Designs by Crispin Finn

October 22, 2014

If you ever get to know me personally, it wont take long for it to come up in conversation that I love the restaurant Byron. They make the most amazing burgers in London (maybe the world?). People try to tell me about other burger joints around town, but so far none of them top Byron. Yes, it is a chain, but don’t be fooled. Each Byron has a different decor theme, and a consistent delicious freaking burger.

I’m getting side-tracked.

One of the many things I adore about them is their branding and design. They always have the best illustrations and themes on their menus and print work. I was mentioning this to a friend and she told me that the design work is mostly done by a guy named Crispin Finn. I know what you’re thinking: “That is an incredible name.” “Is he a character from a book?”

If you do yourself the service of going to Crispin’s website, you will find the gorgeous designs you see above, and many more prints. I was so excited by his work that I started typing in all caps in response to the friend who sent over the link. There’s nothing sensible I can say about his work, so I’ll just share some of the non-sense exclamations I thought when I first saw it:

Roughly translated, that means: I love this guy.

Scotch Quail Egg Canapés

October 20, 2014

scotch quail eggs

We had a few friends over for small get-together last night and had some fun with planning our menu. Actually, we waited until the absolute last minute to plan the menu, but when we settled on what we were serving, I was really pleased with how it came together.

Typically, I’ll cook a meal when we have a party so that everyone eats at one time and fills up (last time I made chicken and waffles, which went down well!). I thought it would be fun this time to serve canapés and give guests three different dishes to try. We made shrimp n’ grits, scotch quail eggs, and barbecue chicken wings served in adorable little ceramic dishes we picked up at Sainsburys.

You may have seen my recipe for scotch eggs with chicken eggs, but here is a slightly different version in case you’d like to serve up smaller, hors d’oeuvre-sized portions. continue reading

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October 17, 2014

Happy Friday to you! The thought struck me this week as I was talking about my shop with a friend that I’m not very good about discussing shop things on here. I think part of the reason is that I don’t want you to feel like I’m just trying to flog things on you, so I’m conscious of not over-posting about it. The shop is a part of my life that I’m really interested in developing and I’d love to post about developments a bit more openly on here. Developing products and bringing them to market is such a difficult, rewarding process, and I’d love to be more open with you as I cook up ideas of what to add to the shop.

As a thank you for reading, I thought I would offer you 10% off at the shop through October 30th. (It’s a great chance to grab your 2015 Stendig calendar!)



What is ‘Normcore’?

October 15, 2014

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You may have seen the name ‘normcore’ floating around in relation to fashion trends and wondered what in the world it’s about (you also may have thought you couldn’t care less). I think I was in the not-caring camp until I saw some examples of what this trend looks like and realised it’s exactly what I’ve been striving to turn my wardrobe into for the last year.

The Guardian describe it in opposition (and relation) to the ‘hipster’ look of beards, plaid, and tight pants. Judging from the people I’ve seen that have adapted this look, I’d say there’s some truth to that. The ‘original’ hipsters will have seen their style hijacked and diluted by mainstream culture, and now they’ve moved on to a simpler, more understated look as a reaction. I confess to having been called a hipster a time or two, but I’ve been in love with this look because I think it’s classic, timeless, and well-presented. It looks effortless, yet also looks like you could be the curator of a gallery or a journalist for a design magazine. It doesn’t try too hard.

Vogue call it “anti-style,” as though one dresses to be as bland as possible, but I see it as style boiled down to its essence. Writing I’ve seen about this trend attempts to make it more than it is. The trend agency K-hole wrote that, ”Normcore doesn’t want the freedom to become someone. Normcore moves away from a coolness that relies on difference to a post-authenticity that opt into sameness.” I think this is getting a bit cerebral about it, to be honest. It’s right that it’s moving away from “coolness,” but I’m not sure that it’s moving towards uniformity.

Anyway, the look is about placing simple pieces together in neutral colours. If you’re thinking of trying it out for yourself, over for oversized boyfriend cuts. It’s slightly androgynous, so it won’t be for everyone. What do you think?

Pegboard Inspiration for a Tidy Workspace

October 12, 2014

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It’s been a while since my last post– sorry about that! It’s been a busy week and I’ve barely been able to string two sentences together in the evenings. Anyway, as you can imagine, the rush to get settled into The Maisonette has slowed down now that we’ve been here a month. One of the things I’m still interested in doing, though, is hanging pegboard above our workstation to help us organise little bits and bobs in the office. The trouble is that pegboard is harder to find than I thought it would be! The pegboard I’ve managed to source is outside of London, and even though the pegboard itself it’s cheap, it ends up becoming very expensive after shipping is added. I want the wall, but I don’t want to spend over £100 if I can help it!

This post is just a little reminder to myself to keep trying to source the boards because it’s a really cool idea. Do any of you have pegboard walls? I’ve seen these work well in kitchens as well.