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I’ve just been…

browsing my-wardrobe.com and I want EVERYTHING!

More posts to follow!

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The Ivy Restaurant And Bar – Round Two.

It’s my birthday tomorrow and James took me to The Ivy at the weekend to celebrate. We went this time last year; so we’ve now decided to make it a bit of an annual event for my birthday. (This time it took 8 weeks of desperately trying to get dinner reservations! AND we booked 2 months in advance! CRAZY). We had the most amazing meal, I just had to share!

To start I had the Buffalo mozzarella with foccacia, crushed broad bean pesto and vine tomatoes. While James had the grilled squid, chorizo and parsley salad. For mains I had Cornish lamb with sweetbreads & broad bean fricassée. I have to say, the lamb is served pink – this is the most amazing lamb I’ve ever ever aten. Absolutely amazing. I might also add, until I went back onto The Ivy website, I believed my lamb was served on a bed of Fois Gras… I just googled ‘sweetbreads’ and found this definition on Wiki. MENTAL. James had a rib eye steak, which has to be the biggest steak I’ve ever seen! It was huuuuuge! And beyond tasty! This came with a side of fries.

We then had an espresso each before squaring up the bill… Then we moved into The Ivy bar and had a round of cocktails.

Absolutely 5 star food with 5 star service. Brilliant. I can’t wait to go again next year! See you then The Ivy!

The Ivy restaurant - Take Two.

Cocktail O'clock at The Ivy bar.

James and a lovely Whiskey Sour.

Chanel-lo and a Mojito.

Chanel-lo, JudyPink and a Mojito!

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Lollipop, Lollipop, Oh Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Lollipop.

Chanel Lollipops by POP Bakery. Prices vary between £2-£2.50 depending on size/POP.

I absolutely LOVE this! My lovely friend Camilla sent this to me… and I could not resist! These very fashionable lollipops look just delicious!  POP Bakery also bake cakes 😀 YUM!


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New Purse: CHANEL Zipped Wallet.

It’s my birthday coming up and well, my Vivienne Westwood purse is on it’s last legs really;/ SO I thought it might be the perfect opportunity to grow my CHANEL family.

After looking at lots of leather goods I’ve found my perfect purse – The CHANEL Zipped Wallet in Caviar leather – to match my Caviar 2.55, which also has gold hardware. BOOM.

One slight issue – can’t find the cost online, anyone know this?

Model: A13228 Y01864 94305

Also, which is the best London boutique these days? When I got my 2.55 Bond Street was best…


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ALLSAINTS EXCLUSIVE: Nala Sheepskin Jacket.

Nala Sheepskin Jacket, £750, AllSaints.com


I think it’s fair to say we’re going to be staying wintery for a while yet here in lovely (sunny-not-so-much) England, so keep the chill at bay in this amazing AllSaints sheepskin coat. The sheepskin is luxuriously soft and made from specially sourced Spanish sheepskin. The style itself is, as usual, an extremely unique but signature AllSaints shape.

It is a little on the pricey side, however, there were only 50 of this style made and it is exclusively available online at AllSaints.com Definitely an investment piece you’ll want to wear time and time again!






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Since when was a one way ticket beyond expensive?!

In theory, single train tickets are ALWAYS the way to go when travelling by train; returns are usually trebble the cost. So we always buy two singles when train’ing it. I was just looking at flights to New York in October and thought it might be even cheaper to get two singles rather than a return… turns out buying a single ticket is BEYOND EXPENSIVE!

So in conclusion, including all taxes and fare surcharges, for 2 people RETURN it costs £669 (or thereabouts). For 2 people, for a SINGLE ticket to New York, including all taxes and surcharges it costs £1,219.14 (or thereabouts). ABSOLUTE FLIGHT FAIL.

So don’t go buying single tickets people, always buy a return.

That is all…


PS – I REFUSE to fly anywhere unless it’s with Virgin Airlines.

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Go back in time for this seasons party dress…

From week one of the XFactor LIVE shows style icon, Cheryl Cole, proved to us all that this years XFactor would be all about runway style.

In the first of the live shows Cheryl wore an Altier Versace caged skirt dress – Your perfect party frock this season!

Cheryl can pull of near enough all lengths and widths of skirt, I was perplexed at how she would sit through the show in the dress mind – but hey ho, she managed a-ok!

The caged skirt look is a style that goes waaaaaaaaaay back to around the Victorian times when a crinoline (caged type structure) was added under a skirt to give volume and a very definite shape. This style was thought of as upper class and very feminine. The caged skirt is back in fashion, this time worn over the skirt so you are able to see the structure itself – clever ;o

I’ve had a scout about and found ASOS were the current stockist to go to for this seasons shape.

ASOS BLACK: Organza Caged Dress, £100

This ASOS.com organza plum dress – what a beaut! It looks fabulously more expensive than it is too – bonus round!

You can also buy the simple caged skirt…

ASOS BLACK: Crinoline Skirt, £65




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Our bitter disappointment at As You Like It and a rubbish evening….

Before I carry on from my previous blog, and the fact I got back from London 2 days ago, I MUST tell all about our ‘run in’ with As You Like It in Jesmond (although its blatantly Sandyford and they just want to sound posh), Newcastle.

We have been visiting As You Like It for around 8 months and have left with a beaming smile and a very full belly everytime. As You Like It as a restaurant is very very special, the interiors are amazing, and the food is spectacular (all local produce). The food and drinks are expensive, but the atmosphere is beyond anything you’ve experienced before, so its usually well worth the trek and entering with a full purse.

Like with the majority of restaurants, anywhere in the country, perhaps the world, you cannot book a table for less than a party of 6 people. Even though we know this, when we’ve been previously we’ve tried booking a table, especially when we’ve had family up, but As You Like It have always said ‘sorry but we cant accept reservations for less than 6′. Even last time James’ mum and dad visited for a special meal, I rang and they STILL wouldn’t accomodate a table of 4, and just said to ‘come along and we’ll sort you out when you arrive’. AND THAT WAS A SUPER BUSY DECEMBER SATURDAY EVENING… we STILL got a beautiful table after waiting around 30 minutes… and that was at about 8:30pm, so clearly it was really busy.

SO this Saturday (16th Feb), we obviously didn’t try and book a table, but got to the restaurant at 7pm! SUPER EARLY to make sure we could get a table at some point in the evening… we didn’t mind having to sit at a table in the bar and drink until a table was made available either. But we got to the front entrance and were greeted by ‘kerry’, who told us we were not getting a table without a reservation! I WAS MORTIFIED. She reckoned that you could book a table, any time of the day, any day of the week, for ANY AMOUNT OF PEOPLE, and she also reckoned that had been commonplace for “around 6 months”; which was a blatant lie. She was unaccommodating, and unhelpful. She did not offer us a seat at the bar to wait and frankly, her service was below par. James suggested us coming back in an hour or so, or waiting around, but she held her reservations clipboard close to her chest and shuck her brassy blonde hair at us. RUDE.

SOOOOO… i called up As You Like It about 20 mins later and asked if there would be any tables available later in the evening, she said there would be a few tables available in the Cabaret Lounge, but these seats were not even offered to us at the time of our visit. Making us even more angry, and to be honest, upset. All i’ve been thinking about the past few weeks is “i cant wait to go for our special meal at As You Like It!”, and now all I want to do is ruin their reputation if i’m honest! We’ve talked non-stop to our family, friends, and even the general public about how amazing the restaurant, food, interiors and the ‘service’ is. Now i just feel a bitter resentment to the restaurant, and indeed the “Vibrant Ventures” chain.

So we were starving at this point, having only had scrambled eggs on toast and a bottle of bucks fizz alllllll day. We couldn’t get a taxi, it was absolutely beyond freezing, and by the time we finally got into town, most places were fully booked. We ended up at Prima on the Quayside… we got a table after 20 mins, so we were like ‘PHEW!’. The table we were given was next to the door, and with people in and out smoking, it was FREEZING. I kpet my coat on because I was that cold. We finally got another table just opposite, it was still cold, but bareable. We had our starter, then our main came. I’d ordered Sirloin Steak Al Pepe, and James had ordered Sirloin Steak Dianne. However, James’ was correct, but I was given 2 SMALL, may I add, medallions, which were also £5 more expensive. The foreign waitress took the dish away and said my new steak would be ten mins or so…(since when did steak take more than 5 minutes anyway!??) so James had to eat his as it was going cold so quickly… we had no apology at all, just lots of stares from other waiters and the manager! horrendous. After such a shit evening all we wanted was the bill, but everyone kept walking by, it was left to the chef behind the pizza oven to shout a waitress over! THEN we get the sodding bill and we were charged for the medallions! FURIOUS. After eventually squaring up the CORRECT bill, and still without an apology we left without leaving a tip.

I am now in the process of writing a strongly worded letter to As You Like It. I probably sound really petty about it, and it shouldnt have ruined our night like it did…. but it was a special occasion, and we were given appalling service, PLUS we were LIED TO! you never know, we might actually get something out of it;o fingers crossed anyway! ha.

Ms. Judy Pink.

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