No, I’m not referring to these lovely double tulips when I say “Naughty, but nice” for they were inexpensive and have brightened the kitchen all week. I love double tulips when they open up and these are a lovely mix of apricot and daffodil yellow.
The naughty I am referring to is my book habit, for this month (and we’re only the 10th of the month) I have splurged unashamedly on books, but there again, some of them were just a 1p plus postage, that’s less expensive than driving to and from town, paying for parking, and ordering a book from the Library. I like to support libraries, but when you can buy a book for 1p plus plus postage, and also have it delivered to your door … well, who can blame me for using this internet facility.
Already I have read Katharine Swartz’s The Second Bride and The Vicar’s Wife, both of which are similar in styles, not surprisingly as they are being marketed as Tales from Goswell, the fictitious Cumbrian village in which these stories are set. The Lost Garden arrived this morning, as did the latest Jacqueline Winspear novel in her series about psychological investigator, Maisie Dobbs. I have read almost all this series with the exception of just the previous one (waiting on my bookshelf). What I enjoy about the Maisie Dobbs series is not only the superb quality of Jacqueline’s writing, but also how she has allowed her heroine, Maisie, to age and develop with each successive story.
However, if you are going to embark on this series my single piece of advice is to read the first story first, simply entitled Maisie Dobbs, and then to read each novel in chronological order (the list you will find, I am sure, on www.fantasticfiction.co.uk) as not only does Maisie develop with each new investigation, but also the ‘back’ story develops. And therefore, to appreciate fully these stories, to understand the characters, do read them in chronological order.
How could I not buy the above title? I have no idea who T P Fielden is, but it says in the book that he (for I am assuming it’s a “he”) is a leading author, broadcaster and journalist. Of course, it might well be a “she”, but the cover is so eye-catching and so obviously set in this corner of South Devon I just had to have it!
It is being marketed as “the first novel in the Miss Dimont Mystery series”. I have only read 37 pages (in bed this morning) thus far, but it has captured my imagination even though it’s very stylised and totally unbelievable, but that’s the fun of a cosy crime, isn’t it? You know the story is totally unbelievable, but you still read and enjoy it!
Miss Dimont, our heroine, is a reporter on The Riviera Express, a westcountry local weekly rag. To confuse matters, The Riviera Express is also the name of the train which plies between Temple Regis (perhaps Teignmouth?) and Paddington. I confess to having laughed out loud at one rather un-subtle joke by the author, when he says that a sign above the editorial desks, hung there by the Editor, Rudyard Rhys, says “Make it Fast, Make it Accurate” to which some wag has added in crayon, “Make it Up.” How topical is that!
Later in the morning a delivery driver brought something quite different (different from a book, I mean) and here is what I’m alluding to when I say “Naughty, but nice” … as well as all those books, of course.
For my 21st birthday my dear husband (for I was already married by then) bought me a lovely powder compact and a handbag scent atomizer (before most scents were sold as atomizers.) Sadly, this went years ago, and I’ve always wanted to replace it but never have. And then I saw some compacts by Charlotte Tilbury and thought, well, why not? Sadly, these do not hold replacement blocks of powder, and I do think they are quite expensive for what is, in effect, a throw-away-when-finished compact, but I am going to trial it … compare this powder with my usual cheapie-from-the-supermarket version. How I will achieve this remains to be seen (no pun intended) because it might involve powdering one half of my face with the above and one half with my cheapie. How else to make a true comparison?
But I think you might agree that it’s a very attractive product, the case is a lovely copper colour, not the usual rather bright ‘gold’, and is something I wouldn’t be ashamed of opening in public (not that I touch up my makeup in public; I refer to the washbasin area of a loo). The lipstick here is by Lancôme, one of several products very kindly sent to me by the Editor of a magazine. I have to say, although the red is rather bold, when I wear navy, or especially black/grey/white/red, it’s the perfect shade. It is L’Absolu Rouge, 122 Indecise, Sheer, and the number is: 62N402. It is a beautiful, clear red.
How lovely it is when such attractive things arrive in the post, all naughty (because they are most certainly not essential) but all very nice!
Have you had a naughty, but nice item in the post recently?
Saturday 11th March 2017
This morning I gave my new Charlotte Tilbury powder its trial. I applied my moisturizer, then my foundation (a very light foundation, Boots No 7 Lift & Luminate, shade Cool Beige) and then, with a brush, applied very lightly my usual Rimmel matte powder to one half of my face and the Charlotte Tilbury to the other. The shades are remarkably similar even though I could only see a small sample of the various Charlotte Tilbury shades online.
The result was much as I expected. I can’t see any difference, with and without my glasses. The solid block of Rimmel retails at £3.99 and the Charlotte Tilbury is around £40 on her website but I paid £36 (which included p&p) from the John Lewis website.
I have thus paid a lot of money (well, a lot to me) for the same effect, but that doesn’t mean I resent this. It was my choice to have a pretty compact for my handbag (ieven though there isn’t space even for a small cotton wool pad with which to apply it when I’m out and about) and in this I am not disappointed.
However, I think I’d have been wiser to have spent a little more and bought a ‘proper’ powder compact, one into which I could insert a block of face powder, such as the Rimmel I usually use. It would be a once-only expense and then I could continue buying inexpensive blocks of powder which, as I have now experienced, give the same effect.
(All this may sound like I go in for the polyfilla effect, caking on the makeup, but I use both foundation and powder very lightly, simply to even facial colour and to provide a matte finish – a shiny finish when you are past youth simply looks greasy.)