The perfect court

(Christian Louboutin Pigalle 85mm shoes, Matches Fashion, £375.)

I’m sure anyone who works in an office environment can relate to this, but I think finding the perfect mid-heeled black court shoe is possibly the biggest challenge any woman can face when it comes to office-wear. Am I right?

For example, how high is too high? Does patent look cheap? Is a platform inappropriate?  Coupled with that, you’re investing in something which you will potentially be walking around solidly in for approximately 10 hours per day so they HAVE to be comfortable, but you don’t want to be shuffling around in a pair of old lady Gabor specials. Style is key!

So, after trying on numerous pairs and having failed on as many occasions, I think I can now confirm a few items. A heel any higher than 8cm is going to be challenging. Cheap unfortunately means painful – if you can, try and go for real leather as the shoes should be gentler on your feet and therefore more comfortable. Try New Look or Marks & Spencer for affordable options – they also do wide-fit.

(Autograph Leather Pointed Toe Court Shoes with Insolia®, Marks & Spencer, £45)

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Delectable italian goats cheese

I’ve had a long standing love affair with goats cheese. It serves as a delicious snack by itself as well as being a great ingredient in savoury tarts, salads or even a frittata. Over the years I’ve tried (and been disappointed with) all the supermarket offerings – surprisingly CostCo’s ‘Heritage’ range goats cheese is one of the best! Hmmm.

Anyway, my latest discovery is the delicious caprino which is being sold at my local Brixton grocers – A&C Co. situated on the corner of Atlantic Road and Brixton Road.

A specialist grocers, they sell a diverse range of cheeses, salamis, fresh breads and olives in addition to standard seasonal veg and there is a friendly, welcoming atmosphere whenever I visit. This is probably the reason I always end up leaving with far more than originally intended!

Highly recommended are the olives stuffed with garlic and mature manchego, but by far my favourite is the italian goats cheese – caprino fresco (meaning fresh). Half the enjoyment is just unwrapping the traditional waxed paper in which the cheese is carefully packaged. Inside resides the creamiest, whitest goats cheese I have ever tasted. Crumbly and melt in the mouth, this is best enjoyed pared with a slice of portuguese sour dough bread.

Believe me, other goats cheese pale in comparison. Yum!

Putty is the colour

(See by Chloe April bag £345, My-Wardrobe.com)

It may be snowing outside, but the shops are full of new season brights and pastels which are designed to get you spending and revitalising your wardrobe after a cash-strapped January.

However, I don’t know about you, but I can’t see myself popping out in the freezing cold in a pair of powder blue jeans right now. Instead, I will be working all things putty-coloured.

It may not sound glamorous, but putty is a subtle natural-beige colour which works with everything! From Anya Hindmarch’s Huxley clutch, to Topshop’s skinny grunge studded belt, there’s something for every budget. Pair it with your dark wardrobe staples now and pastels come spring – the perfect trans-seasonal shade.

I have fallen head-over-heels for this Zara leather jacket which fits the bill perfectly from my point of view. Race you to the tills!

(Leather jacket £149, Zara)

Brilliant bisque

Last night, I finally fulfilled one of my foodie fantasies and visited The Orrery on Marylebone High Street. Situated within a converted stable, The Orrery makes for a cosy, yet intimate setting with starched tablecloths and large, O-shaped picture windows overlooking the churchyard. It also has a roof terrace which will be a complete gem in the summer. (I’m coming back for Pimms with the girls!)

This restaurant is part of the D&D London group so you are guaranteed a certain standard of cuisine and having read excellent reviews of The Orrery, I was keen to try this for myself. The menu centres around modern french cooking using fine ingredients – something head chef Igor Tymchyshyn takes great pride in, particularly his truffles which have a menu of their own!

The highlight for me was the handmade seafood tortellini in a lobster bisque. For those of you not in the know, a bisque is a rich and creamy soup, traditionally made with pureed seafood or vegetables. This particular bisque was foamy, yet full of flavour and the tortellini was light, filled with with delicate segments of crab meat and prawns.

I won’t go into detail, but suffice to say after 3 courses, 3 amuse-bouches and a delicious bottle of Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand we were all suitably content. I will certainly be returning in the summer and taking advantage of some roof-top sun worshipping!

(Book a table at The Orrery or pick up a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc at The Wine Reserve for £10.99.)

In the beginning..

Hello and welcome to my first attempt at blogging. I’ve decided to use this space to discuss all things stylish and sumptuous, my two loves – fashion and food, without which life would be particularly boring in my opinion!

Like any girl, I struggle with the dilemma that the more one eats, the more challenging it is to remain stylish and slim, however, I shall attempt to prove that you can have both of these pleasures in your life without killing yourself at the gym, although obviously that is recommended if (like me) you want the sizeable rump to be on the steak and not yourself.

Follow me on my adventures (largely in London) into the finest foodie establishments, delis and diners, all shaken up with my current fashion obsessions and findings.

So, on with the first post – I hope you enjoy reading about my discoveries as much as I love writing about them!

L.