Shiny shiny, shiny shoes* of leather

Clarks Originals, super shiny sale bargain.

*Yes, I know it’s boots in the song. They sold out of the boots though, so.


Trifles likes…

I’m over at Bea today yapping on about my skincare routine, but I forgot to mention in that post my latest thingAveeno Moisurising Cream.

I’ve never really got on with hand cream before, finding most of the ones I’ve tried too greasy or just not every effective. I’m also rubbish at remembering to use it, so no wonder my hands were in a bit of a sandpaper-y state. Since I started using this a few weeks ago, however, they are all smooth and soft. There’s something about the pump bottle that jogs my memory to use it after washing my hands/washing up/coming in from the cold/when I just feel like it, and it sinks in really quickly. This one isn’t specifically for hands – they do make a separate hand cream but I can’t really tell the difference. It’s not exactly cheap, but I only need to use a tiny bit at a time so a bottle should last a good while.

So, there you go. Aveeno Moisturising Cream gets the Trifles thumbs up.

Juniper Sling

I wandered into Heals at lunchtime, seduced by the sale signs and the lure of a bargain. I am an idiot. They’re selling Penhaligon’s in there now, and I made the mistake of spraying a little Juniper Sling on my wrists. CALAMITY! I don’t think I’ve ever loved a fragrance so much – I’ve been sniffing my wrists all afternoon (attracting some odd looks from my colleagues, no doubt), whilst despairing at the fact that I can’t afford it (it’s £78 ouch ouch ouch).

Just look at that packaging! It’s so beautiful. The description on the website makes me laugh a bit, but it does give you the gist:

“Introducing Juniper Sling, an intoxicating new fragrance inspired by the most iconic and atmospheric of spirits: London Dry Gin. 
For enigmatic boys and girls, Juniper Sling is a crisp cocktail shot of gin with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris. A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber add sensuality to the scent. Apply liberally and drink in.”

I can’t bear the taste of gin but I’ve always liked the smell – both Mike* and my dad love a G&T, so it’s familiar and comforting. Juniper Sling doesn’t smell exactly like a glass of Gordon’s – it’s spicier (I guess that’s the pepper and cardamom), and softer (the leather?).

It smells exactly right on me. DAMN.

*Do you think if I tell Mike there’s a perfume that smells of gin he’ll buy it for me? 😉

happy friday: exciting things

1. Bea, a new online women’s ‘magazine’. If you hop on over there now you will find loads of interesting posts on all sorts of topics, including one from yours truly on what makes a house a home. Keris wrote a lovely post yesterday, remembering the awesome Nora Ephron. Go, check it out! I’ll wait.

2. I’m going to Paris! I’ve been once before, about 4 years ago, for a very hectic day-trip. This time around I’m going for 2 nights (19-21 July), staying in my boss’s brother’s apartment so I only have to pay for the Eurostar and spending money. I can’t wait! Please let me know if you have any recommendations for what I need to see there.

3. The Olympics! And the torch relay! I can’t quite believe that the torch will be coming to Carshalton, but it is, on Monday 23 July. I have booked the day off (which is ideal as I’ll probably need a bit of a rest after Paris), and I’m currently trying to decide where the best spot to watch the relay will be – by the Ponds, which is pretty, or at the end of my road, which is, y’know, at the end of my road…… I’m getting used to people looking at me blankly when I squeal about GETTING TO SEE THE OLYMPIC TORCH OMG FLAIL, but I don’t give a crap. I AM EXCITED, DAMMIT!

4. Mike and I finally started watching Friday Night Lights and I am really looking forward to watching episode 4 tonight. It’s so good! Not feeling the Riggins love, as yet – Coach Taylor is the one for me 😉

moonrise kingdom

Saw this last night and loved it (see Empire for a proper review that pretty much sums up my thoughts). I thoroughly recommend it if you’re a fan of Wes Anderson – this one’s got whimsy up the wazoo, so if, like Mike, The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr Fox left you cold then steer clear. I love getting drawn into the worlds Anderson creates, and Moonrise Kingdom is beautifully realised – stunning cinematography, a fab soundtrack, wonderful costumes and period detail, and great performances (particularly the two young leads).

Also, it’s got Bob Balaban in the most adorable coat and hat combo: