10 Top Stories – Quick 2014 Round-Up

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1) Hair cut and a telling off here

2) Eavesdropping, Spanish Steps Style here

3) Overheard amusing conversation on the London tube here

4) 10 reasons you know you live with an Italian here

5) Magazine moment and inspiration ladies here

6) The date, nutella-dilemma and ivy embellished bars here 

aka “Why American boy when you are in Italia?

7) Jazz moment: here

8) Paris, Paris, Paris

9) New years resolutions of 2014 – being flawless isn’t always necessary or all that exciting here

10) Roman Insults, Yoga & a Revelation here

 

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So Long Christmas And A Happy New Year!

Christmas has come and gone, decorations are being pulled down in favour of healthy, fresh food, hyacinths and other bright signs of spring. Trainers are being dusted off (ahem) and I am SO looking forward to longer, lighter days.

 

After a request, I have rounded up four of my favourite beauty items this Christmas that got me through the relentless and raucous party season.

 

In order of appearance:

 

1) ClarinsInstant Light Lip Balm Perfector in 02 Apricot Shimmer

 

A delicious, honey-textured lip gel that is soothing and adds a touch of pinky colour as if bee-stung. Nice little size for the hand bag or coat/jean pocket for much needed party/January touch ups. It softens and plumps your lips and doesn’t get stuck to your hair which is nice. Perfect for slicking on in between coffee dates/sales shopping and just a nifty, little, bullet lippy.

 

£ 16

 

Buy here

 

Laura MercierTinted Moisturiser – Oil Free

 

This delicately veils all manner of sins, (late nights, Christmas chocolates and bubbly champagne) and is big enough to be worth the spend as it lasts a little while. (Mine has so far lasted over a year). Appears completely natural on the skin and not like you’ve spent hours honing your face like a mad woman. Its moisturising quality mean the cream absorbs seamlessly into the skin so you don’t feel like you have tons of slap on.

 

£ 34

 

Buy here

 

NARS – Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne 9476

 

Luxurious, seductive and bold, this is one of the sexiest purchases you might make this end of 2015. Silky and dramatic, you’ll feel (and look) pretty remarkable leaving the house with this on.

 

£ 21.60/$ 34

 

Buy here

 

Benefit – They’re Real! Mascara

 

This is one of the best mascaras ever. It doesn’t have a weird shaped wand that promises Disney Princess eyelashes, but instead will utterly, lusciously enhance your own, thickening and lengthening each one lovingly and individually. More expensive than a lot of the high street brands but again, I’ve found it lasts a while. In this case, believe the hype.

 

£ 19.50

 

Buy here

 

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Wintry Snippets of Home/English Countryside – Nostalgic Already

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Insta-What? & Colourful Sprouts

Have you been on Instagram at all recently?

I accidentally click on the app on my phone then remembered just in time I was avoiding the digital version of a pesty tick also known as checking Instagram every dull moment during the course of my attempted tech-free holiday (writing The Signorina excluded of course. Ahem.)

The question is, what did we do before instant access to pouty, picture-perfect, beanie-clad, eye-lash wafting gorgeous humans bouncing out of our screen in all their filtered glory? Or indeed, bikini-clad lovelies posing against trees when all you wanted was a couple of yoga tips? Or of course the ever – present ‘avocados and nuts is all I’m having’ pics.

Where are the ‘slumped against the Christmas tree after too many [insert fave Christmas nibble here]’ pictures?

Or, indeed, the ‘bundled up in granny’s one hundred year old jumpers because I left my fluffy H&M one on the side of a gate when I was chasing sheep?’

Or… ‘Me with thirteen mince pies in my mouth and still smiling’?

OR…I could go on.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the ‘be the best eva yet that you can be eva’ mantra and delicious, eager healthy plates of colourful food is going to be all I’m about come January.

But for now, a little more of the cheeky, “you wouldn’t catch me doing this if it wasn’t Christmas/New Year” stuff, please.

In the mean time, a piccy of tangerines and their pals parsnips and sprouts (don’t see many sprouts on the web do you?) as I like the colours.

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Nutella Hot Chocolate

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 Just climbed a frosty mountain? Braved the weather in wellies and a hat damp from the Christmas Day walk yesterday in an effort to feel hungry again? Perching by the fire with a frozen nose?

 

Nutella hot chocolate is the thing to make yourself/loved ones this Christmas, (if you haven’t already dissolved into a champagne & brandy soaked sugar cube yet that is.)

 

It is sweet, indulgent and cosy – so that is 3 hearty yes’s from us.

 

You literally just need milk, a big dollop of Nutella (per person) and something hot in which to bubble it all up together.

 

What are you still doing sitting there?

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Letter Press Gold Leaf

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Gold Leaf Christmas Cards

 

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Christmas is almost upon us! With it the house is filling with food, fires, mince pies and an endless chain of hot drinks…

The Christmas tree in all its glory

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Why Love Actually Is Actually The Best Christmas Film

Billed as the “ultimate romantic comedy”, Love Actually is one of the films we watch intentionally or unintentionally with popcorn/mulled wine/hot chocolate around Christmas. At the very least it will be on in the background once this festive season, I bet my baubles.

Ponderings/reasons we love it…

  • We’ve all experienced that opening airport moment where the feeling of joy/sadness/belonging soars above and beyond most normal moment
  • Prompts you to wonder, a) what is Martine McCutcheon up to now?
  • b) how the little lovesick boy got so tall and how he ended up on Game of Thrones?
  • A moping Liam Neeson in cosy, long, sleeve GAP tops
  • Why does Darcy get cheated on by a fluey, half-naked wife-vixen?
  • Where do Emma Thompson & Liam Neeson find those beautiful, homely, food and flower-filled London homes?
  • Colin Firth makes running away from reality/your problems to a foreign country OK
  • When Colin Firth is in France and the lady who welcomes him says:

“She cannot speak French, just like you” – Erasmus Flashback

  • Haven’t we all accidentally done the awkward double-palm, grin wave that Hugh Grant bestows upon inconvenient colleague crush Martine in an effort to flirt?
  • When Liam Neeson casually meets Claudia Schiffer in the school corridor after the Nativity play – make mental note to be yummy mummy

HAPPY WATCHING

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How To Be The MOST Christmas

9 ways to show your fellow commuters & colleagues you are ready for Christmas

1) Sellotape tinsel to your face for instant Christmas effect

2) Have a wear of a Rudolf Christmas onesie, perhaps in between meetings at work, to make other colleagues smile and know you are the most ready for Christmas

3) Sew a traditional Christmas chipolata down your face so that people will think you are the most Christmas when they are having a look at your face

4) When someone next to you on the tube is reading or listening to music, remove headphones/take book and sing instead to fellow commuter who is ready to enjoy your Christmas carolling

5) Manoeuvre via elvin twirls as you make your way from the bus to the tube station/office instead of dull walking

6) Perhaps there is a delay and you are surrounded by fed up commuters who look a) angry b) tired c) grumpy d) anxious. What better way to lift their spirits and remind them of Christmas than scattering fake snow on the bus/tube floor, where bits may even settle on said commuters hair or, even better, eyelashes causing Christmas cheer

7) Wear a plastic red nose and (cover the elastic band with your hair) to show you are the most Christmas

8) Produce hand-painted crackers to fellow commuters for them to take to work and know Christmas is coming

9) Put flour in your hair and a red Christmas hat on your chin so that from upside down people will think you are Father Christmas

How have you been the most Christmas?

Good luck!

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Vogue Night Out

Here are some pictures from the Vogue Night Out I attended recently.

Serene ballet dancers performed sequences in gleaming shop windows; a glamorous string quartet embellished with handsome waiters clutching trays of fluorescent Aperol Spritz, beckoning you in.

Bursts of white flowers placed as gorgeous centrepieces, like elegant frothy explosions in the middle of the floor, cherry-flavoured vodka poured silkily into pristine cocktail glasses…

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