Monday, 29 October 2012

Interiors - winter warmers

Winter is coming and I’m feeling cold, so I’m looking for ways to warm up our living room. I know I want colour – purple, red, burgundy, ochre, mustard, berry shades – but I don’t know in what combination. Those colours will bring a cosy feel to the room, and I think it’s about time to get rid of the white.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Foodie Friday - quick, quick brownies

I found this recipe when I was browsing the internet looking for something I could bake for Dot mid week. I was after something quick, nothing complicated and something with a bit of a yum factor. After a few hours timewasting when I should have been working, and countless recipes later, I came across these brownies.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A weighty matter - dieting with Jenny Craig

I have just made chocolate brownies, which perhaps wasn't such a good idea as I'm trying to lose weight. For the past fortnight I have been sampling the Jenny Craig diet plan, complete with what seemed like an enormous amount of Jenny Craig food when it arrived.

Beauty - cleansing face mask

Today I applied a face mask. You should have seen me while I left it on for the specified five minutes - I looked like I was trick or treating a week early.

The mustard yellow goo did nothing for my looks, but I'm hoping it has done something for my pores, and those awful spots that lie just under the skin that I never had when I was younger, but now appear out of nowhere when I'm in my 40s. Bloody hell, doesn't acne know it's supposed to be targeting teenagers?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Beauty - sweet toppings for your nails

These look fantastic and I can't wait to try them. After wraps, foils and water decals, we now have 3D effects for your nails. There are lots of them on beauty shelves but these ones come from LCN and are available in nine colours including rose, turquoise and black.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Giveaway - lovely Lavera skin care

This week our fab 40s Chic giveaway is courtesy of those lovely people at Lavera. If you don’t know this brand then you’ve really been missing out – where have you been since 1987?

Lavera is a natural cosmetics, hair care and skin care company with a wealth of plant-based and organic products that are suitable for even sensitive skin. They are free from preservatives, synthetic perfumes and synthetic colours.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Fashion - wonderful wellies

Take a look at these. Not only are they practical (of course, wellies have to be), not only are they a lovely colour, but take a closer look, yes they are lined! Not just lined with any old material mind you, they are lined with merino wool. Here's a close up:

Beauty - cooling eye gels

Today I'm feeling a little rubbish - a mixture of the cold germs that are flying around everywhere at the moment and one to many glasses of wine last night - on a school night, too!

A good, long walk with the dog in the countryside, in the pouring rain, helped blow away the cobwebs and these little lovelies - Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels by Skyn Iceland - finished off the job.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Foodie Tuesday - comforting coffee cake

I made this coffee cake for the first time on Saturday as a late birthday present for my OH. I can’t take credit for the recipe as that belongs to the beautiful Pearls & Poodles, who blogged about it here.

I have just a few things to add having now made the cake:

Monday, 15 October 2012

Giveaway - Canapés recipe book

This week’s giveaway is Canapés, a beautifully photographed recipe book written by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Eric Treuille. It’s full of delicious ideas for party nibbles, some easy to make, some more difficult, but all look yummy.

Read my review of Canapés here and there’s a couple of recipes for you to try here.

I have three copies of the book to give away, courtesy of those kind people at Dorling Kindersley. All you have to do is leave a comment below and you will be in with a chance of winning one.

Canapés, by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Eric Treuille, published by DK, £14.99,

(Closing date 15 November; entrants must be over 18 years old; one entry per person; giveaway open to UK residents only. Any questions or problems please let me know.)

The Prize Finder

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Fashion - Musto SS13 - part 2

Following on from my taster of Musto's new line for next spring and summer here are the fashion show shots. The host for the event was Zara Philips who you can see above, doing her stuff. I particularly like her equestrian collection, but then I would, wouldn't I. However Musto is a brand that covers many sports, so the Olympic fashion parade below has looks for sailing, fishing, shooting and equestrian fans. Some of the clothes could be worn for any occassion while others are obviously dedicated to their particular sport - you wouldn't go to the shops wearing this red waterproof sailing outfit for example. Or would you?

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Foodie Thursday - Canapés: the recipes

Fennel-marinated feta and olive skewers

As this recipe tastes so fresh and clean, it will work well with richer dishes. It makes a delicious vegetarian option.

Foodie Thursday - Canapés review

Now we are in autumn, and celebrations such as Bonfire Night and dare I say it, Christmas, are on the horizon, the publication of this recipe book is well timed.

Canapés is a cornucopia of party nibbles, savoury and sweet. It’s a great looking book, full of gorgeous photographs and it is hard backed, so it’s hardwearing, something I think is essential for a cookery title.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Giveaway - Korres skincare

We have a great giveaway this week thanks to the fab guys at Korres. If you haven’t been introduced to these beautiful skincare products then you have been missing out. Think of sunny Greek Islands and you are pretty much on the nose with this brand – it is natural, organic and smells delicious.

As a company Korres has its roots in Athens’ first homeopathic pharmacy; today it blends nature with science to produce an exciting collection of skincare, haircare, suncare and cosmetics. What more do you need?

First up we have the Guava Body Butter, full of vitamin C to help stimulate collagen production, shea butter, almond, sunflower and avocado oils for their softening and hydrating qualities and quince extract to nourish and restructure. 

Friday, 5 October 2012

Fashion - Musto SS13 collection

This is jut a quick taster of yesterday's Musto launch. As you can see the lineup is a Who's Who of Olympians and sporting prowess. That's before we get to the great sporting outfits for equestrian, and sailing fans, as well as casual country chic for lovers of the outdoors. More later.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

In the heart of London town

Somerset House, The Strand, London

I was in London today and had the good fortune to be at Somerset House when the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the fountains were jumping. What a glorious October day and what an absolutely stunning building.

The view from the other side of the square

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Beauty - wicked black sparkly nail lacquer

Just a quickie - I love, love, love this new Butter London nail colour for winter. It's Gobsmacked - and I was when I saw the amount of glitter in it. I am going to wear it for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas parties (oh okay then, not parties so much as a bottle of wine with the other half in front of the television).

It's quite sheer so needs around three layers. It also needs a top coat as it feels like sandpaper without! You can find it at 

Beauty - eye make-up remover

This eye make-up remover is new to Ahava’s Time To Clear collection and as you can see, it is an almost two-tone product.

The water-based and oil-based layers lie separate in the bottle (as shown in the first two photographs) until you shake them up a little to mix them. Then it’s simply a case of apply to a cotton pad, hold to your eyes for a moment or two, then gently wipe across. The oil formulation means there’s no drag against the delicate skin around your eyes – yet there’s no greasy feel afterwards. Good stuff.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Foodie Tuesday - paella

A few weeks ago I wrote about a gift from Flavrbox, a hamper of artisan products - heaven for a foodie such as myself. Well among the lovely bits and pieces in the box was this Spanish Garden Paella from Gustosecco, and last night Dot and I had it for dinner.

Foodie Tuesday - mushroom month

October is mushroom month so if like me you’re a fungi fan then check out the Mushroom Bureau website where you will find more than 250 marvellous mushroom recipes. 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Giveaways – a great gift of FUN from Lush

Launching giveaways on 40s Chic are the kind people at Lush – and I have three prizes of their new FUN multi-purpose marvel up for grabs.

Giveaways on 40s Chic - launching today

I have exciting news for you. Ta da! From today 40s Chic is going to host a regular giveaway – on a Monday to help you all with the post weekend blues and to get you through the long week ahead.

I intend to run this great giveaway every week, so to do that and keep potential partners interested, I need lots and lots of entries. You have nothing to lose and a gift of gorgeousness to gain. What are you waiting for? 

Just leave a comment below the draw post and you could be a winner!  That’s it, you don’t need to follow (though I would love you to obviously) and you don’t have to like my Facebook page (but again, if you do that would be brill).

Winners will be chosen at random and prizes will be sent out directly by the prize draw partner.

Yay! I hope you’re as excited about this new feature on the blog as I am.