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The perfect two week itinerary for India.

Deborah Mistry

The perfect two week itinerary for India.

India is my favorite destination and if I had one plane ticket left in my life it would always be back there, despite there being so many incredible places I am yet to visit. It can be intimidating to try and pick from the multiple amazing places and experiences it has to offer though so here is my suggestion for the perfect two week itinerary (tried and tested with my sister in 2006) which really combines five types of holiday in one! We traveled by train and bus and spent a maximum of three nights in each place. The City...


Ile de Re: The Inspiration behind the dress

Deborah Mistry

Ile de Re: The Inspiration behind the dress

Lured for many years to further and more exotic destinations it was a September trip to Ile de Re in 2016 which reminded me how much I love France. Just 22 Kilometres long, the island is connected to La Rochelle by a bridge. I couldn’t believe that such an easy journey could take me to somewhere so idyllic; you can literally see the bridge from the airport and it takes minutes to cross. Such a short transfer is perfect when you are travelling with a toddler! We rented this charming house in La Noue, one of the tiny, pretty villages which...


The Allure of Glasshouses

Deborah Mistry

The Allure of Glasshouses

From my Granny’s greenhouse, packed to the brim and smelling sweetly of tomatos and geraniums, to my favourite building in London, the magnificent Victorian Palm house at Kew, with it’s lush tropical greenery and ornate white metalwork (rusted over years in the sky-high humidity) I have always been obsessed with glasshouses. When jetting off for some winter sun isn’t an option, I don't think there is a better alternative than spending a few hours in an indoor garden. It is a matter of taste whether you prefer the types of glasshouses that try and recreate the feelings of the tropics,...


The best ever Vogue Photo Shoot: 'Lily Takes a Trip' by Tim Walker

Deborah Mistry

The best ever Vogue Photo Shoot: 'Lily Takes a Trip' by Tim Walker

I fell completely in love with these pictures when they were published in Vogue in July 2005. Tim Walker’s amazing talent for creating dreamscapes is perfect for shooting in Northern India, a land which already feels like the backdrop to fairy tales. Add a model with a doll-like otherworldliness (Lily Cole) and some incredible dresses and you have the ingredients for images which exude magic. Never mind ‘eye candy’, these pictures are a ten course visual banquet of inspiration. I couldn’t pick a favourite, could you? Below are my favourite six though. The one of Lily on the staircase was...


The lure of the one shoulder dress

Deborah Mistry

The lure of the one shoulder dress

The one shoulder trend seems to come and go although I don’t think it’s ever reached the same heights of popularity as the off the shoulder or the cold shoulder have. To me this is part of it’s appeal; it’s always been a fringe trend, never too ubiquitous. Unfortunately, though it has also fallen victim to some very tacky interpretations and is synonymous in a lot of people’s minds with short tight satin dresses. This seems unfair though as it’s such a classic, elegant silhouette that suits a lot of body shapes. It’s sexy without being revealing (it doesn’t allow...