– Transformations galore – Deb with short cropped hair! Ken Paves, stylist to the stars, is back in town!
– Gardening with the girls – getting the grass presentable again!
– And reviewing 'The Hunger Games' – is it worth the hype?
Hair and now…
Ken Paves made my day this week – as he usually does when I do a show with his hairpieces! Not only did he give me FOUR different looks in one hour, but he also sent this pic (left) to his 80000 Twitter followers! For me, that's a celebrity first! Not sure if it'll be my TiFFT* for March – have had a couple of those already!(see Snippets below).
But as always, I really enjoyed the show, and I know loads of you love his hair pieces – they're so realistic and EASY aren't they? Which is your favourite?
Here are the other three looks:
Pic 1 – the little ponytail – even a 'sprout' can be bumped up, says Ken! Lol.
Pic 2 – OMG! Just OMG! I haven't had short hair since I was 14! My face is too round, I thought!
Pic 3 – one of my favourite looks – remember the 'Josie and the Pussycat's' fancy dress recently? Using the blonde version of this hairpiece and of course the fringe!
What's your favourite?! Let me know by leaving a comment at the bottom of my blog below!
P.S. June, who was doing make-up for Ken's team, had also used Ken's hairband piece in a very unusual way for a recent shoot – see if you can spot this in one of our 'Look Good, Feel Good' promos! Lol
Girlie time! And getting the garden good again
Yes, it was time to get my garden up to scratch again – got the lawn mower fixed, and spent four hours on one of my days off, mowing the grass! And putting in some new plants – Patchy the dog was very impressed when it was done! All in advance of having some very special visitors!
Yes, it was my total pleasure this week to have not only my lovely Lauren, but her Auntie Carol, ex-sister-in-law, to stay for a couple of days! It was lovely to catch up – I still keep in contact with most of my ex-husband's lovely family from time to time – and of course Lolly and Caz were able to talk ten to the dozen!
Loll was also visiting 'cos she'd done me a massive favour by scanning to SD card all our precious family photos, saved in a variety of old yellowing albums. So she brought them back down again to me, all scanned in. Finally got copies made! Yay! Now I can get each of my siblings and mum one of those online albums done. Anyway they both picked a great week to visit, weather-wise, didn't they? We all had a lovely time relaxing in the garden, once all the planting and mowing was done, as well as a couple of wonderful dog walks in the woods during the balmy afternoons!
On Wednesday, we had a delicious lunch in Squires Garden centre near Reigate – see EAT below – and I bought some violas etc. to give my garden some colour. Well, Mr 'Back of my Tandem' is also visiting soon, so whilst my little plug plants and corms from Richard Jackson are safely sprouting in the back room, I thought I'd give the garden a colour boost and also stick some stripes in the lawn (see pic top left). It was a lot of work, but now looks lovely.
P.S. Having just found out the Olympic cycling route is going to pass by the end of my road, I'll probably have some sort of garden party that weekend – around 27th July – so best to start now!
– Great guitar video – whilst I was there, the kids were discussing this really clever pop video – a cover of Gotye's 'Someone That I Used To Know' – where five people play one guitar! 80 million – yes MILLION!– hits on YouTube! Enjoy!
– The Big Clear Out will have to start next week in earnest, 'cos Mummy Lesley was playing bowls and couldn't fit me in. BUT she still had time to play the fool as well – this is – believe it or not – a fairly typical picture of her, when she's in a mischievious mood! Now you know where I get it from! Hehe!
– Went to an evening seminar recently in London, all about raw food and oxygen being so good for the living cells and for anti-ageing, run by a guy called Dr Brian Clements. Much of it was very interesting – albeit starting an hour late which meant sister-in-law Boki and I had to leave before the end.
It was a little bit preachy, but thinking about the info we heard, has made me sit up and breathe more deeply since! Google him and his books – some interesting info. The new Wayne Dyer one, 'Wishes Fulfilled, Mastering the Art of Manifesting' is also just out – I bought a few as gifts too – I love his stuff!
– 'Solo Cougar's Survival Kit' #15 – with dandelion season creeping up on us, you don't want to be damaging any nails pulling up the deep rooted weeds, do you girls? So for those of us single ladies who haven't got a man around to help out, get a Grampa's Weeder!!
It's currently on Waitlist only – but go on it as it's a 50/50 chance you'll get it, generally – and it's well worth it – 83 five star reviews, many saying what I say, that it's quite addictive and more than a little bit therapeutic when you pull up a big one! Hehee!
A little link to an amazingly uplifting story online about a little doggy rescue – as I said to my Facebook peeps, I don't normally share these links, (well, there are too many to choose), but this one, about little Fiona the dog's rescue was so heart-warming and wonderful it made me fill up and glow! Have a tissue handy if you're like me, but if you're in need of a little 'warm fuzzy', click on this. With over 1.2 million views, I'm sure you'll love it too.
WATCH – 'The Hunger Games' – is it worth the hype??
Hmmm – this week's film review got me stumped. Saw the much-heralded new fantasy film 'The Hunger Games 'and found it to be truly a 'curate's egg', as they say, ie. good in parts! You have to watch the trailer first, (please!) then read the review below – so you can get a picture of what I'm talking about!
Well, it's an amazingly successful book, and has already taken big bucks at the box office. But for me, at times it seemed overlong, particularly the 'preparation' stages of the story. But once the games actually began, the pace picked up, and the edge-of-the-seat-factor saved it.
The overall concept is bang on for the current young adult trends – audiences are definitely ready to pick up where 'Harry Potter' and 'Twilight' left off. Jennifer Lawrence is suitably troubled, brooding and fierce – in fact, excellent. Not sure about the chemistry between the two 'star-crossed lovers' though. Plot – yes I almost buy it. Great effects and some real tension and anticipation that get the heart racing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you never miss the newest blockbusters. Yes if you like the idea of a cross between 'Bridge to Terabithia', 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Twilight'. But would I see it again? Probably not. Why? Well to go into detail would give the plot away a bit too much, but suffice it to say there were a couple of plot holes, which I'll hint at on a P.S. down at the bottom, in case you're intrigued! But overall, despite all the hype, it gets a 7.75 from me.
EAT – out with Caz n Lol, whilst shopping for plants, we just had to sample the delightful salads at Squires near Reigate – Lauren's was a smoked salmon Waldorf – unusual! And mine was absolutely delicious – including walnuts and goats cheese and apple! Yum! Am a big fan of different taste sensations!
I really enjoyed a mixed salad made for me for lunch by a certain person, one day at Center Parcs last week too, which included pear and walnut and rocket, and was superb! Do you have any unusual salad recipes or concoctions you could pass on to me? Simple stuff?! Lol.
QVC – Jemma Kidd Cosmetics are back this weekend. Join me Saturday at 8pm for some expert tips from one of the country's finest – I have used one of Gemma’s eyeshadows for a long time – in a palette something like this one.
And do join me on Sunday night/Monday for another fabulous Kim and Co Today's Special Value launch – you know how popular the last fashion TSV was – much gone by 9am – so don't miss it if you're a Kim fan!
QVC tip – if you love your bargains, thought I'd 'Share the Love' and give you a little tip – search the word 'clearance', along with the name of your favourite brand, on our website, and see what comes up! Like dozens of bargain prices for Butler & Wilson, for instance! And don't forget there are often a lot of web-only's to discover too, on www.qvcuk.com.
This week, I Are Mostly Been Using… our cook's essentials basics for your store cupboard! Having fallen in gastronomic love with some of the amazing sauces and dips over Christmas (port jelly with Stilton – yum!!), I've been using some of the gravies etc of late.
Stops me being a 'packet of this, can of that' person – I can use a sachet instead! But tastes like homemade! And so convenient. Love the caramelised onion chutney too. Check out some of the packs if you'd like to add a touch of the flavour of 'homemade' to your meals? Like the five star reviewer says – 'who knew sauces could taste so good'?!
And April is about to start!Can't believe how fast this year is going, can you? More next week – have a lovely time in the sunshine – have just read a warning that it may be pretty nippy over Easter – so don't put out those less hardy plants just yet!
*TiFFT – try it for the first time club!
P.S. 'The Hunger Games' plot holes – why suddenly change the rules, half way through? You can push the barriers of reality and build a world we can believe in, but make it consistent please! Plus why didn't she challenge the 'lover' about his earlier actions?!! Eh eh eh?!! They might as well have shouted 'sequel' from the screen! Annoying!