Beauty Buys: Spring nail varnishes

The clocks have gone back meaning the Spring has truly sprung! A simple way to add a subtle spring-like touch to your look is by updating your nail colour.

Pastels are a perennial spring favourite – along with florals. So why not choose a colour that nods to the mood of the season like baby blue:

Or if you would like to be bang on trend then opt for a pure nude – one of my hot favourites as it goes with everything.

Now I do have my preferred nail brands Essie & OPI but I have discovered this new matte glitter polish from Superdrug which I simply adore. It is only a snip at £3.99 and gives a really sophisticated effect. Check out the Frosted Rose – it is oh so divine!

 

 

What to do: Cornish Tiger

When my favourite Mexican restaurant Cucarachas next door (http://trisoriblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/cucarachas.html) shut down I was distraught – no more watermelon margaritas! Nowhere to hang out when we locked ourselves out! But Cornish Tiger did look like my kind of place – a chill out bar and coffee area with light, bright and breezy decor so we booked a table for the opening offer of a free glass of Champagne.

I bumped into one of the chefs just before it opened who said that the cuisine was a modern British with a twist – that being a touch of spice. All suppliers are sourced from Cornwall where possible and dishes made fresh each day. The website also describes it as fine casual dining – similar to Entree opposite.

The food was tasty – I adored my chickpea fritters and the pork was a little bit of decadence – succulent and flavoursome whilst the scotch egg had the yellowest and perfectly runny yolk. We followed this with Sea bass with a spiced crust alongside tagine of carrot and pumpkin; lamb with harissa jus and the ubiquitous burger (from the bar menu) all delicious dishes in their own right although the fish was a tad over-crisped on top.

I finished with a naughty chocolate fondant with a difference to round off the meal but there’s also a firm favourite on the menu – artisan ice creams and sorbets. Cockatails are on offer now too and house white wines include a Spanish number and Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.

We wonder how well this will fare compared with opposite, having virtually identical prices but it’s worth seeing for yourself.

Cornish Tiger is at 1 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG

Love of the Week: Pastels

I’m a girly girl at heart and just love all the ice cream shade pastels. They can be rather tricky to wear though – especially in this rainy weather so I was thrilled to find these new Nobis jackets which also work for trendy sporty vibe and keep you dry!

Jill Jacket – £240 from Harrods

Thankfully you don’t need to worry about the weather the whole time. So underneath or indoors, try this duo-coloured lightweight Katy  jumper from Aftershock. Check out the sleeves!

Katy jumper £89 from various stores nationwide

And don’t forget to accessorise the look. I would match these with the Marisa white necklace or white St Tropez dangly earring -or perhaps both!

Marisa White Necklace £159

 

 

What to do: Le Pont De La Tour

I have been longing to go to Le Pont De La Tour for ages and finally managed a visit just before the Evening Standard offered ended to make it easier on the wallet – and the gullet – as it came with a free glass of Champagne.

The establishment is split into the formal dining room as well as the more casual grill room. We booked for the former and were rewarded with a view of London Bridge all lit up by night and a ratio of staff to diners demonstrating the luxe factor feel of the place, not to mention the food! So traditional it’s almost retro, clientele are rather well heeled so it feels like an elegant evening out.

The ES menu offered three or four choices for each course – which even then were hard to choose between. To start I plumped for the classic smoked salmon served with a twist – with grapefruit – a combination that really worked well together whilst my fiance opted for the divine rabbit raviolo. Each cleverly constructed in terms of flavour and presentation.

To follow tasty guineafowl jostled for my attention as well as pork and mash with the fowl winning. We ordered the wonderfully buttery mash to accompany it and the braised gem lettuce it came with. Equally moist and delicious was the ubiquitous white fish – a sea bream with lentils and other veg which was succulent.

I finished with the sorbets to digest – raspberry, lemon and mandarin, but the whisky no doubt served the same purpose too!

Le Pont De La Tour is at 36d Shad Thames 020 7403 8403 lepontres@danddlondon.com

What to do: Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore at Somerset House

Celebrating the life and style of the late Isabella Blow, Fashion Galore is worth making the effort to see before it shuts.

Made in conjunction with Central St Martins, it showcases various designers’ early works – many of whom she nurtured and helped make famous, such as Alexander McQueen.

It charts her career from Anna Wintour’s assistant at US Vogue to positions at Tatler, Vogue and Sunday Times Style back on UK shores and showcases over 100 of her pieces, perhaps most prominent, the Philip Treacy designs, of which she wore many.

Known for pushing boundaries and producing provocative work, it details her work with photographers like David La Chapelle and her discovery of models including Stella Tennant.

Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shonagh Marshall and designed by award-winning architectural firm Carmody Groarke, there are fascinating and entrancing videos too – just make sure you leave enough time to look at it all.

Fashion Galore is at Somerset House, Strand London WC2R 1LA