Archive for September, 2011

Cabbages & Roses at Kilver Court

September 26, 2011

Last Thursday the Cabbages&Roses team took a trip to Shepton Mallet in Somerset to spend the day with Roger Saul and his team at the beautiful Kilver Court! Armed with a wide range of fashion for the store we were introduced to the lovely staff, had a tour round the wonderfully light and airy space, and gathered together to talk through our wonderful collection, with help from some wonderfully cooperative last minute model recruits. As intrigued customers milled past and the camera snapped away, we presented our soft jerseys, luxurious velvets and heavenly knitwear – styling the Kilver Court team as we went along!

As lunchtime approached, we settled at a table in the Harlequin Café just across the courtyard and were treated to a delicious homemade and locally sourced feast of Sharpham Park  Butchery pork and leek sausage sandwiches, tomato and basil soup with ample bread and butter and a beautifully tender beef casserole with Sharpham Park spelt pearl barley, all finished off with a glass of well recommended organic cola – nothing like we had ever tasted before! Just as we were sitting back in our chairs, perfectly full, there was mention of a bread tasting session upstairs – and who could resist?! As we approached the table laden with soda breads, cheese scones, focaccia (to name a few) the comforting aroma of freshly baked bread filled the air and no taster was turned down! Half an hour later we were fit to burst after countless samples, made with spelt flour from Sharpham Park (http://www.sharphampark.com/) that Kilver Court proudly stock.

Having heard wonderful things about the gardens at Kilver Court, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to have a look ourselves before we departed for London, and were taken up to the perfect viewing point – we would highly encourage a visit to see these beautifully maintained and attractive gardens! Do have a look at the wonderful things going on at Kilver Court by visiting www.kilvercourt.com, we would highly recommend a visit!

We were so inspired by Kilver Court’s delicious homemade spelt lunch and breads that we will be including a spelt recipe this week in our seasonal recipes – be careful not to miss it!

Love C&R xx

Cabbages & Roses visits the MODA County Fair…

September 21, 2011

It was with great pleasure that Cabbages & Roses were invited to participate in the Moda ‘blog tour’. Christina was invited to take part in the question and answer section of this world wide journey. We would like to thank Cheryl and Lissa for their interesting questions, and Christina for her interesting answers!

 

 

 What’s your favorite fair food? If not fair, then just food!

The delicious roasted almonds.

 What’s your guilty pleasure?

Delicious roasted almonds.

 What’s on your bucket list?

To paint a picture in oils.

To cross Russia in the Winter on the trans Siberian express.

To own a house overlooking the sea—any sea.

To produce a book about the life of Cabbages & Roses.

 What inspires your work?

Beautiful houses

Beautiful clothes.

The Countryside.
The past.

Women—Especially those who appreciate our style.

 Tell us about the time you entered in a fair…

Our only fair is the Moda fair. Kate—my daughter—and I felt like new girls-inexperienced and rather nervous. We were overwhelmed by the scale of the exhibition but immediately, the lovely exhibitors and all the Moda staff very soon made us feel welcome and very special.

 State Fairs have become known for what they can FRY?  What would you fry?

Nothing, if I can help it.

 What movie do you watch again & again?

The Railway Children, Home Alone 1, Little Women, 39 Steps, The Gathering Storm, The Duchess.

 Who would play you in a made for TV Lifetime movie?

Whoopie Goldberg.

 What’s on your nightstand?

Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie, a copy of my first book ‘Vintage Chic’ newly published, a vase of sweet peas, a large wireless, Vintage china candle holder and matches (in case of power cut), lavender essence and old book of prayers.

 Do you sing when no one else is listening? If so, what is the song or artist?

Yes—anything with a tune.

 Tell us about your pet?

Walter Gilbert Strutt—A Jack Russell who looks like a cross between a fox and a Corgie. He was given to me by a customer and is wholly delightful, gentle, loving, and rather ugly.

 What do you wish people would ask about you more?

Nothing.

 How many quilts have you made?

Not one.

 If you could be any age again for one week, what age & why?

56 and three quarters – I can’t think of a better time in my life (so far)

 What shows do you TiVo?

I have no idea what TiVo is so I don’t TiVo any shows.

Are you related to anyone famous? Or infamous?

Pope Paul III who was born Alessandro Farnese in 1474, became Pope in 1534 until 1549. Unfortunately, he employed Nepotism to advance the power and fortunes of his family. Sadly, his palace and the power and fortunes of the family did not last the next six generations so all we have left is history.  

 If you could go back in time and talk to yourself at the age of 12, what would it be & why?

Trust your instinct – it is there for a reason.

 What question would you liked to be asked?

May I give you a lovely house overlooking the sea, health, wealth and happiness for as long as you live?

Oh yes, please do.

xx CHRISTINA

Our Giveaway

Cabbages & Roses are giving away 2 ‘fat quarter bundles’ (for those not in the know, these are delicious pre cut and beautifully wrapped bundles of quilting fabric) from our Northcote range of fabric.

All you need to do is leave a comment here on our blog, the winner will be randomly chosen, and announced on Wednesday 28th September – don’t forget to check the blog to see if it is you!

Please visit Deb tomorrow for her day on the MODA blog tour.

xx C&R

More new styles at for Autumn/Winter!

September 16, 2011

Good afternoon Cabbages!

We have just uploaded our website with three more beautiful styles for this season – the Barberry Coat, the Full Circle Dress and the Tartan Deep Waist Skirt! Below are a few more style shots for you to have a look over, and don’t forget to keep checking our website for more new arrivals and style guide shots!


Barberry Coat, £299, available now

Full Circle Dress, £175, available now  –  Multi Panel Long Cardigan, £249, available from November  –  Reindeer Tee, £35, available from mid October  –  Felt Bowler Hat, £38, available in sotres only from November

Love C&R xx

Welcome to Autumn/Winter at Cabbages&Roses!

September 15, 2011

Good afternoon cabbages!

We must firstly apologise for our recent absence, we have been busy getting our beautiful new Autumn/Winter fashion collection ready, and we are so glad it is finally here! We have already had some lovely feedback from all you wonderfully loyal customers, and we still have so much more to show you! In case you’ve missed them, we’ve got some of the most fantastic style shots by Toby Knott and his team – this season has come together beautifully.

We are constantly updating our website and filling our stores with new arrivals, and encourage you to keep checking – we will also be updating our Facebook page (just search Cabbages and Roses) and our blog with all sorts of seasonal ideas and suggestions from us here at Cabbages!

If you haven’t already seen, we are pleased to introduce you to our new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, available from our stores and online – we hope you enjoy…

Boiled Wool Jacket, £198, available from late October  –  Frosty Skirt, £249, available now  –  Fluted Jersey Top, £59, available now  –  Bobble Hat, £99, available in stores only from November  –  Snowflake Fingerless Gloves, £55, available in stores only from November

Glenda Dress, £195, available from early October  –  Plain New Hacking Jacket, £225, available now  –  Snowflake Fingerless Gloves, £55, available in stores only from November

Cable Knit Sweater, £165, available now  –  Lala Kilt, £149, available now

Cashmere Tartan Stole, £135, available from November  –  Paris Jacket, £175, available now  –  Fluted Jersey Top, £59, available now  –  Nell Pleated Skirt, £155, available from early October

Bond Street Jacket, £149, available now  –  Bond Street Skirt, £110, available now

Check Flossie Frock Coat, £255, available from late September  –  Twill Dandy Waistcoat, £125, available from late September  –  Reindeer Tee, £35, available from late September  –  Plain Oversized Shorts, £99, available now

Love C&R xx