Friday, 30 April 2010


I am hyperventilating as I type at the anticipation of these up and coming sales - courtesy of Daily Candy. I am so excited about the first sale starting tomorrow.

What: Dover Street Market Archive Sale

Why: Up to 80 per cent off designers including Comme des Garçons, Christopher Kane and YSL.

When: 1-3 May. Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Londonewcastle, The Old Depot, 1-3 Wenlock Rd., N1 7SL.

What: La Perla and Pleasure State

Why: Up to 70 per cent off lingerie, swimwear, accessories, hosiery and fragrances.

When: 5 & 6 May. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Where: Hornvale Ltd., 22 Newman St., 4th flr., W1T 1PH (020 7291 0930).

What: Pringle of Scotland

Why: Ready-to-wear and accessories for up to 70 per cent off.

When: 5-7 May. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: The Courtyard, 255a Pavilion Rd., SW1X OBP.

What: Caramel Baby & Child

Why: Children’s clothes for boys and girls ages 0-12 from £10.

When: 6 & 7 May. Thurs., noon-5 p.m.; Fri., noon-4 p.m.

Where: Weir Rd., at St. Stephen’s Church, SW12 ONU.

What: Secret Sample Sale and The London Accessory Sale

Why: Up to 90 per cent off Vivienne Westwood, Belstaff, DKNY and more.

When: 6-9 May. Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Where: T2, The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Ln., E1 6QL.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Wordless Wednesday

By London Cakes , the twins vanilla sponge, egg free cake - carefully delivered to W1. Fed 40 happy guests last Saturday. 

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Over at Aldo's

Aldo has some great shoes in at the moment - a quick browse in my break and I've think I've  narrowed down my SS10 shoes . Notice they are all closed toes. Just perfect for lazy me who hasn't gotten round to a decent pedicure. I am not one of those people who dig out the flip flops when the first bit of sun breaks through. Although I noticed a lot of people have been guilty of that....sweetie you know who you are - flip flapping up the escalators, your hairy toes gave me such a fright! Put them away lovey or at least wax the blighters.  Just don't offend my eyes ever again. I am a sensitive sole - LOL

Twin Tuesday

One year on - Thing 1 and Thing 2 no longer share a bed :-)

Monday, 26 April 2010

Tip your head to the right when you read this!

I have no idea why this has gone sideways so I hope you can read it! On-line sale starts on Thursday. Like I need another handbag - actually I do need/want another handbag! I deserve one after the week I've had.

Sorry for being all quiet on the blogging front. A week ago on Sunday, discovered the really hard way, the twins had an egg allergy. So a trip to A&E and told no more eggs and given some Priton! But with their 1st birthday beckoning I had to find a suitable cake - frantic calls to find a bakery that makes egg free cakes (its in everything including icing!) and located a great place which delivered the most beautiful cake ever. OK it meant the boys had to share it for their party but it was huge and I had two spare with-eggs cakes left over from Patisserie Valarie (couldn't cancel that order). We are caked out here....

A lovely time was had by all and the sun shone on Saturday which helped the occasion. I couldn't resist dressing up Thing 1 as Winnie the Pooh and Thing 2 as Tigger - a real photo op and they still can't smile readily for the cameras. Curly Haired Beauty wore her Hello Kitty dress but I had packed her Cinderella dress just in case she wanted to get into dress up mode too.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Its all about flats

Another day tripping about the un-even pavements of Oxford Street. Ever since they changed the paving stones to the small square type, bad workmanship has left a lot of the slabs loose, uneven and a hazard to heel wearers. The area exiting Tottenham Court Road station is particularly bad :-(

Why can't Oxford Street have the lovely Portman Stone, big rectangle paving slabs that Regent Street has? And whilst I'm on a rant who are the gum chewing spitting people who leave the black marks on the pavement? What is that all about?

So I need to re-think what to wear - I could don a pair of trainers and change at work into the heels. But since the sunshine is now out I don't want to do that and yet its too early for sandals (its only April after all). So whilst browsing through Net-a-porter, one of my favourite lunchtime habits, I came across these lovely brogue type shoes.

Shiny purple ones by Christian Louboutin, cream ones by Burberry, nude ones by Church's.

Friday, 16 April 2010

No Outnet bargains for me today

  • I spent the better part of today trying to log onto the Outnet website for their grand #1 sale. from 7.18am when the email was sent out. Took me so long to get onto the sight a lot of the goodies had sold out. i thought i had got lucky with a tibi tunic dress and made it to the checkout only to be told that too had sold out! Not happy - when i tried to go back in my account had logged itself out, then the sale closed at 10.30am! - oh well will have to console myself with these lovely sample sales happening soon xxx

    Saturday 17 April


    Snap up some fab pieces at the Juicy Couture sample sale. Shop luxury leisurewear, and quality casuals with up to 60% off - this is a date for your diary!
    Saturday 17 (10am – 5pm); Chelsea Town HallKings Road,SW3 5EELondon.
  • Meli Melo Sample Sale

    Wednesday 21 April


    Stock up on signature bags and accessories from cool brand Meli Melo and grab a bargain this spring with prices starting from £50!
    Wednesday 21 (8.30am – 6.30pm); 1 Ensor Mews, London,SW7 3BT.
  • Peter Jensen Sample Sale

    Friday 23-25 April 


    Known for his clean and playful, wearable pieces Danish designer Peter Jensen is opening his Dalston studio so you can shop fabulous past season samples and save up to 60% off!
    Friday 23 (6pm – 9pm), Saturday 24 (10am – 6pm), Sunday 25 (12pm – 4pm); Elastic Studio, 18 Shackwell Lane, E8 2EZ, London.
  • Peter Jensen Sample Sale

    Friday 23-25 April


    Shop menswear, womenswear, shoes and accessories from some of FC’s favourite brands including Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney – and save up to 80% off.
    Friday 23, Saturday 24 (11am – 9pm); Sunday 25 (11am – 5pm), The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Lane, E1 6RU, London.
  • Orla Kiely Sample Sale

    Thursday 29 April - 2 May


    Stock up on beautiful prints by Irish designer Orla Kiely and shop womenswear and accessories with huge discounts.
    Thursday 29, Friday 30 (11am – 7pm), Saturday 01, Sunday 02 (11am – 6pm): Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, SW3 5EE, London.
    Courtesy Fashion Confidential 

Thursday, 15 April 2010


Bodyamr Sample Sale 

What: One-off ready-to-wear items, samples and past seasons’ stock from the London Fashion Week designer.

Why: Draped gowns, body-con dresses, jumpsuits and glam eveningwear from £30.

When: Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: 7 Coptic St., WC1A 1NH (020 7691 2085).

Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair

What: Clothing and accessories (from £5) for men, women and children from designers including Biba, YSL and Vivienne Westwood.

Why: Make it a cheap date.

When: 18 Apr. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN (07768 346999).
Courtesy of Daily Candy

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

3 in a row

Thank you purple ramblings for this award - its like buses, none at all and then 3 shows up! 
The rules are as follows:
1) Copy the award to your blog
2) Insert a link to the person who nominated you  
3) Share 7 things about yourself you haven't told us before
4) Tag 7 other bloggers 

5) Link to their blogs
6) Tell them they have been nominated

Right, takes deep breath, here I go
 I like to be the first person to use the bathroom in the mornings. If I'm not then I am grumpy for the rest of the day as I feel my whole start has been messed up 
(D I know you read my blog - BIG HINT)
I have always been a size 5 Uk/38 Eur shoe wearer but in my last pregnancy they went up half a size and then when down a whole size. During my second scan to 'sex' the baby, when pregnant with the Curly Haired Beauty; I asked the guy if my baby would have the same size feet as me, so she could inherit my shoes??? Obviously I was crazy with hormones to even say such things.
Twin thing - I part my hair on the right, my sister on the left
My right foot has a little bump (not a bunion) she has one on her left foot. 
We don't ever want to participate in any twin studies - Never
I would love to learn to fly a helicopter but I am afraid of heights
I have eaten all my children's chocolate Easter eggs - I would rather ruin my teeth than have theirs ruined. So that makes me a great mother!
I once desperately wanted to marry John Taylor from Duran Duran (I was a HUGE Durannie fan) but when he got hitched to a teenage Amanda de Cadenet I lost all respect for him. But I do like his second wife, Gela Nash one half of founders, Juicy Couture . Am tempted to stalk out Wiltshire as they have a manor house near Bath. Oh dear over-share I must still harbor feelings for John (real name Nigel!). 
Food porn shows upset me but I still watch them avidly. Tuesday nights can be back to back foodie TV programmes. Lots of shouting at the box. 

Monday, 12 April 2010

Mulberry Sample Sale coming soon


Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd April, 2010
10am - 7pm
MULBERRY, 1st Floor, 41-42 New Bond Street,
London, W1S 2RY

Only accept cash, credit and debit cards.
No refunds or exchanges.

There is an admission charge of £2
that goes to CoppaFeel!, registered charity 1132366.

Please note this is an invitation-only event, but I am sharing this with you guy's as all you need to do is be a bit brazen turn up anyway and say your printer is out of ink and you couldn't print it out in time. 

They should be pleased to have anyone turn up and spend their cash in these economic/politically un-settled times. 
Election, what election? - Brown vs Cameron - what a non-choice the UK has ...Emily Pankhurst  must be turning in her grave if she knew it all came down to the politician wives Fash Off; Sarah or Samantha that's if you believe the media. 

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Summer holidays

Its Spring and I am thinking of my summer holidays!
But since giving up sunbathing at 30 (my skin thanks me for it) a beach style holiday is a bit boring. To reduce my carbon footprint I also gave up flying 3 years ago. But going away with 3 tots is no holiday, it the same old drudgery but you have to pack more and its certainly not restful  - I dream of when they are older so we can take a lovely jaunt to the countryside and stay here at the Four Seasons Hampshire. Its got a kids clubs, so I can wave goodbye to them each day, knowing they will have a lovely time in the fresh air. Then I can escape here to the Spa. I will of course be swanning around in these delightful glamorous PJ's Agent Provocateur.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Ladies Day at the races

I think of My Fair Lady, Audrey Hepburn, gorgeous costumes by Cecil Beaton but of course at Aintree today it was a different picture. I can't do a good a job as the ladies on Go Fug Yourself but if they ever run out of subjects to comment on then they should look over the pond at these species. I mean it, in the nicest possible way but some of the women look positively out of this world. I'm not sure if its the tango skin, or badly done hair extensions or a combination of too much flesh bared in the out doors in Spring??? But you can see goose bumps on those legs and its not yet summer... Go figure - at least all the ladies look like they are having an ace time. The shot with the Smirnoff bottle and heels is tres classy (Telegraph) :-D

J'Adore Dior Vintage

Three Christian Dior Couture daywear ensembles; a cream & caramel two tone ensemble including printed cotton & linen jacket with a caramel silk full length dress with cross over short sleeved shirt style top & buttons down skirt, co-ordinating silk waist sash, labelled, together with a salmon pink heavy woven silk ensemble including a short sleeved knee length dress with front button detail & a co-ordinating long length single breasted jacket, labelled, a soft pink ensemble including a silk full length waisted shift dress with button fastening up back, with a short suede jacket & belt, a further suede belt & three tone pink chiffon silk scarf, (9). 

That was the description that caught my eye when scanning the net for up and coming vintage clothing. On closer inspection via D on the mobile who was checking out something else at the auction house. I ascertained these were designed circa late 1989-early 90's by Gianfranco Ferre. D is well used to having to be patient on the phone going through all the hemlines, checking under the arm holes for any stains, looking for rips, tears etc. Getting looks from other people wondering why he of all people is rooting around ladies wear! It probably takes a lot of courage to buy so many items unseen but I guess its no different from getting something off ebay. I met Ferre many years ago when I was a Fashion student - I was in Paris for the Shows but we couldn't get to see Dior's. My tutor T arranged for us to go see a video presentation at the salon. So off we trotted to Ave Montaigne (the exact same place where Carrie/SJP fell over in in the movie) and got to sit on the little gilt chairs and watched on a big screen the collection. Ferre came to check out who all the chattering English voices were - my tutor T in a mixture of French and Italian explained how honored we all were to be there. He felt it was important that we student learnt; the history, techniques and appreciation of couture so it would never die out. As a designer he was very much against following trends and fashion gimmicks.

I left a bid on for £110 and prayed I would get them. Well I did for a bargaintastic £95 - that's cheaper than anything you could get in Whistles, Reiss, French Connection etc- for real couture - the suede jacket alone is worth ker-ching more! I will be able to get hold of my new loot on Monday and will take some better pictures to share with you. I may have to re-model a few things to fit my figure but all the colours are just perfect for SS10. I sincerely hope the previous owner was not short waisted or had narrow shoulders otherwise these will be going on ebay. 

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Sun out/Legs out

It is a glorious day today - I am wearing my pale blue Marc Jacobs capri trousers and Ghost crepe mocha jacket with a nude coloured vest underneath. I dug out my silver canvas ballet pumps by Toast and its great to ditch the black opaque tights. But it's still April and I have already seen men and women walking about central London in shorts with bare pale pasty legs! I am appalled. Its not the summer yet - why have they got their legs out? Is it just me, but do you find hairy pale legs offensive?

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Monday, 5 April 2010


A film I really want to see - amongst the many others on my list. A stunning looking Tilda Swinton - she is probably one of my all time girl-crush. Swinton has the ability to absorb her characters and she was easily the best thing in the sickly sweet 'The Lion , the Witch and the Wardrobe'. I Am Love is out in cinemas from 9th April in the UK.

Clip Clop shoes

How lovely are these heels by Derek Lam for sale on The Outnet - how lucky am I they are in my size!!!! Having owned tied round the ankle shoes before, I know these will be the surest way of getting a sprained ankle in no time (lousy support my Physio friend tells me). But look how fabulous they are.....Heart/head dilemma again - quick must click add to shopping basket before D sees me.......Oh just re-read the description heel height is 4.5 inches! Darn I cannot walk in anything over 3 inches. Hell I'm going to risk it and will wear them only when I know I will be sitting down (a lot).

Sunday, 4 April 2010

In Bloom

Spring is here and its time to put away all things black, grey and navy and start wearing these gorgeous bloom inspired items instead.
Sleeveless Silk Dress by Erdem
Pansy Skirt by Paul Smith
Silk Scarf by Basso and Brooke
Giuseppe Zanotti Design Sandals
All from Farfetch

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Happy Easter

Yesterday at the start of the Easter weekend, it was cold, wet and we couldn't decide where to go for a family day out. Couldn't face any of the usual places which would be rammed - so D in his wisdom suggested Selfridges! Genius! So after breakfast we bundled Curly Haired Beauty, Thing 1 and Thing 2 into the car and set off to W1. OK so a bit of a bus-man's holiday for me, I have been working in Oxford Street all week...but I would never pass up the opportunity to go shopping. We explained to CHB that we were going to visit the yellow shop (the green Shop is M&S). She got very excited as she loves to shop at the green shop - unknown to me the last month or so D, to give me a break, he takes her to M&S. There he treats her to a chocolate lolly and it also makes her stay put inside the trolley. The roads were not too bad into town and we parked up inside the department store.

Now we always get a bit confused here as the car park floors do not correspond with the actual department store floors. We exited into the Ladies shoe department right by the Loubs and Prada (how very fortunate). The double buggy was able to glide through past the displays and I was thankful Thing 1 kept his hands to himself for once. First stop was the Children's department on the 3rd floor. CHB raced over to check out the Hello Kitty gear - so many handbags, baskets, pencil cases, etc. She kept picking up things to put into her buggy. I kept putting it back onto the shelves. A sympathetic shop assistant told us not to worry - I guess they must get that all the time. We rounded a corner and was greeted by a woman who was doing face painting. A little girl was having Hello Kitty painted on her face. CHB could not believe her luck - she wanted to be Hello Kitty too. There was a short queue of two other little girls, I didn't think CHB would have the patience to wait but actually for the first time ever - no tears, no tantrum but waited quietly and and cooed when the woman tapped a little glitter to add a bit of sparkle to the face. How special is that! The second girl chose to have a rabbit and her sister wanted to be a lion. Both results were pretty good and my goodness that woman was fast!

Now it was CHB turn and she went a little shy when asked what she wanted - I took a video of the make-up/face painting session. She was blown away by the result and and for the rest of the day kept asking for a mirror to check her reflection (so like her mummy).There was an Easter Bunny mooching around - he was a little scary and freaked out the twins - he was a bit on the skinny side and looked like the rabbit in Donnie Darko :-D There was an Easter Egg hunt but that wasn't too hard to do as it involved a woman with a big basket full of chocolate eggs telling kids to help themselves.   An art and craft stall to make your own cards and I think there might have been a balloon person but I was a bit distracted as I had circled back to the Hello Kitty stand to see what I could get for myself. All in all the activities held in the Children's wear department was a success for CHB - she was beaming and very happy. It reminded me of how I loved days out with my own dad as a kid. He used to take me and my sister to Harrods, rather than to the park. We loved going there, to look at stuff, try out the food samples etc. We never bought anything  but were happy to browse and it kept us highly entertained. So sweet CHB is following in my footsteps a true London kid like me.  I'm setting the bar high for her so I can be blamed if she turns to retail therapy to make herself happy.

We headed to the basement for tea and cakes (OK really its lunchtime but it was an Easter treat). We fed the twins their HIPP organics, no heating the jars for them - this lazy mummy has taught them to eat it at room temp. CHB went a bit loopy with her red lemonade and ate all the jam from my scones. We got a lot of sympathetic looks from the other shopper as we fed all three. It was the first time we had really gone out as a unit of five for a whole day. Most times my mum is on hand to help feed, change a nappy, bounce a baby, hold one while you dealt with the other. Several trip to the loos in-between eating for CHB to check on her face and a quick stop at the food hall for cheese. Phew it was a crammed day.