Etsy Made Local …

One of the main reasons Liz and I  started the blog was to showcase that woman over 40 didn’t become frumpy over night.

The way some people carried on (mainly my male work colleagues) it was as though you were 39 one minute and the next you were 40. It was a case of “oh you poor thing, life as you know it was all over”. You swap your handbag for a knitting bag…take a sudden liking to twin-sets and gardening. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those of course. I’m quite partial to a twin set… and some gardening when it takes my fancy.

We made it our mission (yes a mission) to prove them all wrong.

We were certainly not over the hill, or mutton dressed at lamb. Well on occasion I may have been – oh hello quilted tiger face mini skirt.

We could still look good and have lots of fun . Age was just a number.

To stick that 40 were the sun don’t shine.

Can I have a “Hell yes” ladies!

I’ve personally always been keen to also support local business and were possible used the blog as a platform to show-case some great places and people. To ensure that Sheffield was well and truly kept on the map. I love this city but I think its often over-looked by its neighbours Manchester , Leeds and Birmingham who do at times seemingly shine brighter.

We have our regular Ladies that Lunch spot which tends to happen every few weeks on  a Friday. My friend Sue always manages to surprise me and usually whisks me to somewhere I’ve never heard of before!

We’ve featured some fabulous ‘hidden gems’ … Tea with Percy, and Riley’s to name just a few. I’m always open to try new places so please, please, please hola if there’s somewhere I must try. I love it when we stumble on something fabulous.

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Pure Evil ‘Hollywood Vampires’ at 99 Mary Street

Last night Jo and I made our way into the heart of Sheffield to 99 Mary Street.

Jo had been invited to the Private Preview of ‘Hollywood Vampires’ by the street artist Pure Evil. After I’d mentioned I’d like to go and see it she kindly asked me if I’d like to tag along with her.

Date sorted.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever told you but I’m actually quite ‘arty farty’ having studied Art & Design at college (Sheffield & Lincoln)  Continue reading

Tracey’s catch up post – dishy doctors , dating agency’s and treats !

Hello it’s been a while since we had a chat… so what’s new?

The spa day at Moddershall Oaks last Saturday was fabulous ( see previous post) however since then I’ve been struck down by a strange illness which has resulted in me being off work sick for the majority of the week. To cut a long story short I ended up at the Northern General Hospital at 4.00am Wednesday morning with suspected appendix problems. A wee sample later, lots of questions and prodding ruled this out. To be honest I’m not sure anybody really knows what’s up with me but I’m being treated for a severe kidney infection. It’s blinking painful I can tell you. There is always a silver lining; despite rocking up to surgery like death warmed up with ridiculous hair ( I’ve looked better) … My doctor was deliciously handsome and yes I admit that even doubled up in pain and in the sake of vanity I did slip some lip gloss on when he disappeared out of the room for 2 minutes. Not that he would have noticed … He probably couldn’t see past my hair. Stuck up like a bloody toilet brush it was!

I was so happy to see my friend Rachel yesterday afternoon. She called into see me with supplies of Minstrels , a big hug and proper conversation. A proper person! As always we got around to talking about men. I’m 43 and still don’t understand the male species. Do any of us? We got to thinking that in the new year when my head was more together joining a dating agency might be an idea / fun? Mmmm juries out on that one … I’m not so sure but I’ll consider it. It’s not that I’m desperate I just miss male company. My cats are fabulous but the conversation is very one way! Rach suggested I write down what I wanted In a man and to not settle for second best. Ha ha this should be fun …

Tall. I’m 5ft 10 so it’s important . I once dated a small guy , he was lovely but the constant stooping gave me a bad back and I missed my heels! Dark haired and handsome . Im so predictable. A mixture of Bradley Cooper and Kit Atherington ( Jon Snow- Game of Thrones) with Harry Style esq. hair and Ed Sherans singing voice. Good sense of humour with the ability to laugh at themselves. Exquisite manners. I’m very old fashioned and do like a door opening for me ! Saying that I don’t think anybody has ever opened a door for me in my life but the thought of it is rather nice. Rocks a suit like Tom Ford but looks equally as good in jeans … Wants to romance me and doesn’t expect sex on the first date!

Yep … I’m going to be single forever! Perhaps it would be easier to get another cat …

I got another lovely surprise yesterday. I’ve recently started following an artist on IG – @pomo_fi .We got chatting and he asked if he could edit one of my pics. I said yes of course not expecting to hear anything . He gifted it to me yesterday.

What do you think? It’s amazing isn’t it. If your on IG you really should check out the rest of his gallery . It has also solved one of my Christmas pressie dilemmas. I showed mum yesterday. She loved it. I’m going to get it printed and framed for her. Voila !! She’s been hassling me for a photo for the wall for ages, so hopefully this will go down a treat.

Lastly and mainly because I’ve been feeling sorry for myself I made a few purchases from my sick-bed this week. Being Poorly is lethal on your purse!

I love this dress from Little Mistress. Its the colour that first attracted me. I also love the back detail. Having short hair it’s something I look for – a nice rear view.
I’ve only recently discovered this site but it’s well worth a look. I could have spent a fortune.

I’ve also treated myself to a little bling from YOSA, another fab site which is well worth a visit .This necklace is called Heritage. I saw , I fell in love , I ordered. Lovely isn’t she and a steal at £16. I can’t wait to get my hands on her.

So there you go, that just about sums up my week. Dishy doctors, dating websites, sickness and new purchases.

What have you all been up to ? I’d love to hear…

Tracey x

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