When Life Just Gets In the Way

You may have noticed that in the past few months, neither Lucy nor I have managed to post anything regularly.  To be honest,amongst stress, a sprained foot, work, a new job, university, changing course, self employment on both ends and a new career in writing, neither of us have really felt up to it.  Fitting in that two or three hours to write and edit blog posts has just been pure murder.

But, we are back.  I promise there will be something up at least once a week, preferably with some writing attached 🙂

 

George

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Nail That Colour – Mary Quite Contrary

As George will tell you i’m more of a natural beauty than showcasing stocks of Rimmel coral red lipstick and MaxFactor eye shadow, much to my mums dismay! But I am an avid fan of nail varnish, and recently have been buying them just for the name.

I first noticed a couple of weeks ago, both in my Elle issue and walking through Boots, that the names of the nail colour attracted me more than the colour. For instance – Mary Quite Contrary and Round and Round the Garden are names christened by Rimmel, and I doth my hat to them (maybe borrow George’s hat, or just bow in my Coast dress). Mary is a dusky lavender, and Round and Round the Garden is a timid chalk green (the little sibling of the powerful and bold emerald).

I took them and immediately hunted for Mary’s nail colleagues. Ring a Ring O’ Roses, Ethereal, Little Bo Peep and Funtime Fuchsia. Little Bo Peep literally I just had to have – could not stop smiling! I was very tempted to have Pulsating and Pompous just because I laughed out loud!

I may sneakily wear Mary to work… no one will notice not like i’m wearing Pulsating, or Red Carpet……… Seriously, go to your nearest Boots and indulge!

Lucyxx

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Mary Quite Contrary

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Round And Round The Garden

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Ring O Roses

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Ethereal

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Little Bo Peep

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Funtime Fuschia

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Pulsating

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Pompous

My Summer List

Now that summer is embracing us, I thought i’d share with you my list i’m determined to do over the summer period.

1.) To be a reclusive reader more often and indulge again in my vast book collection.  For instance, The Perfume Lover by Denyse Beaulieu is one that I enormously recommend.  I promised myself I would re – read all my Helen Dunmore books like Morning Ruby, and I have already broken that promise twice over the last couple of months.  Maybe read my mum’s books that are that bricks of literature, thick and hard, full of emotion, I am especially caught by her Phillipa Gregory literary entourage and Elizabeth Chadwick posse.
2.) Draw more, more, and further more, either in the mornings before I set off on the pale pavement to work or afterwards for a few hours.  It’s the most therapeutic activity (second after cross-stitching) that emphasises my creative formula, bringing together odd and radical objects.  To just sketch and see where it leads me, or go to Shrewsbury library to get inspiration from the non – fiction section on subjects such as mechanics to famous places and statues.
3.) To get my vast number of favorite shoes reheeled!!!!!  MUST DO!!!  I hate when an adored fave pair gets scratched, or the tap (yes, tap, not tip – the tip is the TOP!) of the heel is turning diagonal.  I must go to the different shoe cobblers in Shrewsbury and get quotes on how much it will cost.  I hereby promise myself to have my gorgeous shoes reheeled by end of summer.  Furthermore, I will give them a spring clean with cleaning wipes or similar to make them glisten once more.
4.) Go out more, and not let being in work the next day put me off!  I wanna party, and party with a cocktail in each hand wearing a dynamite dress.
5.) Empty out my money pot of change each month for my ISA.
6.) Stay on top of my avante – garde chic style, on my days off wear a outfit that makes me stand out for individual style, showcase each of my dresses each day.
7.) Invest in evening bags, I realised I have not many compared to my vast day collection.
8.) Walk up Lyth Hill more – man its a work out, trust me!
Lucy xxx

Simple Stroll Through Shrewsbury

Yesterday, I walked from Shrewsbury train station to my home in Bayston Hill, which is a good hour and half walk.

I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone.  It struck me that it is a great way to sight-see (yes, I probably sound like a presenter from a holiday show from back in the day).   I am lucky, Shrewsbury is a combination of old and new, constructed well.  Walk past some modern buildings for shops and homes, and before you know it you walk into a row of houses that could easily fit into Last Of The Summer Wine, or into the Beatrix Potter film set.
My favorite bit was walking past an old Victorian – era school that still draws enormous enrolment, and it reminded me of Heywood Park School, the first school I ever attended.
I wish i’d taken pics, but my battery was low from listening to Nina (Simone), Ella (Fitzgerald) and Louis (Armstrong) on my playlist.  Yes, I was singing out loud to Summertime, the stunning duet by Louis and Ella  (download it now – you will never ever ever tire of it) walking through Belle Vue.
This gave me artistic inspiration, and I plan to walk the same way tomorrow on my day off, but take pics in negative mode.  I want to see how vibrant it be and take avant – garde shots, as well make believe I am Shrewsbury’s answer to Andy Warhol!
I’ll be doing this in my summer dresses and denim jacket because summer is finally here!  Get your dresses and ya legs out and confidently parade down any pavement and pretend you are in your favorite film!
I may do the Sound Of Music, due to the stunning park in Shrewsbury.  The Quarry has a similar runway to when Julie Andrews runs up that hill.
Lucy xxx

Eau De Telford

I stepped foot into Telford’s Primark on a Saturday at half eleven.  I survived, and I lived to get the dress.

I got the dress George showed me last week in Birmingham, and the only one left was my size.  Could it be a sign?  Good timing?  Someone had mixed it up with the tops in the mens department where I spotted it.  Either way I got a new very pretty dress to twirl around Shrewsbury in and do cross stitch.

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Observing my new dress I instantly knew I needed some matching shoes.  I’ve never been keen on Primarni shoes, so went to a trustworthy fave of mine – Dorothy Perkins, where I spotted THE SHOES in the window and nearly knocked over a faux model or two to reach them.  I had to have them because they tap into the everlasting print trend which I adore and have a cut out on one side – a homage to modern tailored.

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New shoes – tick.  New dress – tick.

Conundrum.

My perfume is still full and i’m still in awe of my River Island bag I got the other month.  In other words – no bags took my liking.  So I headed to Waterstones and while mooching at books in the classic section, and spying some Linda la Plante I spotted the word – perfume.

Part of me thought wow make your own perfume – grown up George’s Marvellous Medicine, but perfume perhaps, you never know!  It wasn’t sadly, but it is an intriguing account from a Parisian fragrance writer.  I’m hooked already even though im putting down for Eurovision – Come on Bonnie Tyler!!!!!!

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Now to label my new threads before Eurovision…

Lucy xxx

Night At The Museum – With My Mum

Me: That monkey in Night at Museum is so cute!

Mum: Awwww yeah (Grinning like Ian Hislop).

Me: alright calm down, it’s not pet rescue!

In the scene, the monkey slaps Ben Stiller, and in return, Stiller slaps the monkey.

Mum: OMG did he just do that to that innocent monkey?

Me: It’s computer animation… (while looking like Angus Deayton)

Mum: Bet it’s not, it’s too real!

Me: It’s computer animation, and I highly doubt Ben Stiller is going to actually slap a monkey!!!!!

Mum: Poor thing…

Me: Mum, computer animation is really advanced, look at avatar for heavens sake! Even though gran DID think Avatar was people covered in blue paint … and thought of all the cleansing wipes they would had to have used.

Film credits now roll up.

Mum: Americans have unusual names dont they?

Me: Yeah, suppose, yeah.

Mum: Awww someone’s called Fawn, what a lovely name! When you have a girl call it that!

Me: OK, i’ll jot that down for when im in labour in the FAR FAR FAR future, i’ll tell my husband that I picked my baby’s name when watching the end credits of Night at the Museum. It’s a tradition to watch film credits and pick names you would like to consider.

Lucyxxx

George’s note – she knows someone who would name their child Leif, after a Ninja Turtle voice actor. It does happen.

Ursula v. De Vil

Tons of millions of people around the world collect Star Trek and Star Wars products to keep mint in box.

I recently (last year) started to collect mint in box Disney princess dolls.  Specifically, my favorite Disney films.  I’m not really bothered about Cinderella and Pocahontas, more the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.  I also quite like Mulan and the Frog Princess.

I already have Ariel, Prince Eric And King Triton, so all I need is Ursula the sea witch to complete my Little Mermaid collection.  However, my mum says I shouldn’t get Ursula because ‘she’s horrible’, and said I should get Cruella De Vil instead!  In response I said –

You want me to get a dog killer over a sea witch?!?!?

It doesn’t really matter, Ursula wins.  Next time I go to Chester, i’m getting Ursula. End of.

And maybe Li Shang from Mulan, because I got Mulan for my birthday along with King Triton.  I’m going to need a big wide shelf soon!

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Lucy xx