Thursday, 24 July 2014


aka bras!
 Me 'n' Caroline, from Putting Your Life In Order went on a little road trip on Monday.
A la Thelma and Louise as Mr B said.
With the wind in our hair air-con on in her husbands' hybrid car, we drove off to Desborough, where there is a factory outlet for wacoal-eveden whose ranges include Fantasie, Freya and Elomi.

Think lingerie (and swimwear), think glamour.
umm, the shop
 Do not be alarmed! Inside you are greeted by these two lovely ladies and a collection of stock that will take your breath away.

Marie and Louise
Marie got the short straw, me, to look after and she was fabulous, not only managing to get me into a 38 size bra(!), but explaining her choices with regard to the way each bra was constructed.
Fantasie make several styles of bra with a sort of crescent shaped piece on the outer side of the cup, so the lower part of the cup is made of 3 sections as opposed to 2, which makes it much better support for a larger cup size.
Even if you aren't buying a bra from them, check out their shape fitting guide here.
Lots of top tips if you are looking to buy a new bra.
the offices
I did end up going up a size, (though still a smaller back size than I thought...but bigger cups), in as much as I wouldn't have Marie at home to help me get dressed in the morning(!) and probably would've struggled to do it up easily. I got 'Susanna' in teal and 'Elodie' in purple.
But I know what I have chosen fits properly and gives me a better outline underclothing. Again, another top tip, try your clothes on over a bra in the changing room; you'll be amazed at the difference a good fitting bra gives.
Thank you gurrlfriend, for taking me out on such a fun trip!

Friday, 18 July 2014

An Afternoon At The Country Club

I've been, on the most part, walking over to our local fitness centre every month for the last 6 months to visit Judith, the sports therapist, with great success.
My ancient Pucca T-shirt. So old it's vintage. Probably.
But this was the first time Mr B had come along too! (The joy of him being on holiday).
Hence the 'photo shoot'.
The place used to be a private squash club, then it was leased by Fitness First and now it is back to being a family owned fitness club.
But as Mr B said, it has the air of being a secluded country club and reminded us of our big summer holidays at the end of the 80s when we would travel down to Newquay for the pro surfing championships.
Those were the days...we had a sportsman who was a world No 1, betcha didn't know that, did ya?
lots of love from a surfing me!
 OMG, it's Martin Potter, World No 1 Surfing Pro!
Homemade sandwiches, the first cappucini from the new machine and table tennis.
What more could you want or need?
My lovely 'tat' bag from Rockers England (Manchester) had an outing.
And I wore sandals while I had the chance.
(Did you get the amazing thunderstorms last night/today?)
  No country club theme would be complete without a link to the beautiful, talented and, alas, no longer with us
Billy MacKenzie.

Sorry it's the karaoke version but it was the one video that (a) had the sharp, cut off ending and (b) wasn't introduced by Jimmy Saville!
Still, it's a good song to sing along with.
(Unless you are my neighbour!!!!)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Holiday Kickback

New shoes!!!!
I first saw these in TK Maxx in Milton Keynes; just one lone pair in a size 6, that were too big!
The cheapest place I could track them down to was ASOS.
This was the first time I have ordered from them and they were brilliant!
The de Havilland order packers could learn a lesson from them on how to pack a box of shoes so they don't arrive in a battered box!

Celebrating Mr B being on his summer break by having drinks at Starbucks today.
Which is sort of my 'excuse' for not blogging or commenting.
But I have been reading your posts!
 We went to Birmingham on Friday and saw this wicker jumping horse on a traffic island outside the Indoor Market.
Rather lovely isn't it?
Some of you may remember my 'Wicker Wednesday' posts?
(Here, here, the Wicker Wednesday Whicker Island post and some more Brummie wicker here, to give you a taster!)
Hope the links give you a giggle.

Friday, 4 July 2014

A Couple Of Old Toms

So pleased I spied this on the way out of one of the areas in Hopkinson21!
Even more pleased that Mr B bought him! He has a 'thing' for Tom & Jerry. He was tucked away in a dark spot behind an electric guitar in one of the units at this fab vintage shop.
But he looks so at home on the swing seat in our garden.
Sure he's smiling!

The other Tom is residing in the fridge.
A present for Mr B from one of his work colleagues from Buxton, when they were working there the other week.
"It's very strong" was all I got on asking him about it. He chose to try it there because the poster featured a tom cat logo!

Robinson's Old Tom


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

My 'Bloody Brigadoon' Moment

At a guess, most of you would have seen "Four Weddings and a Funeral"?
And you remember the bit at the Scottish wedding, where Simon Callow arrives in the room where everyone is dressed in tartan and dancing Scottish reels?

Well, I had 'that' moment the last night we were in Nottingham. Can you guess where I'm going?
Sitting in The Cross Keys, a very old pub, eating our very yummy dinner when who walks in but Robin Hood!

 It's Robin Hood, bloody Robin Hood!
(and a German camera crew) 

Yes, it's Robin Hood, just having a pint of ale
I nearly choked on my crayfish and avocado salad!
All tooled up and ready to go...
...robbing from the rich, to give to the poor 

All together now, you know what's coming...couldn't get this theme tune out of my head!
One of my greatest childhood programmes.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Luscious Locks In Notts

I cannot quite believe this is me!


Beautiful hairstyle crated by the amazing Lucille of
With her adorable little dog, Margot. (Extra surprise)
A wonderful way to be pampered, (with added cake and coffee too), organised by the lovely Karina of Vintage To A Tea.
Thank you girls for a most fabulous treat!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Tied Up In Notts

Having so much fun in Nottingham!
Was wiped out on Wednesday, but back out again yesterday and today.
Jonny Loulous' sale...
Amy Butler fabric (swoon)
Jesse James beads (a pound a strand!)

 New perfume from Kiehl's shop (I mean...a real shop, not a stand in a department store)

Yummy iced almond parfait dessert in The Cross Keys, our local for the week
The tram stop opposite our hotel. Simples.
Got the tram to here...Hopkinsons.
Got the tram back into town to go to Baklash. Didn't buy the hat.
Ever wondered where a pony stays backstage. Me in Peregrines' "stable".
Whoa! Where's the pony? (In a lift!)
The wonderful Peregrine

Thursday, 26 June 2014

A Room With A View

Working l-r, these photos give you a pretty good idea of our view.
The Unitarian Church, that is now a pub called the Pitcher & Piano! There is a church, just out of view, which I believe is St Mary's, that bongs on the quarter hour throughout the day. Gives Big Ben a damn good run for its' money. And they have just started doing a peel as I type!
So special. Sounds like practise for a wedding!

The snippet of gold, bottom right, is Nottingham Contemporary.

Nottingham Contemporary bottom left. Moving round we get the Queens Road car park and the tram line in front of it. Excellent service.
Nottingham Magistrates Court

The circular white rooves belong to the HM & Customs buildings (very snazzy), with the Ratcliffe-on- Soar Power Station on the horizon.

Power Station on zoom. (Thank's not that close!)
Nottingham Castle surrounded by greenery, Castle Heights office block on Maid Marion Way (!) and finally, another church, St Peter's.
Not bad for a hotel room view in the East Midlands!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Nottingham - ideas please

Mr B is going to here for a week 
Theatre Royal
Which looks like this inside...gob-smackingly stunning. (Probably a Matchams at a guess) 
Alan Metheringham/flickr

Where do you suggest I visit. I've googled lots of things, but 'insider info' is always the best!
So far...several vintage shops, archery, clay pigeon shooting, a couple of lovely country houses/gardens, the castle and an ice skating lesson have caught my eye.

Considering I've hit a-not-very-good-at-going-out phase, I may just spend it in the hotel room!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Summer Ruffles

Little round buttons and rouleau button loops, ruffles, sleeveless and crochet hem and trim.
A lovely, ruffly, flimsy Summer top.
Worn with my pre-loved Christmas present from Mr B, found at our village Christmas Fair.
A lucky 7 ring necklace.
Apparently each ring stands for something different -
life, love, longevity, friendship, health, wealth and happiness
or, depending what you read -
1st ring-Long Life.
2nd ring-Good Friends.
3rd ring-Health.
4th ring- Love.
5th ring-Wealth.
6th ring-Peace.
7th ring-Happiness.
or, even the seven days of the week.
Take your pick, but it is a lovely item to wear and I love to touch and roll the rings around.
Very tactile.
Do you have a 'special meaning' piece of jewellery?

Monday, 9 June 2014

Pantone Shade for 2015?

B'stard Pink.

Oh yes, I can see this colour really catching on, can't you?
I couldn't believe it when Mr B told me about it.

all photos, except this one, from Google
 It is the name used for a certain colour of lighting gel, which is like a heavier version of a cellophane sweet wrapper that you cut from a roll to fit in front of a stage lighting lamp. I thought they were just red, pink, yellow etc or possibly a number, as there is a huge choice of colours available.
But b'stard pink and its cousin b'stard amber are for real and do, in fact, cast a wonderful glow for human flesh.
the wonderful Mayall character of Alan B'stard MP
 Now, I had intended to just do this as a post 'cos I like the Pantone year shades, (here and here), but this, sadly, can  also link to the sad demise of Rik Mayall today at the too young age of 56.
I have 2 memories of Mayall.
The first time I met him in the flesh was when Fashion Aid was on at the Royal Albert Hall and I was working at London Festival Ballet; we had all the dancers and extras corralled in the dance studios and he was messing around with this fleshy-coloured T-shirt, (the Katherine Hamnett one from the show possibly?), rolling it up and sticking it through his open flies, so it looked like a penis!

As Rick from the brilliant 'The Young Ones'
The second time, I was at Chelsea Design and he came in with one of his 2(!) partners and a small toddler, dressed in Osh Kosh dungarees and tiny baseball boots. They said they wanted an outfit for the child to wear at a wedding. So I ushered them towards the pastel silk pageboy be told that the child was a girl! Ooops!

oh my, hasn't she grown
(Though that faux pas was nothing next to the clanger I dropped with  Chantal Hanover - it still makes me cringe even now!)

If you have 6 minutes to spare do watch this snippet of film from Fashion Aid. I do believe there is a VHS video of it, (which I NEED to own NOW), that has Freddie Mercury and Jane Seymour getting married! It is beyond...anything I can think of!