Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Darling Girl swatches pt 2

Hello lovelies.

Here are some more pretty colours for you from Darling Girl Cosmetics. Oh, for the love of sparkles! I'm addicted. I'll be wearing glitter eyeshadow until the day I die. Life is too short not to sparkle!

Here there are swatches of Strange & Unusual from the Ghost With The Most collection, Jacks' Lantern from the Darling Ghoul Halloween collection and Redemption.

Darling Girl colour descriptions:
Strange & Unusual - Murky lavender with strong blue flash!
Jacks' Lantern - It's a deep black base with a fiery red/orange shift. The combination looks like a blackened purple, especially when foiled.
Redemption - Sooty taupe grey with a strong gold flash.

All photos can be clicked for larger images.

L-R Strange & Unusual, Jacks' Lantern, Redemption.








You get 2 free sample sizes per order and also a gift with purchase (GWP)  if you spend over $10, which is a larger freebie in a little screw lid jar with a sifter. Delivery is $5 international.

Each sample bag you get - even though it has a tiny amount of product - will give you enough for 2-3 uses or more, certainly enough to tell if you want to buy a bigger size. You can buy 5 sample bags on the website for $4, which is an absolute steal.

Full sizes have 3/4 tea spoon of product in a sifter jar and cost $5.90 (about £3.65.) Petit sizes have 1/4 tea spoon of product in a sifter jar and cost $2.50 (about £1.55.) It doesn't sound like a lot of product but it goes so, so far, especially if you use a sticky base to make your shadows pop. I did swatches today using Darling Girl Glitter Glue. It makes such a difference!

I had a slight problem with Strange & Unusual. I had to use quite a lot of product to get it to show up evenly. Maybe it's a layering shadow? It certainly has a lovely flash to it and would look great over black or other dark colours. Jack's Lantern and Redemption are both utterly gorgeous.

If you're looking for unusual colours and ridiculous amounts of pigment AND on a budget, you could do no better than Darling Girl Cosmetics in my opinion. As ever, all products were bought by myself.

Did anything here take your fancy?

You can see Part 1 of my Darling Girl swatches HERE

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Age spots on my hands & anti ageing SPF hand cream

Hello lovelies.

As promised on the weekend, here are my 38 year old age spotted hands.


Left hand

Right hand

As you can see, the right hand is worse. This is probably because I'm right handed. If I'm ever going to have one hand out of gloves/my pocket etc. it's always going to be the right, and obviously it's used more than my left hand.

Let's combine this with a mini NOTD as well. This is Accessorize Pink Spice with Models Own Jack Frost on my ring finger.




I've always had quite pronounced wrinkles on my knuckles. There are worse places to have 'em, I suppose!

I thought hard about buying this hand cream. Although Neutrogena don't test on animals, the parent company Johnson & Johnson does. If anyone knows of a good anti ageing hand cream which is totally cruelty free please let me know in the comments. It made my hands very soft but didn't reduce my ages spots particularly. I suppose I should've persevered but I have a few other hand creams to use up.

I bought this from Superdrug for £2.64 for 50ml. It's normally £3.99.

I wasn't expecting much from this hand cream to be honest, but after one use my hands looked plumper, less crepey and well, younger. They also felt so soft. The thing about brown spots on your hands (and you probably won't know this if you don't have any) is not only are they a visual pain in the bum, but the texture of them is different to the rest of your skin. It's drier. Even if you were to cover them with foundation, you'd still know they're there because that skin looks old. This is why prevention is better than cure. 

If you don't have any brown spots on your hands, you want to keep it that way as they are a dead giveaway. Look at a person who looks relatively young in the face like Madonna and then look at her veiny old lady hands. They tell you a story all of their own! Pick up a hand cream with an SPF and use it religiously. I'm keeping my tube in my handbag so I can apply it on the go and I will either buy a spare of this (or a cruelty free replacement if I can find one) so I can keep it by my side at home.

Have you got any age spots yet?

Do you use hand cream?

Thanks for reading.

You're the voice!

Hello YOU!

This post goes out to bloggers, writers, and anyone who has a 'voice', even if that's only on your Facebook page, Twitter account etc.

Do you ever feel that your 'voice' isn't YOU enough? Sometimes I do.


I think when I started blogging here for (whatever reason) I felt like I couldn't really be myself, that I was 'too much' for public consumption. Gradually I've started to put that aside, and I hope my blog carries over a bit of my personality - fun-loving, slightly cheeky and passionate about pretty things, whilst muting perhaps some of the more annoying aspects of my personality - like my fondness for the F-bomb.

When you rely upon the written word to put yourself across it can be hard to decide what to put down and what to leave behind, without leaving your whole self out. It's the kind of thing that could drive you mad if you thought about it long enough, so I think you really have to go with your heart and your instinct.

The worst thing you can do is compare yourself to someone else's writing style or 'voice'. The beauty of reading a series of blogs is it's like reading loads of little magazines. The contrast is the best part of it. No one wants to read a bunch of carbon copy posts just with a different face.

You need to work out what it is that's different about you, concentrate on it and make it your USP (unique selling point.) To some people this is as easy as falling off a log, and to others (like me) it's not so easy. I'm still working on mine, but one thing's for sure - I'm the best person to put across 'me'. I'm the best person to write the magazine of my life, and you are the best person to write the magazine of your life.

Whatever it is you want to say, do it. If you have a space to say it, make the most of it. Never be put off doing something because you think someone else might be doing the same thing better. What you have to say has value. Not everyone will love what you have to say, but will resonate with someone, even if you never get to hear about it.

Thanks for reading.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Merry Christmas? Tesco have gone mad!

Hello all!

The hubby and I do our weekly shopping every Monday, so off to Tesco we trotted tonight. As we were going around the aisles we noticed there were a lot of festive things out, like advent calendars and boxes of chocolates, but they've been gradually creeping in here and there for a few weeks, so there was no cause for alarm...

...until we checked out and started to leave the store. First of all there was a 12 feet tall gloriously bedecked twinkling Christmas tree on the left as we neared the exit. Secondly there were banners everywhere saying 'Merry Christmas!'

I love Christmas. No, I really love Christmas. It's a wonder I haven't started listening to Christmas music and watching festive films yet. Usually I have done by this time of year, so I'm slacking!

Normally the shops wait until Halloween has at least passed before they go gung ho for Christmas.I guess profits must be so pants this year they want to get everyone spending for Xmas earlier than usual. I didn't take any photos as there was a security guard in between the Christmas tree and all the signs.

So tell me, have you seen much Christmas stuff about already? If so, does it feel too early?

The most BAH HUMBUG I've ever felt about Christmas was one year when I was working at Past Times at Gatwick. We'd had an absolutely lousy summer weather-wise, and then we got a Christmas CD in the weekly communications bag with instructions to play it non-stop hence forth. It was August. I could have spontaneously combusted. 

Tra la la la la la la LA LA till next time.

Creepy Halloween OOTN Mr & Mrs

Hiya lovelies.

Here are the outfits hubby and I wore on Friday night to our friends' Halloween-themed evening wedding celebrations.












 My outfit:

Wig, ebay
Devil horns, random Halloween shop
Cardi, ebay
Top, Dorothy Perkins (over 10 years old, in a size 18, natch!)
Obi belt, ASOS
Maxi skirt, Simply Be
DM shoes, Amazon

Hubby's outfit:

Scythe and grim reaper costume, ebay.

This is hubby's first ever outfit post on the blog. Say hello to the Mr!

I used Snazaroo face paints (from ebay, bought last year) in black and white to make myself look spooky. I used black in the hollows of my cheeks, under my chins, down my neck and over my collar bones. It looked quite effective. When I took it all off at the end of the night it left my face and chest really soft and it felt moisturised. Bonus!

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

I think I'm going to do scary make up on Wednesday for Halloween even though we're not going out that night. Just for the fun of it!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Instagram photos up to 28/10/12.

Hello all!

The clocks have gone back, I've had an extra hour in bed and I still feel a tad tender. It must've been those two large vodkas I had last night whilst watching Strictly. Oops.

Here are this week's bunch of Instagram shots.

Harry Potter books leant by my cousin/me looking fed up/teal Barry M nails.


 Taking off nail polish using tin foil/morning porridge/Barry M catalogue.


  Statue on the A33/me all fancy dress/hubby in B&W.


Me as Morticia/the happy couple/cute little bats.


This week we went to a really cool evening wedding do in Wiltshire. My friend Rachel and her hubby Craig got married in glorious alternative style. Rach wore a lace sleeveless top, black corset, black hooped skirt and a purple flouncy overskirt in taffeta. Craig wore knee high New Rock boots, a kilt, sporran and jacket. They looked amazing. They had 2 bands play the evening do. One of the bands (Devilish Presley) wrote a song for them. How cool is that?! Horror films were projected onto one of the walls, there was a trick or treat table full of sweets and EVERYONE was in fancy dress. We saw everyone from a Jedi to Uncle Fester, a gamut of witches and a baby dressed up as a skeleton. I went as Morticia and hubby as the Grim Reaper, complete with 5 foot scythe. I'll show you our outfits in an OOTD post soon.

I got up to my usual mischief. The second band on was Global Noise Attack, whose singer is an intense chap who roams around the crowd singing into people's faces or staring at them wild eyed. It could be quite intimidating as he was only wearing arseless chaps and a leather cod piece. When he came near me I slapped his arse as hard as I could. He then changed the words of the song to '...and she slapped my arse!' Everyone burst out laughing and he stayed clear of me after that. Victory!

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What might be a strange thing to consider about going to the wedding is Rach and I had never met before that day. We've been friends for about 5 years, first on MySpace, then Twitter, then Facebook, and now we keep in touch through Instagram and texts. Rach and Craig couldn't make it to our wedding earlier this year, or we'd have met earlier. It may seem strange to some to call someone a friend, exchange Christmas presents with them and yet only know each other through the internet, but most of my enduring friendships have been made in an unconventional way. That's not to say I don't have real life friends, of course I do, I'm just open to the lovely people out there who live far away. I've been friends with a group of girls for about 12-13 years who I met from joining a penpal agency for people into rock music. We only see each other 2-3 times a year because we're spread all over the country, but we're friends for life. Many of the people I 'met' on MySpace have become Facebook friends, then real life friends. Another of my oldest friends is a lady I met whilst queuing to use the loo in a rock pub. We hit it off, became fast friends and are still in touch to this day. Life is so wonderful if you open yourself up to possibilities, and I think you can never have too many friends.

Have you ever made a friend in 'strange' circumstances?

Thanks for reading! I hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Truth time ... I'm Leah and I ...

Hiya lovelies!

After reading a post by British Beauty Blogger (<--fab blogger, go read!) about older ladies in beauty it reignited a fire I've been slow-burning about feeling too old to be here, showing my fizzog and other bits on the internet. I'm sure some people would rather old birds like me would get the hell off the intuhwebz, start wearing tweed skirts and crocheting for fun. Bugger that!

I'm Leah and I am thirtychuffingeight years young.

This year has seen the start of dry crepey bags under my eyes and brown age spots on the backs of my hands. This is a right pisser, because generally I've been told I always looked 10 years younger than I am ... well, in adulthood, at least!

I have approximately thirteen chins and sometimes use the fat girl angle shot (also known as the Facebook profile shot) to try to minimise them. Guilty, yer honour!

I use so much flash in my photos I stand the risk of blinding people in the next county in an attempt to hide my monobrow, 127 million freckles, the rash on my face from Fibromyalgia, and the aforementioned eye bags.

I have wrinkly knuckles from washing up without gloves (I can't stand feeling sweaty anywhere, let alone between my fingers UGH UGH UGH) and you know, from moving them to gesticulate at rude fuckers who yell unintelligible bullshit at me from speeding cars.

I have more grey hair than is prudent to rip out.

I have tattoos in places your mother would most definitely find uncouth.

I collect nail polish despite sometimes going yonks without doing my nails.

I have enough make up to break a donkey's back despite not having a flawless canvas to paint it on.

In case these examples haven't got it across - I'm not perfect. I'm just a bird waffling about on the internet. It's just make up, not world peace. But you know what? There are a lot of other people like me who occasionally might look in the mirror sans make up and might think 'Oh, fuck!' rather than 'Hubba hubba!' and that's why I'm here plugging away. Besides, I never could get the hang of crochet!

Life is too short for me to think I need to bog off because society favours the young. I'm never going to grow old gracefully. I want to be the eccentric old dear with bright hair, brighter lipstick and a massive twinkle in my eyes. I'll document my finds, take the piss out of myself when I cock up, and show you what I'm wearing despite size 10 being so far away I can't even see it, let alone fit into it! *wink*

Going forward, I'm going to be a lot less shy about showing the signs of my ageing. It happens to us all, you know? It's closer for some of us than it is others, but it's how you deal with it that matters. This ol' bird is always going to be neck deep in glitter.

In a post coming up this coming week I'll show you my age-spotted mitts and talk about a great SPF hand lotion I've found to help combat them.

How do you feel about your own ageing?
Do you feel angry when you think about older ladies being expected to take a back seat in beauty?

P.S. I don't always swear this much, honest!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

JML Pedi Pro Deluxe

Hiya loves!

When I was staying at my aunt's place last weekend my dad showed me his JML 'foot grater' and I asked for one for Christmas. My dad said he wouldn't get me something like that for Christmas, and my aunt said I could have her brand new one because she hadn't even opened the box. I give you the JML Pedi Pro Deluxe.



 
In the box you get:
  • 1 Pedi Pro Deluxe
  • 1 stainless steel blade
  • 1 buffing disk
  • 1 shaving tray
  • 6 extra buffing pads
  • 1 carry pouch
  • 1 small cleaning brush
I forgot to take a photo of the stainless steel blade. You can see it in a stock photo below.

Source


The Pedi Pro is about 4 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide and fits neatly into the palm of my hand. It's made of out soft touch plastic (like Barry M lipstick cases.) This is the buffing disk. It's covered in fine grade sandpaper, basically. This is after one use on my feet. There's enough grain left on this buffer to do my feet one more time, I'd estimate, but then there are 6 more in the box. You can get extra buffers, metal blades and even a moisturiser applicator from JML.


The cleaning brush comes in handy. The Pedi Pro sands your hard skin off so finely it all turns to white dust, so it does cling to the inside of the machine almost like talcum powder. I first used the Pedi Pro yesterday, not expecting it to do much. I was in the living room at the time so I soon had a dusty pile at my feet. I hoovered it up straight away as it was gross! I used it again this afternoon, laying down a towel to catch the dust which comes out.


The motor in the machine moves it in a circular fashion, so it's best to follow its natural motion. If you press too hard the motor stops, so there's no danger of hurting yourself, providing you are going over rough skin.



Because the Pedi Pro sands your feet so finely if you have areas of really hard skin, it's best to shave them off first with a rougher metal utensil like the Ped Egg or a similar rough foot file first. My husband said to me last night 'Your feet look really soft!' I had a feel and said 'You're right!' I was as surprised as he was. He normally calls me 'leather feet'. Because my left leg is shorter than my right after a nasty accident with my knee years ago, my right leg takes more body weight and thus my right foot has more hard skin. I can't remember my feet being this soft since I was a child.


After just 2 uses of the Pedi Pro my feet are soft and almost hard skin free. It's amazing!

I have to draw your attention to something which most of you probably wouldn't think of. I'm disabled and normally hard skin removal is hard work for me. The Pedi Pro makes light work of a boring task, freeing up time and effort for more important things. After a few more uses my feet should be as soft as a baby's bum and then I estimate I'll only need to use the Pedi Pro once a week or so as maintenance.

Believe it or not after such a glowing review I haven't been paid to review this item! Although mine was free from my lovely aunt you can buy the Pedi Pro Deluxe from JML Direct or any number of their stockists for £19.99. This one was bought in Asda, but I know several other stores such as Boots, Poundstretcher, Lloyds and Robert Dyas also sell JML products. It takes 4 AA batteries.

If hard skin removal is a boring chore for you this nifty gadget might just be the answer!

What do you use to smooth your feet or do you have pedicures done at a salon?

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Barry M teal 334 NOTD/Barry M discount code

Hello lovelies.

Here's my latest mani, Barry M 334 which is a lovely shade of teal.




It's opaque in 2 coats, but looks less opaque because of the flash. There are some visible brush strokes, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I'm far too busy admiring the colour.

Barry M are cruelty free.
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Talking of Barry M, they have another 20% discount code current, up until October 28th. It's SCREAM20.

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Wants - hibernation time!

Hello lovelies!

The early dark nights and extra chill in the air are making me want to hibernate with a humongous pile of books, lots of warm clothing and lots of carbs. Here is my wintry lust list.

I love this skirt. It's £35 from Simply Be.


I need a onesie. This one looks right up my street. It's £22 from Simply Be.


I've had my eye on this cardi for a couple of months now. It's £25 from Yours.


I love those plum jeans in the photo too.

What have you got your eyes on to see you through Autumn/Winter?

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I had my one and only filling replaced today. That tooth doesn't hurt, but a few teeth on the bottom row under it (where the dentist was resting his grip) does. At least the tooth was saved. Apparently the decay under the filling was quite deep and I could tell he was excavating close to the nerve as it was getting a bit ouchy. Hopefully this will do the trick and I won't need root canal! Eeeeek.

I started to read the Harry Potter books for the first time EVER today. I wanted to wait for them all to be out so I could go about it in my usual obsessive way and read them all as quickly as possible. When I mentioned to my cousin last week I wanted to read the books he kindly lent me the first 4. I've read 82 pages in a couple of hours so far this evening.


Eastenders and Holby are on tonight so that'll keep me out of mischief for a while.

I hope your week is going well so far.

Monday, 22 October 2012

A little catch up

Hi all.

I'd like to make an apology for the lack of err...content in the blog this last week or so. I didn't do a weekly photo post yesterday as I only took about 4 photos all week. So here's what I've been doing:

  • Today I left the soap drawer of the washing machine open and flooded the kitchen. I used all but 2 of the towels in my possession to mop it up. Who knew that if you allow air into a washing machine the suds multiply by about 100?! It was like the jacuzzi/bubble bath interface from hell.
  • I spent the weekend with my family in Kent. I wanted to go see my uncle as he had a heart attack about a month ago. Luckily, he's totally fine now but it has knocked his confidence in life for six. We spent 4 hours with him on Saturday and it was really lovely to see him and make sure he's doing OK. We stayed with my dad's sister for the weekend and it was really good. We caught up with that side of the family - my dad, my aunt, my cousins (and my cousin Martin's two kids). We watched a few films over the weekend and Martin lent me the first 4 Harry Potter books as I've never read them. (I was waiting for them all to be out before I did.) On Sunday we went to lunch with my brother, his girlfriend and her two lovely girls at their house. It was SO nice to catch up with everyone, it was just a shame that I didn't get to see any of my friends back home as time was so tight.

Little C is 7 and is as lovely as can be. I think this was only the 4th time I've met her and she's gradually got more cuddly and affectionate each time. The last two times we've seen her she sulked a tiny bit when I had to leave, bless her. I made up a bedtime story for her on Saturday night. My cousin, my dad and hubby were in the living room peeing themselves laughing at my tale of her being a princess living in a pink castle with a pink lake full of poisonous marshmallows (she hates marshmallows) and having Slipknot and One Direction play at the castle (she likes both bands.) Harry Styles was her slave. He had to brush and plait her hair and wash her feet. She had pet unicorns who farted fire (but shit glitter) and horses with love hearts on their bums. She loved it and I had loads of fun making it up.

  • I've been sick with worry over the roof leak our building management company have failed to fix for the last month. I have a MUSHROOM growing on one of the walls now! Luckily there's no other mould in our flat, but there's loads in the communal hallway and it's absolutely disgusting.
The mould in the communal hallway.

The containers to catch the water.

The ceiling is starting to collapse.

The leak is in the boiler cabinet directly above the boiler. All our electrics enter the flat through this cupboard too so it's really dangerous. The ceiling is so sodden with water that the concrete is sagging in and cracking, yet no one seems to understand why having a working gas boiler under a ceiling which may collapse is a problem. Seriously, do I need to spell it out in foot high letters?! AAAARGGGHH. Every time it rains the drip drip DRIP is inescapable. The neighbour below us is getting some water into their flat which I can''t catch so we're going to pool our anger and kick some butt with Environmental Health. There's really no excuse to treat anyone like this. He and I both have asthma so we could very easily end up with pneumonia if this is allowed to get worse.

  • I have been feeling a little under the weather. I'm anaemic quite often and this is one of those times. I've just been round Tesco and it's been a struggle finding the breath for a slow amble around the aisles. I'm really tired, so tired that I'm actually sleeping well at night, which is rare for me. It doesn't actually make any difference, because I still feel wrung out. The last month has been very stressful for several reasons (especially because of the leak) and I really feel like I need a mini holiday to recover.
  • I've been preparing for the horror/Halloween themed wedding we're going to this weekend. I'm going as Morticia and hubby is going as the Grim Reaper. Here's my wig.

What's new with you? Did you have a good weekend?

Excellent resources to explain chronic pain

Hiya loves!

I swear this is the last time I'm going to talk about all things health for a while.

However, should any of you have a chronic pain condition or know someone who does, I have a couple of excellent sources of information for you.

This first one I saw on Facebook here.

1. People with chronic pain seem unreliable (we can’t count on ourselves). When feeling better we promise things (and mean it); when in serious pain, we may not even show up.

2. An action or situation may result in pain several hours later, or even the next day. Delayed pain is confusing to people who have never experienced it.

3. Pain can inhibit listening and other communication skills. It’s like having someone shouting at you, or trying to talk with a fire alarm going off in the room. The effect of pain on the mind can seem like attention deficit disorder. So you may have to repeat a request, or write things down for a person with chronic pain. Don’t take it personally, or think that they are stupid.

4. The senses can overload while in pain. For example, noises that wouldn’t normally bother you, seem too much.

5. Patience may seem short. We can’t wait in a long line; can’t wait for a long drawn out conversation.

6. Don’t always ask “how are you” unless you are genuinely prepared to listen it just points attention inward.

7. Pain can sometimes trigger psychological disabilities (usually very temporary). When in pain, a small task, like hanging out the laundry, can seem like a huge wall, too high to climb over. An hour later the same job may be quite OK. It is sane to be depressed occasionally when you hurt.


8. Pain can come on fairly quickly and unexpectedly. Pain sometimes abates after a short rest. Chronic pain people appear to arrive and fade unpredictably to others.

9. Knowing where a refuge is, such as a couch, a bed, or comfortable chair, is as important as knowing where a bathroom is. A visit is much more enjoyable if the chronic pain person knows there is a refuge if needed. A person with chronic pain may not want to go anywhere that has no refuge (e.g.no place to sit or lie down).

10. Small acts of kindness can seem like huge acts of mercy to a person in pain. Your offer of a pillow or a cup of tea can be a really big thing to a person who is feeling temporarily helpless in the face of encroaching pain.

11. Not all pain is easy to locate or describe. Sometimes there is a body-wide feeling of discomfort, with hard to describe pains in the entire back, or in both legs, but not in one particular spot you can point to. Our vocabulary for pain is very limited, compared to the body’s ability to feel varieties of discomfort.


12. We may not have a good “reason” for the pain. Medical science is still limited in its understanding of pain. Many people have pain that is not yet classified by doctors as an officially recognized “disease”. That does not reduce the pain, – it only reduces our ability to give it a label, and to have you believe us.

AUTHOR UNKNOWN. If anyone knows the author I would love to credit them.
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The second resource I found was from this Wiki How page on dealing with chronic pain. It has many great points.
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Both articles are invaluable for people like me who are struggling to convey the issues of the condition(s) they're dealing with. They are also great for people who want to educate themselves about the pain conditions their loved ones are dealing with. Let's not forget these illnesses don't just affect us, but everyone close to us.Education leads to understanding and support, and that is a wonderful thing!

OK, I promise to concentrate on all that's glittery and pretty for a while now.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 19 October 2012

The best and worst of today's news

Hiya loves!

I don't very often do opinion pieces as there's only 2 things you need to start a war on the internet and they are an opinion and a broadband collection (<---Fibromyalgia brain!) connection.

In this morning's news online as I ate my porridge I saw the absolute best and worst of humanity.

The worst

I got an email this morning from an organisation called Hope Not Hate, who said the BNP leader Nick Griffin had posted the full address of a gay couple on his Twitter page.

From Hope Not Hate: Nick Griffin had his twitter account temporarily suspended last night after he posted the address of a Gay couple who had won their case against discriminating B&B owners. And to make matters worse Griffin called for direct action to be taken on the Gay couple.

Griffin thought they deserved some 'drama' from his idiot followers, which no doubt is BNP-speak for 'Go and rearrange their faces.' You may remember the story of the gay couple Michael Black and John Morgan in the press as they were the ones banned from staying at a B&B by a Christian couple who feel being gay is wrong. Yesterday it emerged that the B&B owners would have to pay the couple £3,000 in compensation. I can only hazard a guess as to why that inflamed Mr Griffin so much he felt he needed to publish the men's address online, but Hope Not Hate see this for the hate crime it is and there's a petition to sign here if you agree.

The best

I am SO proud to be British at the moment (well, more so than ever) because of the NHS offering vital help to 14 year old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for simply being a girl and wanting to go to school. It warms the cockles of my heart to know this brave young lady is having free 24 hour care in Birmingham right now. More so, I'm absolutely bursting with pride for the Asian ladies campaigning in Birmingham today with their 'I am Malala.' signs. Absolutely fantastic. Ladies, we are all Malala. If we were born in a different time and place we could all be her. It's not just an issue in the countries the Taliban are rife, it's a women's rights issue worldwide. It's feminist issue. It's an awful thing to happen to a young girl. I hope she recovers fully and leads a long, happy life of standing up for her rights as a woman.

She makes me very proud. Proud and humbled.

Sometimes reading the news leaves me with a heavy heart, but this latter story fills me full of hope. What's a life without hope? Nothing at all.

What's been bothering you in the news recently? Good or bad, let me know.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

AX Paris biker boots

Hiya lovelies.

I have a want. I spied these boots today and fell in love.



As you can see they're £39. They come in black and a dusky taupe colour.

If you go ahead and buy them, just be aware AX Paris use Yodel couriers, who took 9 days to get my parcel from Manchester to my home 300 miles away. A donkey could've got it here faster! ;)

I haven't got a nice pair of flat winter boots. Have you seen any nice ones?

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Tasty like Colemans OOTD

Hiya loves.

My mum bought me a jumper from Sainsbury's last Friday. It's in size XL which I didn't expect to fit me, but it was a perfect fit. It was only £9. I think they had it in 3 other colours as well. It's really soft and not at all scratchy.

For years I've eyed mustard suspiciously thinking it didn't suit me, but when Becky posted some photos of her new mustard dress, I was drawn to it. When I saw the jumper I was musing aloud about whether it would suit me or not and my mum pulled a tenner out of her purse and said she'd buy it for me. Awww.





Mustard jumper £9 Sainsburys
Jersey maxi skirt £30 Simply Be (2010 or earlier)

I added a belt to this afterwards and got rid of the Alice band. I only had it on to stop me getting foundation all over my fringe.

When we were in town on Saturday I got so many filthy looks from men whilst wearing this outfit. I guess wearing a high waisted skirt with a belt under my boobs drew their eyes to my them. The interesting thing is I didn't get any dirty looks from women at all, just their bloody husbands! One bloke might've needed surgery to put his eyeballs back in his head after his extended period of gawking. Jaysus!

When was the last time a total tool stared at you?

Thanks for reading!