My week started with a celebratory afternoon tea for my lovely friend Emma. A few friends got together to throw a belated Hen type party. ( The wedding was back in June! )
I had a bit of a haircut on Monday evening.. A couple of inches were chopped off by my stylist Billy Hitchcock at Toni and Guy on Queen Street in Exeter. I had been contemplating having the chop for a week or so and managed to jump on a last minute cancellation.. I am so glad I did it! My hair feels so soft now and the condition has improved no end! I absolutely love it!!!
Billy used a wonderful Kérastase product called Elixr Ultime – Huille Secrée de Fleur Blanche. It’s a leave in styling product that nourishes the hair and gives it a wonderful sheen. I have used it before but had forgotten how good it was.. My hair looks so glossy!
Billy used the brand new GHD Platinum straighteners to create a lovely natural wave in my hair. They are designed to create perfect styles at the optimum temperature from root to tip, reducing hair breakage by up to 50%.. Who wouldn’t want that??? I need them in my life.. Anyone feeling generous because at £165.00 a pop I might have to wait until Santa drops down my chimney on Christmas Eve!!?
My lovely friend Serena came over on Tuesday evening for what we call “a light supper”. I raided the fridge and started pulling together a meal.. I had been given some runner beans by my boss at work. They were from her mothers garden so I wanted to incorporate them. I made a rather nice salad with chickpeas, garlic and sun dried tomatoes. I will have to post the recipe at some point.. It was delish! Along side that I made a marinated kale salad, mixed roasted veggies ( most from Cassie’s mums allotment.. Fennel, courgettes and Cavelo Nero) plus some tasty harrisa sweet potato wedges with alioli dip!! So tasty.. And it enabled me to give my fridge a bit of a clean in the process as it was pretty much emptied of fresh goodies! I need to get to the farmers market!
Little Sicily joined us in the courtyard for dessert and a glass of fizz! This picture reminded me of a quote from one of the songs from The Sound Of Music.. “I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne. Yes?”
On my day off I met up with my friend Cat for a catch up at Giraffe. I hadn’t been for years if I am honest but she fancied brunch and I figured it would be a good shout. She opted for a breakfast burrito and a red bush tea and I had a green smoothie.. I forget the name but it was full of papaya, banana and mint. It was very good! The burrito looked amazing.. I tried a little bite. It was spicy but very good. A good hangover cure I would say.. (Can I add I wasn’t hungover!)
After brunch we went to the farmers market.. There were lots of scrummy veggies.. I purchased some yellow tomatoes and a yellow summer squash from Shillingford organic.
After I had said my goodbyes to Cat I mooched up the High Street and discovered a free art exhibition in a little church. I stopped by obviously to have a nose around. I thought some of the work was rather good.. All portraits and nudes drawn by students at Exeter College.
After the exhibition it was on to Exeter central library to take out some cookbooks.. I just love reading and getting inspiration from cookbooks! The library is a great place to pick some up when finances don’t allow you to buy!
I got a good selection I think!
I purchased some more clogs!! You might remember my blog a few weeks ago about my new found love of Lotta from Stockholm clogs. I couldn’t resist the wonderful red colour! So bright and cheery.
Have a fabulous week everyone!