Mostly Lovin': Porselli Ballet Shoes

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Porselli in Terracotta

I for one have long admired the humble ballet pump. It has come and gone into fashion but as a sure-fire classic it will never truly disappear. I have often felt the trick to wearing ballet pumps is to choose the correct shape for your feet. For example, if you have wide feet you may wish to steer clear of French Sole’s India shoe. It is low cut and with a narrow fit. Op for the “classic”, which as the name suggests has a classic cut with zero toe cleavage and a medium width fitting.

My current favourite ballet pump is made by Italian house Porselli. Crafted from a hundred percent calfskin with a rounded toe an adjustable lace around opening, it is a truly flattering yet comfortable fit. What’s your preferred ballet flat?

Sunday Walk in Greenwich Park

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I for one intend to make the most of these residual summer days. Comme d’habitude it’s not long before the call of Greenwich Park reaches me and off I trot. As this could well be my last autumn in London (more on that soon) I thought I would marry two of my great loves…happy days!

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Lavera Organic Wild Rose Deodorant

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Natural Wild Rose Deodorant

I have long been of the opinion that the deodorant one chooses to use (or not, phew!) acts as additional layer of fragrance. Until recently I have been using Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist but you know me… very occasionally I like to switch things up! I would love to switch permantley to an organic deodorant so for the last week or so I have been trying out Lavera’s Organic Wild Rose Deodorant spray. It is important to allow at least two weeks for your body to adjust when switching to an organic deodorant so I will comment on performance in a few weeks. If it performs anything as good as it smells then the level of protection should be super! x

Mostly Lovin': My Autumn 2014 List

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Lanvin Sugar Quilted Shoulder Bag

Oh boy, look at the buttery softness of that leather, what a thing of beauty!

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Saint Laurent Glitter-finished pumps

I mean seriously…what’s not to love about these shoes? A wearable heel combined with glitter and the oh so lady-like ankle straps. Can’t you just picture yourself skipping down the lane?

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Pilotto Textured-Wool-Blend-Poloneck

I love a good autumn sweater and this one has just enough going on to distract from any lumps and bumps one may wish to disguise shall we say…

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Burberry Blanket Coat

There’s some about a “blanket coat” that really appeals to me. Could it be the close relation to my duvet…perhaps…

Weekend in Oxford (or Thereabouts)

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Country Retreat

This weekend I had what can only be described as the most relaxing, low key yet rejuvenating weekend in Oxfordshire. En route to a little known former country pile nestled just outside Oxford, we headed off for two days of R&R with only the stunning surrounding countryside, a spa and mini-gym (which we religiously peered into each morning and then carried on about the business of relaxation…piff!) for company.
Much of my time was spent eating, planning what I intended to eat later, or thinking about what I should wear…well to eat dinner that evening. As much as I would love to tell you where we stayed I have been sworn to secrecy as apparently it is something of a local well-known secret. Suffice to say, you wouldn’t have to look to hard should you find yourself in Abingdon one day but I’ve already said too much! x

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View from my Room

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View from the Bar

Mostly Lovin': A View!

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Caribbean Sunset…Ahh

Mostly Lovin': Zara Linen T-Shirt

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Image Courtesy Zara.com

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New in a grey marl linen Tee from Zara. As you know, I love a well cut t-shirt and this one sits quite well and is great for the recent hazy summer days. I do believe my mother has her eye on my new acquisition so clearly these beauties are great for ladies of all ages. Fantastique hein?!

Mostly Lovin': Rachel Khoo’s Cauliflower Butter Bean Burger

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Don’t Skimp on the Cheese!

Now you know I adore my vegetables particularly when partnered with cheese! I have “borrowed” this lovely Cauliflower and Butter Bean burger recipe from the delightful Chef Rachel Khoo. What I love about Rachel’s cooking is that she factors in a lot of interesting flavourful vegetarian dishes even though she herself is not a vegetarian. The method couldn’t be simpler – mash a tin of butter beans and add to some steamed cauliflower, half a teaspoon of French mustard, grated Swiss Gruy√®re or Old Amsterdam Cheese (I will leave the amount of cheese to your discretion). Mould into patties and fry in rapeseed oil until golden. One thing to note – make sure you have the ratio of cauliflower to beans right to ensure your burger is firm rather than a watery mass… jouir! x

Day at Devils Dyke

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Devils Dyke Valley

Mostly Lovin': Net-a-Porter: Well Trained

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Image net-a-porter.com

I for one am loving the new specialist workout range available from net-a-porter.com As you know, I’m a sucker for well designed sports wear that will allow me to slouch whilst simultaneously looking as though I were about to break into a half marathon at any given moment. Gold star! x