Tis a rare treat for me to attend a press day, being based outside London. The last time I was in town I managed to pack in a couple of different events and a massage.
The Waitrose 'Christmas in July' event was staged over several floors of a gorgeous townhouse. Various goodies were packed into different rooms. Katy (makeupbykaty.blogspot.com) and I made a beeline for the beauty goodies, obviously. I've always thought that Waitrose have the best product selection – loads of gorgeous goodies from Tisserand, Weleda and Crabtree & Evelyn, as well as their own ranges.
Having smothered my hands in Cath Kidson Rose Hand Cream I asked the very talented manicurist, Giselle, to give me a speedy French Manicure. She did a fantastic job in double-quick time. I've never had a French mani before – it made me feel reet elegant and chic!
After Katy helped me to pick up my bag (nails darling!) we headed downstairs to what was essentially a Christmas feast. Every type of meat, cheese, savoury nibble, chocolate prune and delicious pudding you could imagine! Oh my goodness. If I hadn't been pretending to be unfazed and professional I would've stuffed my face.
We worked our way around the room, trying different cheeses, before hitting the desserts. A plate of four different treats was proffered (and snatched). The Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding from the new Heston Blumenthal for Waitrose range was absolutely lush – and I don't even like Christmas pud as a rule. Everything was delish but the Waitrose Seriously Raspberry Torte had Katy and I clearing our plates.
All of the Waitrose staff in attendance were so lovely, knowledgeable and friendly, they really made the event. If anyone is a fan of 'food porn' the Waitrose look book with all the different dishes we tried is here. Warning: do not look if you're feeling a bit peckish!