Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Antibes and Monaco

We spent one day and one night in the South of France last weekend. We flew to Nice early on Saturday morning and got back midday on Sunday. Mum had flown over to see Baby and was basically pushing us out of the door to go and leave her alone with her! The weather in France was beautiful even though cold. It reminded me once again why I love it there so much.

This is what Antibes looked in the December sunshine. I have to say those sailors were brave... it was seriously cold!

After Antibes we headed over to Monte Carlo for the rest of the day and night. We stayed in the very old school but very glamorous Hotel De Paris.

This was the view from our room balcony. I definitely wasn't complaining!

We had lunch at the super casual Le Bistroquet. Food was fine.... We fancied some low key Italian so it hit the spot.

And this is what I wore... J Brand jeans, Maje wedge boots, Missoni cardi, Gucci belt and a Joseph sheepskin coat, which kept me nice and warm! And I just realised that my flies are undone in this picture, how classy! :-)

Monday, 19 December 2011


On Friday night we had an early dinner at the new Richard Caring restaurant 34. I loved it! Richard Caring just always gets it right... Everything is right; decor, atmoshere, food and service. None of his restaurants try too hard; they are old school and quite glamorous instead of trendy and minimalistic. The atmosphere is so good you want to stay all night. I think 34 is now in my top five favourite London restaurants! I ate a soup, a fillet steak and the most amazing mint and chocolate dessert... As good as the honeycomb ice cream with chocolate sauce in Scott's and that's to say something! Oh, and Bernie Ecclestone sat at the table next to us. He was with a dark haired lady and another couple. They gave us a few not so friendly glances, think we were talking a touch too loud...

Picture from 34 website.

Sponsoring a Child

I've been wondering for a while what the best way is to donate to charity... I mean how do you know, which charity is the one that gets most of the donations through to its actual targets. You hear so many stories about every layer of the process skimming the donation down so that when it finally reaches the ones in need there is not much left. I've had a direct debit to Oxfam for a few years now but as it's such a big organisation I know very little about how my  money has been used. I therefore today decided that I want to sponsor a child. I've just signed up with Plan. I want to sponsor a child in Latin America. After seeing the Favelas in Rio and Sao Paulo a few years ago it shocked me so much that somehow I'd love to help a child in that part of the world. I'm very excited about this and can't wait to find out who I'll be sponsoring!

Another thing that occurred to me recently is that I have so much "stuff"... Stuff that I don't need at all and often just throw away. If only I could send all that stuff to somewhere, to somebody, who needs it. I might just ask Plan about it, maybe they will be able to help me to help.

Picture from Plan website.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

After a Break; Net-A-Porter Wishlist Update

I haven't even so much as looked at Net-A-Porter for a while because I've been feeling very undeserving and ashamed after my shopping madness in New York last month... But today I finally dared to take a little peak. My eye is now scanning through the items with a totally different criteria than usually; must not be fitted. For that reason it's now accessories that catch my eye most. Here is what I put on my Wishlist.

The most beautiful Erdem silk blouse. Not sure if any good with a big tummy so will probably stay on the Wishlist forever, or until it sells out, which is probably not that long...

Chloe boots. Can't get enough of Chloe, so chic!

Gucci bag. I actually NEED one.. I don't have a black bag that you could wear messenger style. Gucci have really upped their stakes, such cool stuff!
Gucci sunglasses. Something a bit different to my forever faithful aviators.

Now this is just gorgeous... A Pucci clutch. Totally unwearable with most things I own of course but it looks so yummy I can't stop looking at it!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

What I Wore Today

Today I wore a couple of my favourite things... A Celine bag that I carry to work most days and my Jimmy Choo Gilbert pumps in tan / black snakeskin. I love them because the heel is not high so they're actually very comfortable to walk in. I don't know why I ever buy heels that are super high as I always end up wearing my lower ones a lot more. The rest of my outfit was a plain white silk shirt, black skinny jeans and a camel coat.

Eating, eating and eating...

Last night I had a work dinner in Nobu, Park Lane. The food was delicious and everyone had a fun evening, we were a table of eight people. Afterwards a few people continued for drinks but I made my excuses and escaped home and to bed.

Tonight I had my department's Christmas drinks in a wine bar in the City. I went straight from work for a couple of hours to be sociable and was so happy when I was able to sneak out before 8pm! I'm finding it hard going out now that I'm pregnant and not able to drink. What a shameful thing to admit! I'm finding it especially hard at this early stage when I'm still hiding my pregnancy and therefore having to pretend that I'm in fact drinking... Holding the same warm wine glass for hours on end taking the smallest of sips... or pretending that I'm drinking an exotic cocktail when in fact it's just orange juice and dreading that someone is going to want to taste it! Ordering a soft drink is difficult too as most of the time it's someone from the group asking everyone what they want to drink. Tonight I was able to sneakily speak to a friendly waitress and explain my situation to her and she became my secret alliance carrying me soft drinks that looked like cocktails. She saved me! The problem is that I never say no to a glass of wine and that is why anyone who knows me will immediately know that something is going on if I refuse it...

I'm already expanding even though I'm only 8 weeks pregnant. My boobs and bottom are growing at record speed. Last night I had to change my outfit at the last minute because I realised I looked ridiculous in a fitted dress. The reason for this fast expansion is obviously not the baby who is about 10mm long at the moment... It is my eating that has got totally out of hand. Let's see what I ate today; I started the morning by having two bowls of the most sugary, fattening, roasted granola. At lunch time I had "sushi", which actually meant a couple of pieces of sushi and a lot of greasy prawn tempura. In the afternoon I had one and a half cupcakes, which someone kindly offered to me and then in the wine bar I stuffed my face with cheese, bread and sausages. If nobody has noticed the changes in my eating habits then I'm very surprised... Everyone normally takes the mickey out of me for eating so healthy and now I've gone totally to the other extreme. The thing is that I feel nauseous most of the time and the eating, at least temporarily, helps! Because of the nausea I just crave something very specific to make me feel better and that something is never anything healthy.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Christmas Feeling

We took Baby to see Father Christmas at the kids' Ralph Lauren on Bond Street over the weekend. I don't think she understood much about it but at least we got a few nice pics to show her when she's older.

We have a beautiful Christmas Tree! It's made me feel even more Christmassy. 

I can't wait for the actual Christmas; for the first time ever we're spending it in our own home in London. Will be so fun. Mr W's family will be joining us here. 

One Year Older

It was my birthday this weekend. Mr W gave me the most amazing present and even better was that he chose it totally on his own! I am very lucky. 

On the evening of my birthday we had dinner with a group of friends in Petit Maison. It was as good as always! However pregnancy has put me off my favourite food fish... It now makes me feel nauseous even thinking about it! After Petit Maison we had drinks at The Arts Club. I love that place, I'm glad I got the membership as it's the perfect place for pre or post dinner drinks in the West End.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Baby II

As my blog is safely lost in the cyper space (none of my friends or family know it exists and I have no idea how to get it to appear in search engine results) I can share with you, my extremely few readers, that I'm pregnant with our second child. Baby II is expected to arrive in this world in late July. I had my first scan this week and everything is fine but as it's only week 7 anything could happen... I feel sicker than I did with Baby and I'm constantly tired. I'm ashamed to even admit it as I always thought sickness and tiredness was only for women who like to moan... I was wrong! I think from week 12 I will start a picture series of my tummy; first of the way up and then finally, of the way down (taken that it does go down this time...). This explains my constant craving of carbs! I've already put on 4 pounds... Last time I put on 3 stone in total and I swore that I wouldn't repeat that but looks like I'm gonna have to eat those words amongst all those carbs... I can't believe that we're going to have two Babies. I had severe baby blues first time around. I'm hoping that this time around I'll be saved from them by the knowledge that the hardest times only last for a short period of time.

Put a Ring On it

Mr W finally did it... In fact he did it already in Barbados but the ring was way too big for me so only now that it's been altered I'm able to start wearing it. I had totally accepted the fact that we would never marry but live happily ever after the way we are but clearly I don't have to accept that after all. I couldn't be happier! I have to pinch myself!