Category Archives: Favourites

May Favourites 

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May Favourites 

I love May. May is my birthday month so we normally have lots of lovely things planned. Expect lots of Birthday Presents in this list as I have been spoilt this year!

1) Wearing: Paris Dressing Gown 

I have seen this dressing gown everywhere as of late and every time I go on and on about how much I love it. So eventually my Mum bought it for me from the Country Living Magazine Show we went to in April. It’s made by One Hundred Stars and is a very light dressing gown perfect for the warmer months. I love the colours pink and Tiffany blue colours and the vintage map of Paris that has been hand printed onto the fabric. I feel glamorous and vintage when I wear this and I just love it. You can get it online and in lots of little boutique shops.

One Hundred Stars Dressing Gown

2) Using: Benefit Porefessional Makeup

I went hunting for a new foundation this month as the Clinique foundation I was using was so heavy on my skin and I was leaving my face behind on other people and clothing. So I went to Benefit as it is always my first choice for makeup. I didn’t like their Oxygen Wow foundation so I was dubious but I was shown their brand new Porefessional Makeup. It comes in a tube with a hidden sponge applicator on the bottom and a press me button on the other end. It is so clever and I love clever makeup. You can wear it alone or on top of another foundation. I wear it on top of a tinted moisturiser and my skin looks smooth, glowy and poreless. It’s not a full coverage look so on blemish days I use concealer and powder. And they only have a few shades as its not a typical foundation. But I really love this as it is so light and as I am having a baby my skin is so sensitive at the moment and this doesn’t irritate me or clog pores. Great purchase. 

Porefessional Makeup

3) Smelling: White Tea by Elizabeth Arden

For my birthday my husband got me a new perfume. I had smelt it in Debenhams the week before and I must have mentioned it to him. (Shameless hint). Its such a lovely light perfume for spring/summer. It has scents of White Tea, Italian Mandarin, Sea Breeze and Turkish Rose. It’s beautiful and so fresh. I love the simple white bottle as well perfect for my desire for things to be uncomplicated at the moment. And I spray it liberally everywhere.

Elizabeth Arden White Tea

4) Eating: Weetos

OK ok I know chocolate cereal is bad. I know this and I have a friend at work who tells me everyday how bad it is to eat Weetos but I am obsessed. I don’t know if it’s a baby craving or if it’s because I have denied myself this kind of food for the last 3 years and I am now relaxing my diet but I can’t get enough. I love them and they are my guilty pleasure. Also whilst suffering with Morning/Evening sickness these are the only things I could happily keep down. While I can I will eat Weetos.

Weetos!

5) Packing: Cath Kidston Tropical Print Over the Shoulder Bag

For my birthday my sister bought me an over the shoulder bag. Now I usually avoid these and prefer the larger throw it all in huge bag but as I want things to be simpler and lighter I wanted a smaller bag. I don’t usually shop in Cath Kidston either it’s not really my thing but my sister loves it and I have to say this fabric pattern with the tropical birds is more me then the other fabrics Cath likes. I like the pastel pink colour and I like the magnet closing on the bag as it’s easy to get things in and out. The strap is also adjustable and it encourages me to carry less stuff so it’s a winner. 

Cath Kidston Bag

6) Reading: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier 

I have never read Daphne Du Maurier before. I have heard of her and I know she was a famous author in the thirties to the fifties. My grandma loved reading and she was a fan of this particular author and novel. I like reading books I know my Grandma also read as it makes me feel closer to my family as both my Grandmas died when I was so young. read the blurb for this book and I had to buy it. It follows a man named Philip Ashley who has been brought up by his cousin Ambrose. They own a large estate in Cornwall and life is quiet and pleasant apart from his cousin having to travel abroad for health reasons in the winter. One such winter Ambrose travels to Italy which is where he meets Rachel a distant relative in Florence. Ambrose, an eternal bachelor, marries Rachel and then suspiciously dies of a brain fever. Philip is encouraged to invite Rachel to stay at the house where he also succumbs to her charms. However there are too many strange occurrences and mysteries around this women and Philip foolish in love makes some mistakes. Such a great romantic mystery thriller and it kept my guessing till the end. I loved it and quickly downloaded her other novels. This is also coming out soon as a film with Rachel Weisz so you know it has to be good!

My Cousin Rachel

I hope you enjoyed my favourites this month. I’ve been writing these lists for nearly a year now and they are a great way for me to keep track of my month.

April Favourites

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April Favourites

Today is the last day of April. April has been a month of stupendous highs and then some scary times. We moved back home this month after the flood and it has been truly wonderful to be back.

1) Ultimate Favourite: Home

Back in November our house flooded. It was truly horrific and one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. It led to 5 months of stress as we had to move, cat and Guinea Pig, too into a tiny temporary house whilst all the work was done.  We are finally home now and it is the best feeling to wake up at home and have all your space back. We have managed, through hard work and some penny pinching, to upgrade our house too so it’s wonderful and the home we always wanted. Don’t take your space for granted one day it could be gone!

Home

2) Watching: Jane Eyre at The Lowry Theatre

I love Jane Eyre. It is one of my all time favourite novels. So when the play came to the Lowry I had to see it! We went with my parents and it was amazing. The set was very simple and only 9 actors played all the characters. There was a live band within the play and it told the story perfectly but in a very slick and modern way. If you get a chance you should go and see it!

Jane Eyre

3) Eating: Cheddar Babybels 

I’m sorry this is wierd isn’t it but I love these Babybels. They are the purple ones and they are just perfect. They give you a perfect cheese hit and I can’t get enough of them yum yum.

Cheese!

4) Reading: The Cows by Dawn O’Porter

Dawn O’Porter is a woman I admire greatly. If I had a girl squad aka Taylor Swift style I would want her on my team. I’ve watched her since her presenter days when she did some very revealing and risqué documentaries to her vintage clothing shows. I know she wrote some books for teenagers but when I saw she had written an adult book I had to get it. The Cows follows three women who are all stuck in the herd. One by one the women that you think are very together slowly fall apart and reach huge decisions in their life to go on or to leave the herd and go it bravely alone. It’s beautifully written had Dawn O’Porter’s wicked sense of humour and it comments on a modern society and the roles women take. I loved it. And it got me through a particularly difficult day so thanks Dawn.

The Cows by Dawn O’Porter

5) Visiting The Country Living Show at Alexandra Palace.

I arranged for me, my Mum and my Sister to travel down to London for the Country Living Magazine Show. It was a lovely day at the fair looking at crafters, makers, foodies and some very stylish stalls. There was all kinds of people there and the fair was huge. I bought a beautiful handcrafted feather ring, a floating chicken  (yes they do exist) and lots of fudge. It was such a lovely day and it was great to depend quality time with my Mum and sister. Alexandra Palace is such an interesting huge building too worth a trip.

Me, my Mum and my Sister

6) My Baby Godson Callum

Just a quick favourite. My friend had a beautiful baby boy in April, Callum Alexander. I was absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed that she asked me to be one of his Godmothers. It’s such a lovely gesture and it means the world to me. I love babies and children and I can’t wait to see him grow up and be there as a Fairy Godmother should he need me. Raise a glass to lovely Callum.

Beautiful Baby Callum

March Favourites 

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March Favourites 

I have struggled to write this month’s favourites. Thus why I am late. We are still waiting to move home so are saving like mad so we haven’t been up to too much but I do have some favourites for this month.

1) Reading Dombey and Sons by Charles Dickens

I like reading a Dickens a year. And this year I read the lesser known byt very moral and very educational Dombey and Son. It follows Mr Dombey through his life in Victoria Britain when industry in our country just taking off. There is an excellent and famous passage about the invention of the train and I have to say the train would not have made Dickens favourite list. Dombey is a proud man. Proud to a fault that he neglects his one surviving daughter, Florence, who in true Dickens style is a very lovely and virtuous maid. There are the usual excellent disgusting and very human characters like Major Bagstock and the cruel Edith with some amusing passages and some heartbreaking chapters. It is an excellent read and a Dickens worth a read.

2) Using Lee Stafford ‘For hair that only grows to a certain length’

I cut my hair at Christmas. I was going through some stuff the house had been flooded and I was very upset within myself. So off went the hair and I had a new style. I loved it at first but after a while I felt it became a one trick pony hairdo. U could only curl it because I hated the balayage blonde bit at the bottom. So of course I am growing it again. To help me grow it I have decided to take much better care of my long hair and I’ve been using colour care shampoos and this protein hair mask that helps to make your hair stronger and grow longer. You use it in between your shampoo and conditioner and leave it on for 10 minutes. I use it pretty much every time I was my hair. It really builds up the follicles of your hair and it also cleanses you scalp really well. I don’t know if my hair has grown faster as it grows pretty fast anyway but it’s definitely stronger. 

3) Loving Daffodils

Daffodils are one of my favourite flowers. I love how they are the first sign of Spring my favourite part of the year (as it’s my birthday time). They are also so bright and cheerful and at my local supermarket are a pound a bunch. So whilst they are around I will be having them in the house.

4) Using Nivea Pure and Natural night and day cream

My skin is so dry! It is awful and it really has caused me a lot of problems recently. I invested in these moisturisers as I do like Nivea but I need something a lot more ‘intelligent’ then my usual blue pot of basic Nivea. The soothing day cream is lovely its light but it moisturises well and sits very well under makeup. Sometimes I need extra creams around my eyes but this is a win. The regenerating night cream is the best. It’s so lovely to apply and soaks in well but leaves an lovely protective balm layer on your skin that keeps my face happy till morning. I got them half off in Superdrug but I will definitely be repurchasing both.

5) Wearing Accessorize pink Snood

I bought this scarf on a whim because I loved the colour and I needed something to brighten up my winter wardrobe for spring. It’s a lovely rose pink colour and its design is grey cheetahs. Actual cheetahs. It’s a snood as it is in a continuous loop and is really versatile and goes with all of my coats. I’ve been wearing it everyday.

Looking forward to a wonderful month ahead in April as finally move back home!!

February Favourites

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Lots of fun in one of my favourite months!

1) Watching Busted

I loved Busted. I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I really do. They’re a band I loved when I was a teenager and I still love them now. I went to their reunion tour back in May and when they released their new album my best friend and I had to go. The album ‘Night Driver’ is a really good album with a good mix of songs. Some are a bit eighties but I like that. We saw them at the Manchester Apollo and it was just a brilliant concert and a fab time with my best friend!


2) Visiting Harrogate

On a spur of the moment and because life has been a bit too hard recently my husband and I booked a night at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. The hotel itself is beautiful and built in 1900 and its huge and gorgeous and our room was lovely. It also has a pool and a spa and the breakfast was ‘fit’. Harrogate itself is a lovely sleepy town with beautiful parks and great shopping. We had a great day wandering round and just spending time together. That night we had a really nice meal at The Farm Bistro and Bakery which is a tiny little bakery in the day and then a cosy little restaurant at night. It served fresh farm produce and the food and atmosphere  was amazing. We really enjoyed just getting away from it all for the weekend. Links below for the places we visited!

3) Wearing Heart Earrings

Whilst I was in Harrogate I came across this lovely little shop called Bijouled. It’s a shop full of quirky vintage inspired gifts, clothing and jewellery. It was lovely and my husband bought me some gorgeous swavroski crystal heart stud earrings. They are grey and so sparkly and pretty. I have worn them every day ever since! I’ve got my eye on a Paris Map dressing gown from their shop! Check out the link below

4) Using E45 Spray 

I love E45 cream. There is nothing like it its moisturises like nothing else and helps keep my skin…just normal as I am so dry naturally. But it can be laborious using the heavier cream every day. So when I saw that E45 have bought out a moisturiser spray I was sold! It’s great it’s lightweight and speedy in the morning but with all the goodness found in the original cream. Love it!

5) Eating Pop Chips 

I can’t explain my love of these crisps! I came across them in Tesco and I noticed them as my best friend has a gluten allergy so if I find anything gluten free I get it. I also love crisps but try and watch my weight so I don’t like to eat fatty crisps. But these are so tasty and crunchy they don’t feel like 90 calories and as they are gluten free I introduced them to my friend too. Try them. The Salt and Vinegar ones are the best!

6) Reading The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin

This is a very gothic novel and takes place in the 1800s. I read this as a review said it was like Jane Eyre and the Fingersmith which are two of my favourite novels. It follows Annaleigh who goes to work in a manor house on the Yorkshire moors. The Twentyman family have a deep dark secret which is horrible and so interesting at the same time. A great dark novel.

The Majestic Hotel

The Farm Bistro and Bakery 

Bijouled

January Favourites

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January Favourites

Oh thankfully January is over! No offence to January lovers but I find this month so long and boring. It’s years since payday and its dark and cold and just bleugh. However I do have some favourites this month to add to my list.

1) Wearing a Watch

For Christmas  ( So long ago!) My husband bought me a watch. I don’t have the best history of watches as I usually lose them or break them. He loves Fossil watches and they are pretty indestructible and so he got me one too as a surprise. I love it! It has a big white round face so I can actually see the time, two straps a grey suede and a beige leather and it has diamanté round it’s face like a little crown. It’s beautiful but is also so useful as I now know the time. At all times…

What time is it?

2) Using Lancome Audacity London 

One of my makeup heroes is Lisa Aldridge. I love watching her makeup tutorial videos on you tube and I have her book the History of Makeup which is amazing. She is currently working with Lancome and brought out eyeshadow pallettes, one inspired by London and one inspired by Paris. The shadows are beautiful to apply and stay all day. You can build some really nice smoky eye looks and there are also some shimmer pigments that you can add to highlight your look. I especially love the green colours and the purples are also beautiful.

3) Wearing my Lamb Slippers

Oh gosh. It is so cold that the only thing to wear is slippers. I  got these Lamb slippers from Next for Christmas again and they are 0amazing. They are so cosy and so cute. The first thing I reach for when I get home from work is my lamb slippers. I especially love them because I like knitting and yarn so its like a homage to the sheep… on my feet. 

4) Reading The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I have seen the films, but like many people I had never read the book. This has been on my book bucket list for a while. To be honest I put off reading it. I don’t know why but it just didn’t appeal to me at first. But once I got over the first chapter I really enjoyed it. It’s so easy to read and the illustrations are lovely. It’s a proper adventure story and its really fun and in places quite creepy. So yes to the Hobbit. 

5) Watching La La Land

If you have not seen this film you must go. It is absolutely wonderful. It’s so beautiful to look at and the music is amazing if you like classic Hollywood and musicals then it is a must. I can’t get the tunes out of my head. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are also iconic in this. I watched it at the cinema and I got completely wrapped up in it that I forgot where I was. Go and see end of. 

6) Having a date

My husband and I have been having a tough time as of late with our poor flooded house. We are still not living at home and with some other stuff going on in the background and both working full time it has been very stressful. So we decided to have a date and spend some quality time together and it was the best night in January for me. We had dinner at Burger Lobster which is delicious, walked around Manchester just talking and putting our lives back together and then went to HOME to have a drink in the bar and watch La La Land. It was just a perfect date and just what we needed. Life can be tough sometimes so taking a break is definitely what is needed.

Looking forward to February one of my favourite months…

December Favourites 

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December Favourites 

December has been a wierd month. We’ve not been at home and its been Christmas and I’ve had such a hard time at work. I’m looking forward to 2017 and a fresh start! But I did a lot this month and I have some favourites.

1) Watching Krampus

I like Christmas films, I watch them all throughout December, but this is a Christmas film with a twist. Krampus is an ancient character from German folklore. He is Santa’s evil counterpart who comes at Christmas to punish those who have been bad and who no longer believe in the spirit of Christmas. In this film he visits a town in America and one family especially to wreak havoc. It’s not a scary film but it is a thriller and its just good Christmas fun with a moral twist as well as some creepy monsters and masked elves. I loved it and I’ve added it to my Christmas film collection.

Krampus

3) Using Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil By Una Brennan

I have been using this cleansing oil as an alternative to the very expensive Elemis oil. I bought it on a whim and I just love it. It’s a huge 200ml bottle for £10.99 in Boots. This oil literally dissolves makeup in seconds and it has a gorgeous rich moisturising texture and an orange scent. I use this in the evenings to remove makeup, just with my hands and a bit of water. I then cleanse again after with another cleanser of whatever I am using. In the mornings I just use the oil on my tired morning face to get a bit of Vitamin C. It has really smoothed and brightened my skin and it feels a lot more luxurious then it’s price tag. 

3) Using Snow Fairy Shower Gel

What is Christmas without Lush Snow Fairy? I buy this every Christmas and I just can’t get enough of the candy sweet scent. It’s  bright pink and glittery and I do really like the smell. You can buy a lot in Lush with the candy pink smell but Snow Fairy is limited edition. Which is why I’m so pleased Santa brought me some!

4) Wearing my new Hair Do!

So I have had the same hair for the last 6 years. Long, Brown and straight. Sometimes with highlights but mostly one colour. And I did like having long hair but I’d noticed recently how my hair had started to get finer on the ends, I had lots of split ends and it was getting harder to make it look healthy. With everything that’s been going on with the horrible floods and having to leave our home until God knows when, I decided to have a change. It’s been on my mind for months so I just took the plunge and I went for a shoulder length cut (a Lob) with balayage highlights in blonde.  I’ve been wearing it curly every day and I have to say I absolutely love it. My hair feels thicker, shinier and healthier. It’s such a change from the laborious straightener that it’s fun. I don’t know if I will stay short I may let it grow but for now this is me.

5) Reading The Butchers Hook by Janet Ellis

This book is so interesting. It is set in the summer of 1763 in London and follows a rather naive young girl, Anne Jacob, as she hits adulthood. She has been ignored for much of her life by her family overshadowed by her Mothers miscarriages and the deaths of her siblings. Her father who has ignored her much of her life as she wasn’t a boy is now pushing her to marry a much older man. One day she meets Fub a Butchers apprentice, he is below her in rank and status but she finally follows a path of her choosing and will be with him at all cost. Unfortunately for everyone else she will stop at nothing to be with him and surprises herself at the lengths she will go and her own scheming cunning. It’s a great book and a debut by Janet Ellis who was on Blue Peter a long time ago which surprised me a bit with the gory elements of this book!

6) Eating Pepparkaka 

All December I’ve been eating this. They are spiced ginger thin biscuits from Ikea. You can buy them around this time of year, I’m not sure if you can all year, but they are so damned good. They taste like a mix between a Lotus, Biscoff and a ginger nut biscuit and are incredibly moreish. I even like the little tin it comes in which you can use all year round. At this time of year it’s good to be indulgent and that’s what these are for me.

The important lesson I have learned this month especially is no matter how hard things gets to carry on and find the joy in little things.  Like our tiny little Christmas tree in our tiny little temporary house. Merry Christmas.

 

November Favourites

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November Favourites

So this month has been one of ups and downs with the flood at the end to ruin everything but it wasn’t so bad all month and I do have some favourite things!

1) Wearing Bobble Hats

I like hats. I like them in the summer and I like them at weddings and this year I have discovered the joy of the bobble hat! I’ve made myself a chunky knitted one and its lovely. So cosy and keep my ears warm in the morning.

Me in my hat

2) Wearing – My new favourite jumper

Sometimes you find clothes that just make you happy? I saw this beautiful jumper in my favourite shop Joy. It’s blue and sparkly, my 2 fave combos, and it has a big frill down the front. Pretty much love this jumper and I’m wearing it a lot. It’s perfect for this time of year.

Sparkly Jumper time

3) Visiting – The Hilton for Afternoon Tea

I wore my new favorite jumper to Afternoon Tea at the Hilton with my best friend. We had a prosecco option and its great as my friend has a gluten allergy and they do a good range of gluten free desserts. The views over Manchester are amazing and we really enjoyed it.

Afternoon Tea

4) Using- Don’t Look at Me Mask

I love Lush. I’ve already expressed my love for their skin care range on another post. But I am really into their fresh face mask range. I didn’t think a mask would beat Magnaminty but the Don’t Look At Me mask is amazing. It’s really fresh and lemony and has maize rice particles in it that really exfoliate the skin. I did see a difference after the first use. My skin was bright and smoother. Also this mask is bright Turquoise which is great for comedy factor

5) Reading- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Oh my gosh. This book is epic. I decided to read this as a challenge as I love the film. This book takes you on a long journey through Americas history through the eyes of a selfish, shrewd and sometimes extremely naive woman. Scarlett O’Hara us someone you can love to hate on one hand she is beautiful and brave and then the next she is childish and cruel. It’s beautifully written though I got a bit bored half way through and had to struggle through a down time in Atlanta. Rhett is a hero and he’s such a wonderful character as is the sweet Miss Melly. I would recommend to read this buy if you can face it at least watch the movie as that is also an epic film.

6) Watching- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I went to watch this movie last weekend. I am a fan of Harry Potter after reading all of the books from beginning to end this year. This film really is magical and entertaining. Eddie Redmayne is amazing and its just an all round great film. Go and see it!