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Monday, 28 April 2014

Spring is all about the colour yellow

 I love yellow

Spring is the season to be yellow

Spring has arrived! We no longer travel to work in the dark and return home in the dark, trying our hardest to find a glimmer of light during our lunch breaks. Tis the season of change.
It's the season of bunnies, chicks and daffodils.
We have even seen some glimmer of hope that we may get a good summer as the sun sneaked out to tease us recently.
I LOVE Spring. It has to be my favourite season. Generally May sees some good weather which means that we don't have to spend every evening in front of the box, we can get out and do things! Now that it's lighter and I am training for my marathon (it still sounds scary when I say it out loud!) I can get a bit of training in early evening. I can take Scarlett out to the park after work. The days just seem longer and you feel less tired. I also notice that I loose weight in spring, not sure if it's the thought of getting my body out when the weather turns, or because I'm not sat filling my face every single evening in front of Corrie.
One of the best parts of this time of year, is that we can put our big coats and jumpers into hibernation and start to think about a whole new wardrobe. People seem able to express themselves with clothes more when the weather warms up. It seems people are more daring about trying new colours and styles. What better colour to wear to celebrate spring? Yellow!
Here are top 3 yellow favs:
Each one of these dresses cannot help but make you feel chirpy and ready for the sunshine!
Five reasons why yellow is a great colour;
  1. It reminds you of the sunshine
  2. Bright colours lighten your mood
  3. The colour yellow makes us more mentally alert
  4. It makes us optimistic
  5. It gives us confidence
And if that's not enough reason to love the colour yellow, surely this is:

Ian and I are running our first Marathon for charity! ARRRRHHH!!!!

I am running a marathon! Oh, my, god!

I can't believe I am writing these words...but I...have agreed a marathon!!!
I know many people have ran marathons and I know that every day you see inspirational amazing stories of people with disabilities and illnesses completing marathons, so in the grand scheme of things, maybe it is not such a big thing and of course everything is relative. However, for me, this is a big deal.

Ian and I have been saying for some time that we need to run a marathon for charity. It was certainly on my bucket list. But last week, Ian called me to say that he was taking the plunge and had signed up for The Yorkshire Marathon in October. October? That's just a few months away, do you really have time to train, was my response. He pointed out that he had just been  procrastinating and he had just done it so there was no turning back now. When we had talked about doing this 26 mile trek Ian had always wanted to run with his nephew, Danny. Danny at just 25, very fit and healthy in the army found out that he had testicular cancer which then spread. He had amazing treatment at Christie's in Manchester and then decided that then wanted to re pay them in someway and this was to raise as much money as they could. I can happily say that Danny is back to full health. He is fully recovered and back in the army. Due to his job, he is un-able to run in this particular marathon so Ian has decided to run for MS and I decided to run for Children with cancer. As a mummy I had to run for a children's charity, the thought of someone telling me that Scarlett has cancer is just too horrific to imagine, so I would like to hope if I was in that situation I would have some support.

So there it is. Wish us luck, I am certainly going to need it! If you would like to sponsor either causes it would make us oh so so happy!!!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

An independent Scotland?

A very different post from me today. As I mentioned last week, my blog is no longer connected to my online shop, so although I do love fashion, I have also grown to love blogging and want to talk about everything that goes on in my life, not just fashion. So a bit of diversity for you all!

I was invited to a very interesting evening at Carlisle cathedral to a talk by Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland to discuss Scottish Independence and more specifically how it would benefit the North West.
I can't say that I am totally opinion less about Scotland becoming independent. I am not totally convinced that the great passion for this independent Scotland stems from the right reasons. Everyone knows that Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the whole (I really am not generalising), have some dislike with being part of The United Kingdom. I do understand that they have been powerful independent countries in the past and historically England have bullied these countries. However, that was then and this is now. I do feel, rightly or wrongly that part of this desire for independence comes from being told from a young age that no one in their right minds would want yo be connected with England. I understand that Scotland is a very proud country and rightly so, however, they do carry a grunge around with them. I will always support Scotland in a sport activity if England are not playing, but as we all know they would rather support the devil itself than ever support England. Anyway, I digress. 

I was very happy to come to come along to this event. It was a very exclusive elite number of attendees, approximately 40 and Ian and I representing the norm! 

Alex Salmond( first minister of Scotland) clearly wanted to draw comparisons between the North of England and Scotland. You could tell that he wanted to makes us allies and make us feel like the North of England Scotland were the poor relatives in the UK and it was us V London. It was clearly a tactical move as there are many more common ties with The North than with the South.
Salmond clearly quoted Shakespeare with it being his 450 this birthday on 23rd April and also embraced the fact it was St George's day, but the sad reality is no one in Scotland would celebrate this! 
He went onto push his point that the North was considered insignificant by London and there was a serious economic imbalance between the North and the South. He threw out a few statics :
The transport spending per head in the UK:
London £2700 p/h per year
North West £130 p/h per year
North West £5 p/h per year
They are quite shocking stats and they clearly do show a massive imbalance, however, if you consider the dense population in the South East there is clearly a much greater need for efficient public transport. That is not to say that us northers should just be neglected and looking at these statistics the gap is clearly too great.

Salmond briefly discussed the Monarchy and pointed out Scotland would still be part of the common wealth and share the same monarchy. He drew an example of the warm reception that Kate and William recently received in Australia and NZ.I bet to differ in my opinion on this. I doubt that the Scots will look forward to a visit from the royal family in the future. It will be more like the relationship Ireland has with the royal family. I remember the queen visited Dublin in 2011 for the first time since 1911! Security was tight and it seemed that the whole city was on alert. I think if Scotland become in dependant they will reject anything "English", especially the monarchy.

We briefly (or not so briefly) heard about how the North was not featured in the government's plans for high speed rail. He said that the plans for high speed rail were not planned to reach Manchester until 2032 and decades until it hits the boarders. Salmond's proposal was to start building the high speed rail from the north and build southwards. However, he has no firm plans in place and in fact will not even start discussions on this for a few more weeks. For me, this was a very weak argument.

During questions and answers, the topic of the currency came up. Salmond made it clear that they wanted to keep the Sterling. He said that it would cost British business' £500 million if Scotland were un-able to keep GBP. A bit of a flippant comment as we don't know any of the other facts, so I took this statistic with a pitch of salt.

Scott introduced us to Alex at the end of the event, he seemed friendly and signed my book. It was clear that he was a politician and certainly seems charismatic and very passionate about an independent Scotland.

For me, it was interesting to hear Salmond's points. However, I wasn't convinced that was much substance beyond his points. There seemed to be alot of "ideas" but not much to back it up.In September, Scotland will have a referendum to vote for Scottish Independence. I personally feel that either way the vote goes it will close.Whatever the outcome, there will be strong differing opinions and the situation will never be fully resolved. As an English person I would feel quite sad to loose Scotland as part of the United Kingdom, but it would certainly be interesting to see how or if life would change. I only hope that if Scotland do opt to be independent they are doing it for the right reasons, i.e. they feel that Scotland would be better as an independent country and as people they will be better off and not because of their dislike for anything English. 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Blogger's Love Fashion Week

Blogger's Love Fashion Week

I recently attended Blogger's Love Fashion Week which was held at The Penthouse, Leicester square.
Blogger's love host many Blogger events in London, but as I am stuck in the good old north, it's a bit of a trek normally, but I decided to attend this one as both a blogger and a brand.

View from the Penthouse

The view, as you can see, was amazing. A fab vista of central London. To a norther who lives in the back of beyond and sees just a few tractors and sheep on the way to work, this impressed me.

We started the day off doing a "Blogger Challenge". This was basically each brand had their area to display their goods and bloggers visited freely to chat, perhaps try on goods and review products. As I had agreed to this pretty last minute, I didn't have the best spot as I was on the top floor in the corner, so it certainly didn't have same buzz as the lower floor. Also, as this was the first time I had gone to anything like this I wasn't really prepared. I hadn't brought a proper rail, so I had to "make do". I was a bit disappointed I must admit as I don't think it the presentation of it showed our ranges to their full potential. Anyway, like anything, I have learnt my lesson and I will be more prepared next time. It was nice to meet other bloggers. When people have something in common there is always a friendly vibe, like an un-said secret that everyone knows.

Bloggers mingle

Goodie bags!

After this two hour event, I went downstairs and treated myself to a yummy blogger cocktail. I met with the blogger stylist for the evening Lauren who is based in London. She has a fab little blog, check it out. She has also just set up her own social media company. 

It was then onto the fashion show in the evening. I was displaying my SS14 range along with a couple of other brands. While I helped dress the models, Lauren stayed on the front line and kindly look these pictures for me.

Bloggers wait for the fashion show to start

Go Dotty Dress

Frida Dress
Frida dress, zig-zag dress, cactus dress

The models were fab and I think our clothes looked great. It was nicely to attend something like this as both a brand and a blogger. It was hard work getting everything prepared for the show and the models did a fab job. I am looking forward to attending just as blogger next time and being able to relax a little!

Great meeting you all!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Win, Win, Win this amazing Satchel!

I have decided to give away this fab Missco girl Satchel

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Click on the link above to win this amazing addition to your summer wardrobe. A large pink and cream satchel  with oodles of room to carry everything you could possible need!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Louise Horam Hair

 Louise Horam has been doing my hair for as long as I can remember. I have memories of her starting at a salon in Preston sweeping hair on a Saturday when she was just a baby at 14. After she trained as a stylist she started doing my hair every month, which led to doing hubby's hair and eventually Scarlett's hair.

Louise became a mummy to baby Nula last year and as I well know it is sooooo hard combining work with babies, so Louise took the brave move and set up on her own. She now works mobile, but also has her own salon at Fever Hair and Beauty in Preston.

Scarlett and Nula

Ian was away recently, so we decided to have  girly night chez moi with the little princess' and plenty of wine!
After the girls were snugged up in bed Louise decided to give me  mini hair make over. My hair is as straight as it comes, I find it so hard to give it any kind of wave, let alone an actual curl. Louise managed to create these lovely flowing locks with the help of a pair of GHD's in minutes.

SO pretty, perfect for a night out or bridal hair with a tiara.Like it?

She then created the perfect "up do". I rarely wear my hair up, I tend to prefer the "messy down look", but thought I'd see how it looked on me. As Louise specialises in wedding hair think is a regular style that she creates for brides.

I really love this elegant, whimsical look that she has created. I'd love to add some daisies to my hair, it would look oh so pretty!

Thanks for doing my hair babe! Love it! Louise is without doubt a TOP hairdressers and also a fab friend:-) 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Don't judge me because I like make-up

OK, bit of a personal rant, but here we go…

One of my greatest irritations in life is when I get judged by my appearance.
I am by far a dolly bird. What I mean by this is that I don’t have peroxide blonder hair or totter around in clothing that my body tells me that I shouldn’t, so why do I get judged so quickly?
I am a girly, girl there is no doubt. This comes from years of watching my mum apply her make-up carefully every morning and never leaving the house without her full eye make-up on. I don’t like to go out with my trackies on and bare faced. Maybe it’s an insecurity on my part, who knows, who cares. Most importantly, I don’t care so why should others? I do enjoying dressing well. I like my heels and have a small obsession with lip glosses, but that’s just me. Don’t try and change me.

Throughout my life I have had people make “joke” comments about the fact I like my make-up and choose to often comment on it. I don’t comment on the fact you don’t wear make-up, so why are you so bothered about my face???

I have had it at work as well. I am now in my mid thirties, but have been working in a professional environment since I was 21 and left university. I have a degree, speak 3 languages, not the brightest person in the world, but far from dumb, but I do choose to dress nicely for work, with heels and make-up. Particularly when I was younger I was often not taken seriously as I was young and enjoyed wearing dresses and generally looking feminine. Often was I snubbed in a meeting, spoken down to by a male or looked up and down by a snotty older woman.

Well to draw my annoyance to a close, here are my final comments;
If you find yourself commenting on others and what they look like, you need to take a step back and ask why? Why do I care what that person does/says/wears? Maybe I have the issue? Maybe I feel threatened? Maybe I’m jealous. Maybe none of the above are true, but people need to open their minds a little and not instantly make a judgement or even a comment, you would not like it in return.

...OK rant over!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

It's got personal...

You may have noticed that there has been a lack of posts recently, the reason is that our site has gone through a bit of an up grade. I will do a post dedicated to this in the near future, but basically we have moved over to WordPress, which I have to say has been a great move. The site is so much easier to use and we have changed domain so it is faster aswell. Anyway, the point to my story is that originally when I started the blog it was to try and promote the website, but the more I did it, the more I fell in love with blogging and wanted to blog about everything that went on in my life, not just related to my website. I now have a small blog on the same domain as the website for SEO purposes, but it means that this blog is now 100% personal!
I don't think I will be able to post as often as I have two blogs and a website to run! But it means that I can really express myself which is something that had really started to get me down, I felt restricted in my posts.
So this is the first post of many which will be all about the daily goings on in my life. It will still be heavily fashion related, as that is my passion, but a bit of everything else especially parenting!

Very excited! Hopefully you will all support me. I really now feel like a true blogger!!!

Selfie of my princess and I

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