19 December 2012

Everyone needs some sparkle in their lives

Photos by De Beers

Dress Whistles, Watch Michael Kors (gifted), Bangle vintage.

I was asked by De Beers to go down to the store and try some pieces of jewellery on to choose a wishlist for Christmas. Now what girl doesn't want to play dress up in a diamond store?!
So off I went in my little red dress.
This is me trying on diamonds.
You can find my wishlist here!

17 December 2012

Silver and Cinnamon

Photos by Me

Every year I show you how I have wrapped my christmas gifts. I cant believe that we are at that time of year again, but here we are and here are my gifts, ready and waiting for my loved ones.
I wish I was organised enough to have everything wrapped by sadly not. 
These are a special few!
I would love to hear how you are wrapping your gifts this year.

14 December 2012

A jumper and cords

Photos by Pete Navey

Shoes Jimmy Choo, Bag and Dog Lead (borrowed from Mummy and Cedric) Hermes, Cord Jeans (gifted) MiH, Jumper (gifted) Gap, Gilet Bonpoint and Fur Pom Pom Key Chain (gifted) Hockley.

Winter really is here.
Which means it's time to bring out the cords. They are warm, retro and chic. They remind me of being young and yet they feel grown up. Cords for me have so many memories. I think they are particularly english.
What clothes do you bring out for winter?

12 December 2012

Sequin Lips

Photos by Pete Navey

This is one of my personal favourites. 
I think this look is really festive and fun. It has a retro feel but its still modern and grown up.
The skirt is another wonderful hand-me-down-vintage-piece from my mother. The weight of the fabric is so luxurious.
I hope you are all planning your christmas party looks. This is be mine!

10 December 2012

Dreaming of Italy Part 1.

Photos by Me 

During the summer is spent sometime over my birthday in Italy a the most beautiful and charismatic villa.  Palazzo Parisi sits a top a hill with a tiny village around it.  It's not a place for those addicted to technology (barely cell signal in sight, dial up internet and one tv) which meant it was very detoxifying for me. I loved the lack of communication, the amazing views across the olive yards and wonderful Italian home cooking provided by the fabulous Rita (in-house cook). For me it was one of my happiest holidays. I wanted to share some of the details of the wonderful house (decorated by the hugely talented Arabella Lennox-Boyd). If you ever get a chance to visit this amazing place please go!

7 December 2012

Lemon and Passionfruit Curd Tart

Photos by Me

This is a great recipe for pudding or tea time. 
It is simple and delicious. I like it with some cold cream. 

Lemon and Passionfruit Curd Tart
  • 5 Eggs
  • 150g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 150ml Double Cream
  • 2 Lemons - Juice and Zest
  • 2 Ripe Passionfruit
  • Icing Sugar to decorate
  • One Packet of Shortcrust Sweet Pastry ( or one portion see Julia Childs recipe or this one)
  1. Preheat oven to 200oC.
  2. Roll out your pastry nice and thin and fill the tart tin case with it. 
  3. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to push the pastry into the dents if you case has them.
  4. Then blind bake the pastry with baking paper inside and beans. This should take 15-20 mins or until the pastry is beginning to golden.
  5. While the pastry is baking use an electric whisk to mix together the eggs and sugar until they are pale and fluffy. 
  6. Stir in the cream, zest and juice. 
  7. Take a teaspoon and remove the passionfruit pulp, then sieve the pulp to remove the seeds (you can leave them in, I just don't like the texture, although it looks pretty) then add to the mix.  Pour into a jug.
  8. Turn the oven down to 150oC.
  9. Open the oven and pour the mix into the tart case (obviously you need to remove the baking beans and paper first).
  10. Bake the filled tart for a further 25-30 mins until the mixture is set but still has a wobble.
  11. Leave to cool in the tin.
  12. You can then brush the tart with warm apricot jam or icing sugar as I have above.