Friday, 31 July 2009

On the Move

The time has finally come - we're moving out of my father-in-laws basement and into our own flat (fingers crossed) on Sunday. I am so excited that my brain has stopped functioning on any level but how soon I'll be able to clean my kitchen and unpack my wedding presents. Internet may be a bit sporadic for a bit but hopefully we'll have it up and working in a week or so. I'm more worried about the sky plus box but I'm going to have to be a grown up and live without it for a bit. Am hoping that the final unpacking of the stuff I boxed up nearly a year ago will unearth some treasures. I can't wait!!! xx

Monday, 27 July 2009


I have been sucked into the world of Twitter! You can now follow my tweets here xx

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Kevin Murphy Angel Wash, Rinse and Born Again Masque

I always love trying out new hair products. I think when it comes to shampoo and conditioner variety is good for you hair. Even if I find products that I love I still try and mix it up a little and I find that this seems to keep my hair happy. I hadn't heard of Kevin Murphy before but I'm a real convert to his products. He's an Australian stylist who has worked with Kylie Minogue and Cate Blanchett uses all natural ingredients from Australia. What I love is that not only have I really noticed the difference in the two weeks I've been using the shampoo, conditioner and masque but they come in such a fantastic looking, easy to use package.

I've been using Angel Wash, Angel Rinse and the Born Again Masque. The Angel Wash is described as a 'delicate recovery shampoo for fine, dry or broken hair'. As I have all of the above I use these kind of products quite often and sometimes find that even though there are for fine hair they actual coat it and make it heavier. Not so with Angel Wash. It contains aloe, milk proteins, angelica root and it's really gentle. The Angel Rinse is the conditioner and contains mango butter, cocoa butter and chamomile. I've never come across angelica root before (which is also in the Angel Rinse) but having done a bit of research apparently it is this that controls stressed out hair and the milk protein repairs the hair - especially good for damaged, coloured hair.

My real surprise was with the Born Again Masque. I find masque's not matter what they say always coat my hair leaving it flat no matter how well conditioned it is so I was wary when I tried this. With olive leaf, Shea butter and omega 3 and 6 this is specifically to soften, repair and moisturise coloured hair. I've been using this twice a week and what is great is that you can leave it on from 2-20 minutes. I usually find that masque's are pretty ineffectual unless you leave them on for 10 minutes or more but if I'm in a hurry this is fantastic when it's only on for a short amount of time.

I really can't recommend these enough. I've had comments on how much healthier my hair is looking and it really feels better too. But don't take my word for it go and find the products to suit your hair and try for yourself you won't be disappointed. 

Tuesday, 7 July 2009


There are many reasons why I love Mavala the main one being that their nail varnish never get old and gloopy because of the small bottle. The variety of colours is fantastic and their whole range of products could mean you never need to use any other nail care! From base coats, to top coats (and every colour you can think of) to buffers, manicure bowls and hand masks they have literally everything covered.

My favourite colour is either Milky (a sort of pinky orange) and Juicy (orangy red - don't you love my use of technical terms!) and the innovative base and top coats keep the colour fixed for longer than usual (going on my nails which chip as soon as I start typing... I've just checked - I'm chip free after over 24 hours!). I really recommend these nail varnishes and nail products - even the nail varnish remover seems to be the best!!

The variety of colours (there are the classic colours, glitter colours, shimmer colours, black, white and everything in between) and the reasonable price mean that whoever you need to get a present for this is a fun, recession friendly option that can be really chosen to suit them and it's their 50th Anniversary this year so time for a celebration xx

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Spooning with Rosie

Those of you who venture to Brixton in South London may have been to Rosie's Deli Cafe in Brixton Market. It is not only full of yummy food and drinks but the atmosphere is so friendly, retro and relaxed I defy anyone not to love it and the owner, Rosie Lovell is at the forefront of up and coming new cookery writers and chefs. Move over Jamie there's a new gal in town.

But fear not, for those of you not able to trek to Brixton help is at hand - Rosie's written a book. Spooning with Rosie is filled with great recipes, cool photos and great cooking tips drawn and written by Rosie's own fair hand. From the snacks (Aubergine and Salami Stacks, Dom's Marital Potato Salad, Raf's Lettuce Soup) to hearty main courses (Pumpkin and Gorgonzola Lasagna, Roasted Salmon and Fennel pate and Puff Pastry Pie) and perfect puds (Rhubarb and Whiskey Fool, Baked Amaretti and Goat's Cheesecake) this cook book is fresh and new and has every eventuality covered.

What I love about this book is that it's punctuated with her own hand drawn tips - Munching Maps which show you what works well with something in particular i.e. Shellfish has cream, lemon and lime, garlic and fennel. There's also a list of store cupboard essentials and Rosie's own hot tips: where to find good, inexpensive china, how to get rid of fishy hands and tea stains and what the best soother for a streaming cold is.

This is the least intimidating cook book I've seen in years - so fun just to look at you can't help but want to try out some of the recipes - and it's so beautifully put together you'll want it on your shelf. Whether you want something light and yummy for a summer picnic or something warm and soothing for when the rain comes this has it covered and will inspire you to get back in the kitchen. It's a crime against your kitchen not to have this book xx

(Spooning with Rosie is published by 4th Estate)
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