A large group of us met for dinner on Saturday night for a celebration. We chose Coworth Park as it is equidistant for everyone. It was as beautiful as ever, if I were to throw away everything in my flat and start again, it would be this style that I would go for. There are flowers every where and it feels so fresh and alive, not like regular stuffy hotels. It is still great value, the set menu is £60 and I lost count of the number of courses. We had our own room which was the orangery off of the main restaurant, so we could still people watch to our hearts content, but not worry about making too much noise. The service was impeccable, the staff seem genuinely happy to work there. If you live anywhere near Ascot go now before it doubles in price! I wore skirt and top from Coast and Dior heels, all the guests were quite dressed up which makes the atmosphere all the more special.
Monday, 23 April 2012
Friday, 20 April 2012
Funds are dwindling in my Paypal account and I have my eye on some big ticket summer purchases. So a bit of a purge is needed to replenish funds, here are some of the items that didn't make the 'keeper' box....
Broidery anglaise dress, not sure what I was thinking when i bought it, possibly the worst shape ever for me.
Anya Hindmarch bag, this plaited style is starting to look a bit dated so will offload before she stops bringing it out as part of current collections.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Unfortunately at my age, I look more bag lady chic in quite such paired down easy dressing, here is my own version, and the good thing is it is all long forgotten existing items...
Sky blue linen top from shop at 55, it is exactly the same colour as the table cloths, I am fully camouflaged in this out fit.
Monday, 9 April 2012
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Has anyone been following the vilification of this poor woman (Samantha Brick)? Her Daily Wail article was bad enough, but she followed it up with a defence on breakfast tv, when she would have been better off laughing it off as an April fool.
She seems to have misunderstood the interest in the topic, the tv didn't want to debate her premis (women don't like beautiful women), it, like the newspaper, just wanted to poke fun at a plain Jane with delusions of grandeur. It is all very cruel and I have always had a sneaking admiration for those that want to be princesses despite the obvious poverty of their assets. Good luck to them all!
One day I got to their apartment (a penthouse which was a show flat for a development, the developer allowed them to stay there for free as which red blooded Parisienne man would not want to buy a flat in a building that housed supermodels?) To find the door open, they were tidying up, which was unusual as seemingly the more beautiful don't seem to concern themselves with earthly pursuits such as throwing away old take away boxes (yes they really did live on pizza and Macdonalds and still look like goddesses). They were chatting and I heard one say to the other 'is your pet coming tonight?' In that moment the realisation struck, I was a plump teenager with bad dress sense, this life would never be mine. I wasn't even disappointed, just pleased to see reality. I had had the most amazing summer experiencing how life changes when you are gifted like Aphrodite, and happy that I had been lucky enough to have had beautiful friends.
you want to eat like Ottelenghi. I have a hi/lo approach to food.
In the day time I like copious amounts of fresh tasty food, pretty much served in the buff without lots of dressings and pomp, by night I love to discover new flavours and foods. I like a good tasting menu of tiny portions that I couldn't even begin to cook at home.
Ottelenghi epitomises my daytime desires, although unfortunately the quantities that I can put away, put it more into the night time category for cost.
The pics below are all from the Notting Hill, Westbourne Grove, Ottelenghi...
I grow my own to recreate something similar...
This is better, if not a slightly odd mix of buckwheat, cauliflower,capers, dill, parsley, chinese cabbage and sprouting lentils.....it tastes better than it sounds I promise.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
A few weeks ago a friend took me to the new Virgin Active club in Oxford. It is a fantastic set up, built in the middle of a school, so there is loads of parking and beautiful grounds, and the school benefits from a state of the art health club.
The day was completely free as she gave me a guest pass and it was one of the best days I have spent at a health spa, we did a class, swam, sauna-ed, played some very gentle tennis and drunk many many coffees in the Costa Coffee outlet and had a massage which cost only £30.
In the Summer this becomes 6 outdoor courts which are used by the club.
The pool was deserted and great for a relaxing swim
self tan adventure, exhibit one is a good example of the previously described grey/green tinge that I sport during the winter months..