Teeny Guinness



How are you? I’ve had a happier week! Been thrilled to bits to see my father-in-law, John, out of hospital and back at home with a contented smile on his face. Great news for The Duffys.

I had a whirlwind weekend back in Birmingham seeing The Coles too: my brother Tony was back from working in Holland last week, and it was going to be at least another 4 weeks before I could be back in Brum for a family lunch. So the gathering of our small clan was awesome, to say the least!

Dennis Basso & MarvI had a super time seeing Dennis Basso this week – fresh from his New York fashion Week catwalk show – showing off his new collections! He’s an amazing guy – do you know he was a concession in Harrods of London too?

The other week I got invited over to East London for a secret party to celebrate two new variation of Guinness. The makers of the famous Irish brew decided to create a lower strength version of it – based on recipes they pulled out of the huge archive that’s in Dublin. The Dublin Porter is 3.8% strength. Then there was a 6% version called the West Indies Porter – slightly sweeter and creamier than the Guinness beer you’ll know.

The porter beer is a dark brown, almost black beer that was a copy of the beer that was popular and brewed in massive amounts in London in the 1800s. What was super cool about Arthur Guinness’ beer was that the beers he sent out to the local pubs were labelled with the landlord or ladies names on – boy there were a LOT of landladies back then. And did you know that in the Middle Ages, WOMEN were the main brewers and sellers of beer at home?

Teeny GuinnessAnyway I had a fabulous night – click here for the pictures on my Beer Beauty Facebook page. We had some amazing stew made with the Guinness and also cocktails made with Guinness! Superb stuff. Both beers are available in most good, larger supermarkets and stores – definitely Morrisons! Go and try one. Which one would I recommend? THE WEST INDIES PORTER – definitely drink that with a roast beef dinner or a hotpot. Also would taste marvellous with a chocolate fudge cake dessert. Being a qualified beer sommelier (i.e. beer expert), trust me I know a thing or two about which beers go best with what foods!



Tickle & AudraSpeaking of Guinness, my credit card slipped and I bought a Lulu Guinness Audra bag in that luscious cobalt colour ‘Indigo’ (107250) plus on Charlie Bears’ TSV day last week, I was tempted to buy Tickle: my first EVER Charlie Bear – he’s too cute! (702188)


Where am I on QVC?

Thurs 18th September
9am – The Morning Show with Simon Biagi
10am – In The Kitchen with Simon Brown


Friday 19th September
9am – Rieker Footwear and the Yong Kim Today’s Special Value as part of the AUTUMN FASHION TAKEOVER!

Sunday 21st September
3pm – Antthony Fashion Designs
4pm – QVC Selection including the Today’s Special Value from ASUS

Saturday 27th September
11am – Dyson
12noon – Dresses by Tiana B (6th anniversary!)

Sunday 28th September
3pm – Fashion by Mr Max (1st anniversary)
4pm – Beauty Tools & Accessories including the NuFACE 5-minute Facial Toner Today’s Special Value

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  1. Beth Morton September 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marv,
    I’m delighted to hear your father-in-law is on the mend. It must have been a very worrying time.
    What interesting news about the new types of Guinness available?! As mentioned before, I’m now teetotal but in a trip to Ireland over 20 years ago, I did visit the Guinness brewery and the half-pint I had there was delicious! I can certainly polish off a chocolate fudge cake dessert even without a drink!
    Glad you indulged yourself in a Lulu Guinness bag – you work hard so no need to feel guilty :).
    Have a great week,
    Beth XXX.

  2. Marverine Cole September 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    HI Beth – yes the brewery in Dublin is awesome, isn’t it? It’s a few years since I went but it was a super trip – so much to see. Do you remember any favourite bits? I loved the advertising archive – took me back some years (and beyond) seeing how they advertised the beer through the decades. Astonishing history the brewery’s got!
    Hope you’re keeping well!! xxx

  3. Sharon September 19, 2014 at 4:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Marv, how lovely that you managed a visit with the family and all is well! Loving the sound of the different types of guiness! Maybe I should give it a try. Looking fab by the way xx

  4. loraine plumb September 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marv I thought your hair looked really nice today it really suits you glad your father in law is feeling better now hope you have a great week love loraine

  5. Marverine Cole September 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sharon -thanks for your message – yes family is so important to me, I do miss them when I’m away. Good to catch up on all the gossip! Definitely try the WEST INDIES PORTER!

  6. Marverine Cole September 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lorraine – so kind of you to come across and say HELLO. Thanks for the compliment about my hair – I’ve had some new extensions for a few weeks so it’s always fun to see what I can do with it. I like to try new things. Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing week too and thanks for the good wishes about John – very much appreciated. He’s so happy now he’s back in his armchair and with his ‘partner-in-crime’ My Mum in law 🙂

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