MN Vogue - vol 30

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shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 20:46:53

A safe place to talk fashion stuff. Bring a passion for fashion (high end or high street), a positive state of mind and lots of links.
Continuing on from vol 29 here

MarshaBrady Sat 04-Jan-14 20:51:42

Good one Shop.

MarshaBrady Sat 04-Jan-14 20:52:04

Actually it's quite funny to bold your name, when there's only two of us here grin

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 20:53:08

marsha marsha Marsha grin

MarshaBrady Sat 04-Jan-14 20:53:24

lol lol lol

MarshaBrady Sat 04-Jan-14 20:53:34

forgot my grin

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 20:53:38

I wanted to reclaim my crown as thread setter upperer

MarshaBrady Sat 04-Jan-14 20:54:17

Oh I do like it when you do it, it makes me feel all relaxed. I didn't even blink the transition was so good.

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 20:54:47


Marsha Shop and Dry sitting on a tree.......

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 20:55:40

Woooooop! My favourite ladies. I am a happy Voguer

Shop so slick, so new, so shiny......only nice things on here.

Can I play? I promise I'll be positive grin

I want to move in to one of Novice's cupboards....pref the shoe cupboard.

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 20:56:46

Yup, our fashiony haven of gorgeousness.

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 20:57:35

I like that she's told me where her jewels will be hidden!

I want THESE I know many would laugh but I lurvvvves them so

In her hotel bathroom normally!grin

Bit Showaddywaddy One grin

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 21:00:50

Hello. Wore the black jeans with knee high boots today (photo on pin). It felt kinda weird initially but actually I quite liked it. Loads of other women in knee high boots too though.

Took the coach bag back this evening. Was quite upset as I love the bag but there was no point keeping as the colour would annoy me. I do need a going out bag though. I have a black/silver one but I often were black or navy when out so need something bright.

Bought another lip butter but as it was with boots points it doesn't count as shopping wink

Dh wants to buy some contraption to be able to use his bike as a stationary exercise bike hmm. Good news for me though is when he does I shall be spending the equivalent on clothes smile.

foxy your bag definitely does not look cheap.

I know Dry I just can't help myself, I have no taste at all grin

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 21:02:29

here's my pin. I have a new purchases 2014 board to keep track of everything I buy. Thought it may be useful to be blue to refer to and look back at.

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 21:03:39

Hey shop am I not a favourite...

one nooooo!!!

Ooooh Queenc the contraption is called a Turbo Booster, bought DH one for his Christmas present from He's bought a stand for his iPad and very chuffed with it....hasn't actually used it yet though!

No....a "turbo trainer"

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 21:05:35

Where's the pic QueenC? On MNV? I can't see it.....

LinusDKD Sat 04-Jan-14 21:05:51

Just popping in to mark my place for later!

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 21:09:24

QueenC PM
Linus waving x

Ah just realised I don't actually have stair rods......was getting rods and spindles mixed up Anni!!!!!! I was wondering how spindles could be bad with pets....obv babies could get their heads stuck in between spindles, but pets hmm.........and !no, I have not broken my no alcohol in January rule smile

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 21:10:59

Perhaps you should dry

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 21:11:42

shop not sure why it didn't pin initially but have redone it.

Have pinched your idea for a 2014 purchases board QueenC nothing to add as yet but am hopefully going to do a little shopping in the next few weeks. I'm in need a of a few basics like cardigans as a lot of mine are a bit threadbare now/have lost colour and/or shape and I need some smaller dresses.

So, I've had a very productive day. Have sorted 4 charity bags, washed and photographed Boden tunics to list on Ebay and have washed and dried new jeans ready to shorten. Christmas decs tomorrow.

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 21:22:11

EBay tomorrow Dry free listings this weekend. I need to list Ash Bowies, Reiss dusky pink chunky knit, prune James jeans, and a few unwanted Xmas gifts.........
Christmas boxes all back in the loft this evening. Feels good.

Sounds good dry I spent the bulk of the day being shown things on minecraft and have finally started sorting out some of my clothes to be bagged up

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 21:23:51

Our Christmas decs down. Glad to see the back of them.

dry pm
shop pm'd you back

Will do Shop think Sunday is optimum selling time isn't it? Glad it's free. Love Ebay, quite exciting, bit like gambling I suppose without the huge risk!

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 21:24:55

Gah, battery down to 2%. Will have to take a break whilst recharging.

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 21:28:55

Gah! Technology stops play QueenC

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 21:34:26

Yup Dry Sundays are good.

I don't use ebay as most of my stuff isn't really worth selling on and to be quite honest, I'd feel so bad if I sold primark/similar items on at massively inflated prices like I have seen a lot of on ebay.

BecauseIsaidS0 Sat 04-Jan-14 21:43:41

I wouldn't One people pay what they choose to pay...."buyer beware" (can't remember what it is in Latin) ....

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 04-Jan-14 21:46:04

shop - I read that as 'dry Sundays are good'. Au contraire, I find copious amounts of alcohol make Sundays more bearable.

I have a suitcase full of stuff to ebay but never seem to find enough time to list them all.

Productive day here too, mucking out my bedroom/bathroom. Had a bit of a wardrobe cleanse and devised a new hanging system for my coats and some hats, getting them out of the wardrobe or wherever they happened to be stuffed. Clean sheets on t'bed - looking forward to a leisurely bath, pjs and an early (ish) night appreciating it all.

Oh, and I might have bought the FC leopard coat I pinned a while back, but half price at JL. And quite possibly that lush Zara tartan scarf linked to via Atlantic Pacific. <note the lack of blushing - I am brazen>

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 04-Jan-14 21:51:25

Very cute Because. I tried to score DD2 some of the Markus Lupfer/Donna Air kids' collection last year, but it vanished instantly (except the massively inflated ebay flipped pieces) angry

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 21:53:10

No day of the week is dry in this house Grumpy
How do you keep your hats? I struggle and they always get crushed. I have a fab Treacy for Purdey tweed hat which keeps getting bent out of shape. Things need to change.
Loved 'mucking out' and no need to blush! smile

BecauseIsaidS0 Sat 04-Jan-14 21:53:41

Thanks, Grumpy. I have a weakness for ML.

I dream of having a dressing room. But given that we've just moved into a new house and the spare bedroom was turned into a his'n'hers office...I can keep dreaming sad.

"Dry Sundays " Grumpy could be the new diet phenomenon grin. I did sheets yesterday....nothing better is there?

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 21:57:43

Not my thing because but I can see the appeal - and what a great discount!
Can I just apologise for never typing names starting with a Capital letter? iPad issues.......

Never noticed SHOP

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:02:01


Why you cross?

noviceoftheday Sat 04-Jan-14 22:07:43

You ladies are so funny!grin Comments about jewelry had me bursting out laughing!

I love the smallbone dressing room but as it's probably a more expensive one, I am trying to see if there are others I like. If I had the dressing room then I would go on to have the hand painted bathroom.

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:09:06

Because you're a caps show off Dry woop! did it!!

I could sleep in one of those drawers novice

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 22:09:11

I'm back! The only thing better than clean sheets is clean sheets when the cleaner has changed them for you grin. Can't wait to get ours done on Wednesday!

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:10:22

Novice dilemmas I can only dream of! I'm so pleased the house worked out...... Did you get my PM?

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:11:11

Bloody hell QueenC that was quick. My iPad takes all night to charge!

Caveat emptor dry - classics degree not a total waste!


Did you know that capitals are one of many many things that MN hates ......hugs, xxxxx , LJ sorry Shop , D Mail, Gina Ford, usernames with mum,Mom, Mummy in them,..........

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 22:15:28

It's only up to 32% shop. Just enough before I go to bed!

I've had no chocolate for 4 days. Thinking of a name change. Should I become MummyLovesDailyMailAndLizJonesxxx

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:15:30

I must be the most hated woman on here then. Give us a hug!? Xxxxxxx
Why'd you have to bring THAT woman back onto our shiny new thread????? SHE SHOULD NOT EXIST. Caps appear to be working fine now!

I am a picture of style and grace tonight in my polar bear print pjs, purple satin dressing gown and then a stone, wool mix shawl over the top of that grin

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:17:04

Wow QueenC no chocolate and no Diet Coke? Well done!

go you QueenC smile

Mignonette Sat 04-Jan-14 22:25:17

What have I missed with all the CAPS talk?

Good Evening all-

Daughter loved her gifts and came in rocking new Leopard calf hair and black leather flatform Brogues. Plus cashmere Biker Jacket from GAP.

She is squealing happily in the corner cuddling her Pugldog Abigail Aherne lamp with a pile of baking books and a giftcard.

Have treated the household to an Indian take out -Hariali Salmon, Prawn Puri and Subzi. Yum.

Tomorrow we go to North Norfolk as the baby came over from Germany and we are having a Welcome To The World Baby Girl! party for her.

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:27:46

Oh mig that's great news that she's well enough to travel.
Wave at Blakeney for me if you're anywhere near. It was Dogalog's favourite swimming spot. DH and I said we need to go back there soon - happy memories.

Brilliant news about DN Mig so glad she's progressing well

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 22:38:02

Sounds like a lovely day mig

Grazia are raving about this skirt

Wish I had a wedding to go to as I love this and these

Mignonette Sat 04-Jan-14 22:38:04

They came over on the ferry from the Hook of Holland in a force 9 gale as she cannot yet fly. But they survived it.

I will wave madly in the direction of Blakeney Cannot be any barmier than the star jumps I did in the cemetery yesterday. It is on a big hill and DH was working at a friends house that is on the hill opposite the cemetery. He could see me arriving (was walking to see them both) in the distance and I did some star jumps and skipped madly about the winding downhill path so he knew it was me. Turned round to see elderly couple laughing at me. blush

I bet your dog had a ball there Shop. It is such a cool swimming spot. Yes, make a memory trip. That'll be a very good thing.

Amber v impressive!!!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 04-Jan-14 22:40:43

Quick - verdict on these. Can't decide....I have some zebra calfhair flat ankle boots from Reiss last year and don't know if usage of one would just cancel out the other. Plus they're not reduced as much as the pewter, which I also like. Yeah, I know they're Boden but..

Mignonette Sat 04-Jan-14 22:40:59

Love the shoes and skirt Queen but the dress wouldn't suit me at all. Lovely colour though.

Yes, niece is a little champ. She is working so hard to try to take her weight on her chubby little legs. Am going to have fun w/ her tomorrow. I cannot wait! She has one of those Max Mara style 'Teddy Bear Coats and I bet she looks gorgeous. The Germans do cold weather kids clothing really well.

BecauseIsaidS0 Sat 04-Jan-14 22:42:44

I loooooooove babies with chubby little legs. And chubby little arms. <broody>

Mignonette Sat 04-Jan-14 22:42:57

They're not for me Grumpy in the print but the bronze shade is lovely. Very fierce!

Mignonette Sat 04-Jan-14 22:43:53

I know Because. <<squee>>

She is nearly 6 months old now. smile

I love them Grumpy!

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:45:06

Love the shape but I'm not sure about the print Grumpy

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 04-Jan-14 22:46:21

V happy for you all mig. Sounds like you've had a fab weekend.

Lovely skirt Queen, unfortunately (or maybe not) I can't wear that length on account of being a shortarse

santamarianovella Sat 04-Jan-14 22:46:57

mig glad your niece is doing well,
grumpy ,Im sorry Im not sure,about them.

Missed it before but I really like that skirt QueenC I think, i may be wrong though, that it's a good shape for me as it emphasizes my waist and hides my hips

BecauseIsaidS0 Sat 04-Jan-14 22:48:48

Mig they are delicious at that age.

Grumpy hmmm nope, not working for me either. Something in the print just doesn't work...

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:49:35

Gorgeous skirt QueenC - can totally see you in the dress too

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 22:51:55

DH is heading to the US for a week. I've been lusting over these for so long now...... Should I just bite the bullet? skimmer flats

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 04-Jan-14 22:51:56

Thanks - I wasn't sure, esp as I have gloves in a v similar print and would have to avoid pairing them. Besides, just wearing the gloves could give me the pop of animal print required. Think I may order the pewter though - half price and think they'd be versatile

BecauseIsaidS0 Sat 04-Jan-14 22:53:00

shop, I vote yes.

they are lovely Shop I would go for it enables

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 04-Jan-14 22:53:12

Yes shop, bite that bullet

Yes do it Shop I wear my animal printed flat a lot, go with so much. Go Mrshop

QueenCadbury Sat 04-Jan-14 22:58:46

Not sure at all grumpy. So not my cup of tea.

shop do it. Myou've loved those shoes as long as I've known you.

Don't think I could wear that coast skirt but apparently all the fash pack have it and will be snapping up the summer colours.

Nothing wrong with Boden Grumpy, quality is good, just need to steer clear of big floral print tunics wink. Not 100% about the boots either.

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 23:03:32

Woop! Was going through my Considering board, and checking back on prices and found that this Ganni jumper has finally been reduced. Grabbed it before I could think about the fact that I am skint grin

lovely jumper Shop I can really see that looking great on you

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 04-Jan-14 23:09:01

This is why I love you. Have binned the boots and spent the money on books instead. Long, winter evenings lie ahead and I want to escape with Nancy Mitford and Elizabeth James Howard.

My uncle did some family research and we are somehow connected to The Mitfords - not quite sure how I feel about that. At least they were, um, interesting I s'pose.

LeFreakCestChic Sat 04-Jan-14 23:10:52

Thanks for the Zara link shop.
Fark, acrylic Zara scarves going for ££ on EBay!

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 23:11:05

Good call grumpy
DH's last day of holidays yesterday before he goes back to work so we're off out for lunch. Night all.....

shopafrolic Sat 04-Jan-14 23:11:27

I meant Tomorrow!!!! <overtired>

Mignonette Sat 04-Jan-14 23:20:44

G'night all. xx

libertychick Sat 04-Jan-14 23:31:10

Belated Happy Birthday to Justa and MissMig
Gorgeous clutch Turq
QueenC your karaoke posts had me in stitches! I love my black straight leg Levis but for some reason they are not as flattering as indigo jeans so I avoid them if I’m feeling fat.
I hope everyone is on the road to recovery Chez Novice
shock that your DVF blouse is falling apart Decam. I have been coveting it! My AR order hasn’t arrived yet – what a shame about the Julie Brandt shirt.
I’m here on pin Because. I am now following you. On your make up question I used to hardly ever wear it until about 3 years ago (post child birth help was needed!) but I often don’t bother at the weekend.
DD’s party is tomorrow Shop. Shopping done, cake made (not decorated), jelly made, house tidy. List of tasks for tomorrow morning prepared smile <tells self to get a grip – it’s a 3 yr old’s party with 5 toddler guests FFS>. Well done on getting the Ganni jumper.

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 08:08:21

Have fun today Liberty - all sounds lovely. I bet she's super excited

Have a lovely lunch Shop . Last day of holiday for Dry household too. DH has relaxed and even more shocking, had lie ins! It's been a good one, sad it's nearly over.
Liberty sure it will go well today.

MarshaBrady Sun 05-Jan-14 09:08:13

Morning everyone.

Because I have followed you, here's me.

Decameron Sun 05-Jan-14 10:57:29

Hope DD enjoys her party, Liberty. I am going to return the second DVF shirt I bought from Matches too. Bad quality, Diane! Matches still haven't replied to me, I am irked!

Because, I am here on Pinterest.

MarshaBrady Sun 05-Jan-14 11:01:21

Liberty have a fabulous party, it will be very sweet.

Shop good work on the Ganni.

Decam irk for you!

noviceoftheday Sun 05-Jan-14 11:08:17

Morning all. No overnight illnesses at chez Novice thank goodness but dd seems to be in full flow of night time separation anxiety and came to see me 4 times. It's exhausting.

Because this is me on Pinterest. You will see I am both clothes and house obsessed at the moment. And errm the Lakeland stuff is really me.blush

BecauseIsaidS0 Sun 05-Jan-14 12:08:27

Thank you everyone for sharing your pins with me!

novice, City person here too! I'm glad to see we share a love of Aspinal.

LinusDKD Sun 05-Jan-14 13:23:50

one feelunique have discounts on some Elemis products. Not sure yours are included though.

thanks Linus will check them out

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 14:04:38

Took DS for a run around the park and fed the ducks. Then had a nice lunch out at the Waffle House. Yummy wholemeal waffle with hummus, rocket and avocado, banana and ice cream one for DS, DH had mushroom! cheese and ham. V tasty. DH thought he saw Gino de Campo (sp?) the TV chef guy..... Not sure.
No tucked up by the open fire watching movies with the family. Happy Sunday all. Will get the papers in a mo.

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 14:12:14

Bloody Madewell flats out of stock and won't despatch till DH is one day from heading back to the UK. They're not meant to be for me those shoes!!

that waffle sounds delicious Shop such a same about the shoes though sad

Annianni Sun 05-Jan-14 14:32:44

I love those shoes Shop, hope you can get them.

Dry I did wonder about you painting stair rods grin

I'll join in with an irk Decam, that's shocking quality for DvF.

I've been sometimes lurking Marsha.
Same old issues at home. Still not talking about it...
Dh is off work this coming week.
Think we need to spend some time just us not bloody likely with Ds2 about

We (ds2, dh and i) were crammed playing in Ds2's new tent/wendy house thing yesterday, and dh gave me a kiss and Ds2 wiped it off me! grin
He did it several times, was quite funny.

Annianni Sun 05-Jan-14 14:33:21

I want a waffle maker now...

Anni we've got a waffle maker and DP makes me basil and mozzarella waffles. they are amazing

Annianni Sun 05-Jan-14 14:45:51


I like the shape of the Boden boots Grumpy, but not keen on that print.
I've got some chocolate brown Prada boots like that, but they're too small for me now <sob>
Should put them on the ebay pile I suppose...

Linus thanks for the tip off about feelunique, they had exactly the stuff I've been using with money off so have grabbed some thanks

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sun 05-Jan-14 18:09:25

<fingers in ears> lalalalala (waffles, yum)

Hope you're all enjoying your Sundays.

Picked the leopard FC coat up today. Brought it home, tried it on, put it straight back in the bag to return. The issues:

1. It's furry. Ish, anyway. Looked like ordinary heavy wool in the pic.
2. It comes down to my knees when, for some reason, I was expecting it to be mid-thigh.
3. It has no fastenings whatsoever and as I would expect to wear it racing/out generally I would like to be able to do it up if needed.

Shame, as it looked a good buy at half price.

santamarianovella Sun 05-Jan-14 18:21:29

ani that's sweet of your ds,he obviously doesn't like sharing!
Spending time alone with your dh is the best thing to,maybe ask someone to babysit?

shop that's a shame,they are really gorgeous.and your lunch is sounds yummy!

I had my hair cut and colored today,not sure about it,its nice,but I think they gave me a Katie M hair,and not the Penelope cruz cut and colour,I showed them,will wait a few days before pinning as am still at that shock / what have i done/should have waited stage.

BecauseIsaidS0 Sun 05-Jan-14 18:32:48

Are wedge trainers terribly out of fashion already? I've just seen these for the first time (remember, I'm a size UK 2 so not easy to find shoes in my size) and as I mostly wear skinny jeans when off duty, they could be a worthy addition to my wardrobe...

Gosh those waffles did sound delicious Shopenvy
Anni sweet DS, poor DH ....?Maybe you need a rendezvous in the tent sans DS wink
Grumpy shame about the coat.
Santa I'm sure you still look stunning smile

So, I shortened my new jeans. Was VERY careful and the look great....turns out my legs are shorter than I thought sad. Grumps hope you like yours when they come.
Then.....I took down all my decs, house is lovely and tidy and smells of polish --not for long though-/
And I listed all my Ebay stuff and spent most of the money, oops, on a hi vis running top, oh yes, I am a fashionistagrin

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sun 05-Jan-14 19:02:45

Did you shorten the jeans yourself Dry?

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 19:14:45

Well done Dry I didn't get any EBaying done today!

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 19:20:15

Shame about the coat Grumpy I had high hopes for that!
Have been reading all the articles in the Sunday supplements about quitting sugar. Lots of info to think about. It got me going through all the ingredients in my kitchen cupboards and having a check of all the labels and sorting things out. I don't want to lose anymore weight (am now 10st 3lbs which is lower than on my wedding day), but I need to get stronger. I've emailed about doing a 2nd Pilates class, and am going to see the doctor about my back problem as it's becoming too tricky to lift DS now and I am in pain every evening. I'm not sure what other exercise I can do until I get it fixed.......
Will be spending this week clearing through more cupboards and getting New Year sorted - love the feeling of a fresh start and new plans.

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 19:21:52

Oh and the good news is that DH is up for healthy eating too (he's usually a wine and chocolate man and tends to eat a lot of rubbish) - I was very surprised he was so interested.

BecauseIsaidS0 Sun 05-Jan-14 19:27:19

Shop, have you considered an inversion table? I bought one for about £80 for a back problem and it's been a life saver.

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 19:33:48

Thanks because but for reasons too detailed to go into it wouldn't work for me unfortunately.

Oh Shop I hope the doctor can do something for your pain.

I set up a new pin board of items I am considering buying this year (some need to be saved for) and would appreciate your opinions ladies, if you have a minute to spare to take a peek smile

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sun 05-Jan-14 19:34:30

As I'm about to embark upon sticky toffee pudding (DH & I Sunday evening treat), I am in awe of anyone who can cut out sugar. Sometimes I feel as though my life depends upon it!

In order to cheer myself up about the coat, I may have just ordered this. My DBro is in the US atm and, although he doesn't know it yet, will be bringing it home for me.

It seems as though I'm working my way through the Atlantic Pacific blog now. Told you - bloggers' bitch. wink

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 19:52:55

Oh grumpy I'm not planning on giving up sugar - just be a bit more aware of how much of it I eat (and where the hidden sugar lurks).
Love the sweatshirt. I'm still gutted about the timing on the shoes <weeps>

Because I recently bought a pair of Marant wedge trainers so I say yes!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sun 05-Jan-14 20:04:35

Shop - I feel your pain. Madewell should definitely expand into the UK/EU market. My heart sinks when I hit the drop down and the only countries listed are 'United States, Canada, Japan'

Shop I read all those articles today too and agree that sugar is a baddie, I have also been surprised at how much sugar I used to eat in fruit and juice. But, although I agree, it all sounded a bit hysterical to me. What none of the articles said was a little bit is ok.
I also love an article about "are you going to the gym too much?" One of the ways of telling is "do you feel like not going?" hmm I never feel like going! would rather sit on my arse watching tv with a lovely selection of smelly French cheese and a bottle of Bordeaux thank you very much....but I order to keep my back side under control I squeeze my toned,nut breaking buttocks into a teeny tiny Lycra ensemble and get said arse kicked into shape by a hunky gym instructor.....and YES I do feel guilty if I don't go, I feel guilty that I've spend a lot on a lovely wardrobe that I won't be able to wear grin <gets down from soap box! and has a lie down> RANT OVER!

How about swimming Shoppegrin

QueenCadbury Sun 05-Jan-14 20:34:11

shop I read that article too. I'm 5 days without it now and don't feel any different but my skin looks brighter and less grey. I haven't been too hardcore as I still eat bananas and raisins.

Just been browsing online at the new collections and haven't seen anything that takes my fancy. Which is obviously lucky as I have no money to spend!

libertychick Sun 05-Jan-14 20:36:27

Hello. Party was lovely. Everyone seemed to have fun and DD loved it. Her first proper party!!

Shop DH and I are planning to reduce sugar too - great to have him on board as he does the shopping so it means there will be no rubbish in the house.

Great sweatshirt Grumpy - I wish Madewell would open up over here too. Shame about the shoes Shop.

Dry I am envy at the clean house. Our decorations are still up as DD wanted the tree up for her party. As well as giving up sugar DH and I have agreed to do a MAJOR declutter. We plan to immigrate in about 2 years time so we are going to go through the house and ask 2 questions about every single item (1) is this worth shipping to Australia? (2) if not, are we going to use it in the next 2 years? If things don't pass the test they are out - I suspect it may be traumatic but I am looking forward to having a minimalist home by end of Feb smile

QueenCadbury Sun 05-Jan-14 20:39:22

Having just looked at madewell I've decided I need a trip to the US!

liberty that sounds like a good plan on how to declutter.

libertychick Sun 05-Jan-14 20:39:28

grin at Dry's rant - so true, so many of these food things get presented as all or nothing whereas actually moderation in everything is the key.

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 20:52:11

Dry I love you and your nut breaking buttocks
6 tsps of sugar a day ladies smile
Liberty I knew you'd ace the party. Yay!! Only two years left with you in person?? Must maximise face to face opportunities!

5 days with no booze QueenC, don't feel different, don't miss it yet

shopafrolic Sun 05-Jan-14 20:56:38

It's probably not out of your system yet Dry grin

Yay! Our new fridge freezer is in and working! I never thought I'd see the day I'd be excited about a kitchen appliance but that day is today.

libertychick Sun 05-Jan-14 20:59:31

Yes we must Shop. It may end up being 3 years before we go but aiming for 2 to fit with school for DD - they start at 5 in Oz.

libertychick Sun 05-Jan-14 21:00:48

I love new kitchen appliances One. I dream of the day I have room for an American style, double door fridge with water dispenser!

Funny Shop, funny but probably true grin

Oh, MIL has one of those fridges Liberty and it dispenses ice as well as water. DP desperately wants one but there's absolutely no room for one without ripping out the tiny amount of worktop space we have!

santamarianovella Sun 05-Jan-14 21:50:24

shop I didn't read it all,but cutting sugar out completely ,is very hard,im very careful with what i eat but I couldn't believe the amount of sugar found in other food,like cereal,and health bars,so I'm trying to cut back on those.
The best change I did,with a good positive result ,was switching from fat free fruit yugart to regular plain Greek one, that I add fresh berries or pineapple too.

because I have mixed feeling about wedge trainers, I think the look best on tall slender women,I have no idea why?,their purpose is to add height,so they should be perfect for the not so tall <moi included>, but somehow you end up looking chunky,
But they are still popular,I think!

dry I'm sooo envy of hunky instructor,mine is 5ft, 130lb Of muscle Slovakian female.

Having great fun trawling online shops for things to add to my considering pin board. A fair mix of high end and high street. As my budget is not big on a monthly basis, there's a fair bit of it that'd have to be saved for but I think that will be good for me instead of getting quick, disposable hits in primark grin

Barbie1 Mon 06-Jan-14 04:48:04

Hello all,

Feeling fragile.

novice I have also been in bed sick since sat eve with noro virus sad

The worst part of it was being sick at the side of the road and getting some on my cavalli cape and shoes. Thankfully the new Joesph jumper didn't suffer any of the ill effects.

Lost 2kg so it's not all bad wink

Lots to catch up on. Back soon.

Ok, if any of you eagle eyed bargain-licious shoppers extraordinaires see J brand (or 7fam) skinnies/slim in black reduced please could you let me know.
Up early, work, sad, did Christmas actually happen?

Barbie hope your cape and shoes recover quickly, that's terrible shock

Shop not all cream! not wool! but thought of you when I saw this..... Chunky cotton can go out of shape though. Looks nice .

Bloody exclamation marks!

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 08:12:07

Thanks Dry but am on a temporary spending ban until I review finances. Hope the first day back isn't too painful.
Barbie get well soon - poor cape and shoes!

To cheer myself up I've just ordered [[ this]. I've worn my Stars and Stripes so much, think I may get a lot of wear out of this (same style and fabric mix) Grumpy and sleep think you got the S and S.

I may have just failed my first NY resolution!

noviceoftheday Mon 06-Jan-14 09:27:37

Oh that's very nice Dry. Sadly my torso too short to do it justice (bt like your Stars and Stripes).

Barbie you poor thing, having seen how much the dcs and dh have suffered, I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Get well soon thanks

Don't read on if you're having breakfast or have a weak constitution......So having had no one in chez novice vomit yesterday, ds woke up in the middle of the night with a high fever saying belly button hurt. Gave him calpol and after 10 mins he vomited his entire days worth of food all over poor dh. We have given our nanny the day off so she doesn't catch it too, so I am at home with 3 unwell people, builders wanting teas etc and an important work deadline today....happy new year me!shock

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 09:32:42

Dry put the wine glass down - it's too early.
Novice poor you! I hope everyone gets better soon.

noviceoftheday Mon 06-Jan-14 09:49:30

Lol Shop! I hope Dry meant shopping! <worried>wink

Just found out that one of our audio visual folks has had noro over the weekend. We went over to the house so he came into contact with dh and ds briefly, before they got sick. <guilty>

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 09:50:57

Put a red cross on your front door and don't come out until it's over Novice grin Your builders must be scared! Right - on with the Dubarry's. Off to walk the remaining little doggy.

santamarianovella Mon 06-Jan-14 10:07:22

novice hope its over and everyone is better today and no more accidents.

barbie hope you are better, grown ups get it really hard,and take so long to recover,

dry its a beautiful sweater,have a great work day today !

We are on our way to see the orthopedist for DD, getting very nervous,

Barbie1 Mon 06-Jan-14 10:23:27

santa I have everything crossed that a simple explain explanation will be given for your dd aches and pains.

RubyLovesShopping Mon 06-Jan-14 10:24:02

Atterley Road order oh where are you??

BecauseIsaidS0 Mon 06-Jan-14 10:41:26

Noro is the pits. I had it on Boxing Day and gave it to my parents.

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 10:55:20

Santa good luck today
Novice what decisions have been made about bags?

Decameron Mon 06-Jan-14 10:59:55

Get well soon, Barbie and little Novices.

Hope your DD is ok, Santa.

Lovely jumper, Dry.

I've sent Matches three emails about the shirt, I think they are ignoring me. angry grrr!

Hope you enjoy the week off with DH, Anni.

I still wear wedge trainers but according to the Guardian they are out! I like them still.

Hope DD is ok Santa

Barbie and MiniNovices hopw you're all feeling better soon, noror is terrible

I'm going to the pain clinic this afternoon, I've got a list of what I want from them so will see what they offer me

Oh god, sorry for typos, not very good pain wise today

noviceoftheday Mon 06-Jan-14 11:45:53

Good luck Santa! Also to One (you sound so assertive, lovely to hear).

Santa is so right about impact of noro on adults. Dh has been absolutely felled. So much more severely than the dcs. It's actually made me terrified of eating over the last couple of days!

Shop, have had no time to look at any of the bags again! Probably tomorrow. You're right about the builders, it told dh we better pay all our invoices on time without quibble!blush

Annianni Mon 06-Jan-14 12:07:23

Hope everyone gets well soon flowers

I hate those vomiting bugs, awful things.
We haven't had it this Winter yet but Ds1 is back at school today [scared]

Dh is working his way through his list of jobs today...
Leaky pipe's been fixed, he's going to finally put the mirror up above the fire, got a shelf to put up in Ds2's room.
He's now playing zoos with Ds1...
Whilst I lie in the bath grin

<disclaimer... I've been up most of the night with Ds2, he's got an awful cold, and I was still awake at 4am>

Asos have some bargainous MiH in their sale, £35 to £40. Several styles and sizes.

Does anyone know when Matches will go to further reductions?

Annianni Mon 06-Jan-14 12:11:06

Good luck Santa.

Hope your cape is ok Barbie.
Is it washable?
I use Ace bleach on my wool, cashmere and delicates, it's fab stuff for getting rid of nasty things.

Mignonette Mon 06-Jan-14 12:13:21

flowers to all the poorlys today and get well soon.

I am covered in pine needles from taking down the tree. We just have not had a spare moment seeing as it'll take two of us to get it out the door and into the car.

I have never been so tardy taking it down.

Had an um...interesting time yesterday surrounded by swirling undercurrents of family resentments (mainly directed towards SIL from my Mother/Sister) so was emotionally quite draining and a timely reminder to me that I shouldn't get too trusting of my Mother because ultimately, she will let me down.

The baby is super gorgeous though- bright, engaging and with a very long temper (quite possibly the low dose of Phenobarbitone she is on) which will be an asset in our family. My other niece was super hyper and this was possibly because she appears to have put aside by her Mother like last years toy sad.


So I am wearing (as usual) totally inappropriate clothing for the task in hand, namely an Olive Green silk Twenties style dress (tunic, dropped waist) with a dark red cardigan over it. Brogues on feet as per usual again these days. I love deep red and olive green together.

Good article in the Guardian on the new maximalism and now it will not translate as well to the High St in terms of costs. Minimalism was cheaper to produce.

Annianni Mon 06-Jan-14 12:23:17

Aw Mig could you take your niece out for the day?

I read on 40bum that she'd been ice skating and for pizza with one of her dc's, and I want to do that with Ds1. It's ages since we went anywhere without Ds2.

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 12:30:44

Maximalism article here if anyone else wants a read - thanks Mig

RubyLovesShopping Mon 06-Jan-14 12:36:50

Mig am off to have a read now, is your SIL fully recovered now? What's the long term outlook for your niece or is it still too early to tell?
Anni I have been ice skating with dc1, can only liken it to skating with Bambi! But always nice to spend time with them individually.
Hope all the poorly children and grown ups feel better soon.

Interesting article. I will be very interested to see what the high street can do with with this new trend. Doesn't really strike me as being quite so disposable as the more laid back, streamlined looks.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Mon 06-Jan-14 13:30:43

I'm almost afraid to post on here in case I catch a cyber version of norovirus!

Mig families can be very trying. Read some Philip Larkin (don't know if it will help much, but I'm sure the empathy wouldn't go amiss). So pleased your niece is doing well but hope her sister isn't suffering too much neglect. It's hard enough for older siblings when a new one comes along, but when the new one has SN I suppose it's even harder. Love the sound of your outfit today, I'm a sucker for anything 1920s/30s - such an elegant era.

I have the un-decorating to do later and am dreading it. My DMum insists that they must not come down before 12th night, so doing it all when I get home, although there are rather alot of them, so may well still be doing it after midnight.

Quite possibly bought this last night for £104 from Tags (think I got the last one!). Hope I don't get pulverised on import duties as I was feeling rather pleased with myself for scoring such a bargain.

Mignonette Mon 06-Jan-14 13:42:14

Hi all -

I wouldn't be allowed to take niece 2 out- parents are still in the early stages of becoming accustomed to her needs.

Yes to Philip Larkin Grumpy. I find him very empathetic grin.

Ruby I can see how it has affected her legs. She uses her core to lift them up together, they don't move independently nor can she grab a foot etc. She is starting to weight bear though. Her Physio is 80% one type and 20% the other- this latter type (forget the name) has shown evidence of damaging parent/child relationships if it is performed too often as children do not like it. it is more demanding and less pleasant sad. The Neurologist was unable to stimulate a fit on her last check up so that is good news and will mean her Pheno will be reduced.

Oh Mig it must be so difficult for you all. I'm sure that must be a lot of dwelling on the negative but there are positive signs, as you've mentioned above. I hope your niece continues to show signs of improvement thanks

Annianni Mon 06-Jan-14 14:33:13

I meant take the older niece out Mig, for a girly fun day.

Mignonette Mon 06-Jan-14 14:59:45

Sorry Anni I misunderstood.

I do when I am in Germany and sometimes when she visits at less busy times (she comes over for part of her school holidays). I will have a chat with my brother at the opportune moment to see what if anything he can do but he is so overwhelmed with work/baby/court case V clinic and older niece.

He he shop
mig your outfit sounds wonderful. Olive green is one of my fav colours.... Beautiful with dark red.

MarshaBrady Mon 06-Jan-14 16:11:35

Ruby my AR has finally been dispatched! Still waiting. Might go off it by the time it is here wink

Grumpy love that jumper. Good one.

Shop dh is swapping to low carb, he is so over the top with it makes me laugh. He's had some sort of low carb epiphany.

Hope everyone feels better soon, Barbie, Novice and anyone I have missed.

Absolute waste of time at the pain clinic. Didn't even see an actual doctor, just the physio practitioner who was absolutely no use. She basically said that there aren't any more treatments they can try for me which I know is crap as I've read about at least a half dozen different treatments I've never had. I just can't understand how they can have decided they won't work when they haven't been tried?!?! I demanded they make me an appointment to see a proper doctor. Argh, sorry for ranting, I'm very upset by it sad

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 17:09:26

Men never do things by halves do they Marsha
Do sport, buy EVERY piece of kit ever invented
Do diet, act like they wrote the book grin

Decameron Mon 06-Jan-14 17:29:30

Have a cold, act likes it is flu!

Sorry to hear that One, hope you see a doctor soon.

My Atterley Rd order is on the way too. Got in touch with Matches on Twitter and they said they'd get back to me but still nothing.

Decameron Mon 06-Jan-14 17:52:38

* act like

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 18:14:38

decam I'm really surprised by how poor the service is from Matches - not the norm surely?

santamarianovella Mon 06-Jan-14 18:52:12

decam keep calling the that's not acceptable at all!

mig your niece is a fighter,babies are so sweet at that age,

one sorry to hear that,don't give up ask to see someone capable of evaluating your case,

We saw the dr this morning,and he says that her legs are perfectly fine,but he suspects that it has to do more with her lower spine,we got a referral for a ct scan ,and I'm having mixed feelings about it,dh says to not do it,scans are not pleasant specially for babies,and there might be nothing wrong,but I have this voice in my head saying,that a specialist won't ask for a scan unless he suspects something is wrong, will need to think about it .
We then went to selfridges,dd was so cute,turned to me before entering the store and said : i behave,i no touch anything mummy.
i,bought a few things for the dcs,and then went to kitchenware and bought a dualit toaster and kettle,it was time to bury our old one,and this looks nicer,thought of marsha when i had a look at all the coffee machines,planing on getting one but can't choose which.

Have one room (study) to tidy, takes a month! grin I can do the house in a day

I had a boyfriend the one I saw looking like a fat, middle aged bloke on FB recently. Unlike my good self who looks every bit the same age as when we were courting,love that word wink took me out for dinner for my birthday when he was on a diet.
"have what you want" he said
I went bonkers, 3 courses and wine while he ate a salad hmm then made me pay for my bit shock I did NOT marry him angry ......and he was always a bit of a porker and bought me a spice rack for my birthday,tosser

As you can see I'm not bitter grin

Back to fashion.......

Santa a scan is not always a bad thing, the doctor may have suspicions, which is obviously why he's requested it but that's not to say there is actually anything wrong. Take some time to think about it but if it were me, I'd have it done. Better to know and be able to deal with it, whatever the outcome than to not and bury your head in the sand and then it possibly lead to more issues. thanks thanks both for you and DD

Oh, I am not giving up Santa I am seeing a doctor next month and if I get nowhere with them, I'm asking for a second opinion from another pain clinic. I'm also going to the GP and asking to be referred to the community occupational health team.

Decameron Mon 06-Jan-14 19:32:00

Matches usually are very helpful. For some reason they didn't get my emails but we are in touch now smile and they've already refunded my original delivery charge.

Your DD sounds adorable, Santa. I'd be inclined to go ahead with the scan for peace of mind and to rule things out.

Glad your little niece is doing well, Mig. It must be tough sometimes on your other niece.

Cool sweater, Grumpy.

Sounds like you made the right decision not to go with Mr Spice Rack, Dry!

He bought you A SPICE RACK?!?! Dry I'm glad he didn't become MrDry you obviously had a lucky escape!

MarshaBrady Mon 06-Jan-14 19:46:43

Santa I saw a £3k one in SCP the other day. I nearly cried. £3k coffee machine, bet it makes the best coffee. I felt better before I knew such a lovely thing existed grin.

I hope all goes ok with the scan if you do it. We did an MRI with ds1 years ago, he looked so little.

Dry you are funny.

Mignonette Mon 06-Jan-14 20:31:08

One How annoying. Do you mean the community occupational therapy team? If so, that is a great idea.

Santa I echo Ones advice to have the scan and hopefully baby will cope with it well. They make lightly sedater her to make it less intimidating.

flowers for you both. Clearly not the best of days for either of you.

I did mean that Mig I've been furious all evening after my appointment and not proof reading!

Oh santa I think we crossed posts. So sorry to hear about your dilemma. I have to say that in my limited experience mum does know best. Go with your gut and have piece of mind, you will worry if you don't and of course you will worry if you do. The scan may not be pleasant but your dd will forget about it, little children are like that. She sounds adorable. Love to you. X

LinusDKD Mon 06-Jan-14 21:21:54

No time for a catch-up again but I just wanted to give ((((hugs)))) to one and santa!

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 21:41:16

santa what Dry said. Go with your gut. Hugs to you xx

Does anyone use Laura Mercier make up? As well as upgrading my wardrobe, I want to upgrade my make up bag as well and take better care of myself. Wondering, most particularly if it's any good for the very pale and for reasonably sensitive skin.

santamarianovella Mon 06-Jan-14 22:31:17

Thank you all,doing the scan is the right thing to do, she had a few accidents were her knees buckle, it does not happen frequently,will talk to dh about it in a few days time,

one I tried Laura mercier,its a good brand,but the colurs are a bit limited,and I find it a little bit heavy, and I did breakout after using it.

marsha 3k! I saw the Jura machine which is what I'm after, and nearly fainted after reading the price 1.5k! It looked so sleek and cool, like the ones theyhave in cafes,but way too expensive .
the new nespresso looks good though,better than the old ones,and it has £70 gift voucher, good for using it buy a couple of months supply of coffee pods.

dry that's a good one,made me grin

MarshaBrady Mon 06-Jan-14 22:36:56

Santa it was this one although sure it was slightly bigger and more, but maybe not. It was sooo nice. I gasped. Big hug for the scan.

One I've heard good things about LM and have used it and it seemed ok. Hope you get to see a Dr.

Shop Dh keeps eating all my fish and spinach. I have to stop being territorial over the food grin.

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 22:38:20

I wore my LKB knee high boots today (flat ones) with Goldsign Lures (which yes, I do live in) and my Vince Yak jumper (did I say I saw Yaks at the zoo the other week? Ugly buggers!)
I was inspired by QueenC - didn't feel too odd surprisingly (and I had lovely warm legs) grin
I wear Laura mercier concealer, tinted moisturiser and some lipsticks. All fine for me.

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 22:40:18

I get like that when DH reorders the fridge marsha. I unpack all the shopping, put everything away by my planned meals, dates etc. He goes through it and messes it all up. V irritating.
Secrets of the Sales on BBC1 now looks interesting.

Marsha DP also keeps pinching all my spinach! I've taken to hiding it in the back of the freezer where he never goes!

Thanks for the LM info Shop will see if I can find a stockist close to me to have a try of it, I'd rather not risk ordering online as I'm not sure what my colour match would be for the foundation.

My pin board is really coming along, lots of lovely things for me to save my £££ for but I feel that I will feel nicer if I have nice things IYSWIM?

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 22:57:03

The average woman has 22 items in their wardrobe that they've never worn apparently. What do you think? True on here? Not for me now..... But pre wardrobe clear out definitely true.

I would honestly say it's false for me, everything in my wardrobe has been worn, maybe not recently but has definitely been worn.

MarshaBrady Mon 06-Jan-14 22:59:56

I think I've managed to wear everything, if only once!

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 23:03:08

I'm impressed. In the old days I had things still with tags on. This programme is very interesting, they wired the presenter up to a heart monitor while she shopped, it showed massive spikes every time she found a bargain. She's 6mths pregnant and had to keep breaking from filming! They're going on to talk about mirrors next (skinny mirrors are my pet hate).

MarshaBrady Mon 06-Jan-14 23:05:40

Oh dear that would have been me when I found the Marant reduced by £600. Flustered and trying to use social media.

shopafrolic Mon 06-Jan-14 23:08:07

grin right, need to sleep. Will watch the rest tomorrow.

Mirrors in shops drive me batty. I know I don't look like I do in their mirrors angry

RubyLovesShopping Mon 06-Jan-14 23:25:49

Hush sale appears to have started. Am disappointed and nothing I would like is in it.

libertychick Mon 06-Jan-14 23:32:31

<blinks and rubs eyes at £3k for a coffee machine>

One I bought LM tinted moisturiser for my wedding and then on the day decided to use my trusty Body Shop Vitamin E one instead!! For make up definitely trawl the counters and get samples and don't rule out cheaper brands - I liked the Boots No 7 colour match 'lift and illuminate' foundation. Currently using clinique CC cream but will probably change again when that runs out.

I am having to stay away from my laptop - way too much sales temptation. I'm debating a one new item per month resolution to make me focus for 2014.

Santa good luck with the scan - more than likely there is no problem but you will just worry if you don't do it. flowers for you. Your DD sounds adorable smile

40bum has done a great round up of dresses at Matches - really love this Acne one she featured but gone in my size. Then while I was looking at Acne stuff I saw this beauty and how delicious is this?? I had to log off very fast.

Bed for me - have been working late. Shop I am feeling wristwarmer guilt blush - very little progress. Should be able to get onto it properly later this week.

libertychick Mon 06-Jan-14 23:33:42

I got the pre sale leaflet this week and thought the reductions looked rubbish Ruby - boo to Hush!

noviceoftheday Mon 06-Jan-14 23:44:01

Hello all! Firstly, {{Hugs}} for One and Santa.

Could I have 22 items unworn in the wardrobe? blush. Not as many as that but still...!

one LM f***ed my skin. Terrible breakouts. Have moved to Bobbi Brown and much happier now!

liberty didn't mig buy the last Acne dress you linked? I'll second Boots colour matching foundation. I no longer look like a ghost in photos grin
Shop 22 items with tags on ? Actually never worn once even? shock I've worn everything once at least. When I buy I get so excited I normally have to wear it there and then, which is a pain, because if I then decide I don't like it I can't return. I'm a bit of a hoarder though.....get sentimentally attached to some clothes. Need a clear out again sad

Received Boden SS catalogue....had a strong urge to buy some shorts, I was strong , would be typical me to buy shorts just as the big freeze is on it's way grin

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 08:15:44

Liberty no guilt - no pressure x
Dry well done - I checked back on pics from last year and the snow arrived here Jan 14th.........
What's everyone wearing today? I need inspiration in this terrible weather. I'm back in the Goldsigns AGAIN (I do wash them honest)

Stay strong Dry now is not the time for shorts grin

Speaking of jeans, how often do people wash them? I keep telling my sister that she shouldn't be washing them immediately after just one wear unless they really are dirty and that is what's ruining her jeans so quickly but she won't listen!

Barbie1 Tue 07-Jan-14 09:50:24

Hello all


Officially sickness free and 2.6kg lighter. Today is a good day grin

James Perse black sweater, helmet lang (Robert Palmer) skirt-green and thick black tights served me well in today's -2 shock

Barbie1 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:01:45

santa if it was me I would be rushing dd to have a private scan. I'm the kind of person that has to have a conclusive answer before I'm satisfied. blush Heath anxiety has a lot to answer for and I'm entirely grateful for the card shaped piece of plastic that entitles me to private health care.
The worse outcome from the scan would be a slightly aggitated dd (who sounds adorable by the way) but at least you will get an answer. I'm wishing a happy outcome for you.

one your doctors sound like right PITA's. Stay strong and fight for your cause. You have a right to love a pain free life.
Talk to me about what you want from a foundation, what's your skin like, problem areas etc and I'll guide you to a few favourites.

dry shorts??? Jeeze, at -2 today they would be the very last thing on my mind shock

Barbie1 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:03:11

Live not love. Lying on floor of Ds room stroking his hand to sleep so my iPhone is testing my patience

Barbie1 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:09:03

The cape and shoes were both saved hooray by a very attentive dh smile

Currently 5 items in wardrobe still tagged an unworn. Will be a few more on sat once I open my birthday gifts... Tis really not the place for a few of my pieces but I'm determined to dress how I want and not how this place tells me I should. I'd be wearing crocs, green padded jacket and acrylic jumper if that were the case wink

Does anyone have glossy box delivered?

Barbie from a foundation, I want mid range coverage with a fairly matte finish. Skin is reasonably ok though I have some light acne scarring on the diagonal between mouth and cheekbone on one side. Few blackheads and occasional hormonal spots on chin but nothing major and no constant breakouts or anything. My skin is on the dry side so I would prefer a liquid foundation to a powder one. No wrinkles or fine lines though I have dark circles under eyes which I've had all my life. I am very pale, a lot of foundation brands lightest shades (usually called ivory or true ivory) end up too dark and orangey on me. Currently using a stockpile of Dainty Doll liquid foundation in shade 3. Hope that's enough info!

MarshaBrady Tue 07-Jan-14 10:20:49

Good one Barbie, on feeling better, kilos and dressing how you want. Sounds fab.

Barbie1 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:34:34

The biggest mistake most people with dry skin make is wanting a Matt finish foundation.

The second is thinking the matter the foundation, the more coverage given.

If you skin is dry try to avoid a Matt finish as these foundations have a higer powder content which in turn will dehydrate skin further and sit upon the dry areas. It also has a tendency to look grey on the skin and give the awful sallow look.

Try a semi Matt finish instead.

Also, don't rely on foundation to cover the dark circles under the eye area. A seperate product specially formulated for the eye area should be used as it will be lighter and will avoid pulling the delicate skin. A light reflecting concealer is they way to go.

All major beauty houses will colour match you for free. Estée Lauder and Lancôme are particular favourites as they do a range of undertones and not just the yellow one (which causes the orange effect)

I would take a morning and wonder the counters almost all will give a sample for you to try.

I would always suggest wearing a sample all day (providing it looks ok on application)
A reaction to a product will normally take place within 6 hours and also you can see how it looks at the end of the day.

Bobby brown also has some lighter foundations that sit nicely on the skin while offering good coverage.

Please don't get talked into loose powder shudders

Barbie1 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:35:51

Oh man I could talk for hours about cosmetics blush

Barbie1 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:39:02

this is my current foundation this offers the buildable coverage along with a natural finish.

thanks barbie we have an Estee Lauder counter in town so will start there

Barbie1 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:59:12

Finally (I promise to shut up now)

Also check out max factor. If my memory serves me right they have some pretty pale shades, a few girls on the counters used to wear it and pass it off as there own brand...shhh I never told you that.

BecauseIsaidS0 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:59:59

Good morning ladies,

Today's Grazia has a really good spread on La Moss. I have to admit her style is not my thing but probably because I couldn't pull it off. In fact, only she can!

I'm really undecided about La Moss. Of course, she looks great but I wonder if the tales of her excess and tangled love life have put me off her a bit. It shouldn't, as of course, it's not my place to judge but I think it creeps in and colours my view of her a bit

Hello! I can't believe, even after all this time, how fast this thread move...turn my back for a second and you're on vol 8 p10 shock.

I am completely in love with Armani Maestro foundation which I discovered just before Christmas, when I was looking for slightly heavier coverage than Chanel Aqua Lumiere, which I would still use in the summer. Check the Maestro out too One its oil and powder so sinks into my dry skin but leaves gorgeous light coverage on the surface. The concealer is also excellent. Sorry to hear about the pain clinic by the way hmm - don't give up though, there must surely be something they can do. Was smile at Dp pinching your spinach - the man who wouldn't touch anything green a few months ago, you are clearly having an influence!

Another lecture from DH about bills this morning - that would be the astronomical Amex statement that arrived blush. I am really really going to behave for a couple of months, so sticking fingers in ears and closing eyes at all your no doubt lovely links its agony!

Good to see you Sleep will check out the Maestro foundation too, am willing to try out plenty to find the right one. Oh yes sleep, DP is definitely getting better, he's even eating smaller portions and seriously considering going low carb for a while as whenever he eats anything carb heavy, he gets terrible reflux that makes him sick. I've told him I'd never force or nag him into an eating plan he doesn't want to do but that I think he needs to start paying more attention to his diet and making some changes.

Oh dear about Amex bill, you'll have to behave then sleep!

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 12:35:59

Calling handbag experts - can anyone tell me what the handbag is that Jennifer Aniston has on Page 12 of Grazia?

LinusDKD Tue 07-Jan-14 12:58:31

Don't have Grazia but my guess is the Tom Ford Jennifer. I am soooo lusting after that bag!

Saw it IRL in NY and it was gorgeous! But £££££

I think I saw one at Harrods when I was in London.

LinusDKD Tue 07-Jan-14 12:59:31
shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 13:20:25

That's the one Linus just gorgeous!!

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 13:23:22

It's the cross body one in the pic. Just off to sell a kidney, back later.....

MarshaBrady Tue 07-Jan-14 17:40:42

Nice Shop, I can see you with that.

Atterley Rd still not here! Ruby has yours arrived?

Gorgeous bag <drool>

Barbie congratulations at surviving the sickness! kilo loss an added bonus .
One I found matte foundation got stuck in all the creases and make me look more wrinkly . I now prefer a lighter coverage. Also adore Touch Éclat for under eye dark rings.

I've arranged a time to call in at the estee lauder counter so they can have a decent amount of time to see what might suit me. I've already warned them that I won't be buying on the day as I'd like to see how things look at home and with my own methods of application. The lady at the counter seemed nice and agreed that it was a good idea.

RubyLovesShopping Tue 07-Jan-14 18:24:28

Yes that bag is the TF Jennifer, also comes in lovely purple:navy shade.
Barbie all these bugs sound awful- I spent most of November with achild home ill, hopefully we've built a resistance to it all.
Marsha I've only just had the dispatch email earlier, coming by Royal Mail am hoping for tomorrow but realistic that it will come thur.
My anna order was v quick, came from 3 separate stores and they all posted next day delivery, v impressed. Kept the shoes and scarf but the sweater and top have gone back as just not right.
I need a navy bag, just can't see any I like!

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 18:35:40

ARSE (literally)!! My Goldsigns have got a hole in them - more like a ladder really (weirdly). My most loved jeans ever (thanks Decam) have given up the ghost. I have worn them practically every day!
Help!!!! Anyone know of anywhere I can get bargains Goldsign Lures from ATM?

LinusDKD Tue 07-Jan-14 18:43:07

No replacement for your Goldsigns but would you like my Jimmies?

I love them so much but they are really getting too big now I've lost a stone. <sobs>

I want them to go to a good home and I know you love yours and are a size 30. They are quite a dark wash and yours are lighter, no?

RubyLovesShopping Tue 07-Jan-14 18:44:12

Shop tags have some as final sale items not sure which colours, £75

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 19:25:34

Forgive my ignorance Ruby but tags?......

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 19:28:40

Linus wow! Thanks..... How much would you want for them? PM?

justasecond Tue 07-Jan-14 19:30:03

Hi! need to go back and catch up again just can't keep up! Hope everyone who was ill feeling better.The Tory Burch bag has arrived and I love the size and style just not 100% on the colour, I will pin a pic over on mnv in a bit. Also it is quite a formal style, can I use it day to day?
I went shopping with a friend at weekend and found my perfect boots but will have to return them, I will pin a pic later explaining why..sad
One I have tried and tested loads of liquid foundations over the years, the ones I rate are YSL touche eclat foundation use this atm. Giorgio Armani luminous silk, got a sample at the weekend and it is excellent, personally found the Maestro a bit too oily for me. Chanel vitalumiere also v good and Mac studio fluid also v good put can't get a colour to match me, they are all a bit orange on. At the cheaper end Borjois healthy mix is vv good - if you can get a good colour match.
The TF bag is lovely this is similar in style and not as
Barbie can you recommend a pressed powder I can use over foundation on my oily t zone? Don't want anything to make me look caked. Laura Mercier has a colourless one I am thinking of getting.

RubyLovesShopping Tue 07-Jan-14 19:32:50

Tags is a US boutique,
They come up a lot on farfetch searches if I'm looking for something specific, never bought but have browsed.

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 19:38:07


LinusDKD Tue 07-Jan-14 19:38:42

shop you can have them for free. I just want someone to love them as much as I do.

I have already pinned another pair of Jimmies for when I have reached my target weight. grin

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 19:39:26

Damn - only in a 24, I need a 29. Will keep searching.

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 19:40:38

Linus you are lovely. Thank you. Do you still have my address or shall I PM you? Not sure what I can send your way of you're heading rapidly to a size zero smile

Turquoiseblue Tue 07-Jan-14 19:45:04

The best loose powder I ever had was be from prescriptive s it was kind of wet then dried on your skin and gave a wonderful finish - don't know the name and they ve gone out of business so it doesn't exist anymore.

One, I use LM - tinted found in summer and foundation in winter, agree though I find the matte one a bit drying, but might be due yo my lack of skin are routine too

I like the Rimmell 'wake me up' or something (orange top) as a cheap alternative.

Have de decked the halls here, house is horrible bare ... And now I remember how much I don't like it smile we re here for another few months though so will have to ignore it. Will just drool on novices pin of lovely dressing rooms instead smile

I think I saw goldsigns on dona ida, shop.
Can't imagine having 20 unworn items in wardrobe , 20 items worn less than twice a different story though

Our local pharmacy had some lovely smash box lip glosses 50 % off, I got two - a clear one and a peachy one ... Delighted as I had run out before chrostmas, I picked up a nars lip crayon - but colour too strong for daytime.

Marsha and because - my last AR order in early November took ages to arrive.

Mig glad to hear your DN is doing well.

Liberty - love those acne dresses.

Santa - am on spending ban too smile.
<don't click on the links, don't click on the links>

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 19:55:08

turquoise I wore that powder on my wedding day - amazing stuff. I was so upset when they discontinued it.

LinusDKD Tue 07-Jan-14 19:55:40

shop I still have your address. Will send it asap!

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 20:05:32
MarshaBrady Tue 07-Jan-14 20:51:11

Have pinned a couple of things on MNV, well I can only see one thing, not the others. Think the other ones (pettys) have gone on twice, but can't see them. Annoying!

Anyway let me know what you think!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 07-Jan-14 20:54:31

As everyone is talking make up, do any of you know when Lancôme's 'Ballerine' collection comes out? All I've found is 'In the new year', which doesn't help much (it's not out yet)

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 20:55:09

Can anyone tell me how Goldsign misfits compare to lures? Are you about Amber?

noviceoftheday Tue 07-Jan-14 20:58:02

Sigh. 2 hours of bedtime hell so far. Still going on. I am wearing trackies (yet again) with j crew tippi. Even I know that's a dodgy combo. No selfies here! No siree!

OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDD! grin grin grin grin bloody grin








MarshaBrady Tue 07-Jan-14 21:02:22

Dry! How exciting! We need a full run down! When is it?

WOW, that's AMAZING Dry grin

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 21:08:33

Lovely dry - it's fate! Because you pinned the hat.

I'm so shallow, and I know Grumpy you're going to think I'm terrible because I know nothing apart from the basics fastest wins grin about racing, but I love a chance to go crazy (fashion wise) and wear something seriously gorgeous and headgear. Much as I try to love jeans and casual stuff I get much more excited about a formal occasion sad aren't i
Think it's the Friday 20th June , not ladies day, Coronation Stakes.
Going with a colleague of DH and his wife who are really good fun, so we'll have a great day.
Stupid but I've always wanted to go.

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 21:16:25

I want to do Ascot, Wimbledon and Henley regatta.

we need a full account of the fashion when you go Dry!

MarshaBrady Tue 07-Jan-14 21:19:00

Not silly at all Dry sounds like a hoot. KM and Camilla et al will be there? What fun.

Novice argh for you. My two took ages tonight, only saving grace, dh did funny stories and I was off the hook.

Haven't done Henley.....would be nice.
Do the whole season Shop starts with Chelsea flower show I think. wink

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 21:21:19

Would love that. Miss the corporate opportunities I used to have to do that kind of stuff...

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 21:25:09

dry have you done Goodwod revival? I bet that would be right up your street.

Did the festival of speed at Goodwood a couple of years ago.......a brilliant day out, loved it.

Do you think we could blah a debs ball? grin

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 21:33:12

Revival is much more dress up. Lots of different eras of fashion. Will dig out some old pics and Pin.

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 21:35:40

Scrap that - I'm not pinning. I look fat and about 12!

Sounds're right I'd love that, actually so would DH, loves classic cars. A perfect combo. You know me well smile

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 21:41:37

My friend does hair and make up for Revival. You get to wear fab frocks, all eras wartime through to seventies. Just fab.

Just searched looks great shop

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 21:50:29

Have pinned after all - for a limited time only

Hey Shop off for a peek

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santamarianovella Tue 07-Jan-14 22:18:17

dry yay! Please,do a very perceptive report! It will be so much fun shopping with you! And you must order a hat!

barbie glad you are feeling better,and losing 2 kg sounds great,I want to do the scan,and got a referral to do it privately as it will be 3months wait,which I can't bear,and the dr assured me that if something is wrong,it won't be a very serious problem as she walks ,runs and is in very good health,dh is against it as he had many scans done,for a broken leg,and he says its something He wouldn't dd to go through. he had a very hectic dayyesterday ,so i need to approach the subject when he is more relaxed.

one I find drugstore makeup to be very good,I love the maybeline BB cream,hardly use foundation for day,and I have a nars sheer glow that I fell in love over again,great color,

shop angry I was showering!couldnt peek

I'm about to pin too! Need opinions

libertychick Tue 07-Jan-14 22:30:13

Ah Shop I missed the pics!!!

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 22:30:34

We got sidetracked, can anyone tell me the difference between Lures and Misfits?

Annianni Tue 07-Jan-14 22:32:35

quick hello...

Is anyone a 5.5 or a 6 in UK sizes for Sam Edelman?
If yes, I've found some gigis for £13!?

They are pinned on mnv.

ooh, just a touch too big for me. Shame as I'd really like some

shopafrolic Tue 07-Jan-14 22:36:42

Bargainous Anni nice one.... You know about Goldsigns don't you?? Someone must know.......<desperate>

Decameron Tue 07-Jan-14 22:41:23

Nooo, Shop, RIP the Lures! I was wearing mine today. I might get another pair soon. I forgot how much I liked them. Why don't you order from Shopbop and have them sent to your DH's hotel when he is in the US? I've bought from Tags before. I have Misfits and they are straight leg.

I love that Tom Ford bag, gorgeous.

I like Giorgio Armani too, One, when I wear foundation.

Marsha, I think you should go for the Pettys again, agree that the Pennys will look too wide on you.

I am still waiting for my two silk shirts from Atterley Road, really slow to deliver.

Matches have collected my damaged shirt so all good and I've ordered this dress instead. Also ordered this poncho which I have in the grey colour already and is so cosy and nice with skinny jeans, and pajamas from the Hush sale, didn't see anything else (luckily). Now should join the frugal thread for the rest of January.

Annianni Tue 07-Jan-14 22:47:56

I don't know Shop, sorry.

Dry shock that's amazing.

What are you going to wear? <squee>

Lovely dress Decam

I popped into town today and bought some cheapo clothes to see me through this stage of my body changing. For £24, I got four skirts, a long, sleeveless ramones tee and a purple and navy chunky cardigan. I also got a scarf hanger as my scarves are tumbling out of the wardrobe. I also picked up two bras for a fiver for the pair in Ann Summers. I am absolutely refusing to buy any expensive clothes until my body shape and weight are more settled. Going to go through my wardrobe properly tomorrow and pile up everything that's decent to be sent on to novice for her charity smile

Anni dratt, I broke my NY resolution! Too much of a bargain, free postage, I bought GiGis in Winter gah! actually need silver grin thank you

Annianni Tue 07-Jan-14 22:53:56

Love the dress and poncho Decam.
How's the house hunting going?

santamarianovella Tue 07-Jan-14 22:54:02

decam that's a gorgeous dress, good thing matches sorted it out for you. I was planing on going frugal too,but I don't think I can. im in love with the rag and bone dre,a friend is going to the US next week so I might ask her to get them for me,as they are way cheaper there.

Annianni Tue 07-Jan-14 22:55:17

Yay well done Dry grin
I'm gutted they don't have my size.

Anni well, you know me, no sooner did I receive the invitation then I had try on session with dd.....put on all my wedding outfits that I just can't bare to bin. Would love to wear the hat I pinned. June's a tricky time, sometimes very hot, sometimes a bit chilly, same old British dilemma . Have months to plan....DH will have to wear a morning suit grin

Dry, I'd have bought them too at that price if they'd had my size.

libertychick Tue 07-Jan-14 23:00:25

My atterley road order hasn't been dispatched yet either - all the thinking time is making me reconsider and I'm debating cancelling it!

I love that DVF dress Decam and the poncho.

The Jennifer bag is fantastic - scary price though.

I love these shoes but would you spend £100 on synthetic shoes? Love the style though hmm

I wouldn't Dry because they just wouldn't last. I had some shoes a while ago in similar metallic material and they cracked after less than a dozen wears.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 07-Jan-14 23:18:58

May see you there Dry wink

Go on the Royal Ascot website - they should have the revised dress code on there and you wouldn't want to be refused admission over an inadvertent breaking of the draconian rules - it happens! No exposed shoulders, minimum skirt length (ie - not the least short!), minimum hat diameter (4" crown-covering at the last known enforcing). You will see some sights in the general admissions - so many people go mad to try and get their pic in the paper, but the Royal Enclosure is mighty strict (for men too). It seems a faff, but you will have a lovely day and it's a bonanza for the clothes-loving! My tip - wear comfortable shoes because you will walk alot, and bear in mind that some of it will be on lawns and I have been known to step clean out of my shoes when the heel got stuck (although that was Newmarket, not Ascot).

Barbie1 Wed 08-Jan-14 01:45:45

Lancome collection was due out 26th jan but has been postponed due to packing issues until spring. My guess is they will launch it around valentines. If I hear more I'll let you know. Hope this helps. Looks a lovely collection, perfect for the new season.

Pressed, I never use myself but on clients I like smash box, guerline and lancome. All in transparent, non cakey and lightweight. Also too faced do a nice reasonably priced one smile

I've started a pin board on beauty products that work...tried and tested by me, who is the most fussy person ever! Still pinning but feel free too look

Grumpy it would be fantastic to bump into it's a no to the strapless mini dress I was to wear then!!!!! Could you have a look at my hat on pin, I think it fits the criteria. smile it's a fashion watcher's dream.

Turquoiseblue Wed 08-Jan-14 08:06:21

Ohhhh Dry - exciting! Royal ascot, you ll have such a fabulous time. envy So we ll all be on outfit watch for you. You should set up a pin board.
Barbie - where s your pin ? I love make up but haven't pinned much - will try link my pin later.

My Mum has a few Philip Tracey hats she adores - hats they re such fun.

Barbie1 Wed 08-Jan-14 08:37:10
MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 09:18:03

Morning everyone. Thanks for boots feedback. You're right about width, I googled, very roomy. But not sure on Pettys. They look so nice when new but really with this rain, they are dirt magnets. I should go for leather.

Dry they are lovely, but they look like sitting down shoes grin.

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 09:42:40

AR yellow ballerinas turned up, finally! And luckily I love them. Really soft and comfortable and pretty colour.

Santa you look incredible on pin. Where's the jacket from? Adore the whole outfit.

noviceoftheday Wed 08-Jan-14 10:22:23

Dry, that's fab news! When I went in 2012, I hosted a box for my clients in the royal enclosure on ladies day. Was fab, took piccies of her Maj and chatted with Simon Cowell (he has a box).

Anyway, I have managed to find the dress I wore. I wore a beautiful lilac wide brim hat that was much admired on the day and lovely shoes from Carvella. Stunning with a nude flower design on top and really comfortable.

The whole thing looked well put together, but was actually bought in my lunch hour the day beforeblush. The dress was the only decent one in the store, they only had one of it and it was a 6, which is rare to see on a shop floor. Fitted like a dream. The hat was nearby and the shoes were £30. The gods were shining on me that day! I think I wore a cream/ivory jacket with the dress and a lilac skull clutch bag. Sequinned but understated.

Looking forward to hearing all about your outfits!

shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 11:16:07

Glad the ballerinas turned up before you went off them Marsha Good stuff.
I really need to replace the Goldsigns (as I lived in them) but I can't find them reduced anywhere in my size. Not sure whether to try something else, or just pay full price as I wear them and love them so much.

QueenCadbury Wed 08-Jan-14 11:21:33

Hello all. Did no one notice I was missing? I'm posting from my hospital bed! Nothing serious thankfully. I had shortness of breath yesterday which got worse so had to call an ambulance. They've ruled out a blood clot and after lots of negative tests they think it must be some kind of virus. I'm on dh's ward so I've been well looked after smile

justasecond Wed 08-Jan-14 11:23:08

Marsha what about the pettys in the tan leather? don't seem to be available on any uk sites but I am thinking of ordering them from Shopbop My fave pettys are these but not available in my size and only seem to be on this site -edelman-petty-s798846-p0000061859.
I found my perfect boots at the weekend but will have to return as they have pigskin lining (which I will not wear for religious reasons) I can't find them online but I'll pic a pic later, was going to do it last night but phone playing up.

shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 11:36:40

OMG QueenC you poor thing - how scary! How long will you be in for?

noviceoftheday Wed 08-Jan-14 11:37:52

Oh no QueenC! How do you feel now?

shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 11:45:22

I've just ordered these to try in a 30 - my Goldsigns and Paige are a 29 so we'll have to see......

Oh, how awful QueenC I hope you're on the mend now and don't have to stay in too long

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 11:49:16

Oh no QueenC, hope you feel better soon.

Shop you're star, have copied. Have wanted Frame for ages!

Justa yes they good be a really good option. Better try these skinnies first, then might order if I don't keep them.

shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 11:51:02

Nice one Marsha - they'll work for one of us!

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 11:57:02

Great spot. Hopefully both!

Decameron Wed 08-Jan-14 12:15:51

How scary, get well soon, QueenC.

You should definitely get those jeans, Santa, you look amazing in them.

Good bargain on the Frames.

I missed your post, very exciting about Ascot, Dry.

Anni, there is nothing suitable for sale at the moment but more houses will come up in the spring. Prices are going up in Dublin so hopefully more people will sell. We missed out on a great house just before Christmas, annoyingly. The next one is ours!

noviceoftheday Wed 08-Jan-14 12:17:41

Shop this is all your fault. I shall be giving dh your address. That's all.wink

shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 12:22:50


MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 12:26:15

arf too late the bill is on it's way grin

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 12:28:18

whoops meant to say. Brilliant bag Novice well done, what a colour!

noviceoftheday Wed 08-Jan-14 12:35:54

Because I wasn't looking at NAP before you posted the link to the skinnies. I followed your link but they were sold it in both 25 and 26 (story of my life) so decided to look at bags and there it was, a vision of beauty. Clearly your fault! Marsha is right, the bill (or dh) is on its way! Much thanks!wink

shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 12:39:28

So you now have 4 bags (3 as yet undecided on?). Surely if it's my fault I deserve one of them?

noviceoftheday Wed 08-Jan-14 12:41:30

Ahem. Yesblush. Stop keeping track!grin 2 of them will be going back before dh nips down to the divorce courts on his lunch break!

shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 12:43:37


You want to find yourself a nice sugar daddy like on the Chanel thread novice - think DH would be ok with it? wink

Get well soon QueenC

Exciting about Ascot dry - novice did Cowell look ridiculous in a penguin suit? DH went a couple of years ago and I could not stop laughing.

QueenC I was thinking you'd gone a bit quiet. You poor thing. Are you still in? How are you feeling?
Novice your Ascot outfit sounds wonderful. That dress is lovely. How on earth do I do comfy glam shoes? hmm just doesn't exist. I have to wear heels and they always end up hurting but I'm hard, years of practice.
Nice bag.
I asked scary boss about taking a day off and she was fine about it, could hardly have said no, it went a bit like;
"ER, was wondering whether I could possibly take a day off, I've been invited to RA and it's my ultimate fashion dream....I've never been before....and by the way I like your new boots the really suit you"smile creep
I know I've got 6 months Novice the thought of getting an outfit on the day brings me out in a cold sweat and I know you'll throw me off the thread, and I know this has probably never been said on MNV , and there'll be a collective gasp ......<whispers> but I may wear something I already have this could possibly be the greatest lie ever told

<runs away>

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 08-Jan-14 15:08:13

Thanks for the Lancôme info Barbie - it does look beautiful and I can't wait to get it. Shame the launch has been put back, I want it now <stamps foot>

QueenC shock hope you're not in there too long, but glad you're being well looked-after

Amber I love my DH in morning dress (well, maybe 'love' is a bit strong, but..) I tracked down the most excellent vintage black silk topper for him a few years ago in its original leather box and it is perfect. He has his own tails/striped trews too, so everything fits well and looks v elegant. Reality is definitely suspended for those five days in June!

If anyone is interested in lovely days at the races but not ready to brave the Royal Ascot circus yet, I can highly recommend Glorious Goodwood at the end of July. Much more laid-back but absolutely beautiful and stylish. Any slebs you may spot will be the drool-worthy kind (ie less Sinitta/Amanda Holden, more Anna Friel, Sophie E-B, Jodie Kidd). Tis fabulous.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 08-Jan-14 15:15:30

Forgot to say how envy envy I am at that B.E.Autiful bag Novice - perfection.

Dry by comfortable I mean broken-in. Don't even think of wearing new shoes, you'll want to amputate your own feet by 2pm. And there is nothing wrong with wearing something you already have - at least you know it suits you and provides what you want on the day. All of us trainers wives recycle our outfits regularly. A few new pieces a season and a dip into our old trusteds and we're away! I have some pieces older than my children wink

Beautiful bag Novice envy envy

Annianni Wed 08-Jan-14 15:19:13

Shoooohhhop... Are you a 30 in Goldsign? Found 3 pairs for £60 ish.

Will pin a pair, the others are from the same place.

Annianni Wed 08-Jan-14 15:23:25

Pin's not working, will pm

Annianni Wed 08-Jan-14 15:36:45

Get well soon Queenc thanks

Anni you are the jean queen.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 08-Jan-14 16:16:37

I've just seen on Pink Peonies today that she's wearing my first-choice sweater from the other day. I really wanted a snake print sweater and the Shane was my fave, but at $120 cheaper I ended up buying the Sloane. Still like the one I've got, but gotta love the Shane.

Oh, and halleluia! finally got an email from AR to say my order has been despatched. Hooray!

shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 16:17:31

She certainly is Dry. I just need to get misery guts DS off my lap so I can take a look. <Bad mummy>

No Shop...normal mummy smile

Grumpy just get liberty to knit you a black tank top to wear over your jumper grin

Home alone tonight as DP is away with work again. Cat's on my knee and we are fantasy shopping grin

QueenCadbury Wed 08-Jan-14 16:49:09

Hello, I'm home now. Just knackered and smelly (my bed was by a radiator so I was ridiculously hot overnight and I didn't fancy a hospital shower!).

amber that thread is hilarious!

dry so excited for you. I would absolutely wear something you already have if you feel fabulous in it. Unless of course you find something that you feel more fabulous in.

Annianni Wed 08-Jan-14 16:53:52

I aim to please Dry wink

Sleep, are you there?
Or anyone who knows about exercise...

I started doing my exercise bike last week properly, did about 50 miles over the 7 days.
This week, I'm managing 20 miles a day shock

Plus eating better/more mindfully.

Now the exercise bike computer thing equates 20 miles to approx 750 calories burnt.

Is that about right?

And if yes, how much weight per week am I (hopefully) looking to lose?

Have you been reading that thread too QueenC? Clearly, Amber is a massive bitch dontcha know wink

libertychick Wed 08-Jan-14 17:10:31

Anni one lb in weight is 3,500 cals approx. so that is 1.5lbs per week if you do every day!! Sleep will probably have a much more scientific way of doing it.

QueenC hope you are feeling better.

Dry envy at Ascot invite - how exciting smile

Anni can you pm me the link to the £60 goldsigns too pleeeesssseeee???

My AR order has finally dispatched....

Annianni Wed 08-Jan-14 17:20:42

Pm sent Liberty.

Dh got that amount whilst googling, but other sites said other things.

That's the amount I heard it was on a radio program that DP was listening to the other day Anni

libertychick Wed 08-Jan-14 17:23:46

I do think it's approximate Anni and it will also depend on what you are eating, your metabolism, other activity etc.

Dry what's the name/brand of the implement you have for sorting out snagged threads on jumpers - my Cos linen jumper has a few pulls and I NEED to fix them?

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 17:24:43

yes don't snip them Liberty! grin. Like I did.

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 17:25:31

No idea Anni, but well done!

libertychick Wed 08-Jan-14 17:26:33

Your jumper has been in my head all day Marsha, the scissors has been hovering a few times but I thought WWMD and decided best not grin

noviceoftheday Wed 08-Jan-14 17:27:37

Amber, Simon Cowell didn't exactly look comfy in his suitgrin I realised I was mixing my years. I saw him in 2011. In 2012, Prince (as in the pop star) had the Cowell box. He wasn't that much taller than megrin

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 17:28:39

Yes D(on't)DWM did. grin

Annianni Wed 08-Jan-14 17:29:31

I'd use a bodkin and poke them through to the other side Liberty.

libertychick Wed 08-Jan-14 17:34:04

What's a bodkin???

Love it Marsha grin

Mignonette Wed 08-Jan-14 17:34:26

Hi all-

Amber You are clearly very jealous that assorted randoms are not offering you no strings attached Chanel bags wink.

Clearly all that worship has addled her cognitive function to the point of being unable to make a simple decision about what colour bag without the collective intelligence of a bunch of strangers on t'internet.

Mignonette Wed 08-Jan-14 17:35:37


shock have just seen your post. did you think P.E?

Loads of flowers for you.

Get well soon.

Annianni Wed 08-Jan-14 17:39:10

Bodkin as in a fat blunt needle, usually used for sewing knitted items.

Is it called something else?

Mignonette Wed 08-Jan-14 17:40:10

Lovely word Bodkin. Would make a great name for a dog.

Phase one of clothes sort is complete. I counted, 42, yes 42 skirts in total in my wardrobe shock massive pile now waiting to be sent off! Drawers are up next, I am a bit fuzzy over what's actually in them to be honest confused

QueenCadbury Wed 08-Jan-14 17:43:03

mig, yes they were thinking PE as I'd taken the pill over Christmas (now stopped due to migraines) but scans and blood tests all negative. I'm feeling pretty washed out now so I'm thinking the viral diagnosis is correct.

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 17:43:44

Shop these look a bit sheen-y. I'd be happy with that.

Oblig funny face at the bottom.

poor you QueenC it must have been pretty frightening sad plenty of thanks for you

Mignonette Wed 08-Jan-14 17:50:31

Christ Queen you really have been through the mill lately. What a scare.

Time to hunker down and be looked after.

carrie74 Wed 08-Jan-14 17:53:45

Hello All, A PM from shop reminded me I'd not been on for a while.

Queen C, how scary! glad you're home and all ok xx

Novice gorgeous bag! fab colour!

dry, Ascot sounds fabulous!

Not many purchases to report (and everything on Pin), but loving my impulse Whistles buy in the sales:

But even more so my All Saints boots (none online, but a couple of black and loads of brown in store): Super duper comfy, have worn them all day straight from box with no discomfort in the least (hurray!). I did order the Hudson Enckes, but they were too gapey at my ankle, and we're really uncomfortable. Plus I managed to suck out all their cool as soon as they touched my feet grin.

carrie74 Wed 08-Jan-14 17:55:14
shopafrolic Wed 08-Jan-14 17:55:24

Marsha yup - I'd take that. Are they our jeans then? Or just similar?
Waves in a more public forum to Carrie x

I is a right jealous bitch, innit?

Seriously though, you can't reason with the unreasonable.

definitely just a mad jealous bitch Amber wink

MarshaBrady Wed 08-Jan-14 18:09:34

No idea Shop! but will be happy if they are similar.

Good one Carrie, lovely stuff.

Mignonette Wed 08-Jan-14 18:10:39

Can't argue with stupid, you mad jealous old bugger you Amber wink

But might have to come and lamp you if you recommend Bottega to any more Orange folk wink.

liberty I've spent the last half hour searching online for the pully's not a bodkin. I'll keep looking. It's a brilliant little tool. If I have to I'll take a picture.

His is the tool. So you push it through the wrong side of the jumper with the little spiky bit facing down, the hooky bit catches the tread on the right side as it pushes through, and as you pull it back the spiky bit closes and grabs the thread through to the wrong side. Brilliant smile
Because it's so tiny and fine you can poke it through the finest knit/wool crepe fabrics too......I've looked on j lewis website! will look in my local haberdashery shop when I'm next there. Can't remember where I bought it but I've had it for years.

The Chanel bags thread is quite gobsmacking shock

that looks like the tool you get to make latch hook rugs except smaller

LinusDKD Wed 08-Jan-14 18:48:38

queenc poor you! I hope you feel better soon.

novice that is a gorgeous bag! Love the colour!

dry very envy about Royal Ascot!

santa (((hugs))) I really hope you can convince DH to schedule a scan for DD.

I bought a Chinti and Parker dress in the NaP sale but have been very good otherwise. only because I spent a bit too much in December

Oh and two pairs of black trousers from Asos.

Apart from the two TS Leigh jeans I bought in London I also bought a royal blue Equipment shirt in the Selfridges sale but I wasn't tempted by anything else.

The last shop I went into on Saturday evening was Fenwicks and I was surprised to see it virtually empty.

Each floor I went to had about 4 other people apart from me and the staff and that on a Saturday at the beginning of the Sales! They did have good deals and many brands were identical to Selfridges/Liberty but the store was just abandoned. I wonder how they survive but maybe I just came at a bad time.

We have been potty training DS since last week and it is going ok-ish. Pipi is not a problem but he just refuses to use the potty/toilet to poo. hmm