Saturday, 31 July 2010

Can I tempt you?

Blog Sale on Sunday 1st August from 11am at teawithonesugarsale Lots of true bargains to be had, everything is priced to sell - go on, have a look.  I need the funds to buy some new boots! 

Friday, 30 July 2010

August Sample Sales

Sample Sale StampedeAugust 2010 Sample Sales
london sample sales!
Sales and the city.
What: Peter Jensen
Why: Ready-to-wear (dresses, skirts, tops, knitwear), accessories and fabric from £5.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Elastic Design Studio (buzzer 1), 18-24 Shacklewell Studios, Shacklewell Ln., E8 2EZ. Map It
What: Fashion Sample Sale
Why: Up to 80 per cent off labels such as American Retro, Zoe Tee’s, Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, Tania Plage kaftans, Kat Maconie shoes and more.
When: 4 & 5 Aug. Wed. & Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Intelligent PR, 62 Shaftesbury Ave., 1st flr., W1D 6LT. (Entrance on Wardour St.) Map It
What: Fresh Flames
Why: Printed playsuits (£36), graphic-print skirts (£20) and tops (£16) and body-con dresses (£20) make perfect resortwear.
When: 7 Aug. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: VAAD Art Gallery, 26a S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB. Map It
What: Jumble and Pearls
Why: Vintage goods (lace capes, jewellery, accessories) and designer treasures (Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel) from £5.
When: 7 Aug. Sat., 1-6 p.m.
Where: The Horatia, 89-102 Holloway Rd., N7 8JE (020 7515 3643). Map It
What: Me & Em
Why: Luxe loungewear, clothing and accessories, including T-shirts (£10), pajamas (£15), wraps (£20), dresses (£25) and more.
When: 18-21 Aug. Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: 21 Connaught St., W2 2AY (08456 800975). Map It
What: Fannie SchiavoniBe&D and Jovonna London
What: Structural metal chain jewellery (£55), leather gladiator sandals, studded heels and pumps (£120) and dresses (£50).
When: 19 Aug. Thurs., 5-8 p.m.
Where: Hoopla PR, Archer St. Studios, 10-11 Archer St., studio 18, W1D 7AZ (020 7287 7066). Map It
What: Matthew Williamson
Why: Up to 70 percent off ready-to-wear (embellished evening dresses, tops, trousers, and skirts), beachwear and accessories.
When: 19 & 20 Aug. Thurs., noon-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA. Map It
Photo: Courtesy of Peter Jensen

Thursday, 29 July 2010

On the other side

I'm busy on my other site teawithonesugarsale.blogspot.com posting some items for sale on Sunday. Hopefully there is something for everyone in the Blog Fashion Sale happening this Sunday 1st August from 11am
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I'll leave you thinking this is what I regularly wear at home.....

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Rubber soles

I'm not one of those mum's that likes to wear matching outfits with their daughters. Maybe its a throwback to being a twin and having to wear identical outfits as children. When I hit 11 and I started to rebel against it, but by then we had to wear school uniforms and ended up looking just like everyone else!

Last few years I gave up wearing pink, so Curly Haired Beauty and I would not go down the matchy, matchy route. Now I love pink, I love Hello Kitty and I love all things cute and fluffy! So its no wonder my daughter has followed in my footsteps - just my colour palette is now black, white, navy, grey with the occasional splashy print.

Have a lookey here at these Viv Westwood shoes designed for Melissa in scented rubber, the fuschia heels are on sale in Selfridges, the peach one is from ASOS - ickle itty bitty designer shoes for your kiddies. I don't know whether I should laugh or cry. On moral principles I would never spend that much on children shoes as they will grow out of them in a nano second. They also look a little bit too much like Crocs and I hate crocs. I mentioned before I joined the Facebook group 'I hate Crocs as they are so Ugly'. But they are in scented rubber, they were designed by Dame Viv and I know Curly Haired Beauty would love them!

PS go check out my other blog site teawithonesugarsale where you can get a little look of what I have for sale on Sunday. Mwah x

Saturday, 24 July 2010


I've got my name on the list when the Anya Hindmarch Barbour Minx Coat (on left) when it arrives in-store. But I'm also drawn to the Lavenham coat for a lot of bold brightness come next season.

A cute tartan shorter version is available from ASOS - mmmmm decisions, decisions.

Other stockist include Question Air, APC, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

What coat to get for A/W10??? I need something that is relatively smart to throw on if its a wet and windy day to head to the office and suited to pushing the double buggy about in the local park. I love my Margaret Howell trench coat dearly but on certain blustery, showery days it doesn't seem to keep me dry.

Do I need another coat I hear you ask? I have so many already - but my shopping rule at the start of each season is - new dress, new shoes and new coat plus handbag. It helps freshen up what I already have, makes me think really hard what I REALLY NEED so I can avoid those impulse purchases. Of course as these are MY rules I do bend them a bit - swap out the coat for a jacket - this SS10 was a Reiss white Linen jacket. This AW10 shoes  will be a pair of boots. The dress....well I spotted this in the Question Air sale
Its a Hoss jumpsuit and at a bargain price #58 down from #145

Friday, 23 July 2010

Normal service will resume soon

I've been away off-line peeps enjoying the summer or what's left of it - that dump of rain yesterday??? Hello did the rain clouds not get the message - I went out to work with no coat/jacket and new strappy light coloured suede sandals?!! Anyway I dried out eventually... that's after an early start making paper shoes. Yep much amusement for Curly Haired Beauty - her own little mules decorated with stickers. Her feet are so small you can use toilet rolls, squash in half, cut out a rectangle bit, shape the sole by cutting rounded corner and hey presto you have new shoes. She loves them and can walk up and down the stairs in them. I later hear back from the childminder that toilet rolls should not be used as they pose a possible bio hazard. I ask you! Health and safety gone mad don't you think?

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Who lives in a place like this?

I love the internet - it opens up the world and presents lots of opportunities to be nosey! I came across this at Obeo and I thought NO WAY is this for real? Looks like France but as you will see its somewhere in the USA.

As you approach the drive here is the view - mmm very nice indeed
Oh look no pesky neighbors about to obscure your grand vista 
Interesting planting, nice use of colours and nearly low maintenance - LOL like you would need a team of gardeners to maintain this place
Through the keyhole - OK not a keyhole but you know what I mean, stick with me here....
Ah inside the dome, do you want to see a close up? scroll down
Doves - how cute! 
A bit more of the interior - the covered patio - I hope you can notice just how big this place really is. You won't believe what else it has
How nice it would be to take tea here in the tea room. 
Butlers pantry - why of course you would need a butler to buttle around you here! 
Its not just the Spelling who have a gift wrap room - you too can find one here
and check this out its called the Chanel closet!
of course you will need to have the use of a raquet hall
and a bowling alley - we are in the USA after all
Plus we can't leave out the Ball Room
which comes with its own catering kitchen - how simply marvelous they have thought of everything. Don't you hate it when canapes get cold or the champers is not chilled enough
Ladies powder room - or the bog as we call it here in my neck of the woods
The mens room or the John I suppose
Ahem - shall I mention the Shampoo Room - does that sound ridiculous? 
Or the cinema? check out the ceiling
Not forgetting the Pool House
Oh yeah there is an in-door pool as well.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

In-doors out-doors

My cheap 'every little helps' gazebo is still standing in the garden, despite the rain, wind etc. its has been a great buy as it has provided much needed shade in the garden. Its big enough for the little ones to play under, sand table, mini-trampoline, slide, baby swing and a couple of chairs for the grown-ups. I bought it last summer but failed to put it up (only a tenner I think) but have made good use of it this year. D was worried it would look a bit too cheap and nasty but you know what, I don't care if it does, it does exactly what it says on the tin and lets us enjoy being outside for a bit longer come rain and shine. 
If we owned our own home (we rent) maybe I would consider one of these gazebo's, a touch more sophisticated and perfect for drinking Pimms underneath. While I'm on my flight of fancy maybe a  Duck House too? D met the guy who produces them and bought back a lovely catalog. The guy has never been so busy with all the free advertising he got after the Tory expense scandal .
There is something magical about mini-houses that I adore. The total cuteness, all shrunk down - yesterday we went to check out a local school fair and bought a pink Princess castle doll's house from the second hand toy stall (I probably spent a good hour playing with it when we got it home) - we were on a mission to check out primary schools for the Curly haired beauty to start in Sept 2011. All three possible schools decided to hold their's on the same day. So we randomly picked the one closest to walk too, that would provide the most shade for CHB, Thing 1 and Thing 2 to enjoy. It was held in the sports field and had the usual cakes stores, throw a wet sponge at the teacher, bouncy castle, plant stall, you get the picture. D was taken aback with the 'Dad' uniform of cargo shorts and trainers - they all had grey hair and well looked old...I pointed out that by the time our daughter started school he would be in his 40's and would fit right in. Then I had a flash forward and realised by the time I reach my menopause, Curly haired beauty will be reaching her adolescence....Yikes - we're already clashing now with the constant negotiation of what to wear in the mornings and pure bribery to get out the door to pre-school, work, childminder.  Does it ever let up being a parent?

Friday, 9 July 2010

Birkin mad

My all time fave handbag in its many guises - The Birkin - its so iconic, so sought after and so very expensive. It almost seems like a bargain that they are available at Christies  on 14th July  in South Kensington. OK maybe not really a bargain but in my head the cost savings from buying one of these babies from auction rather than go on the Hermes wait list and expire before one does become available seems pretty reasonable ...my brain function goes into a extreme level when it comes to Birkin bags. I wonder if I can sell the other kidney for it?