I’ve found a brilliant new discovery, Perfect 10 Mobile Beauty.
Beauty treatments in the luxury of your own home – what could be more perfect!
I had a fabulous pedicure and loved the fact I could walk around barefoot for the rest of the day knowing there weren’t going to be any smudge issues! Perfect for the busy mummy as appointments are available until 9pm in the evening. Next on my list to try is the deep tissue massage…
After a few months off on maternity leave I’m back and looking forward to a fun-filled, busy year in the shop. I had a little baby girl called Florence and she is the new love of my life. Completely besotted! Florence and Thea are the new little mini Katie & Jo fashionistas!
Last weekend, with Mr D sunning himself in Spain, he treated me to a massage and facial at the new spa boutique in Knightsbridge, Aromatherapy Associates. It was heaven and immediately I was transported to a instant state of calm. Well worth a visit and for those expecting, the pregnancy packages are exceptional.
The good thing about being pregnant is my ability to eat, and eat, and eat.. After a relaxing bank holiday weekend away in Yorkshire, three hours into our journey I was so hungry that I insisted we made an emergency stop for food. Using Mr D’s new squaremeal app (clever thing it finds a pub/restaurant close to your location) we stumbled upon the outstanding Sir Charles Napier..
Set aside from the rolling Chiltern hills, this pub offers a swoon-worthy mix of pictures and garden sculptures, with cosy log fires adding to its charm. Immediately welcomed by friendly licensee and owner Julie Griffiths, and smoothing out any post M1 drive ruffles with a delicious full bodied Red for Mr D, and a ’Virgin’ Mary for me, we slipped into comfy chairs and started to explore the menu.
The menu follows the seasons, using fresh, local produce. Mr D opts for the asparagus, along with hollandaise, which arrives topped with a dainty poached egg. He follows with an oh-so-succulant lamb stew.. Dreamy. My cheese and smoked haddock souffle was positively divine.. followed by mushroom pasta, which was excellent and I could well have greedily devoured another portion. By the time our cheese and treacle tart had arrived (we couldn’t resist) we have decided that we loved this place – it was a definite favourite, with old-school charms, slow-paced luxury and excellently prepared, beautifully presented food. Having recently been given a michelin star, it is indeed worthy, with affordable five-star sophistication in the heart of the countryside, yet only 40 minutes outside of London. We’ll be back soon…
Mr D’s job does have some perks for his wife. No, not free phones (which weirdly I don’t seem to get anyway) but the annual carphone warehouse appy awards party www.appys.com …and a chance to surreptitiously gawp at all the celebs. This year it did not disappoint. Although pregnant, and unable to enjoy the delissshh cocktails on offer, I was a bit overexcited. Why? Because my crush of the moment, none other than Damian Lewis, was going to be sitting at my table. SWOON.
Yes, he is even more attractive in ‘real life’ and just as captivating as in the highly applauded thriller series Homeland…. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a MUST.. if not only for the gripping storyline, with incredible acting performances, but for a chance to see Damian Lewis in all his glory.
Other celebs were Claudia Winkleman – quite hilarious double act with Dermot O’Leary. The uber cool model of the moment Suki Waterhouse strutting her stuff and Amy Childs – high heels, tight dress & tan – what more could I expect. Jo Wood was oozing old school glamour in this rock-’n'-roll outfit!
Well done to the APPY team for a throughly funfilled evening & with all the excitement, I managed to soberly dance the night away and stay out way later than my usual recent early nights! Until next year.. where I’m hoping for Brad or George…