Monday, 30 September 2013

Writer's Block

It's happened to me.  I think I've got writer's block.

I have a couple of half written blog posts languishing on Blogger but when I read them through, I think, 'Meh, these are so flat.'

If anyone's got any suggestions on how to break through this, I'd be interested in hearing them.  x

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Musings on freelancing

Freelancing is a very strange beast.

One moment it's all 'OH MY GOD, I HAVE NO WORK.  I must have annoyed everyone and screwed up a job (even though it all seemed to go well).  I'm going to default on the mortgage, get evicted and end up sleeping face down on some cardboard.'

Then wham!  Work starts flooding in and before you know it, you're doing your third 15 hour day in a row.  And then you remember that the reason you had no work was because it's a slow time of year - summer events are over and the autumn schedule hasn't really kicked in yet.

Note to self - Don't panic, be more positive.  

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Beauty review - Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater Eau de Toilette

It's funny how the weather can really affect your perception of a perfume.

When I first smelt Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater Eau de Toilette, I loathed it.  I thought it was an overly sweet, yet somehow insipid little scent that disappeared after an hour.  I tried it a couple of times then the sample rolled to the back of the drawer and I forgot about it.  But, of course, that was during the winter.

Then this glorious, hot, sunny summer came along and I was looking for a light perfume to wear so I thought I might as well give it another go.

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Well, what a difference a season makes!  

In the heat, it didn't seem sweet, it smelt appropriate, like an English country garden - fresh, light and more importantly, not too overpowering.  Heavy perfumes in summer actually make me feel slightly nauseous.  Weirdly it seemed to last longer too.  I kept getting very faint whiffs throughout the day.

Great perfume but choose carefully when you're going to wear it. 

Friday, 6 September 2013

Music - Are you getting enough? Professor Green featuring Miles Kane

I first noticed this song when it was played on the screens at the gym. I like the frantic almost nilhilistic visuals.  And the fact that Professor Green raps in his London accent is a bonus - really there's nothing worse than a faux American accent.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Beauty review - Bumble and bumble thickening hairspray

I really had high hopes for this.  Thickening hairspray - would my fine, dry, fly away hair finally achieve a full bodied bouncy look?

How my hair usually looks (except it's normally messier)

The kind of full bodied hairstyle I hope to have one day

The short answer is no.  I did not achieve anything close to a bouncy, glossy, perfect look.  What I actually achieved was a dry, frizzy ball of a hairdo that made me look like a low rent Cousin It.

This hairspray may work on someone with greasier hair but it's a definite no from me.  

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Musings and reflections and winter coats

The weather's definitely changing.  Evenings are a little chillier and mornings a little greyer. I'm very glad I took the last couple of weeks off.  It really enabled me to relax and enjoy the last of this marvellous summer.

I'm ready for autumn though.

There's so much to love about this time of year.  It's quite intimate in some ways.  Evenings indoors.  Small gatherings of friends as opposed to the great public events of summer.   Rich hearty food with glasses of good red wine.

And the fashion.  I do think that if you love clothes, you tend to love winter dressing - such rich textures and colours.  And soo forgiving, darling.  A structured coat hides a multitude of sins unlike a flimsy sundress.

Talking of coats,  I'd love this coat from M&S.  It'd work with just about everything in my wardrobe.


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