Month: March 2015

the ibbi list: April

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Happy Easter! Spring is here, our latest collections, bursting with colour and rich texture are about to reach our shores and we’re buzzing. This month we’re talking luxurious linen, great reads, delicious eateries, cool ceramics and must-see collections from the doyenne of abstract art: Sonia Delaunay. ibbi: eclectic as ever!

Have a great month,

Claire, Anna and Eliza

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TRY: ibbi’s Hand Painted Ceramic Ramekins: What Do You Do With Yours?

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Our humble hand painted South African ceramic ramekins are bright, bold and super versatile. We’ve used them to dollop the pesto, stack the slices of lemons and limes and display the Easter eggs.  We’ve glugged the olive oil, decanted the peppercorns and poured the balsamic. We’ve potted pate and potted shrimps. Whether you’re sorting trinkets, storing ever-illusive keys, sorting spare change, sorting cufflinks, stacking cotton wool, treating children to choccie eggs or even feeding the cat, there are just so many ways to use this perfect little pot. We thought you might like to see how we’ve used ours.


 

SEE: Sonia Delaunay, Tate Modern 15 April-9 August 2015

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The work of Sonia Delaunay, the doyenne of Euro abstract art is being celebrated in London this month. Don’t miss this fabulously bold and brilliant exhibition featuring the extraordinary creative talent of one of the key figures in the Parisien avant-garde movement. This is the first UK retrospective of Sonia Delaunay’s work and includes paintings, textiles, collaborations with creative power houses such as Liberty and clothes created through her 60 year career. ‘Delaunay is one of the critical reference points in modern art and design’ VOGUE.

A visual feast.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on


LOVE: To Relax With The Flax: Why ibbi Loves Linen

ibbi loves: vibrant fields of flax

ibbi loves: vibrant fields of flax

We’re delighted our gorgeous new 100% pure linen range of cushions and home accessories from Jaipur will be arriving with us soon. With colours inspired by the Spring skies and spectacular hot pink bougainvillea of Rajasthan and designs reminiscent of the lattice screens at Jaipur’s Amber Fort, our rich textured vibrant accessories will sit beautifully in both classic and modern interiors. And why linen? Well it’s extremely durable and its look is super versatile too: wash and line dry for a more casual look or iron for a style that’s perfect, crisp and clean. And the greatest thing about linen? Well the more you wash it and use it, the softer the texture and the more luxurious it looks and feels.

ibbi linen accessories arriving late Spring http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk


 

READ: Rohinton Mistry

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If you haven’t yet discovered the works of Indian born author Rohinton Mistry then you’re misssing out. Start with the beautifully interwoven short stories in ‘Tales From Firozsha Baag’ (1987), then move on to ‘Family Matters (2002)’ and finish with his masterpiece ‘A Fine Balance’ (1995). The cultural and social worlds that Mistry’s characters perilously inhabit are cruel and there’s no end of misfortune and despair but the author’s heart is huge and somehow the novels remain hopeful. Utterly brilliant.


 

EAT: Pizza East

Pizza East Portobello

Pizza East Portobello

If  you’re in London during the Easter break and searching for a great eaterie then we’d suggest you head over to the Capital’s  delicious Pizza East, located in a former tea warehouse on the corner of Shoreditch High Street. Whether you’re in need of rich coffee and simple biscotti or something more substantial, this place with its distresssed paintwork, exposed bricks and statement lampshades provides the perfect eating environment. A menu of wood oven pizzas, fresh antipasti and daily changing specials awaits. Try the aubergine, smoked mozzarella, pesto and basil pizza with its perfect airy and hint-of -sourdough base, with perhaps an endive, pair and gorgonzola salad too. Finish with fluffy doughnuts and choccie sauce. Delicious.

Other branches in Portobello and Kentish Town.

http://www.pizzaeast.com


 

And Finally..IT WOULD BE ibbiOTIC NOT TO..Celebrate Easter

 

Sporting Lucas Terrier Marj pictured shortly before eating her Easter Ears

Sporting Lucas Terrier Marj pictured shortly before eating her Easter Ears

Wherever you’re spending Easter it’s a great time to celebrate! Bake a simnel cake piled high with almond paste eggs. Organise an Easter Egg hunt. Dress as an Easter Bunny. Dress the dog. Enjoy eggs. Tie fabric ribbons to the trees in your garden, pack your eclectic collection of glass utensils with Spring flowers for your table and eat outside. Celebrate with family and good friends. Whatever you’re up to, we hope you have fun this Easter!

 

 

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ibbi100 and how you can get involved!

ibbi100 napkins. 4 for £16 at www.ibbidirect.co.uk

ibbi100 napkins: £4 each at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

100% of the profit from our ibbi100 products goes straight to the Magic Bus projects which support some of India’s poorest slum children. And this month we’d like to offer you our ibbi100 super vibrant Indian cotton aprons, napkins and tablecloths, in either stunning turquoise or fuschia pink.

Spring is here! What better way to transform the character of your table than by adding pots of fresh Spring flowers straight from the garden and glorious splashes of colour with vibrant table linen. Our tablecloths and napkins are great for mixing and matching and over time take on a fabulous faded charm. And why not have fun round the table this Easter with your own table napkin challenge? Napkin fold away to your heart’s content and let your imagination run wild:  create Easter bunnies, pointy hats, cuddly hens or pretty flowers. And there’s always beautiful triangles for the more artistically challenged!

You might also like our no-nonsense waist aprons, made from finest Keralan cotton. Wear them, wash them, hang them out in the sunshine to dry. The more they’re used, the better they get. Perfect for busy bakers and teenagers eager to help in the kitchen this Easter!

http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Bagged…in Rajasthan

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Spring: think bluebell shoots, daffodils and wardrobe wake up calls! Is it really time to ditch the dark neutrals and abandon the old faithful charcoal tote already? Yes it is!

Always on the hunt for new, vintage and unique pieces to brighten your wardrobe and your home, we were excited last month to discover these gorgeous bags whilst travelling through Rajasthan. And they’re just what we love: unique accessories with a relaxed charm, rich in texture and bursting with colour. Each bag is made from carefully chosen reclaimed vintage fabrics and no two are the same. They look great embellished with vintage silk tassels or colourful pom poms. The perfect festival bag, great for carrying essentials, ideal for your yoga kit and suitably sturdy for teeny tired pampered pooches.

The eclectic Annie Collection, from £65 available now from http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

Interiors: Getting Your Light Right

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Lighting. Tricky. No question. Too much and your perfectly beautiful room loses all warmth and personality. Too little and you could easily end up in A&E thanks to that stray footstool you didn’t spot lurking in the shadows.

So what a relief to recently discover Pooky, purveyors of super stylish, interesting and eye catching lamp bases and shades. Whether you’re looking for a classic or more contemporary feel, their lamps are great for creating warm atmospheric glows in any room and you can mix and match their stylish shades and bases to your heart’s content.

Semi translucent shades provide perfect ambient light; the opaque create interesting decorative features. Pooky suggest lamps balance well when the shade is half an inch or so wider than its base on both sides and the diameter of the shade is about two thirds of the height of the base to the bulb. We’ve tried and tested a number of Pooky product combos and we’d suggest anything goes! Their solid Verona table lamp looks spectacular with the bright red silk shade and the tall slim Luty with pale hand block printed shade makes a perfect bedside feature.

Check out their latest range, guaranteed to brighten your living space..and your mood

http://www.pooky.com

Mother’s Day: A Minefield? Absolutely Not. Just Follow Our No Nonsense Guide

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Mother’s Day. It’s easy. Really. Take my word for it. Whether you’re shopping for your own mum or advising your kids, it doesn’t need to be a minefield. As long as you don’t feel compelled to panic buy at your local hardware store or purchase beauty products that mention the words wrinkle, lift, deep pore, flaky or fight the bloat on the packaging, you can’t go wrong. And perhaps avoid anything with ‘disguise’ and ‘blemish’ on the box too whilst you’re at it. So keep it simple. Remember this is the day when less is more. Small, pretty and thoughtful presents win every time. Still nervous? Then read on. Here’s my top 5 tips for a very Happy Mother’s Day. All will be well and stress free. I guarantee it.

1. Give flowers. If possible picked straight from the garden (your own, obviously)

2. Give chocolate. S, M, L or XL, it’s the one time you won’t offend by getting the size horribly wrong

3. Give something you’ve created yourself. Anything you’ve made (other than a god awful mess) will always be appreciated

4. Give her a break. Make lunch or bake a cake. Even if it’s unrecognisable after you’ve roasted, baked or boiled it, it really is the thought that counts. Trust me.

5. Give your time. Kind gestures are priceless. Walk the dog, mow the lawn, buy the papers and remember how much better coffee tastes when you haven’t made it yourself.

So there we go. Now find that receipt, return the spanners..and have a very Happy Mother’s Day

 

Inspiring ideas for Mother’s Day at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

New, Vintage and Unique: the blog

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Welcome to our new blog! It’s great to be sharing it with you. Every month we look forward to posting our latest crushes, finds and inspirations  and all that other stuff we love at ibbi: style, food, fashion, travel and film..and we love a spot of eccentricity too..we like to call it something slightly ibbiotic . And there’ll be regular news on our ibbi100 product, which raises money to support our chosen charity in India, Magic Bus. Share your ideas and let us know what you’re thinking..we always love hearing from you. And if you’d like to feature in our New , Vintage & Unique Monthly List then who not get in touch?

So feet up, relax and enjoy. It’s great knowing you’re on our style journey with us!

Eliza, Anna and Claire

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the ibbi list: March


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Throw off the thermals! Spring is in the air, Easter’s fast approaching, there’s a hint of colour in the hedgerows and this month we’ve lots to share with you. After our recent travels to India there’s still an Eastern flavour to our blog: we’ve a fabulous giveaway from our favourite chutney creators at Rubies in the Rubble, we’re reminiscing about our favourite Indian films and we’re talking  juicing, doughnuts, interior touches and the very finest shoe styles too. ibbi: eclectic as ever!

Have a great March!

Claire, Anna and Eliza

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01830 530433  www. ibbidirect.co.uk


 

WIN: Rubies In The Rubble

We’re feeling utterly foody this month after our travels in India and thinking back to all those thaalis and biryanis and huge helpings of lime pickle and chutneys, we felt we had to link up with our most favourite of all UK chutney makers at Rubies In The Rubble for our giveaway this month. Check out founder Jenny Dawson’s inspired story and details of her mouthwatering premium preserves made as much as possible from otherwise discarded fruit and veg, at http://www.rubiesintherubble.com

Rescuing damsens in distress and pears in a pickle to create her scrummy preserves and jam, we suggest you try her apple and ginger or red onion and chilli chutneys. They’re perfect with Sunday lunches, sausages, cheeses and veggie samosas and we’ve got lots of delicious jars to give away. Simply like us on facebook or follow us on instagram for your chance to win.

Alicia from Rubies in the  Rubble with an armful of delicious premium preserves

Alicia from Rubies in the Rubble with an armful of delicious premium preserves


WATCH: The Lunchbox

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I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for film (and popcorn) and occasionally there’s nothing quite like a movie with a good dollop of romance. Inspired by our travels I recently re watched Ritesh Batra’s beautifully filmed drama The Lunchbox. It’s all about emotion, food and love coming together when a miserable Mumbai housewife, desperately hoping to reignite romance in to her marriage, finds hope as her elaborately prepared lunchbox goes astray and lands on the desk of the loneliest of ageing office drones. For foodies and romantics everywhere this film is an absolute feast. Don’t let it pass you by.


 

 

STYLE CRUSH: Penelope Chilvers

For me the very thought of comfortable feet used to conjur up terrifying images of sensible school lace ups and all things ugly. Aaah how wonderful that times have a-changed. Walking down Duke Street in London last week I couldn’t resist pressing my nose against the gloriously glamorous Penelope Chilvers shoe store window and soon found myself inside chatting with Head of Marketing and PR Whitney Blackburn and giving Penelope’s to die for range of velvet Cuban boots and African inspired Dandy Maun cotton needlepoint slippers more love and affection than I usually give my beloved terrier, Marj. Penelope Chilvers shoes are everything beautifully crafted shoes should be: unique, stylish, decadent and (I have to stress this point) beyond comfortable. The Dandy Mauns had to come home with me. Move over Marj.

http://www.penelopechilvers.com

 

Deliciousd: African inspired Dandy Maun Needlepoint shoes from Penelope Chilvers

Delicious: African inspired Dandy Maun Needlepoint shoes from Penelope Chilvers


EAT: Dum Dum Donutterie, Shoreditch E1

dum dum's finest: strawberries and cream

dum dum’s finest: strawberries and cream

Recently discovered whilst visiting London and mooching round Shoreditch with 2 of my constantly starving teenage children, Henry and Archie, both 16, this tiny dream of an eaterie offers the most mouthwatering doughnuts, iced buns and croissant creations known to man. Think strawberries and cream, banoffee doughnuts full of custard and banana puree, dipped in Dulce de Leche and perhaps a signature bake too: the Zebra, with layers of of croissant dough filled with butter creme and topped with lashings of dark chocolate. Sweet treat, energy boost, answer to your hangover prayers…whatever you’re looking for, these doughnuts are best eaten fresh and fast.  Tear and share, or  hog the lot! The best we found in town.

www.dumdums.co.uk

 

 

 


TRY: JUICING

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Never feel you’re getting old just because you love it liquified!  Juicers (and I love the Samson I use) are a must have kitchen essential. There are so many super healthy and delicious recipes out there and it’s (honestly) great to start the day with a big glass of green to get yourself looking and feeling sparkly. Try my current favourite, the Beet Treat (2 beetroots, half a fennel bulb, 2 green apples and the juice of a lime) or the ‘Instant Energiser’ (4 carrots, 2 apples, 1 peeled kiwi fruit and a handful of parsley..ooh and flaxseed, banana and a few blueberries for good measure too if you’d prefer it super thick and gloopy ).

For further inspiration look no further than Deliciously Ella. We’ve had a recipe crush going on with Ella for some time now and she has great ideas for all things healthy (and to die for chocolate brownie recipes too).

www. deliciouslyella.com


INTERIORS

There’s something we just love about kantha throws at ibbi. Beautiful, vintage, versatile and each one unique, they’re made from layers of vintage sari and hand stitched in West Bengal with the utmost precision and care. Gloriously vibrant and chic, robust enough to throw in the washing machine and perfect thrown, tossed or draped over any chair, bed or sofa, a kantha is just what so many rooms need: a spot of colour, a dash of personality and a smattering of individual style.

ibbi’s new collection of kanthas, £110, are available now at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

vintage kantha throws, £110 at ibbidirect.co.uk

vintage kantha throws, £110 at ibbidirect.co.uk


 

 

ibbi100 and Magic Bus

We are huge fans of Magic Bus, an incredible charity project in India which supports children from some of the country’s poorest slum communities. At after school club sessions run by Magic Bus every week, the children play games and discuss crucial issues such as education, health and gender equality. Youth Leaders from the local communities, trained by the charity, run the sessions and we’ve seen first hand what a huge impact this is having on those who participate. Every month at ibbi the profit from our ibbi100 product goes straight to Magic Bus. We’d love to keep you updated with news about the projects and the products we’ve selected too. Keep an eye on our website. ibbidirect.co.uk

our trip to Magic Bus in Kolkata last month, Feb 2015

our trip to Magic Bus in Kolkata last month, Feb 2015

 


and lastly..BE: ibbiotic

 

Not many people know that Finland is the spiritual home of wife carrying racing (or eukonkanto as they say in those parts). But now it seems we’re giving it a go here and we’re bending the rules too. In the UK the female competitors don’t need to be wives at all AND they can do the carrying. It’s a 400 metre sprint, takes place in Surrey this month and whatever your preferred lift: fireman’s, Estonian carry or the more traditional piggyback, it’s all great fun for a £10 entry fee on the day.

 

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http://www.trionium.com/wife for more details