Monday, 8 December 2014

Koko Kanu finest white rum from the Caribbean

This Koko Kanu Jamaican Rum with coconut is absolutely superb - smooth, strong and perfect on it's own over ice as well as with the usual mixers and cocktails. I was sent a bottle which is now over half gone even though we've tried to be really good in terms of saving it for Christmas day. I was extra spoilt as they sent me a beautiful humming-bird by Alex Monroe to go with the bottle. I already have the Alex Monroe bee necklace so this is a perfect update on that.

Koko Kanu can be found for around £20 per 75cl bottle.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Warm blanket wraps, ponchos and throws for Winter

Burberry started it by giving individual monochromed throws to their models for Autumn/Winter 2015 and it would appear there is no escaping this versatile trend in all the shops. I approve as you can wear this at any age or size without looking like you are trying too hard.

I am not so keen on the Burberry one's as they are a little dull - though if someone were to give me one I certainly wouldn't complain you understand, it's just they really are too much like a car rug. Now if you are old enough to remember a car rug then you really are going some but I am sure the younger amongst my readers will know what I mean.

I love the one's I have found on Etsy - there are some lovely colours and a really good range of prices too. And when the car rug trend is over they will keep going as they really are ageless.

This one is a vintage ethnic Ecuadorian throw in a muted soft dusky rose so it will do for a summer cover-up as well. It's also £51.42 at the moment so is a good price for something that is pure wool and can be washed in the machine - check it out on Etsy.

Now this one from Zara I really love. It's a cross between a cape and a poncho and is easy wearing and a great length. It's also £45.99 and can be handwashed.

Whatever you choose a poncho, a blanket wrap or a simple throw, you will add a bit of drama to your wardrobe. They are nothing if not, well, swishy, which is why I love them.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Beautiful Cape Verde - a cheeky week away

Never heard of Cape Verde? Well it's only been around as a tourist destination for around 15 years so you may not have done. It had vaguely entered my conscious but it was only when I was searching for a late September break for the 4 of us (me, husband and 2 grown up girls) that I came across it. My search was for a) affordable b) good weather c) all inclusive d) no jet lag e) lovely beaches. Cape Verde ticked all the boxes so if this blog looks woefully neglected then it's because I have been soaking up rays on a sun-drenched beach with a cocktail and a good book.

So the low-down on Cape Verde. Without realising we actually booked during the rainy season which runs from August until October. However this isn't like the Caribbean and the rainfall, although really heavy when it did come down, only occurred on one day out of seven unlike the full 3 days we had at the same time in Antigua. Apparently it only rains on the island of Sol 7 days of the year - trust us to get one of those days. So heavy was the rain that the corridors to the hotel were flooded as were the walkways, bar at the swimming pool and several of the rooms. One along from us was under 2 inches and the heavy rainfall brought down both the ceiling and the curtain rail - which I do believe was highly unusual!

Anyway apart from this which happened 3 days into the holiday we had brilliant sunshine, a breeze that cooled us down for a lot of the time and plenty of sunshine for lounging around the pool. If you are expecting a holiday experience which includes sightseeing then forget it. You can take a half day tour, and I would recommend booking with one of the guys who park their vans outside the gates of the hotel at the beach, they will take you everywhere, to do so. The salt pans with the Cape Verde version of the Dead Sea is well worth a visit - the mud at the bottom of the lake is hot and brilliant for exfoliating, as are some of the small developments. You shouldn't ever just stick to your hotel in my opinion, and if you do venture out take fruit and bread from your all inclusive for the local children - they need and really appreciate this small gesture. Nothing grows here really either so some of the landscapes are more like moonscapes and are quite beautiful in themselves.

The people are amongst the most genuine and friendly I have met as they are, as yet, un-jaded by tourism and again you feel that they are pleased you have come to visit - and by adding to the economy you really are giving a lifeline and jobs where there was so very little before.

At certain months of the year Sol becomes a surfers paradise - it's windy all year round but in certain months the wind and the huge waves provide surfing and kite-surfing challenges for even the most professional.

If you want somewhere to crash out and catch some sun while reading a book (or Kindle) with a little sightseeing, good food that is only 5 hours or so away then Cape Verde is well-worth looking at. Not for clubbers or those wanting uber sophistication - although this won't be far away I'm sure.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Breaking News: Launch of REVEAL from Calvin Klein

Back in July which was hotter than the sahara in London Town the great and the good of glossy magazinedom (and me) descended on, well to be absolutely accurate we ascended) The Shard to the 35th Floor and Shangri-La where the latest fragrance from Calvin Klein was revealed in a cloud of pink perfume ribbons. Reveal was revealed and is one of those fragrances which will soon be gracing many a dressing table.

The sexy advertising shoot features supermodel Doutzen Kroes and British actor Charlie Hunnam in a heated embrace beside the window of a modern high-rise, so our setting above the cityscape of London was fitting to be introduced to the fragrance.

They have gone for a fragrance that 'defines a new fragrance category - the solar oriental' - characterised by freshness and warmth all in one bottle. It has raw salt as a signature, with pink, black and white pepper and at the heart orris, ambergris and solar accord. Dry notes of sandalwood, casheran and vetiver also mingle.

It's not an overpowering scent and can be worn all day and night. The bottle is really modern and square-edged with a bare blush background and a heavy metallic top.

I liked it - it's not too heavy and I must say I loved the bottle! Calvin Klein, Reveal starts at £22 for 200ml shower gel with £38 for 30ml eau de parfum spray, with £52 for 50ml and £70 for 100ml.

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