Friday, 31 December 2010

New Scarves

I have recently managed to acquire 2 scarves that I have been hunting for a while.  First up is Glora Soli in a most colourful colourway:-

Here worn cowboy style.  This scarf has a lovely contrast hem too!

And draped over the shoulder and fastened with a scarf ring.

My second find is Faubourg By Night in Noir/Gris.

The design is that of a brilliant cut diamond and the facets then reflect elements of the building 24 Faubourg St Honore - by night.  The Hermès Caleche features around the edge of the "diamond" as well and you can just make that out at the bottom of the photo.

Here it is worn cowboy style and tied with a scarf ring.  Again this scarf has a contrast hem, which a lot of
Hermès scarf fans like!

Here worn in my favourite Friendship Knot (instructions here)

I am looking forward to seeing what 2011 brings and hope you have a Happy New year too!

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! 

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish all the followers and readers of My Little Scarf Blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year. 
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Sunday, 19 December 2010

Some shopping and snow at last!

We finally got some "proper" snow!  But that has not stopped me getting to the shops for 1 must have item and a new little something from Hermes!
What could be in the bag?

The Dior Minaudiere Palette

I was  really lucky to get the palette as it is nearly sold out everywhere but a friend helped me to find it and I was able to snap it up!  Thank you to my friend!
Colour 001 Grey Golds

Next stop was Hermes and I found to my amazement that they had some early stock of the Spring Summer 2011 scarves - I am trying to stick to 70cms now and I found this beautiful pink Ferronnerie 70cm vintage soie which was top of my wish list so I snapped that up too!
Ferronnerie in Rose Bonbon

Just quickly trying it on "a la cowboy"!

The box for the scarf was wrapped with some special festive Bolduc ribbon.

Then I went home to enjoy the snow - but maybe my neighbour's chicken was having more fun?!!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Winter Wonderland!

The UK suffered some severe frosts and snow in the last 10 days, sadly for me, we escaped the snow being coastal.  However, on Monday and Tuesday we had a hoar frost!  The scenery looked spectacular and like everything had been dusted with glittering icing sugar - it took your breath away it looked so magical.  I managed a few photos of the scenery and ice crystals that formed on the plants.

A little grey squirrel was just having his lunch here - you can just make him out as a tiny black dot above the copyright symbol on the bottom left of my photo above.
Some iced up berries!

Here you can really see the sparkling glistening
frost on a branch.

See how the frost coated the grasses and seed heads.

The fingers of ice frozen to the branches were amazing.

I took some close ups of some leaves as well and you can even see the frozen drips of rain on them.

I like how the frost highlights the pattern of the leaf's veins - just beautiful!

Still dreaming of a White Christmas just like the ones I used to know........

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

New Plissé

I was very lucky on ebay the other day!  I managed to scoop this lovely orange plissé called Breitling - I love aeroplanes as you know so this was perfect for me.

It is cold at the moment so here I tried it with a fur collar:-

Then a butterfly knot on its own without tying a single knot first.

And then single knot with butterlfy.  I used my Bolduc scarf ring for the butterfly knot.

I really like this shade of orange as well it is a "proper" orange and looks good against dark colours.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

A Special Treat

A couple of weeks ago my sister and I went up to London for a special treat...

we had lunch at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay - and it was a thoroughly enjoyable lunch, everything from the service to the food was tip top and the atmosphere was really lovely - very relaxed no airs and graces so it was a very "comfortable" experience.  I could not resist taking pics of the dishes as they were works of art - no apologies if this blog leaves you feeling hungry!

As it was a cold day we were firstly given an amuse bouche of duck soup and mini confit of duck: 

Then came our starter - we both chose a quail and wild mushroom pithivier which was out of this world delicious!  Next to the pithivier was confit of quail and a beautiful winter salad of endive, walnut, apple and celeriac.

I had roasted fillet halibut for my main which came with a bourguinon sauce with pommes boulangère.

My sister had ‘Saltimbocca’ with English Rose veal, sage, Parma ham, linguine and capers.

The desserts were TDF! I did not like the desserts offered on the menu so the Maitre d' asked if I liked chocolate, which I do, so he said he would surprise me! Some surprise!  This was a tower of chocolate filled with praline and a crispy base with milk ice cream and raspberry sauce - but isn't the presentation pretty? very art nouveau inspired I think.

My sister had a selection sorbets - not just any old sorbets these were very special flavours - cider apple and spearmint to name two, but her favourite was the chocolate - this was served on a block of ice sitting on a black absorbant towel - what next?!  Even our dining neighbours took a photo!

To finish we were served some truffles....

and then strawberry ice cream chocolates served in liquid nitrogen for quite a finale!


To top it all off we were also given a little bag of the truffles to take home :-) before being taken into the kitchen to see where it all happens!
We had a great time and I can highly recommend Restaurant Gordon Ramsay!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

New Gavroche

I was in London a couple of times this week and I found Ex Libris en Camouflage in the shades of grey as a gavroche - I've been waiting for this to come back into stock in Harrods for a while! Here she is:-

Here worn alone.
Worn cowboy style - secured at the back with small scarf ring.

I have experimented wearing this gavroche with it's sister gavroche in the pink shades - taking a lead from some fellow tpf-ers (you know who you are - thank you!).
50/50 - The Butterfly "Knot" - secured at the back with scarf ring
and then using another ring to make the butterfly at the front.

The Friendship Knot.

I really like the Friendship Knot done like this, I think this is my favourite look!  I think I may need to stock up on some other gavroches of the same pattern - Printemps Ete 69/Automne Hiver 70 in particular!

Then with a regular twist.
And a double.
By twisting an extra time this made for a "criss cross"
 of the colours.


Friday, 26 November 2010

Christmas Windows in Paris!

The shops in Paris were gearing up for Christmas on my recent day trip.  Printemps' windows were still under wraps but Galeries Lafayette were on display, and the facade of the shop itself looked pretty magnificent with its lights.

The window displays had a theatre show theme:
The Rockettes - after those at New York's Radio City Hall - all the puppets moved to music and they were SO cute!  The Christmas girl puppets were all doing a high kick routine!  There was a little ramp in front of every window so little children could get a good view of everything - very thoughtful.

The next window along was West Side Story and then came Mamma Mia seen below - the dolls moved up and down inside the top of the cake LOL!

I didn't catch which musical/show this was from but the flying teddies were just TDF!  They moved up and down - maybe it was a take on Mary Poppins? 

The windows of the 2 neighbouring department stores are always a delight and a magical place for children to visit, including me!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Day Trip to Paris

Originally I had planned a day trip to Paris to try to get a La Vie Du Grand Nord in the elusive colourway #10.  However, I had struck lucky in Berlin a few weeks before.  So now what to do in Paris? After various delays in travel along the way I eventually got there.  It RAINED!

Here you can see the magnificent Avenue de L'Opera with the beautiful Opera Garnier at the end - this is where the ballet is most often performed and where legend has it that The Phantom of The Opera lives/lived!

Some gorgeous classic style french fashions in the window of a boutique on the Ave de l'Opera.

As it was raining I decided against queueing to see the Monet exhibition so I walked the length of Fauborg St Honore

and did lots of window shopping:-
I wonder how many Euros this beauty cost??!!
The matching earrings (top).

It was still raining.... 
Fbg St Honore


A fabulous macaroon display with chocolate shoe!

Some lovely pink things!!
And a beautiful cake shop - of course!
The clothes in the shop windows were all gorgeous and these looked nice and warm and cosy!
My pictures of the Hermes FSH window were not good enough to show here (and there was only one window dressed anyway) but the horseman had suffered in the wind and rain - he lost one of his scarves!!  It was hanging beneath him poor chap!  I think he had the turqouise version of Posisson du Corail flying.
I popped around the corner to Rue Royale to look at Laduree's windows and they have a new designer box by Galliano so I bought my only purchase of the day - a little box filled with my favourite praline macaroons, although they probably have a special Galliano macaroon knowing Laduree!
Looking towards the Madeleine from Laduree.
The Madeleine/Rue Royale

I then went up to Avenue George V

but there was nothing at Hermes there to tempt me either.  The Louis Vuitton windows were good especially in the evening light!

I then had to head back towards the Opera to go back home - the Champs Elysees look fabulous at night:-

The Opera Garnier looked amazing lit up in the dark:-

And there were some lovely clothes that caught my eye in a shop just by the Opera..the shops always dress their windows beautifully in Paris.

I could not leave Paris without grabbing a fresh croissant to have for breakfast the next day and to remind me of my day in Paris!
I nearly missed my flight home thanks to the horrendous traffic in Paris and instead of having a leisurely hour to mooch around the lovely shops at the airport I had 5 minutes!!!  What a whirlwind of a day!