Tuesday, 24 May 2011


They say your hands are the first part of you to age and that you can often guess someone’s age from their hands. If there’s any truth in that, I was an 80 year old woman for a while. I had what you would call “builder’s hands”. Nasty, dry mitts with a texture not all that different from sandpaper. And let’s not forget a lovely set of jaggy nails prone to chipping and splitting. My hand wrinkles offended my eyes and I was sorely tempted to iron them out.

Miraculously, no longer being in education seems to have been the cure of all cures. My nails are no longer chewed and non-existent – they actually have whites to them!

But their continued growth and strength is all thanks to this wonderful product:

Never have my hands been so smooth! If you haven’t already tried Atrixo, I highly recommend it. You can find it in your local Boots for just £2.03 for a 50ml tub.

Never before have rings suited me. It’s like seeing a burger with whipped cream on top – Just. Not. Right. Now I have semi nice ish looking hands, I have a new found appreciation for rings. And this ring in particular caught my eye in last week’s Stylist:

Aqua Tear Druzy, £79, www.redrubyrouge.com

The site also has an array of different colours and styles. The “Milk Tear Druzy Ring” also makes for good ring porn :)

I am so in love with the pictured blue gorgeousness, it’s not funny. But the price makes me cry a little inside. This would be most of my day’s wage gone in an instant.

I know there are similar “rock ring” creations on the high street at the moment but they just don’t compare in terms of quality. I like to think that for £79, this ring would last a life time.

What are your thoughts? Is this ring gorgeous enough to merit the £79 price tag? You can also find me on Twitter: @Lucy_Angele

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Birthday present haul

Firstly let me start off by saying thank you for the lovely birthday wishes. I had a wonderful birthday week but was well and truly knackered - I'm still recovering now! Perhaps a sign that I am getting old... As promised here's a taster of a few of the things I received for my birthday this year:

 Love the lace! This pattern would make the prettiest scarf!

Food with faces, moustaches and glasses... genius! 

 My friend knows me too well!

 Cutest card ever!

Wine, Victoria's Secret goodies from the US, jewellery, candle + notebook 

 Cutest range ever! A croissant with a moustache and beret is fine by me!

 River Island necklace gorgeousness, shimmery nail polish, 
"L" scrabble ring and Models Own nail art pen

And how cool is this?
Love the links! 

Such lovely thoughtful gifts from all my friends and family. 
I was such a lucky girl and I cannot thank them enough.

Sorry that I don't have time to upload photos of everything I received. I started my new job just over a month ago and I barely have any time to myself in the evening when I get home from work :( Am slowly catching up on reading your blogs! Bear with me! 

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Birthday summary

Birthdays at my age are weird. I never know whether to celebrate or not any more.

"Hooray, X years ago I emerged from lady parts."

I sure as heck wasn’t in a manger surrounded by livestock. Nor was I immediately presented with frankincense, gold and myrrh. I did however receive a gigantic teddy bear. Apart from traumatic “lady bits”, it was apparently one of the first things I saw.

Birthdays nowadays don’t seem like such a big deal. Especially when like me, your birthday always falls on a really stupid / inconvenient day. Last year, mine was on a Tuesday or Wednesday (I forget…). I arranged a night out and not many came because it was a week day and there was uni / work / exams the next day. 

I wanted to be excited this year. But my birthday was on a Thursday. There was no point organising something for that very evening – it would've been social suicide.

This year I wanted to get out of my rut and be excited for birthdays again. Thanks to the Bank Holiday, I managed to start celebrations early. Here’s my birthday week in pictures:

Sushi lunch with the girls

I originally planned to get and nail art done with the girls too but there weren’t enough appointments available for all of us :( We did however go out Friday night and had a BBQ on Sunday which were both really fun :)

Birthdays… the perfect excuse for party food!

 Getting cupcakes “to go” and eating them in the park.

Lots of birthday “treats” to share around at work!

Indian takeaway on the actual day

My birthday outfit – top can be found mentioned here

Day trip in search of adventures! The highlight was hiring a boat

Yep, that's me driving! Wearing ASOS cardi mentioned here

Yes, a little extreme to go from I'm-not-bothered-about-birthdays to partying almost every night and going out most days… Maybe I milked this birthday a tad? But hey, why not? It’s only your birthday once a year!  Present haul to follow...

Thursday, 5 May 2011


Today has been amazing. Will write a proper post later this week when I've got a spare moment! Has been busy busy! Plus I've got work early tomorrow so I better get to bed already...

I was exhausted after work today so I stayed in with takeaway. I unwrapped presents whilst sipping Cava - was a very nice, relaxed evening :)

I'm out tomorrow night with the girls. Saturday, I'm hoping to go on a day trip with my male friends. Sunday = BBQ (weather permitting!!).

Sorry for the boring, picture-less post! Is too late to bother switching on my laptop so I'm doing this on my iPhone :) Pictures to follow!

10 mins left of my birthday! Time to sleep I think! x x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Royal Wedding highlights

Hope you are all enjoying yet another bank holiday weekend 
- and that you enjoyed Easter last weekend :)  Some chocolate goodies worked their way into my hands so I was a happy bunny (pardon the pun!).

Didn't even know that Caramel bunnies existed! 
Trying to compete with MaltEaster bunnies much? 

This week I was devastated. I finished up the last drop of my SunSilk Anti-Frizz Waves & Curls  Leave In Cream and after scanning all my local Boots, Superdrugs and chemists, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I even tried looking for it online.

Source: Google images

It appears that SunSilk may have been discontinued (well in the UK at least). I found a bottle on eBay – but there’s no way I'm paying £10 for 200ml!

It’s such a shame because it’s the only product ever to have defined and de-frizzed my curls properly without making them look greasy. If anyone knows of any other good curl taming / defining leave in conditioners / treatments please let me know! Need to tame this afro hair already!

Finally, did everyone see footage / pictures of the Royal Wedding? 
Didn’t Kate look beautiful in her Alexander McQueen gown? Mind you, I’m probably biased (I very nearly got a job at Alexander McQueen HQ).

I can’t believe that Kate went from this:

Source: Google images

…to this:

Source: fashion.telegraph.co.uk

I loved the lace overlay and the minimal accessories - with a dress that special, they weren’t needed.

Besides all the dress perving (won’t bore you with any more pics – you’ll see them on plenty of other blogs) there was one picture that made me Laugh Out Loud:

  A case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time!