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“The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a...

During Buddha’s time, there lived a woman named Kisa Gotami. She married young and gave birth to a son. One day, the baby...
I’ve found a great book recently called The Daily Stoic and it gives a quote each day from one of the ancient Stoics...
My dear friend Katherine who is always on the lookout for things strange and beautiful sent me these two unseen photographs...

How beautiful, how sensuous, how disturbing this piece of biblical text is, full of longing and dark violence and tremendous...

The Stuff Page has never been a forum to promote my husband’s work, but I just can’t let this one go...

The Vampire’s Wife blew Los Angeles and New York away last weekend as Natalie Portman stormed The Ellen DeGeneres Show...

Make of it what you will, but I’m just saying, doesn’t my son Earl look completely gorgeous in this photograph. His film...
I first fell in love with David Hicks's jewellery many years ago - before I really realised how everything I ever loved about interiors came...
I am sitting with my husband listening to the radio. He is reading a book by Darcey Steinke called ‘Flash Count Diary - Menopause, and the...

When I was ten years old, I dreamed of being a gymnast. I had seen Nadia Comâneci on the TV...

Daniel Johnston, singer, songwriter, artist and inspiration to so many has died...
Allyson from Kimberton, USA, sent a poem to my husband’s wonderful Red Hand Files by the brilliant Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell. We both loved it and....
My friend, Katherine, sent me this wonderful photograph from 1998. Here I am with my great inspiration...

I was looking through a new book of the despairing paintings of Edvard Munch with my husband (we really know...

“Hey Babe?” That’s my husband. “Uh-huh?” That’s me. “I got a letter on The Red Hand Files from a girl called Phoebe F. She suggested a Song of Devastation.”...

I’ve just been reading The Mystic Road purported to be based on Father Yod’s teachings. Now as far as cult leaders go Father Yod seemed pretty wild....
Immortality. We all want it. The chance to defy that black spectre of death that equalises us. But to live forever...
Dracula offers the illusion of immortality, the subconscious wish we all have for a limitless life. He is a man of tremendous...

I don’t really know where to start with this one. Kirsten Dunst is a wild star of light, stealing our...

I was reading Maria Popova’s wonderful Brain Pickings website last night and stumbled across this quote...
'Never shall a young man, Thrown into despair, By those great honey-coloured Ramparts at your ear...

Sunday morning here in London and just been dreaming it away, listening to the Velvet Underground, who, so many years...

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind, and floats downstream till the current ends, and dips his wings in the orange sun rays...

“Hey, I just got this letter on The Red Hand Files from someone called Heidi suggesting we put up The Langley School Music Project’s version of...
I stumbled on these beautiful floral arrangements by Azuma Makoto in an amazing book...

I have already done a Stuff Post about the divine Jane Birkin but who can resist these beautiful photos of...

Someone called Kuba from Cieksyn in Poland send this link to my husband’s wonderful Red Hand Files. Kuba suggested that...

A friend, Bella, just sent me this video of my husband as a mere child doing the beautiful teen-angst anthem...

I found this poem today by Louise Bogan called Medusa. It took a couple of reads to for me to...

I’ve just walked into my husband’s office. “What’s the matter, babe? You look a bit down,” I ask.  “I don’t...

The cat is such a perfect symbol of beauty and superiority that it seems scarcely possible for any true aesthete to do other than worship it...
P.J. Proby, sings ‘Somewhere’ from the musical West Side Story, in this clip from American Bandstand, in 1965. With the bow in the back of his hair and his weird...
A dear friend sent me the picture of Maria Callas and Pier Paolo Pasolini, below. Pasolini enjoyed a...
How completely moving was Kylie at Glastonbury. It was such a gigantic moment for her. She wore a bespoke Vampire’s Wife dress, looked so absolutely beautiful and... 

A dear friend just sent me this picture of Isabelle Adjani. Now it is no secret that Isabelle has always...

Well, in case it isn’t glaringly apparent, the paintings of Edvard Munch, especially his paintings of women, have had a huge impact on...

It’s Sunday morning here in London and I have resigned to do nothing but be idle and, well, write this...

On Sunday night, Early and I (and some of the wonderful people from Cloud Workshop) went to see Fleetwood Mac...

“You felt that you were this aching creature in the midst of this aching cosmos and the ache was okay....

Beautiful Peggy Lipton, who starred as Julia Barnes in The Mod Squad back in the late sixties died at 72,...

Sitting up last night reading an old interview for Art Press with feminist provocateur Camille Paglia. I came upon this...

Susie aged 6 What kind of dress has always appealed to you? Are there any shapes or styles that you...

I’ve spent the morning dipping in and out of the books of original 60s and 70s Hollywood wild child, Eve Babitz...
Oh, dear. Beloved author and illustrator Judith Kerr died last week aged 95. That is so sad. I loved The Tiger Who Came To Tea...

“The centre of me is always and eternally a terrible pain, a curious, wild pain, a searching for something beyond...

My Darling Susie, I’m in Oslo, waiting for the sun to go down. I don’t think it ever does here....

Just read this William Blake poem, full of hopeful instruction, but that feels kind of melancholy today, as I look out of my window over the valley...

Dover Street Market in Los Angeles hosted a dinner on Thursday night to celebrate The Vampire’s Wife installation of the...

Here is the story of the Birth of Krishna and his transformation into a human child – and a very mischievous...
I watched Blue Velvet again last week and thirty-something years on, this film, so ubiquitous in its influence, still had the same effect as...
I walked along a road one evening – on one side of the town and the fjord lay beneath me. I was weary and sick – I stood looking over the fjord...
You, who like a dagger ploughed into my heart with deadly thrill: You who, stronger than a crowd of demons, mad, and dressed to kill...
Olivia Hussey was my first love. As a schoolgirl, I watched her extraordinary performance in Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Shakespeare’s...
My husband is sitting at his desk by his window, up in the hills, here in L.A. He is looking perturbed. Out the window he can see down into the valley. “What’s wrong?” I ask...
Such a lovely photo of Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando - they are like twin stars – the yin and the yang, but both...
Patsy Ferran enters the winners’ corridor after receiving her best actress award for Summer and Smoke, followed by the beautiful Zawe Ashton...
Darksome night and shining moon. Harken to our joyous tune. North, East, South and West, we call ye forth to this circle, blest!
I read Joan Crawford’s book My Way of Life years ago. Part memoir, part self-help book, part guide to being fabulous, My Way of Life advises the reader...
No one knows the wonder your child awoke in you, your heart a perfect cradle. To hold its presence, inside and outside became one...
Mother’s of the world unite! Beautiful, wonder-poet Greta Bellamacina wears a White Corduroy Mini Cate Dress. Below are some lines from Greta’s gorgeous poem...
My husband released a list of his favourite love songs on his Red Hand Files and in response Larry ‘Ratso’ Sloman sent a favourite of his...
As I so often do, I was roaming around Maria Popova’s superlative website Brain Pickings – how many hours I have spent enthralled by...
My husband’s friend, Rodrigo, sent him this beautiful little story. We thought it would make a great Stuff Post...
Awesome Jodie Comer wore The Vampire’s Wife Mini Priscilla Dress this week on the red carpet at the Royal Television Society Awards...
Spending the morning, in London, reading Richard Burton’s diaries and his beautiful words about Elizabeth Taylor. How they burn...
The dress arrived, beautifully wrapped, first thing on Saturday morning. It is the most wonderful dress I have ever seen...
Well, sometimes we need a sad song. Sometimes we need a sad song and that’s okay because sometimes we follow Leonard Cohen’s voice to a broken-hearted place...
I found this lovely photo of Marilyn, here at The Vampire’s Wife and at the same time stumbled on this quote...
Denis from Cosenza in Italy sent this beautiful poem to my husband at his Red Hand Files. He loved it and he read it to me over breakfast...
Yalitza Aparicio wears The Vampire's Wife at the Oscars! Such a proud moment! Have you all seen the extraordinary Roma? I finally got to see it last night...
I share these books with my husband. They are great favourites of his and he uses them as source books for many of his songs...
We all love the great Johnny Cash here at The Vampire’s Wife, on the day of his 87th birthday...
Aline Murray Kilmer (1888 – 1941) was an American poet and children's book author and the wife and widow of the poet Joyce Kilmer...
My pile of Ballet Russes books are the most treasured books I own. The costumes of the Ballet Russes are what inspired me to become a designer...
I came across this beautiful poem by Steve Scafidi whilst tiptoeing through the Internet on the weekend here in London and I thought...
Just in case you’ve had a difficult day or feel a little lost or think the world doesn’t have much to offer you, well, here is a song to remind you that you are not alone...
Some beautiful words from the most wonderful poet Mary Oliver who died last month...
There is always deep drama to Goya’s work, even his beautiful portraits, which I like the most of all his work. I love the dark psychology behind the paintings and also...
We love the work of the mighty David Tibet here at The Vampire’s Wife and my house is full of his strange visionary work. His pictures literally stir up the spirits...
Just heard Sharon Van Etten’s irresistible new record, Remind Me Tomorrow and we are playing it here non-stop at The Vampire’s Wife...
Back in LA, right now, doing Vampire’s Wife business and feeling a bit homesick. Not for my actual home (wherever that may be)...
Fills now my cup, and past thought is my fulness thereof. I harden as a stone sets hard at its heart. Hard that I am, I know this alone...
I can’t begin to tell you how happy this makes me! Beautiful Madonna is bitten! Madonna transforms in The Vampire’s Wife Spooky Creature Dress...
Life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes. It’s a universal truth, but the good part is...
“Words, like nature, half reveal and half-conceal the world within.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson. A lovely couple who live in Chiapas...
I was re-watching The Crown on Netflix over the holidays and the Royal photographer Cecil Beaton was represented as...
Just wanted to share this extraordinary love song by The Moody Blues with you. I guess you all know it, but sometimes we need to be reminded...
Here are some quotes from my favourite Chinese philosopher and all round wild man. I love his infinitely wise and pithy sayings...
I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying...
May the road rise up to meet you. The wind be always at your backs. May the sun shine warm upon your face. The rains fall soft upon your fields. 
Here is our Christmas gift to you all, from The Vampire’s Wife. Nativity at Night by Geertgen tot Sint Jans...
I’m sitting at my desk, working on a design for pyjamas. My husband comes into the room. He’s excited...
“Oh, Marianne was terrific, and of course one never, at that age one is mostly interested in beauty. And she had beauty in abundance...
The beautiful, statuesque and heavily pregnant Erin O’Connor ignites The British Fashion Awards in a Vampire’s Wife Silver Lace Cape...

“Babe?” That’s my husband. We are in a car heading for the airport on our way to L.A. “Can you get me something from Duty Free?” My husband...

How beautiful is the Song of Songs from the Old Testament – a book full of longing and youthful love...
When I tried on the Emerald Velvet dress I felt instantly transformed into a modern day Scarlett O’Hara. I have a long love of Vivien Leigh...
Principal dancer in Royal Ballet, Francesca Hayward wears The Vampire’s Wife Black Velvet Sparkle Dress. We are honoured...
Here is the most beautiful poem from the political rebel and literary hero, Kahlil Gibran. I love his description of God...