Saturday, 28 December 2013

Festive Fizz

If like me you love your champagne but being one of the Middle Squeezed cannot afford to indulge in the finer sparkling wines, then you will love this French wine by Cremant de Limoux. Produced in the South of France the same way Champagne is, its perfect mixed with Creme de Cassis for Kir Royale cocktails or with peach puree to make delish Bellinis. Drunk on its own its very dry with no acidic after taste. I will be seeing in 2014 with a few glasses ! Available from Waitrose and Ocado (or Avocado man as the twins call him) £10.99

twosp xxxx

Friday, 27 December 2013

Beauty bounty

The Friday before Christmas we had no functioning central heating, plumber didn't turn up on Saturday and we spent two nights freezing in a poorly insulated house with only a portable heater to warm us up (god bless my Dyson Hot). Eventually British Gas came and it all got fixed by Sunday.

Then on Christmas Eve around 1am the great storm lashed down and rain water seeped into the house from AROUND the window frame!!! Who knew that could happen, the house was no longer water tight! With lots of cursing, towels, bowls etc we were able to mop up the worse damage but at least we still had our electricity unlike some people who are still in the dark.

Later that day took Twin 2 to see the GP as his cough and high temp took a turn for the worse - still cursing original plumber, if we had had heating, child wouldn't have got so sick! So thankful for NHS being open on Christmas Eve.

So it was with much relief Christmas Day was slightly less stressful. We stayed at home, no long car journeys shuttling between relatives, stayed in PJ's for most of the day. Kids/husband loved it.

I've been a good girl all year and Santa left me some lovely goodies in my stocking this year. I particularly love the Dior Holiday Couture Collection for lips and nails in Rouge 999.

Jo Malone Christmas Cracker filled with delicious scented goodies including the signature Lime Basil Mandarin Body & Hand wash, Grapefruit Body Cream and Blackberry & Bay cologne.

Elemis another fave British beauty brand I love, to help maintain my youthful complexion lolz.... Papaya Enzyme Peel is a super gentle cream that I use three times a week to exfoliate my skin.

Hope you had fun during the holidays xxx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Cheers to amber nectar

A little sweet wine to go with mince pies and some nibbles? Don't mind if I do - perfect for Christmas a chilled bottle of Royal Tolaji 5 Puttonyos produced in Hungary. Available in Sainsburys

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Gift Ideas for time pressed parents

You may be frantically tearing out your hair on realising this time next week is Christmas Eve!!! Arghhhhh.... I usually try and buy a gift for the class teacher and teaching assistant as well as donate some money for a group gift from all the parents - this year with all the kids in school, job sharing teachers, multiple TA's etc. there are more gifts to get! But luckily Lush has come to my rescue and with their gorgeous smelling hand made products ready wrapped, these were the perfect solution.

The Covent Garden branch helpfully put them in several bags so all I have to do is hand one to each child before they head into the classroom.

Unit 11 The Piazza Covent Garden WC2E 8RA

Saturday, 14 December 2013

How to Party

Festive season is upon us and I had two Crimbo parties to go too last night. The press dubbed it Black Friday for the emergency teams to deal with assisting those who have had a touch too much sherry....

Being time pressed I made a desperate call to Blow Ltd to see if they could fit me in for hair and make up first thing before I got to the office. The very kind Jennifer was very accommodating to my tweets, emails and call!

First off was hair, being a pretty wet and wild weather kinda day I needed a hair style to last through to the evening so I opted for a Blow Up, a chic, slight beehive do (I have masses of hair). Every inch was back combed to death, a lot of root spray, hair spray was applied plus bobby pins to keep it all together. I was very impressed with the results.

Then make up ; to cover up another hormonal outbreak on my chin but only a tinted moisturiser was needed on the rest of my face all applied with a brush to give a flawless finish. I even had a good slick of eyeliner to give a more sixties feel but with some touches of bronzer the look remained modern.

When I arrived at the office, everyone was trying to work out what was different about me (taller?) and a few envious looks that I had already got a head start getting ready for the office party - some women take it very seriously!

After work I had hectic school run, dentist check up, feed kids, put kids to bed (6.15pm cheated that one, four year old twins cant tell the time). With only 15 minuted to actually pull my outfit together. I only realised afterwards that most of what I was wearing was bought from the web! Pink and burgundy Herve Leger Bandage dress( ebay purchase), Top Shop mongolian fur gilet and Ash ankle boots.

It was another horrid wet and windy journey back into town this time heading for Aqua on Regent Street. Coincidently my dentist was there recently! Due to who I work for there were some themed fun and games: Khadashian nail bar, Downton Abby photo booth, Worlds End pub quiz and of course a free bar!

Later into the night I made my way to my next party back into the burbs, I was probably a little over dressed but hey its the time of year to go over the top. My hair amazingly stayed intact from dancing and the rainy weather conditions!!!

That night, ok next morning when I finally got into bed I was way too tired to try and take down my up do so I just slept with it, propped up on several pillows.... I know tres lazy but look it stayed perfect, just a few loose strands and since I had an early start to ferry Curly Haired Beauty to her dance recital, I kept the do :-)

Later today when I finally found the time I took the do down, it really needed a good brushing with the tangle teaser, retrieved 20 bobby pins, my hair felt like cotton wool! 3 shampoo later using Naked detox shampoo and a deep conditioner, Moroccan Hair oil and left to dry naturally my hair is back to its swishy silky glory. So no hair damage from the intensive styling -result!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Magdalen London Bridge

There is a lovely restaurant South of the river in London Bridge, an unexpected foodie heaven venue just along from where the London Dungeons used to be, near the Unicorn theatre. Magdalen - serves unfussy simple dishes you actually want to eat using the best seasonal ingredients. The staff are friendly and the professional service helped made my recent lunch there really enjoyable. I didn't experience my pet peeve of being interrupted every 10 minuted whilst I had food in my mouth to be asked if everything was all right.

If you have been following my tweets during #masterchef ; I have not been impressed with the smears, plops, drops and foam used in all the dishes!

D and I shared the pumpkin and goats curd on toast, with a glass of pear fizz (like bucks fizz but with pear puree), my starter was gooey Vacherin cheese melted over potatoes, ham and roast onions. In winter time I just love my carbs, it helps keeps me warm!

D had fois grais on brioche and for his main Sea Bass with cauliflower puree - declaring it was the best bit of fish he has eaten for ages (better than The Square). I had the braised Venison with celeriac mash. I couldn't resist a side order of fried potatoes (told you I loved my carbs) It was so very tender, well flavoured, perfect winter fare.

We of course had to make room for pudding and chose Trifle with apple and calvados and Bergamot cream with shortbread. I could have eaten the cream a hundred times over, it was so light and perfumed and super sweet but not slickly.

I hope to go back again soon, it could be our new local to replace Chez Bruce (our old haunt back in the day before kids).

twosp xxx