Do you remember a few weeks ago, when Chris and I celebrated our 38th anniversary, we bought each other the same card? Well, it almost happened again on Valentine’s Day! I had deliberately made the effort to go to Windsor, rather than shopping locally, and yet on Sunday morning the two envelopes lying next to each other on the table were exactly the same size and the same colour! It seems we have different perceptions of each others preferred tipple though. Chris loves red wine (I don’t mind it occasionally myself) but he sees me as a champagne girl!
That extends to taste-buds as he had bought me chocolates and I got him heart-shaped cheeses, although we both enjoyed the heart-shaped chocolate cake I had hastily thrown together late on Saturday evening. At least there was a lovely smell emanating from the kitchen while I watched my team, Crystal Palace, being beaten again on Match of the Day. We have a a big cup tie this weekend against Spurs, who are bang on form, so I’m guessing it will be our exit from the FA cup for another year…. although you never know, league and cup are two different animals.
I was also the recipient of a pretty bunch of pink roses and red tulips… well they were pretty until Wilfie and Milo started ‘playing’ with them. For some reason, they were both eating the tulip leaves so I had to cut them off. This on the back of managing to break one of their scratching posts last week. I don’t think we are going to have the same problem with the new post – it’s called Fat Boy and it’s very, very sturdy so I don’t think they will break that… I’ll keep you posted!!!(Just my little joke).
There were a couple of other reasons for going to Windsor on Saturday. Sophie wanted to treat herself to a new handbag in celebration of starting her new job (and also to be able to fit her computer into) and I had run out of Aveda leave-in conditioner. When I go to the Aveda salon in High Holborn I often have my lunch there and it is usually the same thing – Avocado and White Bean Tartine. My trip to Aveda in Windsor inspired me to have a go at recreating it for lunch on Valentine’s Day.
It was yummy so I thought I’d share the recipe:
4 slices rye bread
Half a tub of lemon & coriander houmus
2 spring onions (thinly sliced)
2 radishes (thinly sliced)
Half a tin of white cannellini beans (drained)
1 dessertspoon mixed seeds
Juice of half a lemon
A few chilli flakes
– Mash the avocado with sea salt, chilli flakes to taste and a few drops of the lemon juice. Spread on the rye bread.
– Mix the houmus with a few drops of lemon until it’s a thick pouring consistency. Drizzle over the avocado. Scatter the rest of the dry ingredients on top and finish with the remaining lemon juice.
It really was very very tasty – let me know what you think if you give it a go.
So to this week’s Fashion Focus. To coincide with London Fashion Week we have a five-day fashion event from today until Tuesday. There will be Runway shows at 8pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, plus other fashion hours and two full days of fashion on Monday and Tuesday. When I met with the buyer we selected some styles that will be featuring from different designers and we’ve put them into a little slide show for you.
There are some great new season outerwear pieces from Helen Berman featuring in the Runway show tonight including the sleeveless coat, which apparently is a hot trend in New York at the moment and the biker style jacket. Hopefully there will still be some Coco Bianco pieces available for tomorrow’s Runway show after a madly busy ‘Fashion on Friday’ last week. Also look out for the gorgeous jacket from Join which I predict will sell out very quickly. On Sunday’s show, H by Halston are back, along with Marla Wynne and Onjenu.
Also look out for the first Birkenstock show of the season on Tuesday at 10am – summer must be on its way. I’m always saying how much I love two particular styles Burma, 143608 and the EVA flip flops 139082. Just in case you thought I was exaggerating here is my stash…. so far!! Check out our website for a fuller run-down of shows and also styling tips.
I also want to draw attention to my Modalu London handbag show on Wednesday at 5pm. if you’re not all fashioned out by then…. as if!
Tonight’s Fashion on Friday is Vitaform footwear followed by the penultimate Spotlight on Jewellery of this series. Lola Rose is the featured brand, along with Love Rocks, Links of London and Eternal. Look out for a brand new watch range featuring on the final show – more on here next week.
I have some great shows this coming week, which I shall list below, but I’m particularly looking forward to Sunday morning at 11am when I’ll be with Caroline Archer for an hour of Liz Earle featuring a beautiful TSV – perfect with Mother’s Day only a couple of weeks away. I think it is one of my favourite LE TSV’s ever – there is not one but two Cleanse and Polishes – original and a limited edition Rose and Cedrat, Instant Boost skin Tonic (my all time fave LE product), your choice of Skin Repair, Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash (I’m currently using this in the shower) the best handwash ever (in my humble opinion) and hand repair hand cream. Can I also just mention that I’ve fallen totally in love with Botanical Essence no. 20 - if you have too I would recommend ordering early – 209925 – as it usually flies out.
Just to finish on a funny… Sophie and I finally got round to making up the T Rex model she brought me back from a recent trip to her brother’s. There is a shared joke between Sophie, Me and Rox (a QVC colleague who Sophie worked alongside and has remained friends with) and as it was Rox’s birthday on Valentine’s Day, it had to be done. All I once said was that I had short arms!!!!
Here are my hours for this week:
Today – 5pm Vitaform
6pm Spotlight on Jewellery
Tomorrow – 3pm Love Rocks
Sunday – 11am Liz Earle
Noon Ronni Nicole
Monday – Noon Ronni Nicole
Kim & Co (TSV)
Wednesday – 5pm Modalu (1st anniversary)
Thursday – Noon Gale Hayman
1pm The Lunchtime Show with Simon Biagi
3pm Jewellery Outlet (with Craig)
I hope you can join me for some (or all) of the above!