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Friday, 25 May 2012

Zooming into Zara

I have fallen back in love with the High Street and in particular with Zara. I had a marathon 45 minute shop  during my lunch break and snapped up these darling silver strappy sandals

 
The colour way makes this a very versatile purchase; it goes with all my summer clothes - Whites, Neon Brights and lifts neutral tones The high shine metallic strap across the foot just gives the right finishing touch to an outfit. Snap it up as its only £29.99.

I also tried on quite a few frocks although I did have a changing room malfunction and had to get a sales assistant to help me get out of a dress. It wasn't my back fat trapped in the metallic zip but it had snagged on some loose thread. I totally blame Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. It was he who started the whole exposed back metallic zipper on dresses which has filtered down to Whistles, Reiss etc. I have suffered many Ouchy moments with my hair getting caught in them, also I hate the cold feeling of the zip as it touches my skin. When I was a fashion student we were taught fastenings should be concealed as it was a superior sign of great workmanship. I despair at unfinished hems (yep another Alber influence), un-lined coats and jackets (hello anything you wear underneath will ride up).  


Otherwise I would have purchased it. Fish Print Dress £69.99 

I also couldn't resist popping next door to Zara Kids and swooped upon this cutie £5.99 for Curly Haired Beauty. 
and this £3.99, one of each colour - since none of her summer clothes from last year fits and Summer has arrived - Yay! 

Monday, 21 May 2012

My new neighbours

I'm really enjoying my new location and look at my lovely new neighbours. The Union Jack flags are up ready for the Diamond Jubilee celebration, some tempting window shopping from Tatty Devine and Poste Mistress.

The price of gold has shot up, should I invest in one of these precious pieces?

Outside the Sasson Salon a tribute to the great man Vidal.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

In time for Pay Day

Courtesy of Editer some amazing Sample Sales for May. I will make a supreme effort to check out the Joseph and Erdem sale. Who cares about there's a recession on, haven't we been told to spend our way out of it? I'm supporting local designers and ploughing funds back into an important industry....

NEW - MARK FAST SAMPLE SALE – 23 TO 25 MAY

Up to 80% off. Cash only.

23 May (8am to 8pm), 24 May (9am to 6pm) and 25 May (9am to 6pm); 3rdFloor, 162 Milligan Street, Westferry Studios, London E14 8AS. Buzz door 162 for access. 

NEW - GOAT SAMPLE SALE – 25 MAY

Classic knits at sample sale prices.

25 May (10am to 5pm); The Basement, 76 Gloucester Place, London W1U GHJ

NEW - MR. HARE SAMPLE SALE – 25 AND 26 MAY

Up to 70% off Mr Hare shoes.

25 and 26 May (10am to 7pm); Club Row, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES 

JUICY COUTURE SAMPLE SALE– 25 AND 26 MAY

Womenswear, menswear, accessories, footwear, Couture Couture .  This is a friends and family sale so expect great bargains.

25 May (8.30am to 6pm) and 26 May (10am to 6pm); Juicy Couture, 26 Bruton Street, London W1 

NEW - FRENCH CONNECTION SAMPLE SALE – 25 TO 27 MAY

Massive reductions on French Connection classics including womenswear, swimwear and accessories. 

25 to 27 May; Centro One, 39 Camden Street, London NW1 0DX

NEW - JOSEPH SAMPLE SALE – 29 AND 30 MAY

Joseph classics at sample sale prices.

29 May (10am to 9pm) and 30 May (10am to 8pm); The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London W1K 5LF

NEW - ERDEM SAMPLE SALE – 29 AND 30 MAY

One of our favourite sales of the year. 

29 May (9am to 8pm) and 30 May (9am to 6pm); The Future Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7HY

NEW - FOLK SAMPLE SALE – 30 AND 31 MAY

Folk, Oliver Spencer, YMC, Universal Works and Gourmet shoes at up to 80% off.

30 May (10am to 8pm) and 31 May (10am to 6pm); Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP. 

1927 LONDON SAMPLE SALE – 30 MAY TO 1 JUNE

Kors by Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, See by Chloe, Sam Edelman and more at sample sale prices.

30 May (10am to 6pm), 31 May (11am to 7pm) and 1 June (10am to 6pm); 1927 Showroom, 26 Little Portland Street, London W1W 8BX

MELISSA ODABASH SAMPLE SALE – 31 MAY AND 1 JUNE

Up to 75% off womenswear and accessories from Melissa Odabash.

31 May (2pm to 8.30pm) and 1 June (9.30am to 7pm); The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 5AB

Mini Run

Sundays are never lie in days in my household. Swimming lessons for Curly Haired Beauty, Mr Fashion and The Foley Artist starts at 9.30am. But a little cheering sight was the start of the London to Brighton Mini Run. Old and new vechicles tooting along with flags fluttering made me smile. I tried to get a close up of the sticker "you were only suppose to blow the bloody doors off?

There were a few convertibles with the roof down ever hopeful the sky would turn from grey to blue and the Sun might shine (fat chance). The iconic Mini is one car I always wanted to own. Not the pumped up version from Germany but a proper ickle one made in GB. What's on your iconic car wish list?  

Saturday, 19 May 2012

She'll be wearing pink pajamas

I'm a little late in the fashion blogging world to mention pajama dressing - but here on The Outnet they have the most lovely examples by Marni in silk.



How can anyone resist? I can see myself pairing these with chinos for a relaxed deluxe vibe.

Friday, 18 May 2012

#SWATH

A little late but a here are a few more photos from Monday night at the Odeon 'Snow White and the Huntsman' where I got to walk up the red carpet...actually it was green to look like grass and then black to look like you were in the forest! There was topiary & trees to give a woodland setting  and the likes of Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and Nick Frost were there (the dwarfs). As were K-Stew and a stunning Charlize Theron who stole the film, she really was a very evil stepmother/witch! A selected few were allowed into the inner, inner sanctum to cheer on the talents as they arrived. Charlize towered over the interviewee - explaining how freaked out she was seeing herself 'aged' for the movie.
K-Stew didn't give the most thrilling of interviews - a lot of teenage style hopping about to keep warm

If you squint you can make out the ladies on the right wearing Marchesa and Dior. Here I am up at the top in the Royal Circle - nose bleed seats but hey not a bad night out on a school night.

I would have done more live tweeting and facebook updating during the film but my date who works in Content Protection was narked about my mobile use so I had to put it away and watch the film.

And what did I wear? A vintage gold brocade evening coat over a violet Matthew Williamson dress. I had selected the outfit  so I wouldn't clash with the red carpet (which turned out not to be red) and then seeing the invite with the dress code black, white or red #wardrobefail LOL oh dear my Twitter speak is invading my blog...

I haven't seen the Julia Roberts/Lily Collins Snow White to compare but #SWATH is a good yarn, filled with an epic battlescene, some nice eye candy for the boys and for the girls. Chris Hemsworth I'm looking at you sweetie; although really fancying someone born in 1983 would make me a Cougar/cradle snatcher!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Friday, 11 May 2012

Deep breath

Inhale, take a deep breath, exhale, and relax......

But I want to scream and shout and do a happy jig!

I've been asked out on a date.....

Yes the other half knows about it and I am going crazy over what to wear?

I haven't been asked out for years - 10 years of marriage and 3 kids, these things tend to fall by the wayside.

Yes I know some couples 'keep the magic' and go out on date nights. But we're not Brad and Angelina with an army of nannies.

My date? Oh she's actually someone I work closely with. The venue?

Well lets have some 'Well Jell' faces it's the Film Premiere for Snow White and the Huntsman. Yep I will be walking up the red carpet, posing in front of the Paps with Kirsten S and Charlize T.

twosp xxxx





Thursday, 10 May 2012

Bank holiday blues

Last Monday we took all three kids to Greenwich to see the newly restored Cutty Sark. It being a Bank Holiday the rain, wind and cold was out in force. We had a nice wonder around the Old Naval College, designed by Christopher Wren. A picnic was consumed to the pitter latter of rain.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Sale time again

Looky here a selection of samples sales too good to miss, courtesy of Sample Editer


CHILTERN STREET STUDIOS – 8 TO 10 MAY

50-80% off Odd Molly, Bloch, Nobody denim, Michael Stars, Bellerose and more.
8 to 10 May (9am to 5pm); Chiltern Street Studios, 78a Chiltern Street, London W1U 5AB

LES NEREIDES SAMPLE SALE – 9 TO 13 MAY

Up to 80% off luxury costume jewels from Les Nereides.
9 to 12 May (11am to 8pm) and 13 May (11.30am to 6.30pm); 35 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JT

NEW - GINA SAMPLE SALE – 10 MAY

Samples from previous and current season collections with up to 60% off.
10 May (11.30am to 7pm); The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane,  Mayfair, London W1K 5LF

ZOE & MORGAN SAMPLE SALE – 11 MAY

Zoe & Morgan jewellery flash sale.
11 May (12pm to 8.30pm); 51 Beak Street, Soho, W1F 9SG

NEW - DOVER STREET MARKET MARKET – 11 TO 13 MAY

Three crazy days of shopping, bursting with bargains and products from the DSM archive with discounts of 70% to 75% off everything! Featuring clothing and accessories from past seasons from all Comme des Garçons collections, plus many other DSM brands.
11 to 13th May (10am to 7pm); Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

NEW - PIPPA SMALL, CHINTI & PARKER AND MORE – 17 TO 19 MAY

Various brands including Pippa Small, Chinti & Parker, Lisa Jones and Almost Perfect.
17 May (6 to 9pm), 18 May (10am to 7pm) and 19 May (10 am to 5pm); 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11

NEW - 1927 LONDON SAMPLE SALE – 30 MAY TO 1 JUNE

Kors by Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, See by Chloe, Sam Edelman and more at sample sale prices.
30 May (10am to 6pm), 31 May (11am to 7pm) and 1 June (10am to 6pm); 1927 Showroom, 26 Little Portland Street, London W1W 8BX

NEW - MELISSA ODABASH SAMPLE SALE – 31 MAY AND 1 JUNE

Up to 75% off womenswear and accessories from Melissa Odabash.
31 May (2pm to 8.30pm) and 1 June (9.30am to 7pm); The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 5AB
Credit for photo from here

Monday, 7 May 2012

A quick lunch

Last Thursday D met me for lunch, we headed over to where my new office will be (Google will be neighbors) so I could show it off before deciding where to eat. It was a toss up between Byron or Union Jacks with Union Jacks winning as I was being a bit girly and wanted a salad!

A selection of light bites
Flatbread pizza, fennel, onion and orange salad and a sausage dish with wholegrain mustard...
Prawn cocktail and potted shrimp in a jar, I have to say it wasn't the easiest thing to eat!

Super quick friendly service - I think I might make this my next regular lunch spot.