Well, I do believe July was almost completely wet and windy. At least, here in the South it was. August is finally shaping up to be a bit brighter. I still haven’t had (or attended, for that matter) a single barbecue this summer. I’m determined we will have one before the season is out. I hope you’re enjoying your summer, wherever you may be.
I am a huge fan of Brighton. I love the eclectic mix of shops, food, music and people to be found there. Lucky for me, my best gal pal, Mandy, is too! Every now and then we book a day to go down there together and we always have the best time no matter what the weather has in store.
Well, this time the weather was about as atrocious as it could possibly be! Wind, rain, hail… all those things you don’t want when your morning starts off being a good hair day. We began by pottering around the antique and vintage shops. This was not only great fun but appealed to the daydreamer in me.
I couldn’t quite believe how many old photos are just sitting there in shops waiting to be bought up rather than being cherished in private collections. It just made me wonder who these people had been. Some of the images were from over a hundred years ago, some from the 20’s and then right through to maybe the 60’s and 70’s. They appeared to be from all different walks of life, too. Baby photos, family gatherings, even entire wedding albums lay jumbled in old, open suitcases. Owner-less, discarded and beautiful. I could’ve easily lost myself in them all day but there were many other distractions for us to enjoy.
I realised just how old… no, ‘vintage’, Mandy and I have become as we wandered around pointing at various items such as toys or old shoes saying, “Oh my gosh, I had those!!”. Mandy and I had great fun trying on some specs from different eras. I saw a little plastic E.T. which was still in its original packaging. I had owned the very same one! He had a little ‘speak and spell’ educational toy. It brought back so many memories of me taking him everywhere with me when I was about ten years old and living in Arizona. If you’ve never been to Brighton’s little quirky shops I suggest you put it on your to-do list.
Another highlight of the day was going to a casino. I’ve only ever been two or three times before in my life and I never really get involved. As the weather was so crazy Mandy suggested we pop in but we agreed to spend only £10 each. Hee Hee! I think the staff found us quite amusing as there were some folks there who were clearly spending massive amounts. Mand is very organised and (when the occasion calls for it) sensible so she said “ok, whatever we do, however much we win, we keep back what we came with”. That’s exactly what we did! And we were up on the bargain, too! We pooled our chips and took turns at choosing numbers on the roulette table. It was my turn and my choice won! So we kept what we came with and a bit more as a bonus and spent the rest. We were there for about an hour so I think, all in all, not a bad little flutter. If that’s what it’s called.
Of course, you can’t go to Brighton and not go on the pier. It was blowing a gale but we had ice cream and sugared donuts on the pier and even went on a ride.
Granted it was a kiddie ride but still! Sometimes all you need is a few quid in your pocket and your best friend by your side to have a brilliant day… and we did.
Oh my, I’ve gone on a bit. Same as on telly, eh? Onto the fabulous news that we have the Amazon Echo as a TSV this Saturday! Another of my best chums, Lee Hohbein, will be launching it at midnight on Friday. I have spent many an evening at Lee’s with the Echo keeping us entertained until the early hours. There’s a bit of a nostalgic theme to this blog, I now realise, as I recall at least two nights where Lee and I stayed up until daybreak asking ‘Alexa’ to play tunes from our youth. Scritti Politti, anyone? The Rah Band? Clouds Across The Moon?
Oh my… once you start you really can’t stop. You just ask Alexa and she obliges. There’s so much this little wonder can do and it couldn’t be easier to operate once you get set up. All you have to do is ask! You can ask her to add items to your shopping list, to play music, ask for directions or weather reports. Really, she is a remarkable assistant. She didn’t clean my loo but that’s probably one of the very few things she isn’t capable of helping with.
I was allowed to borrow one to try for a couple of days. I found it easy to set up and get going but I can see how it would become even better if I had it for longer as you can really personalise your experience. Like anything, the more you put in, the more you get out. Here’s a video of a few of us playing around with it in the studio at QVC.
It’s a great opportunity to get a super price on one of the most intelligent bits of tech kit I’ve ever tried. If you were to buy the Echo directly from Amazon you’d pay £149.99. So to get it at a TSV price of just £89.97, plus P&P, is a fab saving of £56.07! I’m looking forward to a full hour with Lee at 5pm on Saturday but you can actually get ahead of the game and buy it right now if you want! I just hope it isn’t sold out by Saturday!
Speaking of TSVs, I’ll be launching a new waistcoat from MarlaWynne at midnight on Sunday. This will be the launch of her new ‘Layers’ collection. Marla’s designs are stunning. They feature drape, drama and luxurious textures. I think they’re quite edgy and sophisticated. This waistcoat is quite unique as you can wear it in two different ways to create two different looks. One way is long and lean and the other way provides a cropped back with a waterfall front providing a dramatic and impactful look. I will soon be posting images on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for you to have a sneak preview.
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