Sunday, 24 June 2012

A little something in the Sales.

Found under the Mulberry bush!.... Yes the Mulberry collection has grown slightly on the back of the recent sale!..



I can't share all my sale purchases with you all, as a lot of them are for birthdays and Christmas, but I can share with you a couple of treats for me!...
A lovely cream Daria tote, and a grey messenger bag from Mulberry, a navy Marc Jacobs iPad cover and a red Michael Kors phone holder, all looking very patriotic on my throw!

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Coffee, chatting & chilling...

Pretty much sums up my weekend.... all my plans were very last minute, which for those that know me is very unusual as I like to be planned & organised!
Friday evening I caught up with my oldest friend K, and my godson H to celebrate his 7th birthday and share a takeaway with them and their family.I haven't seen them since before Easter, so it was lovely catching up and spend time with the boys.
Saturday morning was spent at brothers with him and the kids which was lovely and then Saturday afternoon I picked up 'bestie' J for an impromptu afternoon shopping and gossiping over coffee... We headed into Romford, where we transgressed to being teenagers again!... after bimbling around and purchasing 2 pairs of shoes for the summer,
we stopped off at Starbucks for a quick coffee...


an hour later!.. it was then a mad dash to sainsburys for me to get some food!
Dinner purchased we then popped in the pub for a quick drink on the way home and for J to meet up with other half. After a quick drink I left them there so that I could drop my shopping home and then meet up with my friend M for a belated birthday Indian....
I am very lucky to have some amazing friends, who regardless of when and how we spend time together it's always just right. June has definitely been about spending time with special people, what with my weekend with C & co over the jubilee and now an impromptu weekend with the K & J it's been lovely.
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Monday, 18 June 2012

it's the little things....

that have put a smile on my face of late....
if you are like me and now completely fed up with the weather, and feeling cold & damp ( yes its June, I know that its Britain, but even for our standards, we could do with a little sunshine and blue skys for more than 1 day?)... so I've been trying to banish a few of the brolly blues...
1. Silk - BBC drama starring Maxine Peake and the delicious Rupert Penry Jones.. who as most of you know I'm a bit of a fan.. and bravo to the BBC, as episodes 1-3 hooked the ladies in with gratuitous shots of Rupert in various states of undress!... i was quite happy!. Series 2 has been grittier than series 1, with some great supporting cast members. The British legal service has never looked sexier, last in the series this week ;-(
2. My 2nd TV treat is Revenge - episode 4 tonight on E4 (all previous episodes available on 4OD) Oh my this is fabulous, set in the Hamptons is full of glamour, greed and one girls orchestrated revenge... I'm loving it!
see trailer...
3. Pinterest .... WARNING you can loose hours on this, its like scrapbooking online. I'm also loving that some retailers have now signed up to this.. Cath Kidston is one which makes compiling your wish list even more prettier.. loving it.
4. This weekend I caught the trainer for Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello from True Blood... a chick flick that needs to be seen on the BIG screen!... great to while away a couple of hours during the football!...
that's it for me today.... whats made you smile this week?.. enjoy x

Sunday, 17 June 2012

recent reads....

its been a while since I posted a 'reading' post and it isn't because I haven't had my head in a book... Ive been going into work early and at 6.05 I'm just about awake!... so the reading has been a little slower and the To Read pile is growing!
I have following last months post now finished the "Fifty" trilogy.. and think that the 3rd book is probably the one I enjoyed the most... it has become a phenomenon with sales now approaching 1million... and I get why, its this century's M&B equivalent, with us all hankering a happy ending, one of mt friends thought it was all a bit tame (so we are now scouring her house for a hidden control room!) which made us laugh lots. I'm now interested in how they will adapt the film and who will play Mr Fifty shades of Grey himself!...
Other reads I want to share are:
  • The Runaway Actress ~ Victoria Connelly - Connie Gordon is an A-list actress who flees Hollywood to a sleepy Scottish village to escape the stresses of LA life.Lochnabrae is the village her mother once lived and now the home of Connie's fan club, where they take the actress under their wing. Its a good read with lots of characters, a real brit flick read... quirky and fun in the realms of Nottinghill... 8/10
  • All that Glitters ~ Ilana Fox - Ella Aldridge is married to one of the Premierships most loved footballers Danny Riding, they are the dream couple... but is it all as it seems?... can life be that perfect? Ella is thrown into the TV and magazine world and meets bad boy of Brit TV Johnny Cooper..where overnight her life unravels...I read this book on a rainy afternoon and loved it... a great pool read (available on kindle now & in paperback from august)... perfect read to whilst away a few hours during euro 2012... lifes not all it seems as a WAG!...8/10
  • Pear Shaped ~ Stella Newman - this is the first novel from Stella and its a great read, its not your typical chicklit, it tackles some serious issues,with warmth, wit and a very british humour!... Sophie walks into a bar one night and meets James.. a guy that in her mind is too good to be true!... maybe she should have stuck with her 1st impression?... Sophies other thorn in her side is her boss... who makes David Brent look warm & fluffy... a tale of love, heartbreak and food!... a must for anyone who's loved too much, lost a little and eaten far too much dessert!...9/10
In the back of Stella's book are some fabulous eateries in London & New York which I have devoured as most of you know I'm a London girl with her a little bit of her heart in New York... so cant wait to check some of these out... also check out Stella's blog which is delicious.
so whats on your reading list this month?......

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Yellow turns Red...

Today the yellow store became red for a few days.... Yes it's Sale time! ...


One of my team & I drove into London this morning at 6am Which was bathed in beautiful sunshine ready for the fun to begin!...


Unlike Boxing day where people Q from the early hours, "summer" sale is a little bit more refined!.
Menswear launched yesterday, and everything else launched today. I had my list, I try to get as many birthday & christmas presents as I can during sale and then put them into my present cupboard (It's the only time I'm organised!!!!.).... As you can see I did manage a few prezzies, desk was a little congested today.


And maybe a little treat for me!... Mulberry & McQueen ...oops!

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Melissa Nathan awards....

Many months ago I received a box of books to read and review for part of the Melissa Nathan book award for Comedy Romance.
Three of my favourite reads from last year made it into the final selection.



I am thrilled that Jenny Colgan won the final award for her book Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe.... One of my favourite reads from last year.



For those of you not familiar with Melissa Nathan, check out her story here a fabulous author and much missed in the chicklit world.
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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Jam packed jubilee ...part 2

Continuing on from part 1 of my jam packed jubilee... Here is part 2! On the Monday of jubilee weekend my friend C hosted a jubilee afternoon tea.
We had great fun pulling together a table of treats. We amalgamated our collection of vintage royal china for a British flower display, which complimented the cupcake thrones. As you can see the table looked a treat.

Lucy did a great job with the jubilee trifle.... One of the biggest hits of the day were the mini milk bottles, which did a great job housing the Pimms! The day was originally planned to be in the garden, but the weather although dry was a bit too cold, so we dressed the room and ourselves appropriately!

After fun in the afternoon, we all settled down in the evening to watch the Jubilee concert, highlight for me was the fireworks which were spectacular.

London looked amazing, great job done.
After a very hectic weekend it was time to pack my bags and head back home ( which is just around the corner!) it was a real treat staying with C&D for the weekend, something I haven't done for a very long time.
X
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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jam packed jubilee....part1

My life sometimes resembles that feeling that you have when waiting at a bus stop, wait ages for something to come along and then lots of things come altogether,just like buses!. The jubilee weekend was a little like that for me. In the space of 4 days I hosted a retirement party, had a wedding cake for a friend comprising of 180 cupcakes to make & deliver, spent a day out in London and assisted with a Jubilee afternoon tea party!



On the Friday before the jubilee, one of my team retired after 28 years, so a retirement afternoon tea was required, along with a cake made by myself. During the week he also had 3 leaving do's!....Cake & presents were transported into London on the morning that the household cavalry were practising the jubilee parade! Which was fantastic to see, but a little frustrating stuck in traffic at 6am.Send off for Mr C was great fun with a few tears shed at the end, he has been one of the nicest people that I have worked with and will be truly missed...
Retirement party complete my next task was the wedding cake. This compromised of a two tier cake for the top, chocolate & fruit, with 5 different flavoured cupcakes, chocolate, vanilla, carrot, toffee & coffee, all to compliment the cappuccino colouring of the wedding.
I decamped to my friends house after the baking was complete for a mammoth ice and mini meltdown, in between this we spent a fun filled afternoon in London and an evening with Russell!.Sunday morning dawned early for completion of cupcakes and along with carrot cake pops for the kids, all was delivered safely, and bride happy.



Sunday evening was spent recuperating on the sofa, preparing ourselves for a Jubilee garden party on the Monday.... Part 2 to follow!
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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee Proms...

After our tea, and for our final treat of the day, we headed to the Royal Albert Hall for an evening of jubilation for the Queens jubilee concert hosted by Russell Watson.
The evening exceeded my expectations as we were seated in a box and it was just like last night of the Proms.


Conducted by the charismatic Jae Alexander, played by the Royal Philamonic
Orchestra, and supported by the London choral society, Welsh male choir and Military wives, Russell was the perfect host.
With classics like Jerusalem, Amazing grace, Zadok the priest, Greensleeves, We'll meet again, the horn pipe, Land of hope & glory and Rule Britannia it was a rousing evening and made us both proud to be British.


A perfect end to a fabulous day in London...best of british...
I did take some video with my new camera, but need some lessons on posting to You tube!.. Once I have mastered this I will upload some links..

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Jubilee Tea....

After our round of golf on the roof, we descended down to street level and headed over to Fortnum & Masons for afternoon jubilee tea...
We walked the back streets taking in the sights and displays of jubilee windows, via Claridges and Bond street... Loved the champagne butlers in bowlers in Jimmy Choo and the silver leaf Macaron's in Lauduree...and the Keep it clean for the Queen signage from Pret!...


Fortnums was festooned with bunting & regalier inside and out, ready for the big street party the following day, which was attended by Charles & Camilla.
Situated on the 4th floor the Tea salon is light and airy and is styled in the F&M turquoise. The tables are well spaced so that you don't feel like you are sitting on top of each other.
The tea was not without mishap!... C managed to decorate the tablecloth, and loose all her tea leaves forgetting to use the strainer!.. She got me so flummoxed I managed to loose the sugar bowl lid inside the sugar bowl!... I'm never a clutz, but I was on this afternoon!!!...



Tea was lovely, scones & raspberry jam were delicious, however the service left much to be desired, not the best that I have had.
However service aside, we had much fun and laughed lots..

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Up on the Roof...

Last Saturday my friend C & I spent a jubilee filled day in London, the day started at Selfridges where we spent an hour on the roof playing crazy golf!
The legendary Bompass & Parr have collaborated with Selfridges again to install a cake themed 9 hole crazy golf course on the roof alongside an eatery from Daylesford.
The course is eccentric, fun, and quaint essentially British, with holes featuring Big Ben, Gherkin, jelly styled St Paul's cathedral, Tower Bridge complete with the rising road & river!, St Brides church, Nelsons column, and the big yellow store itself Selfidges...
Stepping into the personalised lift which transports you to the roof, you are led into a corridor of bunting and golf ball & strawberry festooned walls the fun begins...


We had lots of fun, met some pearly kings & queens on our travels and laughed lots... and decided that golf probably isn't a sport that we were ever going to win any awards in!....


After a leisurely drink, and a chance to take in the view across the London landscape we headed back down to street level for our next adventure in London...
Bookings available during the summer until September.. Here
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Sunday, 24 June 2012

A little something in the Sales.

Found under the Mulberry bush!.... Yes the Mulberry collection has grown slightly on the back of the recent sale!..



I can't share all my sale purchases with you all, as a lot of them are for birthdays and Christmas, but I can share with you a couple of treats for me!...
A lovely cream Daria tote, and a grey messenger bag from Mulberry, a navy Marc Jacobs iPad cover and a red Michael Kors phone holder, all looking very patriotic on my throw!

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Coffee, chatting & chilling...

Pretty much sums up my weekend.... all my plans were very last minute, which for those that know me is very unusual as I like to be planned & organised!
Friday evening I caught up with my oldest friend K, and my godson H to celebrate his 7th birthday and share a takeaway with them and their family.I haven't seen them since before Easter, so it was lovely catching up and spend time with the boys.
Saturday morning was spent at brothers with him and the kids which was lovely and then Saturday afternoon I picked up 'bestie' J for an impromptu afternoon shopping and gossiping over coffee... We headed into Romford, where we transgressed to being teenagers again!... after bimbling around and purchasing 2 pairs of shoes for the summer,
we stopped off at Starbucks for a quick coffee...


an hour later!.. it was then a mad dash to sainsburys for me to get some food!
Dinner purchased we then popped in the pub for a quick drink on the way home and for J to meet up with other half. After a quick drink I left them there so that I could drop my shopping home and then meet up with my friend M for a belated birthday Indian....
I am very lucky to have some amazing friends, who regardless of when and how we spend time together it's always just right. June has definitely been about spending time with special people, what with my weekend with C & co over the jubilee and now an impromptu weekend with the K & J it's been lovely.
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Monday, 18 June 2012

it's the little things....

that have put a smile on my face of late....
if you are like me and now completely fed up with the weather, and feeling cold & damp ( yes its June, I know that its Britain, but even for our standards, we could do with a little sunshine and blue skys for more than 1 day?)... so I've been trying to banish a few of the brolly blues...
1. Silk - BBC drama starring Maxine Peake and the delicious Rupert Penry Jones.. who as most of you know I'm a bit of a fan.. and bravo to the BBC, as episodes 1-3 hooked the ladies in with gratuitous shots of Rupert in various states of undress!... i was quite happy!. Series 2 has been grittier than series 1, with some great supporting cast members. The British legal service has never looked sexier, last in the series this week ;-(
2. My 2nd TV treat is Revenge - episode 4 tonight on E4 (all previous episodes available on 4OD) Oh my this is fabulous, set in the Hamptons is full of glamour, greed and one girls orchestrated revenge... I'm loving it!
see trailer...
3. Pinterest .... WARNING you can loose hours on this, its like scrapbooking online. I'm also loving that some retailers have now signed up to this.. Cath Kidston is one which makes compiling your wish list even more prettier.. loving it.
4. This weekend I caught the trainer for Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello from True Blood... a chick flick that needs to be seen on the BIG screen!... great to while away a couple of hours during the football!...
that's it for me today.... whats made you smile this week?.. enjoy x

Sunday, 17 June 2012

recent reads....

its been a while since I posted a 'reading' post and it isn't because I haven't had my head in a book... Ive been going into work early and at 6.05 I'm just about awake!... so the reading has been a little slower and the To Read pile is growing!
I have following last months post now finished the "Fifty" trilogy.. and think that the 3rd book is probably the one I enjoyed the most... it has become a phenomenon with sales now approaching 1million... and I get why, its this century's M&B equivalent, with us all hankering a happy ending, one of mt friends thought it was all a bit tame (so we are now scouring her house for a hidden control room!) which made us laugh lots. I'm now interested in how they will adapt the film and who will play Mr Fifty shades of Grey himself!...
Other reads I want to share are:
  • The Runaway Actress ~ Victoria Connelly - Connie Gordon is an A-list actress who flees Hollywood to a sleepy Scottish village to escape the stresses of LA life.Lochnabrae is the village her mother once lived and now the home of Connie's fan club, where they take the actress under their wing. Its a good read with lots of characters, a real brit flick read... quirky and fun in the realms of Nottinghill... 8/10
  • All that Glitters ~ Ilana Fox - Ella Aldridge is married to one of the Premierships most loved footballers Danny Riding, they are the dream couple... but is it all as it seems?... can life be that perfect? Ella is thrown into the TV and magazine world and meets bad boy of Brit TV Johnny Cooper..where overnight her life unravels...I read this book on a rainy afternoon and loved it... a great pool read (available on kindle now & in paperback from august)... perfect read to whilst away a few hours during euro 2012... lifes not all it seems as a WAG!...8/10
  • Pear Shaped ~ Stella Newman - this is the first novel from Stella and its a great read, its not your typical chicklit, it tackles some serious issues,with warmth, wit and a very british humour!... Sophie walks into a bar one night and meets James.. a guy that in her mind is too good to be true!... maybe she should have stuck with her 1st impression?... Sophies other thorn in her side is her boss... who makes David Brent look warm & fluffy... a tale of love, heartbreak and food!... a must for anyone who's loved too much, lost a little and eaten far too much dessert!...9/10
In the back of Stella's book are some fabulous eateries in London & New York which I have devoured as most of you know I'm a London girl with her a little bit of her heart in New York... so cant wait to check some of these out... also check out Stella's blog which is delicious.
so whats on your reading list this month?......

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Yellow turns Red...

Today the yellow store became red for a few days.... Yes it's Sale time! ...


One of my team & I drove into London this morning at 6am Which was bathed in beautiful sunshine ready for the fun to begin!...


Unlike Boxing day where people Q from the early hours, "summer" sale is a little bit more refined!.
Menswear launched yesterday, and everything else launched today. I had my list, I try to get as many birthday & christmas presents as I can during sale and then put them into my present cupboard (It's the only time I'm organised!!!!.).... As you can see I did manage a few prezzies, desk was a little congested today.


And maybe a little treat for me!... Mulberry & McQueen ...oops!

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Melissa Nathan awards....

Many months ago I received a box of books to read and review for part of the Melissa Nathan book award for Comedy Romance.
Three of my favourite reads from last year made it into the final selection.



I am thrilled that Jenny Colgan won the final award for her book Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe.... One of my favourite reads from last year.



For those of you not familiar with Melissa Nathan, check out her story here a fabulous author and much missed in the chicklit world.
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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Jam packed jubilee ...part 2

Continuing on from part 1 of my jam packed jubilee... Here is part 2! On the Monday of jubilee weekend my friend C hosted a jubilee afternoon tea.
We had great fun pulling together a table of treats. We amalgamated our collection of vintage royal china for a British flower display, which complimented the cupcake thrones. As you can see the table looked a treat.

Lucy did a great job with the jubilee trifle.... One of the biggest hits of the day were the mini milk bottles, which did a great job housing the Pimms! The day was originally planned to be in the garden, but the weather although dry was a bit too cold, so we dressed the room and ourselves appropriately!

After fun in the afternoon, we all settled down in the evening to watch the Jubilee concert, highlight for me was the fireworks which were spectacular.

London looked amazing, great job done.
After a very hectic weekend it was time to pack my bags and head back home ( which is just around the corner!) it was a real treat staying with C&D for the weekend, something I haven't done for a very long time.
X
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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jam packed jubilee....part1

My life sometimes resembles that feeling that you have when waiting at a bus stop, wait ages for something to come along and then lots of things come altogether,just like buses!. The jubilee weekend was a little like that for me. In the space of 4 days I hosted a retirement party, had a wedding cake for a friend comprising of 180 cupcakes to make & deliver, spent a day out in London and assisted with a Jubilee afternoon tea party!



On the Friday before the jubilee, one of my team retired after 28 years, so a retirement afternoon tea was required, along with a cake made by myself. During the week he also had 3 leaving do's!....Cake & presents were transported into London on the morning that the household cavalry were practising the jubilee parade! Which was fantastic to see, but a little frustrating stuck in traffic at 6am.Send off for Mr C was great fun with a few tears shed at the end, he has been one of the nicest people that I have worked with and will be truly missed...
Retirement party complete my next task was the wedding cake. This compromised of a two tier cake for the top, chocolate & fruit, with 5 different flavoured cupcakes, chocolate, vanilla, carrot, toffee & coffee, all to compliment the cappuccino colouring of the wedding.
I decamped to my friends house after the baking was complete for a mammoth ice and mini meltdown, in between this we spent a fun filled afternoon in London and an evening with Russell!.Sunday morning dawned early for completion of cupcakes and along with carrot cake pops for the kids, all was delivered safely, and bride happy.



Sunday evening was spent recuperating on the sofa, preparing ourselves for a Jubilee garden party on the Monday.... Part 2 to follow!
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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee Proms...

After our tea, and for our final treat of the day, we headed to the Royal Albert Hall for an evening of jubilation for the Queens jubilee concert hosted by Russell Watson.
The evening exceeded my expectations as we were seated in a box and it was just like last night of the Proms.


Conducted by the charismatic Jae Alexander, played by the Royal Philamonic
Orchestra, and supported by the London choral society, Welsh male choir and Military wives, Russell was the perfect host.
With classics like Jerusalem, Amazing grace, Zadok the priest, Greensleeves, We'll meet again, the horn pipe, Land of hope & glory and Rule Britannia it was a rousing evening and made us both proud to be British.


A perfect end to a fabulous day in London...best of british...
I did take some video with my new camera, but need some lessons on posting to You tube!.. Once I have mastered this I will upload some links..

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Jubilee Tea....

After our round of golf on the roof, we descended down to street level and headed over to Fortnum & Masons for afternoon jubilee tea...
We walked the back streets taking in the sights and displays of jubilee windows, via Claridges and Bond street... Loved the champagne butlers in bowlers in Jimmy Choo and the silver leaf Macaron's in Lauduree...and the Keep it clean for the Queen signage from Pret!...


Fortnums was festooned with bunting & regalier inside and out, ready for the big street party the following day, which was attended by Charles & Camilla.
Situated on the 4th floor the Tea salon is light and airy and is styled in the F&M turquoise. The tables are well spaced so that you don't feel like you are sitting on top of each other.
The tea was not without mishap!... C managed to decorate the tablecloth, and loose all her tea leaves forgetting to use the strainer!.. She got me so flummoxed I managed to loose the sugar bowl lid inside the sugar bowl!... I'm never a clutz, but I was on this afternoon!!!...



Tea was lovely, scones & raspberry jam were delicious, however the service left much to be desired, not the best that I have had.
However service aside, we had much fun and laughed lots..

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Up on the Roof...

Last Saturday my friend C & I spent a jubilee filled day in London, the day started at Selfridges where we spent an hour on the roof playing crazy golf!
The legendary Bompass & Parr have collaborated with Selfridges again to install a cake themed 9 hole crazy golf course on the roof alongside an eatery from Daylesford.
The course is eccentric, fun, and quaint essentially British, with holes featuring Big Ben, Gherkin, jelly styled St Paul's cathedral, Tower Bridge complete with the rising road & river!, St Brides church, Nelsons column, and the big yellow store itself Selfidges...
Stepping into the personalised lift which transports you to the roof, you are led into a corridor of bunting and golf ball & strawberry festooned walls the fun begins...


We had lots of fun, met some pearly kings & queens on our travels and laughed lots... and decided that golf probably isn't a sport that we were ever going to win any awards in!....


After a leisurely drink, and a chance to take in the view across the London landscape we headed back down to street level for our next adventure in London...
Bookings available during the summer until September.. Here
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