Friday, 24 January 2014

More red lipstick

MAC lipstick of choice at the moment.  (stock picture from
their website.)

Do you have an item in your wardrobe which makes you feel more confident?

As I am currently going through the job hunt process once again, I have had to rethink how I dress for work to account for "straight from work interviews", it has also made me rethink how I dress for work in general and what makes me more confident.

With the imminent big move I have been thinking a lot about what I have, what I wish for and how I use the items together.

I enjoy having an outfit that I know makes me feel good and flatters me, I am losing weight too, it's great to have an outfit that looks better every time I wear it.
Right now for me, that is a LKBennet black jersey dress (which I wish I had bought two of) and leopard print shoes.  The flash of red lipstick (dubonnet) is the extra thing that helps me feel confident.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014


I am now officially on count down to moving.


This has been a fairly long process. At times, fairly traumatic, and it's not over yet.
We decided to move last summer, we knew that it would be a little complex as we were selling two properties to buy one, but we knew it was the right thing to do.

I think we were lucky.  We looked for two months.  We offered on four places. On reflection, the only one of those four we would have been happy with was the very first place we offered on, and even then it's not quite in the right location.

What we got ticks all the boxes.  I couldn't quite see it at first,  I didn't fall in love with it as  I walked through the door.  Neither did Mr T.  He fell in love when he walked outside.

The garden is amazing.  He was sold.
Being four month later, we have got to know the vendors and I will confidentially say that they are lovely people, but their taste in décor, well, it's just a bit bland.

Ironically in the other properties that we looked at, although in much better condition and decorative state, I was able to visualise how we would change them quite easily.  This place is pretty much a blank canvass, yet I wasn't able to immediately see how it would become ours.

A number of things had aligned to get us in to view this place before it officially was on the market.  Looking at houses in our price range along with, literally, hundreds of others every weekend, meant we were fully aware of the need to make an offer quickly.

We did.  They said yes.  (It was a good offer, who would then want 30 couples, yeah, 30 couples viewing over the weekend.)  We agreed to move quickly and then things stopped.

OK, it never stopped but it certainly felt like that.
But then it was the new year, and suddenly we were on.

Now it's two weeks to go.
My "got to be in control" nature is going in overdrive, I am making lists, lists, and more lists.  I want the boxes to be here now to pack up.
I have a plan.
I know it wont work, but I have a plan that I am looking forward to executing.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Do less not more; 2014

Resolutions tend to be about doing more.

7 days into the new year and I have finally settled on a resolution that I truly intend to stick to.

Do less.

How many evenings, bus journeys, train journeys, you reach for your phone or tablet and start playing candy crush?  When did you last read a magazine without the television on?

Does this sound like you?  Do you blog in front of the tv?  IT'S ME!

It's a me that I need to change. My phone is currently my alarm, which in turn makes it the last thing that look at in the evening which in turn means I check twitter or worse the daily mail....

I need to focus more on the task in hand, I need to learn to read again without distraction.

I need to relish a journey for having a destination,  not for having internet connection.

I need to do less but do it more meaningfully.  I need to focus.

I will do this by:

  • Turning off my mobile
  • Putting music on instead of the tv
  • Not having tablet, phone, laptop in the bedroom
  • By dedicating myself time to do the things I enjoy
    • catching up on blogs with a coffee and some good music in the mornings
    • reading books in bed
    • having a night without tv
There will be no more laptop, mobile, magazine and tv all at once, I never remember anything. I think I now know why.

Enjoy the rain drops.

Will you commit to giving anything up this year?