The Return of Mr Selfridge

January 24th, 2015

Sunday night sees the return of the rather delectable Jeremy Piven to our screens as the huge TV hit Mr Selfridge returns for its third series. I’m a huge fan of Harry, and of the series in general, so I have to admit to rather looking forward to its welcome return.

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The new series will kick off in 1919, with Harry mourning his wife Rose. The real Rose died in 1918, when the First World War had not yet ended, but the series transports the death forward in time. Frances O Connor has left the series, but we have new cast members in the shape of Kara and Hannah Tointon who are playing Harry’s daughters. The new series promises to be as glossy and glamorous as previous affairs, starting with a wedding as Rosalie Selfridge (Kara) marries a Russian Prince, a romantic match that might not be as fairytale as it seems, not least because Prince Charming is penniless and see’s Rosalie as a meal ticket.

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The series looks set to be another smash hit, as Harry’s life unfortunately begins to spiral out of control. Jeremy Piven is a charismatic actor par excellence, and I can’t wait to watch him get his acting chops around the downfall of this great man. And, from a fashion point of view, the stunning images from Rosalie’s wedding are getting me very excited about the series reaching the 1920s.

As ever, when a series of Mr Selfridge hits our screens, our modern-day Selfridges put together an edit of products to celebrate it hitting our screens, containing iconic images, food and drink products.

Here are some of my favourite picks from this seasons Mr Selfridge edit.

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Butter crunch biscuits in tin £7.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Butter crunch biscuits in tin
£7.99 click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Raspberry Hazelnut & Chocolate marshmallow     £6.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Raspberry Hazelnut & Chocolate marshmallow
£6.99
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nine-piece Marc de Champagne milk chocolate truffles     £9.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nine-piece Marc de Champagne milk chocolate truffles
£9.99
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION London Strong brew tea bags     £6.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION London Strong brew tea bags
£6.99 click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION There's No Fun Like Work Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION There’s No Fun Like Work Heritage mug
£15.00
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 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nesta Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nesta Heritage mug
£15.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Horn Blower notebook     £12.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Horn Blower notebook
£12.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Lady and Store Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Lady and Store Heritage mug
£15.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Chocolate Break Hat Box     £50.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Chocolate Break Hat Box
£50.00
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 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Harry Gordon Selfridge Hamper     £125.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Harry Gordon Selfridge Hamper
£125.00
click to visit Selfridges

To view the complete Selfridges Selection of Artisan food, drink and memorabilia, click here.



 

Dealing with those ‘Oops’ moments.

January 23rd, 2015
 In amongst all the things women still don’t talk about, a leaky bladder is probably the number one taboo subject. Feeling worried about leakages when we laugh too hard, or sneeze, or just when we are dying to use the toilet, are all really common, with an incredible one in two women in the UK alone affected by this. But a new film from Tena is aiming to change are attitudes towards what is a common problem, with four women talking about their own experiences of light bladder weakness.

I have my own experience of this sort of problem. Many years ago a close friend used to suffer if she had alcohol and then found herself laughing, she would very often be seen running to the toilet as she failed to hold her bladder and ‘leaked’. When I had Joe, I had a caesarian section, and didn’t feel I really needed to try those pelvic exercises, after all, Joe hadn’t come out that way. I was wrong, and now find that if I need to pee, I need to go straight away, no waiting around or trying to hold it like I did pre-Joe.

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I think the film from Tena is great as it shows young, glamorous women talking and laughing about their experiences with weak bladder issues, belying the idea that it is just old ladies who have this problem. Not all the women in the film are mother’s – one girl just has a very small bladder, and they show clearly why this is a problem which should never blight your life or stop you doing anything you wish. Lights by Tena are small enough to keep in your bag, and so are perfect for unexpected leaks – those ‘oops’ moments as they are perfectly described in the film.

 

 

 

A pamper package for me.

January 22nd, 2015

Are you a sport’s widow? Are you what the American’s refer to as a ‘soccer mom’? Do you find that your television is taken over by sport of any, or every description, and that weeknights are dedicated to getting a child or teenager to a range of different sporting activities. If the answer to any of these is yes, then you have my sympathies, and I’m sure you will understand why I jumped at the chance of a bit of me time, courtesy of a stunning Pamper Parcel created by Rosie Scribble and her team.

For my husband, it’s all about darts and boxing. Ringside is recorded each week and totally clogs up the Sky+ (he will never delete as he may want to relive a moment again and again…ggggrrrr). Pete loves to attend big fights, Carl Froch is a particular favourite, and when not physically there in the flesh, the fights become prime time viewing, despite the fact that there may be a great film on. Darts are also a total favourite, The Grand Slam is a pre- Christmas staple, a local pub is a warm up venue for big tournaments, so Pete gets quite a few opportunities to watch it live, and has met a fair few top players, including Phil Taylor and ‘Jackpot’ Adrian Lewis, but Christmas can be dominated by the Word Championship, followed by the Lakeside, neither of which are my fave viewing experiences.

20131123_171205If it’s not bad enough that, at times, I feel like a sports widow, I’ve now become a soccer mom to a football mad six-year-old, who seems to live, breathe, eat and sleep football. He goes to lots of matches at West Bromwich Albion with his grandad Mick, (who also loves to put a bet on who will score the first goal with Betfair,)  and has just started training with the Albion Foundation. In addition, he watches every bit of football he can, collects football cards which I find all over the house, as well as in my handbag and coat pockets, and insists that ‘Match of the Day’ is recorded for a Sunday Morning treat. He seems to have developed a really low voice that suddenly bursts into chants of ‘Saido Berahino’ at all times of day and night. It is all super cute, but I do really need to escape from the sports testosterone every now and again.

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My pamper pack was a great way to unwind and take some time for myself. Gorgeous beauty and bathing products from Tisserand, Burts Bees and Nougat London, along with a lovely scented candle from Aroma Works, made for a lovely, relaxing, bath time experience. The Tisserand product in particular is a new favourite, the lingering scent of lemongrass was just so refreshing.

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In addition to a bit of pampering, there were also luxury food treats from the likes of Duchy Originals and Montezuma’s, including a couple of delicious bars of chocolate and butterscotch. The special Joseph’s popcorn was not for my taste, but Joe told me this was perfect for when he was watching football…

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If you sometimes feel a little left out of the sporty chat, or just fed up of the constant stream of sport cluttering up your telly viewing, the answer may just be to grab a little time for rest, recuperation and pampering.

*I was sent my lovely pamper parcel courtesy of Betfair.