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At the dressing table!

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At the dressing table!

So yesterday, I did something that I haven’t done for a long time.

Does anybody else remember playing at their Mother’s dressing table when they were younger?

I do. I spent hours there. Mesmorised by all the little jewels and treasures that it held.

We are not and are still not rich by any means but nevertheless Mum’s dressing table was full of delights and, as we will see in a minute, still is.

Sometimes, it is the simple things which provide the most pleasure.

At this point and that during my childhood, Mum was an Avon Lady. One of my favourite memories is concentrating hard to apply a sample lipstick to my lips. There was always so many colours to choose from. You know, I may have invented overlining! In my day, us five year olds did it with the lippie itself. Very industurious.

Then, there was always a spritz of perfume. Again, an Avon sample.

Then to accessories.

I would slip on one of Mum’s many rings or polish up my very own signet ring, grab a handbag (sometimes courtesy of Granny) and some of Mum’s heels then I would tottle off to help Mum push brochures through the letterboxes or collect order forms.

Amazingly I never broke a leg in Mum’s size sixes even though I was barely shoe size two at the time. I think I walked better in heels back then and I was almost certainly better styled.


Looking for a hairband yesterday, I found myself at Mum’s dressing table again and instantly time stopped and I turned in to a little girl, oohing and ahhing. A complete hour of bliss where it did not matter if my tummy was not 100% toned or that my jeans were feeling a little tight. It didn’t matter that I had a list of To do’s as long as my arm to complete nor did it matter that my car was stuck outside the house completely broken and ready for the scrapheap.

No, nothing mattered as I immersed myself in the delights at my Mum’s dressing table and here is a little peek at some of the gorgeous little treats I uncovered.


The Italy bracelet

I remember this one. Dad brought it back from Italy where he had been working. Apparently, he brought it at a market and had to hustle the price down. At the time, I thought not how unromantic this was but how exotic it all seemed and this bracelet was the most beautiful thing that we had all seen.



 Princess Di’s engagment ring

I remember that Mum treasured this replica (some newspaper promotion) almost more then her own when we were younger. It was one of those look but don’t touch things as were the royal wedding mugs in the kitchen.



Watch on a neck chain

Ooh! Mum, you must be getting old. I’m sure that these are back in fashion again.

Trinket box

I remember this one. This is where so many of my favourite things lived. Isn’t it gorgeous? A heart and gold with red carpet inside. Quite royal looking. I think Mum might be a bit for the royal family. Oh and I spotted Queenie ear rings too. Little gold studs with the profile of the Queen (Victoria?!) in the middle.



Silver charm bracelet

Now I have heard Mum talk about this before but I don’t think I have ever seen it. Maybe she treasures it so much that she kept it out of reach from my calamity jane five year old fingers then again, I do remember when I was younger she used to say that silver looked cheap and for more wanton ladies or something along those lines. So maybe this charm bracelet became her little secret. Whatever the reason, I’m glad she has got it out again. She has collected so many charms, I need to find out where they are all from.

‘Colin’ engraved bracelet

The engraving would suggest that this has something to do with my Dad. Quite sweet, really, I guess!


Hey, there was also a couple of badges from childhood. The Prefect one was 100% mine. Hee hee, a very good student I was and I, er, happen to think that the Blue Trefoil badge might be mine too.

 Lots of perfume

Mum! All that money I’ve spent on perfume and look at all this perfume you have right here. Oh and there, look, is Lola. A present from two of your lovely daughters. One of them, me. Wasn’t that nice of us to give her such a lovely perfume as Lola for Mothers day?! Mum was very pleased although she was absolutley overwhelmed by the bottle then the beautiful scent itself. Typical!


See, I was blonde once. The blonde little girl is me and the dark haired baby is one of my sisters. I think these were took at Butlins in the early 80’s.


Oops, Mum had some unopened chocolates from France on her dressing table. They were very niced wrapped with an Eiffel Tower charm and each chocolate a landmark. And they tasted very nice too. Sorry Mum but it wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t get in to a little bit of mischief at your dressing room table. I’ll pop to Thorntons later in the week. She won’t mind, really . . !

Well, I hope you enjoyed the little peek at Mum’s dressing table. I only hope one day somebody finds mine as fascinating. What childhood gems do you remember?

Oh and sorry, I know some of the photos are rubbish and do not do the little treasures justice but I had uploading issues (again!) so had to result to the webcam!



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May 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Face of a lazy Sunday!

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Face of a lazy Sunday!

Hey there.

After all my bouncing around yesterday, it is just a very quick post today. I am shattered! All I have done today is popped in to town and hung out with family. Nothing special but sometimes, that is nice. Hope you are all having a nice relaxing time and don’t forget to make a window to laze in the sun. An easy way to revitalise the body and soul!

Revlon ColorStay Buff

Benefit Erase Paste to conceal under the eyes

Benefit Dandelion Blush

LOreal Glam Bronze to contour ever so slightly.

Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara

MAC Sable eyeshadow

A dab of Gosh Darling lippie (I think I may have found a way to make Darling work for me, yay)

And that is it! Like I said nothing special and actually this photo was took hours after the initial application so you can only really see what is left. Although I did touch up Darling as I’m quite excited that there may just be a way these very light, milky brown nudes could work for me, after all. We’ll see, I will keep you updated! 

UPDATE Just found one from initial application, think you can see sable better here. Not sure if that is Darling on the lips here though. May be MAC Underage?!

Ooh and before I go, I am tweeting again xessjay23x on Twitter. I’d love it if any of you wanted to follow my little tweets or tweet with me and this time, I’ll do my hardest not to flutter off!


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May 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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My Summer Scene!

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My Summer Scene!

Hey Girls

So I’m feeling all summery today and it is raining, typical!

I think my summer feeling is a little bit down to the sun we had earlier this week, the fact that it is a bank holiday (and therefore should be sunny) and a whole lot down to the fact that my fake tan break is over.

Oh yeah!!!

I am loving the combo of St Moriz and Boots Body Butter.

I took a fake tan break because I’m rubbish at it. I get streaks, patches and very funny looks but no more!

Everybody says that St Moriz goes on smoothly but isn’t that easy for tanning whizzes to say?!

Except this time, they are right. I’m very late on this bandwagon but St Moriz does go on seamlessly even when I mix it haphazardly in with my moisturiser. I am loving it!

The only self tanner that I have ever found to apply so well is Make Believe but that costs so much more then my darling St Moriz.

Now I have a tan to flaunt and I’m skipping around. I feel so full of life that I might have to go puddle jumping later to celebrate my new tan.

Isn’t it funny how a simple tan (no foundation or concealer required, yay) can change the way you feel?! I even added lots of colour in to my look today. St Germain on my lips, that gorgeous Claires Acc Nail Varnish on my nails that I have raved about before, a slick of All That Glitters across my lids.

So simple and with all the time that I saved today, I even tried waving my hair with a concial wand but aherm, might need a bit more practise there and today, it had to be straightened out.

Ooh and then time to accesorise. No black today, absolutely zero which is pretty amazing for me.

Nope, it is tan and colour all the way. Here is a little pic. Sorry it is a bit blurred but honestly like I said, I’ve got the summer bounce today and I couldn’t stand still long enough to take this properly. I actually don’t look too tanned in the pic but this is about as tanned as pale old me should go. I’ve learnt from my mistakes hence the moisturiser add in.

Now all I need is a little sunshine and my summer scene will be perfect!

Hope you’re having a nice bank holiday and maybe a sunnier one then mine. Made use of my look today and added a couple of videos to You Tube. Check them out if you get a chance. Don’t forget, it always makes my day (even a rainy one!) if you follow or comment on my posts or videos! Would love to see your OOTD or hear about your fake tan experiences so leave me a link to your posts or comment here.


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May 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Indulging SATC!

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Indulging SATC!

Like so many darlings out there, I am proof that you get it more then once. I am currently suffering a very bad case of Sex And The City Fever. I’ve had it before. Once when the series was ending and then when the first film came out and now, I have it again.

So sorry girls but when I’m suffering, I like to indulge myself. Be warned you might catch something (SATC style) but here are my top Sex And The City moments.

*Ex And The City

Raw, raw emotion when Big tells Carrie that he is engaged to Natasha and then poor Carrie about to walk away in style gets her bag caught on the chair and what did you do, laugh or cry? Poor Carrie, a clutz like me. ( Symptom 1 of SATC fever, the repetition of sentence including the name, Carrie and the phrase, like me! Apparently this scene almost never happened because SJP was not having shoulder bags in SATC . . . until Fendi showed one!

*Belles of The Balls

I actually got into SATC quite late and this was probably the first episode that hooked me. Carrie is finally getting used to Aidan’s country living and then Big needs her. At the end of the day Big and Carrie have such a strong connection and it is evident here. Loving the fight too between Big and Aidan. It may be a bit indulgent but what girl doesn’t want two delicious men basically fighting over her?! That is the second symptom of SATC fever, dreaming it could all so easily have being me. I could have being born in New York, I could have being strutting around in Manolo Blahniks . . .but life got in the way!;)

*I heart NY

Big is leaving New York and so we see the city at its best. A carriage ride in New York, so romantic!

*The Last Series

SATC was ending and four girls were determined that their stamp on the fashion world would stay forever. SATC style is really showcased in the last series.

*Carries Closet Clearout in film number 1.

Amazing, crazy clothes and a girlie night we all need to have once in our life.

Ooh, I’m feeling a bit inspired now to go and sort my wardrobe out. SATC Fever symptom 3, I will be Essjay Bradshaw. Life may have got in the way until now but now I’m going to rock it. Of course, I may poke my head out at some point over the weekend to catch the fabulous film. Eeeeepppps!

So girlies, feeling afflicted yet? Sorry about that but go on, indulge. Share your favourite SATC moments and combos in the comments. I want to wallow!!



PS Check out Claire, The Fashion Teller . She has a channel on You Tube. Her Vlog about shoes is so passionate and inspiring. She also has a beautiful blog and is maybe one of the closest things that the Uk has to a Carrie Bradshaw, style-wise!

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May 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

Another pearlie update!

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Another pearlie update!

If you remember about a month ago, I started using BlanX . I used the Intensive Whitening Treatment which was basically an intensive whitening toothpaste. I was meant to use it twice a day but to be honest, sometimes I would pick up my tube of Aquafresh and start brushing with that before I remembered my regime. I probably did this three or four times.

So when I remembered, I was using my BlanX treatment instead of conventional toothpaste and the tube lasted me exactly two weeks. I finished using BlanX about two weeks ago but bad blogger I am, am only updating today.

So here are my teeth before

And here are my teeth after.

This pic was took about two weeks after I finished the BlanX treatment but you know what, I think you can still see a difference and I’m sure my teeth were even whiter just after I’d finished the treatment.

I think BlanX worked. Probably by only a shade or two but there was and still is a definite difference. I am convinced of this.

So it has to be a thumbs up for BlanX, it was easy to apply and reasonably priced. The product also lasted long enough to do the job it was designed to do (unlike my earlier RapidWhite treatment, see my earlier posts).

I know that the intensive treatment is only designed for occasional treatment but I see no reason not to buy it again in a few months if a big occasion was coming up and my teeth needed a bit of a boost.

I’m currently using up my normal toothpaste, Aquafresh but I think once that tube has finished, I may either buy Blanx everyday toothpaste or Beverly Hills Formula Toothpaste (Sarah raved about this ) to maintain my new whiter teeth. I would also be very interested in a toothbrush that Sophie of Sophie Is Made up ( reviewed earlier in the year.

For now though, I am just happy that even though some of the products out there may not perform miracles, they do deliver near enough what they claim.

So, what whitening solutions have you found? Have any of you had professional teeth whitening?


PS Don’t forget you can now follow me at

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May 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

My Summer Top!

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My Summer Top!

I love this top! I am going to make the most of it this summer as I don’t think that it is going to make it to the next one.

How am I going to enjoy summer without it?!

I have had the top for years probably at least five and I adore it. If the sun is shining, it has always been there for me. We went around the world together.

I love the crumply silky material which gives it the relaxed summery feel. I like the hint of cheesecloth on the back, that makes me feel girly and at ease and I absolutly love the tassels at the front and the green beads on the end. They give it the beachy bohemium feel.

Ha, how many times have I said I love in this post but I do, I adore this top and even though she is yellowing and has very thin feeble straps that will make me feel inadequate on fat days (and quite possibly break), I will be making the most of this top this summer. My top and I are going to have the most fantastic sunny summer ever!!

See my first OOTD video here

Why don’t you join me in a celebration of summer and write a post or do a OOTD video about your most fabulous summer thing? Don’t forget to send me a link!

Also check out this new summer fashion blog Fab idea!


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May 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

You Tube time!

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You Tube time!

Hi Girlies!

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine. Well, I have finally done it. I have uploaded my first video to You Tube. Check it out here and find out what lippie I accidentally assaulted in the process!


I decided not to reshoot, I’d probably only damage another and there are only so many lippies in my collection. I don’t know, I guess I’ll never have poise. . !

Anyway I hope you enjoy the little video. I thought it was something a bit different and worth a shot because I know that my posts go on and on sometimes. I hope you like it enough to subscribe and if you’ve come from the video to my blogs, well, hi there, I hope you enjoy some of my posts

Right, I’m thinking it might be time to catch some evening sun. Yay!


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May 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm