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A few weeks ago I was approached by Josh Wood colour to try out their website colour care diagnostic tool and products.  I did know Josh Wood from being available in Marks and Spencer and without using the diagnostic website I had previously bought myself, and used, purple shampoo and conditioner.  I now know that 'one' does not use purple if 'one' (me) wants warm toned light hair.  In fact my hairdresser was quite horrified when I let it slip in conversation that I used purple shampoo for blond hair.  She said, exclaimed, grumbeled  questioned in a calm enquiring way, 'why do I put warm highlights in your hair then?  Don't you like them?'  Huh, I responded.  Then came the lecture explanation.  (note to my hairdresser who reads this, sorry, writers licence!)

My daughter and I both went through the online consultation and found that we neither of us needed purple shampoo.  In fact we both received the result of products for frizzy blond hair,   conditioner too. 




Josh Wood kindly provided us with full size bottles to try.  I have given it 6 weeks before writing this review.  In summary, yes I would buy it.  Here's why.

I have recently been using Jo Hansford and also do highly rate.  However prior to trying Josh Wood all the other brands I had in the house I had rather gone off.  I found that unless I was using Jo's then I had to wash my hair every other day.  In fact when I went to Liverpool I took a small supermarket/drugstore brand with me and my hair was greasy within 1 day.  It certainly made me grateful for my Jo Hansford.  

I am so pleased to say that Josh Wood rates as highly in my eyes.  My hair remains clean for longer and does not go lank or flat.  

Smell - slightly scented but not off putting at all.  

Lather - not much.  I found this strange at first and thought I wouldn't get a decent clean but the opposite is the case.  I am preferring the lesser lather.

Amount to use - on my shoulder length hair I used 5 pumps of shampoo on the top and back of my hair and  3 around the ends, so 8 in total.  For conditioner I use up to 4 on just my ends.

Longevity of bottle - equal to my Jo Hansford.  a 250ml bottle is likely to last me 3  months.

My daughter Annabel was also gifted a set and here are her responses.



Smell?
Smells lovely fruity and fresh in the shower but a bit odd once hair is dry.

Lather?
Not enough for my liking

How long between washes so how does it perform?
For me 3-4 days which is more than most shampoos 

How much did you use each time of each product?
I tried limiting myself to 4 squirts but to feel thorough and be happy I have to use between 8-10.

Would you buy it again?
Definitely, because it's good for my hair. 

What did your hairdresser say on the condition of your hair after using it for a month?
That my hair seems healthy and she was prepared to bleach my hair which she wouldn't be if it didn't feel healthy 

This was not a sponsored post but as I said we were gifted the products to review and both of us would go on to buy these items ourselves.  

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Once upon a time there was a girl called Edith and a girl called Bridget.  They didn't meet but shared the same planet, Earth. They grew up and had children.  Those children brought up families in England. One family in Devon and one in London.   Many years later two of those children met and shared their love for fashion.  With a creative wave of a pencil and a wish upon an ideas board these grandchildren launched a label.  A small one but a clothing  label none the less. 


They ventured to Brighton and after a busy day were about to shut up shop when a muttonwoman strolled in. This muttonwoman and her one man entourage, Mr Him, exclaimed over the unique pieces.  Muttonwoman bought herself a jacket. A jacket surplus from the army.  An army surplus jacket decorated with black sequins.  She was in love. 


A few weeks later as she planned a trip to hot climes, like  her kitchen in a heatwave,  the lovely grandchildren of Edith and Bridget, Michael and Jenni, sent this particular  muttonwoman a vest to wear in the heat. 





She couldn't wait to show her Instagram friends,  despite the legs er shorts.





She then tried the vest on with a maxi skirt for vacation evening wear planning. Being viscose this Janine vest in a floral print would be perfect for an evening out in hot climes. She would be able to go to the resort evening entertainment afterall (darn it.) 





This particular vest has a racer back which I like for summer evening wear.  It is available in several prints and  the Japense floral  print itself also is available as a dress. 





Edy and Bridge and their small British label can be found here.  They will ship internationally of course.

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Today I want to talk about the Marks and Spencer sale.  At 40-50% off it's not to be sniffed at and here are my picks.

I am not inserting pictures as they do not import well from Marks and Spencer so I apologise that this is a non pictorial post. Anyway here goes.


I have ordered this animal print top.  I plan to wear it with a beige cardigan or on its own  UK link   or USA Link  .  


A suede bag at this price was too good an opportunity and my fingers tapped click USA link   UK link.  I am really excited about this as it's so boho. 



This animal print cardigan would be great with a navy skirt or jeans. UK link   USA link  I can just see this with the suede bag, can't you? What a fab look!. 

I own and love these black Everywear trousers so what a bargain for you at this price USA link  UK link . Honestly I have worn these for several parties, entertaining guests at home, going out to meals and for work.  A really excellent all rounder. 






Here is a great opportunity to get this years on trend black and white ruffle skirt at a reduced price USA link  or in  the UK this pleated skirt 

I have bought 2 skirts this summer from M&S so I am not in the market for more but if I were this pure cotton striped A Line  would also be in the running.  USA link   UK link .  If is is anything like the 2 that I have bought it will be quite a heavy material so not 80F material.  

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Today I'm inviting you to take a mini tour of London with me as Hubster and I had a little trip on Sunday to meet up with a former school friend of his and his wife.  You never really know what you are going to meet after 30 years. Characters have formed over the period from divergent life happenings and you just hope you have enough in common to, well get through the day.


I have to say in this case we immediately hit it off. The men had plenty in common and the wives,  we could have been twins! Twins that didn't argue that is. The boys having left school early 1980s, both went into the forces.  Navy or army,  hey semantics!  

Conversation revolved around services life, grown up children and current working life. The men might aswell have compared notes when selecting a wife.  We turned up in our blond shoulder length bobs and our simple monochrome summer dresses accessorised with one colour. The fellow wife wore a navy dress accessorised with kelly green belt, sandals and bag.  I wore a black dress with nude bag and sandals.  Kindred spirits recognised in each other on first handshake. Phew! 

It was a heatwave day and I took my new Lotus bag out for a spin.  I thought it would look chic with my black dress and the size was practical for a day out.  Plenty of room for a waterbottle plus normal essentials like purse and make-up.






Isn't this a great doorway? It looks continental to me.








The monument (that spike behind me)  commemorates the Great Fire of London which started very near by here in Pudding Lane in a bakers.  Yes, Pudding Lane still exists there too.  The Monument was built between 1671 and 1677 and the fire took place in 1666. 










This spike is The Shard.  A newish skyline landmark.  Isn't it interesting to think how at one time The Monument would have towered over London.








You can't see London without that other tower Tower Bridge.







And then of course there is The River Thames and St Paul's Cathedral.  Sir Christopher Wren who designed much of London after the fire, including the Monument is buried in the crypt of the Cathedral. 




I love the finishing touches to the Bag

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What makes me happy?  At the moment the sunshine makes me happy.  We are having a bit of a heatwave in the UK currently and social lives are buzzing alongside the bees.  This weekend we are going to a garden party in Surrey with a former colleague of mine and on Sunday we have a trip to London planned with a former army colleague of the hubster.  Trying to determine what to wear to look smart in the sunshine for a garden party has been a challenge.  I decided on cropped cotton pants, a cotton blouse, sandals, hat and strawbag.   











I have bought myself a new camera here for the first time in 6 years and that is making me happy.  The price didn’t by the way.  However I am enjoying playing with the controls, learning about the buttons and studying the results.  I’m even bringing hubster along in the hobby, as you know from previous posts, and this gives us plenty to talk about. 



Canon M50 - YouTube


That is something else that makes me happy. We are not a couple that sit in silence if we are out for a drink.  There is plenty to say.  I think blogging helps that and is a joint hobby.  My old blog used to contain him as the subject as some of you know! That really have us plenty to talk about I can tell you!

What has made me unhappy is that the fridge freezer broke on Friday and we will have to wait until Tuesday for a new one.  In this heat.  90f.


And the heat.  That's not making me happy because we don't have air con in our homes in the UK so unless we are at work (boo) we can't escape it.

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My dear fashionista, I have an Irish treat for you today.  A few weeks ago my hubster and I met a lovely Irish lady called Winnie Magee at the South of England show in Ardingly. We chatted and bonded. Hubster and Winnie bonded further over talk of misty mornings, Irish drizzle, holy water, the Mountains of Mourne, County Down in Northern Ireland, and linen.  Yes, Irish linen.  I do admit that, in my book, the very best tea towels are made from Irish linen, but that's a different story.  Today's story is about linen coats, for Winnie Magee makes a rain wear collection of linen coats.   






I bought one, and it arrived fresh from Comber, Newtownard in County Down within 10 days. Mine is the short hooded coat in a heather linen with beige moleskin lining.  






Winnie has a collection of staple design templates, outer linen colours and inner lining materials. The customer then puts together their choice of coat design, internal and external colour combinations, to deliver the perfect bespoke item for the individual.  







My hubster was so taken with the link with his Irish heritage that no sooner had my coat arrived then he was planning our photoshoot.  Yes, photography has gone to his head after the success of the Eva Trends coat in Brighton.  There's no stopping him now!  This time he chose the location, and barked posing commands at me with every other breath. Balcombe viaduct (just down the road from us) beckoned as the venue for the shoot. What could be more apt than Victorian monumental architecture fused with with ultra modern apparel innovations from Winnie Magee!







The coats aren't high street cheap, but this is ammeliorated by the statement style and practicality of the item. Could the coat withstand a howling storm in the winter? I very much doubt it! However, a light shower during summer months? Easy! A snap!! Apparently,  I absolutely love the garment (no, I'm not getting paid to say this), and I'm looking forward to finding more opportunities to wear it. Hubster has shown some of these photos to some women that he works with. Interest is building from that direction...





You can find Winnie here .








This post is not sponsored and I bought the coat.  


My jeans are my current favourites available here 


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My dear blogger friend Mary suggested a collaboration and almost in the same breath she told me she'd recently found a yellow sweater.  I could do that, I thought for I'd just thrifted a primrose M&S sweater. All good.

 Plans were made and dates exchanged.  I tried on my £2 sweater.  What a disappointment.  The darn thing barely went over my head (suspect previous owner shrunk it as M&S are pretty good on sizing.) 



With a tugging here and a tugging there I still couldn't make it work.  It felt like a straight jacket!  It might not look like it but like all good straight jackets it was effective and restrictive.  What to do?


I don' t know why I'm smiling


Well, I had inspiration from a fashionista on Pinterest.  New plans were made in my closet.  Arms were disengaged from straight jacket.  Breathing was re-established.  A T shirt was sought. 

An outfit emerged.


Yes this is how I'll wear my straight jacket. 

 As to the rest of the outfit, Primark T shirt, Birkenstocks and jeans from And/Or and I have to admit to being my new favourites. 

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Well how can I follow on a weight loss post.  How about what I have bought post and a what I want to buy post?  Will that do?

Firstly I want to say I love, love love the nail varnish that came in the M&S beauty box.  This Leighton Denny She's in Fashion chip proof varnish  .  I love how it goes with yellows and navys for instance.  It's a pop against black too of course.  



I was particularly surprised at how quickly this dries and how long the varnish lasts on my clumsy fingers.  Me, an OPI a worshiper. I'm in danger of converting.  

I can't find this varnish on the M&S site individually sold nor in  Boots but there seem to a few on ebay.  I guess some are splitting their box and selling the parts.  Shame on them!  Or enterprising!  

I have also bought a dress from Next this week. This great shaped casual denim dress .  On me, who is not leggy, this is a comfortable knee length and that was the attraction.  It's hard at my height to find knee length dresses. And it has pockets. It has pockets!


Pic courtesy of Next 
Now over to you.  What I want to buy is a good quality navy Tshirt, short sleeved and no pocket.  Crew neck or round neck and of a thin-ish cotton, as opposed to a thick warm cotton. Any recommendations?

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Timing is everything.  Spookyily the day that I wanted to write and publish this post coincided with my weight hitting bang on my target. Not a part of a pound out.  My achievement is so much better than last year. At this point a year ago I was 3 pound heavier than now.  In total since January  I have lost 8 pounds. Okay, that's not a huge amount but its the difference between slightly frumpy and slim on me.  

How did I do it?  Well, I admit I was stuck as you saw in my January posts.  However as I wrote in My January Goals I did discover an alternate, and better for me, way of calculating my BMR.  This is the formula that was created in 1990.  Armoured with this information I dialled into My Fitness Pal everyday and recorded everything that I ate.  This forced me to make good choices. I mean if you only have so many calories to eat then you have to choose wisely how to spend them don't you. 

Planning was essential.  I would prepare 4 day's work week breakfasts on a Sunday.  My mix is 

8 scoops of oats
75 ml of natural low fat yogurt
30 ml of low fat milk
and stir.  Cover and leave in the fridge.  This is enough for 4 days and  I add fresh berries to my daily serving. 

This may seem like not much but it is filling and does teach portion control.  Which segues into 'portion control.'   Measuring calories forces you, one me to make sensible choices over portion sizes and is  a re-education tool. 

I must admit that I am not a fizzy drink drinker so I didn't struggle on that front. But I do like my wine and so I try to limit going out with friends to once a month. When I'm eating I stop when I'm full.  Typically I am leaving half of my supper and that turns into a packed lunch for the next day at work.  Colleagues have commented on my bean on cold toast. Yes, bean, haha.  I took one baked bean plus a slice of toast in last Friday. Well, it's economical as well as reducing overall calories.  However it appears that that day I had given up eating supper with just one Heinz bean to go. 

I don't belive in juices/smoothies as they are packed with calories in my view.  I also saw a TV show that demonstrated a blood increase in antioxidants after drinking these, yes a win, but a reduction in antioxidants several hours later to below the control starting point.  The lesson was that our bodies eliminate what it doesn't need.  

It's taken me 6 months to lose that 8 pound.  That is a slow and healthy pace of loss. I'm no expert but I do think exercise has helped.  Remember me here, when I was proud of running for 5 minutes. Haha, it's worth a read.  I am now part of a running team at work and can run with men in their forties and thirties for a good 20-25 minutes.  I mean I'm not the fastest for sure.  This week the group split in 2 as I couldn't keep the pace of the marathon runners. However one male colleague who used to cycle stayed with me at my pace.  We did the same distance as the first group.  The next day I asked my male compatriot how he felt. Aching obviously.  I said ' I think we pushed ourselves yesterday.'  He replied, 'No you pushed me.'  I am proud.  For this mid-fifties women in the office to now be taken seriously for running is quite something. And a year ago I couldn't run 30 seconds, could I! 

So, yes some life changes have helped. Portion control, better choices and exercise.  But there is one more thing. More mysterious.  

My weight had stagnated at 3lb over my target for 6 weeks. I never thought I'd be in a position to write this post.  I didn't increase exercise, I didn't reduce portions any further.  I decided, 'ok, so be it'.  In fact I cut running down to twice a week instead of 3 times!  Over the last 6 weeks my weight has dropped again.  There has been one change.  I am drinking 2 water bottles of water a day at work.  I don't know if that is why I have lost the extra weight but it is the only difference to my lifestyle.   Do you remember when I went to Liverpool. At the conference I picked up a spare water bottle that I could use in the office.  In my office everyone goes everywhere clutching their water bottle.  I decided to join in.  

My at home bottle for the gym and days out is this one. 




 It is very popular in the office too.  At the risk of being laughed at I took these pictures of the variety of bottles in the office.  




And here is where I ran to stalk this young lady as I thought she was the epitome of the modern office worker with their bottle and trainers.



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What to wear to an agricultural show? What to wear to a country fair? Or how to accessorise with a tractor? All of these are  appropriate titles to this post. 

First let's look at how to use shoes to bring out the pop of red in a farm vehicle. 







But you needn't  be limited to tractors I might add. If you don't have a Casey in your accessories arsenal then a  combine harvester will do just as well. 





For instance this sophisticato necklace in yellow would look great with this combine wouldn't it!  And remember that the necklace is 15% off with code MS15.  What better time to accessorise it with a combine harvestor!







I do agree though that a tractor or combine harvester might be a considered purchase but you could start your collection with a spade, or even trowel.


Why have I dabbled with farmyard accessorising you might be wondering.  I think there's a gap in the market!  I can't say I've seen another style blog on the subject, can you?







For my visit to the South of England agricultural show I knew I'd be styling bright coloured machinery so I kept my palette neutral.  Jeans plus an old white T shirt were perfect. This one is 5 years old from M&S.



I am wearing a Splendid thermal waffle knit hooded cardigan which is available on Amazon.  My Birkenstocks aren't available but similar is listed below

shoes similar here UK  and 
                         here USA

Bag  similar bags here  here USA

                                  here  UK


My waffle thermal hooded cardigan was taken for  warmth as I wasn't taking a coat and the weather was not forecast to be particularly warm.  That turned out wrong in the end  ..Dark Sky app, sometimes so right, but sometimes sooo wrong.


I know you like Alliums


I carried a leopard tote as leopard would go well with any bright  coloured tractor,  combine harvetor or spade. As an afterthought, of course, leopard would also go well with my red Birkies. 





I wanted a large tote for all of the shopping I was going to do, and I did.   Here are 3 clothing items that I bought at the show.  The Joules jackets were half price so it was darn good opportunity to buy two.  Online, both in the UK and USA they are half price too so take a peek at these links. Lucky you.  You too can enjoy my purchases for yourselves.


UK link Jacket in coral from Joules
UK linkJacket in olive from Joules
USA link USA link jacket in olive

This scarf in a lovely yellow  (UK link) from Joules is not in the sale but I bought it as its such a gorgeous colour for warm toned skins like mine. This same scarf is available here in the USA


Being Mutton I had to have a pic with my mutton sisters, of course.  





My video on what I bought  is here if you are a glutton for mutton punishment.








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