Saturday, 30 October 2010

More tempting sales for November

Courtesy of Daily Candy
The timing couldn't be more wonderful - if you need to look for a party outfit for the Christmas and New Year festivities - or just need to re-fresh your wardrobe and inject a bit of Omph then the following fashion sales are happening in London town.

november 2010 sample sales london!
Wrapped up for you.
What: Paul Frank
Why: Clothing, accessories and sleepwear for men, women and children from £8.
When: 1-5 Nov. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 19 Catherine Pl., 2nd flr., SW1E 6DX (020 7931 9274). Map It

What: Chiltern Street Studio
Why: Up to 80 per cent off brands such as Paige Denim, Bloch, Michael Stars, Local, Old Molly and more.
When: 3 & 4 Nov. Wed., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 78a Chiltern St., W1U 5AB (020 7486 4800). Map It

What: Aimé
Why: Up to 70 per cent off French labels, including A.P.C., Isabel Marant, Repetto and Antik Batik.
When: 3-5 Nov. Wed., 5-8 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
When: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA. Map It

What: Pringle of Scotland
Why: Up to 80 per cent off ready-to-wear and accessories from current and past seasons.
When: 3-5 Nov. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: The Courtyard, 255a Pavilion Rd., SW1X 0BP. Map It

What: Reiss
Why: Clothing and accessories for men and women from £10.
When: 3-6 Nov. Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB. Map It

What: Les Néréides
Why: Up to 80 per cent off costume jewellery from past seasons.
When: 3-7 Nov. Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 73-75 Monmouth St., WC2H 9DG (020 7836 7940). Map It

What: Finsk and Charlott Vasberg
Why: Up to 70 per cent off shoes and handbags.
When: 4-6 Nov. Wed. & Thurs., 4-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Universal House, 251 Tottenham Court Rd., W1T 7AB (07894 904315). Map It

What: The London Accessory Sale and Secret Sample Sale
Why: Up to 80 per cent off designer clothing and accessories, including Miu Miu and YSL shoes and Jimmy Choo bags.
When: 4-7 Nov. 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 (07900 432661). Map It

What: Ally CapellinoTracey Neuls and Jo Gordon
Why: Knitwear, shoes, bags and accessories for men, women and children from £5.
When: 10 Nov. Wed., noon-7 p.m.
Where: Ally Capellino studio, 5 Calvert Ave., E2 7JP (020 7613 3073). Map It

What: Goat
Why: Knits, coats, trousers, dresses and jackets from £40.
When: 11 & 12 Nov. Thurs., noon-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 76 Gloucester Pl., basement flat, W1U 6HJ (020 7487 3401). Map It

Photo: Samir Hussein / Getty Images

Friday, 29 October 2010

Inside and Out

A big plug for Super talented sisters Zoe and Lucy Hawkins (Personal Stylist and Make-up Artist) along with No1 Life Coach for the Media and Entertainment industry, Lyn Burgess, they have created a unique and exciting workshop combining all three areas of their expertise. 

The workshop will provide advice on building confidence and realising your full potential; understanding the best way to dress for your body shape and how to make the latest fashion trends work for you; as well as make-up tricks of the trade and full application, to help you look your absolute best at all times!

The first of these unique lifestylemakeup courses is being held on Saturday 20th November in London spaces are limited to 4 people so you will get a massive amount of attention and tuition. 

For more information, please email them: info@lifestylemakeup.co.uk

* Early bird price £99 until 31st October or £150 for the whole day, workshop packs, refreshments through the day and lunch will be included. 

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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Shop Guilt Free

Courtesy of Daily Candy, some lovely shopping opportunities coming up for Friday and Saturday if you are in London town.

Too Many Clothes for Too Many Women
A shopping editor uses fifteen years of industry contacts to flog discounted stock from Austique, Donna Ida, Kat Maconie,Wilbur & Gussie and more.
Why: A portion of proceeds will be donated to Breakthough Breast Cancer.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Preview at 10 a.m. for £10 ticket holders.)
Where: Plough Studios, 9 Park Hill, SW4 9NS. Map It

D&G Sample Sale
 Up to 70 per cent off ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women.
Why: Just in time for party season.
When: Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5LF. Cash only. Map It

PS Thank you everyone for you Birthday wishes - so far 39 hasn't been as hideous as I thought it would be.  Although maybe when I hit 50 and find myself not looking a bit like this  Madonna bird then I may freak out some... when she turns 63 and I am 50 and somehow she looks younger than me then I must get the number of her surgeon, photoshopper etc. !!!! Meow

Monday, 25 October 2010

Happy Birthday to me

Well this morning I didn't wake up crying  as I turned 39, I was quite cheerful and in a lovely mood - it helped all three tots let me have a lie in to almost 8am! Wow that was a real treat I can't remember when I last got to do that. I also got a cuppa brought up, not quite in bed but was greeted with it on the landing by D. Curly haired beauty took herself off to get breakfast (no screeching or pleading for my attention which she normally does). Toddler Wild Thing (former Thing 1) and Thing 2 looking less crusty snot nosed - colds/cough getting better. Ah don't they look cute stood up in their cots waiting patiently for me and they didn't struggle too much after a nappy change and drank all their milk (as opposed to playing spitting it out over mummy game). A quick mirror check showed no more wrinkles have appeared over night and I still looked how I did at 38 - which was reassuring.....loving Elemis Bliss Capsules to give my skin its glow again - no flaky chapiness for me in this extra cold weather we have been having. I received 4 cards one each from the tots and D and got a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday (almost in tune) over breakfast.

Then it was off out with Curly Haired beauty to meet MiL in central London as she offered to take her for a few days during half term break. It was such a lovely bright sunny day but we had to wrap up warm, so trusty Ugg were worn again. Met MiL at station, Curly Haired Beauty was handed over, no teary goodbyes; just an excited grandchild who was looking forward to a sleepover and lots of  forbidden TV and a train ride Oop North. Then I was free to have Me time - yippeee. Where the hell should I go???

Mmmm since The Savoy re-opened a few weeks back I have been dying to have a gander so why not, it is my birthday after all. D met me outside and we headed inside for the American Bar for a cocktail - oh yes a liquid lunch was on the cards.....All very nice interiors, white grande piano, check, Noel Coward sound track, check, Terry O'Neil black and white portraits lined the walls and the most delicious White Lady cocktail - yum yum. Whoa that did go to my head quickly and no amount of nibbles was going to help tone down that effect as we made our way unsteadily for a more substantial meal downstairs.

Only to be told the restaurant was fully booked until Christmas - oh well we tried to be spontaneous and I didn't have the balls to pretend I was a hotel guest so we headed out back into the cold air and wondered down The Strand. I saw a man walking his pet ferret on a leash....yes that's for real - I tweeted it. It was not the cocktail giving me beer goggles. We ended up at Wahaca in Covent Garden and loaded up on great Mexican street food. Not as refined as the meal we should have had. But it hit the spot and sobered me up. So all in all an excellent day was had - I got to spend some time with D - we were like any regular couple sans enfant and it was great fun :-)

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Busy bee me

Its been a busy old week for me, an evening drinks event on Tuesday with lots of merriment had by all. The staff at the Eagle Bar Diner couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating keeping everyone well oiled with beer's (for the men), fluffy Bellini's/Kir Royals/Mango jumbos (for the ladies) and substantial bar snacks. I decadently ordered a bottle of champagne (on the company credit card) to toast a newly wed - since the summer we have had a wedding, two engagements, two birth, a death and two major operations - The office life is a bit of a soap opera!  The evening ended with a comedy balloon cocktail. It was so massive it came in what looked like a fishbowl and 8 straws. It was hard work but my goodness it got drunk (not all by me I hasten to add). 

That night after I got home, I spent it lying on the floor in-between the twins cots trying to settle them, as they were both under the weather. Toddler Wild thing (former Thing 1) has a cough which kept waking him up causing him to cry out. His crying out was waking up Thing 2 , who was very grumpy and tired. I spent the hours from Midnight to 7am shushing, wiping noses, patting bum's with an arm shoved in-between the cot rails. Oh yes imagine how comfortable that was......it helped I was slightly drunk to cope with the discomfort and the booze kept me warm. Big tip for parents of young twins - never pick them up at night - you can comfort them in other ways but its a mistake to try and give one a cuddle as the other one will inevitably want the same treatment and believe me you don't want to go there trying to pick up two tots at once. I am immune to their cries and let them whine a bit before they tire out and go back to sleep.

Next day I was pretty tired and sore but managed to get to work on time (I love my 11am start time). Everyone who had partied were either in  late or had very croaky voices. One person went missing in action and his PA had to cancel all his appointments. My head felt a little cotton woolly and I was so pleased with my Outlook diary reminder popped up to tell me I had a hair cut appointment. So it was off out in the fresh air and a nice bit of pamper time at  Charles Worthington . When I arrived I must have hit the ladies who lunch slot, as it was full of mature women tucking into champagne having their hair done. Y came to greet me and we caught up with each other's toddler stories (her son is a few months younger than mine) she has cut my hair last two times and I really like the fact she never pushes me to have crazy hair colour and finds it acceptable to have a few white hairs . Most hair stylist thinks its unacceptable to have them and would rather you spend a small fortune and the rigorous maintenance that goes with it.  Quite frankly right now with the 3 tots I couldn't afford the time to spend it in a salon getting my roots touched up. It's a miracle I have been able to get out every 7 weeks to get my hair cut and retain some sense of order in my life.

With my barnet restored to its swinging shiny glory I was back in the office in under an hour and felt much refreshed. Later that day I was suppose to go collect my VIP ticket at Selfridges to enter the Jimmy Choo/Uggs pop up store. But my heart wasn't in it to go check out this collaboration. As I mentioned in a previous post - I just think its gliding the Lilly, all the extra studs and bling just seems so over blown. Plus I was shattered and wanted to hit my head on the pillow and pass out. Thankfully that night the tots only woke up once around 5am and I left them to cry it out a bit before they went back to sleep. I'm not a bad mum for ignoring my babes but I am very much a firm believer; babies can be taught to settle themselves plus the twins do have each other for company so are not completely alone in their room.

Tonight I am suppose to be on a girls night out to celebrate a 40th birthday but me being such a lightweight, twins still not 100% and a school night for Curly Hiared Beauty, I have given it a pass - so night night all. xxx

Friday, 15 October 2010

Beauty rant

I am on the hunt for a new day moisturiser since the seasons have changed and my skin is getting a little thirstier now the central heating is on and the mornings waiting for a train are colder. I headed to Space NK   in Covent Garden where it has always been my go to place for top range skincare products and make-up under one roof and its on my way to the office. I wanted to try something new as I am such a sucker for the latest beauty lotions and potions.
It was still early, there were no other customers inside and I thought this would be a great time to get some undivided attention from the staff. I initially browsed the selection products behind the till before making eye contact with the shop assistant (male). He stopped the dusting he was doing and asked if I needed any help?
I gave him a precise list of what I was looking - a day moisturiser with a good SPF and anti-ageing properties suitable for combination skin. I get a shiny nose and have started to get expression lines on my forehead. Well he did ask how he could help and I wanted to be clear of my skin concerns and get the right product for me.

He took down a jar of Chantecaille but the jar was empty so he brought down another product called ReVive oil free lotion. I tried a small dot on the back of my hand but found the texture too greasy and took a long time to sink in. When I pointed this out to him - he tried a bit on his hand but protested that the product had sunk into his skin and did not leave a film on his hand. Mmmmm my skin is obviously different to yours but I'm not buying it for you, I'm buying it for me!

Another shop assistant came over (presumably the manager) and asked how she could help. I gave her the details of what I wanted and she came back with some products from the sun care range Adaptasun. A product which acted as a sun block but had anti-ageing ingredients in it. I asked how it worked and she said that it worked on the skin layers that stopped the skin from tanning and ageing. I asked if there were any physical barriers like titanium dioxide and she said no there wasn't any, it worked in a different way (she lost me on the science bit). So I pick up the box and start reading through the ingredients to see if there were any natural ingredients and what the anti-ageing ingredients were. And lo and behold there was titanium dioxide.... OK I point this out to her and she has a look to see and says it wasn't mentioned in the training she had. Of all the stupidest replies to give here. I had always thought the staff at Space NK were knowledgeable but these two were a bit clueless. I tell her I am not really looking for a sun block but a day moisturiser, she replies that if I used this product I can add a serum to help plump up the skin. Ah that's right just push some more products I don't need to buy thank you very much. I patiently explain that products with titanium dioxide leaves me with an ashy like pallor hence my reservation for this sun block suggestion.
At this point the other (male) assistant gets back into the conversation and asks me to try the ReVive cream which might be less greasy so I give that a go and it does sink in,has a much lighter texture and leaves no filmy residue. I have a look at the box and it says its suitable for normal to dry skin, prematurely aged skin and is priced at £120 - kerching ! Really did these guy's hear me at all? So I repeat what I wanted, I have combination skin I don't want a product for dry skin, I don't need the extra moisturisation to leave my face greasy or worse get break-outs. I want to apply a day cream so I can then slap on my make up and dash out to work. They point out the oil free ReVive Lotion should be suitable and is recommended people aged 25 start using it then - I tell them again (starting to get frustrated here) its greasy on my skin.*Really* what 25 year old would have the funds to splash out on a £120 lotion to prevent anti-ageing, they would be spending that money on holidays and sun tanning themselves to death (which is what I did back then).
Then I put in the deal breaker - I am going to be 39 hence the requirement for a moisturiser that has anti-ageing ingredients. they both look at me blankly I am obviously such a difficult case they decide to push some free samples of ReVive and tell me to try them at home and more or less shove me out of the door. Can I say during the whole time no other customer came into the shop - they were not obviously busy but the information and whole manner really was below par what I expect from a high end beauty retailer. Why they couldn't have opened a new jar of Chantecaille sun cream SPF30 for me to try is beyond me. That would have ticked all my skin care requirements.....I had the biggest hump ever when I left
So I am shopping with me feet and heading to a department store on Oxford Street, I may not get impartial advice  and may need to spend a little longer at each beauty counter but at least the staff there will really be informed on their skin care lines. Anyway rant over and will update you on what I get.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


Yesterday evening whilst searching through my stationary drawer for a stamp, I came across my birthday diary and *yikes!* discovered it was my MiL birthday today. Hell I thought it was on the 18th October. I rang D to tell him and by his reaction he knew he was in BIG TROUBLE with his mother. It was already 7.30pm what could we do?  Since we have gotten married I have somehow assumed the birthday reminder and card sender role. Take it from me it just happens - my brother leaves these things for his wife to handle. Men just can't get their heads around remembering dates, just football scores or random facts. D knows we got married on Valentines Day but can't work out the date is also 14th February.
By the time he got home and rang his mum (how tentative was he waiting for the phone to be picked up) only to discover she had gone to bed with a cold and had woken up his dad who had fallen asleep in front of the telly. Hmmmmm - years ago before we got married, we were on a dinner date, his three older sisters took it in turns to ring his mobile and tell him he had forgotten it was their mum's birthday. How cruel is that to wait until the night to mention it, leaving him to grovel with an apologetic call. Not one sister thought it would be 'nice' to call him in the morning so he had a chance to send some flowers.
Anyway at first light I hit the web and arranged with Interflora to send a bunch of Autumn Roses to MiL, I even paid the extra and selected the 3 hour today delivery option. Signed with lots of hugs and kisses from the 3 tots. Hopefully that was enough to stave off a wrath like reaction towards D....Thank you Interflora for hopefully saving a mother/son relationship (this is not a sponsored post).
PS its not like he intentionally forget the woman who gave birth to him, bringer of his life, is important to him, its just not on his radar to remember such things. He had already given her an early present back in the summer; an antique doll (scary looking thing that she loves to collect).
Of course if he forgets my birthday in two weeks, there will be hell to pay......and then some......><

PSS got a text this afternoon - MiL got the flowers and loved them - good stuff means she is still talking to him/us. 

Monday, 11 October 2010


I've got a ticket to next week's Jimmy Choo/Ugg Pop up store which is being held at Selfridges, the occasion is also the launch of the new shoe gallery with a party, DJ and a few shoe loving celebs thrown in. I can't wait to see the gallery but I am slightly less keen on the Jummy Choo/Ugg collaboration. Don't get me wrong I love my Ugg's and wore them to death last winter - they were the only things to keep my toes toasty after that big dump of snow we had. But the designs I have seen leave me a little cold, too much extra bling, too expensive for what they are and dare I say it more uglier?

I'll much rather get a pair of these dark berry Baileys boots.
Ugg dark berry boot
Also as worn by Curly Haired Beauty's doppelganger, on set during filming of Gossip Girl.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Velvet Underground

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments on my previous post and helping me see the light and get my fashion mojo back. Your great tips reminded me of when I was a fashion student and met with Hardy Amies who was giving a lecture at the Museum of London. His memorable quotes were "Silver is for the dining table" in reference to jewelery, nothing less than gold or diamonds were permissible for a Lady to wear- what a snob, god love him ! The other was the perfect hem length should be just below the knee; which was greeted by lots of *nods of agreement* from the more mature audience - I had yet to appreciate how true his words would ring now I am 'ahem' more mature. There was I, 19 and wearing velvet hotpants to college - have just worked out in my head that was 20 bloody years ago! No one should remember what they did 20 years ago!

Right I had better grab that toddler and get working out on the knee lifts - thanks Kate for the workout tip. Better use the lighter weight one, as Toddler Wild thing is HEAVY and may break my ankles.

Now I am over the puking baby stage but still to hit the potty training wee wee everywhere stage, I may get a few of these lovelies to give my home an Autumnal vibe.

Velvet cushions from Hennes £14.99 its enough to break my Cath Kidston habit (florals hide a multitude of stains). Will look mighty fine perched on the tots head for the cruel Christmas photo that I have decided is the new family tradition.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Saggy and baggy part two

I can't afford the knee surgery so yesterday I tried out the new Midi- length skirt, it was a black wool one by Toast worn with a dark grey neat fitting cardigan a la Mad Men. To say I looked and felt frumpy all day was a bit of an understatement. Out of my comfort zone and hating the way the skirt hit right where my calf is at its fattest (thanks Dad for letting me inherit those gams). Maybe I should have worn them with some midi heels rather than flat patent ballet pumps but to top it all I had for some unknown reason managed to put on a pair of maternity tights! Hell I had puddles of wrinkles around my cankles all day!  Nora Batty eat your heart out.

I only realised during a trip to the loo that the tights had a extra stretchy tummy panel - there was me thinking "have I lost weight, why is this so loose on me?" Ladies if you ever want to think yourself thin - put on a pair of maternity tights! They went straight into the bin when I got home. Never again.... I thought I had gotten rid of every bit of maternity wear 17 months ago! 3 tots is more than enough. And why was yesterday so lovely, sunny and warm? - I totally sweltered  and got very hot and bothered.

Today I wore a black Uniqlo skater skirt with the hem length just hitting below my knees. I must have lost my style mojo as I teamed in up with an Urban Outfitter navy and red stripe long sleeve-T, grey lacy tights and black ankle boots. Yes I got dressed in the dark :-(

I haven't a clue how to work the new longer skirt length - things were so much more easier with a mini. Kate at Make Do Style and Julie B at The Sardine Tin I'm going to grin and bear it and let the world see my saggy baggy knees. XXX twosp

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Saggy and baggy

As far as I am aware there is a very expensive  surgery procedure to help saggy baggy knees look young and smooth again ($400K just ask Demi Moore). 

I say this as I am getting super conscious about my ageing knees. With legs encased in back opaque tights its not so noticeable but with the more holey lacy type of tights I have been wearing recently, I can't help thinking am I showing too much? What is the cut off point to stop wearing skirts of a (ahem) shorter length?

Lisa Snowdon is ten months older than me and can rock a mini any day. I'm five days older than Winona Ryder and she is eternally youthful looking (OK covered in a shroud as Spok's mum for Star Trek re-make) 

Sandra Oh and Rachel Weiz have amazing skin and bone structure. 

Of course its easier being a man - David Tennant, Mark Wahlberg (forever Marky Mark to me), Luke Wilson, we were all born in the same year and they look hot.

With another year to go before 40 - do I go get my hair cut short and to quote Boy George have "hair like a dinner lady" (I mean this as no disrespect to catering assistants). What to do? - carry on as I am and be secretly pleased I can still wear things from 15/20 years ago. Do I want to wear clothes older than my marriage/children? I already have the classic trench coat, camel coat, Little Black Dresses, cashmere sweaters, Couture pieces (love you Dior), I just don't want to look, well old....is it a bad thing not wanting to look your age? Or worse (shock horror) mutton dressed as lamb. I guess I have always worn a shorter skirt length as it suits my height and petite frame. My style rule has always been to dress to suit your figure and not follow trends too slavishly. 

Maybe I have been lucky genetically and have never looked my true age - two months ago I was asked for ID in Tesco's as I was trying to buy 2 bottles of wine. The guy on the till said he asks everyone who looks 25 and under. Purlease I should be flattered but give me a break all I had was my clubcard so I showed him the photos of the twins and he let me have the wine! Go figure??!?!?!?

 I'm certainly feeling old now.  My mother had three kids by the time she was 27 and I had three at 37. I feel knackered caring for young children and long for a lie in (me not greedy just to 8.30am will do me please). I hate this teething, sickness season - will it ever end?
In case you wondered - the multitude of eye creams, high SPF face creams and no sunbathing rule since 2001 had really kept my face more or less wrinkle free, my upper arms are toned from lifting babies/toddlers/3 year old. No age spots on my hands and no dreaded turkey neck. Tummy is flat and taut (amazing achievement after having twins - thank you Pilates). Its just my bloody knees that are looking old! Even Madonna has this problem and if you check her out in London town, she has recently been seen wearing below the knee dresses. 
I've already sorted my 'look' for when I hit 50. I am going for a kooky Edna Mode vibe (she was the best character in The Incredible) - head to toe Comme de Garcon and Issy Miyake and have an asymmetrical shiny bobbed hair-do. It's the forties years that I haven't worked out style wise.

Monday, 4 October 2010

A few of my favorite things


The Sound of Music stars to reunite on Oprah for anniversary special
The Sound of Music is 45 years old...and to celebrate the cast are going to reunite on Oprah's Show (29th October). I love this movie, Easter, Christmas, Bank Holidays; just wouldn't be the same if this wasn't screened on the TV. I'll leave you with the lyrics to my favorite song perfect to recite back on those days when you feel life is like a pressure cooker.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

Mmmm feeling inspired to get those curtains down and make some play clothes for the kids?