New In: Leonor Greyl: Huile De Magnolia,

As you know mes amis, I have developed something of an obsession in terms of finding the perfect oil for face, hair, body. I first stumbled across Leonor Greyl’s Huile De Magnolia on my way to the airport in the South Of France. I stopped off for a last minute “beauty-run” (as you do) before heading for departures. This luxurious face and body oil had long been on my “to acquire list”, richly scented with Magnolia Blossom with a deep, rich amber tone, this oil is packed full of pro-Vitamin A to keep your skin soft and smooth and will quench the driest of skins. To be honest, I would have bought it based upon entirely upon the heady Magnolia scent! My only complaint is why 95 mls and not 100 mls?! Il n’y a pas bizarre? x

Mostly Loving': Deliciously Ella’s: Chewy Sultana Cookies

Deliciously Ella

Guilt-free Goodies!

This weekend I had a bash at recreating the Chewy Sultana Cookies from Deliciously Ella’s blog. Mais bien sûr, I added a couple of twists of my own such as coconut flakes and dried cranberries. Quick and very easy to prepare, the resulting cookies were a resounding success chez moi. Great as a healthy filling breakfast on the go or as an afternoon pick-me-up, these tasty treats are a wonderful addition to any working girl’s cooking repertoire. Recipe and cooking instruction are here. Merci Ella! x

Weekend Reading: Eat, Nourish, Glow by Amelia Freer

Eat, Nourish, Glow, Sam Smith diet

Eat, Nourish, Eat?

This weekend I will be devouring Amelia Freer‘s best seller “Eat, Nourish, Glow”. Apparently, this is the diet plan used by singer Sam Smith. I really love the simplicity of Freer’s approach “No matter much money you spend on expensive creams, you can’t undo the cellular damage that sugar causes”. Basically, if you want “the glow” something has to give. Changes must be made and not for a week or a month but indefinitely. This book offers us mere mortals a chance to side-step the waiting list for a consultation with Freer and in doing so make the changes that will get us looking good and feeling great!

Mostly Lovin': Petits Plaisirs de la Vie

Life is Like...

Life is Like…

Mostly Lovin': Himalayan Pink Salt


OK so I am aware that many of my fellow “bloggers” have been bleating on about extolling the virtues of Himalayan Pink Salt for quite some time. Yes, I am somewhat late to the party but I finally had to find out for myself just what all the fuss is about so I wandered down to my local whole foods store.
Pink salt contains the vital minerals such as iron, potassium and magnesium, which are I am told essential to good health. “Mined in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan by Tribal virgins (OK, so I made that bit up), it contains an almost identical set of elements as those in our body – and get this…in the same proportions that occur in our blood. Apparently it is just this high mineral content which causes the distinctive rose pink colour. As for flavour, there is a real roundness to the taste which definitely enhances foods. It seem to draw out the true essence off foods i.e. French fries are quite simply divine sprinkled with the pink stuff. Guacamole is sublime but don’t take my word for it. If you like me have a tendency to be a little heavy-handed with the white stuff make the switch to pink and you won’t look back! x

The Pink Stuff

The Pink Stuff

Oh Boy! Vintage Car Auction

Je sais…this is something of a departure for me but let me tell you, when I saw these beauties at a vintage car auction I like…died! This early 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage is rare and considerably cheaper (I use that term very loosley), than its bretheren the DB4-5-6.

You will note that there is a distinct lack of seat belt action in this vehicle but that mes amis is but a small and irrelevant detail. May I suggest that were one to crash this vehicle one would not wish to live in any case!

This 1962 Jaguar E-Type (above) is without doubt my fantasy dream car par excellence! I dream of this beauty. Granted… generally I am pushing said Jaguar as I do not yet drive but that mes amis again…details, details…

Et finalement, the 1971 Citroen DS21 EFI…truly a thing of ugly beauty. OK, so yes, it was the extraordinary hydro pneumatic suspension of the DS that won me over. The Citroen sports a four speed gearbox with power steering and brakes and features the world famous self-levelling suspension coupled with directional headlights… I mean come on!

Mostly Lovin': Smile Sciences Teeth Whitening Foam

I fear I may be orally fixated. Yes, you read me correctly! I have developed something of a religious approach to teeth cleaning ever since my hygienist spooked me into developing a regime that would put the queen of toothy smiles Julie Roberts to shame. First I floss, then I brush for no less than two minutes, then I use an inter-dental brush. I then rinse with a specialist mouthwash. Finally, I use my newly discovered teeth whitening find ” Dental Cleaning & Whitening Foam” from Smile Science.
What I love about this treatment is that it is peroxide free and non-abrasive enough to be used everyday. Infused with oxygen, the foam gradually lifts stains from the surface enamel and reaches the areas in between the teeth where paste and strips would be left wanting. I’ve been using for a week now and I’m sure I see a difference. I plan to use as a means to maintain pearly-white teeth once I reach the desired level of bling! X

Meaty Monday

Baby Got Back!

Baby Got Back!

Alors, so a less than virtuous start to the week but in the words of my favourite Chef, “what is life if you don’t live a little?” Bravo!

Mostly Lovin': Laurence Dacade

Mesh Macramé Merli Boot

You may remember I have more than a fleeting love of the designs of French shoe designer extraordinaire Laurence Dacade. Just when I think I have found the ultimate boot she goes and does it all again! Quel damage! x

Floral Merli Canvas Boot

Floral Merli Canvas Boot

Leather Shoes in Bordeaux

Leather Shoes in Bordeaux

Deric Leather Sandal

Deric Leather Sandal

Mostly Lovin': The Old House Espadrilles

Free Bag, Happy Days!

So I just received my long awaited pair of traditonally fashioned espadrilles from The Old House boutique and I can tell you I have received more than my fair share of admiring glances aimed at my “plates of meat” (that’s feet to you).

It is difficult to convey just how enamored I am with my recent purchase. Try to imagine if you will a pair a shoes both stylish yet comfortable that instantly make you smile whenever you catch site of them. They arrived complete with a cotton bag perfect for cramming with beach wear and the like, how very thoughtful of them!

Wakey Wakey!


I love the ethos of this company namely that “At The Old House we believe our childhood is the cradle of our inspiration and creativity”, here here say I! I have read that they may cease trading soon which would be an incredible shame. So rarely do I come across a company with an ethical backbone let alone a wonderfully different and well crafted product. It would be such a shame to see them go, please do what you can and stock up lest they disappear all too soon!