Party Perfect at Coast's New Concept Store, IntuMetroCentre

It’s not often I get invited to a fancy do, but when I have an occasion, I love to dress up. And if I need an outfit for such a do, my first port of call is always Coast.Since 1996, Coast has been the place to go for occasion dresses and wedding-guest-wear, as there really isn’t any other retailer like it. Beautiful designs in luxe fabrics that can’t fail to make you feel like a million dollars – and right on the high street. In the past I often popped in to try on dresses for an upcoming event then suddenly broken out into a cold sweat, worrying that someone else may turn up to the same event in the exact same outfit. This was a very real possibility; although it never happened to me, I have seen ladies frantically trying to avoid each other at parties because they were both wearing an identical Coast dress. Like I said, there really isn’t any other high street store like it.



Like pretty much everyone else in the world, I love a good Yankee Candle. I get excited when I spot new ones while out shopping, and dash over to have a smell. I buy them when I come across good deals, and then position them in various areas around my house and light them very occasionally when I remember/can be bothered. There’s no denying the appeal of a Yankee Candle. A tub of wax that smells like butter icing smeared on gingerbread with peanuts on top**? YES PLEASE I’LL TAKE TWO. So imagine my excitement when I found out we’d be visiting the Yankee Candle Village recently.

Foundation Sticks - Which One Wins?

Anything that gives me an extra five minutes in bed in the morning is a winner in my book, so when I read about the new wave of time-saving foundation sticks, I was ALL. OVER. IT. I mean, I don’t want to leave the house looking ill (as I apparently do without makeup – thanks Husband), but I don’t want to spend ages trying to make myself look half decent either. So I tried a couple out over the last few weeks.*

*At this point I need to add that I know foundations sticks aren’t a ‘new thing’ – I mean, I was using a Max Factor pan stick in my early teens – but I did favour the ‘pile it all on until you look like you’re going trick or treating’ look at that time, and now I’m after something slightly more subtle. Just slightly though.