Monthly Archives: March 2015

– Mother’s Day –

Mother’s day was a couple of Sundays ago in England, the 15th to be precise, and it was the first time in about 9 years that I have been able to be at home with my mum on the day! It was fantastic – both my sister and I under the same roof with my parents. We decided there was no better way to spend it than with a pub lunch! That is after we gave mum her gifts.

We (my sister and I) picked up a HUGE bouquet of flowers, a spa voucher and this little gem (see below) to help say thank you for being the best mum out there!

Flowers tea time

It does have the word mother in it!

Then it was off to the pub. My aunt and Uncle were also up for the day so we all piled in our cars and headed off!

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Dress – Ted Baker (similar) // Blazer – Zara (similar) // Black Tights // Boots – All Saints (on sale now!)

Scarf – Gift (similar) // Earrings – Old (similar)

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I will say that we had a very fancy ride to the pub.

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Pub

Once we arrived we all busied ourselves with drinks and studying the menu.

Menu Drinks

Lamb chops to start off with followed but steak, pasta, and roast chicken…what more could you ask for?

Lambchops starter

Steak au poive Roast chicken Pasta Chips

Dessert that is!!

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I hope that I am over across the pond for mother’s day next year…we will have to see.

What did you guys do for Mother’s day or what do you have planned if you are in America (you’ve got some planning time).

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Bob Bob Ricard…

My husband (Corey) and I always try and find a new (fancy/different) restaurant to try whenever we venture back over the pond to good ol’ England. Last time it was his pick – Hawksmoor Seven Dials in Covent Garden (very good!). This time it was my turn to choose and Bob Bob Ricard was top of my list, it had been for about the last 4 months! I was excited not only to try the Russian inspired British menu it had on offer but also wear the new dress Corey had got me for my birthday.

We took the train up to London, looking as elegant as possible (as required), and made our way to Piccadilly Circus.

Train station

Coat // Boots // Black Tights // Clutch

Here is a you can see the dress better:

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Dress // Blazer – Zara (old) similar here // Earrings – Chloe & Isabel

DRess detail

Jewelry

Bracelet – All Saints (old) similar here

Bob Bob Ricard (BBR) was nestled between side streets right past the Golden Square (a historic square in the heart of soho). We were immediately greeted and sat as we walked in the dimly lit entrance way. Our table was a small booth close to the bar and it, of course, had the signature “Press for Champagne” button which I did end up pressing (cheeky – how can you not?). The interior of this place was ornate with a strong Art Deco theme. One word – Beautiful!

the bar by our table

the bar by our table

This was the table we sat at

This was the table we sat at

What followed was a great meal with some really tasty cocktails and drinks!

We started with -18 degrees Voht-kah (said in a Russian accent) shots before really taking a good look at the menu.

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Shots

Menu

Apéritifs were ordered – I had a dirty Martini and Corey had a glass of white wine.

Me & Martini

When the starters came we dug right in. We over ordered and so there was so much to choose from – Waldorf Salad, Sea bass Ceviche with avocado, oysters, and Truffled Siberian Pelmeni (a Russian inspired dish of dumplings filled with crab and lobster).

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Dumplings

Dumplings

Oysters

Oysters

Ceviche

Ceviche

Starters

For mains I ordered the Lobster mac and Cheese and Corey had Filet Mignon Rossini (served with Foie Gras and truffle gravy). We then shared the truffled mashed potato and crushed peppered sweet corn.

Mains

 

Us

In between all the deliciousness I pushed the “button” and received a lovely glass of champagne while Corey decided to try the “oyster martini.”

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Cheeky champs Oyster drink

Pudding consisted of the BBR signature Chocolate Glory (to share) and one last cocktail – the passion fruit & Elderflower martini. Sadly the video I took of the Pudding will not load on here but here is what it looks like.

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Last cocktail

Last cocktail

After dinner we headed to London Bridge, over by the Shard, to meet some friends for one last drink at a local pub before taking the last train home!

Overall a great night! Thanks for reading.

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Da Vinci, Chatres & Chateau Amboise

Our last day in France was spent visiting Château Royal d’Amboise, Clos Lucé (the home where Da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life) and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres (famous for its stained glass windows). There was also a cheeky last pain au chocolat in there (how can you go to France and not?)! Enjoy.

First stop: Château Royal d’Amboise.

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Château Royal d’Amboise

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View of the Loire River

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The Chapel on the Left is where Da Vinci is buried

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Da Vinci’s grave

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View of Amboise from the Château

Grounds of the Château

Grounds of the Château

Next stop: Clos Lucé

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Rest break for a quick bite to eat!

Yummy!

Yummy!

On the way to the airport, our last stop: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres.

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amazing stone work!

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Overall a really good trip with excellent weather!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Troglodytes and Wine

Our first stop in the Loire Valley was our hotel….we wanted to stop and unload before heading to out first wine tasting. Luckily they were right next door to each other. First let me tell you about our hotel – Le Clos de L’Hermitage. It was a cave!

Sign - Hotel Hotel - Front

Entry Way

Entryway

Hallway to rooms

Hallway to rooms

One of the rooms

I always enjoy staying in different types of hotels and now I can tick cave off my list! When we all initially walked into the hotel we had a MAJOR concern; it was so hot. However, we were informed that it would cool off to 18 degrees (it stays that all year round). When we did return later that night it had cooled off significantly and I will say I thoroughly enjoyed staying in it.

After dropping everything off we made our way to Caves Duhard – another cave. This place specializes in wine gastronomic and collection; they do not actually make wine here but buy, mix, and store it. We had a tour of the cave where all the wine is stored and then finished off with some tasting!

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Dinner was in the small town of Amboise (the town we stayed in) and then it was off to bed in our cave.

Restaurants

The next morning we woke up bright (not so much) and early and headed off to some vineyards.

The first was Château Gaudrelle where we were greeted by Anemi, the biggest dog you have ever seen, that liked to play/carry rocks around. We had a tour of where the wine was made (again in caves) and then sampled some. The actual vineyard (where the grapes grow) was above us so we did not get to see that.

Greeting

Chateau Gaudrelle Passageways Machinary

Friend for the Tour

Our friend for the entire tour!

Me in the cave

Get rid of debris

Used to remove debris from the bottles (sparkling wine) – now this is done by machines.

Wine tasting

The rest of the day was spent wondering around Amboise looking for a nice place to eat lunch. Later in the afternoon we headed off to our last winery, Cave des Producteurs de Montlouis, accept this time it was a co-op where they do not grow their own grapes but buy the juice from growers and then make the wine themselves.

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Co-op outside Machinary-001 Co-op Co-op2

The last night we had a quick dinner in town before heading off to pack up and spend the last night in the cave.

Stay tuned for what we got up to on our last day in France. You will see where Da Vinci lived, is buried plus a very famous stained glass window!

Thanks for reading!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Normandy

*Picture Heavy Post – grab a cup of tea!*

Last week I spent a few days in France with my husband and parents. After flying into Charles de Gaulle airport, just outside Paris, we jumped into a car and headed for Normandy – Bayeux specifically. Our first stop after checking into our hotel was Omaha Beach. It was actually a really nice drive over, through a bunch of really small towns, villages, and country stone homes. We got to Les Moulins and walked around the Musée Mémorial d’Omaha Beach before heading down to see the Omaha beach Memorial and Monument. The beach was a lot more open than I expected but that made it all the more breath taking.

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Musée Mémorial d’Omaha Beach – Display

Beach View

Omaha Beach

Beach - prints

After walking around for a bit we headed to Arromanches to see the remains of where an artificial port was built right after D-day. This port was built so the allied troops could offload men and materials efficiently during the invasion of Normandy.

Artifical port

Arromanches Artificial Port

Arromanches

I will say it was very cold – we were all bundled up!

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That night we headed back to Bayeux and went for a walk around the town to find a place for dinner.

Bayeux Church

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux

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Menu Ham Salmon Pudding

Early the next morning we headed to see the Normandy American Commentary and Memorial. This site was stunning – it sits on the cliff edge with the ocean below…after such a horrific battle the final resting place of the nearly 10,000 who gave up their lives felt very peaceful. We all left feeling very moved.

Headstones & Tree Headstones Headstone Close up

The last stop before driving onto the Loire Valley for some vine tasting was stopping in Bayeux to find a boulangerie to pick up some sandwichs/bread for lunch.

Stay tuned for my next post where I share some pictures from the wineries we visited and the cave we stayed in – we were troglodytes for a few nights!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Daisy Dress

DRess the mulb dress texture

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Full Look

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Dress: Topshop // Black Tights //  Boots: All Saints // Jacket: All Saints (similar here & here) // Bag: Mulberry // Earrings: Kate Spade (similar) // Bracelet: LokaiMadewell // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Lipstick: Lancome

I love this daisy dress (the fabric is nice and thick), adding some summer to my outfit in these colder months! Check out how I did my makeup here. Thanks for stopping by.

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Electric Cobalt Liner

I have had my eye on the new Estēe Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Electric Cobalt liner since it came out and so while I was out I caved and decided to pick one up. I played around with it a bit the other day….I thought paired with a coral lipstick it would be a great look for summer but for the colder months I wanted less of a contrast. This is the look I came up with. Please bear in mind I only have a few pieces of my makeup with me…still I think this is a nice look that really brings out the blue but is not over the top (OTT).

Looking down

My first thought was that I wanted a somewhat neutral shadow all over my lids but I wanted some blue in there somewhere. To start I primed my lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance… I then decided to go with MAC Satin Taupe all over the lid and then MAC Contrast in the crease of my eye and below my lash line. I did add a little bit of MAC Cork right above the crease just to warm up the look a little. For liner on the top I went with the old Estēe Lauder Double Wear Pencil in Midnight Blue (old one). I choose this because it was less in your face and also helped darken the lash line slightly. I then used the new one to line my bottom waterline. To finish the eyes I curled my lashes, added my Lancôme Cills Booster followed but my Estēe Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara. This is a really quick and easy look!

Shadow & primer

Brushes

Liner Mascara

Once I was finished with the eyes I cleaned up any of the fall out with the Double Wear Concealer followed by the Double Wear Brush-on Glow BB Highlighter. This pen really adds brightness to under the eye area. It is also great for any other highlighting you want to do (above the eyebrows, bridge of the nose, chin etc.).

For blush and bronzer I went with MAC Pinch Me and MAC Harmony and finally for lips I went with a really natural look and just put my Diptyque lip balm on them (love this stuff!).

Blush

Other Products used in this post:

Closeup2USE Blue Liner1 USE LOOKING MaybeUSE

These are a few more from different lighting.

Catherine 3 USE

Facing the Camera Closeup

*This is a MAC heavy post because they are the easiest palettes I have to travel with.

I love this pop of blue and the unexpectedness of the liner! What do you think? How would you guys wear this Electric Cobalt liner?

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Birthday Wish List

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Dress // Bath Bomb (here & here) // Flats // Top // Dress // Gold Bracelet

Silver Bracelet // Note Book // Camera

So it is my birthday is tomorrow….and here are a few things on my Birthday wish list. One thing notable missing from the list is a bag! I have my eye on this one!

Thanks for reading!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx