Monday, 28 February 2011

Good friends are hard to come by

I was just cruising round the net the other day and came across this clip of Jennifer Aniston on the Ellen show. I'm a big fan of JA - she seems like the kinda gal you actually could be friends with.  And this clip just cements that feeling for me as she dons a vibrating bra!


I hope you all had good weekends.  Me?  It was far too good, so rather than waffle on i'm going to leave you be for today. xx

Friday, 25 February 2011

This week i'm loving...

These fab before and afters via Design Sponge

Vintage-style jewellery from The Blue Balloon via Papernstitch blog

My new favourite drink of choice - Whittard spiced chai tea

And...I will never love you more than DVD nights with my girlfriends...via Oh Joy

I hope you've all had fab weeks and are looking forward to the weekend.  Do you have any fun plans?  I'm looking forward to hanging out with Daniela from Couture and Crumpets on Sat day and then in the eve i'm off to boogy the night away with the girls listening to Greg Wilson down in Brixton. Cue high heels, prosecco and lots of giggles.
Mwa xx

Thursday, 24 February 2011

New obsession: head scarves

Ever since I wrote this post on head scarves i've been thinking a lot about how I don't wear them enough.  Hence this outfit, and this outfit from last week.  They really are the best way to disguise a bad hair day, and by bad hair day I mean every other day.  I try to only wash my hair every other day (it's better for your hair, non?) but I always find my fringe on day two is a little bit limp.  Enter the head scarf et voila, I feel instantly better (and talk in French, apologies, i'm definitely more of a franglais kinda gal!).

I actually picked this scarf up a few weeks ago at the vintage fair I went to. I think it was about £7 but best of all, it's covered in ducks!  I'll try and make sure I take a proper pic of the whole scarf next time so you can see the whole print cos it really is delightful.

View from behind - you'll see I pin the scarf in place at the back as this tends to hold it in place a bit better. Otherwise they tend to ping of my head, thus revealing my rather dodgy fringe, not a good look.

Head scarf: vintage, £7
Shirt: Primark, £10.50 ish
Jeans: BDG, $50 ish
Converse: via Schuh, £37

At a loose end tonight?  
Head over to Ayoka Charity Boutique in Bethnal Green -they sell amazing vintage clothes and homeware and on the last Thursday of every month they hold in-store gigs.  Dancing and shopping in one = heaven!
Oh, and all the money raised at the events goes to African Women's Welfare Association who support sufferers of sickle cell and thalassaemia. So you can shop for a good cause, even better.

Happy Thursday lovelies xx

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

In an ever changing world of fashion, one trend is here to stay

As London Fashion Week continues and we are privy to the styles that are going to see us through the next few seasons I thought it interesting to note Alexa Chung's recent choice of outfit at the Margaret Howell show.

I'm seriously digging her Rupert the bear scarf, but that's not what i'm really focusing on.  It's her dress. Her Breton striped dress.

The Breton striped shirt became the uniform of the French navy in the late 19th century - apparently the stripes were easy to see if one fell overboard.  Today the Breton stripe is considered a fashion staple, endorsed by fashion icons throughout the ages (Coco was a big fan) and the nautical look continues to hold its own against other short-lived trends.

Amongst the craziness of fashion week and the stresses every woman endures when attending events of this nature ("I must look cool and trendy, but look like I couldn't give sh*t") Chung once again pulls off effortless chic superbly.  

Sometimes playing it safe, sticking to staples and remembering the old 'less is more' mantra really does do the trick.  How right our mums were.

Clockwise from left ::
Amor.Lux via ASOS (£45),Topshop (£29), H&M (£7.99), Dorothy Perkins (£18), Peacocks (£18)

Monday, 21 February 2011

Columbia road flower market

At this time of year when it seems every other blogger is attending some show or other at London Fashion Week, I headed for the Columbia Road flower market.  I can't recommend this little oasis in London enough! Located in east London about a 15 minute walk from Old Street tube you can be forgiven for thinking the road doesn't actually exist.  But then out of nowhere it appears and you begin to walk the gauntlet.  The flower gauntlet. Down the centre of the road is stall after stall of market sellers, all screaming for your attention.  And when they're shouting about offers such as "Five long stemmed roses for a fiver" you'll soon get a sore neck looking from left, to right, to left, desperate to look at all the beautiful flowers on display.  And they're so cheap!  You'll wonder why you ever settled for Sainsbury's own again.

But this isn't just a flower market.  The road is lined with adorable quirky independent shops and if you're anything like me, you'll need to venture into each one, just to be sure you're not missing out on anything.  And this results in having to walk up and down the road several times just to ensure you've seen EVERYTHING.  Luckily it's not a long road!  Just to note, the market opens at 8am and goes on till about 3.  We got there about 1.30pm and by 2pm they were literally giving away the flowers, cheap as chips!

Columbia road in the 60s/70s

This is Dennie of Saffron flowers stall.  If you're planning on heading down here to take a few pics, he is very happy to pose! I have to confess this isn't one of my pics, but taken from the flower market's website.  For once I decided to leave my camera at home as it was pretty miserable outside yesterday.

And this is what I bought...

A vintage embroidered cloth
A potted plant for the kitchen
And a delightful metal rose ring

The detailing on the cloth is gorgeous.  I think it's cross stitching - perhaps I can take this up as a new craft!?

I hope you all had wonderful weekends, mwa xx

The first three pictures were taken from the Columbia road flower market website

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Polka dots always make me pop

Jump, jump! 

Does anyone else have certain clothes or accessories that put a spring in your step?  For me it's this polka dot head scarf. I always end up channelling my inner-child and acting all dorky (as seen here last summer). Perhaps it's because I feel a little like Minnie Mouse, who knows, but I can't help but smile when I wear it.

The breakdown
Dress: ASOS, £35 ish
Scarf: 50p, car boot sale
Tights: Primark, £1.50
Shoes: Primark, £8 ish
Earrings: Accessorize, £6 (pack of 3)
Nail varnish: No7 in Beanie

And it is with great pleasure that I can announce that the winner of the Matalan satchel bag and candle is...


Congratulations hun!  Ping me an e-mail ( and i'll get these goodies to you asap!

And just to prove that the winner was chosen completely at random here is selecting the winner.

Happy Wednesday lovelies xx

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Heaven now comes in the form of a cupcake

The Vanilla cupcakes come in a range of sweet, pastel colours

For as long as I can remember (well, since 2004) people have raved about the Hummingbird Bakery and its deliciously moist, fluffy and sweet cupcakes. 

"OMG, these are the best cupcakes in town!"
"What do you mean you HAVEN'T tried one, you're missing out!"

Yes well, until now I couldn't.  As you probably know I can't eat gluten, which rules out any kind of cake loveliness, shop bought that is (I make a delightful butternut squash & orange cupcake, but that's a different story).  And definitely ruled me out of the "in-crowd" that frequent the Hummingbird bakeries, which are now located in Portobello, South Ken and Soho.

Until now!

Oh yes my gluten-challenged friends, heaven has arrived.  We have moaned and complained about how unfair life is and finally someone has take note. It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Hummingbird bakery now has a 'Made Without' range made using gluten-free ingredients, wahooooo!*

The 'Made Without' range includes the classic Red Velvet, Vanilla, Chocolate and Carrot. Delicious.
The iconic Hummingbird Red Velvet cupcake which is now available in gluten-free
I think the Sunday Telegraph (Little Black Book) described this delightful place perfectly:

"This is a very 'in' place where the cupcakes are as good as sex."

*please note the 'Made Without' range is made in the same bakery as the other cakes so there might be traces of gluten in the products. All images are by Benjamin C. M. Backhouse.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Defying gravity


Did you have a good weekend my lovelies?

I spent my Saturday doing all manner of crafts - making cards, cooking chocolates, attempting to make a wedding veil (for my friend, before you start getting ideas!) - and Sunday was spent feasting as it was me mam's birthday.  

So, Happy Valentine's Day!  Have you got any special plans?  I have to say the Bot and I don't really do much for Valentine's. I always feel like it's the one day of the year where single people either feel depressed or feel the need to shout about 'how great it is being single' and couples are forced to declare their love for one another.  Lose, lose, eh?  Quite frankly it's just another day to me, and to most people I know too!  But if you are doing anything special, enjoy! (oh how comfy I am on the fence!).

I have to confess that we took these photos during Dancing on Ice last night and at this particular moment they were performing 'Gravity' from Wicked and I got a little carried away!

Top: H&M, £7.99
Skirt: made by me
Tights: Accessorize, £8 ish
Shoes: Argentina, £70 ish
Earrings: Anthropologie, $20
Belt: Cos, present
Watch: £1, vintage fair (it doesn't actually work, ha ha, i'm such a sucker for a bargain!)
Nail varnish: No7, present

Don't forget tomorrow is the last day to enter my competition, get entering now!!!

And in case you fancy a look (but i've put it at the end in case you couldn't care less about ma famile, it's more so the famile can see!), this is all of us out for lunch yesterday at my mum's birthday...

L-R: Phil, mum, Louise (sister), Ed (bro-in-law), Bot et moi)
Oh, and one final thing I thought you might like.  This is a Philip Treacy fascinator that my sister picked up at an auction recently for about £20, bargain!  I have to say it's not entirely to my taste but I think it would look right at home as Ascot.

Happy Monday all, mwa xx

Friday, 11 February 2011

Vintage is good, but vintage clothes from your gran are sumpremo

I love, love, love vintage - clothes, furniture, jewellery - something that has a story is so much more interesting, non?  And that is why i'm over the moon about this shirt.  As you know I went to visit my grandad a few weeks ago and while I was there had a little look through some of my gran's clothes. And boy did I hit the jackpot.  The shirt i'm wearing here was worn by my gran in 1978.  The reason I can pinpoint the exact year is because she wore this shirt, and a matching skirt, to my mum and dad's wedding in 1978.  Isn't that amazing?!  When I was telling my grandad that so much of my gran's clothes have come back in to fashion he thought I was mad!

The picture isn't great but here is my gran at my mum and dad's wedding in 1978, wearing the shirt!

I'm so digging the little fish pattern on the shirt

Now i'm not one for showing off, but how rad is my new bag?  It's from the new season collection at ASOS and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it.  I love briefcases, in particular my dad's which features on my blog header.  However I don't like to take his out for fear i'll break it, so this one answered all by bag desires. Chic, practical and damn sophisticated.  Love.

Shirt: vintage, via my gran
Jeans: BDG, $50 (ish)
Shoes: from Argentina, £70 (ish)
Bag, ASOS, was £32 (now £40)

Don't forget there is still time to enter my giveaway to win a gorgeous satchel bag and candle - get entering!

Have wonderful weekends my lovelies, see you next week! xx