Well hello, my lovelies! How wonderful to have you stop by.
First thing’s first… thank you so so soooo much for all of your wonderful entries to my blog competition last week! Seeing as there were several hundred comments I hope you’ll understand I won’t be able to reply individually but take this as a huge thank you for your lovely comments. Despite the fact you know the winning entry is selected at random and not by me you were extremely funny and complimentary. Made my week!
Sadly, there can only be one winner but I’ll try to get another competition up soon. I’d give one to each of you if I could but I’m not Oprah, ha ha! Not quite on her budget at this stage. So the winner of this competition is… Sharon Gollop. Congratulations! Enjoy your gorgeous pampering.
Onto tiles… not a night on the tiles but me getting my hands dirty doing some tiling in the Huntley Homestead. One of my colleagues and friends, Greg, is not just a very skilled camera operator and broadcasting all rounder but he is a whizz when it comes to DIY. Although I’ve tried my hand at a great many tasks renovating my home I hadn’t yet done any tiling (except for one or two behind the loos just to have a go where it wouldn’t show), so I employed Greg to come and show me what to do. I’m proud to say I took to it very quickly and I’m thrilled with the results thus far.
By the time you read this I will have learned how to grout and may well have retiled my ensuite loo and installed a new toilet with Greg’s help and guidance!
I originally went for concealed cistern, wall hung toilets. Big mistake on my part. I’ve had problems with them in that I bought them from a company that no longer makes them and the parts aren’t standard. Believe me, I’ve been to every plumbers merchants, asked everyone I know in building and trawled the net but, alas, nothing else for it but to rip them both out and install new ones. This time close coupled rather than concealed in the wall. Ah well, you live and you learn.
It had been ages since I’d done anything of note to the house. The problem is you get to the stage where it’s liveable and then it’s easy to rest on your laurels a bit! The really lovely thing was getting back into it again. Trotting down to the industrial estates, buying supplies, donning my work gear and getting stuck in truly filled me with excitement! I’ve always loved learning new skills. Greg is a great teacher. He really knows his stuff as he has worked professionally in the building trade as well as doing up his own properties. I would’ve shown you a pic of him but it seems there are two types of folk in broadcasting. Those who feel more comfortable in front of the camera and those who don’t. Greg falls into the latter category and you know which side of the line I’m on, ha ha! I’ll give you another update once I’ve got a bit more work done.
Being a typical Gemini means I have two, quite opposite, sides to my personality. So, although I love to get my hands dirty on a building site I also love to go to work and get dressed up. It’s actually one of my favourite things, truth be told. My best friend, Steven, said to me that other day that it occurred to him how I never ever complain about having to go to work. “You really do love your job so much, don’t you?”. Yes! I really, really do. When you hear me mentioning the things I own from QVC it’s not sales patter. It’s 100% genuine. I’m a QVC addict to the core.
I had the chance to try some new outfits with the guidance of Charlotte, one of QVC’s finest in fashion styling, and we chose some MarlaWynne pieces. I am absolutely in love with her range. I have a few of her dresses already and some tops but I don’t wear trousers and shorts all that often. I’m so glad I tried something new in this outfit!
The trousers really help to smooth my tummy. I also feel I look taller and slimmer in them. Goodness, that Marla is a wonderful designer! The shirt isn’t currently in stock but there are very similar ones available. The little popover top really makes the statement for the look. Now that I’ve gone to have a look for you I see it’s also out of stock, I’m afraid, but if you type in MarlaWynne popover there are some similar styles on our website to create the look. Marla’s collections always seem to sell out fast. I will definitely be buying more of these lovely key pieces for my wardrobe. A bit of a different look for me and I really like it!
Tell you something else I love… trainers! The ones in the pic with the MarlaWynne ensemble are from Vionic. I have a favourite pair of their bungee lace ones I wear to the gym. I have a massive place in my heart for my Skechers, though. I do enjoy a good, long walk and Skechers trainers are supremely comfortable if you’re going to be on your feet for long periods of time. I’ve got these ones on order in the black/white and the blue/mint. They are just so gorgeous!! Isn’t it great that trainers are now such a fashion essential? If only they had been such a wardrobe staple back in the 80’s when I squeezed my poor, still forming, teenage feet into impossibly pointy toed kitten heels and high stilettos! Maybe I wouldn’t have such ‘voluptuous’ joints… aka bunions. I have several issues with my feet so the right shoes for my mammoth rambles are essential. Can’t wait to get out and about in these.
I’ve told you about some of my loves in this blog. If there’s a love in your life you’ve yet to buy a Valentine’s present for then don’t forget there’s still time to shop with us. Here’s a link to some great Valentines Day gift ideas that we can have sent straight to him or her. We can also send a bunch of flowers that will last years! Check out the Peony range here. They always come so beautifully presented and are the only faux flower company to have the endorsement of the Royal Horticultural Society and they’ve even fooled Alan Titchmarsh when he leaned in to smell their roses at the Chelsea Flower Show a few years back!
If you don’t have to buy for someone else then why not give yourself a nice treat? I love long, lingering baths. I absolutely adore Aromatherapy Associates products for a nice treat. Maybe with some Neom candles burning. Mmm… and a glass of fizz. Why not? We deserve it!
Have yourselves a lovely week and don’t forget my next blog will be up next Wednesday. Every Wednesday a fresh from the oven, brand new blog served up for your delectation! Get it while it’s hot!
I’ll see you soon,
Love Catherine xx