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text 2017-05-24 20:08
OT: My shadow and my new handbag

Yesterday, my sister and went shopping for groceries. It was relatively hot, things worked out fine and I was more or less content with the little outing. However, lately I've begun to whine a lot about having put on so much weight - rather unexplainedly, I think. It's occurred to me that it might be a side effect of my medication against high blood pressure, that I got from being pregnant. I'm not sure about that, but it might be an explanation. In any case, I'm pretty unhappy about looking the way I look. For instance, I've had to put away most of my clothes and had to try and get new ones (not quite successfully, at least yet). Anyway, to cut to the chase, I decided to take a photo of my shadow, or at least part of it because it seems to be better looking than I am.



I've also started using my new handbag. It's pretty big and not my usual style (I'm not really a handbag person, to be honest). I've just been thinking I should develop my Moomin Mama traits. :) I'm going to be carrying around more stuff, that maybe my children will need (other than the contents of of the changing bag).




What do you think? Is it too big for me? I thought it would be difficult to carry it,

without a shoulder strap, but it wasn't. 


Silly trivial stuff, I know. Just ignore this post if you think it's boring.

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review 2014-02-22 00:00
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha - Jolie Kerr This book is great. It's maybe a bit on the basic side if you, like me, grew up with parents who were very meticulous about cleaning, but even if, I do recommend reading it.

So, this book covers basic and some not so basic household cleaning-- kitchen, bathroom, laundry, dishes, to retainers, stains, and the titular barf in the handbag. The author has a really great tone that not only is very reassuring (you CAN do it!) but is also fast-paced and informative, but not so informative a reader will start freaking out again. She does a really great job of breaking down the science behind things like different types of stains, for example.

I definitely recommend reading this books, and then maybe gifting a copy to anyone who's getting started on cleaning their stuff on their own-- recent grads, recent apartment/house acquirers, etc. I left this book feeling excited and capable of tackling my previously kind of overwhelming kitchen, which is TRULY amazing.
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review 2013-04-02 05:34
Judith Leiber: The Artful Handbag
Judith Leiber: The Artful Handbag - Enid Nemy,John B. Taylor The story of Leiber's life reads like fiction. Interesting text, sumptuously illustrated with color photos of outrageous handbags.
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review 2010-05-26 00:00
The Handbag Beauty Bible
The Handbag Beauty Bible - Sarah Stacey,Josephine Fairley The Handbag Beauty Bible (shall we just call it THBB?) is filled with 70 categories of products decided by over 2,300 women testing products from 280 brands.
It’s also filled with advice from beauty and hair gurus.

I first saw THBB a few days before I actually purchased it and flicked quite a way through it then came home and looked it up some more on the internet, namely Amazon (where it’s a little bit cheaper!). I always think if you’re not sure about a book to always go away and think about it and if necessary research it.
I was looking for what other people thought about the ‘real women's’ reviews on the products and if they would recommend the book.

I really enjoyed reading this book, it really is packed full of products and what real women think of them. It has some really great information, yet it’s nothing really in-depth, partly due to it being a ‘handbag’ edition. I thought the beginning of the book was great where they give you some helpful hints and tips about how to prepare before going beauty shopping, what you really need in your make-up bag, when make-up goes past its use-by date and shopping for your hair.
THBB has a really great contents page making everything easier to find if there’s something specific your looking for.

Since reading THBB I’ve recently purchased a make-up primer that’s reviewed in the book, Mac Prep & Prime Skin and it really does what the reviewers say “great base for make-up; slightly shimmery so gave a nice healthy glow” I think it’s a great product and it’s money well spent.

THBB lacks the general information about skin care, perfume and make-up but that is understandable as this is the handbag version. But it has some really great advice on buying, testing and choosing suitable shades in the beginning of the book.

The only thing that annoyed me about this book is that 70% of the products were very pricey, in the much higher end of the market, they do recommend some cheaper products but not many of them.

I do recommend this book but if you already know what you like, what suits you, what works for you and your face/hair or body then you don’t really need this book.
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