Pick me ups

The news has got rather scary again…which calls for some light relief. Here are a few NEW things we’re loving this week.

Donald Robertson Embroidery Sets

‘Be a warrior not a worrier’ seems a good motto for these times. It’s the favourite mantra of California-based artist Donald Robertson (AKA @drawbertson) whose hand-painted design has been transformed into an embroidery set by The Plum Stitchery. The canvas comes ready for you to needlepoint with black and pink wool or silk. Certain suppliers will ship to the UK, for example needlepoint.com – you need to email info@needlepoint.com to place you order, and the sets costs c.$120 plus shipping.

Latest binge Netflix series: Enola

This brand new series kicked off last night starring Millie Bobby Brown as the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes.  When her mother, played by Helena Bonham Carter, disappears on her 16th birthday, Elona decides to escape finishing school and find her.  Also including appearances by Fiona Shaw and Frances de la Tour, the series is based on the six books by American author Nancy Springer and it was actually Bobby Brown’s idea to bring them to screen. Directed by Killing Eve’s Harry Bradbeer and written by His Dark Materials’ Jack Thorne, this is just the sort of fun escapism we need right now.

Napoli Gang, the delivery-only restaurant from Circolo Popolare and Gloria

We’re excited for the arrival of Napoli Gang, the latest venture from the Big Mamma Group (behind buzzy Circolo Popolare and Gloria). The delivery-only restaurant launches on 23 September and features a new menu that’s been entirely designed to withstand the process and arrive as good as it would at a restaurant. Delivery is limited to a 2-mile radius of its Shoreditch and Kentish Town outposts (Battersea is coming at the end of October) with dishes including Hot Damn pizza with spicy nduja, San Marzano tomato and candied red onions, antipasti sourced from small family-run artisan producers, wines and cocktails like the Better Days Spritz and the group’s famous dolci. Everything is done with characteristic good humour: their brilliant staff T-shirts are also now available to order here.

10pm curfews mean the bar is open at home, so make sure it’s well stocked. New company MARLO deliver fine wine by the bottle to your door. You don’t have to buy a case but rather can buy each bottle individually including old vintages and top names. You can also send a bottle wrapped with a hand-written note which would make a good present for someone you can’t see in person. A Little Bird readers get 15% off with the code: ALB15 from now until 31 December 2020.
On the first Sunday of the month, Chiswick High Road now transforms into a wondrous flower market. The idea is to recreate the Columbia Road vibe in West London – and lots of the traders are those you’d usually find there as well as other independent florists and growers like the Electric Daisy Flower Farm. Next dates: 4 October, 1 November, 6 December 9.30am-3pm. It does get very busy so go early or later in the day.
Mrs Alice x Poppy Delevigne Tableware
Alice Naylor-Leyland is queen of laying the table. Her latest trick is a collaboration with Poppy Delevigne that launches on Friday 25 September. Inspired by 18th century Chinoiserie the new tablescapes come in three colourways each featuring table linens, candlesticks, plates, bows and glassware.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High with Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, John Legend and more
Even the A-list aren’t immune from Zoom and this week the internet went mad for Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s dynamic in this virtual reading of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The  performance included Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Shia LaBeouf, Morgan Freeman and more – all to raise funds for CORE (COVID-19 relief efforts in vulnerable communities). Watch the full video here:
— Daisy Allsup
22nd September 2020