I spent the Bank Holiday bowling with a group of friends at the recently reburshined Queen’s Ice and Bowl in W2. I was reluctant to go as it used to be so awful I couldn’t imagine how they could have managed to turn it into a pleasant place to hang out. It used to have the look of a 1970’s amusement arcade and it felt like a fight could start up at any second (apparently at the weekends it quite often did). Now, it’s finally been dragged in the 21st century with lots of pale wood and clean lines. The image below is one I grabbed from the internet as I completely forgot to take any pictures myself but I think that’s kind of forgivable on the 2nd day of a new year.
I’ve loved old skool style Adidas trainers since the 80’s when they were just known as trainers. While the fashion pack have probably moved on from Stan Smiths on to something else I’m still hooked on mine. I first spotted this pale pink pair on Abigail from Freedom PR’s Instagram feed and had to order them. I already have the velcro version in white and they’re not exactly the same – the finish/edges on the pink ones are a bit raw and they’re not quite as comfy. However, the colour is so great and I look forward to wearing them once the weather’s more clement.
My 7 year old daughter has made a YouTube video! She’s been watching lots of other kids on there and was desperate to make one herself and in the end I relented. I’m not sure why I wasn’t keen on her doing it initially – I suppose it’s the unknown element to it. However, I discussed it with a few others and the consensus was that there’s no harm in it if handled properly. What I absolutely admire and want to encourage is her confidence for doing things like this. I’m painfully self-conscious and have turned down all opportunities that have involved me being under the spotlight even in the most minor way and I think this has held me back in life. Obviously, I’m delighted that my daughter doesn’t have the same inhibitions. You can catch her first effort HERE.
I’m a huge fan of leather biker jackets and they’re an indispensable part of most women’s wardrobes, including mine. However, I’ve been feeling the urge to switch to a different style and I’ve taken a particular fancy to 70’s style bomber jackets. After searching the web I found a site called Brick Vintage that had exactly the type of thing I wanted and I ordered these two. The problem is that they’re 70’s originals and they have that musty, second-hand clothes smell. I’ve been desperately searching for tips on how to get rid of it (vinegar, charcoal etc.) but I fear that once that smell is ingrained it’s never going to shift.
While Pretty Iconic is an enthralling read for beauty lovers of any age I think those over 40 will find it especially enjoyable as it brings memories of beauty product crushes from 20/30 years ago rushing back. Sali writes about over 200 significant beauty products in an engaging and intelligent way without being repetitious or cliched (no easy feat). I was interested to see if she included the products that I think are important and most of them get a mention. These include Country Born Hair Gel and Miss Selfridge Makeup from the 80’s and the Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil, one of my favourite eyeliners. The main products not featured but I consider to be worthy game-changers are the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and Obagi Nu Derm System.
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