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Christmas Gift Ideas for under £100

If like me, you get to this stage of December and you haven’t bought all your Christmas gifts yet, and panic is setting in at the prospect of elbowing your way through the throngs of shoppers swinging their bags in overheated shops whilst rivulets of sweat run down the inside of your legs into a damp puddle in your shoes, …

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Disney’s Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre

When the Corner Shop PR invited me to join them for Disney’s 25th Anniversary of Aladdin’s cinematic release in November, I had not heard a great deal about the West End Production.  I assumed that, like the film, it would be a show aimed predominantly at younger audiences. Well I was wrong. The energy is dazzling, the costumes are spectacular …

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Sparkle and Shine

  Add a little sparkle to your Christmas with a sequin sweatshirt or jumper,  the smarter alternative to the enormously awful tradition of the Christmas jumper (yes, just call me the grumpy grinch).  I cannot think of anything worse than going to a Christmas party sporting a penguin or a snowman (or a fat bearded man with a bulbous nose …

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Green Shirt Blues

I recently rediscovered a black pussy bow blouse that I bought at Miss Selfridge several years ago, BC (before children). Perhaps it was in storage whilst I engaged in the battle of the bust and waistline, but I can fit into it again and it is fast becoming my favourite item for most evenings out. With the festive season in …

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Chorizo and Parmesan Chicken with Courgette Salad

I had some friends visiting from Australia over the summer  and naturally we went out for dinner on a Monday night.  Eighteen of us including the children, with everyone ending up back at ours for a (not) quick  drink. And thus my week started a bit festively and messily with a generous dose of overeating and going to bed far …

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Sorry I’m Late I Didn’t Want To Come Slogan T-shirt

Earlier in the year I purchased some letter transfers to add to a T-shirt. The slogan was:  SORRY I’M LATE I DIDN’T WANT TO COME. I am not sure whether I’d best describe my lateness as poor time-keeping or the fact that I always think I can squeeze more into the time I have than is actually possible.  Or is …

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The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes

By the time I was eighteen months old, the only colour shoes I wanted to wear was red.  There was no other choice.  By the time I was eighteen years old, not much had changed.  I saved a good portion of my Saturday retail assistant earnings to buy a pair of red suede shoes from my favourite trendy shoe shop. …

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Get on the Snake

Before I went on holiday in August, I decided that I needed a pair of snake skin mid calf boots. Preferably in a blend of monochrome tones. Could I find any?  Not distinctly anything that ticked the (very particular) boxes. As soon as I came back from our European camping adventures, I resumed my search for these elusive snake boots, …

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Lidl launches Esmara by Heidi Klum range during London Fashion Week

After poking some fun  that Lidl has joined the bandwagon of retailers recruiting celebrities to design a clothing range a couple of weeks ago, I did find myself dashing  to Lidl at 8am this morning.  To buy snacks for the kids for their after school clubs this afternoon, of course.  Honestly.  The launch of Esmara by Heidi Klum had nothing …

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Polka Dot Day

It’s been a few weeks since my last post because I have been camping my way around Europe for the summer. All good intentions of writing a few blog posts went out of the (tent) window as most areas we were in had no decent mobile signal or any wifi.  A sign perhaps to put the technology to rest and …