Month: October 2017

It’s Leopard Season

There’s something about leopard print. Every autumn I fall in love with it again. Is it the earthy colours? The sense of fun? Whatever it is, I’m hooked. And despite its ubiquity, its popularity began with one designer and his muse, more specifically, Christian Dior and Mitzah Bricard. Bricard was fascinated by leopard print, and as a result, during the 1950s, Dior created a range of his accessories featuring the design, elevating leopard to be the must-have print of the moment. A little hint of leopard print is a fun and stylish way to update your wardrobe. This autumn I’ve chosen a scarf – the perfect purchase for the in-between autumn weather. This soft, slightly abstract scarf by New Look is £12.99 and I love the flattering, peachy tones. It really transforms a simple outfit. Here are some other leopard print delights I’ve spotted lately… How about this clutch bag, also from New Look, great for a special occasion? I bought it earlier this summer for a friend and now it’s in their sale, so hurry …

Apple Treats

Question of the month: do you prefer a sweet apple or a sharp, sour apple? It all depends on mood and individual taste I know. And then there are apples whose very name puts you off eating them. I don’t quite fancy the Dog’s Snout variety (an old Yorkshire cooker) or the Bloody Ploughman or tucking into a Sheepnose, Ballyfatten, Hangdown, Redstreak, Manks Codlin or Maiden’s Blush. And least said about Slack Ma Girdle (an old variety of cider apple) the better. Then there are those strange apples that are named after people: Cardinal Von Galen, Ben Davis, Charles Ross, although, strangely, Granny Smith sounds fine. But the things you can make with apples – even the mushy textured ones – are quite remarkable. In Yorkshire there are various producers working wonders with various forbidden fruit varieties, creating a range of products including wine, cider, vinegar and chutney. Here are a few of my favourites: Yorkshire Apple Wine A 14.2% wine from Luddenden Valley Wines in West Yorkshire. They hand mill and press a blend …