So this morning, I trudged around the field with the dog in the rain wearing a fleece, a waterproof jacket, and a hat. What on earth happened to the summer? Usually, I resist even looking at anything remotely knitted or warm until at least September, but the emails are starting to arrive, and I have to say, I’m loving what I’m seeing. The new autumn/winter preview from Hush Homewear definitely got my attention, with loads of gorgeous autumnal casual wear really catching my eye (I tend to live in jeans and jumpers):
This week, Mr English and I decided to head to Bicester Village for a spot of shopping. I like Bicester – we have a bit of lunch or a coffee in Pret or in the little Jamie Oliver place, then pootle around around looking for bargains. There were still plenty of summer brights available in the sales and I discovered that I’m still totally in love with everything orange.
Summer’s in full swing, so not being a fashionista-type person (who are presumably all used to it), I find it baffling that everyone is selling all the lovely summer stuff off! I love a bargain, so here are my top 10 utterly gorgeous and completely bargainous finds from my favourite websites:
So recently I got invited to a very swish private screening of the third series of Sky Living’s drama, Scandal. If you’re not already hooked (bet you are), it stars the gorgeous Kerry Washington (who we all remember most as the blind lady who dated The Thing in the Fantastic Four, but who was also amazing in Django Unchained), as White House fixer Olivia Pope. It’s full of intrigue, secrets and cover-ups and is seriously good.
So how did the evening pan out? I’m not sure you’ll believe it…
So recently me and the Mr were out shopping. He’s actually one of those men that’s really good at shopping. He’s not a ‘stand outside the shop looking awkward’ kind of man, he’s a ‘get stuck in and have a rummage’ one. He has an opinion. He’ll tell you if he thinks something suits me (not that I always take his advice, obviously) and he’ll also be honest if something doesn’t (brutally, occasionally – he’s been known to make me cry, but that was years ago, he’s learned to be a bit more tactful these days).
At the end of May, I undertook a little facial maintenance with my lovely laser therapist, Melissa at Disappear Ltd in Milton Keynes. Melissa is removing my hideous tattoo, and I’ve become a bit obsessed with all the other little bits and bobs she does there for skin rejuvenation. I started with a session of Meso Vytal micro needling. One month on, and with two very sunny weeks in Florida and the Caribbean in between, I’m still pretty pleased with the results. I found the Meso Vytal very good for evening out my skin tone (I have quite a lot of Melasma – skin pigmentation, especially across my forehead), and with daily application of a good quality sunblock, I was feeling good about my skin. Good enough, I told her, to go without foundation ALL THE TIME – unheard of for me.
Did anyone see the Modern Family episode where they’re all in Australia? If you did, you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say ‘oh my goodness, Gloria’s swimsuit!’
So as you know, I’m currently in the process of getting a tattoo removed. Melissa, my lovely therapist, is taking it nice and slow, taking care of my skin, making sure I don’t get any burns or blisters (I’ve heard horrific stories) and minimising the pain with a cold air thingy that really takes the edge off.
So did I mention I’m going to New York?
I’m going to New York for work (like a proper grow up) and then straight onto a fabulous cruise. I’m feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. I also have just discovered that I have NOTHING TO WEAR.
I’ve got several awesome things for you this month on the beauty front. I’m still loving my Clarins Double Serum. At the beginning, I was worried it was going to be too greasy, but actually the dewy finish is quite flattering and makes a good base for makeup, so I’m loving it more and more:
The Grand National is fast approaching, which means it will soon be Ladies Day: my favourite time of year to do some serious fashiony people watching and gaze (sometimes in wonder and – let’s face it – sometimes in horror) at the outfits on display. Sadly I won’t be attending but the lovely chaps at Bookmakers asked me how I would have styled my day and – anything for a bit of online window shopping – I was happy to oblige!
Mothers’ Day (or Mothering Sunday) is on 30th March, and I’ve found some absolutely wonderful products for you to treat your lovely Mum with. Go on, she deserves it:
Something personalised always makes a gift extra special, which goes down well with Mums. Scarlett Jewellery is handmade in the UK and was founded by fellow mum, designer Sarah Fenton in 1998. I had a chat with Sarah and she listened really hard when I was telling her what I would love for Mothers’ Day (basically something featuring ALL my family). The result (with many of her suggestions) was this gorgeous necklace (above).
I don’t know about you, but I’m SO glad to see the back of January and February – all that rain, wind and general misery has left me longing for bright spring mornings, sunshine and a few bright colours. Of course, February wasn’t without its perks, and a few things made February bearable, including:
I love clothes, and as I’ve got older (and had many instances of things being knackered after the first wash), I tend to shop very carefully and buy less things, but the best quality things I can afford. Of course, the down side to that is that you need to be very careful that something suits you before investing decent money in it.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Masque (£28.50) I love being blonde but my hair is quite fine and does get a bit frazzled. My lovely hairdresser, Sean, has made me promise that I’ll use this religiously AND commit to massaging my scalp for one minute every time I wash my hair to increase blood flow and nourish all the new hair I’ve got coming through. The masque is quite pricey (currently on spesh at Gorgeous shop for £20.52!) but you only use a tiny amount and it’s really rich. It smells sublime and leaves my hair soft and shiny.
Red Fox Bottle O’Butter We discovered this amazing stuff years ago on holiday in St Lucia, so I was delighted to see that it’s now being hailed as a ‘cult’ product. I buy it on Ebay for about £3.50 for a massive bottle which last for ages. It smells like Caramac, is a great all over body lotion, brilliant as an after sun and makes your skin feel amazingly soft. Stockpile it!
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Precision Eye Cream (£19.99) I love this light eye cream. It’s wonderful at de-crinkling and doesn’t feel at all greasy. I use it night and morning and swear it keeps the crows’ feet away.
Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads (£45) These little moist pads are the easiest beauty treat I’ve ever used. Just literally wipe them around your face after cleansing at night. They leave your face feeling tingly clean and fresh and have serious exfoliating, wrinkle busting power. Each pad contains age defying AHAs and despite having only used them for a couple of weeks, I honestly believe the texture of my skin has improved, and I’m convinced the skin just under my chin feels tighter too. Highly recommended.
Dior Addict Lip Glow £22.50 I’m not really a lipstick girl, but sometimes feel that lipbalm isn’t really enough. This super-glam Lip Glow apparently shows up as a slightly different colour on everyone, but with me it just seems to enhance my natural lip colour and leave my lips really soft. I love it.
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