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Anna Barnett: celebrated cook, author, journalist and mother

Meet Anna Barnett, celebrated cook, author, journalist and mother of twins - captured at home by Sam Walton Studio for our #VaranaWomen series.

With the festive season drawing near, we had the pleasure of joining Anna in the kitchen of her beautiful East London home. In the midst of preparing delightful sweet treats for upcoming festive feasts, Anna shared her reflections on the meaning of home, how she treads lightly on the world, the sources of her 'quiet joy' and the foundations of a perfect winter wardrobe.

Anna wears her favourite pieces from our festive capsule collection; perfect for intimate gatherings with loved ones at home, chic dinner parties with friends and going desk-to-dinner.

What does home mean to you?

When I think about what home is, I immediately think about my kitchen. That is where I spend the majority of my time. Every home we have had has been built around the kitchen because ultimately it’s where we gather and gravitate to. It’s where I nourish my family and friends, it’s my happy place.

What are the foundations of the perfect winter wardrobe for you?

It really has to be about minimal choice, so it’s all about having really great pieces that I love and feel comfortable in. That I can throw on everyday, but still feel chic in with a bit of a vibe going on. I think it is about quality pieces that are sustainable, they’re investment pieces.

"I really don’t buy much, I save my pennies and I invest in pieces that I love and will wear time and time again, year after year."

How do you try to tread lightly on the world?

I really don’t buy much, I save my pennies and I invest in pieces that I love and will wear time and time again, year after year. It’s all about investment pieces and avoiding fast fashion, I’m not buying things week to week, I have a constant wish list on the go that I’ll edit and carefully rethink. It’s about building an investment wardrobe.

What brings you ‘quiet joy’?

It's my time in the kitchen, it’s cooking, it’s being able to focus on one thing and tune out from everything else. Being able to focus and hone in on the present which feels like something to really cherish these days, as there’s so much going on all at once, all the time.

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