Happy Valentines Day/Anniversary/Chinese New Year

Busy day today celebrating a triple whammy, Valentines Day, 8th Wedding Anniversary and its Chinese New Year - the year of the Tiger. But today I won't be stuffing my face full of my mum's great home cooked traditional Chinese food. Instead I will be home alone attending to 3 under 3 whilst D has to go to work. Boo hoo that means I will have to do all the cooking  here. Curly Haired Beauty will have a million and one things offered to her but she will probably only eat a fromage frais or a rice cake. Thing 1 and Thing 2 will have to make do with something by Ella's Kitchen. I will probably scrounge something not too out of date from the fridge.

Whatever we end up eating it won't be as good as the meal D and I had yesterday at High Road House in Chiswick. I had lined up 3 babysitters to look after each tot, no mean feat but thank goodness for relatives.Thing 2 went to my brother - he picked the easier twin to care for, Thing 1 was with my mum as he is still teething and grizzly and CHB went to D's 17 year old niece to be a princess for the day. With all that set - it was a novelty going out sans enfant and being able to eat a meal undisturbed by wailing infants.

Everything on the menu looked great. I went for scallops on a bed of potato puree with sapphire, followed by organic trout with fennel and almonds. Dessert was Cherry and dark chocolate trifle. D had Whitebait, then a massive Rib eye steak with chips and managed to squeeze in a Spotted Dick pudding. All accompanied by Mumm Rose champagne - so I got a little pink cheeked. The service was pretty swift and although the whole place was rammed, it was a lovely atmosphere inside.

Now I have this tradition that I dig out my wedding dress and wear it every year - cuts out having to think 'what shall I wear'. Its a very simple bias cut white Ghost slip dress -  and it has certainly stood the test of time. 8 years on, the design has not dated and its so very easy to adapt the dress - without looking a bit Miss Haversham. As it was a freezing winters day, I wore an Ivory satin quilted cropped jacket also by Ghost , my Warehouse bargain black leather studded belt and black ankle boots. A brown crochet shawl by Toast was layered over the top and my vintage full length brown fur coat. This was an after thought and I'm glad I brought it as it did snow a bit in the early afternoon.

I don't think I will ever tire of this dress, it is one of my most treasured possessions and I hope to pass it onto the Curly Haired Beauty in the future. Its a bonus that its also machine washable at 40 degrees and takes up no space in a drawer.


  1. Wow I'm jealous about your meal out, sounds heavenly. Think I'll be rustling up a takeaway tonight in celebration of Chinese New Year, if only your mum could come round mine!

    Enjoying reading your blog, found it from BMB. Stop by mine anytime, and we're running a Valentine's lingerie giveaway until midnight!

  2. I love your wedding dress tradition...it sounds gorgeous, and well, practical. I love scallops too...I definate choice on any menu. Happy valentines day, new year AND anniversary...cause for celebration indeed!

  3. I do the same with my wedding dress, I designed on to be shorten and something I could always wear. Glad you had a lovely time out celebrating - congratulations x


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