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So what have I been up to I hear you ask (?). Well I’ve taken time off. Just been busy adulting, moving house, changing jobs etc and now I’ve turned 39. I know I don’t look it right. I celebrated as always be stringing it out and doing as much as possible with as many people, I have so far had 3 meals out, seen 2 London shows, 1 exhibition and a ballet. My OH took me to London for a couple of days and treated me to Mary Poppins the Musical, The Tutankhamun exhibition and to see the Mouse Trap. Then I caught the Moscow City Ballet’s The Nutcracker in Manchester

Mary Poppins

Having never read the book I only have the movie as a point of reference, there are a few deviations, I assume for logistical reasons, including a very bizarre scene with a giant puppet. I’m not sure if this would have scarred me as a child but as an adult it was fairly creepy. As always I bought a programme and also got myself a little key ring in the shape of the parrot headed umbrella, I did want to actually umbrella but was not parting with £32 for the privilege.

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Tutankhamun Exhibit at the Saatchi gallery ( showing till 3rd May 2020)

Entrance fee £28 if ticket bought at the day (£25 if bought in advance)

Audio guide £6 (£5 if bought in advance)

This was right up my street I flipping love a historic exhibition, and this one did not disappoint. There were plenty of pieces which have never been shown outside of  Egypt, which was pretty special. The audio guide adds extra detail to the pieces with additional points form the collections curator. I wont spoil it to much but here are a few of my favourite pieces.

This is a very popular exhibit, as you can imagine, so you may have to wait a  little to see a particular piece but nothing that caused much of an issue.

The Mousetrap

This is one of my favourite shows, I had never seen it before and obviously as it’s a whodunit I’m not going to give it away. But O.M.G I loved it. Again bought a programme, and a magnet here. Please go and see this if you get chance. Not necessarily in London but if its ever on near you.

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The Nutcracker

A friend unexpectedly had a spare ticket for this show in Manchester and as it was close to my birthday he decided this was the perfect way to get out of buying me a present. I gladly accepted the offer and went to see my second ballet. It was spectacular, performed by the Moscow City Ballet to Tchaikovsky,  and as this was music my dad used to listen to it was nice to see dance set to it and recognised a lot of the pieces. Loved it

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So whats next……….

The year to date

Hello gentle viewers, how are we all doing?

So 2018 is just flying so thought I would catch you up on where I am. So I took a break from the old blog as I just didn’t feel like I had anything worth talking about, I’d lost my inspiration and well basically life just got in the way.

But starting to feel like I’m ready to be back so here we go, quick recap on the year so far

January

New year, new me…….. nah i started with 10000937463 resolutions as always and right now I can’t remember a single one. Had a birthday, the big 37 came and went with the minimal of fuss, and by that I mean no one remembered, my own fault for taking it of my Facebook but come on guys.

February

Returned the old bouffant to its more natural colour, brunette. So far it not the worst so I can live with that. Found out I had a place on the great north run so quite chuffed about that so pretty excited to start training. Started a new work placement in London, which has been fun if a little ( a lot) expensive.

Oh yeah and then subsequently handed my notice in

March (so far)

Cut my hair super short, loved it for 0.00064 seconds. Pierced my nose again! Bought all the books,way to many for any sensible person to reasonably want but hey.

I’m also setting some new goals/resolutions because who says they just for Jan 1st.

1) hardest but most interesting. Not cutting my hair till I’m 40. That’s right 34 months to see what can be done, I must caveat this by saying there may be the odd trim and shaping into style while it’s growing otherwise it’s just going to be a little to cray for work etc

2) read at least 1 book a month. Should be easy but as life gets so busy sometimes it’s the little things that slide. If you have any recommendations let me know.

3) train for the GNR, its a half marathon but as someone who can’t currently run 5k this is going to be super hard. Send me all your positive thoughts please.

4) get these expenses and debts sorted, curb the spending and start the saving.

I’ll be tracking the old hold hair progression as I go. Here we are at present

Speak soon lovelies

Bags for life

So my not to secret guilty secret are bags. I love them, I can’t stop buying them and I’m running out of excuses to keep buying them.

But before that happens I’m going to share my latest treats. 

Now as you may or may not know my parents live in France and whenever I visit I’m always mesmerising by the fashion. Now I know they gave many of the same shops as we have here but they obviously have different stock.

Now bags are a different matter. I love the designs in Desigual, they are just different, quirky and I can never just choose one…….. so this time I chose 2

This cute tan and tapestry Boho one, smaller then my usual style but I couldn’t resist


And this super denim one (oh yes and the purse ooooooops)


Every so often I gift my bags to friends who’ve always said they liked them or charity shops but it’s the hardest item of all to give up

Wish me luck 

What I did on my holidays

So this years summer travels took me across the sea to beautiful Jamaica. More specifically the luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay and it was stunning. 

The rooms were decked out with either a super deluxe king bed or 2 doubles, tv, fully stocked mini fridge, bottle of vodka and rum.  Jacuzzi bath, double sink bathroom, toilet, shower etc. But rooms are rooms anywhere.

We chose the luxury side as it was adults only, so no kids. Personally heaven for me. Unlimited visits to the a la carte restaurants, branded spirit drinks etc.

My favourites were the Jamaican and Japanese. Mainly for the food but the shows they put on are super fun. Oh and who doesn’t love a good buffet breakfast 

       

 The beach was exquisite, private and peaceful. I tried to get down there each morning before others arrived. Just to have some me time 

        

Pools were clean with constant entertainment or quieter areas if you wanted to peace, grounds lush and green.

     

           
This was 2 weeks of relaxation, reading and rest

Below are a few of my holiday essentials;

Sunscreen and after sun lotions -stay safe

Books, with my personal recommendations

Sunglasses these are Joanie Clothing 

Chub rub stick

Bug repellent 

And the famous big cup, super for filling with cocktails and keep it them cool

Burlesque

So as part of my trying something new, and stepping out of my comfort zone adventures this year i have been taking Burlesque lessons.

Thats right Burlesque, though think less Cher & Christina and more Dita…….I Wish

I enrolled myself on a beginners course being ran by the Devine Lady Wildflower, 8 weeks of learning to walk, pose, remove gloves…… you get it right.

We are half way through and so far I’m loving it. Lady Wildflower has such a positive teaching style and not only looks to teach us to dance but also to love ourselves a little more and to shake of the feelings of embarrassment and boost our confidence.

So very week i don my heels ( a rarity for me), put on my gloves and sassily strut like no-ones watching!

 

A photo worth…….

As we move into a new year, and a world ever more obsessed with the instant digital world, having our every thought and desire at our  fingertips, I realised something.

I couldn’t remember the last time I physically developed a picture. I take them all the time, every day in-fact of mostly meaningless things, but don’t ever commit entirely to the process of developing them.

So after considering for sometime I treated myself to an instant camera. My grandma had a polaroid camera when I was a child, I used to love playing with it and pretending to take photos, I was never actually trusted to use it when there was any film inside (well rarely)  but it wasn’t the point.

So after a little research I opted for the Instax Mini 70, by Fujifilm. It came with 10 films and the battery already to go. My OH treated me to a case for it for our wedding anniversary, perfect for protecting the camera, especially with my known clumsiness. The camera is really easy use and super fun.

The images are smaller then those the polaroid used to produce but I love them!

Off i went on a little walk with the puppy to have a play, and i couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results

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Interested in your own Instax Click here for more info

 

Crafts and Christmas

So last week I popped along to Paperchase in Manchester to one of their craft sessions. On the top floor of the store they have a little area set aside for crafting and projects.

The session I attended centred around gift tags, perfect coming up to the Christmas period.

The lovely ladies showed us how to use die cutting and foiling to create our own personal tags. So much fun and so many templates to choose from. 

Over the next few weeks there are various sessions covering the different crafts from geometric garlands, gingerbread house gift boxes, Christmas cards, crackers etc with prices between £5-£20 depending on the session.

The team also run kids crafting parties.

 

If you are interested in attending any of the sessions then pop along, dates, times and details below and the team can be contacted on projectcraftmanchester@paperchase.co.uk

Fashion & Me

SO i am plus size, curvy, fat, however you want to term it. Not something I’ve always been happy/ comfortable with, but hey thats life

In an effort to find new ways to be comfortable i treated myself to tickets to The Curve Fashion Festival, this this year held in Liverpool. The main aim of my visit was to check out all plus size brands and ranges who were showcasing their collections. and i wasn’t disappointed.

the room was filled with stands, with collections from  River Island, Simply Be, Navabi,Yours, Gemma Collins etc.

The centre of the room dominated by a catwalk and a how to stage where various events would be show cased during the day

There were also stands show casing independent brands such as Emmy Designs, Miss Beauty Curve and the Plus Size Bridal store Edith & Winston

I had such a great day and treated myself throughly ( reviews and posts to come). it was nice to be able to see the products, try them on and buy without having to order several sizes just to get one that fits. I hope to return next year for more treats

 

 

(bomber jacket & Shirt dress above both from Yours Clothing)

 

here is my face!

so i am very much an all the gear no idea kinda gal with most things in my life.

My face is one of them. i have all the makeup and brushes a girl might need but no clue how to slap it on and make it look good.

therefore i enlisted the help of the gorgeously talented  Frankie Noone from @frankie_noone on twitter and frankienoone on the old instagram to help make me look semi human

you get me right?

so i wanted a perfectly natural day look.

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nailed it

then i wanted to be able to build it up for a subtle evening look. this is where i usually struggle, I add far to much and look like i just dived into my mums make up bag and motorboated the blush.

Ta Da

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apologies for the extreme close up and grey roots but hey thats life

 

Frankie’s studio is a work of pure joy, and she is a total babe

 

 

So here goes my attempt to look more human on a day to day basis

FYI

Make up used was mostly Chanel, MAC, Benefit and NYX

 

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