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Archive for March, 2011

Giraffe Restaurant in High Street Kensington

Giraffe stacked pancakes (image from Giraffe)

After watching Delia Smith’s Waitrose advert for pancakes, and colleagues mentioning how they enjoyed cooking pancakes for pancake day, I had a massive craving for them. My boss mentioned that the best place locally to get some is Giraffe restaurant. Luckily, this one on Kensington High Street is a couple of minutes from Kensington Gardens. So, after a long walk in the park, decided to go and get some food here. At first, I resigned myself to not being able to order the pancakes as it’s on their breakfast menu only (and I arrived at lunchtime). I tried my luck, and the waiter said he’ll ask whether they can make me some specially. Luckily, they did and I had a plate with a tower of pancakes stacked on top of each other with bananas between the layers and blueberries on top. One word – DELICIOUS 🙂 It does get a bit crowded inside as a lot of families with kids go here, but it didn’t bother me. I was particularly impressed with the male waiters, very friendly and one even came to say goodbye as he finished his shift. I’m already planning my next pancake fix!



Thomas Pink Spring/Summer 2011

Thomas Pink Spring/Summer 2011

The classic white & black combination. There’s something rather secretarial chic about pairing a white shirt with a black skirt. I particularly love the above image from Thomas Pink’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection. The pretty blonde model’s look is my favourite, she’s wearing a white Bateman classic shirt which has a pretty frill edge on the collar and cuffs (ÂŁ89).

Update: I bought the Bateman shirt, and it’s really lovely. The material is of good quality, washes and irons well, and I adore the frill detail on the neck and cuffs. I’m normally a size 6, but found that it was a bit loose around the chest, so I opted for a size 4.

Claudia Schiffer Perfectly Fit DVD

It’s the start of a new year and one of my resolutions is to take care of my health. After collapsing a couple of weeks ago, a combination of illness and being weak, my doctor suggested that I would benefit from putting on weight and that exercise will help get my appetite back.

I’ve always been naturally thin, but the past couple of months, I’ve lost my desire to eat. Instead, I’ve been coming home from work and then studying for hours without breaks. It wasn’t until after I collapsed that I saw how weak I was. I looked in the mirror and saw my twiglet-like legs, and even a female porter mentioned that I’d look more beautiful if I put on some weight – and that coming from a woman!

It’s very easy to get out of the routine of regular exercise. I think being naturally thin can make you a little complacent – most people have a target to lose weight. However, just because you are skinny; it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re fit. I’m not a gym fan (I just think for me it would be a waste of money). I’ve lost count the number of friends who pay hundreds on gym fees and rarely go. 

Claudia Schiffer Perfectly Fit

Then comes in my favourite exercise workout. When I was a teenager, Claudia Schiffer released two fitness videos – one focussing on the upper body and the other on the lower body. Unfortunately I don’t have a video player anymore, but was happy to see that amazon sells (via a third party) the dvd’s of both. I did browse other workout dvd’s, but most of them are focussing on losing weight – the women look a bit muscular which I find off-putting.

Claudia’s workout  is appealing as she has a similarly naturally slender figure, and her workouts are about increasing fitness. The backdrops are beautiful, the music good and she isn’t annoying. Claudia is soo beautiful, I’ve always had a crush on her…

The great thing about Claudia’s workout is that you only need a small space, mat (I bought mine from Sweaty Betty), chair, trainers (Nike) and handheld weights (but I don’t use these).

I strained my back a little when first doing the lower body workout, but I think once I’m used to this sort of exercise, my body will become stronger. Regular use, and you’ll certainly start noticing the difference in your fitness and shape, I totally recommend buying both DVD’s from Amazon.

Bar Boulud – Mandarin Oriental Knightsbridge

Bar Boulud, Knightsbridge

Had a girly Friday evening at Bar Boulud. Located in the heart of Knightsbridge with its own private entrance at ground level of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental hotel, it’s as one would expect, very classy bar/restaurant. I arrived at about 8pm, and there was a nice atmosphere, not too overly crowded, we all managed to get seats at the bar. Dress-wise, there was a mix of people in suits to those more casually dressed. I came smart/casual – skinny jeans and high heels, but my friends braved the cold in their little black dresses. It’s a really nice place to catch up with friends or go out on a date, and conveniently moments from Knightsbridge underground station. Would like to go back and try the food next time…


Check out my review of Bar Boulud – I am kensingtonabida – on Qype