• Credit Crunch lingo

    by  • Tuesday, March 31, 2009 • 0 Comments

    The new Heals spring/summer brochure landed on my desk last week with the word ‘Chiconomics’ proudly splashed across it, while ‘Recessionista’ (a frugal fashion follower who scouts around for bargains to save money but still manages to dress fabulously) was word of the week recently on the Macmillan Dictionary website. If you want to be cool, you need to get down with the Credit Crunch kids, tap into the zeitgeist and learn the lingo.

    picture-13Over the past few months, as economies have collapsed and banks have gone bust, new Credit-Crunch-related words have been popping up all over the media in TV programmes, press releases and newspapers. This new recession slang heralds the beginning of a global thrift trend; it’s no longer cool to spend big bucks – which is just as well, as most of us are feeling the pinch and counting our pennies.

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    Last month, American paper The Financial Post declared: ‘Ostentatious consumption – even for the well-off – is beginning to appear gauche’. So, it’s official – it’s cool to be frugal. I’m finally fashionable! This year, instead of complaining that I can’t afford to go abroad, and moaning about camping in Wales (again), I’ll be showing off at dinner parties (remember: staying in is the new going out) and telling everybody I’m taking an über-cool ‘Staycation’ in the UK instead – it’s all the rage for a Recessionista Frugalista like myself who’s embracing Chiconomics, darling. – Ellie

    For more on ‘Chiconomics’, buy the June issue of Ideal Home magazine :)

     

     

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    Time for a bath

    by  • Monday, March 30, 2009 • 0 Comments

    Okay so I’m still obsessing about clocks, but isn’t this Vanity Watch Waste from Murano House just so superfluous, ultra cool and such fun?

    www.muranohouse.com

    www.muranohouse.com

    At the end of last year the company brought out their Murano Scolpisce il Tappo range of Venetian Jewelled Wastes including this Vanity Watch Waste (shown), from £250, and Basin Waste, from £85. But now Murano House has just teamed up with Swarovski, who are providing the crystals in the watch designs. I’m not quite sure why you’d want a clock in your basin – apart from the fact that it looks great and you can tell all your friends about it when they come for dinner. ;>

    And yes, of course it’s waterproof. It’s also had Swiss pressure testing so it’ll withstand high impact!

    For gorgeous bathroom inspiration click hereEmily

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    New rugs from John Lewis

    by  • Monday, March 30, 2009 • 0 Comments

    Check out these gorgeous rugs from the new John Lewis rugs collection.

    Harlequin Eloni Rug, Pink, W170 x L240cm, £525

    Harlequin Eloni Rug, Pink, W170 x L240cm, £525

    Harlequin Inspire Rug, Black, H240 x W170cm, £595

    Harlequin Inspire Rug, Black, H240 x W170cm, £595

    Sanderson Etchings and Roses Rugs, Citron, W120 x L180cm, £318

    Sanderson Etchings and Roses Rugs, Citron, W120 x L180cm, £318

     There are so many beautiful designs, it’s hard to choose a favourite, but the yellow Sanderson Etchings and Roses one would look fabulous in my living room! – Ellie

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