Thursday, 30 June 2011

If I was a rich man...da da da da da da da da da

Its Euro Millions Friday drawer tomorrow with an estimated win of 136,000,00 Euros. That's a lot of money and I spent my last bit of spare change (£2) on a lucky dip ticket. Will I be a winner? I shall probably forget to check my numbers and live in ignorance.

But of course if I was lucky enough to be a winner - I could own a lovely little French Chateau style home in Paris - the same one that Audrey Hepburn lived in with her Papa in 'How to Steal a Million'.. One of my all time favorite Audrey movies as it also stars Peter O'Toole - looking so handsome, ever so charming and witty. They really don't make movies like these any more.
Imagine leaving home for work every day from this abode- oh wait I don't need to work, I'm a EuroMillionaire.
Sweeping staircase anyone? Grand hallway perfect to park my bum to rest my weary legs after a hard's day shopping.

Why can't I get my hair to do that?

Isn't this the chicest driving outfit?

These two had so much on-screen chemistry. *Sigh*

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Wedding Invite

Wedding season is in full swing and I have a lovely invite to go to one in late summer. Set in the ruins of Cowdray Ruins the ceremony is being held in the beautiful fragrant walled garden in the style of a Tudor pleasure garden. The bride is going to arrive in a horsedrawn carriage pulled by two grey geldings (apparently mares are too moody!). Its going to be a totally chic celebration with afternoon tea; a proper English cream tea. I cannot wait....Here's hoping the weather stays fine or I will seriously have to pack my hunter wellie boots!

Saturday, 25 June 2011


I should be out, getting drunk (wine tab being picked up by someone else), feasting on a good curry - with fellow bloggers. Instead I am home, cleaning up trails of vomit left by the twins. All week they have been taking turns to throw up. Even Fabreeze is not getting rid of the smell.

Normal blogging service will resume once we get over this stomach bug. NB Weetabix with milk looks the same when it comes back up....

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ladies Day at Ascot

What a deluge today was....I was back in my Barbour Minx coat, trilby hat and Hunter wellie boots. A lot of brave souls still made it to Ladies Day at Ascot, I salute you all for not letting the wet weather spoil your fun.

The best accessory today seemed to be the colourful umbrella. 
Next year I will have to stop by James Smith so I am fully prepared for all weathers

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Bragging - comes with a warning

Warning - this is a bragging post of 'Look what I bought', turn away now if you are reining in your spending habit, this will hurt your eyes.....

I've hit a few sample sales and although I tweeted about the haul and uploaded some hazy photos on twitpic, nothing really did justice how amazing some of the bargains I scored so this is a slightly smug in-depth blog post.

When I went to the Browns Secret Pop up Sale, I got the prettiest brightest summer silk dress (it matched my sofa cushions!). I had also tried on a pair of RM by Roland Mouret skinny satin trousers for £70. Now the label said size 8 - and lord thank goodness I wasn't sharing the make-shift changing cubicle because I couldn't get the trouser legs up my thigh, let alone my bum into those trousers. There was a zip up the back so I would have done some serious mooning if I had managed to get both my legs into those damn trousers. I'm not a big girl/woman and my usual size is a UK 8 or sometimes a US 0 (go figure Banana Republic sizing).

Seriously I don't know what size they really were except they were made for a much skinnier person than me! Luckily I don't have any body issues or felt the need to go on a crash diet after not fitting into them. I'm made of sterner stuff and never worry about the actual label number. I have been known to buy jackets or coats in *gasps* size 12, for a better fit across my broad shoulders (thanks dad). Nothing is more important than wearing clothes that fit you properly. You can splash the cash out for the most pricey designer gear but if it don't fit you well, then you won't look polished.

Kinda reminds me of AbFab - Jennifer Saunders character 'Eddy' who was kitted out head to toe in Christian Lacroix but always two sizes smaller. I'm using this as an excuse to show this clip - I loved that show!

Now the Erdem Sale was one of the best ones I ever went too. It was held at the Future Gallery, it was their first sample sale ever; I arrived early keen to get a head start but they were having a few set up problems and did not open the doors dead on 10.30am. I was first in the queue but wasn't allowed in. So I had to go into work (darn those people who pay me a monthly wage) and returned later. I'm so glad I did - it was shame all the silk scarves had sold out as I would dearly have loved a signature colourful printed one.

But after extensive searching through the rails I pulled out a silk Midnight/Mushroom Atalene Top (capped sleeves, nipped in waist with pelmet) and Bell Skirt in Nude Wool (more camel in colour though). £50 for each piece from the AW10 collection. I could never afford/justify to pay the full retail price for one Erdem item; so I felt elated I now own two pieces by a really talented designer.

Some of you may know I studied fashion design and actually learnt to design, pattern cut & sew my own outfits. I was OK but I was no couturier in my finish and my talents didn't really lie in Fashion Design. Which is why I switched over to Fashion Promotion and ended up as a Stylist.

The construction of each piece is amazing, the use of fabric and technique made me all teary eyed and gushy,the skill, the fit, I was going gaga and cooing over it like it was a newborn baby. Actually I probably show more enthusiasm  for my wardrobe than for my own children.....hey its hard being a mother to three small children DON'T JUDGE ME. Oh I also look like a total Serious Fashion Goddess. If I rocked up into your drinking den/restaurant/gig you would all stand to attention and salute me. Ah yes in my deluded cold remedy drug induced state I have reached a state of higher consciousness. That Sinutab/Sudofed/Night nurse remedy is working very nicely now...

Anyway back to the fashion stuff. I should have also bought the black wool/cashmere pencil skirt as it was lined in  Erderm's silk print. But I refrained as I didn't want to duplicate my wardrobe items - I already own 5 black skirts - did I need a 6th? My only teeny tiny bugbear is the top is hard to take off, with my broad shoulders its not the easiest thing to shimmer off. The way its been made for the tight fit across the torso had me contorting and straining (sweating and panicking).

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Summer Sales have started

I am suffering from a stinky summer cold, my head is cotton woolly and my nose just won't stop running. I have taken all manners of drugs but nothing is working. Poor old me, I will have to go cheer myself up by checking out these smashing Summer sales. Whoopee doo - life has got to be better once I am kitted out in discounted designer threads. I may have a bright red hooter but look new shoes, bags, coat dress etc. etc. 

What: Ann Louise RoswaldQueene and Belle and Musa London.
Why: Discounted ready-to-wear, cashmere, silk and handmade sandals.
When:  24 & 25 June. Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: The Toy Factory, 11-13 Corsham St., N1 6DP(            020 7250 1583      ).
The best label for stretchy slouchy T's 
What: American Retro, Zoe Tees and My Lovely Jean
Why: Up to 90 per cent off clothes and accessories.
When: 15-17 June. Wed. & Thurs., noon-8 p.m.; Fri., noon-6 p.m.
Where: Brands Apart Showroom, 5a Noel St., W1F 8GE.
What: Les Néréides
Why: Up to 80 per cent off jewellery.
When: 16-19 June. Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 73-75 Monmouth St., WC2E 9DG.
What: The London Accessory Sale
Why: Designer clothes and accessories from See by Chloé, Joseph and more from £10.
When: 17 June. Fri., 1-9 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB.

Its not all about me, I can get something for the home.
What: Cabbages & Roses
Why: Up to 90 per cent off clothes, housewares and fabrics.
When: 17 & 18 June. Fri., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 4 Avery Row, W1K 4AL.
What: Monogrammed Linen Shop
Why: Up to 75 per cent off luxury towels, cashmere, linen and nightwear.
When: 17, 18 & 20 June. Fri., Sat. & Mon., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 168-170 Walton St., SW3 2JL.
What: Juliet Dunn
Why: Beachwear, kaftans, summer dresses and accessories from £10.
When: 22 & 23 June. Wed., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 93 Cornwall Gds., flat 1, SW7 4AX(            020 7584 1059      ).
I will be the best dressed bod on the beach 

What: Melissa Odabash
Why: Up to 70 per cent off ready-to-wear and swimwear for men, women and kids.
When: 30 June & 1 July. Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB.
Courtesy of Daily Candy

Monday, 13 June 2011

Jenny Packham Sample Sale

I loved this dress by  Jenny Packham but I don't expect to see this in the sample sale later in the week. I wouldn't even know when I would have an occasion to wear a gown as lovely as this; I don't get many invites to Black Tie event...Mmmm note to self, must start networking harder or find a Prince to marry! 

 Jenny Packham
Up to 70 per cent off dresses, jewellery, accessories and lingerie.
16 & 17 June. Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
3a Carlos Pl., Mount St., W1K 3AN(            020 7493 6295      ).