Lifestyle, Home & Beauty, Lotties Loves

The Perfect Holiday Dress

Joules dressesAnyone else bored of the really grotty, miserable weather?  I certainly am and have spent the last few weeks day dreaming of the holiday I’ve got booked to Sorrento and Capri in May, long days of gorgeous sunshine, walks across the piazza of a late afternoon and that dilemma us girls always have of just what on earth we should pack in our suitcases.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many holidays I go on I ALWAYS over pack. There’s that pair of trousers you never wear, that skirt that remains in the bottom of the case and those dresses that look great but are terribly impractical in hot weather.  Literally when I go away I live in lightweight cotton dresses, often with bright bold prints on and I am a huge fan of jersey maxi dresses as they travel so well (in other words you can screw them up in the suitcase and they still look awesome at the other end).

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Gorgeous ESPA Skincare

ESPA skincareLast Friday I was excited as I was being whisked off for a lovely weekend at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales by Mr Darcy.  He was on a golfing event and needed by skills as an expert caddy…yeah right, I had been nagging for a night away and so to get some peace and quiet he quite happily agreed.

Before going down I headed over to Tranquility Spa which is the onsite spa at the Virgin Active health club I am a member of.  I was booked in for my Jessica GELeration manicure which would be my monthly treat but my skin was looking pretty tired, a bit dry and neglected so I was in need of a facial.

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Single Parenting is Tough

the reality of being a single parentFACT….being a single parent is tough.  Really tough.  For me it was not a decision entered into lightly.  The last 6 months and particluarly the last month as we settle into our new house on our own has been an emotional and physical battle.

Take for instance the whole drama of weekend access.  That moment when your child runs back into your arms after a few days away with your ex partner to me is the moment I most look forward to on a Sunday.  Just as I know that the moment she runs into his arms on a Friday when he gets his time with her is the most precious moment of his week.

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My Obsession with Nashville Continues

Garth Brooks country musicOne thing I’ve not done a lot of since getting divorced is watch television.  Having had Sky TV there was always something to watch and I love my series such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Walking Dead, Arrow etc, however with Freeview you just don’t get as much choice and watching terrestrial television is like sticking pins in my eyes.

In the last few weeks I’ve watched more episodes of Grand Designs, Location Location and Restoration Man that is healthy.  With no broadband either thanks to a total cock up by BT I cannot indulge my love of Blink Box as much as I’d like to or use 4OD my other staple for catching up.  Thankfully though this week the lovely people at Three mobile topped up my mobile mi-fi dongle and what was the first thing I did…run straight to 4OD to catch up on the amazing hit TV show that I fell in love with last year, Nashville.

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The Perils and Pitfalls of Buying a Used Car

Buying a used carThere’s things in life that are stressful.  They include getting married, getting divorced, having a child, a family member dying, moving house and buying a car.  All of these things present their own perils and pitfalls and require you to make objective, informed logical decisions.  Each of these requires you to remain objective and at times be practical.

It’s a shame I didn’t remember the practical and objective points when I went shopping for some of my cars.  As girls, I think we get blinded by things.  I don’t mean this in a sexist way, but we decide on something and we o out there and damn well get it – call us tenacious, dogged, determined.  Whatever word you want to attribute to us any man knows when a woman wants something she’s not taking ‘NO’ for an answer.

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