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Justine Picardie  Editor, Harper's Bazaar @BazaarUK and Town & Country UK; author of "Coco Chanel: the Legend and the Life" (Harper Collins)

Atop Mont'Arbois, looking towards Mont Blanc...
"The secret strength of things
Which governs thought, and to the infinite dome
Of Heaven is as a column, rests on thee..." (Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mont Blanc)

I passed this beautiful lake today, on my long climb up Mont d'Arbois... no swimming allowed, according to the signpost - but it looked so inviting that I was tempted to jump straight in. Being a law-abiding citizen, I didn't...

A Room with a View @fsmegeve ... I've always wanted to come to the Alps in the summer - an idea born out of a childhood love of the Heidi stories, combined with the dramatic Alpine chapters of "Tender is the Night", and the Romantic poetry of Wordsworth, Shelley & Byron. The weather forecast here is stormy - very Byronic - but I've got lots of writing to do, and a desk with the most inspiring of outlooks...

This is from one of my favourite stories of the year, featuring the Queen's Household Cavalry, published in our September issue @bazaaruk 📸by @richardphibbs ⭐️@annalundsoe wears @dolcegabbana styled by @marthaward ❤️thanks to @rachellouisebrown1 @avrilmair @ellarosephillips and all at the magnificent Household Cavalry 🐎

Respect... the one and only Aretha Franklin, photographed by Richard Avedon... hearing her sing when I was a girl fired me and inspired me... thank you for the music and the movement and the magical power of one of the most memorable voices of the century... #arethafranklin

Is it just me, or does it feel autumnal already, with falling leaves in the gathering dusk? And why is the air tinged with a slight melancholy in August, despite the vivid dahlias and daisies in the garden this month? Perhaps it's because we're all hard at work on our November issue @bazaaruk - although it's brimming with colour and creativity... anyway, if anyone else is feeling a little pensive, please know that you are not alone...

I love the boldness of the planting here @gravetyemanor - swathes of dahlias in crimson, tangerine and canary-yellow, amidst blue delphiniums and candy-coloured lupins... all in all, the perfect adornment for the grey stone walls of this ancient Elizabethan house...

Gravetye Manor... a wonderful hotel, blessed with one of the most beautiful gardens in England. Even on a grey day, beneath drizzly skies, it's looking beautiful @gravetyemanor

Good morning... hydrangeas and roses from the garden...home, sweet home...

A glorious sunset, after today's rain - for which I am mightily grateful... the scent in our garden is beautifully cool and leafy green, for the first time in many weeks...

Catwoman! 🐱 a truly purrfect story in our September issue @bazaaruk 🐱@floskyyx photographed by @agatapospieszynska & styled by @charlieharrington_ in @maxmara & shoes by @preenbythorntonbregazzi #catwoman #catstagram

Thank you so much @cameronrussell - your beautiful flowers have turned our office into a bower...

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