Monday, 6 July 2015

Browns Bridal Sample Sale

Planning a wedding? Sharpen those elbows and head to the Browns bridal sample sale , where you can find dresses from Valentino, Alberta Ferretti, Delphine Manivet, Johanna Johnson and more.
6-7 July 2015 (11am-6pm) at 12 Hinde Street, London, W1U 3BE.
Note: no appointment necessary.
If I could have my wedding again - I would love something lacey like this chic Monica LHullier dress. 

Image from website 
My guilty viewing pleasure is watching 'Don't Tell the Bride'  pure car crash TV where the groom is in charge of arranging the wedding and spending the budget...

Sunday, 5 July 2015

What's inside my fridge

Inside my fridge - yep we love our diary products in this home...

It's looking particularly well stocked as Ocado have been. But what you can't see as it's out of shot is the beauty bits I keep inside the door. Something that has helped cool down my complexion that I have been spritzing liberally during the heatwave was is the Essential Face Water by L'Occitane. It contains Immortelle flower water and organically derived hyaluronic acid which keeps your face hydrated and not let it dry out. It's safe enough to use on the kids skin and they don't seem to object my spritzing them with it to help cool them down! The website is currently having a sale so if you wanted to try out the range the Skincare Discovery Kit  is now £16 instead of £26.50

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Another Sample Sale in Soho W1

I won't be able to make this sale as I have the kids School Fair and will be manning the Pimms stall (how times have changed!). But if you happen to be in Soho, bring cash and drop on by to snap up bargains by Auria LondonKitty JosephCléo Ferin Mercury

What are you doing this weekend?

Friday, 3 July 2015

Preen Sample Sale Today

Preen sample sale today - hooray
Shop Preen, Preen Line and Preen Mini at greatly reduced prices at this 1-day sample sale! Past sales I've been to had a £10 rail, so do search that out for a true bargain. 
On 3 July 2015 (12pm-8pm) at 24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HQ

Queues can be long so I am hoping the hot weather is putting off most of the fashionistas! 
Image from their website 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer's looking Rosé

The Heatwave has finally struck and we are all gasping and looking for something to quench our thirst. I love nothing better than a chilled glass (or two) of Rosé wine.

If only my fridge could be this well stocked with those blush tinted bottles! But t'husband might think I had a drink problem...

Photo image from manrepeller

But mine is mostly full of semi-skimmed milk, lacto-free milk, Coconut milk, Koko milk and chocolate milk....and the day before Ocado comes, we always seem to run out of milk! #firstworldproblems 

Currently my favourite wine is on offer with Ocado, £5.99 Coquille d'Orc Rosé 

For wine buffs here is some more info from the website


Domaine de Sainte Rose


Store in a cool, dry place.

ABV (%)


Tasting Notes

This rosé has a pleasing pale strawberry colour; aromas of grapefruit and pear drops; and luscious summer fruit flavours.

Serving Suggestions

Drink it chilled at any time of year!


Domaine Sainte Rose


Charles & Ruth Simpsons


Domaine de Sainte Rose is an exclusive viticultural estate situated in the Languedoc region of southern France. The Domaine was acquired in June 2002 by Charles and Ruth Simpson, a young couple who left their respective international careers to pursue a mutual dream to establish a boutique vineyard and winery of their own. The Simpsons have a very specific quality-orientated strategy. The goal at Domaine de Sainte Rose is to create authentic, affordable, family made, quality wines in limited quantities

Regional Information

Made with love and care in the Languedoc region of S. France

Current Vintage


Vinification Details

All three red varieties were harvested at night to protect the juice. The juice was treated as if it were white wine and taken off its skins immediately to ensure the palest pink colour possible. The juice was protected all the way to the tank where it was cold stabilized prior to fermentation. Fermentation: Primary fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.

Another very quaffable wine is by Mirabeau Provence Rosé , which has got a thumbs up by Victoria Moore at the Telegraph



ABV (%)


Grape Variety

RedGrapeBlend, Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache

Tasting Notes

A vibrant pink, classic pale Provence rose¿ whose generous fruit provides a heady mixture of wild strawberry, red cherry and raspberry aromatics. Elegant and balanced on the palate with a delicious fresh acidity creating a sumptuous lingering finish.

Serving Suggestions

It works beautifully as an aperitif, yet is versatile enough to go with a wide variety of cuisines


Mirabeau en Provence


Stephen Cronk


Jo Ahearne MW


Mirabeau was set up in 2010 by British couple Stephen and Jeany Cronk who decided to swap their lives in south-west London for new lives as winemakers in Provence in the south of France. Jo Ahearne MW leads the winemaking team and our wines are developing a reputation for outstanding quality with consistently high scores from some of the toughest and highly regarded wine critics in the world (e.g. Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson MW).

Regional Information

Mirabeau Pure is an AOP Cotes de Provence Rosé made from vines high in the hills of Mont Aurelien, southeast of Aix-en-Provence. The limestone/clay vineyards are some of the highest in the region at 300-400m above sea level and this, combined with the north facing aspect, means the fruit benefits from longer ripening periods which add to its complexity and fresh acidity.

Current Vintage


Vinification Details

We harvest at night and cool the grapes before they go into the maceration tanks. We macerate for between 4-12 hours, depending on the varieties and then we press and pump into fermentation tanks. Once fermentation is complete we rack the wine and use a tangential filter to extract flavour from the bourbes. We are very careful about preserving the primary aromas and freshness of the wine and so we use CO2 and nitrogen to protect the wine, right through to and including on the bottling line.

What's your Summer tipple?

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Lee Broom Sample Sale

It's sample sale time and Lee Broom a talented British Designer has one on this month
You may has seen his designs inside Selfridges. His unique looking light fittings casts a lovely glow.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Red, pink, purple wash - avoiding laundry woes

I used to own for many years a pair of red pyjamas by Toast made from soft Indian cotton. I loved them and I have a treasured photo of myself holding new born Curly Haired Beauty wearing them, clashing nicely with the bright orange pillows (you had to bring your own pillows to the labour ward and was tipped off to bring non-white ones so you don't forget to take home!). But the hazards of owning such an item was the fall out if you accidentally washed it with white items - whoops. I turned too many items into a cheerful pink - luckily the baby was a girl and didn't mind so much. Less so for t'husband...
Image from Jamie Oliver website

Now in a form of revenge he has a beloved Ralph Lauren red hoody - same one, as worn by Jamie in his TV show. Which literally bleeds out the dye in every wash.

It has to be washed on its own - as the dye turns the water red, LOOK above at the evidence

But a genius product which has saved me many a laundry issue is the  Dylon colour Run Remover. I keep a stash of this next to the washing machine if ever I have a wash accident.

NB Product brought with my own money and all my opinions are my own.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Breaking eggs

To make a change from the avocado and toast I have been eating on an almost daily basis. A quick and easy breakfast/lunch/supper or anytime meal idea is an omelette.

If you have 3 eggs, I love these blue ones by Clarence Court , any veggies you have in the fridge (in this example 3 spears asparagus, 3 chestnut mushrooms, coriander. 

Chop the veggies and fry in a very hot non-stick frying pan with a little olive oil. In a bowl beat the eggs and add a pinch Himalayan pink salt Himalayan Pink Salt and smoked paprika.

When the veggies have softened, turn down the heat to low and add in the egg mixture. Move the eggs so they coat the veggies and leave a few minutes for the eggs to cook and solidify.

When the egg has almost set and there are only a few wobbly bits on the surface, carefully tip out the omelette onto a plate and flip in half. The Omelette carries on cooking with the residual heat. Scatter on the coriander and eat immediately.

Bon appetite

twosp x

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hands up

So I have a teeny tiny addiction - nothing serious at all but amongst my possessions, in and around the home - upstairs/downstairs, in all my handbags I have a tube or two of hand lotion/cream/balm/oil.
This is just a quick snap shot of what I am currently using - there are probably more lurking in the multiple bags I own but I couldn't be bothered to dig them all out. 

I suffer from very dry skin on my hands-  see that stack of copier paper at the office? I only need to look at them before getting an instant paper cut on my dry hands. Up until earlier this month I was still wearing leather gloves on my commute to work to protect my hands from the cold weather. I hate nothing more than the feeling of sore, dry, rough skin and cannot wait to smother a healing moisturising lotion to calm and soothe my skin. 

As a consequence I suffer from hangnails too and always get caught out when they snag so I find myself unladylike trying to nibble them off... A great product that helps sort out my cuticles is by OPI Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil. Brush onto the cuticles before bedtime - the next day the pesky hangnails and dryness are banished. 

NB: All products were bought with my own money and my opinions are my own.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Breakfast with the Bennet's

I apologise for the poor quality photo - taken off the telly with my mobile. It's from the BBC series Pride and Prejudice, the one with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle from 1995 (yikes that long ago!)

It's the Bennet's gathered around having breakfast and I have been searching high and low for a similar fine porcelain set for my own table. It's a typical Georgian Green  with gold gilt edge and a simple floral pattern. Not hard to find you would think at the weekly antique fairs D goes too. But still allusive.

I once spotted something very near to this but it was more of a bluish hue at Wimbledon Stadium Car Boot. I wish I had bought it but at the time I was heavily pregnant and tired and ended up buying an Ercol chair  just so I could sit down and rest.

We still have that chair and it's in the kitchen (perfect for standing on to change lightbulbs!). I'm constantly surprised how much Mid Century furniture has come up in price.  Margaret Howell  stock reissues of the Original Ercol designs in her store.