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Friday, 21 October 2011

Driving Home - sunset

I was driving home from work yesterday, same road I have driven probably hundreds of times and noticed how beautiful the sun set looked.
I - very naughtily - whipped out my phone and took a couple of pics whilst driving.

Beautiful I think
     We dont always see the  beauty that's there before us every day.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Glossybox. October 2011

It's here . ! my October Glossybox.

I've only recently  signed up  for this, my first box was Septembers, and I loved the products from that one - particularly the HDBrow palette.

It doesn't seem a month since the last box

So whats in Octobers box of tricks?
Firstly - I get a thrill opening the gorgeous box itself - like opening and birthday gift and really having no clue whats inside but knowing that you're going to love it.
The lovely pink box - I am saving these.
and then the delicate tissue paper with the little seal - how special it feels.

In this months box are;
1. Dermalogica Age Smart - multivitamin Thermalfoliant
2. Dermalogica Age Smart - multivitamin power recover and masque
3 .Leighton Denny Nail colour -Sex kitten
4. Stila smudge stick Waterproof eyeliner
5 Robert Piguet- 3 Eau de Parfum Samples
a Dermalogica Beauty bag containing a very small sample of lip complex.

On the top is a card which tells you all about the products inside..

I have  only ever had one Dermalogica product before - their micro exfoliator which I liked alot
so it will be interesting to  try out  the Age smart range.

The Nail  varnish is a soft blue colour, quite pearly - not a colour I would have bought but I will definitely put it on later. The Nail varnish I'm  wearing at the moment , which you can just see in the photographs, is Leighton Denny 'Supermodel'  lovely quality .

I'm not familiar with Robert Piguet , he is a Parisian fashion designer. The fragrances sell at Harrods so sounding good already !

I tried the Stila  waterproof eyeliner on my hand. It goes on beautifully smooth,  well pigmented and as i try to  rub it off, it's staying put.!

Looking forward to  trying out my new Glossybox beauty products. Will be back  to  write a review.
Take Care


Saturday, 6 August 2011

Arpege - Lanvin

I recently bought my beloved Arpege as I had almost run out...heaven forbid!

The online site I bought it from asked if I'd like to review I did!


Draws Compliments, Long Lasting, Great Smell

Best Uses:

Evening, Everyday

Describe Yourself:


Fragrance Type:

Oriental/Spicy, Floral, Woody/Earthy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Arpege, to me is a mature classy woman.
Although I first started using it when I was about 28..
The original 1927 formulation of Arp├Ęge is very true to its name--a musical concept of arpeggio--in a sense that individual notes are played distinctly one after another instead of simultaneously. Rose dusted by opalescent aldehydic shimmer unfolds first, followed by rich jasmine.

The Falcon is a Black glass orb, boule noire, in Art Deco style and sits on the dresser delighfully.
The golden image stamped on the glass by Iribe depicts mother and daughter, Jeanne and Marie-Blanche preparing for a ball.

This is a serious fragrance- The notes of the 1993 version include bergamot, aldehydes, peach, orange blossom, honeysuckle, iris; rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, coriander, mimosa, tuberose, Parma violet, geranium; sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla, musk

I always receive compliments when I wear this. I use it day and evening..although I'd suggest its more of an evening perfume

If you haven't tried Arpege...why don't you?

Take Care x

Friday, 29 July 2011

think Spa....

it is true...I am off to Champneys ! My daughters and I are about to have three nights and four wonderful days in Tring.
I must say ..I cant wait. The girls will be unplugged from  their pc's and I we will have time to just talk and  be together. No 1 daughter goes off to University inSeptember so  the nest is emptying and  it scares me.

Anyway Champneys  here we come......... see you upon my return

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Crazy Kitty

My daughters kitten is about 10 months old...and is adorable. We kept her inside for the first 6 months until all her injections etc were up to date...

She has discovered the outdoors!!
She is out half the night and comes home exhausted. But her main pass time is catching birds.
I feel so bad, I like  birds..I mean  she  has a  loud jingling bell but still manages to creep up on  them.

One morning recently I looked out  of my kitchen window and saw my lawn covered with feathers...and there...lay a dead wood pigeon. Now  how on earth she managed to catch  this I don't's almost as  big as she  is. She was VERY pleased with herself.

A few days ago my daughters found her with a baby woodpecker. They took it from her immediately and  put it in a box.. up in a tree hoping the mother would find it -  but alas - it was still there  in the morning. So the girls took it to  the  vet.

My dilemma is that Kitty has  basic instincts to stalk, catch and kill...and I feel so  sorry for the birds...
I guess that's the 'circle of life'

I'll leave you with a couple of  pictures

 who? me??
isn't this just gorgeous?

Monday, 27 June 2011


I bought some blue /turquoise nail varnish, I know I should go  and check what it is but to be honest it's too hot to move from my seat...and the fan is wafting air on me.
So as I was wearing turquoise nail varnish I obviously had to accessorise accordingly.

Bracelet ... plain ..I have had for ages
Bracelet - colourful was a gift from a special person- 2 years ago
Scarf was a gift from a friend who had visited Malaysia -  about 15 years ago.
Earrings are silver and turquoise..and were also  a gift!

so  not alot of infomation on those things...but that what I wore.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


After work I decided to treat my self to a light lunch so I popped in to Carluccio's. The sun was warm and shining and it made me feel as if I was on holiday.
hmm..but what to have?
The brushcetta here is always good so I decided on that...£5.95..but then looking at the fixed price menu
I saw they were offering two courses for £ not to like?
Finally I decided to have the Brushcetta followed by Ravioli.
The Brushcetta was delicious, a  decent amount of garlic, not too oily and the rocket was really peppery.

My ravioli came soon dente pasta filled with a soft filling of ricotta and fresh  spinach...wallowing  in sage butter

( yes I do love pepper)

Have a  great  day

Thursday, 7 April 2011

New Shoes!

I bought new Shoes!

Yes they are Dr Martens

Whilst on a break at work the other day I was reading a magazine and saw these shoes advertised.
It was love at first sight.
I tore the page out, took it home and odered then immediately..and today Viola! they arrived.
Dont you love that feeling of opening a new package, heart beating in excitement.?.And there they were ...laying wrapped in tissue  delicately.
The first thing I did was smell  them - me odd..but I love to  smell new things, particularly leather.,,
I slipped off my slippers....and like Cinderella...put my foot into the shoe....but ALAS !...I was not Cinderella but one of the ugly sisters...the shoe was too tight.
How dissapointing
So  tomorrow I will  arrange to return them and get the  next size up.
I may have to wait 3/4 days now...but there is a silver lining...I'll have another package to open!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Post #1 rambling a bit

As an avid blog reader and YouTube watcher I take great delight  in reading about other peoples lives.
Most of the blogs I read I make-up and fashion orientated and some decor related..but what I also noticed was my penchant for 'French style' blogs.
What is it with the French? Look at almost any French woman ( ok apart from those working the fields and crushing grapes with their feet)...and they all have such effortlessly looking style..

How I wish I was able to wake in the morning..toss my locks like a L'oreal advert and stroll nonchalantly naked to the  bathroom...well French women do, don't they?
I on the other hand groan as I drag my carcass out from under the dishevelled duvet...see Edward Scissor Hands style hair in the mirror and shuffle along bleary eyed to the bathroom - not even en suite!


I envy them really ...I envy them because they give themselves time..time to look after manicure..massage..highlight..pamper..and not feel guilty. But we do  feel guilty don't we?

I know I do

Spending time and money being 'pampered' was always seen as a luxury..a self -indulgence that  was a treat..a once a  year Christmas gift...and  it is  hard to get that  feeling out of my head
I know...the  Doctors tell us how good it is to be  massaged and good our body and  mind feels after we have re payed our feet for all  the walking they have done ...with an hour long pedicure..i know this! I really do! why can't I stop feeling I am being selfish?

maybe I need to spend some time in Paris...purely research of course...I just need to find a sponsor.....

dream on....