Perfect Pyjamas

Hush Vintage Rose Pyjamas

The weather is changing. Winter is finally upon us here in London, after it seemed like it might not come at all this year. But it’s here and the central heating has come on, as have the UGG boots and the winter coats. But the one thing I really relish in winter is being able to cosy up in bed in my favourite pyjamas with a hot chocolate and a kindle.

Hush Nightsky Pyjamas

I’m a firm believer in a good pair of pyjamas. I’m not one of those girls who can happily sleep in a pair of old leggings and a t-shirt. I love pyjamas. Especially in winter when a soft pair of fleecy pyjamas can be so warm and comforting.

I have about six pairs altogether for both winter and summer (all of which were bought on sale). The patterns on them vary from starry, to polka dots, to flowers, to pinstripes (I love these and have a couple of them). The more masculine and oversized the better. Continue reading

The Perfect Pair of Jeans

James Jeans Twiggy Royale

Over the years I have purchased, worn and attempted to squeeze into many a pair of jeans. I’ve tried a million different brands including 7 For All Mankind (I wore through 3 pairs), Citizens of Humanity, True Religion (I got tired of having horseshoes on my ass), Paige Premium Denim (too binding, sitting was tricky) just to name a few.

7 For All Mankind were my jeans of choice for years, they were comfortable and flattering but wore through quite quickly and I would soon have to purchase a new pair, which was irritating as they weren’t exactly giving them away.

After losing weight, then gaining weight, then losing weight again I was on the hunt for a pair of jeans that would still fit if I gained or lost a few pounds, as I do this routinely. I suspect most women do. Continue reading

A note on the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition at Somerset House

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I’m a huge Valentino fan and thought it really couldn’t get any better than spending an afternoon gazing at some of his most beautiful gowns. And it couldn’t. Could it?

Well the exhibition was quite small. Not tiny but not plentiful either. On the plus side it wasn’t very busy – there’s almost nothing more horrible than trying to peruse this month’s hot exhibition and finding yourself fighting your way though people, babies and bad smells.

The exhibition started with a small room which had letters to and from Valentino and things he had written himself. There were letters from Jackie O and a very pregnant Meryl Streep which were quite exciting.

When I saw a handwritten letter from Jackie O on her Fifth Avenue headed paper every bone in my body wanted to sneak a photograph. But photos were contraband and there were spies everywhere ready to pounce if you attempted to take one. Continue reading

The best basics…

I tend to structure my outfits the same way everyday, come rain or shine.

Calvin Klein Vests

I’ll wear a vest or t-shirt, with a cashmere or merino wool jumper over it and then throw on some jeans, leggings or a skirt accordingly.

This makes dressing very easy indeed as long as you have good comfortable basics –  good vests, t-shirts, jumpers, leggings etc. It also means you’re ready for anything because you can shed and add layers very easily.

Topshop Basic Vest

After messing around with women’s ‘tops’ (the kind that have three-quarter length sleeves, are completely skin tight, reveal every possible sweat patch and are unwearable if you’ve had a big lunch) I decided I would stick to the classics – t-shirts and shirts. If it’s good enough for all the men out there, it’s good enough for me.

I went in search of the best ones I could find, so I would have a foundation for every outfit without having to look too far in the mornings. Continue reading

The Ten Minute Manicure

manicureHaving grubby nails is simply not beautiful, functional or perfect.

It’s faintly revolting actually. People with dirt under their fingernails, or nails that have been chewed halfway up the finger baffle me.

It really is such a simple thing to get right. They just need to be kept clean, neat and quite short. Long talons are equally hideous, particularly if they’re only on a couple of fingers.

I used to trudge off to the cheap Vietnamese nail salon near my house pretty much every week. But gradually I started to realize that despite putting the polish on beautifully, (which I have never quite mastered – particularly on my right hand while using my left), they really weren’t doing anything that I couldn’t do myself. And the polish never lasted longer than a few days before chipping anyway.

They also never paid a blind bit of attention when I said, “Could you possibly not cut too much off the cuticles please?” or “You really don’t need to buff them, my nails are very thin already.” They would simply smile inanely at me and do as they pleased.

So I concluded I would be responsible for keeping my nails clean myself, and would save myself £12 a week. Not a lot I know, but in a year that’s £624. I could go on a short holiday for that, or buy a beautiful piece of furniture, or an amazing handbag. I was convinced. This was a luxury (a not so enjoyable one) that I was willing to surpass.

I went to my local beauty supplies store and picked up everything I needed. I knew what I needed because I had been watching the Vietnamese ladies glumly do my nails for years and had more or less picked up how to do a manicure. Continue reading