Friday, 30 December 2011

Sparkle in Sequins

New Years Eve just around the corner and if you haven't already thought about what to wear when the bells chime midnight, here are some ideas....go for Gold and make it covered in Sequins darlings!

Sequin Wrap Dress by Rare at Top Shop now on sale for £40

Sequin Maxi Dress by River Island at ASOS £57

Sequin round neck tunic dress By Malene Birger at My Teresa £445 or you can rent it from £59 from Girl Meets Dress

I'm braving the Kings Road tomorrow with Curly Haired Beauty, not for sale shopping mind you but an educational excursion to the Mary Quant store. Her school is celebrating its 80 year anniversary and each child is dressing up in a nominated decade and making a donation to the school. Her decade is the 60's; so tonight I gave her a crash course in 60's Fashion history (attributed to inventing the mini skirt and coloured/patterned tights) and she was most receptive looking at the 'Stylish Ladies' and the youthquake fashion that Mary Quant is so famous for (thank you Google Image ). I know the brand name is no longer run under Mary and is owned by a Japanese company but we're going to try and buy a Daisy logo necklace or hairslides for that 'authentic' look and a chance for me to maybe sneak in a little make-up shopping.....
Images from here here
I used to love the tiny colour store near Brompton Cross. I have very fond memories purchasing bright nail varnish in amazing rainbow colours contained in highly tactile round bottles. This was before the day's of Hard Candy (remember them - Tippex like pastels?), Urban Decay, Nails Inc. 

Happy New Year dear readers and I wish you all good health, wealth and happiness for 2012.
twosp xxxx

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Burp - Excuse me

What can I say I have eaten too much and drunk too much this festive season. Its all been very nice and indulgent and I have learnt to use up all the leftover meats creatively and cracked the secret 'Northern' meat and potato pie recipe; which has made D very happy.

Oop North where he comes from, they have pie shops like how we have sandwich shops down here in London....butter pie (?), meat pie, meat and potato pie!
Credit of photo from here

I didn't get a chance to photograph my own efforts they got inhaled too quickly

I have been reduced to wearing my Juicy Couture tracksuit to accomodate my expanded waistline. I knew that outfit would come in handy for slob days. Navy stretchy velour rules! Got no one to impress now the big day has been and gone...and New Years Eve is going to be a quiet affair here. So I have no daft too tight dresses to wiggle into or scary Spanx pant loo horrors. 

Although I do fancy the idea of a silky jumpsuit for a touch of Luxe casualness - boderline Pajama territory or maybe a knitted onesie? 

Pink washed silk jumpsuit by Alice by Temperley - dress this up with a black cropped tux style jacket perfect outfit to wear for cocktails

Metallic knitted jumpsuit by M Missoni  - layer over a chunky knitted cardigan for winter warmth

All from The Outnet - style tip, go up one size to avoid the dreaded camel hoof.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Seasons Greetings

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas, a big thank you for stopping by and for the lovely comments.

Credit for photo from here

Well you didn't think my home actually looked like this, did you?

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

I know what I'm getting for Christmas

I am beyond excited...I'm getting this beautiful cocktail ring from D for Christmas

It's by Alexander McQueen covered in amber coloured swarovski crystals with bee detail....it has a lovely heavy weight when worn and is so tactile. D made a special trip to Selfridges to buy it on the last shopping weekend before Christmas - give the man a medal for battling through the hoards of crowds. 


Monday, 19 December 2011

Office Party

The other week I happily snapped up a beautiful navy silk Lila Dress in the Rose Noir print by Erdem at their sample sale. It was such a steal at £150, the fit amazing, giving me a really nipped in waist and I thought it would be ideal to wear to the office Christmas party. But it would still get lots of wear for day occasions, drinks, dinners, a very versatile dress and so pretty.

Erdem dress

Erdem dress   (see more erdem dresses)

Credit of photo from here

I had wanted to wear pointy stiletto heels but the approaching weather on the day started to turn bad and we experienced snow flurries in W1 which put paid to that idea. So I made a quick dash to TKMaxx and got my self some sweet glittery ballet pumps for £14.99. I may as well channel the 50's vibe and be Betty from Mad Men (OK I'm not a blonde but you know what I mean). I could have shopped from my wardrobe but I wanted a new head to toe outfit. This was going to be the last occasion I would see everyone (impeding redundancy - boo-hiss)

I made a sneaky trip to Hershesons Blow Dry Bar in the basement of Top Shop Oxford Circus; as I knew I wouldn't get a chance to wash and style my own hair prior to the party. I have to say it was the best £24 I ever spent getting my hair done. George the stylist was super quick and gave me a cross between Big and Bouncy, with the Marcel wave (click on the link above to see the look book). He used tongs to give me tight curls to the ends of my hair but as my hair is super straight it softened up into a looser wave when teased out. A lot of hairspray spritzing and I was done and back at my desk!

[I still have to post about my 2 weeks hair nightmare when my blue dip dye job went really WRONG. But its getting resolved in a few weeks or so.....]

So I head home and do the usual mummy thing of feeding, bathing and getting the 3 kids into bed. In-between putting on my make-up and spanx pants. Ladies whatever you do - don't do what I did and eat the kids leftovers before trying to get into a tight dress. Spagetti, meatballs, roast potatoes are not your friend and my waistline expanded an extra few inches. Which caused a sweaty panicky 'trying to get the zip up my dress' maneouver. I mean I only bought the sodding dress a week ago and the size 8 fitted like a glove...now I couldn't breath but us women have to suffer to look good.

Bus, Train and I my feet are freezing in the glittery ballet pumps. But at least I had my big fur coat which did the trick keeping the bitter cold wind off me. I decided keeping warm was more important if snow was going to settle overnight; so chanced my luck wearing my vintage fur coat and deal with the consequences of any animal right campaigners. Luckily for me they didn't seem to be out on Friday night . As I'm waiting for my train back into Central London - my sister rings to tell me the latest - she had a baby last weekend (Baby B, kid number 3) and was back in hospital as Baby B had lost 10% of her birth weight and hadn't poo'ed for 5 days - a big deal for a newborn. She was tired and fed up and naturally worried. I gave some advice after my experience with the twins being in SCBU. Told her to get some rest and things will improve - babies are very resilient.

Now for the party - I arrived at the club at 8.30pm and there was a massive queue for the cloakroom sneaking all the way from the ground floor up to the first floor and another sodding queue for the bar (plus no champagne left). Not a great way to start the party and the food (which had been promised) had already been and gone. So I was kinda thankful I did scoff the roast potatoes from the kiddies plate.

The music was diabolical, Maroon 5, Dolly Parton and Bryan Adams. Seriously I could have given them my own party mix tape and it would have got a lot more people shaking their tails. A very drunk colleague gave me a spin around the dance floor but because he is very tall and I am vertically challenged it didn't really come together and we wouldn't have won any points on Strictly ;-)

There was some entertainment from a gospel choir but the sound system was so poor all I could hear was screeching and I did seriously wonder if it wasn't a group from the Finance department having a laugh around the mic! The only saving grace was the 2 photo booths set up on both levels; so me and a few girls climbed in and did the obligatory silly poses and wore ridiculous glasses/hats/wigs.

Don't I look great? You can't see how amazing my hair is but there was a wind machine inside - such fun. We didn't know who that guy was that decided to join us in the booth, found out today he was an accountant from the second floor...Now I know I am a lightweight since having 3 kids but I was ready by 10pm to head home. The party really didn't have the right atmosphere, the music was crap and I really didn't want to keep fighting my way to the free bar for drinks. Also I wanted to get home to hubby, for him to warm my feet up and get out of the ridiculously tight dress. I couldn't sit down for fear of passing out!

Post-script; Baby B did poo after 7 days no poo and has gained more weight and was discharged from hospital. All is well with them.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Silly Festive Season

Nestled in the corner of our living room is our Christmas tree...yes its pink purchased from Tesco's..not my choice but actually's D....why? He thought it would show off the vintage German glass toadstool decorations he recently bought at an antique fair in Holland. Go figure his wisdom but Curly Haired Beauty is very happy with the choice - pink is her most favorite colour. The LED rope lights are from Habitat,10 years old and still working the ultimate in recycling/vintage. I've heard the twins try and explain to their childminder about the new addition to our home, 'Daddy's Chrissy tee iz pink'.

We're all gearing up for the festivities ahead, kids presents have all been purchased a month ago *smug smile* and wrapped. Cards have been sent out making the international posting dates. This year it will be bliss to wake up in my own bed on Christmas morning; get the kids up, open the presents together before heading to my parents for the main meal. I don't have to cook- yippeee but I may have to do a bit of washing up (but I know my mum always wash up as she goes along, so there won't be much to do). We'll be able to snooze off the meal in front of the telly whilst the kids entertain their grandparent. Before bundling everyone back into the car and head home. So its going to feel like a proper rest for me. *Sigh* I cannot wait.

Happy Christmas and hope yours will be filled with fun and laughter with loved ones.
twosp xxxx

Friday, 9 December 2011

Super sample sales for December

For last minute gifting for yourself (v important) or for friends and loved ones.

I can vouch at the last Erdem, beautiful printed silk scarves on sale for £50....I also purchased a lovely silk navy pelham top and a camel cashmere bell shaped sculpted skirt. Both were also £50 each so true bargains are out there.

What: Nicholas Kirkwood
Why: Shoes from £25.
When: Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB. Map It
What: Bodyamr
Why: Up to 75 per cent off ready-to-wear and jersey pieces.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 7 Coptic St., WC1A 1NH (020 7691 2085). Map It
What: Erdem
Why: Discounted ready-to-wear and accessories.
When: Thurs., 1-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Future Gallery, 5 Great Newport St., WC2H 7HY. Map It
What: Claret Showroom
Why: House of Harlow, Winter Kate and Madeleine Thompson cashmere from £40.
When: 12-14 Dec. Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 73 Uverdale Rd., SW10 0SW. Map It
What: Me & Em
Why: Loungewear, cashmere, dresses, jeans and tops from £20.
When: 14 & 15 Dec. Wed., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 21 Connaught St., W2 2AY (08456 800975). Map It
What: Orla Kiely
Why: Discounted ready-to-wear, accessories, and bags.
When: 14-17 Dec. Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA. Map It
What: Greene & Sheppard
Why: Clothing by Pink Label, Finders Keepers, Cameo and more from £5.
When: 15 Dec. Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 66 Charlotte St., 1st flr., W1T 4QE. Cash only. Map It
What: KJ’s Laundry
Why: Up to 70 per cent off clothing and accessories by designers including Cacharel, Rebecca Taylor and Anne Valérie Hash.
When: 16-19 Dec. Fri., Sat. & Mon., 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: Sam Ubhi
Why: Up to 80 per cent off jewellery and bags.
When: Today, 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 12 Glenburnie Rd., SW17 7PJ (020 8767 5533). Map It

What: Mother of Pearl
Why: Up to 70 per cent off clothing.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 33 Fashion St., E1 6PX. Map It

What: Temperley
Why: Discounted ready-to-wear and accessories.
When: 5 & 6 Dec. Mon., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tues., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA (020 7229 4179). Map It

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