Lost In Words

This is a quick post extolling the joys of Audible. I love reading but don’t always have the time to sit down and relax with a book, lets face it no one who has 10 minutes to spare will take it as an opportunity to get stuck in with their latest read.

With Audible I can shove my headphones on and catch up whilst travelling, walking the dog, household chores…endless!

A word of warning, it is all about the narrator, the beauty of Audible though is that you can send it back after listening for a while if you not feeling it.

I now have have quite a few narrators that I like and have listened to novels that wouldn’t usually appeal to me but have enjoyed because of their style.

Currently I’m loving Rory Kinnear reading Ian McEwan’s Nutshell, highly recommend anything read by Rory Kinnear.

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Next is Ben Aaronovitch 6th novel in the Peter Grant series ,The Hanging Tree which is read by Kobna Holbrook-Smith. Peter Grant is a Met Police Office with special powers, he is assigned to a unique secret division of the police force. Bear with me – the characters are brilliant and comedic, please give it a go – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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I have listened to a lot of the classics and books which I have read before and still enjoyed them as much second time around.

A subscription is a great gift to give a book lover and one other bonus is that nobody can see what you are listening to – no hiding that cover on the tube or round the pool – Jackie Collins bring it on!

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Righto I’m off to see if I have any credit left!

Denny x

 

 

 

This Little Piggy Went To Marks and Spencer

I don’t have the prettiest feet going, after years of abuse – mainly through netball and tennis, I need to have pedicures most of the year to keep them from looking like trotters.

So, when Autumn and Winter arrive and it’s boot season I’m not so vigilant. But what is going on?  The shops seem to have forgotten to put away the sandals because everywhere I go there is still a lot of open toe footwear on display.

I’m in a dilemma cause I want to wear pumps, trainers and boots but goddammit, I really like some of the winter sandals.

Whilst having a look at school shirts on Marks and Spencer I spied these beauties. They have gone into the basket, so I haven’t seen them in the flesh or tried them on.
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Look how similar they are to these N0.21 sandals from Selfridges – £470, good old M and S only £29.50! They have them in copper too but online they looked cheap, I will check them out next time I’m there.

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Another look alike from Marks are these velvet YSL inspired sandal, pretty colour, they also come in navy and cost £29.50

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The real deal are £460 , but wow they are beautiful.

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Whilst on the issue of feet, I have recently started using The Body Shop peppermint range, my 13 year old daughter loves The Body Shop and introduced me to it. The smell is very strong and makes your feet feel very tingly and refreshed. However, if you are in need of something more heavy duty then Boots sell a swiss foot cream called CCS and if you slather it on and wear a pair of those weird rubbery slimy foot socks your feet will be as soft as a baby’s bottom.

I would love my toes to look like the ones in my title unfortunately they are more akin to these!

 

Denny x

Suits You Sir

In my other life, you know the glamorous one where I wear heels all day because I get cabs everywhere. My hair looks perfectly tousled, I only drink cocktails, champagne and coffee and eat beautiful insta worthy food. In this other life I need a trouser suit for when I have a busy day of meetings!

But hang on – can’t I get away with a suit in my real life, the one where I don’t have any meetings whatsoever?

Yes I can, here is the proof. Nothing too formal, one I can wear with trainers or heels, a t-shirt, camisole or shirt – there is an emerald green shirt from Zadig et Voltaire which I love, will wait for the sales though. Continue reading

Never judge a girl by her shoes

Hello!

Back to life after a lovely long break with the kids, it takes me so long to write a post that I need to have a few days for the seed too sow in my brain. I now have no excuses.

This post has been prompted by my friend Laura who is after a pair of velvet chunky heels, she has seen some beautiful and eye watering expensive Prada and Gucci beauties and wants a cheaper pair.

I’ve set my investigative skills to the task (I’m waiting for a delivery and don’t want to tackle the ironing).

I confess that I found it difficult to find very cheap ones that I liked and I wasn’t sure how much embellishment or statement making she wanted the shoe to be so I have played it pretty safe.

These Sam Edelman block heels come in black too but I prefer the plum.

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Something very similar from Zara

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Again from Zara , very victorian  but not too fancy dress!
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Not a shoe and not velvet but same vibe are these boots from Mango

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TOPSHOP are spot on with the Gucciesque fringed pump, also come in other metallic colours.
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And from ASOS are these eye popping fuchsia shoes.

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Back on the boots are these which are a nod to YSL from & Other Stories.

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Also from & Other Stories are these which have a real seventies vibe.

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Well Laura, I hope that these few give some inspiration – let me know what you think or have I missed the mark completely!

Denny x

 

 

How to earn your stripes

Navy and white stripes are an absolute classic. Pretty much every iconic film star has worn them from Audrey Hepburn and James Dean to modern muse Olivia Palermo.

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Audrey Hepburn at home. An out take from the photo shoot for the cover of the April 19, 1954 international issue of Life magazine.

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The real beauty though is that there is a stripe which suits nearly every age and shape. Even a striped shoe or bag brings a bit of chic fun to any outfit. Continue reading

Who needs a takeaway?

Well, we all do sometimes so don’t throw out your menus just yet.

The following recipe isn’t a super speedy one but it is easy to assemble in advance . I tend to get it all ready in the morning then leave it in the fridge . It’s another Smitten Kitchen recipe, they call it a Chicken Tikka Bake but to me it tastes like a very flavoursome generic Indian curry not particularly tikka like in taste or colour. I have tweaked it a fair bit, here is the original recipe though if you want to have a look.

This is MINE below – choose me , choose me!

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For the chicken
1 big thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced  – I use a microplane and grate it
4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 fresh green chilli ,seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup natural yoghurt
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
4 chicken thighs, 4 drumsticks , if you want leftovers add some more (all skin-on, bone-in)

For the vegetables
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 packet of tender stem broccoli
1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds

To finish
A small red onion
1 Lemon
Salt
Dollops of yoghurt
A few tablespoons roughly chopped coriander, parsley or mint, or a mix therof

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Start by putting all your chicken ingredients excluding the yoghurt and chicken into a pestle and mortar, give it a good bash then add the yoghurt and mix thoroughly.

Place the chicken in a seal proof bag with the mixture and leave to marinade in the fridge for as long as possible – minimum 1 hour.

You don’t need to see a picture of the chicken in a bag!

Next, take a large roasting pan and place the cauliflower and broccoli in and toss with the oil, salt and cumin seeds.
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Preheat your oven to 180ºC

Take the chicken and nestle it amongst the vegetables, I usually put a bit more cumin and salt on before it goes in the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes then move everything around and bake for another 20.

Whilst it’s in the oven finely slice the red onion and give it a squirt of lemon juice and sprinkle with salt.
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Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the onion slices, dollop on the yoghurt and scatter the herbs. It’s very juicy and is great on it’s own. Wonderful with flatbreads or pitta cold the next day, although I doubt there will be any left!

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Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Denny x