Monday, 28 February 2011

Things to do if I had 45 minutes - child free time

My task for next week before I head to Charles Worthington for my bi-monthly cut and finish.

Anyone out there want to take the 3 tots off my hands so I can do this in peace? I really need to focus on the job as I want to avoid a Steven Seagal hairline effect...

Nothing worse when the colour stains your scalp or blobs leave a greyish tint to your skin! I have dark towels at the ready and learnt my lesson from last time not to wear brand new Sass & Bide jeans and kneel into the dye.

I know I should probably get my colour done in a salon but they colourist always suggests to add more colour to lift the black and lighten the effect of having such dark hair; I like my black hair, I don't want crazy colour - I just want the white strands gone. Past suggestions have been blue, purple, copper and red. Fine if you have the time to maintain it but but not this Mrs.

Photo of Nicki Minaj from here

I know lightening hair is suppose to make you appear more youthful. Its worked for these lovely ladies - but I could never go blonde as it would look so wrong and my hair will never recover and neither will my wallet ££££

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Fantasy Shoes

I spent most of the week breaking in my new Thea shoes - walking in the high heels has taken a lot of practice and I am painfully aware how silly my walk is! I got a lot of lovely compliments from work colleagues but had to spend most of the day sat down. My calf muscles have been given a major work out and my in-step is sore...we have to suffer don't we ladies? Maybe I should have gotten something in a lower heel like these beauties by Kron Kron? What I love about them is the use of different leathers, colours and textures. Similar idea to my Georgina Goodman pair.

Friday, 25 February 2011


I first heard it on Twitter this morning and its been covered in the News today. John Galliano has been suspended from Christian Dior. Will he be allowed back to work in time to present his couture show in Milan next week....
  Photo sourced from here here

Monday, 21 February 2011

I love Mondays

Coughs, cold and croup have blighted my abode so no participating in London Fashion Week (not that I got any tickets!) but I haven't been able to watch any of the live streaming of shows or catch up with the catwalk reviews. Except for the odd Tweet here and there - all I picked up from them is neutral grey pallets, earth tones and textured layers are what's hot for next A/W11.

So it was with great anticipation D and I got a day out to celebrate our belated 9th Wedding anniversary today. Curly haired beauty was dropped at her cousins for a play date, my mum had the twins and I had a frantic session with the iron to make D look presentable. I never normally iron any of his clothes and we had our yearly shoe debate 'never wear Brown in town?'- he only owns one pair of smart shoes - brown leather brogues and lives in his daily uniform of jeans and trousers (same as what he wore as a student). He wore his blush pink dress shirt with fold back cuffs and chunky silver cuff links, grey fine wool tank top (or slip however you want to call it), navy trousers and the brown shoes ; one day I shall make him buy a smart black leather pair!

I thought it was going to rain today and decided with a little regret not to wear my Ghost wedding dress (my ritual was to wear it on every anniversary - which I have done for the last previous 8 years - so I did well cost per wear here)  as I didn't want the hem to trail in a dirty puddle. So I wore my royal blue silk Reiss blouse, BCBG black pencil skirt, ankle boots and Barbour Minx coat and my obligatory grey trilby which has become my winter staple.

Lunch was a Murano's in Mayfair and with a a little craftiness on my part we arrived early and had some time to kill; so it was a little walk to Shepherds Market and what did we stumble on but the first day of Georgina Goodman's shoe sample sale.....dear readers I married a great man - D sat down and made himself comfortable while I spent a good 45 minutes rooting around and trying on lots of shoes and boots. I was gutted I wasn't two inches taller for the knee high boots in crackle patent leather. There were some very eye catching skyscraper heels but I simply could not walk in them. I really wanted the mannish cuban heeled shoes in a grey iridescent multicoloured leather but the 38 was to big and there was no half size smaller. That's the pitfall of such sales, not having the sizes you want in the styles you need, love, have to have. The staff could not have been any nicer or more helpful. D found it very amusing watching the woman sat next to him 'guarding' her shoe selections. I wondered about in my tights trying this one and that one and finally found a beautiful pair called Thea, a black patent, grey suede strappy sandal for £70. Marked down from £234 - that's an amazing bargain and I kept raving to D how well made it was and so much nicer than anything you could find in Office, Kurt Geiger, Dune. I could have been speaking double Dutch reeling off high street store names but he got the fact it was a total steal and had to be purchased!
They look much better on than in the photo and the grey is much paler so colours will go really well for Spring and I just can see myself wearing them with floral tea dresses,  rolled up chinos and a multitude of other things. 

After that buzz of retail excitement, an appetite was worked up and we headed to Murano and had a splendid lunch. Now D and I love to eat but we get really rubbish at trying to remember what we ordered, scoff it quickly and then try and work out what it was we ate. Our palates are not as sophisticated as we would like it to be; trying to decipher the flavours and ingredients used. So its with extreme effort I retained the info for your reading pleasure. To start I had the white onion risotto with parmigiano cheese and truffle vinegrette, Cornish pollock with red pepper stew tapenade emulsion  and the dessert was a Pistachio soufflé, warm chocolate sauce and two chocolate macaroons - I loved the theatrics of the cross made on top and the sauce poured into the souffle. Actually this was D's dessert but I swapped him my White chocolate and olive oil cremeux blood orange jelly. He was kind enough to comply as he knows I love big showy sweet desserts. D had the Sweetbread with caramelised cauliflower purée sauteed cauliflower florets smoked maple dressing, smoked florets for starters  and for his main the Seabass madeira glazed chicken wings pomme Anna and chestnut veloute. OK these dishes sound really elaborate but they were simply presented and the ingredients worked well. Now in-between there were a couple of amusee bouches - cheesy round rice balls thingys and something else (see I told you we don't pay much attention)  some lovely Italian breads with a fruity olive oil, a little wooden board with some sliced cured meats. Just before the dessert came a palate cleanser of tiny assortments of sorbets and ice cream in amazing intense fruity flavours. Stand out ones were the apple and cassis (I forgot what the rest were). 
This dessert photo is from the website;  my photo that I took was after I had polished it off *fails* so not as impressive looking. 

*OVER SHARE ALERT* a little tip here in case you need to visit the ladies at Murano. The loos have one of those automatic flushing devices. I went in to wash my hands and reapply my lippy and it went off 5 times! On my second visit when I actually had to spend a penny I heard the tell tale noise start and I had to really jump up quick! 

After our meal we ambled over to Old Bond Street and let the cold air help invigorate us. I steered us into the Louis Vuitton store, and did a little light browsing in the book section (via the bags, belts, sunglasses, clothes, shoes section - hee hee!). There was a really sweet book illustrated by Takashi Murakami, the Japanese Superflat artist who collaborated with LV on the multicoloure prints . Perfect for Curly Haired Beauty as the story was about a sweet little creature who wanted to be different.

Then we crossed the road to check out David Mach  giant gorilla made of coat hangers at the Opera Gallery
This was most impressive, first as a sculpture but the fact it was made out of coat hangers was mind boggling. If I had the funds/space/and no kids I would have snapped it up. But I live in a 3 bed semi, have not much money and oh yeah I can just see the kids trying to clamber all over it and poking their eyes out too....

Then we crossed back over the road so I could check out the latest bags at Mulberry and lovingly stroked the electric blue soft leather bags. Such a good colour for SS11 but I walked away empty handed. BTW in each store D found a comfy seat and chilled out - what a guy to understand my shopping needs, I married a keeper!

Then a short cut through South Molton Street, stopping off to look at a few men's shoe stores (to look at Redwing boots for D) before hitting Selfridges. His mecca and well mine too :-) I won't bore you with all the details of what we saw/did but we finished the day with the most amazing tasting macarons by Pierre Hermes

All in all it was lovely to spend time with my other half, just us, no kids, no rush to get back for the dinner, bath and bed routine. Happy Anniversary D Love you this much <--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------> and more xxx Mwah twosp xxx


Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentines Day

Happy VD day *snigger* excuse my childish humour! Saw a tweet with that message this morning which made me smile.....

Today I dropped by the Hummingbird Bakery to pick up some tasty treats for the brood at home (apart from Toddler Wild Thing  who gets a rice cake)

Mmmmm yum - it was a huge temptation not to open the box and taste a little bit before I got home. Maybe I shall go back tomorrow and see if they have any discounted so I can really stuff my face?????

Friday, 11 February 2011

Bubbles on a budget

I don't normally do a post about supermarkets but with Valentines day coming up, here are some bubbly offers to help celebrate with your loved one or a cheerful treat to chase the winter blues away....

Lanson Rose £17.49, was £34.99
Piper Heidsieck Roase Sauvage£19.99, was £29.99
Moet and Chandon Non Vintage Rose £29.99, was £37.99 - all from Tescos

NB This was not a sponsored post

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Sweet idea

I'm heading for nearly 9 years of marriage soon and that means celebrating with Pottery/ceramic or whatever google tells you! The modern equivalent is leather but I think I am pushing it again if I ask for another Mulberry handbag...used that idea several times already!  Here is a sweet idea from TG Green traditional cornish wear. Personalise one of their items.

A great gift for your Valentine.

Friday, 4 February 2011

I don't believe it - Sample Sales

Courtesy of Daily Candy

I am going to head to the Merchante sale as I adore their shoes. but I am kicking myself for not being a size 37 or 40 for Georgina Goodman....oh well I can always cut my toes off! Who needs them *oh yeah balance*February 2011 Sample Sales
rebecca taylor hat!
The long good buy.
What: KJ’s Laundry
Why: Up to 70 per cent off designers including Rebecca Taylor, American Retro, Vanessa Bruno and more.
When: Today & Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 74 Marylebone Ln., W1U 2PW (020 7486 7855). Map It
What: Meli Melo
Why: Handbags and accessories from £45.
When: 7 Feb. Mon., 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 1 Ensor Mews, SW7 3BT (020 7835 1363). Map It
What: Rigby & Peller
Why: Up to 85 per cent off luxury lingerie and swimwear.
When: 16 & 17 Feb. Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA. Map It
What: Georgina Goodman
Why: Up to 80 per cent off footwear (sizes 37 and 40).
When: 21-26 Feb. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 12-14 Shepherd St., W1J 7JF (020 7499 8599). Map It
What: Coco de Mer
Why: Up to 90 per cent off luxury lingerie and accessories from the in-house label, Stella McCartney, Bordelle and more.
When: 24-26 Feb. Thurs., 1-7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 108 Draycott Ave., SW3 3AE (020 7584 7615). Map It
What: Libélula
Why: Up to 80 per cent off silk dresses, cotton dresses and knitwear.
When: 26-28 Feb. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mon., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Hotel Verta, Bridges Wharf, SW11 3RP (020 7801 3500). Map It
What: Méchante of London
Why: Up to 70 per cent off shoes.
When: 27 & 28 Feb. Sun. & Mon., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 24 Mount Row, W1K 3SG. Map It
What: J&M Davidson
Why: Clothing and accessories from £30.
When: 28 Feb & 1 Mar. Mon., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tues., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA (020 7229 4179). Map It
Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for IMG

Thursday, 3 February 2011

What's up Doc?

Happy Chinese New Year - Health Wealth and Happiness to you all. Its the year of the Rabbit - I have no idea what that means. But doesn't this creature look cute!

I shall be celebrating by wearing these ears to glam up my look this weekend for my family celebrations.

Image 1 of ASOS Premium Lame Bunny Ears Headband