Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 Quizzog!

I've had a really lovely Christmas which means I've been having far too much fun eating cheese, cross-stitching and having arguments with my family over what film to watch next to be blogging! I did manage to do my annual end of year quiz though. I've been doing these in the last week of the year for the last 5 or 6 years and I really enjoy it. It's a nice way of looking back over the year. 

2012 hasn't been a particularly good year for me but there have been good points and I'd much rather focus on those than the difficult parts. I have high hopes for 2013 which perhaps I shouldn't do because it only makes room for disappointment but anything has got to be better than this year! 

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
After years of being scared to, I finally had my Bettie bangs cut in! I started the year with a longish, modern fringe but it only lasted a couple of weeks before I took the plunge. I also went on holiday with my friends for the first time which was bloody marvellous.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I resolved to read more and write more, both of which I have definitely done. I've made an effort to keep track of what I've read through Goodreads although I have gotten a little lazy in the last few months. I will definitely be making more, I love doing it!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My childhood best friend gave birth to a baby girl called Ruby in March. She is super cute!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness.

5. What countries did you visit?
France, Ireland and the Netherlands. 

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
An overdraft free bank account would be quite nice! And a beauty qualification with my name on it. 

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
16th February when we stayed in a beautiful manor house in Wales for Valentine's Day, 25th August - 1st September for being the best bloody week with our friends and the 15th December when I had the honour of being a bridesmaid and witnessing one of my best friends get married. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Being able to go to college is something I'm incredibly proud of which might sound silly but considering a couple of years ago the thought of going somewhere new on my own gave me palpitations and made me sit in a cupboard, I think it's okay!

9. What was your biggest failure?
One of my best and cleverest friends is teaching me to forgive myself over and over again at the minute so I'm going to say I didn't have a biggest failure.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Most awful mental health year in a long time aside, I've only had one bug this year!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
This is going to make me sound like an incredible old woman but...bedroom furniture! It's so pretty :D

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My lovely, hairy husband, as always. There's so much I could say about him but this probably isn't the right place to do it! My mum has also been a flippin' god send this year. As have my friends, even the ones I had neglected a little have been there for me when I've needed it and it's made me realise just how lucky I am to have the people I do in my life. 

13. Where did most of your money go?
Horrible bills and lovely vintage crockery.

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
We Are Young - Fun  

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I'd socialised a bit more. I've spent a lot of the year hiding indoors and convincing myself being around people would only make me feel worse when in reality it'd probably make me feel better!

16. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Spending money I didn't have. 

17. How did you spend Christmas?
I spent it at my mum and step-dad's house and we did nothing except eat cheese, drink wine and watch films. Actually, my husband spent most of it poking me in the bum with the back scratcher I got him haha.

18. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I fell even more in love with my silly old husband. 

19. What was your favourite TV program?

There were loads! Game of Thrones, The Borgias, Homeland, Mad Men, Girls, Downton Abbey, Smash, The Thick Of It. This was a good year for tv. 

20. What was the best book you read?
The Poison Tree. I was severely disappointed in the ITV adaptation though; it was absolutely nothing like the book. 

21. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Lumineers. Or The XX. 

22. What did you want and get?
A beautiful dressing table! And finally the motivation to start being healthier. 

23. What did you want and not get?
The motivation is start being healthier sooner!

24. What was your favourite film of this year?
End of Watch, without a doubt. It was incredible. 

25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 25 and my lovely husband arranged a surprise birthday dinner at a beautiful restaurant I'd wanted to go to for ages.  

26. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Better mental health.

27. What kept you sane?
My family and friends. And the cats.

28. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jack Whitehall. Which is strange because he's a little scrawny for my liking but there's just something about him!

29. Who did you miss?
My friend Victoria but it was wonderful to be able to spend a whole week with her in the summer and her weddingy weekend. And my kitty, Tigger. 

30. What does 2013 hold for you?

The start of two completely new and exciting business ventures! And hopefully many new clothes a few sizes smaller. 

Wishing you all a very, very happy new year and brilliant start to 2013! 


Mrs D x


Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Just a quick note to say...

I hope you all have a wonderful day whether you celebrate it or not. For those of you who dread this time of year, it'll be over before you know it. But it gets too much, don't suffer alone. Kellie from Big Fashionista has written a brilliant post full of places you can reach out and talk to someone. If you don't know where to turn, please use it.

Be safe and be happy!

Mrs D x


Thursday, 6 December 2012

Frivolous Mrs D on Facebook!

Just a quick post to say after much dithering I gave in and created a Facebook page for the blog. If you're on Facebook, pop along and give it a like! 

Mrs D x


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

OOTD - 1st December 2012

Considering I wore this on the 1st December, it's not a particularly winter-sensible outfit. I did wear a massive, woolly cardigan but still, this is definitely a summer dress!


Or no belt?
Dress - South from
Cardigan - Marks and Spencer
Tights - Tesco

And here is my fuzzy face. 

Mrs D x


Friday, 30 November 2012

Five Good Things

Things are more than a little difficult lately which means I'm struggling to find motivation for blogging. I thought instead of getting myself in a state about the things I'm not blogging, I'd put a smile on my face by focusing on the positive bits!

I'd like to do this once a week just to remind myself that even I've had the most rubbish week, I'm still here which is an achievement in itself and I've actually probably had a few really lovely moments.

1. I've been spending a bit of extra time with my mum lately in order to get some rest and to give my lovely, hairy husband a break from worrying how I am when he's not at home. Mum and I have been spending lots of time walking round Bury St Edmunds looking at the beautiful Christmas decorations. It's tiring being outside and *doing things* but my mum is so incredibly understanding and supportive so knows we need regular hot chocolate breaks.

2. For the last 6 months I've been collecting vintage china in preparation for setting up my own little vintage tea party business. I went through all my bits and made an little inventory to see how close I am to being ready and I'm not far off! This is something I've always wanted to do and I know I'll be good at it so I can't wait to get going. 
A few of my favourite bits.

3. Skype-ing with my hairy husband whilst I'm at my mum's. Although I miss him, it's so lovely having something to look forward to every evening. It reminds me of when we first met and the little flutter of excitement in my tummy when I'd see his name pop up on my screen. So silly and twee but quite lovely! Plus, he's been letting me talk to the kitties... :D

4. I'm finally feeling festive and am starting to look forward to Christmas, yay! I've planned my Christmas food gifts and made a good start on my knitted gifts. Christmas!!

5. Two weeks on Saturday I'm going to be a bridesmaid for my my lovely, lovely friends' wedding! It's in Amsterdam and I'm absolutely terrified of getting on the plane but I am focusing on all the happy bits about it :D This is them being excellent.

I rather enjoyed doing this so expect more of them!

Mrs D x


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Buying Gifts Made A Little Easier

One of my friends has always said the moment she realised my hairy husband (although back then he was just my unkempt boyfriend) really loved me was when he showed her a dress he'd bought me for my birthday. Apparently she burst into tears and said 'oh my god, you really love her don't you?!'. It is probably still the most beautiful dress I own (let's skim over the fact that it's now two sizes too small...) and he chose it completely by himself.

However, six years on he's gotten a little stuck in the gift buying area. He's the sort of person who likes clear, direct instructions and he's often said the idea of walking into a shopping centre with 50+ shops knowing he has to buy a present leaves him feeling completely overwhelmed. And so, we write lists. Which are brilliant as long as they don't get lost, but they generally still involve physically stepping into a shop. We both get what we like to call 'Tesco Fury' hence why we do our food shopping online so throw in another thousand people who are completely willing to fight to the death for that last Marmite toast rack, the climate change from the British winter to central heated indoors with a coat on and the fury has the potential to turn into full on shopper's meltdown.

When I was contacted by Alex from Ask Her Friends to take a look at their new website designed to make gift buying less stressful and more comfortable for men, I thought this would be the first blog related thing I could share with Mr D! The idea is that he can have a look at all the gorgeous items and products on the website ranging from general fashion and accessories to home-ware and art, create an 'Advice List' then send it to my friends and my mum so they can have a look through and comment on which bits they think I'd really like. There's even a selection of wrapping paper and cards so that's another thing ticked off the list!

There's a clever little idea map which generates some brilliant ideas, some obvious choices and some not so. It doesn't just work for men buying for women; I had a play around to see if I could find something a little different for my mum's birthday in a couple of weeks and found some lovely bits including these Hunter wellies and this sweet little spotty bird house (not that I can get her those now because she's my official biggest reader!).

Mr D said it was very easy to navigate around the site and he found loads of things he would normally never have thought of. He liked the idea of being able to get advice from my mum and friends on the things he'd chosen, especially as vintage is so on trend at the moment he said he finds it difficult to weed out the gems. He said he would have liked a few more items in certain sections like the Art and Prints but that actually it made it a little easier not being overwhelmed with choice. The thing I personally like most about the website is that as well as using big companies like Debenhams and Amazon, they're also supporting small, UK businesses like Lasso The Moon and the brilliant Tatty Devine. Big companies are always packed full of pretty things but there is something special about finding unique, handmade pieces like this super, super cute Teapot and Teacup Necklace...hint hint ;)

If your husband/boyfriend/dad/brother/dog needs a bit of a nudge in the right direction when it comes to gift buying, nudge him towards!

Mrs D x

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