Thursday, June 29, 2023

Pet shenanigans, living well, and last days for book sale

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Shall we visit the naughty pets department... (where there is an endless supply of 'entertainment')?

So, Nina Cat has started playing on the dining table in the past few weeks. She particularly likes how the tablecloth slides around… I straighten it at least once a day, and only leave our placemats and dinner napkins on it now. All table lamps, vases or candle holders are cleared away. It wasn't good to hear a 'clunk' and see that my new LED gold table lamp was on its side. Lucky it still goes!

It’s true that pets - especially cats - rule the house. We’re just there to tidy up.

Oh hello Nina

And in Doggie News:
It's a romantic evening at home, just my husband and me ... oh wait...

Micky on the left, Daphne on the right. Chloe dog will be tucked away somewhere (probably in my office, in a cozy bed under my desk).

Life with pets is never boring, and you will never be alone! They are a lot of work and cost and stress, but they sure are fun.

You will never have truly clean carpet and you will spend a lot of your time tidying up, and cleaning food bowls.

Even though your car is cleaned regularly there will always be dog hair in it and paw prints on the leather seats.

I dream of a day one day when I am an empty nester and can have unsnagged bedding, new carpet if I want, and be able to wear black without fear.

That day is many years away, so for now I relax my standards a little and enjoy the silliness and fun that is life with pets :)

I do like to dress up an ordinary night with a beautifully set table


I’ve been watching an old DVD series of The Rachel Zoe Project and had to pause to take a photo when Diane von Furstenberg was chatting with Rachel after a runway show.

I’ve seen one of these whiteboards before – a Michael Kors one – and love that there are backstage pep talk/instructions for the models.

Be yourself
Be confident
Smile with your heart
Seduce with your eyes
Love is life

So good! Amazing advice for a runway show and even better for real life!

In my office
I bought this mini easel as a prop for my books. I love switching out the titles every so often. It's my own little show-room display :)

I then thought it would be a cool thing to use for any book - something pretty, my current inspiring non-fiction read, etc. It’s like a little art display.

I got it from a stationery/art supplies store.

It’s so fun to have elegant/inspiring/creative reminders around!
(Book displayed is here on Amazon both in paperback and on Kindle).
And, it's the last few days to get my most popular book of all time 'Thirty Chic Days: Practical Inspiration for a Beautiful Life'. The Kindle book has 70% off and the paperback 35% off. In a few days it will be going back to normal price.

If you already have it, you may want to purchase the other version - Kindle/print etc, or if you have a friend you think may like it please forward this onto her. I'd really appreciate that!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and I'll catch up with you next week!

xx Fiona

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  1. I love Diane von Furstenberg. Her Wrap dress is wonderful. I used to wear Tatiana perfume all the time but it’s been so long I’ve forgotten the scent 😳. I’ll have to see if I can find a small bottle to see if I still like it!

    I have an easel somewhere in storage. What a wonderful idea! Need to find it. I LOVE your dining table. I have a 10’ Leland made me. 💕 I am so encouraged every time I read your posts. Truly. 💝

  2. Hi Fiona, I've been taking a lot of your advice this week and I'm feeling good. 😊
    I have made sure I have presented myself smartly every day, light make up, hair done early on.
    I've been making an effort to use up all cosmetics before buying more. This week I've finished 2 bottles of body lotion and I'm right at the end of my bronzer. It feels good, and when I recycle the bottles there is less stuff in my cupboard.
    I've also opened a selection of perfumes my mother in law gave me for Christmas 2021! I'm enjoying trying the samples and wearing perfume every day lifts my mood, too.
    I joined my local library and downloaded some audio books. I'm listening to a book on my commute to work, which is about 30 mins each way. It's much better than listening to the radio and I feel I'm learning something, too.
    Finally, I ordered a paper shredder and I've started to get rid of old papers I've had lying around for ages and I feel much more organised. I've also ordered some fabric napkins so I'm looking forward to elevating my dining experience 😁😁
    Thank you for all your inspiration. ❤️


Merci for your comment. Wishing you a chic day!

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