Friday, 17 September 2010

Chanel Unveiled


... She is looking pristine, but I am somewhat muddled and smudged, having had very little sleep after an amazing party at Claridges. Today I am juggling calls to a locksmith (a broken key in the back door), an electrician (no lights in the sitting room), my internet service provider (how can it be faulty this week, of all weeks?), the Royal Parks phone line (why do they do they hand out parking tickets on a Sunday evening for Regent's Park?) and the imminent arrival of a television crew. Oh, and I look like a panda.
Still, am feeling very cheered that people seem to be enjoying the book. Here is Jessica Bumpus at Vogue and Rosie Cowling at Stylecramp and something good from pure wow.
PS. Oh, and this is a piece I wrote about Chanel in London in yesterday's Evening Standard. And a q&a in Harper's Bazaar. (There's also a far longer feature in the October issue of Bazaar, but I'm not sure if that's available online.)
And have just been reading Oxford Reader, in a brief window of internet connection. I'm so glad she commented on the delicious scent of a new book. I do think mine smells lovely; a sort of clean woodiness.
PPS. Am going to bed now. Am verging on that dangerous line between tiredness and derangement. But I must say, watching Star Trek with my son, after a hearty Japanese takeaway and a large slice of berry cheesecake, was excellent therapy. Live long and prosper...

11 comments:

Simone said...

I am very much looking forward to your book, it sounds fabulous :)

I read about it over at Christina's blog (left you a comment over there) and hope to come along to your Waterstones evening or the V&A.

Claridges to dealing with the locksmiths....such is the life of a writer and multi-tasking girl!!

I wish you every success with your new book, I am sure it will do brilliantly.

Simone

Hannah Stoneham said...

What a fabulous picture that is. I too am looking forward to the book

Thanks for sharing and bon weekend!

Hannah

Justine Picardie said...

Internet still on the blink, so forgive my silence. Have to go and buy a new widget this weekend. Very irksome, in the circumstances.

Justine Picardie said...

Hannah, thanks for the comment. And Simone, glad to hear you might be coming to Waterstones next week, or the V&A. I see we are fellow north Londoners, at the mercy of the Northern Line, or there's always the W7 to Finsbury Park. Ah, the glamorous life...

oxford-reader said...

What a classy way to celebrate the launch! Sorry all the real life drama has conspired to occur at the same time. Hope your weekend gives you time to reflect on the success :-)

Glenland Ladybird said...

This outbacker is drooling;the Japanese take away has finished me off. With apologies to the delicious Chinese in the Glentown.

jean said...

Your book is beautiful.......the photos are very special...and the bag is lovely....thank you

Justine Picardie said...

Thanks for the message -- I'm so glad you like the book and the bag. I hope that both last a good long while...

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

Has Mademoiselle been fiddling with the lights again?

I'm very much enjoying the book, savouring it slowly.

Claire

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teresa said...

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