M U S I N G S | 5 favourites

First off hello and how the bloody hell are you? It’s been a while since I posted on here. Too long in fact . Lockdown weirdness/ limbo/ losing my job due to Covid / life in general has left me feeling like I have lots to say … and nothing to say.

So I really hope you are all good . Today I thought I’d continue with a series I started a few months ago but never kept up with . I know I’m so rubbish !!

My 5 favourites – this could be anything that I’ve bought, been gifted, seen or done this month. This could be in way of skincare, a piece of clothing, music, exhibition or TV programme. Anything goes basically…

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S T Y L E | Butterfly Twists x Catherine Zeta-Jones

Hi everyone,

Hope you are feeling good today and that you are enjoying this fabulous weather we are currently basking in. Phew it’s been hot… but no complaints this end.

Today I am very excited to announce that British footwear brand, Butterfly Twists, have teamed up with Oscar winner and fashion maven, Catherine Zeta-Jones, launching an exclusive partnership with her lifestyle brand, Casa Zeta-Jones.

S T Y L E | the scent of me

I’ve got a question for you…

Do you ever wonder what people smell like ? I’m talking about the people you’ll probably never bump into to sniff and find out. The likes of Bradley Cooper , Debbie Harry , Harry Styles & my new favourite ‘ Boxer’ [Spanish actor Nuno Lopes] from the Netflix TV series ‘White Lines’

Have you ever wondered , or am I just strange? Surely I’m not the only one?

Speaking of which did I ever tell you I once met the celebrity chef Marco Pierre White … scruffy but kinda sexy at the same time in a mad professor kind of way. It’s definitely the hair.

I asked him that exact question – what aftershave / fragrance he wore? He loved my question [ phew] Apparently he gets fed up of being asked and telling people how to cook the perfect bacon / a beef joint / eggs .

I bet it must get quite tedious.

His answer was non. Apparently it messes with his senses and he likes to be able to smell the food he is preparing. Makes total sense I guess. Push come to shove and on very special occasions he said he favoured Portofino by Tom Ford.

What can I say – I’m a fountain of useless information.

Talking of smells.

A few weeks ago I was sent the Collection 1 Discovery Set by Potion Paris . This is a new brand to me and I was intrigued to discover more . I’m also a sucker for anything smelly and have to say I got a little excited.

After some reading I can tell you that Potion Paris scents are sourced and composed using rare, precious , ethically sourced and sustainable ingredients for around the world . This eco-luxurious perfume is created from a new world of fragrance by using clean, conscious ingredients to craft beautiful and innovative scents .

Collection No.1

Potion Paris perfumes are also cruelty free which is a massive  plus! I do think in this day and age every brand should be, but sadly thats not the case.

So back to the Sample Collection this is the perfect way to try the entire Collection No.1. Discover your signature scent, or layer multiple scents to match your mood.

In the collection you will find 7 x 2ml samples to try that consist of –

Peony & nutmeg – ADDICTION

Vanilla & Musk – CREATION

Jasmine & Patchouli – DECEPTION

White Flower & Patchouli – DEVOTION

Amber, Praline & Wood – SEDUCTION

Precious Oud & Oriental – SENSATION

Rose, Peony & Wood – TEMPTATION

7 new perfumes to try

I usually favour [ funds allowing] Black Orchid by Tom Ford which I ran out of a few weeks ago. So these were sent and received in perfect time.

I was initially drawn to and all over ‘Seduction&Addiction’ which both smell absolutely delicious.

I’ve also found myself leaning towards Sensation [a luxurious blend of amber and patchouli built around the complexity and deepness of oud wood ] which has a slightly masculine take to it and is definitely growing on me.


I really wish you could smell me !

One day I suspect we’ll be able to rub our screen and smell stuff but alas we can’t so until that day you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Or you could try them for yourself .

You can currently try this Discovery Set for £19.99 & receive a £20 voucher to redeem against a 40 or 70 ml perfume of your choice / HERE

In the meantime if you’ve seen ‘White Lines’ … what do you recon Boxer smells of ? Come on humour an old girl …

Tracey x

PR with no obligation to post. I just enjoyed trying them so much & the scents themselves that I wanted to share.

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L I F E | dealing with breakouts in your 40’s

Breakouts at any age are a bloody pain in the backside but at 49 … I’m like Jeez Mother Nature give us a break !

I can’t actually remember a time when I had spot-free skin. They have plagued me all my life.

I had acne quite late on in life ; during my early twenties. My doctor at the time put me on the pill because it was proven to help with this type of acne [ cystic ] I never got to find out if it did or didn’t help .

The pill played havoc with my hormones and sent me slightly bonkers. My dad said I was like the ‘work of the devil ‘ ! For my sanity and everyone else’s safety I came off them. I decided people could live with spotty Tracey , but Tracey who wanted to kill everyone … maybe not so much!

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S T Y L E | 3 jewellery brands you need to know about

I’m sat on my bed, my 4th, maybe my 5th coffee is on the go … and my second outfit . Let’s just say the weather put play to my first one. I’m listening to David Bowie and the heavy rain that is pelting against my window. Today June feels more like October [ sigh ]

I’m giggling because earlier , at the ripe old age of 49 , I discovered Penguins have knees. Who knew eh? I thought that was the reason they shuffled – because they didn’t have any [ knees] and they couldn’t bend their legs. Sounds a bit silly when I think about it!

I should be in Lisbon right now with my lady-friends . A long weekend of fun, frolics and exploring a new city had been carefully planned …. the Universe however and the ‘shit show’ that is 2020 had other ideas. Sheffield in the rain it is then! Continue reading

S T Y L E | faffing around over lockdown …

My mum always used to say I was a ‘faffer ‘ who liked nothing better than ‘faffing around’ with skincare and beauty bits .

F A F F E R – to spend your time doing a lot of things that are not important instead of the thing you should be doing . i.e “Tracey please stop faffing around”

I in turn always blamed Mum and her Avon [lady] sample kit. I can still see it now her little suitcase of complete and utter joy. The bundles of sachets of cream and THOSE Lipstick samples. Back in the 80’s lipstick samples were actually miniature lipsticks ; absolutely brilliant for handing out to customers with their monthly catalogue as they could fit through the letterbox. Great to try before you buy AND for my tiny hands to pinch & play with.

I’m not sure why they stopped doing them; in today’s weird ‘social distancing’ climate they would be ideal. Bring them back!

I found these photographs on Pinterest [ below ] can anybody remember them too?

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