Thursday, 29 November 2012

When I Grow Up...

In our latest installment of When I Grow Up... we meet Jemma Fennings one half of the duo behind the beautiful vintage-inspired watch brand Olivia Burton. When they couldn't find any watches to suit their own style they decided to create their own (well, if a job wants doing properly...). As always, we ask them our burning questions...

For those of us that don't know, can you tell us a little about Olivia Burton?
Olivia Burton is a vintage inspired watch brand that offers something very different to what is currently available. Inspired by vintage and catwalk, Olivia Burton watches are contemporary, fun and bursting full of British style. 

 What made you decide to start up the brand?
We’ve been on a constant quest for stylish and beautiful accessories and have struggled to find vintage inspired watches at an affordable price point. Having spent many years buying for the likes of ASOS & Selfridges, we took theplunge and went into business together creating our own range of affordablewatches that enable people to change their watch with their outfit & mood.

 We're huge fans of your designs, do you have a favourite?
Thank you. We’re so in love with every piece as they all add a little something different to your outfit. We’ve both been wearing a selection depending on the look we’re wearing that day. I’m pretty smitten with the Animal Motifs right now, especially the little Owl, he always brings a smile to my face! 

 Where do you get your inspiration from?
We take inspiration from lots of different things – vintage, catwalk and the great British outdoors. We’re also largely inspired by street style and must confess to spending a great deal of time observing what is happening right here on the streets of London. 

 Can you describe your average day? 
 No day is ever the same at OB HQ and that’s just the way we like it - it keeps us on our toes! One day we’re designing and range building and the next we’re meeting customers. A typical day for us starts at 8.30am. Emails are always the first port of call and I spend my mornings and evenings checking in on our social media profiles – it’s so important for us to have dialogue with our customers.

 Who would you most like to see wearing one ofyour designs? 
 There are so many people we would love to see wearing an Olivia Burton watch. We love the effortless style of Alexa Chung and her ability to mix vintage, designer and high street – she is definitely one! 

 Any advice for our readers? 
 Work experience are the golden words for anyone looking to break into the fashion industry. Approach even the most menial tasks with enthusiasm and above all else… smile.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Meatball Winter Warmer

Brrr. This weather has taken a turn for the worse - the temperature has dropped, the wind has picked up and the rain just keeps falling. At times like these you want nothing more to curl up in the evenings under a blanket, with a glass of (mulled) wine and some comfort food. 

Try out our meatballs recipe to warm you up...

Makes 2

150/200g minced beef
1 tsp oregano
Healthy sprinkling of paprika
Healthy sprinkling of dry coriander leaves
Pinch of ground pepper
Pinch of salt
1 slice granary bread
1 egg yolk
1 ball of mozzerella
Knob of garlic butter
100g chopped tomatoes
Mixed dry herbs
2 multi-seeded rolls

-       Make the breadcrumbs for the meatball by taking the slice of granary bread and rub it together so that crumbs form, make sure you have a mixing bowl to catch the falling crumbs
-       Cut two generous cubes from the ball of mozzarella ready to put inside the meatballs
-       Next combine the minced beef, breadcrumbs, oregano, paprika, dry coriander leaves, seasoning and combine together with the egg yolk
-       Once the mixture is held firmly together, take the mince mixture and roll into two large balls
-       Make a well (use your finger to push down in the centre of the minced ball) and place the cubed mozzarella in the centre – one cube per ball
-       Now roll into two full meatball shapes
-       Heat some oil in a frying pan – fry the meatballs on a low heat until browned on all sides
-       While the meatballs are cooking make the tomato sauce; place chopped tomatoes in a small saucepan and season, also add some herbs and the garlic butter (be as generous as you like)
-       Cook the tomato sauce until heated thoroughly and turn off the heat
-       When the meatballs are ready cut in half the fresh seeded roll and spoon the tomato sauce on the bread, then add the meatball (cut in half)
-       This is yummy for a winter lunch or snack – that melted mozzarella meatball in its garlic tomato sauce and fresh bread is just pure comfort heaven!

By Melodie Walter

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

What We're Listening To...

Windy blustery days just make us want to sit inside and hide from the cold – and this week really is the peak of that feeling! Cellardoor HQ want to introduce you to a country and blues singer who is sure to be on the rise quicker than a storm can make the lights flicker – a miss Elle King!  

Born in Los Angeles, Elle now resides in the cooler of the ghettos in the USA, hipster heaven Brooklyn, New York.   

At only 23 years of age Elle has lived all over the world and been exposed to the lime light from an early age acting in films and in her private life explored perhaps the darker side of life – underpinning the grit of her songs.  

Inspired by an eclectic group of music artists from Otis Redding, Etta James to Johnny Cash and AC/DC. Elle graces us with surrendering soul, bluegrass banjo and an ounce or two of the taboo in her choice of songs - we must confess!  

However, she is one to watch and has toured with some most credible bands from Of Monsters and Men to singer Michael Kiwanuka.  

Watch her video for No One Can Save You here...

Elle is due to release her debut early next year and her EP can be purchased on iTunes.

By Melodie Walter

Monday, 26 November 2012

Competition Time!

It's that time again, where we want to thank all our lovely readers and what better way than with a fantastic competition. Yep, we thought so. Think of it as a little early Christmas pressie, from us to you!

We've teamed up with the lovely people at The Little Deer, to give one lucky reader the chance to get their hands on this gorgeous Cropped Cat Face Tee from Hero & Cape.

So if you fancy the chance of winning, then just complete this Rafflecopter form by the 2nd December and then we'll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Something for the Weekend...

If you're around Nottingham this weekend, then we urge you to visit the Pretty Dandy Flea on Saturday at The Congregational Church, Castle Gate.

With over 20 stalls, including a vibrant mix of artists, prints, handmade cushions, records and printed lampshades, you're sure to find some unusual gifts - just in time for Christmas shopping! 

What's more, there will be DJs from Nottingham record label Hello Thor providing a cool soundtrack, a record stall and (really yummy) homemade cakes and treats from The Pop-Up Sandwich Kitchen.

So why not kick off your festive season in style? We'll see you there...

Find out more info here

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Drink tea with Fifi Lapin!

At Cellardoor there are a whole list of things that we love... cuteness, Fifi Lapin and tea all appear on it. You can imagine the "ooohs" and "awwws" that came from the office this morning when we stumbled across these...

The super-stylish illustrated bunny now has her own range of mugs and we can't wait to get our hands on some. We're glad we spotted them in time for Christmas as they'll make great gifts. Or maybe we'll just keep them for ourselves...

Buy yours for just £8 here!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

What we're Listening To...

Music that has haunting airs and swirling emotion is perfect for this moody season and without any further ado let us introduce you to Ben Howard (not that we don’t absolutely already love this beaut of an artist!) and his new EP recently released Burgh Island.

 We adored Ben’s debut album Every Kingdom and before long many of the folk-loving populace, like us, had purchased their copy and were playing it from wedding ceremonies to those needing acoustic comfort on their daily travels through the aid of iPods and ear phones. When we heard he was going to be releasing a completely new never-heard-before EP we literally couldn’t wait to hear what gems this wonderful man would be bestowing upon us!

The wait need no longer be waited for Burgh Island is now out and features four stunningly dark songs Esmerelda, Oats In The Water, To Be Alone and ‘Burgh Island’.

Watch the dramatic new video Esmerelda from the new EP.

You can see Ben Howard playing live if you’re lucky enough to get tickets bought in advance for his November 28 gig at the O2 Academy in Brixton. Burgh Island can be purchased from iTunes.

By Melodie Walters

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


We're pretty smitten with these floral cushions from Bluebellgray‘s AW12 winter peony collection. In a gorgeous palette of rich plums and pinks, each piece features a stunning unique watercolour print - just in time to help brighten up those dull days! 

Check out the lookbook and full collection here.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Winter Warmer

After coming in cold from our celebrations on Bonfire Night, we thought of something we could eat as a comforting warm-up snack for us and our friends. This one is really easy to make and great for making big batches for cold-nosed guests. Check our first winter-warmer of the season!

3x Baking potato (medium)
1 red pepper
1 avocado
1 tub soft cream cheese
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp oregano
3 rashers bacon
Handful grated cheese 

-       Pre heat oven to 190 C
-       Bake potatoes for hour and a half (or until soft)
-       Pre-make filling: chop pepper, avocado and mix with spices and bacon and the soft cream cheese
-       Scrape out potato from skin of the jackets and combine with the filling mixture
-       Grill the bacon rashers until they are nearly done
-       Chop and mix with the filling mixture and then put the filling back inside the jackets
-       When you are ready to have your winter warmers, simply place on tray with tin foil and put in the oven for twenty minutes (warm oven to 180 C)
-       Enjoy with a good ‘warming’ Indian beer!

By Melodie Walter

Friday, 9 November 2012

Something for the Weekend

If you've found yourself at a loose end this weekend, you might fancy heading over to Harrods. Until 1st January the 4th floor is host to a special Disney pop-up boutique.

We can't help but love the pink girly-ness that Disney Princesses bring. If you're anything like us you'll be in heaven from the minute you step into the 7,000 sq ft pop-up shop where you'll find a Princess Parlour, Cinderella Slipper salon and every princess outfit you can think of. If you want to buy your own limited edition piece of Disney, prices start from £24.95.

Images by Cheryl Maguire

Though if you have a male in tow, don't worry. There's also a Disney/Pixar section with enough Cars and Toy Story goodies to keep them happy - though they may have to push the five-year-olds out of the way to get the best view of the Buzz Lightyear costume.

Whilst you're up on the 4th floor, you may also be interested to know that a Twilight beauty pop-up store opens from tomorrow in aid of the last film being released next week. There you'll find make-up sets giving you the tools to achieve the perfect vampire complexion... if that's your kind of thing?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Story Teller

Looking at a photograph by Tim Walker is like gazing into another world. One where anything is creatively possible. Tim Walker: Story Teller at Somerset House allows a sneak peek into the magic behind his photographic genius.

Props such as a giant bumble bee playing the violin and an almost life size Spitfire crashing through the wall are on display, alongside some of his most beautiful and enthralling photography from the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair and W.  Story Teller is a fascinating and inspiring look into Walker’s brilliance, showcasing his unrivalled talent for imagination, humour and whimsy.  

The exhibition is free to visit and coincides with the release of his new book, also titled Story Teller.

  By Cheryl Maguire

Monday, 5 November 2012

What We're Listening To...

Lovers of legendary Canadian folk singer Joni Mitchell are in for an extra treat this week – that’s if you’ve not already heard Martha Tilston’s new album, Machines of Love and Grace, beckoning in the winter this autumn.

Tilston is not your average singer-song writer and she is certainly the first of her kind to emerge in recent years, although her music is not by any means above Mitchell.

Singing about the contrasts between insatiability of the finance world (Wall Street) and other social injustices; her lyrics express the conflicts between the modern world and the human state – but beautifully.

Who could not love her artistic style (Tilston like Mitchell is a painter) – particularly the painting for this album cover suits the whimsical resonance of her vocals with a surreal landscape of boats, travellers, clouds and giraffes.

Watch her animated music video for Stags Bellow. We imagine ourselves back in the sixties with beads in our hair and dancing around wood-burning fires - a mix of campervan living and Celtic-calls of the wild; perfect for the bohemian within.

You can buy the album from her website or download it from iTunes. She is next playing live November 08 at Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush in London.

By Melodie Walter