Monday, 20 November 2017

My baby's week away with school

I'm literally writing this on the weekend before my baby actually goes away, so as you may be reading this my nose will be buried in a tissue waving my baby off on the coach for his week away with the school then I will be heading to work miserable as miserable can be.
The reason I'm writing it now is my anxiety is high today thinking about him going away and it might resonate with other parents if you read this.

So let's get to it first of all my "baby" is not technically a baby he's 9 years old, so not a baby at all, he's just the baby of the family as he's my youngest, he's actually quite a confident little boy who has lots of friends and according to his friends he's just so funny.  So really this is a lot about me as his mother and maybe not as much about his ability to not be with me.

My middle child is nearly 13 years old and when he went on the same school trip at the age my littlest is now I still felt sad my son was going away for the week when he went those years ago,  but I didn't feel like this on him, so why do I feel like this now? possibly because my youngest is quite small so I'm envisaging him pulling his suitcase along to the bus and it being as big as him. I think it might be also as I don't have any family at all that live by me, so the longest he's been away from me is one night and that's when he's stayed at one of his friends so I know that's why I'm going to feel it.

When I look at his itenary to I literally would love to go myself I would love the activities and I would love to see his little face doing them to, but that's selfish I know this is his time and for him to have time away from his family and enjoy himself.   I also can't help thinking hope he's going to shower and clean his teeth but I know realistically he's a very capable little boy as I've packed anti bac wipes in his suitcase (at his request) to wipe over the toilet before he sits on it, as he said it's a strangers toilet not his mums I still laugh at that statement and know he must have some sort of OCD.  But he literally cracks me up he's always been a right fussy kid not with food or anything but with cleanliness or anything.

They I think to myself will be be ok doing the horse riding and the skiing etc and then I answer my own question of course he will, I've never babied them I've always been there in the back ground but always on hand incase he might fall off, I've always cringed as he's ran up the slide 30mph but I e kind of encouraged it as they are only kids for a while. So this is why me writing this makes me realise yes he will be completely fine but maybe as his mum it's hard to let go of my baby out of my sight for a whole week and spend it with his school friends.

I know to that when I pick him up after his week away he will be exhausted he will probably have lost half of his clothes, what clothes he does have in the suitcase will be wet smelly and muddy, I can imagine opening the suitcase and nearly throwing up with the smell of wet mud and boys smell, I will have a very tired ratty boy but one full of memories and memories with friends that will last a lifetime.

And there he is butter wouldn't melt little blonde little monkey,

Laura x

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tom Ford Black Orchid Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello guys so here is another segment to my ideas for Christmas for you, this is the third week of a fragrance dropped in, I'm a big fan of fragrances and I know from working in Boots before a lot of you are big fragrance and aftershave lovers to.  I used to love it when men came into the store literally days coming before Christmas looking for inspiration for there daughters wives or girlfriends or family member.  My favourite thing to be asked was what perfume do you wear or what perfume do you like??

So today I am talking about the iconic Tom Ford Black Orchid Spray sometimes I feel that this scent has been referred to as marmite people either absolutely love it or hate it not many inbetweens, personally I hate marmite I'm completely not even on the shelf with this I really hate it.  But with this scent I have to be honest I was on the shelf I wasn't sure for months whether i liked it.  Here is what the scent us described as.

A luxurious and sensual fragrance of rich, dark accords and an alluring potion of Black Orchids, and spice, Tom Fords black orchid is both modern and timeless.  bottled in fluted black glass black orchid makes an unforgettable statement of iconic style and worldly glamour.

This to me is a completely perfect  discription of the fragrance for me at first I found it to heady and strong and made me feel quite sick, but then as sometimes I'm an over sprayer I've learnt less is more with this one as the scent is not a light one you only need a little bit. If your a light perfume fan this is not for you or a floral lover again this is not for you.  In my opinion this is not a day time fragrance either this is definitely an evening scent.  As I mentioned before about my over spraying I take this much lighter now and spray a little bit before going out, some of my friends say to me you have got that perfume on again haven't you, that to me means it's very recognisable, it definitely is distinctive but they great thing about perfume is they smell different on us all, one scent that might not smell  nice on you may smell amazing on someone else or vice versa.

Why I like this, to me now I've got used to being gentle with the spraying I think this is so unique and classy I feel like a proper grown up with this on, and it reminds me of a lady with a bright lip and some sharp black tailoring on.  It's definitely a conversation starter scent.

So with this one as I would say to anyone go and spray it first walk around shopping for half an hour and then smell I bet you will be hooked.

This is available at John Lewis Tom Ford and currently there is money off to woo hoo..

Hope you enjoyed this post ...

Laura x

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb gift ideas

Hey guys back with another offering of something for Christmas, last week I wrote about a perfume I love and this week I'm writing about another fragrance, as I mentioned I'm not doing a gift guide as such as I'm feeling people are sick of those but each week il write about one thing that I'm going to review and you can make up your own mind.
Now a few years ago when I worked on the Chanel counter in Boots I used to come into work perfume free because my aim was to try a different perfume each shift to see if I liked them and obviously to smell different every day.  When I covered fragrance I used to tidy up all the shelves and clean all the glass displays and just love the fancy bottles thinking my god this is heaven, not the cleaning but messing with all the pretty bottles and one that people  that raved about was flowerbomb, I knew this wasn't a cheap one and your talking £73 for a 50ml which I suppose isint horrendous but it's not one of the cheaper ones. That's from Boots 

So what is Flowerbomb all about??? Flowerbomb is an explosion of scents rolled into one with
TOP NOTES of Bergamot, Tea

HEART NOTES of Jasmine, Freesia, Orchid

BASE NOTES of Centiflora Rose, Patchouli

This is not one for the faint hearted if you don't like floral scents don't even pick it up, however if your a fan of a sophisticated mix of the florals then this may be for you. I did worry it would remind me of something my nan would have worn in a nice way but it didn't do that either,

My initial impression was OMG it was quite heady and I thought if I smell of this all day this is not good, I thought breathe it will dry down and when it did I was sold.  The mix of florals secrets with the woody notes of the Patchouli is what I love and the smell is completely beautiful.
The bottle is pretty not overtly fancy but nice, little details which are classy and look stunning on your dressing table, to me it's too nice to be thrown around in your hand bag, but I don't think you really need to carry it around I found that the scent lasts all day, I actually think when my current bottle runs out I will cry. Is it a great buy for Christmas I actually think that it is and the receiver of this will be a very lucky person,

If you want to read last weeks post about what perfume I loved last week click on this link

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

YSL Black Opium Christmas Ideas

Hello guys hope you are all well.....and had a nice Halloween and Bonfire Night.  I am still freaked out by the fact we are in November how scary and now I'm faced with the dreaded Christmas lists of pages of A4 things my kids want GULP.  So with this in mind I'm not going to do gift guides or anything like that but I'm going to just tell you things I love for either myself or the kids and maybe you may like them to or think hmm that's an idea for Christmas.  That brings me to literally one of my favourite perfumes ever brings me to YSL Black Opium, when this first came out in the shops I didn't think I would like it, I remembered the old style Opium that came out years ago and I really didn't like it.

Now ok this is only my humble opinion and not everyone will like it but I love it so much I don't think that I would or will ever get fed up of the smell of this perfume.  The bottle is beautiful in itself black and sparkly with slices of glitter through it perfect for your dressing table and gorgeous to get out of your handbag.   So if you haven't smelt it what would you expect yes there's an element of depth to it, dark and mysterious with hints of coffee to a warm sensual base note. It's not over powering or heady I'm so trying not to be biased as I love it so much.

It's not the cheapest perfume around obviously depending on size you can pick up from most department stores or Drugstore I normally get mine from FragranceDirect

Hope you like it to