Resort 2016: No. 6

no. 6 resort 2016, look 1 | simple pretty

look 1

Timing is everything, and so on an exceptionally hot day in London (it’s already uncomfortable at 6am) it was serendipity that the No. 6 resort collection caught my eye. The looks are relaxed, yet polished, and better yet, with the exception of the coat in look 1, all would be perfect to slip into today to beat the heat. I do love that coat, though. See the complete collection at

There are some great sale options at the No. 6 website at the moment: I’m smitten with the Jachman crop sweater in ‘acid’. Very SC.

no. 6 resort 2016, look 13 | simple pretty

look 13

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look 3

no. 6 courtesy photos for

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Petersham Nurseries School of Garden Inspiration

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catalog cover

A happy discovery at this year’s GROW London Contemporary Garden Fair was Petersham Nurseries‘ newly-launched “School of Garden Inspiration”. The gorgeous class brochure highlights the wide variety of class options that will to appeal to garden aesthetes whether they’re resident or tourist. Courses range from the serious (vegetable garden planning and rose-bush pruning) to the seasonal (container planting and flower arranging) to my favorite, a series of foraging walks in which an hour-long walk led by a Petersham chef/horticulturist concludes with a light meal at the Nurseries. Sign me up.

Petersham Nurseries School of Garden Inspiration | simple pretty

autumn classes include Petersham’s NGS open day on September 6

petersham nurseries school of garden inspiration | simple pretty

christmas wreath making is offered december 8 and 9.

Petersham Nurseries School of Garden Inspiration | simple pretty

the wild food walks are led by chef/horticulturist Claudio Bincoletto

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Petersham’s elegant retail area, snapped during my Thanksgiving 2011 visit

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petersham’s café is magical at Christmastime (2011 photo)

all photos by jane potrykus 

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Exploring London: Southerden Patisserie and Café

southerden patisserie and café | simple pretty

72 Bermondsey Street, London SE1

If all goes according to (my) plan, we have one year to go as full-time Londoners. This lends a bit of bittersweet to my #exploring expeditions — it’s the last summer! — but it also is a brilliant motivator to get out there and make the most of it. And so, over the weekend, we shook off the tendency to inertia and headed to Southeast London for some foodie fun.

After a morning wandering through the stalls at Spa Terminus (more on that to come), we headed to Bermondsey High Street to check out Southerden Patisserie and Café. Launched in Peckham in late 2013 by lawyer-turned-pâtissière Melanie Southerden, the Bermondsey location opened this February to instant design acclaim. And while the interiors, designed by Eley Kishimoto and Studio Maclean are striking enough to merit a mention from Wallpaper Magazine, my sweet tooth had to know if they had “the goods”. (A quick perusal of the pastry case said “yes”.) The shop was bursting with tempting options, but I quickly zeroed in on Southerden’s picnic lunch option. With a sandwich, homemade chips, a bottled beverage, and pastry for £10, it was the perfect way to sample the menu.

For my sandwich, I chose the roasted-grape and goat cheese, and it was an outstanding flavor combination (the simple, flavorful homemade chips were a lovely touch). Note to self: start roasting grapes, stat.

southerden patisserie and café sandwich | simple pretty

roasted grape and goat cheese sandwich with homemade chips

For my pastry, I selected a mini tart with blueberries, blackberries, and lemon creme (with an infused-macaron on top): clever presentation and soooo good.

southerden patisserie and café mini tart | simple pretty

blueberry/blackberry mini tart (with macaron!)

My beverage choice was a bottled cold-pressed apple, kale, and basil juice from Peckham-based Ali Baba Juice. (The staff member who helped me said it was her favorite.)

At £10, this lunch felt like the bargain of the century to me and I can’t wait to go back. In addition to the Bermondsey Street shop, Southerden operates a stall at Spa Terminus on Saturday mornings. It would be easy to fall into the habit of shopping for fruits, vegetables, and a little something sweet on the weekend. The height of civility in big-city living.

all photos by jane potrykus

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Photo Favorites: June 2015

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My world is all about roses at the moment. Every chance I get, I head to Paddington Street Gardens in Marylebone to take in the overwhelming display of blooms. (An Instagram friend remarked that roses must thrive on pollution and neglect, and given their success in London, I’m inclined to agree.) Trying to enjoy every second of the sunlight-filled summer days in England, remembering that it very well could be the summer of “lasts”, heightening the pleasures.

A smattering of my favorites from the past month on Instagram:

  1. from the sketchbook …
  2. 2015 new designs …
  3. the mood for my classes in melbourne …
  4. square circle square circle square
  5. Perfect evening. 
  6. untitled
  7. yes, please.
  8. It’s in the fine print…
  9. World Famous
  10. The pleasure of beautiful produce …
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  12. I would love to tell you …
  13. Always inspired to paint …
  14. R O S E
  15. Currently.
  16. #sundaymorning
  17. #dulwichroses
  18. Lil fig
  19. at the agnes martin press preview …
  20. Minnow net find.
  21. { Asian Mist } 
  22. Plenty of peonies
  23. Our award-winning Cookery School …
  24. We shouldn’t forget that is spring.
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image at top: “scalloped” by jane potrykus

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Resort 2016: Brock Collection

brock resort 2016, look 3 | simple pretty

look 3

Brock Collection cemented its utilitarian luxe® bona fides with a resort collection filled with covetable items. Elegant coats in blush and black, a cozy textured sweater in cream, and jeans inspired by Carolyn Bessette. Yes to it all, please. See the complete presentation at

brock resort 2016, look 4 | simple pretty

look 4

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look 6

brock collection courtesy photos by peter goldman for

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