Tuesday, 31 December 2013

51% of Women Make up This Year's Honours List

Great to hear that 51% of this years Honours went to women (611) which is the highest proportion to date.

Actresses Angela Lansbury and Penelope Keith became Dames and The Apprentice judge, Karren Brady and actress Ruth Jones received MBEs.  Well done Ladies.


History of New Years Eve - Times Square
Did you know that the first New Year's celebrations in Time Square, New York were held in 1904?  It was to celebrate the opening of the new HQ for The New York Times.  The owner, Alfred Ochs had fought and successfully won for the area then known as Longacre Square to be renamed Times Square. 
NYE History

Happy Birthday To:

Belgian born, Diane Von Furstenberg formerly Princess Diane zu Furstenberg is celebrating her birthday today.  Probably best known for her iconic wrap dresses which have been worn by both Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Sadly we lost Donna Summer, the "Queen of Disco" last year to cancer but she was in fact born this day in 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts.   In fitting memory, whilst getting ready to go out tonight, pop this on and play it loud.

This is for my Canadian bloggers

This day 156 years ago, Queen Victoria designated Ottawa as Canada's capital.

Monday, 30 December 2013


If you haven't heard of this boutique already then now is the time to take a look.   They are based in Frome, Somerset and were established in 2008.  They specialise in 1940s and 50s Hollywood old- fashioned glamour and believe we ladies should embrace our curves.

It was here that Nigella Lawson bought the red wiggle dress that wow'd America.

This is pinup model Doris Mayday modelling the Monica dress which they have on sale (£150) which I think looks absolutely amazing.

I also thought these satin pumps would be great for the Spring and very reasonably priced at £35

Prince Philip (92) has made it on the GQ Best Dressed Men List (26th) with first place going to DJ, Nick Grimshaw http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2531035/Prince-Philip-list-best-dressed-men-place-goes-Nick-Grimshaw.html

Michael Schumacher in a coma after ski-ing accident in France
Former motor racing champion, Michael Schumacher is in a coma following a ski-ing accident in France http://news.sky.com/story/1188296/michael-schumacher-in-critical-condition

Feeling too tired for work

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Chanel Ski Lifts

Ski-ing doesn't get any more glamorous than this - Courchevel in the French Alps, have Chanel ski-lifts with Karl Lagerfeld sketches on.   As well as this, Chanel have a "pop up" boutique there which is open until April.

Born on this Day

Dior Homme Cologne 2013

The adorable Jude Law was born this day in 1972 and yes I did get to see him in Holiday this Christmas :)

Ted Danson was born this day in 1947 in San Diego.  In 1982, he was cast as bartender Sam Malone in Cheers which became one of the most viewed shows in TV history.  He has also been in a number of films including Saving Private Ryan, Made in America and Three Men and a Baby.

Marianne Evelyn Faithfull was born in 1946 in London and her singing, songwriting and acting have spanned over five decades.   From 1966 to 1970 she had a highly publicised relationship with Mick Jagger and co-wrote Sister Morphine which is featured on the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album.

In 1999, Marianne was ranked 25th on VH1s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll and in 2011 was awarded the Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres - one of France's highest cultural honours.

Died on this Day

Controversial figure, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was murdered in 1916 in St Petersburg, Russia on this day.

Cary Grant born Archibald Alexander Leach, died aged 82 in Davenport, Iowa.  However, he was born in Bristol and became an American citizen in 1942.   He was considered to be one of Hollywoods classic leading men.

Did you know that 168 years ago, President James Polk makes Texas the 28th state in the union?

Yep I'm going to head off for the sales

Saturday, 28 December 2013

The Selfie that beats all Selfies

Moment of reflection: NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins takes a selfie whilst making repairs on the International Space Station

Me and handbags - I blame the Husband!!  I have just come across London label, LYDC who have a fantastic range of bags and have a great sale on at the moment.  Definitely worth a look lydc.co.uk - I am particularly liking their satchel bags.

They have just said on the radio that knee and ankle injuries rise after the Christmas period so I'm going to pace myself and take it easy :)

Friday, 27 December 2013

My Daughter, Robyn, sent me this :)

My New Juno Bowling Bag

I am just loving my new shiny, pink bowling bag and matching purse which I got for Christmas.

The bag is made by Juno who were launched in 2010 and have been hugely successful both here in the UK and globally.   Their products are very much, up-to-date and are reasonably priced.   I am a great fan and theirs and this my second bag - I have even introduced my Daughter to their range by buying her a lovely black bag for work.

Back to Work Today!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Off to the Boxing Day Family Buffet ......... which reminds me a lot of Bridget Jones xx

I have a very dear friend who I know will like this too xx

Did you know that Boxing Day was traditionally the day when servants and tradesmen received gifts "Christmas Boxes" from their bosses?  Today it is the day I chill and play with all my new goodies :)

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Now we can all relax

The Queens Speech

The Queen  speech is all about reflection

As well as it being the most famous birthday of all, here are a few that share this day as well:

Humphrey DeForest Bogart, the American Actor was born today in New York City in 1899.  In a film career lasting almost 30 years, he appeared in 75 films, his most famous being Casablanca.    It was filming to Have and Have Not in 1944 that he met and later married Lauren Bacall.  He died in 1957 in LA.

A favourite of mine, Annie Lennox was born in Aberdeen in 1954 who went on to achieve international fame in the 1980s with Dave Stewart in the Eurythmics.  She is the most recognised female artist at the Brit Awards winning a total of 8 awards.

In addition, Annie is also a political and social activist, raising money and awareness for HIV charities in Africa.

Shane MacGowan, front man for the folk-punk band The Pogues was born today in Kent in 1957.  Probably their most famous hit being Fairytale of New York.

Famous People that Died this Day are:

James Brown "the Godfather of Soul" died this day in 2006 aged 73.

Charlie Spencer Chaplin, most famous silent screen star died in Switzerland this day in 1977 aged 88.

Distinctive sounding Eartha Mae Kitt, died in Connecticut this day in 2008

Last, but certainly not least, Dino Paul Crocetti better known as Dean Martin died in Beverley Hills aged 78.  He was one of the most popular American entertainers of the mid-20th Century and was nicknamed the King of Cool.

Wishing you All a Very Merry Christmas xx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Beauty and the Beast

Two birthdays to mention today and two completely different individuals.

Actress and pinup, Ava Lavinia Gardner was born this day 1922 in North Carolina, the youngest of 7 children.  She was considered one of the most beautiful women of her day.

Ava was married to Mickey Rooney in 1942 and divorced a year later.  She was then briefly married to jazz musician Artie Shaw and then in 1951 she married Frank Sinatra.  Ava would go on later to say that he was the love her life but the marriage was tumultuous and they divorced in 1957.

She died on January 25th 1990 in London from pneumonia and was buried with her family back in North Carolina.

Lemmy (Ian Fraser) Kilmister was born this day in 1945 in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire.  Best known as the lead vocalist and sole constant member of rock band Motorhead as well as being a former band member of Hawkwind before getting fired.

In October 1980, they released the brilliant Ace of Spades which spent 12 weeks in the UK charts.  In March 2005, Q Magazine placed it at No 27 in their list of 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks and in 2009, VH1 named it the 10th greatest hard rock song of all time.

Wimborne in the News
Dorset was battered yesterday afternoon and last night by torrential rain and gale force winds - loads of roads closed today due to flooding and fallen tress