Friday Fabulousness....












Saw "Crazy, Stupid, Love" last night and really enjoyed it, a very funny film with some very good performances....
Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Steve Carell.

This week has absolutely flown by, life seems particularly busy at the moment...
lots of fun things....
I was ready for autumn and now, for a few days at least, London is in the middle of a heatwave....phew!

I think this week-end I will be busy with childrens activities, trying to finish a couple of books and on Sunday I am having a dance lesson....should be interesting!!

Happy Week-end 
thank you for all the lovely comments this week :)


Kurt Geiger Ltd.

(Starts Saturday 1 October)

Gorgeous Wedding : Jessica & Joe


Isn't this an amazing photograph....
it actually brings tears to my eyes....

I have featured Sarah Yates Photography before and am a huge fan of her work and her style....
so when I spotted this wedding yesterday when wedding blog 100layer cake featured it here , I just had to share it.
You must take a look, it will make you smile all day....
and make you wish you'd been a guest :)

One beautiful (and stylish) couple -
his suit was by Gucci and her beautiful dress was by Reem Acra.
The wedding was held at a vineyard and a barn in California....a "backyard wedding".
Wedding Co-ordinators :  Bash, Please
Photography :   Sarah Yates Photography







Philips PerfectCare : Perfect Ironing



The lovely people at Philips contacted me a couple of months ago to ask if I would be interested in testing their upcoming revolutionary new ironing system PerfectCare.

Anything that saves me any amount of time when it comes to housework can only be a good thing and so I happily said yes.

I would like to add that I get frequents requests to review quite a number of products but I have a strict rule that I will only say yes if I know I am actually going to use the product and if I am genuinely interested in it -
and I only write a review if the product is very good.


So...let me tell you about PerfectCare...the "science bit" first....

The Philips PerfectCare iron is the first steam generator without the need to adjust the temperature or steam setting. This is made possible through Philips’ creation of ‘Optimal Temp’ technology, which not only makes ironing easier, but is gentler on every kind of ironable fabric, and faster than any other steam generator.

Key features:
• Optimal Temp – the perfect combination of temperature and steam for all ironable fabrics, whether it’s delicates or linen
• Easier ironing: New premium SteamGlide soleplate coating gives better glide – even at lower temperatures - and provides a longer life span
• Extended life span thanks to the easy De-Calc feature, which offers hassle free calcium and lime deposit removal; less than one minute to effectively rinse the boiler (with no shaking, and no need to take the appliance to the sink)
• 2 minute startup time
• High steam performance with up to 6 bars of steam pressure/120g per minute of steam output (with a boost of up to 260g possible)
• Carry lock to securely handle iron
• 1.5L detachable water tank for up to 2 hours of ironing without refilling, with the ability to refill the water tank at any time
• Auto-off feature which shuts down appliance after 10 minutes

via Daily Mail

It has never been possible to deliver both steam with enough pressure and one temperature which is gentle enough for use on all fabrics…until PerfectCare.



Over the last 3 years, Philips has worked with the worlds best fabric specialists to understand how ironing can be improved. They found out that to remove all creases and for perfect ironing on all ironable garments, between 90-100 degrees of heat and moisture is required.


PerfectCare and Optimal Temp technology offers the perfect combination of one optimal temperature safe for use on all ironable fabrics, plus high steam pressure.



What I can tell you is that I love it - and that it works.
I am absolutely not a gadget person, I am not good with manuals, I like things that work and work immediately.
The Philips PerfectCare is really easy to use and it irons brilliantly.
I love the "steam" aspect of it - it irons clothes quickly and to a very high standard, producing totally crease-free items every time and very easily.
The fact that you don't have to change the setting for different fabrics is a real bonus, definitely saving time and effort.


I have to tell you that this handsome iron - with its technology and impressive-looking water-tank base - caught my husband's eye - and he specifically requested that I tell you that he liked it too.
Really liked it. Liked it enough to use it on a regular basis.
And that has to be a good thing :)


I also tested it on items that I would usually send to the dry cleaners and it was excellent.
Success all round.

Testing and reviewing the new iron coincided with my Plan-To-Start-Some-New-Stuff and so I thought
I would do something each work specifically with the time that I figured the PerfectCare was saving me - my Philips PerfectCare project!
It was a great motivation for me and all will be revealed very soon.
Many thanks to Philips and the PerfectCare team.


Wedding : Kate Moss
















Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino and Jude Law


The wedding of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince on 11 July was a beautiful and very English affair....
a country church, 15 little bridesmaids in Bonpoint dresses, photos by Mario Testino, the most amazing guest list and a radiant Kate Moss wearing a stunning gown by John Galliano. Her wedding veil was one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

I read somewhere that she wanted to have a very traditional wedding - exactly the kind of wedding that people didn't expect her to have and I love that.
She rarely, if ever, does interviews, and she is certainly her own person.
The couple looked blissfully happy and sounded absolutely gorgeous....who doesn't love an English country wedding!
For more details read here ....

The wedding photos appeared in Vogue September issue along with the photos below taken by Mario Testino....






Monday Musings....


....last week was an incredible week - and not necessarily incredible in a good way!
maybe bizarre would be a better description since i spent most of the feeling quite flummoxed as the days passed and situations unfurled.

i am practical and positive enough to at least try to maintain a sense of perspective about it all and realise that worse things happen at sea  and "this too shall pass"....

maybe when just two weeks ago i said that i needed some new things in my life, the universe really took me very seriously!!
who knows....


so, in an attempt to organise my thoughts, here are my six-word monday musings :)


rain clouds. heavy skies. grey London.

winter boots. snuggly scarves. almost time.

this morning's class: latin dance. phew!

cinema this week - "Crazy.Stupid.Love"

college today, love being a student!

you least expect it = stuff happenng.

old friends, new friends. both essential.

november. train trip. daughter + american friend :)

kindness of strangers, i'm very fortunate.

new opportunities. you just never know.

"The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"

hot milk. lavender honey. such comfort.

too much talking. not always good!


in conclusion, very often life does not work out as you expected it to, even with the best possible planning.
it's too early to say yet if that's a good thing but i suspect it will be fine....

i had to pack up some food today for something i am doing.
i came home this morning having dropped my children at school to find they had written me a poem, decorated it with kisses and hidden it in one of the containers!
i knew today was going to be a good day!

Happy Monday!!



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