The second book I treated myself to for Christmas is Pocket Dolly Wisdom by Hardy Grant Books (£5.24), a little hardback book full of quotes from the simultaneously fabulous, yet down-to-earth Dolly Parton.
Full of Dolly’s opinions on fashion, her career, love, her hair, life, men, and her womanly assets!
Me and my Dad ended up reading out our fave quotes to each other and it started some interesting conversations about life, self worth, style and also gave us a good laugh, so please don’t think that Dolly is just for middle aged Mums!
As I once apparently said as a kid “I want to be like Dolly Parton when I grow up.”
I couldn’t think of a more convenient way to have flowers delivered than to get them posted through the letter box. No embarrassing scenario of my flowers being carted down the street to neighbours if I didn’t answer the door in time or if I wasn’t available (awake) when they arrived.
It was my Dads 75th birthday so I went onto the Bloom and Wild site and ordered him some Poinsettia’s in a contemporary zinc planter. They’d be a treat for his birthday and because they were planted in moss, they would last all through December, very festive!
A few problems ensued
a) The website explained that the flowers may arrive a day late (depending on the type of postage selected) so I ordered them for Tuesday as my Dad’s birthday wasn’t until Friday. By Wednesday 5.30pm they still hadn’t arrived.
b) I phoned up customer service and spoke to a really lovely bloke. He was surprised I hadn’t got an email to track the delivery. He was surprised that they HAD in fact been delivered but I didn’t have a card/email saying where the hell they were. He looked on the notes and apparently they’d just been left in the garden on Tuesday morning! He gave me a refund and apologised profusely, saying he’d send me some more. How lovely is that?
c) I ventured out into the little garden the next day and they were on full view, not hidden in the foliage where most packages are discreetly left (although they can be a real pain the back and very fatiguing to find). Apparently Gorton scally’s are only interested in stealing clothing or food deliveries, statues and bikes from gardens, so they were actually still there. The fact that they were perishable and should be left with neighbours and a card posted to me (as stated on the label above) seemed to be lost on the delivery person. As for the condition of the box, well…..
d) I opened them up and they were the wrong flowers anyway!
Eventually on the Friday the Poinsettias arrived (they were out of stock on Thursday so it had to be arranged on Dads actual birthday) and they were gorgeous. I’m glad each plant came with a care card as I would have overwatered them otherwise. They also arrived with a medium sized card with the design and message I’d chose, which was a nice touch. The font really was small though so I had to read it out to him.
Dad thought that they were both really pretty and liked the fact that they would last longer than cut flowers. He also liked how compact they were as he could put them on the little windowsill and brighten up the kitchen in the small terraced house.
Wild and Bloom’s Letter Box Flowers option is brilliant when it works and fairly shit when it doesn’t, although they have the best over-the-phone customer service I’ve ever come across. You can also get full sized cut flowers which I got for someone as an apology for something and it worked!
When you spend a lot of time chilling in doors, you want to wear something cozy but you don’t want to greet people when wearing washed out cartoon PJ’s from a decade ago. You know you need a serious (grown) up-grade. This is where Hunkemoller comes in handy as they offer pretty and practical pyjamas and lounge-wear.
How cute is this box ^_^
Look at my gorgeous new joggers! With a silky tie at the waste, sparkly sporty stripes down the gently tapered legs and a rich burgundy colour, I invited people around just to show them off – not kidding. They are also warm and pretty enough to go outside in, if you don’t have the time (or simply can’t be bothered, let’s be honest) to get changed.
They are made of a velour type material which I love because a) They are bunny soft b) They have some substance about them so they don’t end up getting baggy knees after a day of wear and c) They look sumptuous, especially in burgundy.
These are a ‘Small’ and although I agree with that as far as the waste band goes, I think they could have been a little more fitted around the top and the back. I’m glad I have slightly thick thighs and a lot of junk in the ole’ trunk, put it that way! To be fair, they are one of the few tapered pants I can wear that don’t feel like they are cutting off the circulation in my ankles and the length is perfect for my 5’8″ height. I’d say overall Hunkemoller sizing is generous.
If you could treat yourself to a lounge-wear/pyjama upgrade for the winter, what item would you choose?
Kula Gallery, located on Oak street in the Northern Quarter is a wonderful amalgamation of gallery and craft shop. They sell wall art, contemporary hand made jewellery, unusual mugs, mini terrariums, arm warmers and coasters.
Several months ago Me and the bloke had walked past Kula on the way to get the bus home and noticed the mugs in the window but were in a hurry. So with Christmas coming up when I asked the bloke what he wanted he asked for ‘one of those mugs, we saw ages ago’.
Luckily he remembered where the shop was and they still had a lot for sale. We bought three in the end, two for the Bloke and this one (£15) for myself. RagPots is a pottery studio established by Richard Gales in 2016, located in Reddish.
It fools the eye into thinking it’s almost iridescent with the use of light and shade and layering of glazes. I wish I had the skill to capture it better.
Kula, 7 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD Tel: 07933311740
Ragpots, 270 Gorton Road, Reddish, SK5 6RN Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Which independent shops are your faves to buy gifts from?
Dairy Free Chocolate Calendars
Tesco Chocologic £2.50
Montezuma’s Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar £9.99 from Ocado
Moo Free dairy free from Waitrose £4.75
Vegetarian Jelly Bean Calendar
Jelly Belly from Ocado £12.99
Disney Frozen Surprise Gifts Calendar from Ocado £11.99
Lego City Calendar from John Lewis £19.95
Wooden Tree (for a parent to add their own treats) by John Lewis £29.95
Cruelty Free Beauty Calendars
Ciate Mini Mani £50
Marks & Spencer Beauty £250 (£35 when you spend £35 on clothing)
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties (12 boxes) £150
LUSH Beauty (12 goodies) £49.95
Makeup Revolution £35
Diptyque (scent, candles and skincare) £250
Yankee Candle £29.99
The Bomb by Bomb Cosmetics £19.99
Drinks by the Dram – Whiskey from Masters of Malt £149.95
Craft Beer from Ales by Mail £60
For the geek in your life who already seems to have everything…Or just a cheeky treat for yourself after all of those taxing Christmas preparations.
Fraggle Rock tee – Truffle Shuffle £19.99
Marvel Comics Characters Messenger Bag – Truffle Shuffle £24.99
The Art of – My neighbour Totoro – Waterstones £17.10
Groot Guardians Of The Galaxy Pop! Vinyl Figure – Forbidden Planet £8.99
Tetris Ice Cube Tray – Lazybone £7.24
PS4 DualShock Controller Camo – Dell £64.99
I’ve already bought the Fraggle Rock tee, I confess.