TRAVEL | making plans…

I’d like to make it clear that it’s not until the very, very end of next year, almost 2 years away … but as my nearest and dearest [ or as Ive started referring to them ‘the chuffs] keep reminding me I am the big 5-0 next year.

Of course I intend to celebrate in style and after a chat with my friend Sue over the weekend it got me thinking of where I’d like to hold my celebrations . I envisage lots of partying with different groups of people but a weekend away with the girls is most definitely on the cards.

Just where to go …

and when …

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BEAUTY | first impressions of the British Beauty Box

*AD – this post contains gifted items. No payment has been received.

Hey up lovelies,

I’ve not written one of these posts for a while … in fact the last one I wrote was for a couple of purchases I made from Trinny of London at the beginning of last year . So today I thought I’d rectify that and give you my first impressions of The British Beauty Box which I received a few days ago.

Just to warn you this post maybe tinged with Rocky Horror Picture Show narratives as my fabulous BF secured tickets last night for me and a couple of friends to go andsee it at The Lyceum Theatre in a few weeks time. Whoop whoop. [Refer to my previous blog post and you’ll understand my excitement !] Even my dog Mollie is answering to Sweet Transvestite or Frank n Furta!

So anyway back to beauty –

Please remember this is an initial thoughts only post. I’ll review seperate products in future posts when I’ve had a chance to use them for a few months.

The British Beauty Box is on its 2nd edition and is delivered to your door every 3 months so you will receive 4 boxes a year. There are different payment options:

  • Monthly – Pay £25.00 per month
  • Quarterly – Pay £50.00 every 3 months
  • Annually – Pay a one time payment of £175.00

You will receive 5 full-size products in each beauty box . That’s an amazing saving when you consider the  contents are worth over £200.00 [based on RRP.]

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LIFE | Time …

Time …

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana‘ – Anthony G Oettinger

I finally listened to the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack yesterday. It has only taken me 19 months. It was one of Mum and I favourite film. I couldn’t and more importantly didn’t want to listen to it without her by my side.

When I lived at home and It was just the two of us Mum and I would get supplies [ mainly chocolate ] , sit down or rather jump around, totally immersing ourselves in the film and it’s characters. We would replay the elevator scene over and over … the one where we are first introduced to Frank N Furter. Its simply amazing. Tim Curry is the only bloke I’ve officially ever found attractive in a corset, 6 inch heels and bright red lipstick

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LIFE | WUKA … pants with purpose

When I mention period pants … you probably like me think of your selection of ‘past their best knickers‘ that you save souly for wearing during your period. If you have an ‘accident’ it’ll not matter too much … they are pretty manky already.

Today I’m going to introduce you to WUKA period wear, which stands for Wake Up Kick Ass . Founded by environmental scientist Ruby Raut this underwear replaces the need for sanitary towels and tampons. It is eco-friendly which in this day and age can never be a bad thing.

BUT firstly I guess you’ll need to know about my current period status. Let’s just say they are sent from hell. I’m so heavy it is ridiculous … I go through 2 boxes of Super Plus Tampons every period and at the moment they are only about 14 days apart. Bloody Peri-Menopause ! I generally have to get up once or twice in the night to change . It’s no wonder I look so pale all the time; I’m knackered and have no blood in my body.

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LADIES THAT LUNCH | Prince of Wales – the big revealing

My family think I’m stark-raving bonkers [ they’d not be far wrong I guess ] They have no idea how blogging works or what it is all about.

I’m a constant source of entertainment to them especially when I ask for a #OOTD photo. They take my photos [under duress] while shouting “poser” or “frustrated model” at me!

A few weeks ago I received an invite for myself and up to 3 friends to attend the press evening of the newly refurbished Prince of Wales at the top of Ecclesall Road. I thought “ha ha” this would be the perfect opportunity for the family to pop along ; see how it works and what I do. It would also be fabulous to spend some quality time together. Since mum died it’s something we don’t do enough.

So last Wednesday evening myself and the ‘lads’ – my Dad, Brother Mark and Boyfriend Michael popped across to have a sneaky peak at the changes for ourselves before it opens to the public on Saturday 26th January .

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FASHION | Easy Tiger

It’s something a little different from me today – a bloody fashion post ! I have featured them on the blog in the past but they are very few and far between.

Hey … What can I say I’m mixing it up for 2019.

I don’t claim to know anything about fashion. I’m a big believer in wearing whatever the hell you like ; I absolutely hate being told what I should be wearing … BUT one thing we can’t ignore and are all fully aware of is that Leopard print has been big business for many years now.

I guess I’ve been channeling my inner Bet Lynch since the late 90’s . I love sporting my Grans vintage leopard print jacket . That jacket is older than me , she’s falling apart at the seams [ quite literally ] but I can’t bear to part with her.

Just recently though my eyes have been swayed … I’m being disloyal to Bet. I’ve found I’ve become slightly obsessed by Tigers, mainly their heads on jumpers !

I know, I know I’m strange and probably very late to the table but what can I say?!

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BEAUTY | Tracey’s top skincare picks of 2018

I’m going to say this and then run and touch lots of wood.

Right are you ready…. * drum roll *

My skin is looking the best it has in a very long while [ plump, clear and spot-free ] and that’s something I NEVER thought I’d be saying at 48 years old and with my skins history.

As long term readers [ I love you – thanks for sticking with me] will know I suffered with acne in my early 20’s and I have been plagued with spots well into my 40’s. We have a love / hate relationship … and some mild scarring.

I’ve always taken care of my skin but last year I really upped my game and … tah-dah I think it’s paying off. [I’m touching a lot of wood here and typing!]

I’m also carrying on like I did last year and I will NOT be working with any brands that approach me [ no matter who they are] and insist that I post a selfie on my instagram while holding their product! I’ve already had 2 such requests.

Until I have tried a product for a few months to see whether it’s any good I cannot make promises to endorse it on any of my social media channels . Its unrealistic to think anybody would agree to do so!
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A SHEFFIELD GIRLS GUIDE TO | Warwick Castle…

I ended the year doing something I absolutely love. On an adventure exploring a place I had not visited before.

Warwick Castle.

I Love Castles.

I love Exploring.

#Perfect.

Here is the official line:

Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognisable examples of 14th-century military architecture. It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604. Greville converted it to a country house and it was owned by the Greville family, who became Earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978 when it was bought by the Tussauds Group.

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