So. Many. Things. Are. Back. In. Stock.
It then got stuck in Singapore for three days...
It then got stuck in Singapore for three days...
You know how we agonise over what colour to paint our walls? Spend days looking at tester patches of almost identical colours, agonising over the nuances between more or less chalky? Well molluscs have a much better plan. They go for pearly white, every time. No namby-pambying around. And they make it themselves at home. Genius.
You see molluscs (pearl oysters, freshwater mussels, abalone, etc) paint their walls with mother of pearl. I’m absolutely sure it’s primarily aesthetic, but it also acts as protection against parasites and unwanted visitors. Paint with an integral-burglar alarm system (…Dragon’s Den WATCH OUT).
This is Amy and Emily Chung, and they are the Rangoon Sisters. They call themselves "two greedy sisters cooking traditional Burmese food"... our kind of people!
Born and bred in England but with Burmese heritage, their incredibly popular supper club has been giving London an introduction to Burmese food since 2013. Now we can all gorge on their phenomenal nosh from home thanks to their brand new eponymous cookbook.
A friend asked me once where on earth you're meant to put the sink in a tiny bathroom (hello Haz 👋🏼). Working out the magic science behind fitting in a shower, loo and sink, let alone a bath, into a tiny space either needs advanced Tetris skills, or some advice from the pros.
In the absence of the former, I've reached out to some of my favourite interiors pals for the latter.
Anyone who has followed Kalinko for more than five seconds knows that we're very into colour. We love brightness and joy and pockets of punch for our homes.
But sometimes...just sometimes, a simple white something does the trick.
I want to talk about tooth brushing.
You know when you go to the dentist, and they ask you how you’re getting on with your interdental brushing, and regardless of the truth you tell them that you do it every day. Twice. Love it. Ahhh so clean-feeling. While they dig around thinking yeahhhh no you obviously don’t. I’m a dentist… I can tell. But let’s just go with try and make sure you get to those molars at the back more often. A bit like when you were little and you definitely didn’t do that little drawing on the wall. Or eat a Club Bar 5 minutes before lunch.
Anyway, chances are, A* interdental-brusher or not, your teeth are mostly in your mouth and have a dalliance with the toothpaste twice a day.
In Burma, this is not such an easy assumption.
You know those days when you wake up and the sun is peeking through your curtains, all you can hear is the birds singing outside, and you lie there for a little while feeling really calm? When you get up and you like the way your face looks in the mirror, and your hair looks just right, and once you're up and dressed you think YESSS today is a good day.
Then your coffee smells better than usual and the first mouthful of your breakfast turns out to be exactly what you feel like.
Well, we want to help your mornings feel like this every day. And the good news is...we've got the answer.
Our next shipment was meant to have left Yangon this morning. It didn’t. Our jam-packed container is still sitting in the docks, waiting for an obscure new piece of paperwork which conforms to some new regulations which came in last month.
“This was always going to be a difficult shipment,” I hear myself say to Rosiam, our Yangon Manager, implying to us both that Corona is behind the problems. And to an extent that’s true: Corona has created more red tape for imports and exports, and some inevitable delays. But in truth, these have very little to do with why this shipment has been a struggle to get together.
As soothing as they are, we're not talking about throat pastilles.
The COLOURS. They seem to fit into everything anywhere, to go with every outfit, with every painting, with every room scheme.
So here's the low-down on why they're been such a success story, and when they first came onto the scene...
An art-world sage once told me that when you're young, you should just take a deep breath and buy art you love, even if you can't afford it, because you definitely won't be able to afford it later. Now this is very fun advice. I haven't done terribly well yet, but if you're ready to buy, or fancy a browse and either shelling out on a bit of a stonker, or snapping up a £10 print to cheer you up, here are the places I scroll through of a lockdown day.
I'll be honest with you, I thought this was a bit of a rogue product when we launched. Who even uses a shoehorn?
Just try it, said my husband. They're beautiful. You never see such long ones anywhere else. And men will love them.
Well....as much as it galls me to admit it, he was absolutely right (on this occasion). This was one of our first products, and since day one has been a bestseller.
So why do people love them?