Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Amanda Wakeley London Sample Sale

I might as well move into The Music Room , since they have another sample sale on - its a 3 day event stocking Amanda Wakeley.

Starting from Thursday 30th July 2pm - 9pm
Friday 31st July 10am - 9pm
Saturday 1st August 10am - 2pm

Image from Amanda Wakeley website

If you know you have a special occasion coming up, or want to be super organised and bag something special for the Christmas Party Season, go check it out. All her outfits are what I would term as investment dressing, beautifully made, to be worn time and time again.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Marie-Chantal London Sample Sale

If you happen to be in Notting Hill (and why not) then drop into the Marie-Chantal sample sale to kit out your little darlings...

Image from Marie Chantal website

Starts 23 July to 25th July from 10am - 6pm, 61A Ledbury Road Notting Hill London W11 2AA

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Ted Baker London Sample Sale

On 22 July - 24 July  Ted Baker has a sample sale on; so if you happen to be in the Camden area head onto the Camden Centre , Camden Town Hall, Judd Street WC1H 9JE. Opens from 8am to 7pm. I've heard suits starts from £90, Dresses from £30 plus accessories

Image from their facebook page

Kim Sears is a fan of the brand and you may have spotted her in several ensembles during Wimbledon and other tennis tournaments supporting her husband Andy Murray.

Credit for image from here

Monday, 20 July 2015

Duchamp London Sample Sale

For the men in your life, they get a sample sale too. Head over to the The Music Room, in South Molton Lane W1 (nearest tube NewBond Street) to get some smart menswear by Duchamp.
Tuesday 21st July from 9am - 8pm.

Images from their website

Monday, 13 July 2015

Bag lady - for the OCD in me

I've been doing my bit for the environment, taking reusable bags with me to the shops. I have the string net ones, canvas tote ones, cooler bags - all accumulated over the years. I have a particular favourite bag given to me by my aunt from HK. It's shaped like a strawberry when folded up which you can buy  here - perfect to keep in your daily handbag for lunch time trips to Boots etc.

Ocado still delivers our weekly shop but t'husband still likes to go out and shop for food as he always complain I never order anything exciting to eat. I have to remind him that the Ocado delivery is more for the bulky stuff e.g. loo rolls, cleaning stuff, jars and canned goods. It's a leftover legacy from when I used to have to order a mountain of nappies for the babies and couldn't get out of the house - please don't troll me about why I didn't use terry cloth nappies - first baby came in the wintertime and I had no where to wash and dry them all, second pregnancy I had twins and there was no way I had the energy and time to clean reusable nappies with 3 under 3!

Anyhow back to bags...the OCD inside me hate the fact all the bags are different shapes, colours etc. I mean the string ones are good for carrying fruit (but if you place them on the floor they can't hold their shape so it all spills out), the canvas ones are great for cereal boxes and square sized packages; but nothing matches! Grrrr #firstworldproblems

I've been looking on-line to see what's out there rather than get a hideous branded 'bag for life' one from the supermarket. Isn't the internet a wonder place for shopping *sigh*.

I came across these by Reisenthel who are a Germany company that makes colourful bags for all your shopping needs. Shipping to the UK from Germany is a flat rate of €8.95 and I think these would make great fun house warming gifts or for newlyweds if you filled them up with thoughtful goodies. Maybe you have an older child who is flying the nest and going away to Uni - you can fill a basket with store cupboard essentials and they can re-use their bags when they have to fend for themselves.

Mini Maxi Basket €29.95

reisenthel® bottlebag kiwi green
 € 9.95 Bottle Bag (if you read the reviews - there is a hysterical one: perfect for carrying wines onto your yacht) 

9,95 €

bottlebag ruby dots9,95 €
reisenthel® easyshoppingbag red red
Easy Shopping bag €16.95, this one clips onto your shopping trolley when you open up the top

reisenthel® coolerbag dots black
Cooler bag €29.95 double insulated inside perfect for chilled goods and picnics 
Happy Shopping
twosp x

Friday, 10 July 2015

Perfect Heels

If you've been suffering from cracked dry heels from wearing clogs (like I have), flip flops and other summer footwear. Then treat your plate of meats to This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm

Image from This Works website

It's the only foot cream I have ever used that has given instant results that literally transforms your sore cracked dry scaly hard skin (sorry for giving you that mental image!).  Rub in liberally to the heels and any other dry spots like around the big toe. Even t'husband has been impressed in how his feet had softened up. I have caught the curly haired beauty helping herself to the balm...not that she has any problems but wanted to get in on the act I suppose?

Currently on sale on the website £12 down from £16 - a tube I had lasted a year but I will be ordering another.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Eating out - Crystal Palace

If you ever find yourself South of the River in London and need to stop to refuel, you can do no better than at The Crystal Palace Market. It's a restaurant with a fishmongers and butchers attached, using locally sourced ingredients. The staff are warm and friendly and you can see into the open plan kitchen and the chefs at work. Tap water in carafes are brought to the table and the service was speedy.

I had the Crayfish roll and side salad (came with crispy skinny fries just out of shot)
t'husband ordered the Dover Sole , which was grilled to perfection, on par with the ones served at English's in Brighton (my fave seaside seafood place). 

If you're not into seafood, there is an extensive burger menu. I think we'll be heading back to check out the breakfast menu 

A Bonus - proper Air con inside - what joy to escape the heatwave.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Essential Denim and shoe sample sale

MiH Jeans and Penelope Chilvers have teamed up for a one-day sample sale where you can shop at up to 75% off.
On 8 July 2015 (8am-8pm) at MiH Jeans, The Studios, 186 Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6 7NL.
Entry: £2 for charity The Haven.
Time to make some fashion investments for the next season ahead - is anyone else over 'Summer' yet? This heat has been sapping all my energy! I know I shouldn't complain but public transport is not cut out for heatwaves. 
Image from their website

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Cheeky Nandos

A little late into the MEME but this week I had to pop out at lunchtime for a Cheeky Nandos! - yeah I was so keen to start on my chicken, I took a few bites before I remembered to take a snap shot!

I normally take a packed lunch into work but sometimes you can't beat a bit of grilled chicken in a Portuguese roll served with fries. Gotta have fries to make it cheeky!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Browns Bridal Sample Sale

Planning a wedding? Sharpen those elbows and head to the Browns bridal sample sale , where you can find dresses from Valentino, Alberta Ferretti, Delphine Manivet, Johanna Johnson and more.
6-7 July 2015 (11am-6pm) at 12 Hinde Street, London, W1U 3BE.
Note: no appointment necessary.
If I could have my wedding again - I would love something lacey like this chic Monica LHullier dress. 

Image from website 
My guilty viewing pleasure is watching 'Don't Tell the Bride'  pure car crash TV where the groom is in charge of arranging the wedding and spending the budget...

Sunday, 5 July 2015

What's inside my fridge

Inside my fridge - yep we love our diary products in this home...

It's looking particularly well stocked as Ocado have been. But what you can't see as it's out of shot is the beauty bits I keep inside the door. Something that has helped cool down my complexion that I have been spritzing liberally during the heatwave was is the Essential Face Water by L'Occitane. It contains Immortelle flower water and organically derived hyaluronic acid which keeps your face hydrated and not let it dry out. It's safe enough to use on the kids skin and they don't seem to object my spritzing them with it to help cool them down! The website is currently having a sale so if you wanted to try out the range the Skincare Discovery Kit  is now £16 instead of £26.50

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Another Sample Sale in Soho W1

I won't be able to make this sale as I have the kids School Fair and will be manning the Pimms stall (how times have changed!). But if you happen to be in Soho, bring cash and drop on by to snap up bargains by Auria LondonKitty JosephCléo Ferin Mercury

What are you doing this weekend?

Friday, 3 July 2015

Preen Sample Sale Today

Preen sample sale today - hooray
Shop Preen, Preen Line and Preen Mini at greatly reduced prices at this 1-day sample sale! Past sales I've been to had a £10 rail, so do search that out for a true bargain. 
On 3 July 2015 (12pm-8pm) at 24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HQ

Queues can be long so I am hoping the hot weather is putting off most of the fashionistas! 
Image from their website 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer's looking Rosé

The Heatwave has finally struck and we are all gasping and looking for something to quench our thirst. I love nothing better than a chilled glass (or two) of Rosé wine.

If only my fridge could be this well stocked with those blush tinted bottles! But t'husband might think I had a drink problem...

Photo image from manrepeller

But mine is mostly full of semi-skimmed milk, lacto-free milk, Coconut milk, Koko milk and chocolate milk....and the day before Ocado comes, we always seem to run out of milk! #firstworldproblems 

Currently my favourite wine is on offer with Ocado, £5.99 Coquille d'Orc Rosé 

For wine buffs here is some more info from the website


Domaine de Sainte Rose


Store in a cool, dry place.

ABV (%)


Tasting Notes

This rosé has a pleasing pale strawberry colour; aromas of grapefruit and pear drops; and luscious summer fruit flavours.

Serving Suggestions

Drink it chilled at any time of year!


Domaine Sainte Rose


Charles & Ruth Simpsons


Domaine de Sainte Rose is an exclusive viticultural estate situated in the Languedoc region of southern France. The Domaine was acquired in June 2002 by Charles and Ruth Simpson, a young couple who left their respective international careers to pursue a mutual dream to establish a boutique vineyard and winery of their own. The Simpsons have a very specific quality-orientated strategy. The goal at Domaine de Sainte Rose is to create authentic, affordable, family made, quality wines in limited quantities

Regional Information

Made with love and care in the Languedoc region of S. France

Current Vintage


Vinification Details

All three red varieties were harvested at night to protect the juice. The juice was treated as if it were white wine and taken off its skins immediately to ensure the palest pink colour possible. The juice was protected all the way to the tank where it was cold stabilized prior to fermentation. Fermentation: Primary fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.

Another very quaffable wine is by Mirabeau Provence Rosé , which has got a thumbs up by Victoria Moore at the Telegraph



ABV (%)


Grape Variety

RedGrapeBlend, Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache

Tasting Notes

A vibrant pink, classic pale Provence rose¿ whose generous fruit provides a heady mixture of wild strawberry, red cherry and raspberry aromatics. Elegant and balanced on the palate with a delicious fresh acidity creating a sumptuous lingering finish.

Serving Suggestions

It works beautifully as an aperitif, yet is versatile enough to go with a wide variety of cuisines


Mirabeau en Provence


Stephen Cronk


Jo Ahearne MW


Mirabeau was set up in 2010 by British couple Stephen and Jeany Cronk who decided to swap their lives in south-west London for new lives as winemakers in Provence in the south of France. Jo Ahearne MW leads the winemaking team and our wines are developing a reputation for outstanding quality with consistently high scores from some of the toughest and highly regarded wine critics in the world (e.g. Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson MW).

Regional Information

Mirabeau Pure is an AOP Cotes de Provence Rosé made from vines high in the hills of Mont Aurelien, southeast of Aix-en-Provence. The limestone/clay vineyards are some of the highest in the region at 300-400m above sea level and this, combined with the north facing aspect, means the fruit benefits from longer ripening periods which add to its complexity and fresh acidity.

Current Vintage


Vinification Details

We harvest at night and cool the grapes before they go into the maceration tanks. We macerate for between 4-12 hours, depending on the varieties and then we press and pump into fermentation tanks. Once fermentation is complete we rack the wine and use a tangential filter to extract flavour from the bourbes. We are very careful about preserving the primary aromas and freshness of the wine and so we use CO2 and nitrogen to protect the wine, right through to and including on the bottling line.

What's your Summer tipple?

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Lee Broom Sample Sale

It's sample sale time and Lee Broom a talented British Designer has one on this month
You may has seen his designs inside Selfridges. His unique looking light fittings casts a lovely glow.