Friday, 27 April 2012

Aubaine on Dover Street

I Adore The French
...In many ways, I'm very much like Jenny Mellor from An Education. Their very being just captivates me.

At the request of Daddy Austin, I spent Tuesday night trawling through the online advertisements, reviews and recommendations of Mayfair's finest. We were to wine and dine that following Wednesday you see. 
As a frequent guest of independently run restaurants, I scoured the metaphorical pages of my macintosh, searching for a secret hideaway that offered good food to match the grand level of company with whom I travelled. As I went on to discover, London's little gems tend to be kept behind a tight lock and lost key.
I should really know better by now. In all my 20 years, i've eaten in 'chain' restaurants by their hundreds and i've been thoroughly impressed by the majority. My snobbery should bow out any day now.
Alas Wednesday night came and with a little slice of anticipation the pair of us took to Dover Street where a French eatery named 'Aubaine' came highly recommended.

Ushered away from the chaotic streets of Oxford Circus, we set off for a relaxing evening of Parisian custom. 
Greeted with an array of friendly smiles, the decor is familiar to that 'shabby but sophisticated chic' that you would find within a Browns. I feel perfectly at ease as I admire each trinket throughout the restaurant as well as the niche collection of colourful macaroons that are stashed amidst the establishments walls. Much to my delight, a bottle of 'perrier' was brought to the table when sparkling water had been requested. I've been drinking Perrier since I could walk and I find it so difficult to resist its sharp bubbles. A bottle of Pinot Blanc was shared as we devoured the bucket of bread that was gingerly placed by the attentive waiter. 

With such an appealing menu, Aubaine has its way with the majority of its customers. Starters were dealt with in a manner of minutes as papa and I were easily persuaded by that which we first laid our eyes upon. 'Salt and chilli squid with lime aioli and coriander' and 'Wild Mushrooms, puff pastry, duck egg and hollandaise.' We eagerly finished the course, savouring the delicious and unexpected taste, which were unleashed with each and every given forkful.  

As for the main event. 'Grilled tiger prawns, bok choy, shiitake and chilli' was chosen by the gent. Whilst I opted 'Grilled Lemon sole and tartare sauce.' The charming waiter placed dauphinioise Potatoes and french fries in-between our two dishes before wishing us 'bon appetite.' 

Munch, munch, munch et voila, fini. Away with our empty plates and onto the sweeter things in life. Pudding.
Here I was truly impressed. Instead of the obligatory 'desserts' menu, a black slate board of hugely tempting treats was presented. Eyes wide in amazement, I listed to the various descriptions of millefeuilles, tortes, crumbles and such. Indulging my sweet tooth I decided upon three of the miniatures. A chocolate tart with matching cocoa macaroon as well as a strawberry macaroon just to keep my longing at bay. While I scoffed, Daddy Austin politely ventured for a cheeseboard as desserts and sweets aren't 'really his bag.'

This liquor coffee was the perfect end to a wonderful meal
...or so I though. 
Just as we started to throw on our coats, ready to face the cold air that awaited outside. Two square boxes of Aubaine Macaroons had somehow made their way into my hands. Filled with a mixture of strawberry and apple flavoured treats, this restaurant has most certainly made a lasting impression in my books. 

Be sure to pay them a visit.

Monday, 23 April 2012

The Hectic Workings of a Student

Let me just start off something silly. 

You remember that little 'Dazed & Confused' project that a Ms. Delia Barrett and I shot? Well at long last the results were revealed this past Friday and I just can't stop smiling.  

In other news and as I said in my last post,I have been offered the opportunity to 'slum it' with Phoenix Magazine for the upcoming month of July. Well completely out of the blue, I received a phone call on Tuesday morning from the editor herself. 'Having mentioned my current availability for both Tuesdays and Wednesdays, how would I feel about going in on the Wednesday and setting off to work that week?' 
Well, do I even need to type my immediate reaction?

I have of course been gabbing away to all manner of friends and family about this delightful event but for those of you who hadn't heard, here is my very first published piece of work. 

 Exciting isn't it? I'm really just so humbled by the whole experience and I must emphasise upon the extent to which I was so anxious about the whole ordeal. 
Thankfully i've been asked to go back this Tuesday at 10am sharp.

These little 'peek-a-boo' shot was taken whilst on board one certain photoshoot.

Aside from these two past occurrences, I have also been writing up yet another piece of coursework thats due in very shortly. It will be posted within the next few weeks, so keep flicking back and forth so that you don't miss out. 

As for the weekend, I spent what little time I had with the boy on Saturday amongst coffees and a spot of shopping. My alarm started to buzz at 6am on Sunday morning and so my weekend was some-what cut short, not that I am complaining mind you. I did have the chance to help out at this fabulous photoshoot for Phoenix. As you can see from this snippet, it's really something to get excited about. The end product will be published within the June edition.

In celebration, I may have treated myself to one or two of the cupcakes from the vast selection found at Waitrose. 
Out of the 'Lemon and Lavender' and the 'Pink Cupcake', the latter was most definitely my favourite. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

'I'll Be Seeing You'

From The Top Right Of The Top Photograph and Working Our Way Clockwise |
Yves Saint Laurent Terre Saharienne Collector, Poudre De Soleil Bronzing Powder (I Can Only Find This Online In The US Atm. Please Let Me Know If You Find Anything Otherwise)
DOLCE & GABBANA Lipsticks In 'Chic Monica,' 'Magnetic Monica' and 'Attractive Monica.' 
Anatomicals 'Breath-a-lies' Breath Freshener (I Can Only Find This 'Snog Me Senseless' Treat Online)

This is of course, the  much anticipated 'End Of Stella' splog. 
 - Its late arrival has not gone un-noted i'm sure.
Despite having spoilt me rotten on the Thursday beforehand,(all has been unveiled here) Frankie and the girls continued to surprise and delight, with ongoing gestures of generosity throughout my final week. 
An envelope, was the first of treats to have come out of the blue. A signed and sealed card was given to my right hand, whilst a second surprise was bestowed into my left. To my enjoyment, a scrummy pack of Percy Pig Biscuits were given.
- An old favourite of mine, that I hadn't tasted in far too long.

After these little surprises had settled within my mind, I packed up my things and I went to say my reluctant goodbyes. Happily, these were reciprocated but once again whilst I expected no physicality's whatsoever, the girls unveiled one final treat. 
Another little trip was made to the fashion cupboard, where I was granted  one last rummage through the many, many make up boxes. 
 - Et Voila. Le apres délices. 

Now, Phoenix Magazine. This Is That Secret that I was Telling You About. 

Figuratively high from Stella, I was ever so eager to seek out my next venture. Without hesitance, this new magazine on the block happened to have caught my eye. It oozes that clever, insider knowledge that we all like to think we have. Well, have a flick through these pages and you'll realise just how many tricks are out there, that have bypassed your window. 
Its latest edition, has a savile row feature which I thoroughly read through on one of my recent journeys up to London Town. 
Side tracking, here is my point. I have been offered the chance to extend my experiences at Phoenix headquarters for the month of July, with other possible snippets of chance at hand as well. 
Fingers crossed that everything goes to plan, eh? 

I also thought that I would give into months of oohing and aching over these kickers. I've been eyeing them up on Ashley Madekwes' sight and after having heard just how much she thinks of hers, I had to click the 'add to cart' icon. (I should mention that the timed sale happened to help sharpen my decision). 
 - I'm now eyeing up the black pair. 

Ps/. Remember Thisworks? The tanning tube I promised to try out for you? Well, as you can see from the photographs, my pins have most defiantly become some-what tinted. I would have to say that my thighs in this last picture is most likely the most accurate shade of colouring
 - Please excuse the bumps and bruises. They're evidence of my unfortunate and consistent, casual clumsiness. 

If i'm being honest, as far as tanning solutions go, I actually quite fancy this one. Remember to take your time and to ensure that you've covered the surface area evenly and if you tick both of those boxes . . .
Well, bobs your uncle. 
I've still got my tanning hopes pinned on this summers sun. I have two trips to France booked and one holiday to spain to look forward to. 
It's going to be a jam-packed season. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Home Sweet Home

The Ferdinand Foch Monument Which Stands At London Victoria

Having spent a fortnight in the midst of constant and some-what stereotypical city kerfuffle, a contradicting change in scenery was most certainly called for.
After Stella, I have come back home where I plan to waitress my way through this week at Egans. (A post of which will be planted upon my next social call, I promise). 

As for the details on my last few days at Stella (and not to mention a very new and oh-so exciting secret), I vow to inform you wholly within my next splog post. 

Ps/. I have only good things to tell you. 

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Working Girl Continued

Russell & Bromley Sandals paired with Supersoft skinny 'Leigh' Jeans from Topshop. 

The unpredictability of the great English weather has been at its utmost best this week. 
Thoughts of travelling back home and sunning myself at the beach were silently put to bed. As you all know, I have been otherwise occupied. 
Engulfed between four walls, I filed, ran returns, compiled mood boards and stored look books. In the most timely and professional manner, I did anything and everything that carried the possibility of easing my mind for all summer cravings. 

This strapping pair of Russell & Bromley sandals made their first 2012 debut, just last Thursday
. . . Lovely, aren't they.

I therefore know that it was that day in particular that I played part in a little, home grown 'beauty sale,' within the magazine and newspaper. 
Despite having to supervise the vicious crowd of beauty vultures, I did manage to get my hungry, little claws into a few of the sparkling tricks and treats on offer. . . 

From the top Left and working my way around as best as I can |
Yves Saint Laurent Ombre Solo in Deep Night Purple
Lancome Teint Miracle | Purse Size
bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 0.2 in Daydream and Wanderlust
'B' Perfume Favour ( I think it could be Boucheron, but i'm not one hundred percent)
Maybelline Nail colour in Lilac Charm
Jo Malone Hand Cream in Pomegranate Noir 
Escada Rockin Rio Eau de Toilet (Limited Edition past its sell-by date)

I know, I know. I can't quite believe just how lucky i've been either. 
The Rockin Rio spritzer is without a doubt, my most treasured token. I have been playing a rather, lengthy treasure hunt with this spritzer after all.
The Girl and I  were bought une petite boutille by Mother Hen, at a time when we were evolving past mud stains and braces and onto boys, smellies and make up. As devastating as it is, Limited Edition stocks don't last forever and as soon as my special edition had dissolved, I wished that i'd stopped and savoured every last drop. 
 . . . Stella Magazine, I love you.

Other Favourites include  . . . 

The Grey Vetiver. Now this is a new found glory for me. Yes it is a mans scent and so yes, I am well aware. 
I've thought about bestowing it upon The Boy, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Its quite simply, intoxicating. 

The Alligator Compact. My infatuation for all things 'vintage' continues to blossom. Not only does it tick all the boxes in both appearance and style but I just can't help but feel ever so 40's heiress, with this glamourous piece in tow.  The pressed powder remains untouched as of yet, but come Goodwood Revival and i'm sure it'll be a different story. 

Last but not least . . . 
I am not a fake tan kind of girl. I've dabbled in tinted moisturisers, extensions, eyelashes and what not throughout my youth, but I have come to learn that it really is best to just let things lie. 
I live by the french rules of skincare. They moisturise to their hearts content whilst all signs of concealer and foundation are non-existent. 
Contradicting that, thisworks 'Perfect Legs Gradual Tan' container just looks so darn appealing. Its finer than fake tan and yet, thicker than tinted moisturiser. Giving into temptation, I did of course feel that a little home time experiment was called for. 

 . . . I'll have to let you know how it works out.