Mostly Lovin’: Good Intentions

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Skincare Cocktail

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to do the wrong thing? I don’t mean pulling the wings off flies but rather failing to looking after oneself even though you know better.
For example, I currently have a fridge full of plumpcious fruit and vegetables, cupboards brimming with nuts and protein rich delights and yet somehow I find myself inexplicably drawn towards the remnants of the Christmas “naughty draw” where all manner of chocolaty temptations reside.
The funny thing is, I’ve never been a particularly big fan of chocolate, I can generally take it or leave it. It’s the salty indulgences which tend to hold my attention. Perhaps this question goes much deeper than whether or not we choose a wholesome or unhealthy snack but I often wonder why it is so much easier to do the wrong thing despite knowing better. Is it perhaps an unconscious desire to rebel against the constant and dare I say somewhat tiresome images of Instagrammers savouring “smashed” avocado on toast, Chia pudding and the like?

This New Years I made a quiet decision to do better if I know better. I have to admit, it hasn’t always been easy (or successful) but you know what practice makes… x

RIP Nabile Quenum

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Last Rainbow of 2017: Bonne Année à Tous!

Happiness…

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Ossau Iraty & Fourme D’ambert Cheese Plate

Mostly Trying: Bardou Booster Brow

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For reasons known only to the Lord himself, I was born with just the one eyebrow – that is to say I have half an eyebrow (if that) on either side. Thus, since I could firmly grip a pencil I have been “filling in the gaps” so to speak. I am happy to report that things have come along way since then. For instance, one is no longer required to purchase both colour and applicator separately in the new era of eyebrow boosters.

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I had heard a lot of positive feedback regarding Bardou’s Booster Brow which combines filler, a brush and colour in one swoop. I have to admit, I was rather excited when I received the package but the excitement was short-lived. Firstly, the colour is not black/brown but quite clearly brown/brown. The applicator leaves a lot to be desired and is rather similar to an artist’s fine paint brush. I found the brush to be is messy, unrefined and quite simply sloppy.

Conversely, for precision and quick application on the go, I would highly recommend Rimmel London’s Proffesional Eyebrow Pencil. Well priced and well made it gets the job done in seconds. Those with more expensive tastes could opt for Glossier’s “Boy Brow” or Anatasia’s Perfect Brow

Sadly, I feel one would struggle to apply Bardou’s Booster Brow on the daily commute for instance without ending up resembling a close personal friend of Coco the Clown… Bisous

Precise & Cheap as Chips!

Le Weekend: Simple French Cookery by Edna Beilenson

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I love a vintage cook book! I picked up this little gem in a second hand bookstore for the bargain price of £1! Written by Edna Beilenson with illustrations by Ruth McCrea it’s a great addition to any cook’s library.

First published in 1958 by Peter Pauper Press the book opens with a wonderful verse entitled “French Cookery is French Witchery” detailing how one will cast a spell upon all who dine in your company should this book employed.
My favourite recipe has to be Turtle Soup which was considered something of a delicacy but now appears to have disappeared from modern day menus…can’t think why. Grab your copy from Amazon.com and I promise you won’t be sorry. Biosus

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Mostly Lovin’: British Vogue – December Issue

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I am quite simply obsessed with Edward Enninfu’s debut issue for British Vogue! The styling is retro-glam yet infinitely modern and cover girl Adwoa Aboah is spell-binding. I cannot wait to flick through those glossy pages. x

Mostly Lovin’: The Autumn Light

“The Autumn Leaves”

Dinner in Minerve

Le Relais Chantovent’s Beef Tataki

Cassoulet in Castelnaudary

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Note the crust!

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Yum!

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