Beauty, Lifestyle, Mind, Motherhood, Review

Indie & Pop Charts: Top 10 Beauty products to make you feel better

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Feel good things in small packages

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a Hospital stay to make you appreciate the little things in life &, moreover, LIFE itself. Having spent a vast amount of time at God Bless Hotel NHS, I can speak with a fair bit of authority & experience when it comes to what to take in your Hospital Bag & what stuff to have on standby if, like me, you often end up there via ambulance unexpectedly & leave a bewildered significant other to do the packing for you.

These are things that are guaranteed to make you feel & possibly look a bit better when you’re feeling crappy full stop. They all make excellent gifts & are perfect pick-me-ups for busy Mums or Mums to be especially.

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Beauty, fashion, Food, Home, Lifestyle, Mind, Motherhood, Parenting, Review, Womenswear

The Indie & Pop Charts: A Top 10 of life enhancing stuff

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Making my world a brighter place: Business Cards / Business Card Holder / Cosmetics & similar MakeUp Bag / Neckaces c/o SWYC / Similar Notebook / Pom Pom Bedspread

This is your chance to tune in to the things that have rocked my world recently because they might just rock yours, too. A list of things to make you look good, feel good or that just DO good.

NB: Although it’s a Chart they’e not really in any particular order of preference. You can play D.J with the Mix.

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Accessories, Beauty, fashion, Lifestyle, Mind, Motherhood

Anxious Armour


‘Give a woman the right make up & she can conquer the world’ Charlotte Tilbury

Sunglasses can conceal far more than tiredness; a simple slick of lipstick appears considered, organised, ‘together’. If you’re going to invest in something for yourself (other than a decent, expertly fitted bra – which is always advisable)  then a lipstick or a pair of sunglasses are easy, everyday & affordable armour.

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Books, Mind, Review

Words & Pictures


My companions in recovery – my Weim & words

On Tuesday morning, as often I do, I tuned in to hear BBC Women’s Hour.  It was especially of interest to me as Rachel Kelly the author of the recently published Black Rainbow & founder of #healingwords was a guest speaker on the show. Continue reading


Dad is not a dirty word

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So yesterday, Sunday 15th June, marked ‘Father’s Day’ in the UK . Following in the modern commercial  Card Co generated tradition of ‘Mothering Sunday’ (originally a celebration of the Church) which I for one, pay much homage to these celebratory occasions of our old folks – taking the time to say ‘Thanks’, chuck a card in the post & raise a glass in their honour. Nobody ever claimed being a parent is easy & it’s the least us kids can do, eh? Continue reading


Tea & Sympathy


‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that’ – Martin Luther King Jr (Chandeliers at The Ritz, London)

Last Thursday, 29th May, was a bit of an odd ‘anniversary’ for me. Two years ago that day was one of mixed blessings and feelings – it marked the funeral of my much beloved Grandmother-in-law, Ruth and then the afternoon promised an unrelated celebratory Afternoon Tea. At The Ritz. With a celebrity. Continue reading