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Happiness …

I saw this quote …

Which got me thinking…( oh oh)

When I was younger I wanted to take over the world… I think most of us do.

I was happy (mostly) but always thought I was meant for better things. You know the grass is greener etc.

Sometimes I didn’t appreciate the moment because I was already looking / moving onto the next.

I had ambitions -to have a fabulous job, earn loads of money, travel, write a book and find the perfect man. Preferably a very handsome one with a good job and a big house.

In reality I worked at the same company for 14 years. Which was probably 10 years too long!

I did o.k . I worked my way up from Receptionist to Office Manager earning an average wage.

The role may have sounded quite glam. It wasn’t.  All I seemingly did was make coffee 24/7 for everybody and their mothers and wash up dirty pots .There wasn’t  much office managing going on to be honest. Glorified cleaner would have been more fitting!

Your probably wondering why I stayed so long? It felt safe, I lacked confidence, I had some great friends nada nada …

Towards the end of my time there I hated it but myself more . I was bored, felt undermined and bloody useless.

I’d lost all my confidence in my ability . Redundancy ( voluntary I might add) gave me the kick I needed.

I left with ( my beloved Fiat Punto) a few great friends and my dignity just about in tact.

Don’t get me wrong I fully support ambition; striving to be better. To this day I still try and learn something new everyday…

It’s just good to take stock every now and again, sit back, have a look around and appreciate what you already have. 

I used to think about it like this – if they want to pay me ££££’s to make coffee all day , more fool them. Yes it maybe shitty (at times) BUT Outside of work I had great family and friends. It paid for my fabulous clothes, skin peels and weekends away.

Style-wise – in my mindset – I’d swan around Sheffield like ‘ Carrie Bradshaw ‘ I’d don the most fabulous outfits, sip expensive cocktails and have men falling at my feet.

Instead I was the woman scuttling around town with her head down . The one who hadn’t quite found her style, confidence or how to express herself.

The one who many moons ago wore tartan hot pants, red tights with pixie boots and got laughed at by a group of guys I was trying to impress.

Instead of embracing the look ( like Carrie would and how I would have done today) I tried to hide ( behind pillars, by sitting down)

I never wore the outfit again. It was bloody fabulous too.

The only men falling at my feet where those stumbling out of Isabella’s pissed as farts!

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Masquerade Ball …#Sheffield

On Saturday I got to have my hair ‘done’ ,dress up to the nines and party with some of my favourite ladies. (Miss O Malley over in Spain you were missed!)

The occasion a Charity 1950’s Masquerade Ball, raising money for Sheffield’s Children Hospital.

Myself and Sue decided to treat ourselves and had booked  into Purdys Hair salon on Abbeydale Road Saturday morning. As I didn’t have a mask I thought I’d better do something special with my hair. Just who goes to a masquerade ball without a mask??

It’s a fab little salon with a lot of character. I felt like I was sat on the set of Grease! (always longed to be a Pink Lady)

For £25.00 you get a set and up-do.

I took a selection of  images featuring  1950’s beauties hoping that something would be achievable on my scraggy mid-length hair. I half expected to walk out looking like Kevin Keegan, but I needn’t have worried!

Sue opted for victory rolls ; I just told Victoria to go for it, do what ever.

Here’s what I ended up with.

I LOVED IT.

I want my hair like this everyday ! Unfortunately I wouldn’t have the time and unless I pay somebody to do it , it will probably never look like this again.

The dress I opted for is from Virgos Lounge. Its absolutely gorgeous, with the top half covered in sequins and beads. Even better it’s currently in the clearance sale. Reduced from £95.00 to £58.00

The sizing on the dress was a bit odd though, or maybe it’s just my odd body?

Anyway it was slightly too large on my shoulders and far too tight around the bum area. I had to have it altered. The Lovely Anna Roberts on Abbeydale Road did a grand job!

Here’s the full look …

My shoes are my first purchase from Ted & Muffy. These were also bought in the sale and have since sold out. Boo. It’s hardly surprising as they were reduced from a whooping £145.00 to £40.00

I’ve featured them a few times before on the blog and I’m boring everybody to death with them over on my Instagram feed.

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I love the colour combination of grey with the gold rope detail that ties around the ankle. They matched the dress perfectly.

They fit like a glove but unfortunately I must have been sent a dodgy pair as the tie that holds the rope in place came away on my left foot! Not the most successful first outing.

What with my funny right foot and walking while trying to keep my shoe in place on my left foot ..I must have looked a right plonker!

My earrings are from Lily and Rose. Pretty aren’t they?

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As a surprise (that I had to organise …the thought was there I suppose) the BF hired a big white limo for us all to get to the ball. It was a lovely way to start the evening… cruising around Sheffield, drinking Prosecco and catching up.

What’s not so lovely is me trying to get out of the bloody thing and not show my knickers! This dress was definitely meant for just standing around in!

My friend Christopher Carter / Barton Chase Inc (who I met through a photography day hosted by Social Sheffield) was the official photographer for the evening . He captured my ‘unladylike-like’ attempts !

This is about the only one were my sausage legs and knickers aren’t on show.

What is it they say – you can take the lady out of Sheffield , but not Sheffield out of the lady!

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Photo (above) courtesy of Chris Carter / Barton Chase Inc.

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Hidden Gems of Sheffield …

Lots of things make me happy – chocolate, cake and coffee. Friendship , travel and lush landscapes.

On Friday I met up with my friend Sue. I needed the dress (I’m intending to wear to the charity masked ball this weekend) altering. I adore it however it’s slightly too big on the shoulders and stretched to its limit around my bum!

Visible panty line …it’s so tight its more like visible intestines!

So to cut a long story short Sue’s friend has a ladies clothes shop on Abbeydale Road that also offers an alteration service. We popped in, dropped said dress off and then headed a few doors down for a coffee.

Abbeydale Road is a haven for coffee shops and restaurants. Its fast becoming one of my favourite places in Sheffield for its diversity.

Today’s coffee shop offering came in the shape of ‘Tea with Percie’ 557 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield a place I had never visited before but was keen to try.

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Small, with a laid-back atmosphere . Its tastefully decorated with a mix-match of furniture , grey hues and funky art-work/ decorations.

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The road to clear skin …

Skin… it’s a funny old thing isn’t it?

(Oh good afternoon by the way)

Having not been lucky enough to have been born with good (skin) genes; I feel like I’ve spent the majority of my life looking for products that really work. Skincare that takes my crappy skin and makes it look better but also deals with any signs of aging.

I’m 45 and still suffer with spots and open pores. I’ve got scarring and pigmentation caused by the blemish’s. I’m not asking much am I?

I realise that ” they can’t work miracles ” as I was kindly advised by a consultant up at SKIN , Sheffield. She had perfectly , flawless skin and about as much tact as Blackpool front.

Through gritted teeth I told her bluntly that I appreciated that … and resisted the urge to punch her in the face!

People with good skin need to understand that people with bad skin (in my experience) are usually sensitive about the subject.

I have friends who used to go into a major panic when they got one blemish on their chin. Imagine a face full?

It took a lot of courage for me to even go to the clinic, never mind take my make up off and sit there exposed and talk about it. For her to look down her nose at me and tell me they couldn’t work miracles … well its the worst thing she could do / say.

Awful lady.

I sat there, had the consultation and hated every minute of it, feeling more self-conscious as the minutes ticked by.

I wasn’t really listening as she had well and truly pissed me off . I had already convinced myself that even if they had exactly what I was looking for I wasn’t booking in with them. I’d take the information and go elsewhere.

I would never set foot in that place again.( and true to my word , 3 years on I haven’t)

I have since then found an excellent salon, where I had micro-dermabrasion followed by a course of derma roller which you can read about HERE.

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What I was lacking was a good home care regime, one that worked for me.  About 6 months ago my chin and jawline where forever breaking out again; I had the skin of a premenstrual teenager. It was getting me down.

To cut a long story short.

Hardly rocket science but … having been a long-term fan of La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ which never left my skin greasy or broke me out in spots I decided it maybe a good idea to try their everyday skincare range.

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Cleanser Antipodes Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser – £24.99 or thereabouts

I had already purchased the above cleanser Juliet by Antipodes a couple of weeks before I started with the La Roche Posay so I have yet to try the cleanser in this range.

The Juliet cleanser is excellent and had been recommended by a few fellow bloggers . I started to notice a difference in my skin more or less straight away. I’ve reviewed it previously HERE

It would probably have made more sense to purchase products from the Antipodes range seeing as the cleanser was working a treat and seemed to like me and more importantly my skin!.

However in my irrational thinking I  decided to go for La Roche-Posay .

I plumped for the Effaclar Astringent Lotion (£11.00) and the Effaclar Duo (+) (£15.50 ) instead, which now comes in 2 shades.

What I maybe should have gone for was the La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-step anti blemish system. It includes, cleanser , toner and mosituriser for £32.50 . Which isn’t half bad for 3 products.

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Joe Browns Autumn / Winter 2016 Preview

Last night myself and Liz where reunited (and it felt so good) for the first time in a long, long while.

We had been invited and  made our way up-to Leeds to attend the Joe Browns Autumn / Winter Collection Preview 2016

I’m always a-bit nervous whenever I attend events / meet new people.

Liz …she was cool as a cucumber armed with her camera and keen to get taking some piccies!

I tend to ramble like a jibbering idiot and get a rash. It didn’t help that my BF told me I looked like a panda JUST as I was leaving the house . Too much Touche Eclat and a heavy hand with the old bronzer!! #makeupfail

I’ll not even mention my ‘DIY’ fringe …  (what a wonderful picture I’m painting)

I needn’t have been nervous as  Emily (PR & Social Media Manager) gave  both myself and Liz the warmest  welcome and made us feel at ease straight away. Plus the very first person we bumped into was Kelly ‘The Big Fashionista’ who I’ve never met before but follow on twitter and instagram. She is as friendly and bubbly a personality in reality as I had expected.

We were led upstairs, handed a glass of Prosecco each and told to make ourselves at home. To take a good look around, have a feel, take pics and try on any of the new Autumn / Winter 2016 collection.

We were in our element…

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If you’ve not heard of Joe Browns before they offer a unique  range of  clothing for both men and women.

Bold, bright prints and intricate little details like fancy buttons and quirky detailing make it instantly recognisable.

They believe that everybody is unique and encourage free-thinking individual style. They are not ‘trend’ led and make clothes that people can buy, style themselves in their own way and wear over and over again.

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Thankyou…

Today I feel like Dale on Supermarket sweep.

Yes I’ve false tanned myself and I’m currently a lovely shade of citrus fruits (will I ever learn?) but that apart I’m doing a give-a-way!! Which thinking about it has absolutely no relevance to Supermarket sweep …but hey.

It’s just my little way of saying thank you. A BIG THANK-YOU to everybody who reads my ramblings and comments be that on the post itself, twitter, facebook or Instagram.

I  blinking hit just over 4k followers on Instagram earlier this week which is unbelievable!

It’s small fry in the world of IG but I’m honestly dead chuffed. In the big scheme of things yes it is only Instagram but I’m putting myself out there ; I do think about what content to post and I try to create interesting posts.

The blog readership is steadily growing. ( I now have 4 followers!) #joking

It’s all gravy as we say around these parts.

Anyway I’m not going to gush anymore … let’s get to the good bit.

(drum roll)

Here’s what we are giving away.

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I’m coming over all Willy Wonker …courtesy of The Treat Kitchen

I’m a big sweet and chocolate fan, so you can imagine my delight when I was invited by The Treat Kitchen to sample some of their goodies.

I almost snapped their hands off.

Look what arrived a few days ago…

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A selection of goodies from The Treat Kitchen…

  • Diddy Pear Drops
  • Coconut Mushrooms
  • Radioactive Sours
  • Truffles

All the above came in handy re-sealable pouches apart from the truffles.

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Wildlife and Wardrobes …

Hello it’s been a while…

The house is finally coming together. Yay! While this is music to my ears  it’s also meant that it’s been pretty hectic with workmen EVERYWHERE trying to tie up loose ends.

Will these loose ends ever get tied, will they?!

It’s been noisey ( and very sweary  ) to say the least.  I’ve sat down a few times to write a post and given up after 5 minutes !

Hence the reason I’ve been quiet.

Here’s a sneaky peak…but just the one.

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All I could hear was the banging of tools combined with some music courtesy of some non-descript ‘bang bang’ radio station and the c- word.

Lovely lads. Foul mouths.

I’ve not been too well for the past few days either  . Dodgey tummy and a headache that wouldn’t shift . Nice combination…

Woe is me !

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Have you #herdofsheffield …

Today has been one of those precious mum and daughter’s day out.

I’ve been withering on to anybody and everybody that would listen to me about the painted elephants that are situated all over Sheffield.

I wanted to go and see some of them in the flesh. I’d read about them but that’s not the same is it?

When I initially mentioned it to mum she thought I was talking about blinking real life, living and breathing elephants!

Bless her…. but could you imagine.

Well I’ll tell you something … Mums not as daft as she sounds and told me something I didn’t know today.

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