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Paola
Owner of online boutique. Mother of five year old. Photographer, foodie, design obsessive.
Interests: Interior design, fashion accessories, running my business, London, travelling, reading, dreadful reality TV shows, cooking, eating, photography, watching my little girl grow up and trying to remain sane.
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Finally getting a little time to catch up with myself and BREATHE. Our vacation in Menton passed very successfully (yes, you will be inundated with pictures just as soon as I have time to process them) and father-in-law has been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at mirrormirror
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Pssst. Don’t tell the Minx, but I just bought her a colouring book for our plane ride at the weekend. Well, to be more accurate I’ve just bought myself a colouring book, as I’m sure she would probably prefer to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at mirrormirror
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So henceforth there’s going to be an awful lot more of THIS going on in our lives. School finished last Friday (I still can’t get over how LONG the school vacations are here), so we’ve got a summer full of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at mirrormirror
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It’s already been more than a month since I went to Gulf Shores, Alabama to learn about food photography and styling from the masters (mistresses?) – Helene Dujardin, Senior Photographer at Oxmoor House and of Tartelette blog fame, and Clare... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at mirrormirror
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Delighted as I am with the kitchen, I am almost happier with the way the bathroom turned out. What used to be such an actively unpleasant, uncomfortable space now feels peaceful, clean and soothing and is filled with the most... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at mirrormirror
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There’s a great exhibition currently showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery entitled ‘Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life’. I saw it when I was in Vancouver last month and highly recommend it to anyone in the area who loves hotels like... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at mirrormirror
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Continuing on my dangerous Helene Dujardin-fuelled shopping spree (goodness that woman has a lot to answer for), I have been making my way down her list of great prop providers and spending far too much money. These utterly gorgeous ceramics... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at mirrormirror
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No Photoshop filters were harmed in the construction of this photo. It really did look like this. I’ve been feeling just a tad overwhelmed over the last week or so – moving eleventy million tons of STUFF back into the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at mirrormirror
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Dear hearts, it is DONE. Just as I was losing the will to live with this whole remodelling malarkey, this morning is the first one for months where I have not been sharing my home with charming bearded contractors. The... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at mirrormirror
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Wow, I have become Chatty Cathy on here all of a sudden. Anyway, just thought I’d close out the week with my latest submission for Project 52. Our assignment was to take a photo for the cover of a book... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at mirrormirror
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This sort of stopped me in my tracks when I saw it yesterday. Created by artists Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz, this ‘light sculpture’ entitled Forms in Nature is designed to cast spooky shadows reminiscent of a wild forest all... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at mirrormirror
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It’s been an expensive morning. One of the more unexpectedly dangerous aspects of doing a workshop with Helene Dujardin was the list of favourite prop suppliers she sent us after the course. And after three days playing with all her... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at mirrormirror
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Sometimes you have weekends that are almost impossibly inspiring; good for the deepest depths of your soul and quite possibly life changing. This last weekend I attended a food photography workshop in Gulf Shores Alabama, with the amazing Helene Dujardin... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at mirrormirror
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This velvety, rich, sweet and downright luscious soup fits right in with my attempts to eat paleo (ie. omit all grain-based carbs) while not feeling remotely deprived, and my current obsession with the awesome kubocha pumpkin, which is dense and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at mirrormirror
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On Friday I did something very extraordinary and made the trip from Seattle to Vancouver ON. THE. TRAIN. Of course I used to take trains all the time when I was in Europe, but here on the West Coast (is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at mirrormirror
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I’m off to Vancouver tomorrow bright and early for a weekend with friends, so I thought it was about time I posted up the last of my images from Palm Springs, before I get a whole bunch of new ones.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at mirrormirror
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As I mentioned I’m trying to be more ‘paleo’ in my eating, which essentially means cutting out all grain-based carbs and eating primarily meats, nuts and vegetables. Pumpkins and other squashes are allowed and they provide some much needed starchy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at mirrormirror
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This blog post is by way of a little favour to a friend. You probably already know how much we love Canoe Island French Camp in this family, and that’s before the Minx has even been to one of their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at mirrormirror
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We were stuck for quite some time deciding on tile for the bathroom. Aside from wood, nature doesn’t feature very strongly in our house, so all the natural stone and marble options didn’t seem very much in keeping. Glass on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at mirrormirror
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So last week’s assignment was simple. A concept shot inspired by “Red Balloons’. Because I wanted to do something a bit different, and because blowing up balloons makes my cheeks hurt, and because I’m trying to improve my food photography,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at mirrormirror
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So now you’re thinking that I’ve gone and lost my mind. Those little leather purses are adorably cute! I would definitely walk around town with one of those swinging from my wrist. And so dear reader would I. Except they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at mirrormirror
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I’m a firm believer that when you’re doing a room (or planning an outfit for that matter) that you should have one striking architectural feature, or piece of furniture or art (or clothing or jewellery) that acts as the focal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at mirrormirror
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Yay! It’s that time of year again when I get to make terrible, tired puns and pin up pictures of crafts and foods I have little chance of actually making (particularly with my current less than adequate kitchen arrangements). Actually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at mirrormirror
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Here’s the lovely Tina Ramchandani again with her monthly interior designer’s trend report. This month spoke to me loudly since my favourite colour is SHINY and we’re sort of considering somehow making the space around the toilet in the bathroom... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at mirrormirror
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After a few weeks when it seemed like nothing much tangible was happening (though I knew a ton of stuff was happening behind the scenes) we’ve suddenly made huge progress in the last week. The big news is that, not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at mirrormirror