Mostly Lovin': Kale Chips for One

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Yum

I like to sprinkle with Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil, Salt, Pepper and a dash of smoked paprika. Remember to keep a close eye on these babies as they do tend to burn quickly…
Check back soon for an up and coming interivew featuring an inspring beauty and “cleaning eating” heroine of mine… x

Winter Wonders

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Laurence Dacade Pete Stud Ankle Boots

It is very difficult to convey just how incomplete my wardrobe is without these amazing Laurence Dacade “Pete” booties. Quite frankly Dacade’s designs are so amazing here’s another pair for your peepers!

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Fabric Achille Calf Boots

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Other Stories Sweater

Mainstream knitwear can so often be dull and sorely lacking in innovation. Not so this design from & Other Stories. A great design at a super price.

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Iris Coat

Many, many years ago (but surprising not that many years ago) I used to “borrow” my brother’s faux fur teddy bear coat. Come to think of it, I’m not sure why my brother had such an item in his closet but I suspect that may be another post… Anyway, this tactile number from Elizabeth and James has my name on it.
This is a tricky style to pull off. Stray too far and you enter “hooker-ville” care of Starski & Hutch Town. Need I say more?

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Seventeen’ by Givenchy.

“Seventeen” watch by Givenchy in Olive green and black grosgrain. Just masculine enough to to sit a-top a delicate wrist.

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‘Approval’ Shirt

I am more than just a little obsessed with obtaining this shirt by Vivienne Westwood. Great with a pencil skirt as well as skinny jeans, parfait.

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Cashmere Jumpsuit by The Elder Statesman

Now…I have thought very long and hard about whether to include this item my friends. Yes, I do realise it’s an all-in-one but it is spun in one hundred percent super-luxe cashmere by The-Elder-Statesman. Just think of the weekends you could have pottering about in this little number, glass of Prosecco in one hand bowl of chips in the other. Lets just be thankful this version comes sans pockets or there is no telling how long it would take for some of us to vacate the kitchen snack draw…

All items available from Net-A-Porter.com

Rest In Peace: Oscar De La Renta

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The Inimitable Monsieur De La Renta – Image Courtesy Freshnet.com

Mostly Lovin': Better You Magnesium Oil Spray

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As you many know, I have once again set myself the challenge of getting trim in the next four weeks or so. To that end I’ve been working out like a maniac to facilitate the process. Whilst I can admit, this somewhat impatient approach is probably not the best attitude to adopt in such circumstances, I really would like to get to get back to what I do best which put quite simply is cooking and eating where I wish to be so to speak without endless months of grape counting. As well as my usual five days a week 10 KM bike ride I am also incorporating some strength training and interval kettle-bell work. I have found the switch-up to be particularity hard on my legs, specifically my thighs. It’s scary just how quickly muscle can grow when training and eating accordingly. Of course, the downside of muscle development is the pain when muscles rip. That is until a friend of mine suggested adding a Magnesium supplement to my diet and a spray formula to tackle topical aches and sprains. Magnesium Oil Spray by Better You is quite simply a life saver.

100 percent natural source, a few spritzes during or after a workout and the pain is all but gone (as is the cowboy walk). I use the “goodnight” version which is also packed full of essential oils such as Bergamot, Clary Sage and Grape Seed which can also help ease sleepless nights. I would highly recommenced this stuff for anyone working out hard, I am also told the bath flakes are particularly relaxing. If you are magnesium deficient it can tingle on first use but this soon disappears to leave silky soothed limbs!

Swedish Interiors In Bloom

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Pretty Hot or What!

As the temperatures have suddenly dipped I have brought my beloved chilli plants inside and away from the elements. They are so incredibly pretty I think they rival my roses in terms of natural beauty. I have found the perfect plant pot from Swedish interiors Artilleriet. Perfekt!

Skultuna Flower Pot Swedish Interiors In Bloom

Ooooh… Shiny!

“Courgetti” Pasta

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I have a wedding coming up and the race is on yet again to shift some lumps and bumps in time for a glamorous winter ceremony. This flavourful dinner of courgette strips tossed in olive oil, anchovy, olives, capers and baby plum tomatoes is a great way to impart some flavour without the calories. I like to cook my courgetti on the al dente side to leave a little bite. Lets be clear, I think this recipe works a whole lot better with my favourite pasta-of-pasta’s Orecchiette but we’ll forget that minor details for now shall we…

Mostly Lovin': Balmain Silk Perfume

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Show Stopper!

Have I told you how amazing my hair smells of late? Really.. I haven’t? Silly me. Since discovering Balmain Silk Perfume my tresses currently exude the perfume of a freshly styled, buffed and manicured supermodel, no really. I can’t explain how lovely this stuff smells except to say think Gisele skipping through a field of Fresias. OK, I’ll try harder, a lightweight leave-in conditioner with a summery, sherbet, fresh scent enriched with Argan and Silk proteins, once you start spritzing with this stuff it’s really quite hard to stop. I love that it has multiple uses as a detangler, conditioner for both hair and scalp all the while adding shine and protection against external damage.

I am reliably informed this is the final touch for models taking to the catwalk at Balmain shows, alors what more could a girl ask for?

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