Thanks for stopping to read my latest blog and if you were juggling kids or grand kids last week I hope you had a good time for half term. We decided to get out of town and headed to Kent for the second part of the week. On the Thursday we set off, first for Ramsgate, as that’s where my Great Aunt lives and I wanted to visit with the girls and introduce her to Ivy who she hadn’t met yet. It was lovely to see her and she proudly showed off her latest plants in the garden and showed the girls how the seagulls swoop in the moment she puts food out for them.
Hazel was my Nana’s sister-in-law and the last member of the family down in Ramsgate, as I’ve mentioned previously my sister and I spent most of our holidays down there and we spent lots of time hanging out at Hazel and Jack’s vegetable and flower shop. (Jack was my Nana’s brother). We loved it, the beaches, the arcades the sticks of rock and cockles and winkles on the beach. Not that I ever plucked up the courage to try a cockle or a winkle, haha!
It’s always had a feel of Vintage 50s down that way and a lot of that is still evident although the Kiss Me Quick hats have disappeared but there’s still a lot to be found. The war time tunnels are open to the public to see where most of the town hid out during the bombings and the art deco style lifts to the beach and signage are still proudly on show. Now though there has been a lot of colour added which makes the place really stand out. Why have a boring old staircase when you can have a rainbow one eh? It’s these changes that really help keep that seaside quirkiness and its individuality.
We headed to the harbour to have a look around and see the boats and stopped for souvenirs in the gift shop. The girls bought shells to listen to the sea with. After that we headed to our Air B n’ B in Margate. It was a fabulous period terraced house right in the middle of the town, the kind that has only one or two rooms per floor and a spiraling staircase up through the middle. All walls and floor boards painted white and a vaulted ceiling in the top floor bedroom. It really is great value for money as we would have paid so much more to have a decent family bedroom in a hotel for three nights with nowhere to sit in the evenings when the kids were in bed.
The next two days we spent around the town, we went in to every pokey shop we could find to hunt out vintage records and mid-century pieces of furniture. We tried the famous Lifeboat pub for a cider, recommended to me by Will Gowing, the 50s style diner, the pizza place, the cupcake shop and of course the Turner Gallery.The gallery is incredibly modern to look at and has given Margate a new point of interest drawing people from all over. I particularly loved the Patrick Heron exhibition as it was filled with colour and the girls loved the art installation in the entrance, called Perpetual Canon by Cornelia Parker. A collection of squashed and flattened instruments all hanging from the ceiling.
On Saturday we headed to the place Tilda and Ivy had been desperate to get to ever since we told them where we were going for half term. Dreamland! Margate’s finest themes park! Some of my best childhood memories are from here, although we knew it as Bembom when we were kids as it was owned by the Bembom Brothers. Obviously a lot has changed and there are loads of new rides but it still had the same vibe. Ivy couldn’t go on every ride because of her size but there was still loads for her to go on and bless her she didn’t get upset when Tilda got to go on rides that she couldn’t. I felt proud of her for that as I’m sure I would have cried at her age. I let them have their own candy floss for the first time too, I know it’s just a big ball of sugar but it’s a rite of passage for kids isn’t it?!
On our final day we drove to Broadstairs for a walk on the beach and it was pretty wild walking in the wind but the girls managed it without too much complaining! We walked the harbour promenade all the way along the chalk cliffs and Tilda and Ivy collected chunks of chalk for drawing with. The beach huts are so colourful down there and we got some nice family pictures. The weather turned though and the sea was throwing some massive waves up onto the car park so after a fabulous Sunday roast at a restaurant called Wyatt and Jones (it’s a must if you ever go to Broadstairs) we jumped into the van and got out of there quick smart to head home after a fantastic few days away.
I also wanted to note that I have lived in my new Clarks Marana boots this trip, you can see them in the pic with the girls in front of the huts. They have a biker boot style but are suede and they have been ridiculously comfortable and I’ve done a lot of walking in them. Best boots I’ve had in ages!
What I’m using In Beauty
Back to reality and I wanted to tell you about a new eyeshadow palette I’ve been testing out. It’s the Crystal Drama Palette from Bobbi Brown and it’s the perfect party palette for the festive season. Lots of shimmer and metallics with a few good matte base colours to either tone it down or wear for day time. With the help of Linda from our make-up team we swatched the whole palette on my arm to give you a good idea of the colours and pigments.
Some didn’t come out as strong as I expected and some were stronger than I expected but all in all a really great set of shadows. They blend really well and you can have some fun with building the look. You can play with the strength of colour by using a wet brush too. I particularly like the burgundy/berry tones in the middle and have done my eye make-up with them to show you the results. What do you think?
This week at QVC
Well the day is finally here, the Dyson Airwrap goes live at QVC today!!! (1st Nov) I have an hour show this evening at 8pm and I can’t wait to see it in action on all the different models. I’ve been lucky enough to borrow one, in advance of the show, to play around with it at home and see how it works on my hair. Even though Jackie and I got our sneaky peek a few weeks back I didn’t get to try out all the attachments.
I’ve had a lot of fun using all of them to see what results I can get. I’ve been surprised at what it could do for my bob too as I had wondered if this was better for much longer hair. I can’t believe how soft my hair feels when I’ve used it and not fried like it normally feels from my hot stylers. It does take a little while to get the swing of it as it’s so different to anything else out there but once you’ve had a few tries you’re on a roll. I’m a little obsessed with it and can’t wait for the live show tonight!
What I’ve been cooking – Warm Chicken Salad
I’m trying to avoid the usual sandwich lunch that I normally have so this recipe is a nice light lunch with no carbs!
What I used – (serves 2)
2 small chicken breasts
Half pack of long stem broccoli, chopped
Half pack of asparagus, chopped
1/3 jar of sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 clove garlic
Lemon juice (half lemon)
Fresh rocket leaves
I sliced the garlic clove and simmered in oil in a pan, followed by the chicken and started to brown it on both sides. Once the chicken was nearly cooked through I added the sun dried tomatoes and then the broccoli and asparagus and squeezed over the lemon juice.
I then took fresh rocket and spread it over each plate. After a few minutes I dished up everything from the pan evenly onto each plate. Done! Super quick, easy and really good. I’m hoping not too calorific too!
That’s it from me, please do tune in tonight to see what all the fuss is about the Dyson Airwrap and make sure to Tweet in any questions for Tracey and Abbey to answer too. As always keep up with me on Instagram and I’ll be back next week with more of what I’ve been up to and my top picks from QVC.
Lots of Love