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Archive for February, 2011

Julies Restaurant – 135 Portland Road, W11

Julies Restaurant in Portland Road, W11

Located in Holland Park, I’ve never eaten at Julies, but I’ve always wanted to try their Sunday lunch menu – one day 🙂


Porchester Square, W2

Porchester Square, W2

Porchester Square Gardens is immaculate.

Completed between 1855 and 1858, Porchester Square was one of the last areas of Bayswater to be built.

Canon Powershot A3300 IS

Canon A3300 IS Pink


Canon A3300 IS (Back) Pink

I can’t wait to get my hands on this latest Powershot camera from Canon. Offered in a range of colours including pink :-), this looks like the perfect camera to carry around and take shots whilst walking around London, or travelling.

The A3300 IS boasts a sleek body, 16MP resolution, 5x zoom lens, ability to create HD movies and a 3in LCD screen. The best bit is that it retails at around ÂŁ149. I was hoping that there would be some reviews, but I think I’ll just take my chances and pre-order via Jessops:


Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment

I’ve been looking for a really good hair mask to apply once a week, and have now found my favourite. Although my hair isn’t damaged, I wanted to help strengthen and keep my long locks healthy.

Aveda Damage Remedy

Described by Aveda:

Our intensive weekly treatment deeply penetrates to help repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair. Using the power of pure plant oils and quinoa protein, it restores health, silkiness and shine.

• part of a three-step restructuring system
• helps strengthen hair weakened by chemical processes, heat styling and environmental exposure
• quinoa protein penetrates the hair shaft, working from inside to help strengthen and repair
• phellodendron and barley seal in moisture
• castor, jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils smooth hair’s surface

You can use this mask in one of two ways. If you want to get the maximum benefit from the treatment then have your shower/bath as normal but just wash your hair. Towel-dry and then comb through the Damage Remedy treatment from roots to ends, pop on a shower cap and watch a bit of tv/surf the internet for about 30 mins and wash off. Alternatively, if you don’t have time for all that, then you can apply whilst in the shower, placing a shower cap for about 5-10 mins, but I find that the longer I leave it in, the better the result…

Smells delicious and leaves my hair soft, smooth and strong…

Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner

Aveda Dry Remedy

After a trip to my favourite Gina Conway Aveda salon, I bought this shampoo along with the conditioner. Aveda products are a luxury as they are far more expensive than my normal shampoo & conditioners, but I wanted to treat my hair to some hydration after the long winter months.

Aveda describe their Dry Remedy Shampoo as ‘drenches even the driest, most brittle hair with moisture, leaving it soft, supple, touchable’ – so does it live up to its description…

Both the shampoo & conditioner have a thick yellow-like creamy consistency, it takes a bit of practice to get used to how much to use – ideally make sure your hair is really wet then rub into your palms and massage in. The smell is lovely, my hair is soft and manageable after just one wash. I’ve been using this for the past two weeks, and I’ve noticed a good difference in my hair.

After I’ve finished the bottles, I’ll probably buy again but only use twice a week. It’s expensive, but it has been a real treat for my hair…


Genetic Denim’s Spring 2011 Collection

I’ve blogged about Genetic Denim on a number of occassions – they are one of my favourite denim brands. I stumbled upon them by chance after purchasing my first pair from clothing boutique, Free People. Subsequent pairs, I’ve bought from shopbop.com (their customer service is second to none). I also understand that the brand is sold in the UK in denim boutique, Donna Ida.

I’ve been waiting for their Spring line, which is now previewing on their website. I’ve already found two styles that would be perfect for the upcoming months…

Cyprus in Dive, Genetic Denim


The Gusset Fever Nectar, Genetic Denim

Love the 70’s style and floral inserts. You can preview the collection:


butter London Teddy Girl

I’m so glad that the Spring collections are coming out, as it means soft pastel colors come out to play for both beauty & fashion.

butter London Teddy Girl, ÂŁ12

I have a vast array of pink polishes, my favourite being Chanel’s Pulsion. I end up wearing darker pink shades, having found lighter pink shades don’t show up as well on olive complexions. However, having spotted butter London’s Spring 2011 collection, I was tempted into buying this candy shade which butter London describes as “a pale retro bubblegum pink custom featured on the catwalk of a top Brit designer for S/S 2011” – the Brit designer is in fact Victoria Beckham.

I’ve used butter London before, having purchased Primrose Hill Picnic – a fuschia pink, and found the polish easy to work with and lasted a couple of days without chipping. When Teddy Girl arrived in the post, on first glance the colour looked really pretty, but when applied appeared far too pale for my olive complexion, and it was hard to work with – such a shame, I really wanted to like this…

butter London is a 3 Free company – their products contain no formaldehyde, toluene or dbp.

Where to buy: I bought mine directly from their website (£5 for shipping):