2012 in review

January 19, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 27,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


Santa Run 2012, Greenwich Park, in memory of Elsa

January 19, 2013

In December, I took part in the 5k Santa Run around Greenwich Park, for Teenage Cancer Trust.


Although I enjoy running, I don’t do it often…well not for exercise anyway! I run for buses practically every day but that does not require stamina!

So running 5k was a challenge. But running 5k with 2,000 other people dressed as Santa was amazing! Each with their own good cause!

Here’s us warming up to Gangnam Style!

My friend Emily came with me for emotional and physical support (she carried my bottle of water!) – thanks Emily!!!

I was running in memory of my sister Elsa, who passed away from skin cancer aged 17. Teenage Cancer Trust is a great charity that supports teenagers and families during this ordeal. Thanks to all the people who donated! I managed to raise £483.76!!!

Shaker and Company

November 15, 2012

Headed to Shaker and Company for Thirsty Thursday with my cocktail companion Carole.


Tucked away on the dodgy road between Warren Street and Camden, Shaker and Company is a deep south style cocktail bar with a dark rustic wood decor and cocktails that pack a punch.


We were in time for Happy Hour (till 7pm) which meant £5 cocktails and £5.50 homemade pizzas.


We sampled the Tila Tequila (long and strong), the Potato Sack Sour (peachy), the delicious Cox“s Gravespinner and the sweet Clover Club…


Along with a homemade pizza with Goat cheese, tomato and parma ham. Big enough for two and perfect with drinks.


Ask for Simon when youre there, though great service was given by all!


Perfect after work drink catchup venue before catching your train home. Worth the trip!

Voodoo Doll Halloween Costume

October 22, 2012

It’s that time again…Halloween! Or All Hallows Eve as I prefer to think of it. Yes it has turned into a commercial monstrosity, a night when neighbourhoods get terrorised by trick or treaters, when carefully carved pumpkins get smashed and everyone ends up crashing from all those sweets…

But, it’s also an opportunity to get creative on the costume front and explore the dark side! Time to face some fears and highlight the grim and gruesome…death, torture, pain, suffering, decay, spirits, ghosts, the unknown and unexplained…I’m not trying to be morbid! Just saying sometimes it’s good to think about these things, recognise they are part of normal life. And what better occasion to do so than Halloween!

So, with that in mind, I tried to think of an original yet twisted Halloween costume and, after some research on Pinterest, I came across this awesome costume:


I love the fact that the girl IS the voodoo doll! Totally glamorous and totally used for another’s suffering, which means she has suffered herself beyond repair. The simplicity of the dress with the stitched cartoon heart and big needles really work! I wish I could sow as I would definitely give this a try…maybe I will try anyway!

I did some further research to try and find a readymade costume but only found this one which isn’t selling in my size for less than £25 approx. Shame as it has nude sleeves which create the right effect but would totally keep me warm on the cold October night!



I guess I could go down a more traditional Tribal Voodoo route like in this awesome shoot:

How about you guys and dolls? Any awesome Halloween costume ideas this year??

Glitter Cappucino Nails

October 15, 2012

This week has been pretty hectic…crazy amounts to do at work, tight deadlines and new exciting prospects in the pipeline to consider… It’s been hard to take time to breathe!

So I’ve been particularly looking forward to a relaxing weekend, and what better way to take some much needed me time than by doing your nails!

I decided to try a trend I’ve seen on Pinterest quite a lot lately – the nude or greige nails with shimmery tips!

I used two coats of Barry M’s Cappucino Nail Varnish…

And then added Barry M’s Limited Edition Silver Shimmer Nail Varnish on the tips…

It was surprisingly easy to do and so nice to pamper myself and chill out!!!

Caravan, Kings Cross

October 14, 2012

If you haven’t been to Caravan yet, the restaurant in the brand spanking new University of Arts London campus at Kings Cross, I urge you to go!


Firstly, because the new campus is a pretty awesome feat of architecture, integrating the old Grade II listed Granary building with new university facilities. I know because I work for BAM Construction, the people who built it!!! And a fine job they did too.


Secondly, the food. The menu is split into small plates and mains. We shared 3 small plates, which was plenty for 2 hungry ladies and utterly delicious!


The scallop ceviche was fresh and zingy, though it could have done with even more lime if it was up to me!


The duck egg with new potatoes was nice, and made better by samphire, which I had never tried.before.


But the real winner was the quail! Lip smackingly good!

Of course we had to sample desserts as well…


A naughtily sweet gingerbread treacle tart with vanilla ice cream for me…


An exciting salted shortbread and butterscotch pot for Carole… And there was a lot more I’d love to sample on the menu!!!

Thirdly, the cocktails. Served in short, small glasses, they packed a punch. I was glad! Finally a drink you can hold AND taste, without an iceberg worth of ice in it!!


We sampled a few, starting with Pisco Sours, just as good as the ones I had in Peru last year…


But a particulary mention worthy drink is the Espresso Martini, which uses freshly brewed espresso, made on site!! We talked about it for days…


Finally go for the atmosphere! Nice mixed crowd, down to earth yet eager waiters, and a warm decor which integrates well into this Grade II listed building!


Take a date or a friend for a good catch up!

Seasonal Fig, Ruby Chard and Mascarpone Salad

October 4, 2012

I’ve never been a massive fan of figs..something to do with the texture…but I’m more effort to change my mind!

Made this deliciously simple seasonal fig and ruby chard salad!


Here”s how:
Cut 2 ripe figs into quarters. Toss in salad bowl with ruby chard (rocket,works well too!), a drizzle of olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Top with pine nuts and half teaspoons of mascarpone.

Fresh, sweet and seasonal!

Lady Grey vs Equestrian Authoritarian

October 1, 2012

Outfit of the day combined my new dove grey, lady style coat with some kick ass lace up boots and a floaty pale peach polka dot dress.


Start the week as you mean to go.on!

Strawberry Victoria Sponge Sunday

July 4, 2012

Sometimes I just need to bake. It soothes my soul.

So last Sunday I made a Victoria Sponge cake with some delicious extra thick double cream and Bonne Maman Strawberry Jam.

Came out pretty well, even if I do say so myself!

And it proved quite popular…

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

June 30, 2012

Just finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Where to start?

Magical, moving, had me on the edge of my seat / the stairs / a park bench / a bus seat / my work chair /a patch of grass at lunchtime / my bed / my bedroom floor / the kitchen chair until I finished it…

The descriptions are extremely evocative and successfully create the Night Circus, a place I would love to visit again and again!

I think I have become a true rêveur  though I was already!

Deeply moved by this feat of imagination.

The great news is I can continue being part of this world as they have set up a card game on http://www.nightcircus.co.uk !