The classic white shirt.

The lovely Audrey

Ms Hepburn always wore everything well…. some gals just have it!  It being whatever they put on their backs looks perfect and seems effortless. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of her where she wasn’t perfectly dressed. Either up or down. A classic white shirt was one of her staples, as is mine. My wardrobe simply wouldn’t function with at least half a dozen.

There is nothing worse than a white shirt that has had it’s day, anything that looks dull or tired then it must be binned.

It would be super to wear a brand new crisp white shirt on every outing, not always possible but it would be a fabulous luxury. Please make sure it is crisply starched and whiter than white, we have had more than a few white shirt mishaps  where a dark sock had found it’s way into the white wash. Tragic.

There are women that a W.S women and there are those that are not. You would see Michelle Obama in a sleeveless version and capri pants to show off her fabulous arms but you would not see Madonna. I shall be replenishing my stock with crisp new shirts ready for Spring. One can never have too many.

The queen of chic, take note ladies. Audrey has all the staples a woman needs. A little black dress, a mac, a glamour gown, a white shirt. The list is endless. Do it in style.

Anne Fontaine

The queen of the W.S. This lady can and does make every W.S in her collection look entirely different. There are dozens and dozens and all have a unique twist. Beautifully designed and the most beguiling .

Anne fontaine. Alluring white shirt.

Understated window display, white on white.

Of course high street options are perfect everyday wear and sometimes the simple classic with no frills or adornments are just the ticket with business wear or with ones favourite jeans. Good old M.&S always have them in their classics range and are great value for money at under £20 and for more basic the Gap fit the bill.

I shall be buying a couple from ASOS, now in the sale and a variation on the classic theme.

Especially loving the tux shirts, super smart but perfect with jeans and boots.

Kookai tux shirt

Asos tux shirt looking v.much like Jaeger.

A lot of shoulder pads have been making there way into my already overstuffed wardrobe. So flattering, ones hips look much smaller in comparison.

Again from ASOS but with shoulder pads.

There is nothing sexier than a woman in her husbands shirt, padding sleepily around in the morning with tousled hair.

Trés adorable.

The same look again from ASOS a boyfriend shirt. Super for comfortable lounging chic.

The Beckhams putting the sex back into crisp white cotton.

White cotton bed linen, not a wise choice when Lulu the grubby spaniel sleeps with us too but the only choice. When the bed has been freshly made it is always a race to be the first to bed.

The White company.

For mon petit indulgence .

The most beautiful selection of all my favourite blooms. The perfect display.

From the sweetest occasion.

White Lady

White lady

The White Lady cocktail was first recorded in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, although Harry MacElhone, famed cocktail creator of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris also lays claim to having invented it in the 1920s.

It’s a clean-tasting drink that needs to be drunk very cold.

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 part lemon juice

Shake the ingredients together well with ice. Strain into a frosted cocktail glass and serve.

On the subject of white why not give your usual tomato ragu a miss and have the white version instead. Please watch your white shirt. This is such a simple recipe , hearty and warming and already a firm favourite at Chez Lee

Gino D’Acampo’s white ragu rigatoni.

  • 500g dry rigatoni pasta
  • 400g minced beef
  • 100g smoked diced pancetta
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 50g salted butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 150ml white wine
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 100g freshly grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To make the white ragu sauce, use a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and the butter and fry the onion, celery, carrot and pancetta for approximately 10 mins on a moderate heat until softened and golden.

Add the beef and mix well allowing the minced meat to crumble. Cook, stirring frequently, until the meat has browned for approximately 10 mins.

Pour in the wine and cook until evaporated. Season with salt and pepper and add the stock. Lower the heat and simmer, without the lid on, for 30 mins. Stir occasionally

Mix in the mascarpone, parsley and nutmeg and allow to rest for 10 mins.

In the meantime, in a large saucepan, cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and add immediately to the sauce.

On a high heat, mix the white ragu sauce and the pasta together with a wooden spoon for approx 1 min. Serve immediately with plenty of grated parmesan on top.

Delicious!!

White living.

Romantic Fireplace

Image Country Living

Layers of white mirrors and vases on an antique fireplace mantel impart a certain romantic charm.


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