DiGuardo @ The Dispensary

Guy Fawkes weekend is one particular weekend we dislike the most in the year.
Especially this weekend, Hubbie was away in China, therefore, I had to comfort our firework-phobe, Mr.B, singlehandedly. Once the bangs commenced, his tail went between his legs and his breathing became shallow and rapid. In the end, poor Mr.B was trembling like a leaf on my lap until all the shrieks and bangs in our neighbourhood died down around 21:00. I know lots of people, especially children, enjoy fireworks. But please take a moment to reflect that behind the fun, there are lots of cats & dogs suffering silently, being petrified and fearing for their live. I would be much happier if there were only one night during the weekend, Saturday or Sunday, to be designated for fireworks. How did your beloved furry friends persevere the fireworks?

2nd November was a momentous day for my darling friend, Letizia, because she renewed her boutique, DiGuardo, at The Dispensary…

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She invited me to join her at her new premises on 200 Kensington Park Road…

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Together with Sophie, the owner of The Dispensary, she created a cozy and chic fashion emporium. The signature of DiGuardo…

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Her selection was original, feminine and discerned. In short, Letizia knew what women would want…

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Sophie’s selection was equally original and elegant. A mixture of rare-finds and genuine vintages laden the shelves and rails…

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When I walked through their threshold, the boutique was already buzzing with customers, eagerly trying out their offerings…

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Probably, he was the only one who was not so keen on the experience.
His beloved mummy was in & out of the changing room and not paying the slightest attention to him. His expression spoke very loudly…

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Anyway, the new undertaking Letizia embarked on was already looking very promising. I was more than positive that her venture would surge forward in full sail…

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Around 18:30, we open a bottle of  Prosecco for a well-earned toast.
Let’s hope we all will be even busier towards Christmas…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Sunday afternoon @ Portbello

Late summer days still carry on in London. Lots of sunshine and bare legs on display.
However, weather forecasters predict that the weather will turn towards the end of this week.
Therefore, we are making the best out of it while it lasts by going out more and having a good time.

On Sunday, I & Mr.B spent our afternoon, pottering around Portbello Road…

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I hadn’t visited Notting Hill area on sunday for ages.
A sizable crowd, mainly tourists, were milling around from Notting Hill Gate station towards Portbello Road.
Though the number of the vintage stalls was not as great as Saturday’s, it was far from scarce and the street was lively.  Even Paul Smith Westbourne House was open…

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The shop in Notting Hill was filled with a collection of interesting knick-knacks.
Vintage prints and toys from the 50’s & 60s were everywhere, evoking the nostalgia without being too sentimental.  Like Mr. Smith himself, the place was contemporary yet timeless.

I saw Mr.Smith once on Floral Street, Covent Garden.
He came out of his shop with a fine green & black gingham check suit.
With both hands laden with the paper shopping bags of his own brand, he hailed a black cab and went.
He was so elegant and unpretentious. No limo, no blackout window and no entourage of PA’s.
He just appeared normal and genuine.

While I was browsing their A/W 2013, I came across a beautiful silk blouse…

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The shirt was made of a magnolia like floral print with a blue & purple background. It had fluorescent pink buttons on the collar and cuffs. I just loved the overall effect.

While a sales assistant disappeared to the stockroom looking for my size, Mr. B waited in the doggie carrier…

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It turned out that the size I was after was temporarily out of stock.
The sales assistant took my detail and promised me that she would call me once the blouse was restocked.

The north end of Portbello was not so hectic…

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Alfresco dining seemed to be the order of the day.

We dropped in Letizia’s boutique, DiGuardo.
Hey Mr. B on the chair, I can’t see where you are! His fur was a deed linger for the upholstery…

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After she locked up a front door and packed up for the day, we walked to Tom’s Deli on Westbourne Grove…

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We had a huge slice of Victoria Sponge with a large pot of Darjeeling…

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The cake was one of the best Victoria Sponge I ever had. Fluffy and light without being dry.
I was  craving for a sugary treat. So I gobbled it down like a flash. If Letizia didn’t stop me, I would have eaten one more slice…

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New Comers, A/W 2013

I had a surgery last Wednesday.
Being significantly swollen and on antibiotic, I am trying hard to take mind off from the pain and a post-op anxiety.

 

Prior to the surgery, I took new additions to my A/W 2013 collection to DiGuardo on Kensington Park Road.

Letizia trying on a Meringue jumper.
She looks so sweet in it, don’t you agree?

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How does it look on me?

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Hmmmm. I still want to tweak the design a bit. But it’s almost there.
And I definitely want one for myself this autumn.

Then, she tried on a Greta gilet with a contrasting edge…

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Colours are new additions to my existing palette.
The subtle changes in tones accentuates and brings out the stitches even more.
And I love it…

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The hue I used for the edge was indigo blue.
Letizia & I enthused that the gilet would go fabulously with denim or dress…

Finally, she put on a Bramley jacket…

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The fit was perfect for her!
I felt relieved because it came together nicely. Because there were more than a few moments I was worried about the direction of this particular style.

The collar, being wrapped around her throat…

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The tips can be secured with a beautiful hat pin. Or a kilt pin, even
a kilt pin will do.

Letizia’s loyal customer, Maya, trying on a Greta in bubble-gum pink…

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Doesn’t she look cool?
She reminded me Brigitte Bardot. Nonchalant yet very sexy…

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