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Archive for May, 2010

Dulux Paint Pod

When it comes to anything relating to DIY, normally I wouldn’t get involved, sorry to be sexist but I’ve always thought men love that kind of thing 🙂

However, I decided that my flat needed re-decorating and wanted to paint it – I managed to do it over the first bank holiday in May, all thanks to the Paint Pod by Dulux. I managed to breeze through and even had enough time to do two coats of Timeless.

Initially I was sceptical to the ease of how it looked on the Dulux website tutorials, but setting up is very straight forward, the only thing that you must ensure is that you properly clean the system, otherwise you’ll find that pushing the paint trigger button can become a bit harder… The finish was good, and the smell was virtually odourless…

Now this bank holiday, I’m painting my doors white, but have gone for B&Q wood paint, unfortunately Dulux’s version is far too strong in smell!

To think that my colleagues took the mick out of me and said I wouldn’t last 5 minutes decorating – proved my point, but it pains me to say that I didn’t enjoy it…


Rare Fashion

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Despite the mad crowds of Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street, I do enjoy rummaging around the bottom floor which is home to the selected brand’s they stock. Rare is one such label, and I am impressed with their collection of floral cropped tops (perfect to combine with a pair of high-waisted jeans or mini-skirt when the temperatures soar), short & maxi dresses, which they now offer in size 6…

You complete me...Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

You complete me… by Angelika M featuring Balenciaga bags

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we’re so fairytale by creativitycollage featuring TopShop

Goodbye Clarendon Cross – Hello Cath Kidston Portobello Road

My old boss introduced me to Cath Kidston’s store in Clarendon Cross a couple of years ago.

I remember thinking that I was in heaven – I embarrassingly admit that I’m very girly; adore pastel colours and floral prints, and Cath Kidston’s rather quaint take on chintz created an instant addiction. I found myself taking a long stroll towards this cobbled street in Holland Park, buying everything from a rose print iPod cover to a floral vintage tea dress.

I was ready to make another trip recently only to hear from a friend that the store had closed and a new one opened on Portobello Road. I know Portobello Road is popular amongst tourists (I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve stopped me in the street asking for directions to that ‘door’ in the movie Notting Hill!), but I’m not particularly fond of the mad crowds, and preferred the peaceful location of Clarendon Cross…

Despite the change of location, I still love a visit to Cath Kidston especially with their gorgeous new Spring/Summer collection…

The Mall Tavern in Notting Hill

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Quietly tucked away in one of Kensington’s premier tree-lined streets (just off Kensington Church Street/Notting Hill Gate), sits a rather cosy pub called The Mall Tavern.

Although I don’t really frequent pubs that often (I don’t drink for a start!), this is the one that I usually end up in for after work drinks.

The Mall Tavern isn’t particularly big but I’ve always managed to get a seat. The decor inside is modern and toilets upstairs are clean (important when us girls need a touch up!), and there is a separate eating area and the food is pretty good. Even if you decide not to eat here, this is still a good place to have a few cheeky drinks before heading off to the many restaurants in Notting Hill (I recommend Kensington Place, which is just across the road from The Mall Tavern).

This pub is located on Palace Gardens Terrace, which is one of Notting Hill’s most prestigious roads. If you need to get home via public transport then there is a bus stop on the opposite side of the road whilst Notting Hill Gate (Central, District & Circle Lines) Underground Station is just a short stroll away, and when the weather is good (providing you don’t spend all night in the pub!), you can go for a romantic stroll in Kensington Gardens 🙂


Check out my review of The Mall Tavern – I am kensingtonabida – on Qype

Alphabeat – DJ

Having heard them playing this song on Channel 5 the other day, I had to download this rather catchy 80’s style tune – it certainly got me in the mood for dancing…

Boden does size 6…

I’d always admired the clothes on the Boden website but was a little dismayed that they didn’t do size 6, until recently. Although a little pricy, the quality of their knitwear is superb. I especially love their stripe henley and cropped cardigan.

Miss Selfridge ‘Spring/Summer 2010’

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There’s nothing like a spot of clothes shopping when you’re recovering from a cold – even better when you can avoid the mad crowds on Oxford Street and instead do it online 🙂

Here are a few pieces that I’ve recently bought.

– Gingham Roll Up Shirt (£30)
– Short Floral Jacquard Cardi (£29)
– Cornelli Cardi (£30)
– Stripe Corsage Tunic (£29)
– Light Wash Denim Ripped Mini (£28)
– Canvas Peeptoe Lace Up Boot (£50)