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My Favorite Things: Jem Cope

My Favorite Things: Jem Cope

Jem Cope, the writer behind UK-based blog Beautiful Clutter, refers to herself as a "clutterbug with a vintage heart." Cope calls it clutter; we call it all things appealing. A staunch proponent of Turkish delight (which we immediately associate with the story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), a lover of letter writing and a seeker of "pretty teacups," it's no wonder Cosmopolitan UK named her a winner at their 2012 blog awards. She also seems to be a writer after our own hearts here at MRKStyle, which is why we couldn't help but take a turn through all her favorite things...

Item I own that gets better with age: My Dad bought me a beautiful leather satchel six Christmases ago. The leather has gained such a gorgeous patina and suppleness from frequent use - I think it will be something I own and cherish all my life

Best Vintage Buy on eBay: This is tricky as eBay has been a fruitful hunting ground for me; I think many a vintage teacup lover has cursed my name at some point, as I like to sniper at the last possible moment! I've found some beautiful teacups but my best buy is probably a 1930s ladies wristwatch with a leather strap. It is so simple and elegant.

Place I love to visit that's rich in history: Burghley House in my home county of Lincolnshire takes some beating - a Tudor mansion and one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain.

My secret to looking timeless: Wear what you enjoy regardless of trends; your personal style is just that.

Most powerful photo I've ever seen: I once saw a picture of London during the Blitz; almost an entire street had been leveled and amongst the rubble people were clearing up, serving tea, tending to the wounded and carrying on as best they could because that was all they had left.

Best souvenir I'm glad I brought back home: A very battered Japanese box made from Paulownia wood. It captured my imagination when I spotted it looking distinctly unloved in a junk shop. I always remember the beautiful day my boyfriend and I spent in Whitby enjoying the quirky, historic little seaside town.

Favourite Vintage Fashion Trend: The bias cut dresses, peter pan collars and T-bar shoes of the 1930s.

Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: The smell of leather saddles, horses and fresh hay! I grew up around horse and ponies - there are so many fond memories conjured by stableyard scents!

What I'm currently coveting: The new MacBook Pro. I'm very attached to my six-year-old MacBook but she is definitely ailing now and will need to be replaced!

Best advice I've ever received: The only person you can be is yourself

Music that always takes me back: Frank Sinatra's 'I Get A Kick Out of You'. I used to dance around with my Grandparents to that song

Film I can watch over and over again: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Not everyone enjoys Wes Anderson films but they are right up my alley - especially that one!

Favorite Family Recipe: My paternal Grandmother made the most delicious Yorkshire Parkin I have ever tasted. We don't have her recipe, as I don't think she wrote it down, but I hope one day I'll be able to recreate it! Yorkshire Parkin is a moist, spicy cake with nutmeg, ginger and treacle. It is delicious warm or cold and traditionally eaten as a Bonfire Night treat on the fifth of November.

Tastiest Mom-and-Pop shop that's been feeding me for years:  Back home in Lincolnshire is a shop called McLeods, it is full of cheeses, locally made chutneys and jams, deli meats, curiously shaped pasta, a vast array of traditional ales and beers along with sweet treats from all over Europe. It smells fantastic and I can't wait to visit again when I go home to my family

Blog I'm currently addicted to: The British Library Blogs. There are some fascinating posts on all aspects of social history; I keep visiting over and over again!

I couldn't live without: Books! They are the ultimate in escapism. I love nothing more than a story so compelling I'm totally immersed from cover to cover. Although I am British, so of course good loose leaf tea comes in a close second!

Words to dress by: ''Over the years I have learned that what is most important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.'' - Yves Saint Laurent.

*Photo from Beautiful Clutter