I’ve gone a bit nail-crazy

So, how many blogs have you already read about Models Own products in the past few days?
It’s hardly surprising, given their week long 50% off sale, that was so popular their website was totally overloaded for the majority of last Tuesday afternoon. I got my order in as soon as was reasonably possible, after having filtered through and considered every nail polish colour they had (and they have a LOT), and it finally arrived today!!

I love receiving parcels, especially ones that are pretty in their own right and the excitement begins from just looking at the box 🙂

I went a little overboard and bought seven polishes plus a nail art pen :/ The colours I chose were; Champagne, Snow White, Misty Grey, Top Turquoise, Feeling Blue, Raspberry Crush and Pink Blush. I wanted to get a bit of variety, which I think I did. Champagne is a beautiful golden-silver glitter polish that I expect to wear a lot as we go into autumn/winter and, dare I say it, Christmas. Snow White I bought as a replacement for the disappointing what-I-though-was-white from Rimmel. Misty Grey, I was just intrigued by the idea of a grey polish. Then the colours, well they’re all just colours I love and thought would go with my wardrobe, bright versions of pastels/ candy colours that make me smile. It’s important for nail polish to make you smile.

It has been a frustrating day, having such a box of treasures sat on the table but having too much work to do to be able to play with them!
I’ve finally had a break and had my first experiment. I couldn’t pick just one colour, so I’ve gone with both Feeling Blue and Pink Blush. I love these colours together, they remind me of my favorite flamingo cardigan 🙂 Partly to disguise the slightly unever join, and also because it’s another new toy, I’ve put leopard print over the top in black, using my new Konad nail art kit (which I should blog about separately, because it’s amazing).
This is the finished look (I have actually only done one hand so far).

I’m very pleased, and they make me smile, which is always good 🙂
The polishes are great, fantastic colours, pretty easy to use and seem to have dried really quickly, which is a pretty important factor. Hopefully they’ll last for a few days as well, which is about the best I ever get out of any nail polish. I don’t want it to last too long anyway, I’ve got too many other colours to try!!
The Models Own sale is still on until midnight tonight, so if you haven’t already, head over to their Facebook page for details. I think I’m going to have to resist going back for a second time :/

Love
Betty
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Three Little Birds

Here is a picture of the three ceramic swallows I was given by my mum as a birthday present. Although my birthday was nearly a month ago, I have only just got around to putting them up.
Technically, I’m not really supposed to put things on the walls, as it’s a rented place, but I have gradually been hanging more things to make the place more homely. Our lounge has lovely high ceilings, but such vast expanses of beige are so cold and boring.
I love these birds. Although I am terrified that they’re going to fall and break.

I have continued reading some wonderful blogs, and I’m so inspired. I really want to make this blog better.

Best Wishes,
Betty
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Home Grown

I love my garden. Well, the communal garden for our flats, that no-one else really uses.
In the year and a half we have lived here I have filled almost every available space with fruit and veg plants.

This year I’ve had purple sprouting broccoli, green beans, kidney beans, strawberries, raspberries, onions, courgettes, peas and about a million tomatoes.
The tomatoes have just been getting red and ripe enough to pick this week. One slight problem. I am not a big fan of raw tomatoes :/ Fortunately, a good proportion of the meal I cook involve tomato sauce (not ketchup, just a sauce made out of tomatoes), so after my first tomato harvest I set about cooking up my own sauce.

Just some of the hundreds of tomatoes I have waiting to ripen
First tomato harvest of the year

Growing tomatoes is really easy, and making them into sauce is possibly even easier. More people should grow their own, it’s satisfying 🙂

All I did to make the sauce was wash the tomatoes, chop them up into a pan, add some boiling water, bring to boil then reduce heat to a simmer and leave for about half an hour, stirring occasionally (I am a compulsive stirrer of food in pans :/). I also added some seasoning to taste, just salt, pepper, mixed herbs and a bit of sugar this time, but you could add chili, garlic, basil or a whole range of other seasonings, depending on what you want. If you want a really smooth sauce you can strain it through a sieve to remove seeds and skin, I didn’t bother though.

Washed and Chopped

Hubble Bubble

It’s times like these that I’m glad I inherited my mothers habit of collecting things that might be useful; in this case, jars!

Half a jar or sauce from 18 small tomatoes 🙂

I haven’t used the sauce yet, but it was yummy when I was tasting it while it was cooking. I think there’s going to a lot more sauce making in the near future, there are so many tomatoes out there!!

Best Wishes,
Betty
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Blog Love (and a little bit of envy too)

I really love blogging and reading the blogs of wonderfully creative, interesting and stylish people who inspire me to be a better blogger.
I follow so many wonderful blogs I wanted to share some of my current favorites with you.
I think these blogs are all beautiful, inspiring and lovely to read, written by amazingly stylish, wonderful ladies. I aspire to have a blog that was even half as good as these.

What Katie Found
A beautiful lady sharing her great taste, accounts of making her own clothes as well as interesting finds and images. Her sewing adventures have inspired me to pick up my sewing machine and get back to the dress I started making months ago.
She also has an Etsy shop where she sells accessories she has made.

The Magpie Girl
The Magpie Girl is written by Vicki. Another gorgeous lady with a beautiful blog, full of wonderful photographs documenting her great style along with more interesting finds and images. Her Crush posts certainly inspire my inner shopper. She features so many lovely things that I fear for my bank balance :/
I have only come across this blog recently, but already love it, I could spend ages just admiring the great photography and stunning outfits.  I’m sure I’ll be an avid follower.

The Fish Tank
Following on from The Magpie Girl, The Fish Tank is written by another gorgeous red-head, Fritha Louise. Her blog is filled with great pictures of herself, documenting her great personal style, alongside some great fashion picks and trend spotting.
The Fish Tank has also been shortlisted in the Look Blogging Competition, so you know it’s got to be good.

Temporary:Secretary
Yet another beautiful lady with a great sense of style that she shares through wonderful photographs. Her outfits are always beautiful, accessorised perfectly even down to her nail varnish. She has also made the Look Blogging Competition short list, and deservedly so.
She also has her own jewellery range, which contains some great, unique and stylish pieces.

Being Little
Being Little’s Lyzi seems like a real sweetheart. Her blog is beautifully written and full of fantastic photographs of her inspired and super stylish outfits as well as things she has found rummaging through charity shops and other random but beautiful pictures. I look forward to reading her blog.
Being Little has recently celebrated one year old, and it sounds like she’s had an amazingly successful year of blogging, attracting a huge following, which is totally understandable.

All these ladies spare me from so much boredom, even if I am amazing jealous of their wonderful blogs and the fact that they are all way more stunning and stylish than me!
Spread some blog love,
Betty
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The Lounge

I was very excited when I first heard about The Lounge, a new ‘Craft Cafe bar’ that opened in Bedford Place, Southampton.
Although they’ve been open since June, today was the first opportunity I have had to check it out, and had arranged to meet up with one of my oldest friends to see what was on offer.
It has been such a lovely day here today, really sunny and warm, so was perfect for enjoying the walk down, and the cafe has a lovely big window that let all the sunshine in. The place is really nicely decorated, some walls are turquoise and some have accent wallpaper on. It looks cool and stylish but without feeling intimidating or uncomfortable. The tables are all decoupaged, covered in pages from books or sheet music or maps. We were sat at the thesaurus table, where certain key words, like relax, were highlighted.
The staff were also really nice, and brought our order too us at our table, not enough places do that anymore.
I ordered apple juice and toasted pitta with houmous. Hannah had tea. I was tempted by their range of teas, I’ve never been a big tea drinker but I’m becoming more of a fan of flavoured teas, but it was a bit hot for tea in my opinion. Then we both got a slice a carrot cake each. I have blogged about my love of carrot cake before, so I take up almost every opportunity to sample one 🙂 It was a yummy carrot cake with lovely orange-y frosting. While it wasn’t the best one I’ve had (sorry, but I’ve had a lot of carrot cakes), it was still really nice and definitely one I would be happy to eat again. It was a really generous serving and I was really full afterwards, in fact I’m still not very hungry!

Yummy Carrot Cake with Orange Frosting

I had a lovely afternoon and hope to be able to go back soon to sample some more of the menu, which includes various All-Day Breakfast items (Bacon Sandwich, Pancakes with Syrup, Scrambled Eggs) as well as stuffed pittas and wraps.
There is also a craft space at the back, called Stitch, where they hold a range of craft workshops, from Basic Sewing and Mother and Baby Workshops, to learning about altering clothing and making items for your home. If you don’t own a sewing machine then don’t worry, they also have a number of machines available for a few extra pounds. I haven’t been to any of the sessions yet, but do hope I can find the time at some point!

Details of opening, location, menu and events can all be found on their website; http://www.loungecafe.co.uk/

If you don’t have plans for this bank holiday weekend, I do believe they are doing free cake when you buy a drink, as well as having live music.

Hoping you are well,
Betty
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Check me out, I’m like Flavor-Flav

So I thought I’d put up some pictures of my hair, now I’ve tweeked it a little bit more to my liking.

I basically just put a load of the dye I had left from my last go at turquoise over the top of the green, blue and yellow that was put in at the hairdressers. I knew it wouldn’t cover it completely, and I like the effect where you can still see some of the darker blue and the yellow. I’ll probably only stick with this for a few weeks though. It will need cutting in the next 3 or 4 weeks and I’ll remove the colour when I bleach my roots before I get it cut.
I’m also really loving the lipgloss I’m wearing in this picture. It’s Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Pin Up. Apart from the brilliant name, it’s a great colour. As much as I adore lipstick, sometimes lipgloss is easier :/

Today I went into the office. I wore my Wonder Woman T-Shirt, as I was handing in a really big report that has taken so much time and effort to get sorted, and I felt like a little bit of a superhero having finally finished. I’m also really enjoying being ablr to feel comfortable in jeans and a tee again since losing some weight. It had got to the point where all my t-shirts were very tight and would ride up as I walked, but now they all fit really well and I have room inside them. It’s a really great feeling 🙂
I also wore my new(ish) watch necklace. I blogged about getting one a while ago, and a friend of mine said she had one that she’d never worn, so I bought it of her. It’s nice to be able to check the time without constantly getting my phone out.

I’ve had a few comments about it just being a nice pendant, and people seem strangely impressed to learn it’s also a watch. One of my work friends said it made me look like a hip-hop artist with a clock round my neck. Lol.  Not quite what I was going for. What do you reckon? Can you tell the difference? Haha.

Flavor-Flav?

Betty?

Hope all is well,
Betty
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PS. This post in no-way endorses Hip-Hop, I think it’s shit.

Painting Fun

I was playing with my new nail varnishes this evening.
I’ve gone with a base of Rimmel Portobello Pink with polka dots in Rimmel Silver Bullet.

The Silver Bullet wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. It was a bit too thin and translucent for good polka dots. I just about managed to over come it by applying a few coats, but that was fiddly, getting dots right once is hard enough!
I’m very pleased with the results, shame it’ll only last a day or two :/

Hope you’re well,
Betty
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