Ballet style

I have always wanted to be a ballerina! It doesn’t matter that I am now in my late 20s, the dream is still there and I was convinced that is what I would do when I grew up after spending the first 10 years of my life learning to dance. Surprisingly enough, that never happened, but I am not one to miss an opportunity to whip out the ballerina style, especially at a fancy dress party!

There’s something inherantly romantic about ballet clothing – it’s feminine, it’s comfortable (ignore the prima ballerina corsetry!) and it’s very wearable. At lunchtime today I stumbled accross the most beautiful ballet skirt in Joy and so I wanted to share with you my top ballet picks of the moment. The trend has been doing the rounds on the fashion circuit since S/S 2011 and there’s no sign of it dieing down anytime soon so put your best pointed foot forward and prepare to take centre stage!

(Louche Bettula net midi skirt, Joy, £39)

Cannot wait to wear this skirt with some chunky knee boots now and some gold sandals when the sun returns! To avoid looking too much like a ballerina, team this with a coral cami or go fierce with a cropped black blazer and vest. Very excited with this purchase.

(Knitted, fluffy ballet wrap, Topshop, £36)

Cute and fluffy, this cardigan is going to be a dream over a tea dress or with a neutral tone jersey maxi skirt. Beautiful!

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Dining at The Depot

This weekend, I went to a fab bistro which goes by the name of The Depot. Overlooking the river Thames in beautiful Barnes, this gem of a restaurant offers fine cuisine at reasonable prices and the menu is something to behold!! For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Barnes is located in South London, but well-worth the trek (you could even watch the boat race here!) as it provides a welcome break from city-life.

Where else do you get a soft-boiled egg, on a bed of serrano ham, with pesto oil, fennel and french beans, pork crackling & sherry vinaigrette?! And this was just a starter – AMAZING! This really sets the tone for the entire menu – fantastic combinations of flavours and textures which all culminate in foodie heaven. My main course was even more impressive; fillet of grey mullet with scallops on a bed of crayfish and baby spinach risotto. You can imagine how good that was!?!

The rest of the options on the menu were just as impressive – I cannot wait to head back and taste their steak. (Surely you have to try and steak everywhere at least once?) Oh and for the chocaholics out there, they have plenty of naughty puddings.. My choice was the dark chocolate cake with chocolate sauce, pistachio ice-cream and raspberries. Visually it was incredible, but the flavours – well..I need say no more. This place just kept on impressing us!!! GO.

I’m looking forward to heading back in the Summer for an evening meal as the sun sets..this is dining heaven!!

(The Depot, Tideway Yard, Mortlake High Street, Barnes, London, SW14 8SN.)