Sunday, November 21, 2010

London Part 3

Here's what I've been up to since I last posted.

I braved the crowds and went to the flagship Primark on Oxford street - here are some of the items I bought:
Mulberry blouse (£9), Pink and brown thermal camisole(£6?), black leather gloves (£6) and stripey socks (5 pairs for £2)
I ended up keeping the hot pink leather gloves from my last post - and also picked up a more sensible pair of classic black gloves.
I bought a taupe bucket bag (£9) for my sister (since I love my black one so much) and a pink over sized evening clutch for me (£6). Unlike the bucket bag, I think the clutch looks a little cheap in person - but it's a great size and has been useful for this trip. Below are modelling pics with my two Primark bags:
Hubby took me out on a date to Nobu at Park Lane - where I had the most divine meal ever! Pictured below are the Rock Shrimp Tempura with dipping sauces (all three sauces were AMAZING) and the Chocolate Bento Box dessert (molten chocolate cake with green tea ice cream). We also had Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno (I could eat this every day for the rest of my life!), Seared Salmon and Tuna salad, and Spicy Salmon and Tuna rolls.
I took my kiddies to the London Museum this week. I've always loved this museum - I love seeing how people used to live in different time periods - and this museum does a fantastic job recreating the sights AND sounds of different eras. I was enthralled by the Blackett Baby House - a doll house from the 18th century. Look at how detailed the bedroom is (I will admit - the doll itself is a little scary!)
We also took this kids to the English countryside over the weekend - we went to Rye, a medieval town in East Sussex. The bed and breakfast we stayed at was beautiful - and the fresh country air made us so sleepy - we got lots of rest!
View from our bedroom window
We had hoped to take the children to ride on the restored Kent & Essex Steam trains - but EVERYTHING is shut in November. Luckily, we read about Drusillas Park in a tourist brochure - not only was it OPEN - but it had a Thomas the Tank Engine ride! My kids love Thomas - so they were very happy!
Driving on beautiful cobbled streets
We have one more week left in London - I hope to meet up with some more friends, and then start the monumental task of packing to go back to Canada!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

London Shopping Part 2

I haven't really bought much since I last posted. Last weekend we spent one day at a shopping complex - but since I had the kiddies with me, I didn't get much. I went to New Look (bought a handbag for my mom) and Primark - and I definitely want to revisit both stores and try on some clothes next time! I also want to go to Dune, NEXT (for kid's clothes) and Miss Selfridges.
Here's what I bought from Primark - a bucket bag (£9), bedroom slippers (£2) and leather gloves (£7). I love the colour of the gloves, but I might exchange them for a pair WITHOUT holes in them...I was carried away by how cute they look - but it's not practical to have so much of my hand exposed to the cold winter air! I'm LOVING my black bucket bag - bucket bags are very popular this season - and this one is so perfect for walking around London with. It weighs nothing, is very roomy, can be worn cross-body, and fits across stroller handlebars! I may have to pick up a couple more as gifts.
I also picked up some items from Boots and Accessorize. I bought travel-sized versions of Batiste dry shampoo and L'Oreal Elnett. We have Elnett in Canada, but apparently the UK version is better. I also got some batteries for my curling iron (behind the earrings) and some hand cream - the air here is so dry! I picked up another braided hairband - this one is thicker than my Sephora one - and even more comfortable - I've had it on all day - and didn't even notice it. I love the light blue earrings I picked up from Accessorize (£10) - they are such a pretty shade.

Round Pond at Kensington Gardens
I had a really lovely day today with my children revisiting all my favourite places in the Kensington neighbourhood. We started off at High Street Kensington with shawarmas at my favourite Lebanese restaurant. We then walked to the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens - there were ducks and swans and pigeons EVERYWHERE! It was quite chilly, so after walking around the pond, we went down Gloucestor Road (and past my old apartment) to my favourite bakery - and had some delicious Cadbury's Hot's the perfect antidote to the chilly weather. Tomorrow I'm off to have lunch with a former colleague - and may spend the afternoon clothes shopping on Oxford Street.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

London Shopping Part 1

Shopping in London is so much fun - it's exciting to have access to products that we can't get in Canada. But I have to be careful not to buy TOO much...since we brought a lot of luggage with us. Although I would like every single thing in this picture from NEXT, I had to content myself with a cupcake themed cloth bag!

I think I'm especially drawn to cheerful prints at the moment, as it helps to detract from the gloomy weather outside (sorry - but the stereotype is true - it is very grey and drizzly here!)
Here's the cupcake-printed shopping bag I picked up at NEXT. I also picked up some bracelets and a cupcake phone charm from Accessorize - I thought I outgrew my love for "cutesy" things, but I was wrong...I blame it on the weather!

I picked up this gift set at Sainsburys (a supermarket chain). The bath items look and smell quite similar to Soap & Glory products - to be honest, I'm not really interested in them - I only purchased it for the lovely tote bag. It's the perfect place to stash all my make-up and brushes.
Here's all the make-up I've bought so far:
Me Me Me Blush in Rouge - this resembles Benefit's Coralista in packaging and colour. It's not as chalky as Coralista - and much cheaper too. It has been on my wishlist ever since I read this review by Lollipop26.
Me Me Me Shimmy Shimmers Bronzer in Gold - this was an impulse buy - it is very pigmented and seems like it would be a great highlighter.
Barry M Lip Paint in Royal Raspberry (141) - another impulse buy - I love the current trend for berry lips - and was attracted to this gorgeous shade. I've already worn it - and I'm in LOVE - the formula is long-lasting, non-drying and VERY pigmented. Also, it wears off evenly and doesn't leave any scary rings around your mouth (unlike my Revlon colourburst lipstick!). I might try out a few more shades in this range.
Dermablend foundation cream stick and setting powder - These products were on my wishlist after watching Lisa Eldridge's "Acne Covering Make Up" video. I haven't tried them out yet, but apparently they provide professional-strength coverage and are suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
Simple Eye Make Up Remover - I'd been using Cetaphil moisturiser to remove my eye make up but it was getting too messy. I found this to be very gentle and effective.
Here's a closer look at the Me Me Me blush, bronzer, and the Barry M lipstick.

Do you have any other recommendations for must-have London products?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Holiday Reading

We arrived in London today - it's great to be back. The corporate apartment we're staying at is lovely - it's modern and compact but it has everything we need.  The appliances are a bit intimidating - everything is touch screen, including the stove! We've already had some yummy food from Waitrose: Pain au Chocolats, Chocolate Chip Brioches and Freshly squeezed Orange Juice for breakfast; Spinach and Ricotta Tortelloni in Arabiatta sauce for lunch. I guess it's good that I can't find supermarket meals this delicious in Canada - I'd have a hard time sticking to my healthy eating! Since I'm jetlagged and awake, I thought I'd share some of the books that I brought with me to read on this trip:
The Acne Prescription: The Perricone Program for Clear and Healthy Skin at Every Age - As I mentioned previously, I'm on antibiotics for my skin. However, this feels very unnatural and unhealthy - especially in the long run. I plan on finishing my prescribed medicine, but I'm also going to make dietary changes to help my skin get better. Tomorrow I'm going to try Dr Perricone's 3-day Acne Diet. I will report the results here - and will probably do a more in-depth review of this book soon.
Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style Who wouldn't like to have a beautifully organized closet? This book covers clothes maintenance, display and wardrobe advice.Since I'm happiest when my surroundings are neatly organized, I'm hoping this book will help me cultivate an organized wardrobe of classic investment pieces. 
Lauren Conrad Style I love Lauren Conrad's style: her hair and make-up is always flawless - and her outfits are classic and fresh. Although this book is not ground-breaking (and hasn't received great reviews), I thought it would be a fun read.
People StyleWatch (1-year auto-renewal) I've written about my love for this magazine before. I love getting this in the mail and can't wait to read this month's issue!
Grazia - England - I missed reading this - so glad to have access to it again. This week's issue had a fun feature on my favourite guilty pleasure reality show "The Only Way is Essex" (I've been watching it online). I love British magazines with all their free gifts - I'll definitely be purchasing a lot of them on this trip!

Have you read any of these books? What's your favourite guilty pleasure TV show?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sydney Evan Tweet mention!

You know my new necklace...the one that I just adore? I think that Sydney Evan saw my post about it! A newsfeed retweeted my last post (not sure how that works - I don't use twitter that much) - but look at the part highlighted in pink...a response from Sydney Evan herself!

It's such a little thing - but it makes me so happy because I'm such a huge fan of her work. It is so exciting to think that the creator of the piece saw it on me! Of course, it could have just been someone from her tech team LOL!


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