I have dozens of favourites of all the things I love. Here are just a few …




Anything by Nora Ephron

“Now that was when people KNEW how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance… nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was…”
“A movie! That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.”
Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) and Becky (Rosie O’Donnell), “Sleepless in Seattle”



Breakfast at Tiffany’s



Toy Story

North by Northwest


Groundhog Day

It’s a Wonderful Life

OK, so quite a lot of movies. I love the movies.


The Big Bang Theory


Phineas and Ferb

The West Wing



(See the Bookshelf page, under Writing. There are many.)


Sky blue

Schiapparelli pink

White and very pale grey

Great women


Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, mathematician and inventor of the first computer program

Violette Szabo, SOE agent immortalised in the film Carve Her Name With Pride


Malala Yousafzai. Have you heard her speak? All the wows.

The Queen (it’s harder being her than it looks)

Tavi Gevinson

JK Rowling. Not just for Harry Potter. (Although, obviously.) But because she pays all her taxes, gives loads of money to charity, and stands up for herself against online trolls and bullies. She’s a real example for us all about how to be strong and stick up for what she believe in. And she’s funny. Big fan.

Things to do

Visit the V&A, the Tate Modern, or pretty much any of London’s amazing museums and galleries

The V&A Ballgowns exhibition
The V&A Ballgowns exhibition

Long walks by the river with my friends – the best form of exercise

Curl up on the sofa with a book

Curl up on the sofa with any or all of my children and a book, or a film, or something to talk about

Ditto with my husband

Travel! France … Italy … USA … Fiji … A plane, a camera, a book …

Repainting the kitchen, or weeding and planting in the garden. The best therapy


Dior, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga

Balenciaga, illustration by Bernard Blossac


Vivienne Westwood. For the punk and the politics and the corsets and the curves

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Sophia Webster (shoes)


Kate Moss

Alek Wek

Jean Shrimpton

Photo – Lillian Bassman



Lisa Fonssagrives

Carmen dell’Orefice


Ian Dury and the Blockheads


The Beatles


David Bowie

Zero 7 and Morcheeba (for writing to)

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