Tuesday, 12 February 2013

NOTD - American Apparel in 'The Valley'

A little spending ban slip up on my behalf.  Only £7, but it's just those kind of spends that add up and had me counting the days until pay day.  I don't want to be that person any more.  I want back up savings!

However, I thought I would share my guilt but also a quick review of this wonderful nail varnish.

I've not tried American Apparel nail varnish before, in fact I didn't even know they sold it until a few weeks back.  Well, colour me impressed.  As well as having a great colour choice, reasonable prices (£7 per varnish) the quality of the product is amazing.  One coat and it was opaque - yes, that's one coat, albeit a thick one.  It feels like quality, it looks like quality... what more can a girl ask for in a nail varnish?

The name of this varnish is 'The Valley' - I'm eyeing up 'Pink Ladies' for my next visit - no prizes in guessing why.  I'm a sucker for names.

(The Valley)

Highly recommended.

Now - back to saving!!


Monday, 11 February 2013

Spending Ban - 2 Weeks In and Counting

I am officially half way through my first month of the spending ban. It's been easier than I thought and harder at the same time. 'Old me' couldn't go a day without having to buy something, anything be it a magazine, a new shampoo for the sake of it, or a pricey lunch from Itsu... Breaking that habit has been the easy part. The difficult part has been resisting those lovely nail varnishes ('ooh look at this new shade, perfect for spring') and inevitable new season make up releases. So - here are my confessions:

I bought:  Oz Theodora Palette (oops)
MAC Archie bits (double oops)
Oh, and a bath bomb from Lush, on my way home tonight....

Guilty as charged!

The Defence:  Well my defence is I knew about the release of the Oz Palette and the MAC bits before I decided to undertake this spending ban and I never said I wouldn't not buy them.  Flimsy? Perhaps.

However, two weeks in and my ISA is looking fuller than it has done for quite some time.  Aside from the monthly amount I've committed to save for my holidays, I decided that every time I'm tempted with something, rather than part with the £3, £5, £10, whatever it is, I'll stick that in a second ISA and I'll be able to see just how much I'm saving by not parting with my cash for these 'impulse' purchases.

Saving result:  The result of this? On top of my holiday savings I've managed to put away £175 in two weeks.

The weeks ahead: OPI Oz Varnish release is looming and yes I will be having another little splurge.  But a planned purchase is much better than an impulse one.  Anything else I see, I'm putting it on my birthday list (roll on May) and I'm ashamed to say it's getting longer and longer.

How is everyone else doing?

Sunday, 10 February 2013

MAC Archie's Girls - Swatches of my Purchases

Oh happy days - they finally arrived.  I can now relax a little knowing I got my hands on a couple of lovely lipsticks and the Betty Mascara.  Believe me I had to dial it down quite a bit, I could have got much more but with spending ban guilt weighing heavily on my mind (and quite rightfully so) I feel I did pretty well.

Lovely packaging below:

My two lipsticks in all their glory:


(Ronnie Red - left.... Betty Bright - right)

(Ronnie Red - left..... Betty Bright - Right)

The red colour is a lot more matte than the peachy/orangy colour, which has a bit of a sheen to it - not sure if you can make this out on the photo.  As a result, the lasting power of the red is unrivalled  I managed to eat lunch and drink a large glass of water and it was still in place.  I'm very impressed. 

Below is the mascara - yet to test this so I do apologise but thought you might appreciate the picture of the wand - it's a particularly old school brush, I'm so used to seeing all these fancy new style ones (think Maybelline Rocket etc) that I was quite surprised by this.  Retro!

(Betty Mascara in Black)

(The Brush)

(Mascara swatch)

So there you have it.  I'm a happy girl. Best buy out of all three? It has to be the Ronnie Red Lipstick.  And I  always thought I was more of a Betty fan....

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Urban Outfitters - Lust List

How did I not know that Urban Outfitters did home accessories?  I have since fallen in love with the following products which I want (need?.... no, want) for my home decoration project this year.  Curse you spending ban!! Curse you!

Gorgeous record table/stand - I own a lovely little record player but already I'm eyeing up my next purchase and something to sit it on:

Gorgeous record player by Crossley (I love the teal one above though):

This lamp freaks out my friend - but there's something quite cute about it (available in pink and blue) - can I get away with another animal in my bedroom?

OK, this is a must - grey polka dot duvet set:

A handy tin for storing those pain pills:

Wall art:

A little catch all tray for the dressing room - spare change and rings:

Now I just have to resist until May (and hope they are still in stock).

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

MAC Archie's Girls - Available Online Now at Selfridges

Hey all - I have to say a big thank you to Kat (www.talesofapaleface.com) for informing me bright and early that Selfridges are now selling the MAC Archie's Girls Collection.  So far as I can tell they have exclusive rights in the UK for a short time, before it's released on the MAC UK website.  So if you can't wait, hop on over to www.selfridges.com and get buying!

I couldn't resist, despite the spending ban.  In my defence I had already set some money aside for this day.... that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!

I plumped for two lipsticks, 'Ronnie Red' and 'Betty Bright' and a Mascara, which I thought was quite tame of me.

Swatches to follow.....

What will you buy?

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Healthy Hoof Nail Treatment - A Review

Whilst looking for something to strengthen my nails, since I've started changing my polish a little too often, I came across this little beauty on Amazon.  The reviews were favourable and the price was great so thought I would give it a go (plus I loved the little pot).  The cream is an intensive protein treatment for nails, based on an equestrian formula.  If it's good enough for horses...!

The cream inside is a very thick consistency and smells lovely - very lavender-y (is that even a word? no, but you know what I mean).  The smallest of bits goes a long way and I've been massaging it into my nails each evening when I get into bed.

(Open pot)

I'd been looking at other options and I know lots of you like the cuticle oils but I often read in bed and didn't want to get the oil on my books/kindle, so opted for a cream instead.  It sinks in relatively quickly and feels very nourishing   After only a week's use my nails feel much stronger and look whiter.  In fact they are practically rock hard!  The skin around my nails is much softer too.  At this price I have no complaints   I'm curious if it's going to get rid of the vertical ridges that have appeared recently.  I'm not sure if these are due to too much polish or perhaps it's an age thing.  Either way, perhaps they'll go in time.

(Stronger, whiter nails)

If you've not tried this before I can highly recommend it.


Monday, 4 February 2013

Weigh In - The Harcombe Diet

I've been a little quiet on the posting front - mostly because I felt a little blue this weekend.  I was however, given a lovely surprise this morning when I weighed myself to see my progress on The Harcombe Diet.  I used to weigh myself daily so trying to resist has been hard, but it all paid off when I got on the scales and discovered that since starting, I've lost 15lbs.  I am over the moon!

I've been dipping in and out of Phase 1 and 2.  The beauty of this diet is it enables you to mix and match depending on what you have planned for that week.  As last week was pretty quiet on the social front I was able to focus on doing Phase 1 which is the most restricted part of the diet.  I switched to Phase 2 at the weekend which allowed me to have some red wine and a little bit of chocolate.  It makes all the difference having a treat at the weekend.

So - I shall weigh in again in a couple of weeks time.  I'm hoping to have hit the 21lb mark.

Thanks for reading and take care x

Photo source: www.harcombediet.com

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Spending Ban - January - April 2013

Twelve Little Rules to live by....

So I need to get saving some money.  I'm planning two potential holidays and they simply won't happen if I keep living my current lifestyle and spending like an idiot (how many nail varnishes do I really need?).  

My ban actually started a week ago but shall run until April and then I'll take stock, see what I've saved and re-evaluate.  Hopefully by then I'll have enough to get my train/plane fare sorted and feel like an adult with some proper savings for once.

The Rules:

1. Will not buy anything I don't need, be it shampoo, body lotions, make up* etc (if I run out completely that's fine, but I will have enough to keep me going for quite some time).

* aside from the Archie MAC collection where I shall have a little splurge.

2. No new books - I realised quite shamefully that I have yet to read around 50% of the books I own.  I have enough to keep me going!

3. No clothes until I've reached my desired weight and most importantly NO PYJAMAS.  No matter how cool/cute/snuggly they are.

4. No red wine (I have quite a habit) unless I've been invited to a house party and then I can take a bottle.  

5. No DVDs/Box Sets - again I have enough to keep me going.  I've not even started Dexter Series 1 nor the set I got for Christmas.  And in the meantime, I've unfrozen my Love Film account to keep me going.

6. No meals out each week - another waste of money that could be saved and not good for the waistline.  I shall instead have 1 cheat night a month where I can make the most of it.

7. Concentrate on my guitar lessons and yoga, reading, writing and generally things I can do indoors that won't cost me money.

8. Make the most of working in London and visit all the art galleries and museums that I can - free AND cultural (I kicked this off last week with a visit to the Saatchi Gallery).

9. Save a set amount each month (on top of the savings from all the stuff above) and not use it as an excuse to have a pot to 'dip in and out of'.

10. No magazines - I have books I need to get reading and magazines are not helping me be constructive (and show me pictures of things I convince myself I need).

11. No Pret/Itsu/Pod/EAT lunches - I shall be making and taking my lunches to work.

12. No homewear buys for the sake of it - only things I really need, nothing decorative!

If I think of anything else I'll add it in after - these rules are to share with you guys but also to act as a reminder about what I need to focus on and why.  

Anyone else having a spending ban?  Would love to hear about it.

(Image Source: Blunt Card)

Monday, 28 January 2013

NOTD: OPI Liquid Sand

My friend Kat and I had a day out to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford (blog to follow later in the week).  I wanted to choose a nail varnish the would fit the occasion (yes, I am that sad) and I decided on this.  OPI's Liquid Sand in 'Stay the Night'.

Initially when I tried the first colour in the set I wasn't won over, but this shade has done it for me.  It's a charcoal black and hopefully you can make out the little red sparkles - it reminds me of embers in a fire place.

(Stay the Night)

Rather than buy the bigger bottles that OPI do, I always get the mini set they bring out with each collection.  This one comes with the four colours from the Mariah Carey range (why they chose Mariah I have no idea, but there you go).  The shades include a bright blue 'Get Your Number', a bright purple 'Can't Let Go', a red 'The Impossible' and as above 'Stay The Night'.


The varnishes weren't as matte as I was hoping and most people have commented 'ooh love the sparkles' which wasn't what I was hoping for.  I think if I want that truly matte effect I'll have to plump for the Nails Inc Concrete.  But these Liquid Sands have great staying power and take a lot of effort to chip.  Of course the removal isn't much fun but they last for a while and look great.  All in all I'm glad I didn't go for the full size versions but for a little play around now and then they are perfect.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Urban Decay - Oz Palettes - UK Release Date

I almost spat my wine out!! I have just read from a very good source on Twitter, that the Oz Palettes will be released next week.  In case this was some sort of cruel trick, I headed over to Debenhams and sure enough, found this beauty of a picture and the confirmed release date of 29 January:

(Photo from Debenhams - Release date 29 January)
As mentioned in my previous post there are two palettes:

Glinda Palette:

Tornado - a vibrant deep purple shimmer
Aura - 2 in 1 shades: iridescent white with blue and iridescent white with red
Magic - Pinkish purple
Illusion - Pale Peach
Oz - 2 in 1 shades: Gold with gold glitter/Silver with silver glitter
South - Warm pale grey shimmer

This set also includes a super-saturated high gloss lip in 'Glinda' and a travel size eye pencil in a deep eggplant colour.

If the bad witch thing is more your style there's this:

Theodora Palette:

Broken - a pale cream satin
Beware - Warm brown
Bewitch - Dark charcoal brown
West - Deep metallic brown
Spell - 2 in 1 shades: black satin with green/gold shimmer and gold metallic
Jealous - 2 in 1 shades: pale green and dark green

This set also includes a super-saturated high gloss lip in 'Theodora' and a travel size eye pencil in black.

So which set will you buy?

I might just have to flip a coin.  Either way I'll post up more pics when it (they..... *cough*) arrive.

Photo sources: Debenhams/Temptalia

Benefit High Flyin' Glosses - A Review

This was a treat for myself before Christmas which I have shamefully just opened (a spending ban will certainly make you take stock of what you've got).  The box set contains mini versions of the Benefit Lip Gloss Collection, which were brought out to be perfect partners for their collection of Powders.  I'm a sucker for packaging so of course these won me over right away.

Whilst the colours are lovely, the staying power of these glosses isn't great.  You certainly couldn't drink and eat and expect them to still be in place.  There isn't much pigmentation in the first 3.  I call theses 'sheers' and they have a light glittery finish.

(Left to right: Dandelion, Sugarbomb, Hoola)

The final 3 below have a stronger impact colour wise, but even on the lip they don't leave that block colour look.  They would be perfect for summer and I expect I'll get more use out of them in the coming months.  My particular favourite being the Coralista.

(Left to right: Coralista, Dallas, Bella Bamba)

If you are looking for a lip gloss with a nice stain then look elsewhere, but if you want something light and love that sticky lip gloss feel, then these are perfect.  Plus extra points simply for the cute tubes.

Note: I'm realising quite quickly what bad lighting I have in my house and promise to take better pictures and dig out my proper camera, in time for my next posts.

Take care all x

The Liebster Award - and the nominees are...

So the Liebster Award - what on earth is it, I thought to myself??  So I googled it, with pretty big ideas/dreams in my head.  I've only ever been awarded a colouring book for winning at 'Simon Says', back in the dark ages, when I was a young un.  So thank you to Hannah for nominating me and making me feel like an Oscar Nominee for just one day (I used to have such dreams)!

Please check out Hannah's blog (http://www.trustinvogue.blogspot.co.uk/), I'm loving reading it and was especially pleased to see that she's a Leeds girl (I worked in Leeds years ago, before moving down South).

So, the Liebster Award - what is it exactly?

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers, a kind of pat on the back and encouragement to those who have less than 200 followers and might be thinking 'why am I doing this'?  This award shows them that people are indeed reading.  Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest and so on.

So what are the rules to the award?

- Answer 11 random facts about yourself
- Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you
- Nominate 11 new or newish blogs and make 11 questions for them to answer

Here are 11 random facts about myself:

- When I was a little girl I ran away from my mum in a crowded place, only to be rescued and returned by the actor Oliver Reed (may he rest in peace).
- I'm a Bee Keeper in London.
- I can't stand it when people half mix tomato ketchup with mayonnaise - the sight of it makes me heave.  In fact just writing about it sets my teeth on edge.
- I've lived in 26 different houses.
- I have a growing issue with pets (currently I have 3 cats, 1 dog and planning the next).
- I have shamefully never passed my driving test (I just can't do it!).
- When I was very young I had a crush on Kenneth Williams.  I was devastated when I found out that not only was he gay (I never stood a chance) but also that he was dead (kind of puts an end to things).
- I'm a secret Gamer (PC Games, X-Box - love them).
- My favourite book EVER is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.  Every woman (and even the men!) should read this.
- I love trashy TV, particularly 'Revenge' and 'Made in Chelsea' but my major love is horror movies.
- I once had a date with (read: we 'made out' in a bar in Leeds - classy) one of the cast of Emmerdale - but the name of who it was dies with me (it's too humiliating to admit).

As requested, here are my answers to Hannah's questions:

1. What's your biggest fear?
Losing my teeth (a recurring nightmare of mine)
2. What's your lifetime ambition?
To travel the world - a common one I know, but I live to travel (I'm slowly getting round to visiting all the places on my list).
3. Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years time?
Much older - depressingly so.
4. Chocolate or Sweets?
Today? It has to be Chocolate.
5. If you had to take an object with you to a deserted island, what would you take?
Egyptian Magic Cream
6. If you had the opportunity to claim lots of money but lose your blog, would you do it?
Depends how mercenary I was feeling on that particular day - but today, I'd keep the blog.
7. Who inspires you?
My lovely friends
8. Do you prefer Summer or Winter?
Winter - I'm in my element right now!
9. What's one item of clothing you can't live without?
10. Would you rather be famous, or the best friend of someone famous?
Never famous (despite the imagined Oscar win)
11. If you could, would you go to the past to see your ancestors, or would you travel to the future?
Without a doubt I'd have to go back to the past - and find out where it all went so wrong!

and my 11 questions to my nominees are:

1. What's the most embarrassing thing that's happened to you?
2. Dogs or Cats?
3. Your house is on fire, what do you grab?
4. What book are you currently reading?
5. Best beauty buy of 2012?
6. What's top of your ambition list for 2013?
7. What is something you do differently than others?
8. What are you most grateful for?
9. What is your favourite childhood memory?
10. Who is your biggest style crush?
11. Would you rather be Dorothy or the Wicked Witch of the West?

Thank you to all the people who are following me, read my blog and especially to those that post - it's appreciated much more than you know (although I'm sure you do know).

My nominees: (apologies if you do happen to have more than 200 followers, but I'm new to this and slowly building up the blogs I follow) - I only wish I could nominate everyone, but here are my 11:

Samuel - www.samueljamesmorris.com
Ellie - www.thebeautycave99.blogspot.co.uk
Libby - www.cherrytruth2.blogspot.co.uk
Isabel - www.blondieslens.blogspot.co.uk
Heva - www.hevastyle.blogspot.co.uk
Helen - www.fragile-bird.blogspot.co.uk
Sophie & Olivia - www.12tea-cups.blogspot.co.uk
Jill - www.alittlesoapbox.blogspot.co.uk
Rebecca - www.florencefinds.com
Alice - www.ahandfulofalice.blogspot.se
Louise - www.swirliciousbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

Happy blogging to all! x

Friday, 25 January 2013

Recent Home Buys & Spending Ban

For a while now I've been planning a spending ban.  I've armed myself with a book on how to stop shopping/spending like a mad woman (it may seem obvious to some, just don't buy stuff! But I'm from the school of 'but I need it' and 'just this last thing and then I'll stop'), a budget planner and a strong will to use up all the beauty products I've convinced myself I need (no more until they are all gone).  I will then be able to save for the holidays I plan on taking this year.... I hope.

Anyhoo, before this ban was in place (as of today, Friday 25 Jan, until say March (or whenever MAC see fit to release the Betty and Veronica range in the UK)) I bought a couple more home buys.

Big project this year: revamp my home.  Photos up, as and when it's finished.

So here are the latest additions:

As mentioned, I love things with animals on, so obviously I couldn't  resist these.  By the way, if you are concerned (as is my husband) that my house is going to start resembling an Ark, then you would be completely right.

The cushion is a soft suede and around 42cm x 42 cm:

(Tiger Kitty Cushion - Culture Label/Ohh Deer.com)

The coasters -also from Culture Label:

Anyone with any recent home buys to share, I'd love to see them (animal related or otherwise).

Take care x

Magnesium Flakes - A Review

WOW! What a bath!

Recently, since starting the Harcombe diet I've been reading a lot about nutrition and in particular how your body absorbs, processes and uses vitamins and minerals.  Sadly it seems I've been lacking in some essentials so after a bit of a Boots haul to stock up on vitamin C/zinc, garlic tablets and omega 3 fish oils I then started reading about magnesium.

The main thing that piqued my interest with magnesium is how having the correct levels can treat insomnia and whilst I've been sleeping better on this diet (bye, bye Nytol) I still struggle from time to time with waking up in the night.  I also suffer from anxiety and it appears magnesium is also beneficial for this.  The fact that magnesium can also help with ageing of the skin (along with many other things) is a big bonus.

I've read that eating lots of leafy greens and nuts is a great source of magnesium but taking a supplement can also help (of course go steady with this).  As I'm in danger of rattling I looked into transdermal magnesium (basically absorbing it through your skin).  As the skin is our largest organ it's recommended that we bathe in it!

So - I found these in Libertys (they are also available on Amazon) and gave them a try tonight.

(Bag O'Flakes)

(Handful of the flakes)
Directions: Run a bath and drop in roughly one cup of the flakes.  Wait for them to dissolve and dive in.  It's that simple.

How do I feel?  Well, I want to give it another couple of baths (it's recommended you have 1-2 magnesium baths a week (and avoid using shower gels and bath products with parabens in, in the meantime) however, after my first try I feel as if I am floating on a cloud.  I always take hot, hot baths (not great I know) so I'm used to feeling slightly tingly afterwards, but this feeling is something very different.  The best way I can describe it is I feel icy tingles all over my skin, it's very pleasant and relaxing and I feel very peaceful and almost floaty.  Roll on bedtime, I have a feeling I'll be sleeping well tonight.

(Important note: I am not a dietician nor am I a nutritionist   The views above are based on research I've done in various books, on the web and my own personal view about this particular product alone.  Any concerns, always consult your doctor)

Sunday, 20 January 2013

OPI Oz Collection (and Urban Decay)

As if I couldn't be excited enough about the MAC Betty and Veronica Collection I now find out that OPI are doing a collection inspired by the upcoming movie 'Oz The Great and Powerful'.  The movie alone is enough to give me dry mouth (it's got James Franco in it for crying out loud) but check out the photos I've sourced from the net, below:
(Must own them all)
(The complete collection)

The collection comprises 3 glitters, a liquid sand and 4 creams.

Then to tip me over the edge I discover that in Spring 2013 Urban Decay are bringing out two make up pallets, based on Theodora (a dark collection) and Glinda (a lighter collection):




Are you a Theodora or a Glinda kinda girl?  Or can a woman be both? (I certainly like to think so).


(pictures sourced from fashionmagazine.com)

The Harcombe Diet Phase 2 and Me Time

This weekend I devoted some much needed me time to myself.

I've been on Phase 2 of the Harcombe Diet for over a week now and I really needed a weekend where I could avoid the temptation of food and to also have that perfect excuse to catch up on my new Made in Chelsea Box Set (I'm obsessed) and catch up on sleep.  I struggle with sleep but since starting this new way of eating, it's slowly becoming something that I find much easier.  Just goes to show that what you put in can affect you much more than you realise.  I've not been an angel - I've had a couple of bottles of nice red wine which you are allowed (ok, they say in moderation but I've never been good at that where red wine is concerned) but even with this, I haven't cheated once food wise and I'm feeling quite smug.  I'll do another weigh in shortly and report back on how it's going.

I've recently purchased some exciting cult beauty products which I'll be reviewing in upcoming posts (pic of one, below).  I shall also be undertaking a spending ban for February and March, as I've more than enough stuff to get through and I'm desperately trying to save money for a flight so I can have a good holiday later this year.  My excitement for the upcoming ,MAC Archies Girls' range is palpable and I need to get stashing some pennies aside so I can pretty much help myself

(One of the products I've bought and shall review soon)

Watch this space.... and take care x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Pressies from Kat - Plus Reviews

Had lunch today and a long overdue Christmas present swap with my friend and fellow blogger Kat (www.talesofapaleface.com).  We decided to set a budget and knowing full well what each other loves this is the result:

Top Shop Socks (Penguins)
Diptyque Mini Candle (Feu de Bois)
Lush (Sandy Santa Scrub)
Aromatherapy Associates - Sample Bath Oils x 3 (Revive, De-Stress, Relax)
Top Shop Polish (Mercury Rising)
Babycham Set (with glass)

I am one happy lady!



I'm a massive Diptyque fan, have been for quite some time.  This candle is my current favourite.  A deep,  smoky, woody scent that is reminiscent of camp-fires   I shall be keeping it by my bed and burning it each evening.  A good tip that I've learnt is the glasses can be reused once you've finished.  Either for tea lights or as pretty little storage jars.

Aromatherapy Associates:

(The Little Mermaid)

I used the 'Relax' (above) in my evening bath (Ariel joined me, pictured above floating in the oil).  The smell spread throughout the whole of the downstairs of my house, it was quite a delight.  A really heady mix of Lavender and Ylang Ylang.  I used the Lush scrub also and my skin feels smooth as silk, no need for a body lotion tonight.  I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the oils out.

Top Shop Varnish:

NOTD: Mercury Rising.  OK, I know I should use this as a top coat with another polish but I fancied just trying it out on its own.  As usual the photo doesn't do it justice as the glitter flakes are a mix of black and amber and a lighter coloured beige.  It only took two coats to get a relatively even coverage and I'll be keen to see what it looks like on top of another varnish.

Lush Sandy Santa:

Never one to wait, I used this tonight.  WOW!  I forgot how much I loved Lush products.  Now this is what I a call a scrub!!  Not one of those namby pamby ones you get with little bits floating around in a mainly liquid base.  This was a full on sandy/sugary/salty scrub which had that familiar lush smell, which really took over the bathroom.  My skin was pink when I'd finished (I might have gone too far) but it felt smooth as glass.  As this was a seasonal product I will have to ask the staff for an equivalent.  Highly recommended.

Babycham Set:

Last but not least - I'll be adding this glass to my Babycham collection - now all I need is a little deer and I'll be in vintage heaven.

Thanks Kat xx

Sunday's Pyjamas - Cath Kidston

These Pyjama bottoms were a Christmas present from my mum and she got it spot on.  So far as I know they don't do a matching top but I do wear these sorts of things on a Sunday when I'm relaxing, reading or catching up on the week's TV.

I'm not a massive fan of Cath Kidston but there is the odd thing here and there that I fall in love with, including these:

Apologies for the slightly blurry pictures.  The Pyjamas themselves come up quite short in the leg - this isn't an issue for me as I'm only 5ft 3 but for you taller ladies, they would be rather cropped.  They are however, super soft and I shall be relaxing with some guilty pleasure TV viewing, in these little beauties.  Who can resist teeny cowboys?