The classic white shirt; a perennial favourite; worn by men and women up and down the country. A quintessential, fashion basic that never seems to date or go out of style.
Beautifully simple for everyday office-wear. But pair it with diamonds — and a red lip —and voila — you’re channelling Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.
But whilst a crisp, cotton shirt is a lovely thing to wear, this wardrobe staple requires substantial maintenance to keep it looking good.
i.e — Ironing*
*This word should be accompanied by the music to Hitchcock’s Psycho
Now, anyone who knows me will tell you that ironing is just not my bag.
I am rubbish at it.
Handy, then, that my husband is an ironing wizard.
He and I naturally fell into our household chores fairly early on in our relationship. And — given the fact we’ve been together for 22 years next May — that’s a substantial amount of time to perfect our techniques.
I’ve always done the cleaning; he has always been on food and beverage detail.
I do like to make cakes and sweet things but I am not wholly keen on cooking savoury food. Lucky for me that Mr D is an amazing chef and finds cooking a relaxant (rather than a chore).
He makes it, I eat it.
A perfect partnership.
Talking of which, I have always done the washing; Mr D does the ironing.
And it’s something he’s really, really good at. He has even taught friends and family how to iron.
There’s a definite art to it and, quite frankly, I am hopeless at it and invariably end up with more creases, than when started.
I — as my ironing board jauntily states — do not iron.
Although, recently, I’ve found myself glancing appreciatively at his new steam iron.
Not a euphemism.
But let me tell you the reasons why the Breville DiamondXpress has captured both our hearts.
Introducing the Breville DiamondXpress
He loves it because of it’s impressive 200g steam shot — which can be aimed exactly where he wants it; both horizontally or vertically.
It also has a super-wide, multi-directional ceramic soleplate — with a precision tip — made with actual crushed diamonds.
This means more speed and glidability (is that even a word?) when he’s pressing a big pile of work shirts.
Or my favourite white shirt, in readiness for the season’s upcoming parties *winks*.
The heel of the iron has an improved design for greater stability; which means it’s nice and solid and doesn’t topple over easily. A valuable asset when you have two tiny tearaways, cannoning round the house.
Plus it has an ergonomic, soft-grip handle; which illuminates when the DiamondXpress has reached the desired temperature.
So no more spitting on the sole-plate, like my nan used to do with hers. Yuk.
It also has clever features like a ‘safe-store heat indicator’, which let’s him know when the iron is cool enough to be put away.
And an auto shut-off function (so no more stressing that we’ve left the iron on; then having to come home to check — just in case*).
And if that wasn’t enough, the Breville DiamondXpress has anti-scale, anti-drip technology, which protects against limescale build up.
Brilliant in hard-water areas, like ours, as it means it increases the life of the iron.
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
But whilst my husband loves the Breville Diamond Xpress for it’s functionality and ease of use, I don’t mind admitting that I love it for wholly shallow reasons.
For a start, it has a high gloss white finish — accented with rose gold embellishments — with a glittering diamond print detail.
Plus the temperature control dial is also inlaid with crystals. I mean, seriously, this is no regular iron.
Anything that makes the ironing a more glamorous experience is good in my book.
Plus, I’m a little bit keen on rose gold and diamonds.
Although, I’m also keen on pairing my rose gold and sparkles with a nicely pressed white shirt.
In the immortal words of Marilyn — ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ — and the Breville Diamond Xpress is certainly a case in point.
Another ‘girl’s best friend’ is a generous husband who does her ironing for her. And this — combined with the sparkling good looks and superior functionality of the Diamond Xpress — is a match made in heaven.
Cinderella shall go to the ball.
With a well ironed shirt.
Pop and have a look at the Breville website for more details of the DiamondXpress and to see the other irons in the PressXpress family.
Although this is a collaborative post with Breville, all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.