BOOKS, Celebrities, Lady

Sophie Kinsella’s Literary Heroines


A blog post on my favourite author. So, Boil the kettle, make a tea (or coffee if it’s the morning!) and be inspired by Sophie’s favourite books to read. 📚

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Sophie Kinsella, best-selling author of the universally loved Shopaholic series, tells Women on the Page about her literary heroines, including, for a time, being Harriet the Spy.

I grew up with them. I think of them often. I refer to them when I’m unsure in life. I love them, admire them, cringe with them and weep with them. They’re my literary heroines. And the fact that they’re imaginary doesn’t make them any less influential on my life than if they were real. In fact, it makes them more influential.

Whom have I known in real life as long as I have known Milly-Molly-Mandy? Not many people, that’s for sure. But her adventures are etched in my brain as surely as if she were a family member. There was the day she unselfishly gave up the one remaining length of flowered dress fabric for another girl. There was the time she made…

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Elegance, How to be a lady, Lady, Thoughts

A Lady of Quality


I felt inspired to do a similar post to one of my favourite and first blogs that I have ever done. It was “How to be a lady”, and I was so proud of that work along with notes from a course I did online with TheEcourse.com

I collated a lot of research, and eloquent pieces of writing that exemplified what a lady is, how to live gracefully, and etiquette tips, etc that I get overwhelmed by the mass of information that we have on the internet. I love following women who call themselves “The Lady Blog” or “Lady such and such” – it gives it just the right touch, doesn’t it?

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Lady, Lifestyle, TRAVEL

Treasured moments at Tranby House


Brought to you by Peninsula Tea Gardens, ‘Parisian afternoon tea’ was divine, and scrumptious dipping in different tea flavours and trying out different tea sandwiches on the banks of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.

Sandwiches are a a variety from the following:

– ham, egg, and Dijon mustard with mayonnaise

– Roast Beef and Horseradish with avocado mayonnaise

– and my favourite was Smoked Salmon and cucumber with salmon mousse and cream cheese

 

They were stacked and presented on a three – tiered curate stand together with fine bone china and silverware.

The pink macaron was a delight!

I arrived about 45 minutes early, so I decided to take the time to take some photos for the blog, so that you can enjoy a snippet of what it would be like. It was so inviting, and welcoming, and I really loved walking around the area whilst children and parents were about the farm. At first I didn’t know if I was in the right spot, but then learnt that Tranby House is the name of the historic farmers cottage from the early 1800’s and then they turned it into Peninsula Tea Garden. It is described as an english cottage styled farm house and the house is 19th century style. It was named Tranby House in 1923, and is one of the oldest surviving buildings from the early settlement of the Swan River Colony.

Second course, of course, was Scones served with strawberry preserve and whipped cream.

 

There was an assortment of French styled cakes and petite fours, and my choice of tea was ‘Stockholm’. The variety of teas to choose from were English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Lover leap, Kenilworth, Assam, Darjeeling, Camomile, Buddha’s tears, Wuyi, Loolacondera, Serendip chai, and Barbado Dream.

I would mention the details of each tea, but if you click on the website, and go to Menu, then Full Menu, the details of each tea will be listed on the menu for you to look at.

I wanted to try the Kenilworth for something REALLY English, but I decided on Stockholm, and because we loved it so much, my friend bought it for me as a present.

Something delicious to have at home!

Served with a pot of tea, my choice was Stockholm with milk served with fine bone china. I did have a look underneath the cup to see which one it was called but I have forgotten what this one was called! If I had a choice I would’ve chosen the pink Old Country Roses of course! I thought the silverware left an exquisite feel to the high tea!

 

This is the gift bag with the ‘Stockholm’ tea in it. Great to have some goodies for home!

All in all, it was a wonderful experience to have a “proper” high tea with fabulous friends, and it was an experience I will never forget. There is also a ‘light tea menu’ you can experience or just ‘Peninsula Tea’ which is a selection of dainty finger sandwiches, the freshly baked scones with shipped cream, two delicate cake slices, and a pot of tea of your own choice. Vegetarian options are also available.

Bookings are essential. You can click on the website I highlighted for you, and click on “Book Now”. If you would like to see more reviews other than my own, to get more of an insight as to what other people like about it, look at the reviews on ‘Their Moments‘.

Gluten free options are also available, and when seated the staff will ask about dietary requirements. The staff were great, and the view was magnificent of the Swan River, so it was really nice to sit and overlook the river whilst munching on sandwiches and sipping yummy tea.

There are also specials available, such as the smoked salmon salad, or ploughman’s lunch.

So, there is quite a few to choose from if you are not having the ‘high tea special’.

I would particularly like to try the ‘Sweet Tea’ because they recommend to have the Stockholm tea with the scones, cakes and seasonal fruit.

If you are a Mum, it is great to organise a “Children’s Tea Party” which is only $14.80 per head.

So, for an exquisite afternoon tea, don’t forget to book at Tranby House’s Peninsula Tea Garden. Go to the “High tea and booking” tab on their website.

Opening hours are Monday to Sunday 8am to 5pm.

You can call on 08 9272 8894

Address is:

Johnson Road,

MAYLANDS, WA, 6051

Beauty, Lady

Absolute April Beauty Product Favourites


At the end of this month I decided to work a bit more on my beauty side of my life. I have been thinking in the back of my mind what I need to get and do to look after myself, and practice not only ‘self-care’ but my beauty look. I am no beauty professional, but when I lived in Melbourne I became very familiar with products, and brands that I have become fussy over time. Everyone is different when it comes to choosing brands for makeup, but I have always stuck to one – L’Oreal – for everything. So, recently I shopped at Priceline pharmacy in Karrinyup shopping centre and the one thing that I wanted to focus on getting was a new eyeshadow palette.

When I was in the L’Oreal section my eyes peeled open when seeing a $7 eyeshadow palette on sale, and I was like, what could be better! It was a natural beige coloured one, and only had about 4 eyeshades to choose from, until my mum found the perfect one for me. There was a 10 shade eyeshade palette on SALE for $9. What could go wrong! and what could be better than that!!??? As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one. So, I bought it!

It is the L’Oreal Paris LA Palette Nude in Rose.

I had to choose from Beige or Rose, and once looking at the colours (and knowing what I wanted) I chose the rose. It is inspired by makeup designers ‘must have palettes’  and is available in 10 elegant rose tones in 3 sleek shadow finishes. You can allow your creativity and artistic flair to unleash when blending and contouring the eye when putting and dabbing on the shimmery satin, or lustrous sheen.

The 3 different finishes – satin, sheen and matte leave a fantastic look for everyday wear, and I believe the rose colours are better than nude, because it has more of a variety and doesn’t have JUST brown tones, it has pinks and light colours along with a dark brown that is used for the eye lining.

The lipstick that I chose was $21.95 which was an investment. I know, anything can be an investment, but this truly was an investment! I have been looking for the perfect pinky but not too pink colour that makes me look like a clown, that I had a look through all the choices, and came across number 131 – Color Riche Matte – Mistinguette. This lipstick is enriched with a combination of Omega – 3 oils and Vitamin E and helps to protect your lips from drying. It’s soft and creamy texture leaves lips moisturized and smooth with a perfect finish. I love the gold tube that it comes in, and it leaves a classy look for when you go to touch up throughout the day. It is totally matte, and that was what I was looking for. If you want the complete matte look and feel I totally suggest this collection, and this colour in particular as well. It has become my favourite lipstick as of late, and I have been wearing it everyday to every event I go to. The texture is comfortable and light, and it leaves such a glow, and it lasts very long, but I have noticed when I eat or drink it does come off, but I suppose that goes with any lipstick. I have found with Covergirl lipsticks they are 24/7 stay on, but when I had my coffee it came off easily, so that was the only ‘negative’ thing that I had with it. Positive – it leaves my lips feeling moist. All in all, my favourite lipstick of the year.

So, a few of the pro’s of this lipstick are:

  • it leaves the best matte finish
  • good pigmentation

I bought the Ardell Natural Demi Wisps  (false eyelashes) for only $11, for a complete natural look that doesn’t create an over glamorous look, but that you can wear through out the day, and look great anyhow! I have never done this before, and I was excited about getting my first false eyelashes! haha! and it was fun deciding on which ones to get. I wanted a natural daywear look, so these were just perfect, and exactly what I wanted.

I have had a bit of a struggle getting them on, and I still need a lot of practice, but next time (from a friends piece of advice) I will use tweezers to put them into place from the inner eye to the outer corner of the eye. Plus next time I may cut it to fit my eye properly. I wasn’t sure if it needed to fill out the entire eye. But I was happy with the result and outcome of the entire look of the day. Next time I will remember to watch the Ardell Strip Lash Application for beginners which can be found on the internet, and just what they say you achieve a natural looking full lash experience! It creates such volume, and offering full and fluttering results.

The best mascara I have been using lately is the Revlon Ultimate All in one mascara. I have all but good news about this one. The wand may seem short and mini, but it really flicks up the lashes, and helps create a full look. I don’t suggest wearing the mascara with the false eyelashes, even though some girls do that, only if you want to look like a Kardashian girl, then yes, do it, But for me because I have long lashes it would make me look like the lashes are going past my eyebrows! I thought I had short lashes, but I have been told they are long, so being careful with mascara and lash products is my way to go.

The high impact formula has:

  • great length
  • definition
  • volume
  • intense colour
  • lift

This is my new favourite mascara, and I have been wearing it everyday on all occasions.

I thought I would share with you photos from videos I took on Instagram videos, here I was sharing how I did my eyes with the eyeshadow palette in rose, and I am not sure which colours I used, but I used the first white colour as a highlighter, and then a pinky colour for the middle, and then the dark brown as an eyeliner.

This is the finished look, with a L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable liquid foundation, the eyeshadow I share with you, the Ardell Demi false eye lashes, and the Mistinguette L’Oreal Matte Lipstick.

To top off the rest of the day, I decided to unwind with a “Pride and Prejudice” novel by Jane Austen. I used a quote of hers in “How to be like Kate in a Kardashian world“. I hadn’t read it before, and did try to read it when I was in Merredin but never finished it. I have been wanting to read more period costume time books, yes, I know, I have been reading regency period books, but this is a world renowned classic and the type of english used is quite old, and I have been told that you have to concentrate on reading it, but since getting through the first chapter I have felt like I have been going through it like a breeze! I am still working on Library Studies – currently working on ‘Circulation and Customer Service’, and working on Assessment 1 from doing Session 1 – 5 that I need to work on it tomorrow to get it in on time.

So, I thought I would leave you with a link for “Best beauty blogs to follow in 2017”

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Lady, personal development, self help

5 ways to live the life of your dreams!


Here I want to share with you 5 things that I believe will change your life when it comes to pursuing your dreams and living the life you imagine. I almost forgot about my piece called, Dare to dream, and half the stuff I don’t even think I have done, but putting plans and goals in place, (which is what I will flesh out on a bit more later on) is a milestone, and achievement. Gee, I think I say that word ALOT! Whatever it is you have been dreaming, it is time to look at what you can do to start LIVING IT!

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Celebrities, Elegance, Fashion, How to be a lady, Lady, personal development, self help

How to be like “Kate” in a “Kardashian” world 


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It is on my heart to give some guideline as to how to live a life similar to Kate Middleton, rather than being consumed by women that educate young women about having Botox, or plastic surgery to have a successful and affluent life. I can’t believe the extreme that young girls go to, to look like someone that is basically artificial, rather than a simple natural beauty and stunner! Don’t get me wrong, I think Kim Kardashian is quite pretty, but she uses mascara over her false eyelashes! Or even doubles the false lashes! I also have a soft spot for Kendall Jenner.

It is more comely when a lady is refined and full of knowledge, cultivated and cultured, and I would be so happy if you found the following steps to be healthy for you and desirable for your life.

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Learn to be classy

A classy woman is three things,

genuine, feminine and full of high quality.

Being classy is not found on your average street, and being high-class is so rare considering there is a lot of trash on TV these days. I don’t want to offend anyone by saying that the Kardashians are trashy, but from what I have seen myself, I don’t find the Kardashians ‘classy’, no offence to Kardashian lovers.

I may have mentioned this before in previous posts, but to be classy is all about holding yourself with particular style, a hint of elegance, an aura of sophistication, polished etiquette, grace and finesse.

Make your inner sophistication and stylishness stand out by dressing like Kate Middleton, following proper etiquette, and using sophisticated language.

At the moment I am reading an epistolary novel, which uses quite fancy words and is sort of poetic and literary. To extend and expand on your language I suggest you read great literary work, like Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Go to your local library and search for books on “language” or “allegory” to develop an understanding for technical terms and to help sharpen your mind. Learning to read deeper widens your semantics and perspective and creates syntactics, helping you with the form of words, semiotics and linguistics.

In a manner of elegance and gracefulness be aware of the tone of your voice, how you speak to others, what things you do to attract people to you. You don’t have to be theoretical or philosophical in the way you say things, (although that is very cultured and smart) but simply, stating something from a book or a movie could be advantageous. I particularly like the statement in Pride and Prejudice where they say “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

This is a great example.

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

It sounds totally like me!



Practice your posture 

You don’t have to put a pile of books on your head to do this, when sitting in the lounge or at the dinner table, make sure you’re shoulders are back, not by sticking out your chest, but make sure that your back is straight. When you are aware of your posture, a sense of self-confidence may come your way!

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Watch and learn from other women

Is there a lady that you admire? Do you know a lady that knows how to walk properly, or dresses completely well that you just want to look like her! To be honest, I do feel that way when I see pictures of Kate, but apart from buying an original Dolce and Gabbana dress or Alexander McQueen gown, just to look like her could be overwhelming, so I suggest, go through your wardrobe and do a spring clean every few months and re-wear some of your old dresses without feeling ‘unroyal’.

Work on being polite 

Most women or people in general are drawn to someone who makes the other person feel comfortable. Speak softly and sound gentle. Don’t talk too fast, yell or wallow in unrefined gestures. Look at yourself in the mirror daily and practice your smiles. This is very distinguished.

Develop your own sense of style

Putting together a classy outfit can be fun, so go through all your magazines (Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle) and create a vision board of what you like and what outfits you want to buy in the future. It can be outrageous and funky as you like, or pretty and vintage like Blair Waldorf’s style. Sticking to your own style is the best way to go! If something doesn’t flatter you, don’t wear it – having your own personal style and taste is the best way to exemplify your character and personality. 

Always wear clean clothes, do your washing as much as you can throughout the week. Wear neatly together outfits and put on a little bit of lipgloss and eyeliner, with a hint of blush. During the day stick to simple ways to keep yourself looking fresh.

Wear a nice long black silhouette slender dress 

This is the epitome of class, the perfect achromatic black dress. If you have one, show it off wherever you go. Black is always in style and never goes out of date.

Wearing something flattering like this, is so natural and classy.

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Even if it’s not an evening dress, find or shop for something simple like this!

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Going Audrey style is perfect too! She has been the epitome of class throughout the decades and especially, the era of the 50’s and 60’s, and has been a fantastic example as an actress, model, dancer and humanitarian. Widely known for her movies such as Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and My Fair Lady, “she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend” as said on Wikipedia.

Market yourself

Creating a blog is a great way to get yourself out there and noticed, but sometimes not necessarily. You could work years on blogging and go nowhere, and all your work is just ‘archives’.

Talk to women everywhere you go, and talk about your favourite things. You have to believe in yourself and not just that, believe that you are high class first, and then be totally dynamic and hold yourself high. Learn to be a woman of value, and most importantly, be considerate. This will take you places and people never forget what you do for them. Marketing yourself doesn’t necessarily mean to “get yourself out there”, but basically holding yourself with dignity and respect and love for yourself. If you don’t do something for someone you are of no value to them. What you do for people is number one.

One thing I have learnt over the years is a woman of low value can be someone who has low self esteem themselves and they suck value from others, always getting something from someone and not giving back.

Develop rituals that support your self-worth.

A high quality woman is a woman with a high sense of self worth and we all know that a lady that knows her worth is someone of great value.

Do things to keep yourself busy and productive throughout the day. For example, I find my self-worth and confidence by writing this piece in itself.

You truly know and feel great worth by accomplishing much with your life, and I love the fact that Kate Middleton is not ‘just a princess/duchess’ but she is a woman that works hard for her country and she prepares herself for speeches, and engagements, etc.

I want to feel a sense of accomplishment in everything I do, and that’s what Kate would feel as well. Having purpose and contentment is so important and fulfilling, that sometimes I feel frustrated when I feel I am not doing enough! Even after writing this piece I feel I want to do MORE!!!!! And that’s a great feeling!

So, develop daily rituals daily by giving to others, developing fantastic relationships with your neighbours or friends at school or work, and try not to be judgemental, but full of love.

We can get so caught up with ‘worldly’ women rather than ‘classy’ women, that I hope that these eight points help you to live, learn and obtain classy points in your life. There are numerous articles on being classy on google, it is absolutely ENDLESS, but I particularly wanted to hone in on important factors that could help you be a little more like ‘Kate’!

LOVE

 

BOOKS, Celebrities, Lady

4 Brilliant British Books to buy


The following books that I recommend won’t be an entire book review, but merely just enough information for you to peruse, to see if you would like it, or if you want to read it. I have read the books thoroughly, and have decided to write down bits and pieces that I like, and what you might find interesting, or have just written enough information for you to decide whether you would like to buy it or not!

Here are four brilliant british books to buy:

1. Our Queen by Robert Hardman

In Britain, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not just the longest reigning monarch in history, but is a red-double decker bus with two legs, and Prince William says ‘she’s incredible’. She works hard professionally and this book is an in-depth study and portrait of our Queen today.

“It is a study of a thoroughly modern monarch.” – (Introduction, page 3)

Chapter 1 talks about her achievements  – It opens up with this statement – “She’s really determined to finish everything she started”. I honestly thought that is an excellent statement to describe the working life of a monarch.

She is the most popular figure in British public life and is emblematic about the ‘Old Britain’ and the New Britain, and being devoted to the Church of England, and the Commonwealth, historians see it as one of her greatest achievements.

I particularly liked how it said about her taking her ‘nation’ role very seriously, just as her coronation vow to preserve the settlement of the church of England. Consider this statement:

“The Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence, and supports the ideal of voluntary service.”

William Shawcross of the Evening Standard says about the book “Hardler is the best chronicler of the monarchy writing in the British press today, superbly well-informed, witty and wise.”

One thing I didn’t know was that when she visited the British Office of Google in 2008, her private secretary came up with an idea of using her head on their website. So, for one day only, the second G on google’s website was replaced with the Sovereign’s head. How cool is that? I wish I had’ve seen that back then!

 


With some Queen Victoria green tea, which I am trying to drink more of instead of Lipton tea, which is apparently not as good for you than chamomile or any other herbal tea, it is completely invigorating for the senses. ☕️ but I have become obsessed with PG Tips, especially after knowing it is Julie Andrews favourite tea. I bought it to try it out, and I can see why she loves it!

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Beauty, BOOKS, Lady, Lifestyle

Luxurious Lifestyle


I couldn’t help but share my new bag collection…… okay, well, I’ve had it for about a month, but I love the theme, the idea of a 3 in 1 bag, large, medium and small items that are so handy! For a nice evening Occassion I can just take out the third one, and everyday I can use all of them! I am so impressed with my set, and I completely love my collection.

I got it from a vintage shop in Westfield Whitford City Shopping Mall with 30 percent OFF  and it was the last one, so I HAD to have them! I have to apologise because I can not remember the name of the actual store.When I find out I will update this page with the information. I felt desperate for a nice London Bag! It was a desperately needed item! Haha and Just more to add to my “London theme collection”!

I got a beautiful gift most recently, that I will absolutely treasure forever. A friend recently went to England and came back with a set of 30 postcards from the Buckingham Palace Shop or it may have been at Windsor Castle! It is a set of classically printed black and white cards of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and I was astonished and quite awe-struck by the lovely gift. I am not sure what I am going to do with them, I have sent two postcards already to some pen pals, but I would love to create a collage/board with all of them on it.

You can buy the postcards at the Royal Collection Shop website here for ten pounds which is only 16 dollars in Australian currency, although delivery may be expensive, it normally depends on what item you buy.

These are a few of my favourite ones! Just completely stunning…….

and isn’t this one just gorgeous…???

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BOOKS, Lady, self help, Thoughts

“Old English” poems


Most old english pieces of literature and manuscript origins, authorship and early history are quite unknown. I particularly liked and picked up an “old English poetry” book from Scarborough library that I am absolutely loving. Sometimes I feel like it is a bit more eloquent than I could ever be! But my interest in English Literature is widening, and I especially like poems that have a biblical sense to it.

This book is made up of different ‘books’, for example, there is the Vercelli book, and the Exeter book, which has meaning behind the words.

It is a broad view of Anthology of British Literature, and there is a complete range of lyrics that I decided to pick ones I like and share them with you.

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