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Friday 1 August 2014

The Final Wishlist: Gorgeous things you'll want to buy/read/eat RIGHT NOW

The perfect dinosaur dress. £121 from Polka Dot Polly.
Caleigh: Of all the fashion pieces we've covered, two have caused me to immediately buy their products. This first was Sara's Lady Vintage discovery, the second was Laura B's Polka Dot Polly feature (my bespoke dress will be with me soon!) I absolutely love Hey Sailor! and several of their gorgeous pieces are on my birthday present list. When it comes to recipes, I feel like I met my food spirit animals in Hazel and Alice. Cucumber and red onion pickle got me through my pregnancy, I craved it above all other things. Alice's buttermilk fried chicken is the best thing I've eaten. I wasn't even that fond of fried chicken until I made this. Can I also have her sweetcorn and halloumi fritters, please? There are some weeks when I live on these.

The perfect seafood stew.
Laura B: Recipe-wise, Sian's steak and chorizo chilli is one I come back to time and time again, as is her Spanish seafood stew. I must also mention Sara's Sexy Bovril, though - a recipe that's much-championed by its author, and consistently overlooked (to the amusement of us all behind-the-scenes) in recipe round-ups. She doesn't actually know that it was actually the post that first brought me to DS as a reader all those years ago.

The perfect cartoon bag. £89.95 from Jump from Paper.
As for stuff, I've bought and coveted so much. I've lost count of how often a stranger has admired my Jump from Paper bag. And Sara's Love From Hetty And Dave post alerted me to the existence of Monty the monocled slug draught excluder (he'll be coming to live with me soon), as well as being filled with the sort of clever, funny writing that she and the whole team are so bloody good at. Their witticisms sometimes pop into my head while I'm walking down the street, and make me guffaw anew.

The perfect bikini. £65 from For Luna.
Kat: What I've always loved about DS is how diverse our tastes are. I've been introduced to endless shops I had no idea existed, and subsequently fallen in love with. My For Luna swimsuit is my favourite Sluttery purchase, bought way before I joined the site, and the little boxes of instant comfort made by Kim's Little Monsters are gorgeously charming. And I just bloody adored Calligraphuck's cards because, well, obviously.
The perfect greetings card. £4 from Calligraphuck.
I prefer the internet to printed cookbooks, and DS has been a source of so many happy dinners over the years. My office goes insane whenever I make Sara's malteser tiffin (OMG SO GOOD) and Hazel's hot cross cheesecake has left all my Easter lunch guests in fits of ecstasy, and Alice's incredible slaw is my go to salad for 100% guaranteed tastiness.

The perfect hot cross bun cheesecake.
It has been so hard narrowing down my favourite DS posts, but looking back through the site this week has given me so many happy reminders and made my wishlist of goodies even more of an unwieldy bloody nightmare. Thanks Sluttery girls past and present - you are tasteful, fabulous geniuses, every one.

The perfect statement necklace. £20 from Paisie.
Sara: When Laura B wrote about a unicornicopia of magical delights, I knew we were soul sisters. I'd already suspected this was the case when she told us about shoe clips - an entirely new, untapped area to accessorise. Frances brought us the delights of Paisie and their beautiful sunshine jewellery (and a glitter kitten dress, ie all my favourite things, all at once). And I couldn't go without a shout-out to the much maligned Sexy Bovril: so tragically overlooked in our food round-ups, but surely the best cocktail we've ever brought you.
The perfect gingerbread TARDIS.
Gemma: My favourite ever DS recipes are salt & pepper chicken wings and cheesecake brownies. Both so easy to do, such crowd pleasers. My best stuff is always retro-related but I also loved doing my plus size posts, and loved the conversation that started around a post I wrote about screwing the rules and wearing what you want no matter what size you are. As a bit of a Whovian, the Doctor Who week was one of my favourite moments, we'll never forget the Gingerbread TARDIS.

The perfect dress collaboration. £79 from Coco Fennell with Karen Mabon.
Frances: I must have lived in an empty flat with an empty wardrobe and eaten beans on toast every night before I discovered Domestic Sluttery (one of those is actually still true), as I owe so many purchases to the site. Of all the many, many amazing frocks we’ve featured on the site my all time favourite has to be Coco Fennell. That’s how I want to dress when I grow up, please. And as for her collaboration with Karen Mabon? The stuff of my terribly materialistic dreams.

The perfect Creme Egg cupcakes.
As I’m not a very confident cook (go on, why not check out the one and only recipe I made for the site?), I cannot overstate my admiration enough for the mistresses of the kitchen who write for Domestic Sluttery. All cakes should glow in the dark. All cakes should have hidden sweets. Or hidden cream eggs at the very least. But it’s Sian’s lemon and garlic chicken I’ve probably made the most from the site. And, as from now on, how the hell am I going to know what I want to buy RIGHT NOW without the Friday wishlist telling me so?

The perfect rolling pin. £24.43 from Valek.
Laura H: I have record store shop syndrome: my mind has gone blank as soon as I try and think of one favourite Domestic Sluttery post, so here are a few that spring to mind. Glasgow boutique La La Land kept me stocked with present ideas for MONTHS. Includes healthy dose of Ryan Gosling. I'm now officially obsessed with dinosaur embossed Valek Rolling Pins, too. 

The perfect whisky cocktail.
Since I'm vegetarian, I can't resist the lure of Sara's beautiful Laska (look at it!) while This Five Minute Ice Cream is pure alchemy genius (if you haven't tried it, WHY NOT?) You can be guaranteed to find me whiling away these long, hot Gatsby days with The Boy and his Poison's Whiskey Daisy and lusting after everything by Coco Fennell.

The perfect muesli bars.
Katie: This recipe for no bake chocolate ginger muesli bites ticks all my boxes. I also regularly go back our top ten ginger recipes especially around Christmas time when I just want ginger in everything. Make sure you try Laura B's gingerbread mug house recipe complete with handy, downloadable template. Oh, the results are amusing when you've not used any maths!

I actually studied archaeology at university, which makes me want to put any of these cave hotels at the top of my holiday wish-list.

The (practically) perfect book. £11.99 from Amazon.
I also have to mention the Domestic Sluttery book. I wasn't part of the team when the book was published, but it never leaves my bedside table. It's perfect for that period before you're going to bed, when you know you're supposed to be off your laptop or iPad because of all that blue-light-stopping-you-sleep jazz, but you really want to browse through some lovely, inspirational blog posts. And this is it really, but in a book. I dip in and out of it again and again and buy it for every teenager I know because I bloody wish I'd had it when I was 18.
Nick: Let's keep this short and sweet. The Boathouse in The Lake District. It's probably the best holiday I've ever been on and a return trip will forever be at the top on my wishlist.

The perfect Hendrick's gin sorbet.
Sian: Picking my favourite Domestic Sluttery posts is like choosing a favourite child (obviously you pick the cutest, right?) but there are some that definitely stand out. Our Hendrick's gin sorbet, obviously. Our drunken spaghetti for being why-didn't-we-think-of-that-before genius and Kat's adventures with ginger soup, for all the wrong reasons. Our recent feature on unusual museums went all around the UK uncovering some brilliant gems and our Ginterview with the inimitable Pip McCormac is wonderful. He's scared of cats and thinks Spice World is a Christmas film.
The perfect art project. Wonderland by Yoendoo Jung.
My absolute favourite ever piece, is from all the way back in 2009. It's a design piece about Korean artist Yeondoo Jung, who turns children's drawings into photography. I loved that project so much and it was the moment when there was a noticeable turning point in the site and we became more about design than 'pretty stuff'.
The perfect cup and saucer. £100 from Richard Brendon.

And there's just time for some last minute favourites. I've made so many brilliant design discoveries since starting the site, but special mentions must go to Rachel Boston, Richard Brendon and Chloe Croft. I will remain forever in awe of their talent, which is really what Domestic Sluttery has been about.

Come on, it's your turn to take a trip down memory lane. Dive into those archives and tell us: what's your favourite ever Domestic Sluttery piece?


  1. Why is this the final wishlist? Where's it going??

    1. Because sadly the site is closing, Anon:


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