About Izabel

 izabel1I’m 52, an anthropologist, a vegetarian, an Italophile and a beachcomber ekeing a living from editing and book-keeping. I love a plump, plush, luscious cat called Sachiko-san and we house-share with a former RN officer turned archaeologist and his collection of grave goods.

I believe in a hat for every occasion, that a lady never has enough gloves, style improves with age, and that a lot of fashion columnists need smacked with a wet herring. I believe in ailurophilia, moka pot espresso, making your own gin, that Lady Edith has the best dresses, and that Captain Wentworth is the perfect man. I believe that Valerie’s should have stayed in Old Compton Street. I believe in the NHS, fair trade, Dorothy Day, real Christmas trees, and hand embroidery. And I believe in aperitivo every day and being kind at all times. Welcome to my blog.

Life Inspiration :: Saint Margaret of Scotland, the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Style Inspiration :: Slavic and Eastern European folk costume, Indian embroideries and textiles, Ulyana Sergeenko, Japanese maikos, Anna Robbins’ designs for Downton Abbey, Marion Boyce’s designs for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Happy Places :: Verona (Italy, not NJ!), Punto San Vigilio (Lake Garda), St Fillans (Loch Earn), Manitou Springs (Colorado), Boulder, Santa Fe, Isle of Mull, Walsingham.

Favourite Poets :: Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Favourite Novels :: Death Comes For The Archbishop – Willa Cather, Persuasion – Jane Austen, Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther & The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Armin, The Towers Of Trezibond – Rose Macauley, the Anne books – LM Montgomery, That Hideous Strength & Till We Have Faces – CS Lewis, The Lord Of The Rings & The Silmarillion – JRR Tolkien.

Favourite Films :: It’s A Wonderful Life, The Bishop’s Wife, Persuasion (1995), Enchanted April, Moonstruck, Bull Durham, Pride & Prejudice (1995), War & Peace (2007), Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Crossing Delancey.

Seven Favourite Things To Do :: (1) Have an espresso or two at the Retro Bistrot in Verona, (2) Take a picnic to Dr Neil’s Garden in Edinburgh, (3) Go to the Russian Orthodox Easter services, (4) Window shop fabulously expensive jewellers, (5) Get on the ferry at Peschiera del Garda in the south and stay on it until Riva in the north, (6) Drive west out of Denver in the evening, (7) Go to the Victoria and Albert Museum and actively covet ALL the clothes, textiles, jewellery and silverwork.


All precious things, discover’d late,
     To those that seek them issue forth;
For love in sequel works with fate,
     And draws the veil from hidden worth.

Tennyson, The Daydream.