RIP: Bill Cunningham 1929 – 2016

The Inimitable Bill

The Inimitable Bill

Le Weekend

Bon week-end à tous!

This weekend I will mostly be devouring these cook books I picked up in my local Cancer Research shop. Cooking at my leisure is quite simply one of my favourite ways to unwind. Of course, the resulting foodie treats are a bonus! Kisses.

New In: Iris & Ink Penelope Tank

Penelope Silk Tank

I recently acquired this little number by The Outnet’s home brand Iris and Ink brand new from a leading auction site for a mere £4! Yes, that was four Sterling! Effortlessly wearable, pair with a mid-length pencil skirt or high- waist jeans for an instant relaxed elegance.

Quel Bargain! Quel Bargain!

Mostly Trying: Hemsley & Hemsley Pablo’s Chicken

Whatever would the Colonel Say?!

Whatever would the Colonel Say?!

Last night’s dinner, Hemsley and Hemsley Pablo’s Chicken, Spiralizer sweet potato chips and salad. This was my first attempt using the Hemsley’s recipe for so called “chicken shop chicken”.
My feeling is there are far more straight forward and dare I say tastier ways to achieve a southern fried chicken taste without smothering the chicken in ground almonds. For example, I have used flax-seed in the paste with my own secret spice mix and it was very moreish and seemed lighter also. That being said, I would certainly recommended this recipe if you are a coeliac and struggle to find alternatives to breaded recipes.
I would be interested to know your preferences when it comes to Southern fried chicken mixes.

Snack Attack!,

Generally speaking, if I am to avoid unforeseen snack related naughtiness my best defense is to be prepared! To that end I have stocked up my cupboard this weekend with all manner of healthy health food dross goodness to ensure I am prepared for every snack related craving.

I have some quinoa chips from Eat Real which are really quite moreish (all things considered), some dates to take care of any sweet cravings, coconut flakes to add to cereals and porridge and finally some ground almonds to whip up a batch of the Hemsley and Hemsley ginger biscuits for afternoon tea action. Sorted! x

Mostly Lovin’: Rachel Jackson Initial Ring

A Ring for V

This Art-Deco inspired initial ring by Lancashire born designer Rachel Jackson is personal enough to make an impression but priced at just the right side of forty pound, quel bargain! Jackson’s designs are innovative without costing the earth which is incredibly refreshing in my humble opinion. Check it out before demand pushes up the prices I say. x

Mostly Lovin’: The Leica x-edition with Moncler

The Leica X Edition,

The Leica X Edition

It would seem the fascination with vintage inspired cameras continues marching onward. Sadly, they do not seem to inspire vintage prices! I have long been overdue for a new camera and I believe I’ve found just thing.
French photographer extraordinaire Robert Doisneau famously only used a Leica and if it was good enough for him…

Enter the Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ a collaboration with French sports and clothing brand Moncler. This camera is truly a thing of beauty and with the necessary spec’ to back it up. But at just under two thousand pounds it doesn’t come cheap. Alors, V will be counting her pennies until she can snap this beauty up (see what I did there?!). Bisous à tous.

Mostly Lovin’: Diptyque Do Son

Je Sens Bien!

I am so in love with Diptyque’s Do Son fragrance I could merrily douse myself in it from day to night but I suspect that may be a touch excessive non? A wonderfully fresh unisex scent of Tuberose, Orange Leaves, Pink Peppercorns and Musk, this beautiful, gentle scent transports one to it’s name sake – the beautiful little Vietnamese seaside resort of Do Son. Simply lovely! x

RIP: Prince Rogers Nelson – 1958 – 2016


Mostly Lovin’: Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

I have recently added Pixi’s Glow Tonic to my cleansing faff ritual and so far so velvety. Infused with 5% glycolic acid – a natural derivative of sugar cane and member of the alpha-hydroxy acid family, the glyolic gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells whilst the aloe and witch hazel soothe and hydrate. It’s only been a couple of days but my complexion seems quite happy with this solution. There is a definite glow and softening of my skin. I will update you in a few weeks. Bisous