For the final episode of season one, Laura speaks to Irish-born Creative Director and founder of her eponymous brand, Fiona Leahy Design, Fiona Leahy who has designed parties most of us could only dream of. Having made the jump from fashion to party planning 13 years ago, her catalogue of conquests and events stretch from Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Manson’s wedding to a Yayoi Kusama event for Louis Vuitton and Nat Rothchilds 40th birthday in Montenegro. If you have ever come across an event or tablescape image where your heart literally skips a beat, Fiona was probably the mastermind behind it. From tablescapes and machimalism, to pilgrimages through Peru in the name of rattan placemats and a solo meal to die for, this final episode really is the cherry on top and full to bursting with great travel and interior tips, and exactly where to go to kit out your own table wardrobe.
Interiors and Tables:
Merci Paris - Sheets
H&M Home - winter table cloth
The Cloth Shop - Table cloth
Heather Taylor Home - LA
Espelma - Candles
Liberty - Homeware
VV Ruveux - Ribbon
Scarlet and Violet - Florist
Hosting us this week at his favourite Soho haunt is the wonderfully quick witted Raven Smith. Raven’s instagram is a firm fan favourite, offering up a hilarious running commentary on the goings on of everyday life - his charm and quick witted journalism has earned him a place as a contributor at British Vogue and the columnist Sunday times style as well as paving the way to his newest accreditation: Author of the autobiographical "Raven Smith’s Trivial Pursuit". Together, Laura and Raven jump from holiday homes in France to fish finger taco parties in London and drinking mezcal in Mexico at 11:00am. A ‘casual saver’ - more to come on this - Raven is currently renovating his house with his husband, whose relationship can be benchmarked through multiple signature "Raven" dishes.
New Yorker encyclopedia of cooking - The ‘Club’ Sandwich
Mangler du episoder?
Hosting us in their luxurious Zetter London penthouse suit and giving us all itchy feet are Tammy and James Lohan founders of the global travel club Mr and Mrs Smith. Since they founded it in 2003 their iconic site has grown to encompass over a million members and for good reason. From trialling out spa's for first date locations, camping, cruising, travelling sustainably and working as a Husband and Wife duo - this week we learn the true meaning of what it is to wolladay!
Travel destinations and hotels:
Tbilsisi, Georgia - (Up and Coming Destination)
Comporta, Portugal (Destination)
São lourenço Do Barrocal, Portugal (Hotel)
Uxua Casa Hotel, Bahia, Brazil (Hotel)
Castello di Reschio, Reskia, Umbria
The Pig Hotel's, The UK
The Dutchess, New York
Casa Fortunato, Lisbon
The Hurtinggruten Ships - Cruise through the Nordic Fjords
Caledonian Sleeper - Sleeper train to Scotland
Trans Siberian Express - Train across Siberia
The Madonna Inn - San Luis Obispo, California
Hosteing us in her east london studio and creative food space this week is food writer, food stylist, chef and all round brilliant woman - Anna Jones. Trailblazer in celebrating modern day vegetarianism, we discuss the sometimes tricky veggie/vegan terrain and how her books have become culinary bibles for home cooks. A ceramic fanatic, we learn of Anna's favourite brands and places to buy, her love for food styling what it was like to train with Jamie Oliver on his programme Fifteen.
For the book:
Sqirl in LA - Brunch
Spring - lunch
Lardo - Dinner East london
Interiors and ceramics:
Turning Earth - ceramics
This week prolific documentary maker, author, MBE and winner of strictly, and self proclaimed terrible cook, Stacey Dooley hosts us at her favourite local cafe, Haminados in West London. Together Laura and Stacey discuss counting tea bags on the front line to what you eat on death row and the necessary need for boundaries and how sometimes a staycation is the perfect holiday when your work takes you to far flung corners of the world.
From the days of 20 denier tights and serving the royals and Sting with Admirable Chrighton, to pregnancy announcements and elaborately planned weekend escapes Laura and this weeks guest (and very good friend) Daisy Hoppen discuss the full spectrum of what it is to Hoste. With wine in one hand and Mescal in the other we learn of Daisy's company DHPR - which represents brands such as Molly Goddard, Vampires Wife, Aesop, Shrimps and most famously Ganni whose house parties are legendary - the family dinner table dynamics in the Hoppen household and Daisy's dining hitlist.
“What are you doing here?!” - Leandra Medine
The second episode of the podcast series HOSTEing Laura Jackson sees Laura crossing the pond and taking a trip to downtown New York where she is hosted by author, journalist, mother wife and native New Yorker - Leandra Medine - most commonly known as fan favourite who ignited the empire that is Man Repeller. Leandra invites Laura into Man Repeller HQ where the pair discuss travel destinations, Irish goodbyes and French Exits, the ever evolving New York restaurant scene, Leandra's firm and favourable fashion taste and how that has influenced her interiors. Leandra also talks about her desire and struggle to become a mother, New York parties and her mother's Shabbat dinners - where it all began!
For the little black book:
Russ and Daughters Cafe - Brunch
Sadelle's - Brunch
Le Bilbouquet - Lunch
Serafina - Lunch
Balthazar - Lunch
Welcoming us from her mum's living room to her world of HOSTEing is English singer-songwriter, and co-host of hit podcast Table Manners, Jessie Ware. With cake for breakfast and a cup of tea in hand Jessie and Laura discuss everything from motherhood and success (and a dishwashers relevance to it) to husbands who dislike meals out, the trials and tribulations of renovating in a conservation area. Jessie talks of what it's like to host some of the biggest names and famous faces, and how to handle it when it does wrong. Throw in a surprise guest (which we have) and this light and chatty conversation is a perfect kick off to the season.
For the book:
AllPress - Brunch
Esters - Brunch
Russ & Daughters - Brunch (NYC)
Brat - Lunch and Dinner
ROVI - Lunch and Dinner
Clipstone - Lunch and Dinner
Forever the Host and never the hosted? In her debut podcast series, broadcaster, interiors fanatic, food lover and founder of Hoste - Laura Jackson is handing over the apron strings to chat food, travel and interiors with guests that do the hosting. If you want to know all about their hosting secrets, dinner party dishes, their little black book for restaurants, insider holiday spots or even where they shop for vintage interior finds - this is the podcast for you. Whether it be at their house, their local coffee spot, or even in their favourite hotel room join our hosts and Laura on the sofa for a cuppa, or around the kitchen table for a glass of wine - whilst we unpick what it means to hoste.