Archive for November, 2010

Mad Men Monday…

November 8, 2010

So I have finally started watching Mad Men…and I am obsessed!!! Watched 5 episodes from Season 1 in a row yesterday! Obviously the costumes are amazing! But what really fascinates me is the psychology of the 50s! Really seems like an authentic take on the 50s, dominated by macho-ism, and quirky values about what a woman’s place was! I am intrigued to see where it will go so no spoilers please!


The most beautiful thing…and my new tattoo!

November 7, 2010

On my way home the other day I literally bumped into this vine leaf in the shape of a heart! It had curled round the bark of a tree and out into my path! had to take a pic…

The more I thought about it, the more I realised this was the heart I had been waiting for! Been wanting a heart tattoo on my wrist for about 3 years but didn’t what kind of heart and decided to go for this one! So, here is the result!

I had it done by Boff at Divine Canvas on Caledonian Road. It was so good because he did it completely by hand, didn’t use a machine (which is way scarier and harsher on skin!)…he had a sort of quill with the needles at the end and dipped in in ink and then pricked my skin to insert it a few layers in…didn’t really hurt that much. Kind of felt like somebody plucking my hair! Was really surprised at how quick and painless it was! Has totally changed my pre-conceptions on tattoos for the better! Mine just proves you don’t need to be hard, cool or tacky! Just make sure you have the right design and the right person for the job!


Poison Ivy Costume for Halloween

November 7, 2010

Sooooo last year I was Pierrette and this year I was Poison Ivy, one of the sexiest villains of all time! Most people know her from the Batman movie where Uma Thurman plays her…

Though her costume is quite cool, I decide I’d like to go for something a bit closer to the comic depiction…

How hot are they! It’s all about the corset and red hair really which is what I tried to channel…all you need is a corset (i bought a cheap one from primark), an ivy bush (they grow everywhere!), some fabric glue, a red wig and some green wigs and then….ta da!

Ok so not the scariest pic as it was taken in my hall! But the overall effect was pretty good! I think Barbie gets it right…

How evil does she look!!! She could definitely kill you with one kiss! x


Browsing in Borough Market

November 7, 2010

Can’t believe I haven’t posted anything since May! Just shows how time flies when you’re busy! Since then I have moved flat, gone to Mallorca on a fab holiday and making the most of the summer in London! As the days are getting shorter, I have less inclination to go out, which means more time to blog!

On Saturday afternoon, I went down to Borough market with some friends. I have always wanted to go but everytime I have been past it’s always been closed! For the record, Borough market is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is one of the biggest ‘farmer’s markets’ in London – so yes, it does charge 5 times the price of what something would normally cost (like say olives or bananas) but is amazing for special ingredients such as French cheese!!! Look at these amazing meules of Comte!

Gorgeous! Comte has to be one of my favourite cheeses though it has quite a mature flavour (well if you are used to English cheddar of course!)… That is definitely one of the best things about a market like this – you can just go round and  taste all sorts of different types of cheese and meat and even curry! This man was giving tasters of his Thai Green Curry made with fresh fish and it was very tasty indeed!

Fresh fish is so amazing! I really want to go to Billingsgate Fish market one morning (you have to get there at 5am to get the good first batch) and buy the best there is, fresh from the sea!

The best fish display was this one though, with the most massive monkfish (Carole reckons that’s what it was?) – I hadn’t realised they had teeth!!!

Ok so there wasn’t only cheese and fish at the market! They also had ostrich meat (not that rare in France though I have never tried it)…huge ostrich eggs you could buy as well! Apparently it takes 2 hours to boil them!

I am also really attracted to markets for their visual appeal, tables of shiny looking vegetables and vibrant fruit…

Another thing is the fact markets embrace the origin of food, from unwashed potatoes to wild scavenged mushrooms, pigs heads to dead pheasants…it may not be the nicest site, but it reminds you that we are part of Nature and one big food chain!

Poor pheasants…it’s not all bad though when they get turned into gorgeous jewellery pieces after their demise by my friend Carole. Check out her website!