London: My Mama’s Christmas Treat!

by Sasha Wilkins on December 18, 2014 · 9 comments

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I have come to the conclusion this year that, whilst things are always nice to receive, experiences are so much better. So I decided to plan Christmas treats for each of my parents: in exactly the same way as the treats we were taken on as children, but involving a lot more alcohol. Oh, and with me paying.

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Kenwood Chef mixer

A bumper post this morning: I’m talking about the Kenwood Chef Mixer, Instant Pot (the new wave of pressure cookers), Green Pans (eco-friendly non-stick pans and bakeware), and my beloved Magimix Nespresso Coffee Machine.

I was given the Kenwood Chef Mixer as a review model about eighteen months ago by Kenwood, who knew I was a fervent fan of their machines after this post, and this is the mixer that I used in the development of the recipes in my cookbook Friends, Food, Family. It still looks as good as new after over a year of almost daily battering.

It has a lovely deep 4.6 L bowl with splashguard and its 1400-watt power motor means it is never defeated. I’ve now wholly moved from mixing cakes in my Magimix to using the Kenwood and its K beater, because it can cope with large quantities. That’s why I also think its sensational for batch preparing brownie batter, (sure I can beat it with a wooden spoon, but when I am making four pans at a time this is the way forward), and it whisks together my Swiss meringue butter icing like a dream.

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regent's park london

There’s so much to do work-wise before I leave for Thailand that I’m afraid I rather abdicated this weekend, eschewing festive parties and the suchlike in favour of family, friends and dogs. On Saturday I extracted my sister, after quite some effort, from her flat to drive up to Crouch End for the North London Vintage Fair.

The appeal was two-fold: it was being held in Hornsey Town Hall, now empty and used, in the main, for shooting TV dramas like The Hour. It was Britain’s first Modernist building and the gorgeous curvilinear interiors are mostly still intact, so I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to check it out.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Kits

by Sasha Wilkins on December 15, 2014 · 1 comment

chanel ongles nails kit

Before I worked in the industry I always asked for beauty products at Christmas, in my stocking and under the tree. It was a good opportunity to stock up for the coming year and to maybe upgrade my drugstore buys to something a little more luxe. One of the things I think are nice to receive are beauty kits, either off the shelf, or put together.

Of course a nail kit doesn’t have to be Chanel, but goodness how lovely it would be to receive all these items together. I love their nail polish remover: it’s super effective and rapid, the hand cream sinks in quickly with no greasiness, and Pirate is a classic Chanel red. With a slick of Laque Brilliance Extrême, nails look super glossy and grown up.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Some things I like!

December 14, 2014 Gift Guides

I didn’t want this next gift guide to just be a bunch of images pulled off brand websites. I wanted to photograph some of the things I’ve bought, been given, used and loved over the past year that I can honestly recommend from my own experience. (If you want some more ideas, I’m still particularly pleased […]

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Last weekend: Santas, sausage & onion rings

December 14, 2014 LLG Fashion

Well, that was a surprise! Although I live in the heart of Camden, my street is a a few blocks removed from tourist central, so there is very little noise pollution. Last Saturday I could hear all sorts of hustle and bustle=y noises floating up from the road. It was clearly not normal, so I ran […]

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Christmas Tech Gift Guide: The Aether Cone Wireless Music Player & BeoPlay H6 Headphones

December 13, 2014 LLG Fashion

I do love a new tech toy/gadget/life organiser (delete as applicable). I’m always convinced that the new object of desire will change my life or, at the very least, enhance it enormously. In the case of these two objects we are looking at life enhancement: they are simply beautiful things that do their job extremely […]

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Home: The Grey Towel Revolution…

December 12, 2014 LLG Fashion

(Yes, this is my bathroom.) Please tell me I am not the only one who manages, however throughly I clean my face morning and night, to still get smears of lipstick, or traces of panda makeup on my formerly pristine white towels? And let’s not even start with fake tan marks.

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Pre-holiday purging…

December 12, 2014 LLG Fashion

(My freakishly tidy – for me – desk.) It’s odd planning to be away for three weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays: it’ll be the longest I’ve spent away from base since I moved back to England from America nearly three years ago. Long-term readers will recall that in 2009 and 2010 I didn’t […]

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Shooting for Boden at Grace & Thorn in London

December 11, 2014 LLG Fashion

My final post for The Great Boden Diaries is now up. We wanted a story that highlighted a great British business, as well as Boden’s lovely festive partywear. As British blooms are at the heart of Boden’s upcoming spring/summer 2015 collection, I decided we shoot in one of my favourite new London shops: Grace and […]

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