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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and a relaxing looooooooong weekend! I know I did. So busy drinking cocktails relaxing was I that I barely bothered to check my Twitter and Instagram accounts and even Facebook only got a cursory daily scroll through. Putting FOMO (that’s Fear Of Missing Out, mother) aside, I found that I really liked my mini digital detox and have vowed to do it more often.

The Instagram World of Glowology

I do love a bit of Instagram, don’t you? It’s a wonderful rose-tinted version of life as we know it with softly filtered pictures that somehow manage to make something quite ordinary, such as a cup of coffee and bunch of flowers, a simple lipstick or – in my case – a glass of fizzy, into a masterpiece. So, here’s my Instagram life lately…and the reality behind it!Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 16.16.03

My gorgeous, leggy friend (let’s just call her Elle ;-)) is setting up an online accessories business called Barewith Accessories. She very kindly treated me to lunch as I helped start her off on the wonderful world of Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Although she said it made her head ache as there was so much to learn, I know she’ll soon be a dab hand at it and her business will be flourishing – especially with a  little bit of blogging and social media love from moi! Although Barewith Accessories hasn’t officially launched yet, it would be lovely if you could reach out to her and say ‘hi’ on Twitter @LoveBareWith or on Instagram @barewithaccessories and Facebook.Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 16.17.02Grooming isn’t all about the girls, is it? Here’s my lovely Stressed Husband getting splattered and soapy, making sure our precious black lab, Troy, gets his shine on! Loving the pinny – and it seems as if it’s inspired him to don one in the kitchen as he’s been cooking up a storm lately…who knew? Stressed Husband no more perhaps?

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 16.17.59Last weekend I attended the evening reception of the prettiest, quirkiest wedding I’ve ever been to! The young lovers partied the night away in a barn-cum-circus with all manner of fabulous ice- cream coloured, sparkly decor catching my eye. Despite the torrential rain, it was a truly breathtaking display of originality and, apart from the full size merry-go-round, my favourite thing was the bucket of pretty pink flip-flops adorned with a touch of pearl and glitter that the bride cleverly set aside for us girls. By the end of the night, those of us high in heel and wild on dance floor were very thankful to kick off the shoes and carry on boogying the night away in these!

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 16.12.50Yep, flip-flops and rain again. Seems to be a theme going on! Here I am on a journey with Stressed Husband after just having visited the salon. My pedi was fresh and sassy and there was no way I was going to allow a little rain get in the way of showing it off! Oh, and as an aside, to the guys who keep liking and commenting on pictures of my feet on Instagram – I do NOT want you to regram the pictures on your account and NO, I will not allow you to do anything else with them either! Go. Away.Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 16.11.55

I like to update my social media with the odd positive message – and on a Monday, I sometimes find it’s essential to get my head in the game (as Zac Efron so beautifully put it in  High School Musical…remember? Swooooon). This was a particularly fine, kick-ass quote I thought.

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And finally….although this picture was taken on a Sunday, it wouldn’t be Friday without a glass of fizzy would it? Scrolling through my Instagram and Twitter feeds, I think a glass of bubbles is possibly my signature post and I guess, it’s the perfect symbol for the way I’d always like my life to be…fizzy, fun and intoxicating 🙂

Have a lovely weekend and long may it be flip-flop, fizzy drinking weather!

The New ‘I Want it’ Hairstyle

Jerry Hall

If anyone was guilty of Repunzel Syndrome, it was 57 year old glamorous gran and supermodel, Jerry Hall. So, how surprised were we when she took to Twitter showing off a fresh new do, having cut off at least half a foot of bleached blonde mane? Gone were her trademark tumbling curls and in their place was a fabulous, silky and healthy looking shoulder length wavy bob. There doesn’t seem to be anything life-changing that inspired this lovely ‘Lob’ (that’s short from long bob to those in the know – that’s us!). Apparently, Jerry just decided to lop of her locks on a whim during a photo shoot with L’Oreal Professionnel.  

6 Reasons to Jump for Joy in January

Image: Toast
Image: Toast

There’s a lot of doom mongering surrounding January and, to be honest, I’ve never been a fan. We don’t need researchers to tell us it’s the most depressing month of the year, the time we’re most likely to succumb to the big, black dog of the doldrums. This year though, I’m getting tough and I plan to face January head on: So what that we’ve had a ‘little’ rain and the days are short and dark? And so what that the pounds I’ve piled on so quickly over Christmas will take so much longer to shed? And so what that my car got clamped on January 1st and I had to pay £100 to get it released? I’m inviting you to join me in not letting January stand in the way of making us feel good. There are reasons to keep smiling – and it’ll be over before you know it!

Friday’s Fabulous Beauty Flash

Benefit Brow Zings

Well, there are brows – your every day, neither here nor there, unremarkable strips of hair above your eyes kind of affairs – then there are BROWS – face framing, eye catching, make you look fabulous, ought to have their own Twitter account kind of brows. Unless you’re Cara Delevingne, Brooke Shields or from the ‘blessed of brow’ gang, your brows probably fall into the first category. Mine did too, until I came across my lovely little beauty must have…Benefit Brow Zings.