THAT THING that makes your heart grow bigger

Have you ever had that thing that you always wanted to do but were afraid people thought was silly? That thing that makes your heart grow oddly bigger when you think about it? For me THAT THING is the platinum blond pixie I saw years ago on another girl. She radiated confidence and just looked gorgeous. I asked a then hair stylist friend of mine if he was able to give me that look and he outright refused claiming my hair was too dark to ever go that light. That was that. I never seriously considered going blond after he told me it wasn’t possible.

Now, time goes on and strange things happen. I got a baby last year. And I turned 40. And I got really, really fat. And every time something bad happens in the world I cry. Call it mid-life crisis, call it menopause – I don’t know. All I know is that I am all of a sudden very afraid of the here and now and cry an awful lot. So I decided to cross one thing off my bucket list to make me feel better and finally went blond. You know what? It helped. I have learned that if you go blond you really put yourself out there. No hiding or blending in! People will look at you. The knock on effect is that you need to put more make up on, shape your eye brows and use lip stick – make it a lush color otherwise you look drab. You also need to overhaul your wardrobe because not everything goes with the new blond. Hence you need to go shopping. So here I am – still 40, still a mother and still fat but a bit more groomed with a slightly better outlook on life now I have decided to put myself out there.

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My upcycling outlet


I just love, love, love the stuff that Jay’s upcycling. He really got me into the mood to try it myself. I’ll start with something small. A chair maybe? :-)

Originally posted on Venus as a Man:

I love a project, and I can’t help but wax lyrical about restoration. I purchase haggard, worn out pieces and saturate them with love, time and attention. My haggling line at the flea markets:

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You can negotiate and pay a very low price for something with genuine value. We have become a Throw Away Generation. If it’s broken, bin it, buy a new one. Think about the craft that went into making something. Vintage hand-built wooden radios for example, are gorgeous pieces of furniture that were the pride piece, a focal point in any room. Think of the historic news broadcasts it has relayed. Think of the decades of popular music. The radio is a loyal servant.

With entertainment technology going from leaps to bounds in the last century, their majesty has been lost. But I still love the crackle, the fiddling and tuning. Even…

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A Special Day

So what does it take to make a wedding really special?

Let me tell you – it’s not the horse-drawn carriage, the Swarovski encrusted wedding bouquet or a 100+ guest ceremony. In case of my friends Anna and Joe it was the little things that made their day so incredibly memorable and heart warming. The ingredients included: friends that helped prepare the garden for an intimate party, family members that cooked the amazing wedding feast, Tuck the cat and Jack the dog, handmade prosecco coulis and delicious wedding favours. Take a look!

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Picture credits: (1)-(3) Caroline Mc Nally Photography; (4)-(6) Joseph Carr Photography