Perfect Santa Purchase
These Awesome Lollies (for that is what they are called ) will definitely be coming down the chimney at our house this Christmas unless they get accidentally eaten that is…
I bought these Creighton’s Awesome Solid White and Milk Chocolate Lollies from Liberty and you can get a range of other incredible edibles from the Creighton’s website
Yes! I have discovered the cure for Verrucas!!! Nobel prize and all other accolades in the post please.
NB. If you have a weak stomach and have never come across a Verruca don’t read.
Not a lovely topic I know but along with nits, verrucas are definitely one of the plagues of childhood. My little girl goes swimming once a week and I’m pretty sure that she caught hers from walking around the edge of the pool. They aren’t harmful but they can spread really rapidly and they have really creepy looking back roots in the middle and they’re lumpy and ugly and they can be tender and I HATE THEM. Even though I was told they would eventually go away by themselves (takes up to a year!) I became obsessed with ridding my little girl’s formerly flawless feet from hers and it was a combination of advice and the need to cushion the verrucas during dance class that lead me to try Compede Blister stickers on them.
Niddle Noddle shop front tote with illustration by Belinda Chen
If you’re going to open a shop in this day and age of extortionate rents and internet undercutting you’d better get it right. Niddle Noddle, the new kids lifestyle store in North London’s Crouch End has got it right with bells on. The shop is light, bright and airy, the staff say hello and SMILE (Something that other kids stores in Crouch End should really take note of), the stock feels fresh and interesting and everything is displayed really beautifully so that everywhere you look there is something to make you smile. Oh, and there’s a big yellow chute slide at the back for the kids to while away on while their parents shop. Yes, this is a kids shop that actually likes kids. A mixture of beautiful children’s clothing, books, stocking fillers, more substantial gifts, quilts and vintage toys this shop is worth a journey. Santa take note.
Niddle Noddle has a limited selection of their stock on line at niddlenoddle.com
5 Topsfield Parade (Middle Lane)
And your specialist subject is? The life and times of Victoria Beckham’s Hair.
For about a decade I wrote about the long and short, the bleaching the cropping, the lopping and the pobbing of Victoria Beckham’s hair. In minute detail. This wasn’t a hobby it was part of my job description (clause 18, paragraph 6) as Style Editor of Heat magazine. So, when I got an invitation to meet Ken Paves, VB’s hairdresser of choice for the past 6 years and coiffeur to J-Lo, Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson (who I have also studied) I was just a tiny bit excited.
The night before I made a mental check list:
Make sure hair looks great: FAIL
Dress with the panache of Victoria Beckham: FAIL
Be cool: FAIL
On the morning of our meeting I overslept, had no time to style my hair, pulled on a un- ironed top and having dropped my daughter at nursery and leapt on the tube realised that I still had her life-size new born baby dolly wearing a slightly creepy vintage nightie in my bag.
On arrival at the swish hotel the PR standing over my bags clocked the baby and gave me a quizzical look. “What’s with the baby?” she asked. Cue high pitched laughter. Brain says: Don’t get creepy baby out of the bag. Do not show Ken the creepy baby in your bag…
Ken seemed quite unfazed by the creepy baby and even made a joke about it to set me at ease. In fact he turned out to be the nicest, most lovely man ever. Ken was seeing press to talk to them about Color Wow a new hair care range dedicated to colour treated hair including a special root touch up compact that can cover grey or blend in grown out colour. He showed me pictures of his mum using the product on her roots and waxed lyrical about the entire collection of products. By the time we had finished chatting I was making mental notes to enquire about buying shares in the company.
At one point Ken reached across, touched my hair and said “You know you have such great texture to your hair - I would love to just add some definition and it would look totally amazing.”
This is hairdresser code for: Dear God, I cannot be seen sitting next to a woman with hair that looks like an electrocuted bath mat - I must do something to rectify this situation immediately.
Simultaneously mortified that Ken is about to make contact with my crispy hair and elated that I am going to be transformed by a hair legend, I follow him into a walk-in cupboard where ironically the hotel keeps its crisps. Ken and the lovely Giles Robinson (John Frieda Senior Stylist and Colorwow hair ambassador) tong my hair until we are asked to leave by the hotel manager who points out that we are in a food storage area. No matter. My hair is already transformed and Ken is beaming at his handy work. I love him. Oh, and I even managed to ask him some questions.
Christmas Party Shoes: Bought
Yay! I’ve been lusting after these satin beauties for a while and I have finally taken the plunge and bought them. They make me enormously tall - sorry husband - but I love them. I am thinking about pinning brooches to the centre of each bow for a super glam look. Will take photos…
Raspberry Satin Shoes, £55, topshop.com
Mini Boden Spring/Summer 14
Loads of gorgeous pieces. Note to self: order sandals fast next summer!
Last week I went to the Boden Spring/Summer 14 (14!!!) press day and as usual oohed and ahhed over the fab kids clothes and the beautiful presentation. More unusually, I spent a lot longer in the grown-ups section of the press day than the kids section. I’m not sure if I’ve finally and whole heartedly acknowledged my shopping demographic or if Boden has really upped its game this season. Probably a bit of both. Add into the equation a distinct early 60’s Betty Draper vibe and I was caught hook, line and sinker. Vodka Gimlet on the terrace anyone?
Me, singing Agadoo.
Need these in my life!!!
And just look at the cute line up of contributors…
Worryingly my hairdo hasn’t changed since I was five. themotherhood.com
Oh ASOS, you’ve done it again! What a fab Christmas Maternity collection this is. Hitting stores from right around now, anyone who’s dreading wearing a sack for the party season should feast their eyes on these gorgeous dresses and separates. LOVE the sequin dress and am hoping there will be a non pregnancy version too.
ASOS Maternity Embellished T-Shirt Dress £65,
ASOS Yellow Peep Toe Shoes £40,
ASOS Earring £35
ASOS Maternity Monoclash Print Shift Dress £55,
ASOS Embellished Heel Shoe £45,
ASOS Earrings £25
ASOS Maternity Daisy Embellished Shift Dress £75,
ASOS Embellished Heel Shoes £45,
ASOS Premium Earrings £25
ASOS Maternity Boyfriend T Shirt £10,
ASOS Maternity Blazer in Blurred Spot £40,
ASOS Maternity Trouser in Blurred Spot £30,
ASOS Speckled Heeled Shoes £45,
ASOS Metallic Bag £25,
ASOS Necklace £85
ASOS Maternity Floral Bodycon Dress £30,
ASOS Embellished Heeled Shoes £45,
ASOS Premium Earrings £30
Planning a surprise party for him indoors was a window into the stress of leading a double life. I can never have an affair. I did discover however, that I can make meringues secretly, covertly and quite successfully! I found a recipe for brown sugar meringues which have a lovely rich caramel taste on an Aussie food blog called morsels and musings and adapted the recipe to make small canapé size meringues topped with creme fraiche, drizzled with honey, dusted with cinnamon and adorned with fresh figs. For fussy people I did a classic cream and raspberry combo which was pretty darn lovely too.
3 egg whites, at room temperature
100g dark brown sugar
50g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
Creme Fraiche to dollop
Honey to drizzle
Cinnamon to dust
Fresh Figs to slice
1. Preheat the oven to 120°C.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
3. In another bowl, combine the sugars and salt and stir thoroughly.
4. Beat in the sugar mixture in 1 tablespoon batches, making sure each amount is incorporated before adding more.
5. Beat until the meringue is thick and glossy, holding its shape (peaks).
6. Spoon meringue into six small mounds, leaving space for them to spread and using spoon to create peaked tops.
7. Bake in the centre of the oven for 60 minutes, then prop open oven door slightly and leave to cool for one hour before removing. Cool one more hour before serving.