- Burlesque in Camden
- No more apricots or cucumber! A fascinating allergy test
- I was the 3,144,613,184th person alive on Earth when I was born – what number are you?
- Revitalash rocks!
- And lots of Footnotes, including 'My Week With Marilyn' film review
How funny it was to walk in to QVC recently and find I was dressed almost identically to one of my favourite guests! It was my pal Marie Francoise from Kipling – look how we were both dressed the same!
I'd got my cardi in Zara in Monaco, and she was also wearing a Zara cardi, leggings and Emus! I do like Marie F – we're going out for a catch up soon! Tons of Kipling special offers online for Christmas pressies too, so look out for them! The Breast Cancer Care bag is even back in stock – I missed out on the night so if you did too, get one soon!
Burlesque night out
Groupon strikes again! Had a very enjoyable night out last week with pal Shyama, at a burlesque evening at Proud Kitchen in Camden! Now it's not something I'd given much thought to when I bought the tickets, I have to say – after all, it's basically watching Dita Von Teese-style classy strippers with tassels you know where! But I liked the idea of a three course meal and 'entertainment' which as it happens was very… entertaining! Here's a short extract of the 'fabulous, the gorgeous, Dolly Rose!'
Plus there was a singer and a juggler - a good old-fashioned cabaret type show. And I had to use the vouchers before they expired! Lol! I'd go again, with someone else who fancied experiencing true burlesque - the audience were very mixed – couples mainly. Plus the food was good!
No more apricots or green grapes!
I also used up another voucher recently – to go have allergy testing done. It's more 'food intolerance' testing really, using vibrational energy of certain foods and seeing how your body responds.
The nice guy Ardash at Nash Wellbeing Clinic in St Albans also tested the functionality of my organs (nothing major to report thank goodness!) and what vitamins and minerals I was deficient in – (boron only, and I need more EPA fish oil – ironic 'cos I take a lot already but obviously need more!) But it was the food intolerance list that fascinated me most.
Things like apricots and green grapes, cucumber and strawberries, as well as sweet potato (that won't be hard to avoid!) and several others. But it was what I expected – cow's milk – that will be the hardest to avoid for three to four months then re-introduce slowly. So I've bought some rice milk and goat's milk to see what I like best. Will keep you informed as the weeks go by…
What birth number are you?
When you were born, I was the:3,144,613,184th person alive on Earth. And the 76,893,096,940th person to have lived since history began. The BBC reports that the world's population passed seven billion in the last few weeks.
After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Fill in your date of birth on the site to find out. I also like the country info about populations and longevity, but then I'm geeky like that! Lol.
* Karaoke Saturday night – another uproarious night of watching other members of my family get tipsier and tipsier and belting out classic songs in a small room in Brighton (Nine Rooms in Middle St). My fave this time was brother Glenn with the Calling's original version of 'If I Could'!
* Doggy update! Daisy has stayed in her pen – hehe – and Benton is called Fenton and he's owned by a well to do guy called Max from Southfields, according to the papers! The 15-year-old who put the clip on YouTube has signed up for royalties for the 2.3m or so hits it's now had! Good for him! If you haven't seen it, go here – it's a 'YouTube sensation' for sure and sooo funny!
WATCH: 'My Week with Marilyn'. This is a fab film if you like period pieces, a la 'Mad Men'. Set in 1956 it covers the making of 'The Prince and The Showgirl' in London, and the romance (kind of) with a young assistant director and Marilyn Monroe in her hey day.
Excellent performances from Michelle Williams as a stylised Marilyn – captured some of her idiosyncracies really well I thought. And Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier – very, very funny! And a super Judy Dench once more showing why she's a bit of a British institution. However, it was good but not gripping or thought-provoking or amazing, so gets a seven and a quarter out of ten from me – worth getting on DVD, I'd say!
LISTEN: To the new Kate Bush album '50 Words For Snow'. OMG, I've been a Kate Bush fan since 'Wuthering Heights' when I was 16! So I just had to get her newest album – '50 Words For Snow'. Track five is my absolute fave – it made me cry! About love through different lifetimes – and the rest of the album (well most of it) is so evocative and atmospheric – loved it! Kate's back to her best, IMO (in my opinion)!
QVC: Lots to tell you about and to watch out for – so happy for you if you managed to get the pack of two fleeces I warned you about last week – they sold out so fast! Here are some of my highlights for the coming week or so:-
• Monday 5th December – Laura Geller TSV! New baked collection – OMG it's brill value! My airing is at 10pm. To quote my sister-in-law, Boki, one of the biggest cynics around, 'it's so amazing, I can put it on on the train and it lasts all day!' Do try it if you haven't before, as a TSV is a great way to get it (available only on the day, from midnight on Sunday 4th December for 24 hours whilst stocks last, for those that don't know!)
• And finally – Saturday 10th December – put it in diary – BIG NEWS! The return of the crystal and haematite bracelets – with two new colours! And the necklace and matching earrings should be in stock too!
Also – see below for my 'this week I are been mostly using' tip of the week about a product I've been testing!
Have a great week – I've got another packed one coming up! And the kids are down at the weekend – both of them! First time that's happened for blinking ages! And I'm meeting up with my writing friend Liz from Arvon Inverness course in August - we're going to a lobster meal in Battersea, and yes it's another voucher! I'll have used them all up soon! Oh, I forgot – no I won't 'cos I keep buying more! Lol.
Don't forget to leave me a comment below! Regulars and newbies please! On any of the topics above – what would you like to tell me?
P.S. Just to let you know, the winner of the signed Julie Cohen book 'Getting Away With It' from the recent blog is Emma! Well done! Our web team has dropped you an email for your address so we can pop it in the post to you ASAP!
P.P.S. 'This Week I Are Been Mostly Using…' Revitalash – it's definitely making a difference! Revitalash Advanced has been in my bathroom for a couple of weeks, and I use it most nights, just like applying a fine coat of invisible eyeliner to top and bottom lashes – simples!
I actually do think I'm already seeing a difference! It's like there's more to apply mascara to – it goes on more easily and when I look in the mirror after removing my make-up I'm really pleased to see a noticeable improvement. I've always wanted lashes that are a lot more like my daughter's fabulous lush ones, so I'm going to continue using it. See below for others' comments and let me know if you've had success too!
Other people have had similar results, according to the online reviews. Quotes include:-
"I don't write many reviews but felt I had to this time. I was unsure initially due to cost however, I had 30 days try out. After 10 days or so I can't believe the difference. I had short stubby lashes and now they are longer and beginning to curl."
"I have better eye lashes than I have ever had in my life. Please do not discontinue this product."
"It is incredible stuff. I had short, sparse, thin lashes and now I have the opposite. They are so long, it is like I am wearing false lashes. This Revitalash is like magic and is the best on the market and I have tried a few others which did nothing. Highly recommend this."
Do leave a comment below – whoever you are! I like hearing from you all!