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Sunday Supplement #39

Hello!

How are you all for a Sunday?

I had a couple of days off this week with Mr. B, no holiday, no time abroad or even an overnight hotel stay.  Instead, we opted for a staycation, that’s right a week at home in the Boston Abode, time to reset, recharge and do all the jobs we had been putting off for an age.

After the first exciting day of work free home togetherness, i.e. lie-ins, takeaways, and netflix.  We found the garden.  I pruned and weeded, deadheaded and fed the flowers.  Mr. B mowed, hoed and dug a trench for the new front fence and lavender patch, more on that in a later post.

Next, we looked to the studio shed, after running denisonboston and BostonandBoston for almost four years from the studio we had a lot to do.  One and a half days and four runs to the local tip later it’s once again become a cool haven at the bottom of the garden for working and writing.

I cut some flowers and greenery from the garden this morning.  Lilac and the last of the Cherry Blossom, Bluebells, and Muscari, and Ivy for a little deep green.  Then as the Instagram obsessive that I am, I took lots of photos of the arranged flowers.  Mr. B took some photos of me and Blue.

Blue is very photogenic and I don’t look bad for an old gal.  Although, I do have to give some credit here to the serum and moisturizer I’ve been using lately.

It’s a new anti-age cream for women.  Eucerin Elasticity + Filler helps to strengthen the skin’s structure by improving elasticity and plumping the appearance of deep wrinkles.

I’ve been using the Eucerin for four weeks now, it’s defo a good combo, I still have wrinkles but they look a whole lot better, plus I have pruned garden and a tidy studio shed, all set for a beaut of a Spring and Summer, hazy days of laughing and gardening and writing ahead!

Love DSB X

PS Please excuse the double denim, trainers and scraped back hair, natural and not always Insta ready!

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Honest Christmas Guide for Her

Here it is the definitive gift guide for her. Gentlemen take note you can’t really go wrong  with any of these beautiful buys.


For Her
1. 3 L’Imperatrice, Dolce & Gabbana, Amazon
2. Amazon Fire Tablet, 7” Magenta
3. Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, Bee Kit.
4. Monogrammed Necklace, Thomas Sabo
5. Sanctuary Spa, Votive Candles
6.  Wool Cape, Cos
7. Elemental Herbology, Bathing Infusions, Look Fantastic.
8. Dogs in Vouge, Red Cross Shop Shoreham.
9. Revlon Orofluido Original Hair elixir
10. Makki Black Eel Skin Clutch, Boston & Boston

Hope you like my suggestions, follow links for more information, oh and one more thing fellas, you can never go wrong with a bling cocktail Ring.  The ring pictured above is Victor & Rolf for Atelier Swarovski.  This one is no longer available however you can’t go far wrong with any cocktail ring from Atelier Swarovski.

Happy Christmas

Love DSB X

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Honest Christmas Gift Guide for Him 

Whoa! It’s December. We have bought and dressed the tree.  Lit the fire and candles and we are beginning to feel more than a little festive over at the Boston Abode.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at gifts, actually press days started in July.  So I can’t deny I started looking early.  That said, it’s always a bit of a brain drain to figure out what Mr B wants.  He has always worked with fashion accessories so I’ve always got to think one step ahead of your standard Christmas jumper, socks and cufflinks combo.

So, without giving too much away here we go for this year’s must have Man sized Christmas movers and shakers.

For Him

1. Ralph Lauren Polo socks, pack of three, Mainline.

2. Ultimate car kit, Simoniz.

3. Braun Multi Groomer.

4. Grey jumper, Red Cross Shop, Shoreham.

5. Knitted tie, Cos.

6. Guy Martin, Worms to Catch, Amazon.

7. Beanie hat, Cos

8. Wax fishing jacket, Red Cross Shop Shoreham.

9. Monogram Cufflinks, Boston and Boston

10. Croco Visiting Card Case, Ettinger

Hope you like my suggestions, click the links for more details.

Happy Shopping

Love DSB X

 

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LFW Sunday Supplement #35

September is the best month of the year for me.  It’s still a little warm from the Summer, we have Vogues bumper September Issue to feed on and we have Autumn/Winter  wear to dive into, coats, boots, hats.  Best of all London host’s one of my favourite events, London fashion Week.

September is also my birthday month and my wedding anniversary. I always feel a little blessed in September, and the sun usually shines.

Shine it did for this London Fashion Week, where I’ve seen a good mix of our home grown talent.

Ones to watch gave us new structure on old vibes.  More on these fresh new designers soon.

Paul Costelloe went back to basics with Irish Linen. With amazingly understated linen brilliance.  Amazing shapes and all from one material.

Pam Hogg did her own (very good) thing with all things rock and roll. (This catwalk is just as much a party as a show).  It has the best rock outfits and the best audience to rock stars and rock chic’s to boot!

And the rest, Preen, Belstaff, Ashley Isham,  all so good for us involved in Uk fashion.  Even if you don’t get FROW, and I don’t always, it’s such a charismatic industry to support and report on.

The fashion economy in the UK is now worth an estimated £50 Billion a year. It’s not to be sniffed at folks.

Hurray for LFW. We do this well!

Check www.britishfashioncouncil.com for more.

Love DSB X

 

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Off The Shoulder

Hey

I’ve been away.

Busy work week followed by a holiday in France (More about that later).

This last week I have been nodding to the much talked about ‘Off the Shoulder’ trend.  I packed for my holiday carefully chosen off the shoulder tops, shirts, and dresses, ranging from Marks and Spencer’s much hailed White Cold Shoulder to varying black and blue bits from Cos, Zara, H&M.

The thing is, an off the shoulder top is not that easy to wear, the crisp white cotton types are too hot for a day in the sun yet these rather stiff garments don’t like to be tucked into a jacket for the evening.  The slinky types are reserved for parties or special occasions with far too much grip on your assets for a daytime do.

The one, off the shoulder piece I wore all week was a black lace dress from Florence & Fred.  That’s right the best, most wearable version I found costs under £10 and it’s from a supermarket.

This dress has many things going for it, not just because it is under £10.  It is soft and floaty enough to wear in the day, sexy enough to wear at night.  You can wrap this dress in a ball stuff it in your carry-on bag, it won’t crease. Finally, it falls subtly from the bust and so like me you can conceal a multitude of cheese and wine in your much-satisfied holiday tummy underneath. 

Love

DSB x

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London Weekend Wardrobe – LCM

Bright lights, big city, this past weekend for two days of London Collections Men, menswear in all shapes and forms; showroom exhibitions, presentations, and catwalk shows.

With one night in the beautiful My Hotel Bloomsbury, I needed to pack a variety of muti-functional hard working outfits that would look good and travel well.

I decided to go for three cotton summer dresses in blue, blush and black I picked up the dresses from my local Red Cross Shop in Shoreham by Sea, it’s part of their high street delivery that they call Encore.



I wore the blue and blush dresses during the day with tan flats from Next and a super useful travel bag also in light tan from Jas MB London.

For the night time events, I swapped to the black dress and wore super high tan Maxmara sandals and a tan clutch.


I carefully chose a scarf from Age of Reason which would go with all three looks and my trusty leather blush biker.

I wore the same rose gold jewellery all weekend.

Super practical yet stylish packing, remembering to pack light and ‘flats are you friends’ are my best tips on packing for London, keep accessories simple and just like that you have your weekend in London wardrobe nailed.


Drat I forgot the brolly……Taxi!

Love DSB

More on #LCM later in the week.

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The Statement Necklace – Style Diary #08

My work wardrobe although varied has some no-nonsense staples.  For this season frayed jeans (soft, comfortable denim) clog sandals of various colours and heights, shirts, striped, frilled, plain white and a good smartish jacket.

This last week I’ve found a new staple that I now seem to be wearing every day, behold the statement necklace.  I’ve always been one for scarves and gold chains as my go to neckwear.  I’ve ditched the norm in favour of super chunky, big bold beads.

 

  
I’ve kept it quite modern and funky with perspex.  It’s fun ready to wear jewellery.  Pop it on for the perfect day.


  
Happy Monday

Love DSB x

Both necklaces from British Red Cross Shop, Shoreham By Sea.

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Silver Leather – Style Diary #07

I’ve got a thing for silver leather.  It started last Summer when a lot of brands were using metallics and iridescent looks on leather clothes and accessories.

It was around that time that I got my eye on this bold silver leather Rucksack by Jas MB London. Similar here.


 This Summer the high Streets are embracing the Silver look.  Double silver accessories are ok.  But don’t go OTT or overly fussy. Keep bags boxy and shoes clumpy.  No kitten heels or stilettos for this look, it’s more rucksacks, platform brogues, and loafers.

This season I’m loving Grenson’s Emily shoe in Silver and also the tasseled Clara, but at £210 and £215 they may need to wait until payday.

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In the meantime, I’m teaming the bag with these preloved loafers from the British Red Cross Shop in Shoreham.

Wear your silver accessories with jeans and a shirt for a dressed up dress down look. Mix blue, grey black and white.  Cooler tones have more show with a little silver.


Now let’s get spacey

Love DSB x

 

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Sunday Supplement #29

The strangest thing has happened to me in the last couple of months.  I’ve had a bit of an unplanned career change.  I’ve somehow and unintentionally gone from Fashion PR to Charity Shop Champion.

I started volunteering for my local British Red Cross Charity Shop in Shoreham by Sea back in August of last year.  You may have read about my Charity Shop finds in other posts.  I found it an amazing place to spend my time, sorting donations, researching finds and meeting new people.


  
 More recently I’ve been spending more time in the shop finding it such a fab place to hang out and talk fashion and style while serving customers and doing a little shopping myself.  An Assistant Managers role came up in the shop and I only went for it and got it!

So PR for the moment is taking a bit of a back seat though I’ll still be looking after my favorite fashion bloggers Danielle and Natalie from Lady Loves.  I’m also still involved with fashion Accessories website Boston & Boston.

Of course I’m still going to be blogging, my spring target is 3 posts a week, so expect more fashion, lifestyle, beauty and stuff as well as the regular Sunday Supplement.

So now I’ve blogged and had a nice cup of tea from my new tea set (A great bargain from British Red Cross).  I’m off to cook a Roast and listen to Jarvis Cockers Sunday Service on BBC 6 Music…….Bliss!

Have a lovely rest of your Sunday.

Love DSB x

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Preen by Thornton Bragazzi – LFW AW16

So I’m having a thing with pink at the moment.  Not in your face fuchsia or hot pink but a kind of pink take on neutrals.  Dusty pink reminds me of the 1970’s so let’s call it Pig’s breath (I’m joking) how about bubble gum? No, it’s the New Pink.

New Pink was all over the catwalk shows none more than Preen by Thornton Bragazzi.  This AW16 show featured trees framing the catwalk, pink trees.  The collection was highly seductive with nighttime flounce of frills and black chiffon.

The highlight of the show (and somewhat unexpected) was that they moved a way from a neutral monochone palate and introduced our new pink.


 The colour was exciting but the way they showed it even more so, pink sequins, pink velvet, pink marabou feathers….need I go on?

In an industry where designers show very little to shock,  more fabric, more textures, more pink, seemed to go a long way.


  
Love

DSB X

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Valentines – What Women Want

I love romance but Valentines Day can be tricky.  It’s all got a little bit commercial.  Is it about the biggest bunch of red roses?  Is it about the Michelin-starred meal?  The 5-star hotel or the super bling night out? Meh, more romance, less material fluff….You know?

Here’s my none too costly picks for  a romantic Valentine’s Day…..

1 Flowers – You don’t need to go for red roses and you don’t need to go super expensive.  The roses pictured were £5 from a well-known supermarket.  Tulips and most spring blooms look romantic, remember to take off the sticker and re-wrap if you can in brown paper.

2 Perfumed Candles – Beautiful fragrances set the scene and the mood for a really romantic evening. I try different fragrances all of the time, my current perfume candle du jour is Persian Rose from Spry.


    
3 Lingerie – What women doesn’t want beautiful undies? These pink rose sets are surprisingly cheap yet very pretty.  From Aldi, I know!

4 Chocolates – Again, us women doth protest about our waistline but on Valentines give us Chocolate or be damned! I’m going old school with Ferrero Rocher.

5 Poetry – I’m just going to pop that one in.  Some of the best verse in the world is penned about love, ditch the terribly sloppy or funny card and go for the real thing, Byron, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Cooper Clarke.    Penguin’s Poems for Love might give you some inspiration. If poetry is not your thing try songs with amazing words or meaning. Or write your own!

‘Let me be your electric meter

I will not run out

Let me be the electric heater

You get cold without’

JCC

 

Love DSB x

 

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What’s in your bag? Giveaway

Since the age of four, or five.  I’ve always had a fascination with the contents of women’s bags.  Aunts were known to hide handbags rather than have some pesky little four-year-old me rummage through the bag to unearth its magical, sometimes private contents.

I thought this would a fab idea for a giveaway and since my online accessories store Boston&Boston supplies a range of unique luxury accessories I thought I’d bring the two together to give you the chance to win some designer items that you may like to find in your own handbag!

So, let me reveal the contents of my bag………

  

Purse, keys, phone.  Standard.  Notebook and pencil, I need to write.  Gloves and Sunnies, Great British weather!  Varying amounts of makeup.  Mini Parfums from Miller Harris, Current obsession No 1. Toothbrush. Current obsession No2 for me at the moment turns out to be teeth and gums…..Who’s have known?

On to the Giveaway.  Boston&Boston have stepped in with some rather lovely stationary. Book pen and business card holder from Italian ateliers Fedon 1919.  I love this brand and use it luxury stationary and accessories ALL the time.

  
What I’d like you to do is to connect with me on social Media by following one or all of my accounts,

Instagram, @diaryofanhonestwoman

Twitter, @anhonestwoman

Facebook, Facebook.com/Diaryofanhonestwoman

Then post a picture of the contents of your bag tagging me and including #diaryofanhonestwoman #honestlywhatsinmybag

The best, most quirky, or different photo will be chosen on Monday 1st February 2016.  Competition closes on Monday 1st February. T’s & C’s apply.

Good Luck DSB X

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Sunday Supplement #23

Well it’s certainly the middle of Winter.  My folks have snow in Durham. I do love a Winter Sunday, lighting the fires, lighting candles, listening to BBC Radio 6 music is a must. The hubby is cooking bangers and mash later so we are going to be spending some serious time on the sofa with the pooch.

I’ve gone a bit head over heels for rose gold for the start of the year, it all started with my Caravelle New York Rose Gold Watch which Mr B choose for me for Christmas,  lucky gal!  He first of all gave me one of those granny shopping trolleys, so the watch was a good surprise,

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Then I picked up an amazing rose gold necklace from British Red Cross for a surprising £1, they have a huge collection so check out your nearest store.

Then on my thrift store rules I picked out this rose gold silk undies set from M&S, It’s currently in the sale So I think I’ve done well from my consumerism start to the year.

Have a fab Sunday

Love DSB x

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Happy New Year – Seaham Hall – Honest Travel

Happy New Year!

I’m celebrating this New Year with a post from one of my favourite places in the world Seaham Hall.

If you read the blog regularly you’ll know that I got married at Seaham Hall, the most beautiful luxury spa hotel in the North.

Every Christmas we spend the holidays with family in Durham and York and every year we go back to this beautiful hotel in part to relive happy memories but also to enjoy its beautiful luxury, spending time in its award-winning spa, and restaurant.


  
  
This week we spent time at Seaham Hall celebrating mum’s birthday, late afternoon walk by the sea and relaxing afternoon tea in the newly designed Lounge.

The hotel has recently undergone a bit of a revamp, new owners, complete internal revamp with the addition of the Byron Bar and Grill, The Lounge, The Sports Lounge and The Vortex Room.

Spending time in a beautiful place with amazing family and friends has been the highlight of my year.

 

 
  
 Happy New Year 2016!

Hope your 2016 is filled with amazing times and special places.  I’ve loved sharing my special 2015 moments with you.

If your heading to the North East this year do swoop by the North East coast and check into Seaham Hall for a unique treat!

Love DSB X

 

 

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Style Diary #05 – Christmas Day Dress

I’ve mentioned womenswear brand Cecily before.  They specialise in designing and creating smart, tailored dresses for work and occasion wear.

It wasn’t until I tried the dresses that I realised just how beautiful they are and perfect for a special occasion such as Christmas work lunch or your Christmas day dress.

I ordered the Caroline dress in Navy and the Helen dress in Black. Both dresses looked amazing both made of a weighty crepe fabric and fully lined in sumptuous purple silk.

I tried Helen first, all full skirted floatiness, I rarely go for a full skirt because I think it makes me look a little frumpy, but with its chic keyhole detail and velvet ribbon the dress cuts a fine line between super sexy and demure. I wore the wrong shoes for the shoot. I should have gone for boots, I wore boots with it to an evening event later that day along with a touch of fur and was transformed, I’d become Lara from Dr Zhivago.  I felt empowered and almost did a little Russian jig, it looked so good!



Then I tried the Caroline dress and Wow! What a frock, with its slender cut and voluptuous sleeves this dress, oozes chic style, I had become stately, regal even! I was Michelle Obama meeting the queen all curtsey’s and diplomacy, I was a goodwill ambassador, this dress could help peacekeeping in the Middle East, hell this dress could solve poverty and world peace!

 





Thoughtfully designed and beautifully made I’ll watching the Queens speech in Cecily this year!

www.wearececily.com

Love DSB X