, from falcon enamelware to rain coats. i wanted to buy one of everything. (i didn’t.) you seriously can’t leave the city without dropping by here – and it’s located conveniently close to the ACE HOTEL in shoreditch.

photos by stephanie duval for CONNECTIONS.

Holiday Shopping For Cosy Days

December 4, 2014 • DesignStyle

what’s not to love about this month, right? i’ve been looking forward to the holiday season for longer than i care to admit. of course there’s the dinners and the parties, but the thing i love most around this time of the year, is the widespread cosiness. everywhere you go, there are candles burning, mariah carey is shrieking through the speakers and chocolate is melting away in hot milk. i don’t even care how cliché this all sounds – i enjoy every single minute of everything. as i’ve been searching high and low for original christmas gifts, too many have eventually ended up in my shopping basket simply because i wanted them for those cosy sunday afternoons in. so i decided to share some of that inspiration with you today – perhaps you’ll succeed in giving them away (i wouldn’t be too sure).

1 this SKANDINAVISK CANDLE counts down the days to christmas. genius much? // 2 one can never have too many blankets – take it from me. this DENIM THROW is all kinds of perfection, and will aesthetically last much longer than those overly christmassy plaid versions. // 3 my name is stephanie and i’m a sock-o-holic. seriously though, i can never resist a pair with fun colors, and the feeling of putting on new socks is akin to getting underneath freshly washed sheets, in my opinion. this holiday package from HAPPY SOCKS is true to its name. it makes me stupidly happy. // 4 socks alone won’t keep your feet warm though. i’ve been looking for a nice pair of home slippers for a while now, and i kinda really want to add these BABBI MOCS to my arsenal of i’m-not-going-anywhere-today accessories. // 5 we have a few lamps from studio snowpuppe hanging in our home, and i just love their style. the white ones give a very warm glow to a room, so i can only imagine what the effect would be of THIS COLORFUL ONE. // 6 because those hours spent hanging in the sofa watching a marathon of friends episodes need to be useful in some way, i make it a point to apply hand cream and thoroughly massage it in. i love the scent of KIEHL’S ULTIMATE STRENGTH HAND SALVE. // 7 similarly, there’s nothing worse than chapped lips to ruin your ultimate night in. this BOBBI BROWN LIP BALM is a little miracle worker (and looks cute, too!) // 8 not that i’m much of a cook, but i do love books about food and gatherings. the SUNDAY SUPPERS tome promises beautiful content in line with books that i already own and love (THE KINFOLK TABLE and THURSDAY DINNERS, anyone?), so i’m curious to discover more. // 9 and then finally, if you must absolutely leave the house and venture out into the cold, make sure you do so with appropriate and cute protection. may i suggest THIS ADORABLE HOWLIN HAT?


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