still using all my lovely xmas presents including the toning body oil, by balance me - it has a lovely aromatic smell and is incredibly light and absorbs well, but if you think that oils are too heavy for the day, its great to mix into your cheaper body lotions to give it a more luxurious feel. i buy aveeno, which is gentle enough for even sensitive skins. my other favourites are aesop – the hand and body lotions are just so moisturising and the scents are amazing, just a pity that the prices are so high. ren are more affordable and if you sign up to their emails, they do these great offers throughout the year. its coming up to mother’s day at the end of the month – you can never have too much hand cream or body cream!
Tags: body lotions
Tags: international women's day
Tags: paul klee, tate
its the last weekend of the wonderful Paul Klee exhibition, so if you haven’t been I urge you to see it. i am taking robert tonight, as friday is late evening viewing – i love that galleries are open late on a friday evening, it means that you can see some culture before dinner.
Tags: camden parkway, chapmans, coffee jar, falla and mochaer, independent shops, market, parkway greens
parkway is one of those streets which seems to have had nothing that succeeds – restaurants and shops open and close, but suddenly parkway is becoming the heart of camden; the high street is full of chains, pret, office, american apparel – the fruit market on inverness street has been replaced by tat. but now there are more amenities on parkway – to support the long reigning sewing machine and hoover repair shop, chapmans, a greengrocer has actually opened. parkway greens is a welcome addition, with its vast varieties of fruit and vegetables it is a change to the numerous supermarkets that are in the area. its sad to admit, that i feel excitement at something like a greengrocers opening in my area than another fashion boutique! falla and mocaer, is a coffee and cake cafe run by two french guys and offers delicious home made cakes, as does the coffee jar opposite. yumcha offers a wide variety of teas and is housed in the original pet shop that was on parkway for many years. shimogano is a decent traditional japanese restaurant and market is great british food of good quality using fresh ingredients – look out for the special lunch each day which offers good value. and of course there is whole foods, though very expensive offers everything you need for the alternative health junkie.
Tags: only lovers left alive
went to see this film, only lovers left alive and although the shots are arty and tasteful, i nearly fell asleep! make sure you take lots of sweets to munch on or you will miss the fab locations – all very dark and sinister, its one long photographic dream. tangier is what our town vejer looked like many years ago before it became gentrified. i just finished editing the spain video with Joe – my short course in final cut pro last summer somehow all flew out of memory and i needed his help to add more frames.
i love lavender – this wonderful herb is not only great for its fragrance in your garden, but you can also use it in cooking. try making lavender ice cream. i also put a few drops of lavender on a handkerchief under my pillow every night to help me sleep, I just love the smell .
Tags: pancake tuesday, shrove tuesday
today is pancake tuesday! pancake tuesday always falls the day before ash weds and is therefore the last day before the commencement of lent. lent is a time of abstinence and penitence, when you give certain foods up, so pancakes are the last meal containing eggs, flour and butter, which were forbidden during lent. nowadays few people fast, but the tradition of pancake tuesday does live on. i have always used delia smiths classic recipe – foolproof, never goes into lumps and is delicious with lemon and sugar.
i have always tried in the past to give up wheat, sugar, red meat, but my willpower is not great – i now am a great believer that a little of everything is fine.