It's All About Me
Some people wear clothes because they have to. They get up, put something on and off they go.
I love the way clothes make me feel - the confidence they give me - the way they can reflect or transform my mood.
I think with age comes confidence - when you start to feel comfortable in your own skin - when you don’t really care what other people think - when you start to dress for you.
I want to live longer by being fit and healthy and looking after myself.
I care about my appearance and want to make the most of what Mother Nature gave me.
I have a lifelong interest in fashion and beauty and I surround myself with fabulous friends who have come with me on this incredible journey.
Life’s too short to not glam up and party and I want to share my passion for fashion with you... so welcome to my world.
This month started with loud music, dancing and singing - Grease is the word! My son Oliver was playing Doody in Class Act Theatre School’s (CATS) production of Grease. It was an incredible performance by an extremely talented group of actors. Although I was bursting with pride as I watched Oliver, it was however a bittersweet moment as this was his last performance before he heads off to London to continue his studies at Bird Dance College. I must confess that as they performed the last number, I had a lump in my throat, with tears streaming down my cheeks. The end of an era.
The following morning I visited Tenby in West Wales with my husband Adrian for Sunday lunch, a stroll along the seafront, taking in the local shops where I stumble upon an old fashioned sweet shop. Talk about excited! We could hardly contain ourselves as we bought all the sweets we used to enjoy in our childhood.
We also stocked up on chocolate, Strawberry & Champagne Jam, Lemon Curd and Bara brith which is all handmade by the Monks of Caldey Island.
That same week I decided to set the wheels in motion for a new, regular magazine feature - a panel of strong, funny women who would get together once a month to discuss topics such as marriage, sex, diets, dating and anything else we can think of - even the controversial stuff! No shrinking violets allowed! But yes to Parma violets (guess who’s still on a sugar high from the trip down childhood confectionary lane in Tenby?!)
I had two women in mind I wanted to invite onto the panel - Wendy Thomas and Kirsty Thomas (no relation). I’ve known Wendy and Kirsty for many years and both women tell it like it is. Not afraid to speak their minds. Have an opinion on most things. Hilarious. With a wickedly mischievous and saucy sense of humour. Very much like me!
With both of them keen to be involved and raring to go, The LWA (Ladies With Attitude) panel was born! We met up at my place, with lots of fizz for the panel’s inauguration (start as we mean to go on...); a guest panellist, Jenna Kelly; and a ‘killer question’ to answer.
With such juicy subject matter up for discussion, there’s no way we could be given a lunchtime slot; definitely one for the watershed... Hence its cinematic ‘18’ rating. And there’s absolutely no danger of us stealing any thunder from the lovely genteel ladies at the Women’s Institute!
Curious to hear what we talked about? Head on over to Ladies With Attitude to watch the fabulous video - you might learn a new thing or two - then again - maybe not! Feel free to email us your thoughts. Anonymity guaranteed to protect the (not so) innocent...
In last month’s issue I wrote about Mal Pope’s Cappuccino Girls 2 - The Paradox of Choice, and how much I was looking forward to seeing the new show. It did not disappoint! The story is excellent, the music is uplifting and the actors are just incredible. I especially loved Gregg Arthur. He is such a versatile actor, playing many different characters in the show. I left the theatre with a wonderful feeling of content, secure in the knowledge that all the characters - even though they had endured so many problems - were going to be just fine. I know, I know... It’s not real and it’s ‘only’ a show. But that’s how compelling the characters are. You actually do care about them.
If you didn’t get to see Cappuccino Girls 2 on its first outing at Ffwrnes Theatre, fear not. This wonderful show opens at Coast Italia restaurant soon. I will keep you posted.
Over the last few weeks I have been training hard with my trainer Tara in preparation for my holiday to the Seychelles. Unfortunately some old sporting injuries have popped back up to say hello... they have needed the expert attention of Luisa Davies of Back On Track Sports Therapy who has massaged me, used ultrasound and taped me up using tiger print tape. Thanks Lu, you have been amazing.
Speaking of amazing, I am thrilled that my wonderful friend and trainer Tara is going to have a baby. Imagine my shock when she landed that one on me! She rendered me speechless for all of ten seconds until I enveloped her in a huge bear hug! I am absolutely delighted for her and her partner, who will make fabulous parents and I cannot wait to see her baby bump grow! I’ve started scouring the net for fabulous, unique gifts and already found her a cute mum to be kit, which you can read more about on this month’s Lush List.
Next up was a get together with the very talented jewellery designer Tanya Igic. We met at my eternally favourite Coast Italia restaurant, where Tanya told me all about her beautiful jewellery which you can read about in Destination #FH Avenue.
The following week was all about our photo shoot to celebrate my silver wedding anniversary. In preparation I had a manicure at Irresistible Beauty salon, where Rebecca created the most dazzling set of nails; followed by Jenna and Hilary dappling crystals on my face and hair. The shoot was so creative, exciting and fun.
We also converted our original VHS wedding video to digital. Once we finally stopped laughing at how we all looked 25 years ago - The 1990s called. They don’t want their fashion back! - we edited some of it into this month’s video so we could share it with you. Take a look in Lights...Camera...Action... for this wonderfully entertaining video. And you can see the fabulous pictures we captured in Love It! Rock It! Own It!
Well that’s it for this month. I’m off to start packing for my silver wedding anniversary holiday to the Seychelles. See you all next month.
Until next time...
Don’t be a stranger...
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