A Fabulous Winter/Summer Dress: And My Current Favourite Bakeries

Greetings everyone.  A few weeks ago, my husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary.  As my brother-in-law said, “You get less for murder”.To celebrate the best decision we ever made, we decided to go out and do what we do best; eat and drink.

As we decided to approach our ultimate destination on foot, the starting point for an outfit decision were comfortable flat shoes. I accompanied my flat boots with an easy-breezy dress by All Saints.  This really is a fabulously versatile winter/summer dress, as I have currently paired it with a sparkly polo top for warmth, and in the summer I can dispose of the undershirt and replace the boots with nice sandals.  This dress is flowly in all the right places, and the front tie can be tied or left open. I finished off the look with a crossbody bag for ease of movement and my trusty leather jacket (and a black coat on top for extra warmth).

We have a lovely evening and it was a great reminder that the best things in life are the people that surround us. Speaking of lovely things – let’s talk about my current sugar crushes.  I am a legendary consumer of baked goods and I am constantly exploring the fares of various bakeries around town. An oldie but goody that I have recently rediscovered is Gail’s.  Their cherry and dark chocolate scones and petite honey cakes are amazing. The olive bread with big chunky olives and their garlic bread with big chunky pieces of garlic are must eats and last but not least I can’t seem to get enough of their toasted turkey and cheese sandwich with spicy mayo.

The other bakery that is a current favourite is Ottolenghi.  Their lemon and blueberry cake is amazing in that both flavours come through distinctly and create a magnificent symphony in your mouth.  The flourless chocolate and coconut cakes are equally amazing in their own right.

I hope you have a sweet rest of the week.  Thank you so much for visiting isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – All Saints and All Saints  

Sparkle Polo Neck Top: Warehouse

Cross Body Bag: Yves Saint Laurent

Boots: Massimo Dutti

Leather Jacket: Massimo Dutti


Houzz of 2018 Visit: Interiors Inspiration and My Crittall Style Crush

Happy Tuesday everyone! As many of you are aware from my previous blog posts – I am currently renovating my new abode and therefore, obsessed with all things house and home.  This Sunday gone, I had the opportunity to visit Houzz of 2018.  Houzz of 2018 is a pop-up shop in Soho that is located in a 5-storey townhouse that also happens to be an exhibition space. It is 5 floors of some of the hottest trends in interiors at the moment and each floor is choked full of gorgeous ideas and products that are mostly available to buy.

This kind of exhibition is exactly up my alley so I couldn’t wait to get in there. Each floor is presented as a different part of the house (as the natural layout would be in a townhouse) so that it is possible to view products in their natural settings as they would be placed in a real home.  Each space is well thought out and curated and I appreciated the realistic proportions of many of the rooms.

My favourite part of the house was the master bathroom.  It is a generous space designed  largely as a monochromatic mood board that features many of the current trends in bathroom decor. The double sinks embedded in reclaimed wood and offset by two lovely art-deco light fixtures had me imaginary brushing my teeth and smiling into the round mirror.  The pièce de résistance for me was the shower enclosure composed of Crittall inspired shower panels.  I am a huge fan of the Crittall trend and it is my current interiors crush that refuses to abait. Crittall style are art deco-inspired, metal-framed, casement-style windows and doors that give an industrial look and were first manufactured by the Crittall company in the 1880s. I am determined to incorporate a Crittall style shower door into my bathroom at home, however, I have had no luck so far finding one at a reasonable price.  I have found a few companies that will make shower screens in this style but a shower door that doesn’t cost more than a new kidney – nope!  I am now turning to welding companies to see if they can conjure one up for me and I will keep you posted on my efforts.

The top floor features a Nespresso bar for a well deserved free cup of great coffee (having climbed a whole 5 sets of steps) and my other interiors crush – a living wall.  Looking at this lovely piece of living art has me convinced that I must get one in my enclosed patio.  If anyone knows a reasonable supplier – please send them my way.

It would be remiss of me to write a blog post without a mention of fashion – so here goes.  I love the dramatic look of the buttons on the black jumper I wore to the Houzz of 2018. It is a versatile piece that will work with so many styling options and the best part – it is on sale.  I absolutely adore this coat with the side fastening and leather sleeves from All Saints.  It is achingly cool, surprisingly warm and also on sale – it doesn’t get better than that for me.  Finally, I have accessorized my outfit with my best crossbody bag for a rainy day – my bright pink rubber Hunter bag.  This bag is functional, pretty and makes a bright statement on a dull day – I am so glad it lives in my wardrobe.

If you enjoy interiors and fancy a free look at some great design and products, I highly recommend a visit to the Houzz of 2018.  It is open to all till tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm.  Also, if you have never visited www.houzz.co.uk, I suggest a visit as soon as possible – you will not regret it!

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for visiting my blog.


Houzz of 2018

Till 31 January

19 Greek Street

London W1D 4DT



Clothes and accessories:

Black jumper – Debenhams Studio by Preen – on sale £27.50)

Black Coat – All Saints Milla lea coat – on promo £159.20)

Crossbody bag – Hunter

Boots – Hudson