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Fifty Shades of Red Handbags

In the suburb of London where I live, there is a dingy little shopping centre.  The quality of shop offering is on the lean side. Politely phrased.  A mecca for spending your money, it’s not.  There is, however a TK Maxx that I storm through on a regular basis.  And on the path I tread with some speed, they have …

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Cherry & Gin Cocktail

  During our last visit to Cape Town, I ordered a cherry gin cocktail in a beach bar.  It was served with a sprig of rosemary and I loved the infusion of the cherry,  gin and the aroma of the herbs.   Their cherry mix was a little synthetic, but the result was generally quite pleasing.  On our next trip …

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A Unique Valentine’s Day Gift

Competition If you fancy the chance to win a $100 voucher towards a Jord wooden watch, you can enter by filling in your details on the Jord watches competition link.  Not only will your entry automatically qualify you for a 10% discount code,  but the other good news- it’s open worldwide. Once the winner has been selected, they will receive their …

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Five Guys Named Moe

Shortly before Christmas, I had the pleasure of going to the Marble Arch Theatre to see the vibrant and energetic musical show,  “Five Guys Named Moe”( directed by Clarke Peters).   The Marble Arch theatre is a pop-up venue inspired a New Orleans Jazz club, complete with an authentic 1940’s bar and bandstand, constructed specifically for this show. At the …

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Chasing Rainbows

I returned  from a glorious summer holiday in Cape Town on New Years Eve, just in time to join the rest of the UK for a cold, grey and glum January, waking up on the first day of 2018 with the obligatory hangover. The prospect of several months of frosty and grim weather stretching ahead of me.  It was my …

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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 …