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I was first given Ghost Cherish over a year ago for my birthday. Although I didn't buy the eau de toilette, I have seen it on sale for around £20 for a 30ml bottle.
I love this eau de toilette because it is a light and reminds me of summer :-) Because it's one of my favourite perfumes, I tend to save it for nights out so that it lasts. I really like that the next morning however, the scent has gone from my skin. It's the worst thing to still smell perfume the day after a night out, just adds to my hangover!
It has top notes of pink grapefruit, green apple and freesia with base notes of musk, amber and cedarwood. This merges with roses, pink lotus flower and voilet.
The packaging is a sort of shimmery pink colour and the bottle itself is simple and elegantly shaped.
There is also a Ghost Cherish Body Moisture Lotion 200ml which I have seen online for around £18.00. Although this seems very expensive to me, I think that it would be nice to have matching perfume and body lotion so that the scents don't clash.
I bought Daisy by Marc Jacobs approximately two weeks ago.
The packaging is very stylish and simple. It comes in a black box with small white daisys bordering it. The writing on the box is also white. It's a box that I have kept sat on my glass dressing table. It looks lovely on there, very elegant and sophisticated.
I purchased the 100ml version and the bottle is very pretty, but in my opinion a little young and girly. I was surprised by this in view of the box it came in. The glass bottle has three plastic daisys topping it. It does drum up feelings of summer which is what this fragrance is all about.
The fragrance is lovely and flowery with top notes of wild strawberry, violet leaves and ruby red grapefruit, modern vintage heart notes of violet, jasmine and gardenia with a smooth and sensual base of vanilla, musk and white woods (well that's what the sales pitch tells me anyway!).
The 100ml Daisy Eau De Toilette I bought was around £45 which is much more than I would usually pay but some lovely friends of mine had given me a voucher which I used to buy it with.
As the smell is different on different people's skin I was a bit worried I had splurged on something I wouldn't like but I'm pleased to say that this eau de toilette has lived up to its reputation (and price!) and leaves a lovely scent on my skin.
I have had lots of compliments about this eau de toilette since I started wearing it two weeks ago. Lovely!
Dorothy Perkins (DP) is a clothing retail chain which is present in the majority of towns throughout the UK.
Their product lines knitwear, outerwear, jeans, shoes, boots, accessories, jewellery, underwear, lingerie, maternity sizes, petite and tall.
From what I have seen, Dorothy Perkins offer sizes 8-22 in most lines and have short, regular and long leg in most of their trousers and jeans.
I am about 5ft1 and a size 10/12. Personally, I find that the petite sizes, although aimed at people of my size, are too small. They don't seem to fit well, are too tight here and there and the lengths are too short. Having said that, I find it hard buying clothes so maybe I'm just a weird shape.
In shoes they offer UK sizes 3-8 to the best of my knowledge, I haven't seen anything larger than an 8 on my travels anyway.
I'm a DP size 4 and find that their shoe and boot sizes seem to be fairly consistent, unlike many shops. This is particularly useful when buying online.
I like shopping in DP's for basic items like t-shirts and work skirts. They often have deals where, for example, two shirts can be bought for £20. This is very handing when buying clothes for work, or just adding to a staple wardrobe.
I have never been able to fit into DP's jeans, they always seem a bit too large around the thigh area for me. I know that some of my chums haven't had this problem though and they swear by DP jeans.
I particularly like DP's for shoes and boots. In my experience they have been well priced and comfy. I bought a pair of brown boots two weeks ago and they are lovely to wear. The boots are real leather although the heels do look rather plasticy. I overlooked this though, I never look at my own feet to notice when I have them on anyway ;-)
I have signed up to the DP newsletter and I would recommend this to everyone. It means I get to find out about special offers and 25% off deals etc. This meant I ordered the boots referred to above on a 25% off day and got them for about £48. Excellent!
Ordering online was easy (it was my first time ordering any clothes online, I'm a bit behind the times!). The whole procedure was straight forward, as was returning the clothes I didn't want to my local store.
I also really like the DP bags. Don't get me wrong, some of them are a bit tacky but I have come across some lovely ones in my time and they have always been very reasonably priced.
Ooh, I want to shop now! Good job I can hit DP online!
The City is set in New York and is an MTV reality television series which is a spin-off of the MTV show The Hills.
We got to know the star of the City, Whitney, during the Hills when she became co-worker and friend to Lauren. The City follows Whitney when she moves to New York to pursue her career working for a fashion designer and the series tracks her relationships, friends and work.
Prior to moving to New York Whitney met an Australian guy in a band called Jay. When she moves to New York they become more serious although there are lots of rumours surrounding Jay and his ex girlfriend and other girls.
Whitney's job as a public relations director for a fashion designer is going well but a friend of hers joins the company and their boss Kelly doesn't appreciate it when they act unprofessionally as she sees it. There is one occasion where Whitney and her friend have an argument at a fashion show and they are told that there's a credit crunch on and they need to shape up or they might be shipped out.
The City also follows Olivia, a New York "it girl". Her attitude infuriates her colleagues and she is often accused of not being dedicated enough to her job. We are yet to see whether she will be let go from her position or whether she can step up to the plate.
The City, in my opinion, is pretty tacky. It's all about fashion, hair styles, bitching, backstabbing and boys. And I have to confess, I love it! I do have little pricks of envy when watching it because everyone is rich with fantastic social lives. But then I realise that I could never keep all that up and I'm much happier watching it all from my sofa ;-)
Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and franchise which is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands. I understand that there are approximately 34,000 Pizza Hut restaurants and take aways in around 100 countries.
Pizza Hut sells pizzas in four different sizes, from an individual pizza for onw to a large pizza which me and my boyfriend always get if we are eating takeaway so that we can have the leftovers for breakfast ;-)
Although I'm not that keen on chain restaurants, I don't mind them when grabbing a quick bite to eat.
I love the stuffed crust pizza hut pizza where the crust contains cheese. Yum yum! I also love the Dippin' Strips pizza where the pizza has been cut so that it is easy to dip into sauce.
Alternatively, there is the Edge pizza where the topping goes to the edge of the pizza so there is no real crust to speak of. If I can't have the stuffed crust I like to have the edge so that I can have the full effect of the topping and not get too full up on crust.
There are loads of toppings to choose from, the old favourites like ham and pineapple and vegetarian. You can also build your own pizza which is great because it means PIzza Hut caters for everyone, unlike a lot of restaurants which are not as flexible.
Although I love pizza (who doesn't!), I think I like the side orders even more, my favourites being the chicken wings and onion rings.
Pizza hut also offer pasta and salads although I have never indulged in either of these.
Although Pizza Hut pizza tastes fab (I particularly like sprinkling those chilli flakes on my pizza to give it a little kick), it's certainly not known for it's health benefits. There has been a lot in the media recently about the particularly high salt content, although I'm not sure it's any worse than other well known takeaways or fast food restaurants.
I've also heard about a customer finding a dead mouse on a Pizza Hut pizza, although I don't think that happened in this country. Saying that, I also love KFC and I'm sure most people have heard about the person who bit into a cyst instead of juicy chicken. Yuk!
Price wise I think Pizza Hut is onto a winner and is much cheaper than most other Italian restaurants I have been to. They often have two for one deals and also cheap lunchtime offers.
Actually, after reading this, me and my other half have decided to go to the cinema followed by, yep, you guessed it, Pizza Hut tonight.
This is money is a fantastic website which explains, in easy to understand language (no jargon!) everything you need to know about your money.
The website contains up to the minute news articles about money matters, including the latest on the banks, property values etc etc.
There is a very useful section "latest deals" which I have used a great deal lately. The sub headings in this section are ISA funds, mortgages, cheapest loans and savings accounts. In particular I have used the mortgages section recently and this helped me decide whether to go ahead with a mortgage deal we had been offered.
There are also quizzes, calculators, daily money tips a day, comparism tools etc etc (the list really is endless), which all help the reader become more financially savy in a fun way.
The website also contains a very interesting section "bargains and rip offs". Whilst scouting about here today I read about the Tesco "half price turkeys" which have been on sale for a very short time at £40 and are now being sold at half that price, £20. An interesting article for me (although not surprising) but not usually buying whole turkeys I wouldn't have been aware of the usual cost, but might still have bought one ready for christmas day.
The website itself s very well laid out and pretty easy to navigate. I like the way reading one article opens up a number of others which based on the first article, the reader could find interesting.
I find myself mooching about on the this is money website for ages. It's interesting and imformative and if it saves me money (which it has and does) then all the better!
Me and my other half have stopped eating as much red meat as we used to.
Being lovers of pasta dishes, and lasagne in particular, I set about thinking up a new combination of filling for this dish. Chicken is always a crowd pleaser when we have friends round so i decided that this should be the main meat. Personally, I do find chicken a little bit bland so i wanted something a little more flavoursome to go with it.
I decided on ham as my next ingredient as it has a nice strong flavour. Finally, I wanted something green and healthy to go with and chose leeks. I have seen a similar recipe which used peas but I wasn't so keen on that combination.
Now, bear with me as I do use bought sauces for this dish as I tend to make it when I have friends over and I don't like slaving in the kitchen too much, I much perefer socialising!
Prep: 15 minutes
cooking : 40 minutes
500g of healthy living chicken
thinly sliced ham
I cook the chicken in a pan over a medium heat. Add the leaks and cook until soft and then add the ham to heat. Put the pasta sheets in boiling water to soften before cooking and then layer with the filling and sauces. The final layer of sauce should be the lasagne sauce which should be topped with parmmesan and slices of tomato. Cook at 200 degrees for 40 minutes.
I like to serve my lasagne with salad and garlic bread.
Cool Runnings was released in the cinema in 1993. It is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsled team's debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.
Cool Runnings stars Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba, Rawle D. Lewis, and John Candy.
The story revolves around four men who are desperate to go to the winter olympics as the first Jamaican bobsled team. They are made up of Derice Bannock and Yule Brenner who both tripped during the qualifying round of the 100m sprint for the summer olympics, together with Junior who tripped them. Finally comes Sanka Coffie who was pushcart champion and also best friends with Derice.
Irving Blitzer, played by John Candy, was a disgraced American bobsled gold medalist who had been previously disqualified for cheating. Derice and Sanka convince him to be their coach.
The film follows the characters ups and downs during training and their attempts to get to the olympics. I won't tell you whether they manage it or not but suffice to say, I had a bit of a cry at the end of the film!
I should mention here that the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team does differ quite a lot to the film. For example, Irv is a made up character and in actual fact, the real life team had several trainers.
I absolutely loved Cool Runnings. It's a well written, funny film. I saw it in the cinema with a friend and felt like i had to wait forever for it to come out on video. As soon as it did I bought it and within weeks could recite most of the film ;-)
If you havent seen it, I would definitely recommend it.
I LOVE cheesecake!
My brother is an apalling chef and he has been making his own cheesecakes for a while so I decided if he can do it...
The great thing about this dessert is that it can be made in advance. I take the cheesecake out of the fridge about 2 hours before serving and add the fruit to the top at that time. I find this very useful becasue I often have friends over for dinner after work which wouldn't usually give me enough time to make and serve this.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
220g digestive biscuits, crushed (I love my base really biscuity so you could use a bit less)
80g butter, melted
400g soft cheese
100g caster sugar
Finely grated rind from 1 lemon
Juice from 2 lemons
2 large eggs, beaten
150ml soured cream
75g caster sugar
225g fresh or frozen raspberries
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter, and press into the base of a baking tin.
Chill in the fridge.
Beat the soft cheese and sugar in a bowl until smooth. Beat in the lemon rind and juice followed by the eggs and soured cream. Fold in the cornflour.
Pour the mixture over the biscuit base and cook for 45 minutes until set.
To make the topping, place the sugar in a pan with 75ml (3fl oz) water. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Add the raspberries and cook for 4-5 mins until just tender. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
Mmmm... mouth is now watering...
Pretty Woman is a 1990 romcom starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
Julia Roberts plays a prostitute named Vivian who is struggling to make ends meet with her flat mate and fellow prostitute Kat. Richard Gere plays a business man called Edward Lewis who only has time for work.
Richard gere's character, Edward Lewis, asks Vivian for directions one evening and she ends up back in his hotel room. He warms to Vivian's personality and realises that they have similar ambitions in life. Edward ends up asking Vivian to stay the week with him so that she can escort him to corporate events etc and he doesn't have to worry about becoming romantically involved with someone.
Vivian realises that she has a part to play, she has to act like a lady. Her charm and naivety means that several people are willing to help her achieve this and she eventually starts dressing and acting like a lady and we begin to realise that this is her true self which has been hidden due to her tough upbringing.
Leading up to her transformation is a great scene where staff in a boutique on Rodeo Drive won't serve her because of her appearance. THAT scene ensues and goes something like this "I was in here yesterday. You wouldn't wait on me? You're con commision right? Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now" Brilliant!
The film continues along the usual sort of romcom story line but because I warm to the two main characters so much, particularly Vivian, I still enjoy the story immensley. I won't give away too much of the story, although I would say it's up there with the great romcoms of all time and has lead to Richard Gere and Julia Roberts acting opposite each other again, although never as successfully.
There is also a great sound track which accompanies the film.
The film is now one of the most financially successful entries in the romantic comedy genre, with an estimated gross of $464 million USD and if you haven't seen it and this is your kind of film, I would highly recommend it
The DVD Bridget Jones' Diary is based on a book written by Helen Fielding. Written in the form of a personal diary, the novel details a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something "singleton" working woman living in London who feels like she is surrounded by and looked down upon by "smug marrieds"
The film was released in 2001 and I for one, having read the book, rushed to the cinema to see it.
The book itself was inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Bridget is of course Austen's Elizabeth, falling for the wrong man (Daniel Cleaver/Wickham) while the Mr Darcy character (also called Mark Darcy in the book and film) is in the background, slowly becoming woven into Elizabeth and Bridget's life.
Renee Zellweger who plays Bridget, the unlucky in love 30 something, is from Texas and therefore had a lot of work to do to achieve the British accent. Personally, I think she did very well. She also in my eyes, portrays the lovable Bridget perfectly. Renee even put on weight for the role, as actors often do.
Bridget the character is a bit ditzy, falls over a lot when drunk/has been exercising etc. She says inappropriate things at inopportune moments and wears her heart on her sleeve.
Colin Firth plays the stand offish Mr Darcy. Bridget can't stand him because he made rude remarks about her within earshot when they first met. Daniel Cleaver also tells her a vesion of Mark Darcy's history which makes her dislike him even more.
Hugh Grant was cast as the Wickham character from Pride and Prejudice. As Daniel Cleaver he is charming and flirty and good looking. All the things that a good object of lust should be! ;-)
Daniel Cleaver has Bridget wrapped around his little finger but she is blinded by lust/love and trusts that he feels the same way about her.
The story line is well written and acted and has some genuine laugh out loud moments. It's romantic and heartfelt and the viewer can't help but warm to Bridget and want her to get what she wants in the end which is ultimately someone to love and who loves her, someone who she can have fun with.
I won't give away the storyline but if you hven't seen the film i would highly recommend it if you like romcoms. For me, it's one of the great romcoms which I can watch over and over.
Cadbury Double Chocolate Fingers are chocolate flavoured biscuits which have been dipped in Cadbury milk chocolate.
The box is rectangular in shape and is that unmistakable Cadburys puple colour. The front cover of the box shows the fingers stood to attention in a line which is starting to topple like dominoes. There is a caption on the front "one may lead to another..."
I have this evening found this caption to be true! I had bought this box of double chocolate fingers as a treat at work for me and my work chums. Each day this week I have gone into the office and said "argh, I forgot to bring in the chocs again". Well, it's too late now, because they are all gone and have all been eaten by ME whilst sitting here at the computer ;-)
Each finger is about the length of my fingers. I should point of here that I do have rather teeny hands so large handed chaps might feel a bit let down by the size.
Each one is a stick of chocolate biscuit covered in chocolate and each one can be munched in three bites or so.
What I like abiut these biscuits is that when crunching away you are hit by "ooh, this bit is the biscuit and yep, it's covered in chocolate". You can really taste the two parts to the finger as a whole in your mouth. Nice.
The only negatives I can see are that obviously, being a chocolate based snack, the calorific content is high. But let's gloss over that... Also, I can't tell much difference between these and the normal Cadbury fingers.
On the plus side, I did get my box for half price at Tescos although unhelpfully I'm afraid to say that I can't remember for the life of me how much I paid for them. This is because, although I am a bit frugal/a tight wad a treat should be a treat and if it's expensive, I don't really want to know about it because that might lead to guilt ;-)
Ok, I admit it. I first surfed about on Amazon only a week ago, after finally requesting my first £40 worth of vouchers from the lovely review site that is Dooyoo.
I don't tend to buy items over the internet all that often, mostly because I'm stuck in the dark ages (at the grand old age of 28 years!) and I still think my items won't arrive, my money will disappear or be stolen by a fraudster etc etc.
Having received my voucher code I decided I had best check out the (I now know) wonderful wold of Amazon.
The site has some fantastic features which I have to say, have really helped me in my christmas present buying. The sections where you can shop for your boyfriend or husband, mum, dad etc are great. I have trawled about in these and found some great present ideas I wouldn't have thought of.
I have found myself buying my mum a mini sunflower to grow in her new kitchen and my dad a transparent bird feeder which will attach to his lounge room window which backs onto woods. They will both love these stocking fillers and thanks to Dooyoo I got them for free :-)
Further, my brother has sent me his wishlist so all I have to do is click on what he wants and pay, hooray!
I have also found some things I would like for christmas. I browsed the forums and read peoples opinions of different books and now I have a list as long as my arm setting out books I would like to read :-)
I also found a D and G watch that was £280 and was down to around £80. I found this in the deals of the week category which is a great place to find fantastic bargains!
The main areas that Amazon covers are
DIY & Tools
Health & Beauty
Home & Garden
Sports & Leisure
Toys & Games
Although I was initially planning on holding out for the £50 cash from Dooyoo, I decided that as christmas was coming and the items at Amazon appear cheaper than other places in my opinion, Amazon was the way forward.
The items i have bought in the last week - 2 books, 1 PC game, 2 grow your own items cost £45 including p and p and thanks to Dooyoo I only paid £5.00. A bargain!
The only downside I have found so far is that some items have quite high p & p costs and this has put me off buying a couple of items.
I wish I had discoeverd Amazon earlier!
Mmm, cocktails! The perfect begining, middle and end to a great night out!
Here's a couple of my favourites...
Although cosmopolitans were introduced in or around the 1970's and the Sex and the City girls have drunk these for years, I got round to drinking my first only two weeks ago. It's a rum based cocktail, one which I would consider to be an all year round drink, not too fruity that you feel like you should only be drinking it in the summer.
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Lime juice
1/2 oz Cranberry juice
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into a martini glass. I like to dip the rim of the glass in sugar to give it that pretty touch and of course. Although traditionally, a slice of lemon is used as a garnish,I like to add a piece of lime to the glass, as that's one of the ingredients. If you're really wanting to make a splash, you could also add a sparkler! I haven't done this yet, am wary about the alcohol and fire hazard combo!
My other favourite cocktail is the screaming orgasm. I usually only drink this in the winter because it's white in colour and contains crushed ice and for me this gives it a bit of a wintry feel!
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Disaronno Amaretto
1 oz Tia Maria or Kahlua
1 oz Amarula Cream
1 oz Cream
1 oz Milk
Mix the ingredients together in a shaker and add crushed ice. Again, I like to dip the glass in sugar to make it look that bit more special. I also like to add a marshmellow to the glass rim. Not at all glamourus know but it seems to add to the white wintry sort of theme!
This drink can get a little bit sickly as it's very sweet so I can't personally drink many. They really are scrumptious though!
Everybody loves chocolate. Surely?
Here are some of my favourite ways to enjoy chocolate...
Drink it! Cadburys do the excellent drinking chocolate. The best way of making the instant stuff, in my opnion, is as follows. Heap two tea spoons into a mug. Mix ina little bit of milk until it is the consistency of a paste. Pour in the almost boiling water. Perfect!
I'm also a huge lover of the chocolate that you break up and add into your hot milk. There's a little place by a bridge in York that made me a fantastic white chocolate drink in this way. Yum!
Eating chocolate is a great hobby of mine ;-) I love Thorntons and Lindtt and Dairy Milk and Galaxy and Blacks and the list goes on! I also really enjoy a chocolate fountain or chocolate fondue. Shortbread dipped in chocolate and fruit dipped in chocolate and marshmellows dipped in chocolate... Uh oh, am in need of a bowl for the drool....
I love cooking with chocolate. My favourite chocolate recipe is as follows
1 tsp. grated orange peel
2 tbsp orange liquer
2 egg yolks
1 oz. melted chocolate
1 cup. whipping cream
1/4 cup. brown sugar
Mix the orange peel, liquer, sugar, two eggs and two egg yolks and melted chocolate. Fold in 1 cup whipping cream already whipped.
To serve, spoon into dessert dishes and top with dollop of whipped cream and orange zest.
It's a recipe I stumbled accross when traipsing about on the net and I'm so glad, it's easy and yummy!
Also, if you make a cake and then add one and a half cups of sugar mixed with 1-2 tbspoons of drinking chocolate over the top and then pour boiling water over that and cook for approximately 40 minutes, it will make a lovely chocolate scaue.
I also love chocolate flavoured things. For example, chocolate bath bombs, soaps, bubble bath etc.
I think I had better write some more reviews, I can sense a chocolate themed shopping spree coming on!!