Your Summer Handbag Lifesavers


I posted a few days ago about my fave Summer bag trends, but what about the essentials that you find yourself carrying in Summer. My bag has a distinctly different feel when it comes to its contents, and I am not just talking about the fact that I have at least three pairs of sunglasses living there. There are other things that I seem to carry, whether I be home or abroad, that will be banished generally once the sun disappears.

Here are the Summer Handbag essentials

The Bag itself. Only one real requirement, it has to be big and roomy enough to carry things like a cardi or shawl, just in case.

Haya Snake Effect Hobo Bag
£29.00 Click to visit Topshop

WOVEN Red Tassel Tote Bag
Was £28.00 Now £10.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

LONGCHAMP Le Pliage large shopper £80.00
Click to visit Selfridges

Femfresh Wipes

The really hot weather has us worrying more and more about personal hygiene. Femfresh have launched their freshening and soothing wipes in a great travel size packets that will fit easily into your handbags for everyday use, festivals and holidays.

I find these to be a godsend, particularly in toilets that have no paper, they smell really nice and the new packaging is just gorgeous.

Femfresh wipes 25s £1.57 Save £1.58 Was £3.15
Click to visit Boots

Zap-It Mosquito Bite Relief

One of the worst things about going away on holiday is the chance of getting a mosquito bite. These can often be really sore and itch like hell, and definitely mare that perfect tan. Zap-It is a tiny tool that can offer real relief if you suffer a bite, and yet is small enough to attach to your keys.

The Zap-It is a small device which delivers a safe electrical charge onto your bite. This stops the release of the histamine that causes the itching, hence stopping that urge to scratch. You can zap the bite as many times as you like.

Zap-It Mosquito Insect Bite Relief Device £4.10 Click to visit Amazon

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a summer life saver, especially if you are heading out to a festival or are doing the straight from the office to the bar, but your hair needs a pick me up. Batiste have a new range of fragrances that come in travel sizes that will fit into even the smallest of bags.

Batiste will revive your hair, remove some of the greasy residue from the roots and it will smell lovely too. I love the blush fragrance which is really fresh and pretty.

You can find Batiste On the Go Range at Superdrug and most supermarkets.

Batiste Dry Shampoo On The Go Blush 50ml £1.50 Click to visit Superdrug

Sleek Vitality Foundation

Many of us wear a lot less make up in Summer, but my skin sometimes suffers from the effects of the sun, with dryness, so it doesn’t necessarily look its best. One of my must haves is the Sleek Vitality Foundation for a couple of important reasons, it is oil free (with an oily t-zone I have no need for more oil on my face), and it is moisturising and adds hydration.

The tube it comes in is great for putting in a zipped compartment in your bag, and the cream offers light to medium coverage, which feels just enough in Summer when you don’t want to put a heavy face on. Sleek Vitality Foundation comes in 24 shades.

Sleek MakeUP Vitality Foundation £8.99 Click to visit Boots

Dentek Floss Picks And Case

Dentek floss picks are great for those who eat out a lot, and want to avoid picking bits of food out of their teeth all day. They come in cute neon cases and not only do they help to remove food and plaque, which can help reduce tooth decay, but they also give a mouthwash blast that helps you to have fresh, minty breath.

Great for traveling, and times when you may not be able to brush your teeth, these are definitely hand bag friendly.

DenTek Floss Pick & Case 4 x cases
£3.00 Click to visit Boots





Stylish Television – The Bletchley Circle San Francisco

The stylish TV drama ‘The Bletchley Circle’ has returned to our TV screens this Summer, with the action now relocated to San Francisco. Only two of the original team are left, Millie and Jean, but they have now been joined by two American codebreakers Iris and Hailey.

I loved the original series on so many levels, the 1950s context, the strong female roles and, most of all, the style, particularly Millie’s. As played by Rachel Stirling, Millie is both intelligent and glamorous, and I loved how she handled all the scenarios with her red lipstick still firmly in place. In the new series, she hasn’t changed, and her wardrobe just seems to get better and better, although new girl Iris is also giving her some serious challenge in the stye stakes.  (You can check out a previous article on Millie here)

Checking out the new Autumn ranges already in stores yesterday, it is clear that despite the fact that the series is set in the 1950s, the style is very contemporary, very Autumn 2018. From the muted colours, teals, burgundies and bottle greens, to the neat cardigans, pencil skirts and jackets with nipped in waists, the ladylike but rather muted Autumn looks that were on the catwalk for this Autumn/Winter are being very clearly echoed in The Bletchley Circle. In addition, tweed and dogtooth prints are all back, along with the plaids that the other new girl, the tomboyish farm girl Hailey, is totally rocking.

Bletchley Style

Grey Checked Pencil Skirt
£18.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Red Animal Print Jersey Midi
£30.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Red Breast Pocket Shirt
Was £22.00 Now £17.60 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Red Single Breasted Coat
£45.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Amelia Crew Cardigan K0103
Click to visit Boden

Amelia Crew Cardigan K0103
Click to visit Boden

Black Tie Waist Button Down Skirt £16 Click to visit George at Asda

Navy Open Knit V-Neck Cardigan £16 Click to visit George at Asda

Green Tie Front Culottes £14 click to visit George at Asda

Check Print Double Breasted Coat £25 Click to visit George at Asda

Have you been watching The Bletchley Circle San Francisco?

I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here – Visiting Liverpool

Liverpool is one of the liveliest, most vibrant cities in the UK, and one that I just love to visit. It is packed with a fabulous mixture of culture and heritage, stunning architecture that can literally make you gasp, but it is also a place to really enjoy yourself and let your hair down, and with great shopping too you can seriously do some damage to your credit cards as you indulge in some retail therapy.

Liverpool shopping haven Liverpool One has recently launched a campaign called ‘I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here’ ,a guide to everything happening across Liverpool over the coming months and will be the ultimate guide to visiting Liverpool. So, to celebrate the guide, I thought I would tell you some of the best things to do in Liverpool.

Anfield Stadium Tour

You don’t have to be a Liverpool fan to appreciate  Anfield. It is a fabulous ground with a rich history and a superb museum attached to it. The museum has a poignant tribute to the victims who died in at Hillsborough, and you have to remember to touch the sign above the tunnel before you get out onto the pitch or else you will never score for Liverpool!

All things Beatles

You couldn’t really do a trip to Liverpool without paying visits to the sights and sounds associated with the Cities favourite sons. The Beatles dominate Liverpool, so a trip to the infamous Cavern is certainly top of every Beatles fans must do list. The Beatles Story is a detailed tour and rememberence of the Fab Four, or you could simply enjoy one of the walking tours that take in all those key places in the history of the group.

The Albert Docks

The renovated Albert Docks are now one of the jewels in Liverpool’s crown, with a great range of bars and restaurants, and also home to the Beatles memorobilia shop where you can buy literally anything to do with the Fab Four. The Albert Docks are beautiful, certainly one of my favourite places to visit in Liverpool. If you are visiting the Docks, don’t forget to get your culture fix at the Tate Gallery.

The World Museum

If you are visiting Liverpool with kids, a visit to the World Museum is a must. It is literally packed with thousands of exhibits, ranging from precious artefacts to interactive natural history displays that will keep children enthralled for hours.  There is also a planetarium for those who always feel happier under the stars.

Have you visited Liverpool? Do you have any suggestions for great places to see?

Cost of a new boiler?

Cost of a new boiler?

My boiler broke down last week and I had to have it replaced. It was an experience that I am not sure I want to repeat in a great hurry. If like me, you worry about yours breaking down then I would consider getting boiler insurance from British Gas. You could save a lot of money. But beware; it will be lost money if your boiler never breaks down. Mine never missed a beat for 8 years – so I was lucky.

So how much does a boiler cost?

Boilers, as I found out, vary in price based on brand, size and type (I have a combi and it’s a Worcester make). Which? Magazine has rated most boilers including the two most popular brands in the UK which are Worcester and Vaillant.

I decided to go for a Worcester to replace my now “broken beyond economical repair” boiler. Worcester boilers start at around £1,000 and go up to around £1,800 if you have a very large house.

What’s the best boiler?

It’s hard to get a definitive answer for this question but there was a survey done where they asked engineers to vote for their opinion to the best boiler. Which? also have a guide voted for by more than 2,000 readers.

How much does boiler installation cost?

Well again, that can vary depending on how much work is needed. I was told that mine was a straight swap and I could make use of my old wiring and thermostat, so that saved me a little bit of money. There’s a nice little guide here on what boiler installation costs should be. According to that article a boiler should cost £1,950 to install which is roughly what I paid, including VAT. A straight boiler swap would start from around £540 and go up to £1,440 if you need the boiler moving according to figures put together by Which?.

The price can also depend on where you live and who you get to do the work for you. Using one of the national companies will set you back a lot more money. It goes without saying that using a smaller company will be cheaper.

How to save on the cost of a new boiler and installation?

The best way to save money is to shop around and find a good deal. The bigger companies like British Gas will quote almost double what independent traders will charge. The Gas Safe Register has a list of all the local and registered plumbers in your area, so that makes for a great starting point in your search. Any person installing a boiler must be registered and insured to do so. You must get a certificate from Building Control to say it is safely and correctly installed.

To save money, it’s best to avoid flash companies especially if you’re in London – they charge much more than the rest of the UK would or a local company would for the same job.