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Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick

6 Oct

I’m in love with this stuff! It’s so smooth and creamy and lasts longer than any lipstick I’ve ever owned.

And it comes in a beautiful range of colours:

And then there’s the gorgeous tube which doesn’t have a cover. Click down and hey presto! There’s your lipstick!



Betty Boyns

21 Sep

I must be a bit behind the times because I’ve only just discovered Paula Nicholls’ lovely vintage-inspired Betty Boyns designs.

My favourite is called ‘Kitchenalia’ and those of you who know me and my car boot habits will understand why I’m particularly fond of it.

I’ve just bought a Kitchenalia tea cosy!

There are loads of gorgeous designs, and they’re made into aprons, bags, cards, cushions, oilcloth, mugs, gift wrap, tablecloths, tea towels, etc.

I also really like ‘Tea Time’:

And ‘Chicken Little’:

The ‘Boating’ design is lovely too:

Oh, and ‘Wow It’s a Fish’:

You can buy Betty Boyns online or at the shop in St. Ives. If you can’t get to St. Ives, don’t worry – rumour has it the products will soon be available more widely!

Liberty Print Nike Shoes

18 Sep

How great are these Liberty of London Nikes? £70.

Cornish Food Market

12 Aug

Lately I’ve been ordering from Cornish Food Market and am absolutely delighted by them!

They source fresh, seasonal food from local Cornish producers and their prices are really competitive. Plus, they deliver free of charge. You can’t beat that!

They also sell amazing cheeses, cut to order and beautifully packaged:

You can also order ordinary things from them – they sell cereal, jam, tinned things, baking supplies, cleaning products, etc. There’s really no need to ever set foot in a supermarket again.

But I particularly like the ‘special’ things that I don’t see anywhere else. This week I ordered edible flowers (which were lovely scattered over a salad) and purple carrots:

I roasted the carrots with olive oil, garlic and rosemary and they were delicious.

Also on offer is sustainable fish from Newlyn, Padstow, Fowey and St. Ives; Spanish treats from Falmouth’s Courtyard Deli; fresh Indian curries made by Ruby June; and breads from the incredible Baker Tom (a personal favourite of mine).

*Special offer this week: English jamming plums, only £1 a punnet!

Chocolate & Orange Jam

8 Aug

My sister-in-law, who lives in Spain, brought us a jar of Chocolate & Orange Jam when she came to visit last week. It’s made by Chocolat Factory, and it’s heavenly – lovely bitter orange and very rich chocolate.

So far, it’s been consumed for breakfast on a flaky croissant and for dessert on top of good vanilla ice cream. Any other suggestions?

And now I just need to work out a recipe so I can have it all the time, because that one jar is not going to last long!


St. Ives Food and Drink Festival

22 May

Between Friday’s farmers’ market and today’s trip to the St. Ives Food and Drink Festival, this has been an extremely food-ful weekend. Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

It was great to see St. Ives buzzing and full of people.

And the weather couldn’t have been better.

We really only went to the food producers’ market along the pier, but that was enough to keep me dipping into my purse every minute or so.

There was local fruit and veg:

… delicious cheeses:

… smoked haddock chowder (which was scrumptious) and giant pans of paella:

…lots to wash it down with:

(The husband will report back with his verdict on the Boilers Cornish Ale later on, and I can already vouch for the yummy-ness of Polgoon’s Aval, which you can order online. It’s one of my very favourite tipples.)

…and plenty of sweet treats for afters:

I opted for Jaffa Cake which was homemade dark chocolate ice cream and orange ice cream swirled together with an orange reduction syrup type thing, and with chunks of Jaffa Cake mixed in. Heaven.

A splendid day. Shame we didn’t leave many crumbs for this fellow and his friends:

The Portscatho HOMESPUN Fair

25 Apr

Today I tootled off to lovely Portscatho for the HOMESPUN Fair, a glorious mishmash of vintage things, homemade things and recycled things.

There were vintage clothes, jewellery, quilts, tablecloths, china and so many more delectable temptations.

I particularly loved the toys and children’s books and very nearly came home with a bundle of Enid Blytons.

Look at these fabulous 1930s German sewing boxes:

There was so much to tempt me …

Even the ‘dressing room’ was in keeping with the homespun feel of it all:

Still, I managed to exercise reasonable restraint – reasonable being a relative term, of course.

Oh, and did I mention the cakes? There were cakes! Such splendid cakes! But sadly I neglected to take any pictures of them.

I’m already looking forward to the next HOMESPUN Fair … Christmas, perhaps? A big thank you to The Sea Garden and Jane and the Happy Crow for putting together such a fantastic event.

Easter Eggs

8 Apr

You only have about two weeks until Easter, so if you want to order any special Easter eggs, now’s the time to do it.

Here are some of the most fabulous eggs available this year:

The Ultimate Luxury Egg from Fortnum & Mason (£85) is actually five eggs in one, nested together like Russian dolls. The eggs are made with different levels of cocoa, starting with milk/white and ending with a 100% cooking chocolate:

These sweet little eggs and soldiers are only £7 from Hotel Chocolat:

The amazing Artichoke egg (£45) from Artisan du Chocolat is one of my favourites:

Chococo has created this fun Union Jack egg (£12.95), coloured naturally with beetroot, turmeric, grape and paprika:

I really love these adorable chicks and eggs (£22.95) from Amelie Chocolat:

The Glam Egg, from Demarquette Fine Chocolates, sells for £35 and includes six mini-eggs flavoured with Yorkshire rhubarb, Cornish sea salt, Kentish apple and pear, Somerset apricot, Devon strawberry and Scottish raspberry:

Theobroma Cacao has created beautiful hand-painted eggs for £30. I like the red one best:

The most amazing egg I’ve seen this year, however, has to be Claridge’s iconic egg (£45) inspired by the shop’s black and white Art Deco lobby. Each egg is filled with hand-made truffles and comes in a lovely eau de nil box:

But I have more modest tastes. The way to my heart will always be with salted caramel. For only £6.95, you can buy a box of Rococo Superior Seagull eggs made of gooey salted caramel and chocolate ganache. Heaven:

Seasalt Cornwall

6 Apr

Seasalt makes some of my favourite clothing around. Relaxed and sporty, yet always stylish and pretty – what I generally aspire to, while usually falling short and winding up slightly scruffy.

At the moment, I have my eye on this season’s jute bags. Their whimsical designs really appeal to me. Just perfect for going to the beach, doing a bit of shopping or just carrying around waiting to be noticed.

At three for a tenner, they’re completely affordable. Why not pick up a few?

This skirt has also grabbed my attention:

… mostly because of the ‘Mallows Mist’ print which I think is lovely and old-fashioned:

If you have a look around the Seasalt website, you might also come across their excellent guide to Cornwall’s gardens.

Good stuff.

Fairground Mugs

31 Mar

I’m more than a bit in love with these splendid mugs from Snowden Flood, inspired by vintage fairground text and images.

They’re £15.95 each, or £60 for a set of all four designs.