House Style at Chatsworth House

“The joy of dressing is an art “ John Galliano

Yesterday the sun was shining and I spent an amazing afternoon with my friend Sue who shares an equal love for all things fashion when we paid a visit to the House Style Exhibition at Chatsworth House.

I had no intention of blogging about my trip BUT I had my ‘big’camera on me and after walking around, taking photos, lusting after several dresses and generally being ‘gob-smacked ‘ at the majority of items on show I just had to share it with you .

Although the Exhibition ends very shortly there is some good news in that you have until 22nd October, 2017 to go and see it for yourself.

Go, go , go but maybe stick around and read my post first …

The House Style Exhibition demonstrates the power of fashion. It brings to life the captivating individuals from the Cavendish family over five centuries .

  • Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women of the 16th century
  • The 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
  • Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire
  • Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford, two of the Mitford sisters, model Stella Tennant and John F Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ Kennedy will also be central to the show

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Ladies that Lunch – the New Lunchtime Menu at The Botanist, Sheffield

“The writer is a mysterious figure, wandering lonely as a cloud, fired by inspiration, or perhaps a cocktail or two.”

Cake, cocktails and good company are three things that make me happy.

I might not have got cake but I got the later two when I was invited along to The Botanist for a Bloggers Lunch earlier this week to sample the new lunch menu.

Cocktails for me came in the form of Gin & Rhubarb Old Fashioned , just the one as I was driving.

It came in a short glass with just a slice of lemon and ice for garnish and was extremely strong. It’s a cocktail I would order again without a doubt [ just not when I was driving !]

Good company came in the way of Rach [ my wingman ] and a group of lovely Sheffield bloggers and their plus ones. It was great to eventually meet some familiar faces.

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Repose yourself for a good cause …

Hello Lovelies,

Can you believe it’s Friday already?! It only seems 2 minutes since I was recovering from my hangover … induced last Friday. Saying that hangovers in my 40’s do seem to take a chuffing week to  disappear.

I’ve had a lovely day . I met up with one of my mum’s best friends Anne. [ a beautiful soul inside & out] I’m making a conscious effort to do so; it’s what Mum would have wanted.

We sat and chatted [mainly about Mum] drank  copious amounts of coffee and I came home with a new book ‘Be a unicorn & live life on the bright side’ …

as you do at 46!

So I thought I’d pop on here today to tell you all about a rather fabulous offer Temple Spa has on.

October is Baby Loss Awareness Month; between Friday 13th and Sunday 22nd of October, it’s buy 1 get 1 free on Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream. Even better for every Repose sold 10% of the sale will be donated to The Mariposa Trust. 

The primary function of the charity is to support anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. Continue reading

Peeling away the years … with Medispa S10

You all know about my love/hate relationship with my skin, or rather hate/hate. It hates me and at times I hate it. 

I’m 46 and despite looking after my complexion like I would do a diamond ring ….I still get the odd annoying pimple. Grrrrr

I have light scarring caused by acne in my early twenties,some discoloration and fine lines around my eyes . The last few months spent looking after and then losing mum have also left my skin [and I] looking somewhat ‘tired and drawn’

It was perfect timing then that the ladies at Medispa S10 got in touch to see whether I would like a peel in exchange for a review. It’s something I’ve contemplated on several occasions but something I’ve  always talked myself out of. It looks painful and your face basically falls off.

After a consultation and coffee with Juliet & Emma the date was booked.

Peel here I come!

At this point I need to mention customer care. These ladies are seriously lovely, know their stuff and go above and beyond to make sure your looked after / book the right treatment for you . I had a course of Derma roller with them a couple of years ago [a treat to myself with my redundancy money!] and trust them completely. You can read about my experience of Derma roller // here

And yes they confirmed a peel is [ momentarily] painful and your face does fall off !

So what is a TCA Peel:

Basically a TCA chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid to dry the top layers of skin so they peel off over a period of several days. [7% trichloroacetic acid and 2% salicylic acid paired with 4% retinol] The treatment is used to reduce discolouration, improve  melasma , and reduce fine lines.

I was booked in last Thursday evening. The whole process only takes a few minutes. I was extremely nervous at the thought of having acid wiped all over my face and could feel myself getting hot and panicky.

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Desire Under The Elms …and behind the scenes of The Crucible

Last week the Mr and I made a trip to the theatre. We spent a lot of time there when we were meeting up as  ‘just friends’

It’s something we share a mutual love of. I think we are both frustrated performers and he’s definitely a show off. It’s escapism for an hour or so . It’s also the place where I realised I liked him as more than just a friend.

You may all say arrhhhhh …

We were invited to attend the press night of Eugene O’Neills play ‘Desire Under The Elms’ which is on at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield until October 14th, 2017.

You may or may not have heard of Eugene O’Neil . I’ll not pretend I’m educated. I hadn’t. I have since read a bit about him and his life. This reads like a Greek tragedy itself.

O’Neill was born in 1888 to an alcoholic father and a mother who after child-birth became addicted to morphine. At 22 he attempted suicide. He didn’t succeed but soon after was diagnosed with tuberculosis. It was during this time he committed himself to play-writing. In 1920 his father fell ill and died of cancer, followed closely by his mother. His brother drank himself to death aged just 45.

Chuffing hell …It’s no wonder that death and grief play such a large part in his work.

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Winter Sun Fun…

This year for all sorts of reasons , but mainly because non of us can face it without mum. We are going to leave on a jet plane and spend Christmas abroad somewhere hot.

Mum was our Christmas .

She was ‘Mrs Christmas’.

She adored it. She always had the best, most tastefully dressed tree [always red  and gold ], ensured the house was lit up like Blackpool, and her giddiness was infectious. Family was everything to mum and she ensured we always had the best time.

I tend to get my own way and have spent every single Christmas Day at Mum and Dads, bar one when I went to my ex-husbands house for Christmas lunch. I hated every single minute of it. Not because they did anything wrong, it just wasn’t the same without my mum around.

I’m positively dreading this year , the first year without her.

It’ll never be easy but I’m kinda guessing this year will be tough for us all. Firsts always are.

We [ dad, BF & brother] made a collective decision that this year we would take ourselves out of our usual surroundings and do something we’ve never done before. Hence a week abroad is on the cards. It’s new, there are no memories of mum there. [though I’m sure we will all be thinking about her.] It will still be absolutely gut wrenching her not being there with us …

I love Christmas but quite frankly this year I could take it or leave it.

So while I’d normally start looking for a warm, snug yet stylish outfit with an elasticated expanding waistband;  this year that will be substituted for a new bikini, sandals and a good false tan.  Continue reading

Shall We Spa . . . Cha Cha Cha 

It’s me again … twice in one week bloody hell wonders will never seize !

Today I’m going to be introducing you to a fabulous , intimate little day spa just outside Penistone. [Hollin Lane, Millhouse Green, Sheffield S36 9NH] It’s only 20 minutes from my house.

Oh oh I have a feeling this could be dangerous.

Smallshaw Cottages & Spa is A- mazing and if you don’t already know about it then you really should.

There are 4 beautiful cottages available to rent, complete with landscaped gardens and tennis courts . Today however I am concentrating and going to take you on a tour of the Spa.

Before I go any further I just need to clarify something with you – I don’t love everything.

You probably think I do and the reason for this would be because I only accept and feature on the blog things / places / experiences that interest me; that I would do or buy myself.

I turn down a lot of opportunities [ mobile phone covers , bingo nights, clothing ] or product reviews because they simply aren’t my bag.

If you make it this far … you are loved. I have enjoyed you.

I certainly enjoyed this.

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