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21 Jun 2012

Watch It!



It was my birthday the other day, and what a birthday it was! Not only did The Husband take me for dinner at HIX Belgravia (which I've blogged about here if you're interested) but he also got me a super awesome gift!

He got me... A fancy watch! I feel so grown up.

Obviously, I LOVE it and have not taken it off since I got it! Aren't I a lucky lady!

For those of you interested, the watch is by Michael Kors and the bracelets are from good ol' H&M.

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23 Oct 2008

America Take Heed: You Gets What You Vote For!

I know considering I am a Londoner born and bred, I should have more interest in the politics of the UK. After all, it is the laws and policies here that will have an affect on my life.

However, I can't help but be more interested in American politics. Mainly because at the moment it is so much more entertaining!

On the one hand you have Barack Obama a man fighting for change, and who has the ignorants of america quaking in their boots, just because his middle name is Hussein.

But then you have the stars of the show...

Verb hating Sarah Palin - VP contender, and of course...Grandpa Werthers John McCain.

I don't have to explain why he is such a dubious choice for President do I? No, I'll let him show you himself...


CRINGE!

This guy is seriously asking you to entrust him to lead the country and shape the future of America? Hmmmmm.

Anyway... After seeing that I didn't think I could cringe anymore, until I saw this: Kerry Katona slurring her words on This Morning! this morning.



Seeesh give the girl a break. Obv she was sober. She just said she had some medication last night to help her sleep, what's wrong with that? If by last night she meant just before I came on air, and if by medication she meant crystal meth washed down with a bottle of champers.

You have one person on the brink of being president of a country and the other labelled an addict just because she couldn't get through some public speaking.. just doesn't seem fair.
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16 Oct 2008

Is It Time For a Change?

I started this blog back in September 2006 when I had quit my job to take some time out and reassess my priorities (sounds poncy I know).

With all my new found free time I decided to start this blog and just see what happened.

Two years on after some sporadic posting, I'm still here rambling on.

Basically my current head scratcher is whether or not to change my template, as I picked this theme when I started and have basically stuck with it for two years.

I'm thinking... makeover!

The search for a new template begins...

All suggestions welcome.
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26 Aug 2008

Bargain Basement

I was baffled when I saw this little gem on the interwebnet - a competition to win a £3000 shopping spree at (drum roll)... Primark!

I kid you not. Have a look for yourselves! Primark competition

To me £3000 is a huge amount of money to win and spend. However, could you really find £3000 worth of stuff in Primark?

Surely for £3000 you could buy the whole shop!

Anyway, if anyone does enter - good luck. Let me know what you end up picking up with your £3000 Primark voucher.

Happy Shopping!
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9 May 2008

Why Would You Do This?


It's hard enough finding your own 'style' during those awkward puberty and teenage years; trying to figure out what suits you, and what does not.

So why would you give your child a helping hand on to the road of misfit-dom by putting them in these clothes from Beyonce and Mama Knowles' label - Dereon - House OF Dereon's younger girls line?

You would think that if you had any pearls of wisdom with regards to fashion and style, you could pass them on to your child to make their tween / teen years less traumatising.

The only reason you would buy any of these clothes from would be:

a) You hate your kid.

b) You want your kid to end up a hip-hop honey or dancing on the pole.

c) You hate your kid.

What's wrong with good ol' Gap eh?

Via Perez Hilton
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12 Mar 2007

Snow Globe Down

Ok, this crying face may be a slight exaggeration to how I was feeling when one my snow globes met an untimely end, but I was very sad.

Just in case you didn't know, I collect snow globes. Yes they are tacky objects, but I don't care. I think they are pretty. I try and get one from every country I visit, or people who know me get me one from wherever they have travelled. Very nice people. Now I'm not talking the plastic variety, where the water inside evaporates and leaves you with nothing more than a plastic bubble. I collect the glass ones. I don't have a room full yet, but it is a collection in progress.

Anyhoo, the whole point of this post was that the other day whilst I was getting a book, I accidentally knocked my 'Sweden' one off the shelf. The glass dome shattered and left a sprinkling a glass and glitter bits on my floor.

That's all. One less snow globe. Thanks for letting me share my loss.
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26 Feb 2007

Looking for the Funny contd...

In my post Find the Funny in Everything, I wrote about how Stephen K Amos said that funny was all around us, we just had to look for it.

Well I can tell you that I have put out my 'funny feelers', and lo and behold I found some funny.

Most people think that working in a bookshop must be boring and geeky, and probably put it on a par with being a librarian. Well, you'd be wrong. It's a breeding ground for funny. My favourite line from a customer is: "I'm looking for a book..." You're in a bookshop! Of course you're looking for a book! However, this is not the funny I speak of, that is just an example of stupid.

Funny numero 1: A woman comes up to me at the information desk with a list of books she is trying to find. Well done to her for being prepared.
I take a look at the titles and hold back the chuckle trying to escape.

Book 1-How To Microwave: Discover The True Magic of this Amazing Appliance I kid you not. Surely when you buy a microwave it already comes with this book. It's called the INSTRUCTIONS! What's to know? You pop in your food, flick a switch and you wait for the Ping. Voila. This book is 125 pages, what could the author possibly have written for 125 pages? Maybe she wrote in font size a million. Anyhoo, on to the next book.

Book 2- The Classic 1000 Microwave Recipes.
If you can take the time and effort to follow a recipe, chop up ingredients and mix them all up. Why not just cook on a regular stove? It defeats the whole point of a microwave. Maybe I should have made her aware that you can actually buy ready meals now. M&S do some good ones.

Funny numero 2: As I was shelving some fiction, I came across the book Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistlestop Cafe. The author's name is Fannie Flagg !! Excuse me for being childish, but her name is Fannie Flagg. Her real name is Patricia Neal, but she couldn't use it in a professional capacity, as there was an already famous Patricia Neal. So, if she had to change her name, bearing in mind she could have chosen anything, the best she could come up with was Fannie Flagg. I suppose no one else is going to be called Fannie Flagg.

There you have it, funnies I found at work that made me laugh.

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9 Feb 2007

White Out


As we all know is snowed today. Some schools were closed, transport was disrupted and everyone complained about how cold it was. What do you expect? It's winter. We live in the UK and not the tropics, why is it always such a shock?

Anyhoo, when I got up this morning, the snow was untouched and everything looked so pretty. However, by the time I left the house it was starting to turn into sludge. Booooo.

As I walked slipped and slid my way to the bus stop, a man walked passed me wearing... Flip-flops!! Kudos for taking on mother nature, but he is just asking for frost bite.

Obviously because it was cold, everyone was wearing about 7 layers of clothes to keep them warm outdoors, myself included. However, when I got on the bus, where the bus driver had turned the heating on full blast. I quickly realised I had too many clothes on and it felt like a sauna. I'm sure I was not the only one suffering in the stifling heat but everyone stayed silent. No one would open a window, trapping in the heat and everyones morning breath. Bleurgh! Seriously, some of you need to be a bit more through with the tooth brush and maybe invest in some mouthwash. Judging by the smell on the bus, some of you have a bad case of the halitosis and are long overdue a trip to the dentist. Oh, and by the way if you are going to cough, cover your mouth. Don't cough in someone's face, that's just gross. Did your ma not teach you anything?

By the time I reached my destination, the snow had gone. Who knows when we'll see it again, what with global warming and all. That was my day in the snow. Not much happened, just came across more things to gripe about. Hope you all had fun and enjoyed it whilst it lasted. Back to school tomorrow kids!

Over and Out.

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8 Jan 2007

Grumpy Shoppers

This was something else I was meant to blog about before the end of 2006, but didn't get round to it, so here it is.
For Christmas I got myself a part time job in a bookstore for some extra cash. It has been a while since I have been on the shop floor, but it's been ok. What I was going to blog about was: Christmas Shoppers.
Some are nice, some are quiet and some are just downright rude.

Obviously Christmas is the busiest time of year and people seem to go mental in the shops and lose all logic, reason and basic common courtesy. So, here are some tips to think about and prepare yourself for later on in the year.

- Do not tut and groan about having to wait in a queue for ages. If you are going to come at lunchtime, at the same time as everyone else, of course it is going to be busy, so deal with it.
- Whilst waiting in the queue, why not prepare your method of payment so that when you get to the till and we announce the total, you don't look at us like we have asked for your first-born child. Then spend the next 5 minutes rifling through your bag for your wallet.
- "How would you like to pay?" is not a trick question or a hard question, nor is "would you like a bag for that?" The answers are either cash/card or yes/no. Please commit these to memory, as I am sure you will encounter them at a later date.
- A please and thank you would also not go a miss.

These are just the basics.

Anyhoo, Christmas shopping mania is now over so everyone can just relax.
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15 Dec 2006

Filipino Bashing

As I mentioned earlier, I have bagged myself a part time job and just in case you were interested it is in a bookshop. Anyway, my main duty involves covering the till during the lunchtime stampede. However, the other day during a rare quiet moment in the shop, I over heard this exchange:

Guy: (as he browses through a book) Oh the Philippines looks lovely, that is somewhere I would really like to go. It looks beautiful.

Ugly Wench: Mumble, mumble, mumble, shit, mumble, mumble.

Guy: What? Is it not nice? Have you been there? But it looks so beautiful. (Continues to flick through book)

Ugly Wench: It's not very nice; there is nothing to see. It's really dirty and smelly and all the people are really rude.

Guy: Oh... (continues to mumble about how it looks so nice)

Guy's mum: Really? It looks like such a nice place and all the Filipinos I have ever met have all been lovely.

Ugly Wench: That is because they are not in the Philippines.

Now if I didn't care about being fired, that Ugly Wench would have promptly found herself with a Filipino shaped dent in her head, i.e. me.

How dare she go around bad mouthing Philippines and Filipinos. For those a bit slow on the uptake, I am Filipino. Now I wouldn't consider myself to be uber patriotic or anything, I wasn't even born there. I was born and raised here in London, but my parents and my family are from the Philippines and a slur against the Philippines is a slur against them, ergo, me and I am not having that.

Did she ever stop to think what a huge sweeping generalisation she was making? Yes, she may have gone to parts of the Philippines that are a little run down and dirty, but the whole country is not a rubbish site. The people she may have met may have been rude, probably because with her stinky attitude, she was rude first. Git.

End Rant.

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24 Nov 2006

What Do You Call Yours?

Seriously people...minds out of the gutters.

The other day Ruvjet was showing my brother and I a scene out of Arrested Development (funny, funny, funny ass sh*t... and I have never sworn on this blog, so that's saying something) where Tobias says something along the lines of "my cellular telephone is a lemon". We just found it so funny that he called it a cellular telephone, oh and it was the way he said it.

Anyway, so I gots to thinking (Carrie Bradshaw stylee) why do some people call it a 'Cell Phone", you know as in "I'm on my cell'' and others call it a 'Mobile Phone'? Well I suppose the simplest reasons are; the first one has just been shortened from cellular telephone and the latter because it is a portable/mobile telephone device. However, what I mean is who decides which one should be used and how does it stick? If anyone knows or can shed any light on this mystery please put your answers on a postcard and send them to Jim'll Fix It.

I personally call my phone Phoney McRingring (no copying now or I'll come and get you!), it is a phone and it rings. I added the 'Mc' for novelty and cuteness factor.

So anyway I decided that until we find out who officially makes these decisions, I am. So from now on it will no longer be called Cell phone but 'Cell Tel' and Mobile phone will forever be called 'Mopho'... oh no, that won't work.


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16 Nov 2006

Blog-o-rama

Hey Ho Blogaroo's.

I got some good news yesterday that I thought I would share with you, I gots me a blogging gig with the lovely people at SHINY MEDIA.

I'll be contributing to their fashion sites: Catwalk Queen, The Bag Lady, Kiss & Make Up, and Shoewawa.

It all panders to my girly tendencies shoes, bags, make up and clothes...woo hoo.

So keep an eye out for my name at the bottom of the posts.

See you here or there, i'll be somewhere in the blogosphere.

Over and Out

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13 Nov 2006

Brokeback Mattress


No, people get your minds out of the gutter!! Sheesh.

I woke up this morning in pain and spine all out of alignment. As I moved, I heard a few vertebrae crack back into place. I hate the sound of bones cracking.
That's it, I need a new mattress!

I've known for a while now that my mattress needs replacing but have not gotten round to it. I am one of those people who likes orthopedic mattresses and find mattresses that you just sink in to a pain in the errrr... Back.

The search for the perfect mattress begins. Any suggestions?
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9 Nov 2006

Broadband Woes

I the Internet.

It really is an information super highway. Anything you want to know, you can find it, thanks to the wealth of information available at the end of your fingertips.
It has revolutionised the dissemination of information and allows us to do fun things like blogging. Heck, you don't even have to leave your house to meet people. All you have to do is log on.

So after having readily available access to the Internet for so long and getting used to it being there whenever I needed it, like a reliable old friend. You can imagine my reaction should I turn on my Mac and be greeted by a 'unable to connect' message. Arrrrrgggh.

However, in this case seeing this message was a good sign. Why? you may ask. Well pull up a pew and I'll tell you.

I can't even remember when I first got connected to the internet but it was on 56K Dial Up (you know, the one that made the screechy sound as it tried to connect) and my ISP was Freeserve. Back in the day, what did I need it for? email and surfing the net. If I tried to download a song (yes, song-singular) it would have taken me a fair while. Anyhoo... whilst with Freeserve I ditched the dial up for Broadband which was not a smooth transition at all. Modem, filters blah blah I originally received did not work and had to wait for replacements before I could get back on the net.

I don't remember there being the plethora of choice in Internet service providers that we have now, so I never thought about changing. Freeserve became Wanadoo, and as I was an existing customer I just went along for the ride. Promises of ever increasing speed (8Mb, which never happened) and competitive monthly rates.... pah! What I got instead was significant down times and outages which increased in frequency. What the hell was I paying for?

Next chapter - Orange took over Wanadoo and nothing improved, if anything (if at all possible) things got worse. More down times, more outages and I had had enough. I called for my MAC code only to be told by an operator 'it may take a while to generate as a lot of people are requesting them"... now there is a good advert for your service. I got passed on to the obligatory 'what if we give you this XX?' service, to see if they could retain my custom. I was offered a lower monthly fee and (get this) "what if we actually give you the 8Mb you are meant to be getting?"...WHAT?... I thought, if you are offering to actually 'give' me the 8Mb now, what was I paying for before??? Suffice to say I declined their offer and took my MAC code to Be.

So here we are- present day and I am now with Be and It has not been without it's hiccups. (Don't worry not long to go now, before the beginning ties up with the end of the story)
As soon as I received my MAC code, I placed my order with Be. Everything was confirmed and it all seemed quite efficient. I got my email confirming Be was available in my area, when the 1st payment would be debited, dispatch date for my Be Box and the all-important activation date 6th November. I could not wait.

It was made very clear to not plug in the Be Box until connection to my previous provider has ceased, but they could not tell me what time this would be. Morning of the 6th I got up, turned on my Mac and ... poo, still had access to the Internet. I left it alone and figured I would just keep using the computer and when connection dropped it would 'Be' time.. (see what I did there?)
However, I stayed connected. I tried to call Ruvjet but to no avail because the phone line was dead. No dial tone, no nothing, I could not make or receive calls. I then noticed that my caller ID box said 'Phone in Use'... huh?? I was confused.
Called BT who claimed there was no fault on my line and logged the whole farce with Be. I had read on some forums that some people had experienced connection delays but messing with my phone line was apparently not normal.

All of the 7th no change, no Be and no phone. Still had Internet, which was a plus I suppose albeit provided by the people I wanted to leave. I Called Be and was told there was nothing they could do until they heard back from BT.

So here is the good part... I was woken up this morning by the sound of my phone ringing. Woo hoo... my phone line was back in action. I turned on my computer and saw the long awaited for 'unable to connect' message. Yippee. Free from Orange. I plugged in my Be Box and I am away on the information super highway.

Two days late... I can forgive that..in all fairness up until that point they had been very efficient and they did keep me up to date on the progress of my fault. I have high hopes for this ISP so I'll see how we get on.... fingers crossed and lets hope it is the end of my broadband woes.

This Blog was brought to you by the letters

B

and

E

Happy Surfing!!


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6 Nov 2006

Brrrrr... It's Cold

I was at the bus stop the other day, dressed to fend off the chilly air like so many of the others waiting at the bus stop.
I noticed a girl, she must have been cold as she kept rubbing her hands together and walking around as if trying to keep warm. On closer inspection she was wearing: a woolly hat - check, gloves - check, scarf - check, big coat - check... How could she possibly still be cold?

I looked down and noticed, peeking out from underneath her jeans was a pair of open toe sandals and she wasn't wearing any socks or tights!!

Well that is where she is going wrong, no wonder she was cold.
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29 Oct 2006

End of British Summer Time

With the end of daylight saving, winter is officially here.
Good news for some, as it now means that they can start wearing their Autumn/Winter clothes that they started buying back in August.

However, the reason I am writing is this: when the clocks go back there are some people who get excited at the prospect of getting that extra hour of sleep.
What baffles me is that some people fail to realise that you only benefit from that extra hour, if you are already asleep at the time that the clocks go back. You do not continue to get an extra hour of sleep every night during the winter, it is not sleep in lieu. (End Rant)

So as the days get shorter and S.A.D takes hold, just remember to wrap up warm.

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15 Oct 2006

GRILLZ

Grillz - Nelly sang about them, Flavor Flav has been rocking fronts since the 80's and now Kelis, P-Diddy, et al wear them and you can even order them on line to be delivered within 24 hours should you be in urgent need for grillz.
W H A T ???

There was a time when having a mouth full of metal meant you were a social pariah and were labelled brace face or metal mouth.
Now, add a couple of jewels and having a mouth full of metal means (in the immortal words of Dave Chappelle's Rick James) I'm Rich Bitch!!

Why would you wear these?... Even if you did have more money than sense, surely you could see that there must be a better way to spend your money rather than pimping out your mouth.

Fair enough to Kelis (who I actually think has enough attitude and is cool enough to pull Grillz off) and the other hip-hop fashionistas who sport grillz, we understand you want to make a statement. At least they have the $$$ to invest (I use this term in the loosest possible way) in platinum settings and real diamonds.

Now you regular folk -Just No! Don't go and get knock offs, cubic zirconias just don't have the same effect. Why would you want them anyway?... If you are so desperate for some oral hardware take a trip to your orthodontist I am sure he/she can sort you out.
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26 Sep 2006

To Run or Not To Run


I was walking to the newsagents today and ahead of me there was this old lady.

I was a fair bit behind her and was just enjoying the sunshine on my way up to the local shops when....

SHE FELL OVER! Flat on her face.

I felt a chuckle rising but instead I started running to try and help her (I am a good samaritan deep down).

Just as I was closing in, the old girl had picked herself up, dusted herself off, picked up her shopping bag and carried on about her day.

I stopped running and thought 'good on ya Doris!' (not really her name but it sounds old lady-ish)

However, I also felt a bit miffed as those who know me know that I hate running. So I felt like I had run for nothing.
Kind of like when you run for a train and just as you get there the doors slide closed. Damn it.

Moral of the story: Don't run, there will be another train/bus along in a minute.
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24 Sep 2006

Am I Mutton?

Mutton dressed as lamb is a phrase that no woman wants directed at her, and I hope that as I get older I will have the style wisdom to know what suits me so that this is a label never applied to me.

What got me thinking about this mutton concept was the other day whilst out and about I looked around me and realised I was wearing a similar outfit to a group of 12-16 year old girls. Arrrrrrrrrrgh!! All of a sudden I felt so wrong in what I was wearing.
At 27 years of age, was I considered ‘mutton dressed as lamb? Should I sign up for my John Lewis account card and start getting those tapered cotton twill trousers that already come with a reversible belt?

I was wearing a version of this look. A casual outfit I had been wearing for sometime now, an outfit I felt comfortable leaving the house in (until now). I love footless tights and think they are a godsend (I recommend Tabio). Footless tights meant you could wear a short skirt without showing off to much flesh and be safe in the knowledge that should you drop something, you could pick it up without any embarrassment.

About a month ago I did already suspect that maybe I would have to retire/revise this outfit as the girls I saw wearing it were getting younger and mentioned my theory to my friend. At 28 years old she told me not be silly and gave me a pep talk 'your only as old as you feel, we looked younger than we actually are (which is true as we are always getting asked for ID)...etc'

I know I am not old and I know I certainly do not dress inappropriately for my age, which made me think was it these girls dressing older rather than me dressing younger?
I came to the conclusion that the look of denim mini and footless tights made popular by Kate and Sienna, had now just filtered down to the mainstream. By young teenage girls adpoting this look , it made the outfit seem younger and kid appropriate. I saw a version of footless tights and little denim mini complete with patchwork flower on a mannequin in the kids department of Marks and Spencers!!

Don't get me wrong, as much as I love fashion I do not try and replicate every trend straight off the catwalk, I wear what feels comfortable to me. I will keep wearing footless tights (for now) but maybe not with a denim skirt. I'll stick to shift dresses, longer lengthed skirts and maybe underneath my shorts... who knows. But that's what I love about fashion, the options are endless.
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