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Elle Strauss & James Dimmock

Ell and Jimmy - Brits abroad - Elle and James

Fashion Editor, Stylist, Mother.

L.A. California

Photographer, Gamer, Father.

L.A. California

British design object you most desire

Please no judgement, but I really want a Dyson vacuum cleaner! I just bought the hairdryer and it’s amazing and now I need to complete the set. Ha. 

Your British cult hero living or dead?

Helen Mirren. Not only is she an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award winner, she’s also a fellow Essex girl.

Favourite British brand?

Fashion brand? I’m a huge fan of Victoria Beckham’s line. Her Ready-to-Wear is so elegant and wearable.

British album on your playlist right now?

Phil Collins everything. I love him. James and I just went to see him perform in LA, it was the best night ever.

Favourite place in Britain?

St Ives, Cornwall. A lot of my family live there and I grew up going every year for Summer holidays. It’s so beautiful I really want to take the whole family soon and have the kids experience a true British summer.

Where do you call home in Britain?

Leigh on Sea- it’s where I’m from and my parents are still based there.

What do you miss most about Britain? 

My Friends, my family and the food. You can’t get decent fish 'n' chips here no matter how hard you try!

Favourite pub/restaurant in Britain? 

The Salisbury in Queens park, London. I used to live around the corner and it was our second home!

What do you take back from Britain to California that you can't get there?

Oh gosh where do I start?!- Elnette hair spray, it’s not the same here. Cadbury’s everything, obviously. Also I always stock up on English interior magazines, my favourites include Living etc. Elle decor and World of Interiors. 

Where will you be spending Christmas?

My mum arrives in a few days, then we’ll head over to my Aunt's for a proper (well as near as we can get)  English Christmas, with all the trimmings. I’ve already bought the crackers - no easy feat in California and my aunt has been making the Christmas cake over the last week. Boxing Day we’ll be with more English peeps and then we head to Tahoe to ski in the new year. I cannot wait!

If you had credit in SGB, what would you self-gift?

Without doubt the Richmond No3 whistling Kettle.

What Xmas gift would you give to someone from SGB?

So many. Corgi Welsh Guard stripy socks and the AJOTO Aluminium Rose Gold pen for the husband. He’s a lucky boy.  A Tolly McRae Cornish Blue Picnic blanket for the kids to play tea parties on and probably another Richmond Copper kettle for my Mum.

British design object you most desire?

Right now, I'm daydreaming about importing a Land Rover Defender 90

Your British cult hero living or dead? 

James Hunt, bigger and bolder than Bond. As a kid, I watched him every Saturday on Grandstand. As a man, I learned what an all-around legend he was.

Favourite British brand?

Belstaff, I cant ride motorbikes for toffee but love their jackets, makes me feel like Beckham or Tom Cruise, (the wife is shaking her head)

British album on your playlist right now?

Muse, Pressure.

Favourite place in Britain?

Saarf London, although the last few trips I've warmed to the North side of the river.

Where do you call home in Britain? 

These days we spend most of our English time with the Mother-in-Law in Leigh on Sea, does that make me an honorary Essex boy?

What do you miss most about Britain? 

(you Neil) friends, fry-ups and Match of the Day.

Favourite pub/restaurant in Britain?

The White Horse on Brixton Hill, not been back for a few years but it holds some fun/amusing/sketchy memories.

What do you take back from Britain to California that you can't get there?

As much Cadburys' chocolate as I can carry.

Where will you be spending Christmas? 

Spending Christmas here in LA with English family and friends,  it will be the Full English Christmas Day Drill,- turkey, stuffing, bucks fizz, crackers, Christmas pudding. Then off up north to Lake Tahoe for some cold weather, snow and snowboarding for New Years.

If you had credit in SGB, what would you self-gift?

Easy, 'A Book of Liverpool Football' by Ken Grant. I am a full on Liverpool fan. 

What Xmas gift would you give to someone special from SGB?

The Copper Kettle from Richmond Kettles for the Mrs.  Our renovated kitchen is a slice of England, this would look right at home on the stove.

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