New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future.

I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things.

As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being formed. It is an understanding resulting in a very unique to you ‘Signature Style’ creation online.

It’s all about the new you ready for after the lockdown.

Please get in touch if you are interested and would like to know more. A list being formed ready to begin.  

Do you need more clothes or just more accessories?

Do you need more clothes?

I know we get pleasure from buying new clothes to wear with everything that has gone on with the lockdown have you coped without buying new clothes? I have to admit wearing small set of clothes with great regularity quite happily. I know I was painting and gardening etc so they were not by best set of clothes. When I wanted to wear something wih a bit of colour for a zoom session I found some clothes that I had forgotten I had. So thinking of the environment. Patrick Grant stated on the this years ‘Great Sewing Bee’ TV program  ‘there is enough clothing in the world to clothe 6 generations’. So could you wear the clothes you have more times? Have you in the lockdown had a wardrobe clear out where you found things you had forgotten you had? Did you found things that you will never wear again?

Would you please rethink before you buy more clothes – do you really need this new item of clothing? What would make you reconsider buying it? Can you restyle items from your wardrobe to make it your new most worn loved bit of clothing? Patrick grant also said that at the time of showing of the ‘Great British Sewing Bee’ TV program there were no sewing machines available to buy in the UK so some restyling, recycling is going on.

Can you create a new outfit by changing the accessories? So consider not buying the new outfit just a new accessorie if you must.

‘What you wear shows people how to treat you’.

Have fun. Keep safe x

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes

I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its not the complete 10 years even 5 years would be acceptable. It is suggestes that we do lots of exercise to get our body in shape so why not the face as well.  Let me know how you get on. Keep safe xx

Stay at home time- Haircut DIY (Do it all yourself!)

Beware I have not tried this myself, this is information I found which I thought would be helpful. I would suggest having a good look at these clips or similar before you give it a go. Starting very gently.

There are various DIY (do it yourself) tips and hints being created. I thought you always cut your fringe flat against your head!

‘This morning’ 3rd April 2020 was –  https://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/how-to-do-a-salon-haircut-at-home

‘This morning’ TV 20/04/2020 had the same hairdresser Michael Douglas also giving tips on how to carefully cut your own hair. https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/heres-how-to-cut-your-hair-at-home

Michael said there are lots of tips in Instagram. He cut ones sons head off totally and how to use clippers. How to do a fringe, lift the hair up. To keep the fringe longer at the sides is a softer effect.

If you do not have good scissors he suggested getting some from Amazon for about £20.

I caught a glimpse of this program for the first time 05/05/2020 sounded like good clear advice. I like the hair cutting tips and for the men in your life how to trim a beard!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hywq/healthcheck-uk-live-series-2-episode-7

Later on in the above episode Angela Rippon was saying how important a good hair cut was. She had been lucky enough to go and have her hair cut locally just before the lock down!!

Stay safe and have fun xx!

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham – david and her share beauty products.

She never goes to bed with her makeup on.

She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/so-victoria-beckham-do-you-ever-sleep-in-your-make-up

She likes herself more now and seems to worry less is how she came across.

This page is work in progress sorry just having a few challenges.

Hope you are having a great day x Brenda

Not sure what to wear with what? Learn about standing back and drinking tea!

Youtube Sewing Quarter 26th November 2018, Freeview  Channel 73 at 10.05-11.00  & 12.05-13.00    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkV0jqR2KQw

We all like different colours for different reasons

Loving the chat about colour on Freeview Channel 73 Sewing Quarter.

Some things I took from the TV program

Brandon Mably has run Kaffe Fassett studio for a few years and he also collaborates with Philip Jacob so they end up with a nice mix up of three different styles. What they agree on is ‘You may not like what you have created but someone will’.

Brandon was talking about his life and looked at the brand new Kaffe fabric collection. Brandon talked about colour ’popping out’ at you. When you are designing he said and showed how a wall of grey flannel fabric allows you to stand back and see how things come together. Leave yourself open to the unexpected. The grey flannel wall is great for designing quilts. When Brendon talked about colour he said ‘We all like colour for different reasons’. Every colour is affected by the colour next to it. This cannot all be decided in your mind’s eye. Place your quilting pieces together on the flannel then go and make a cup of tea. The fresh eye when you come back again will help you to see what works and what does not work. Giving yourself a break is a great idea for so many things when you get stuck.

Brandon went on to say ’We all respond to colour individually, it is like a natural drug, you respond and feel it. You never stop learning about colour’. Every time Kaffe and Brandon work with colour they do not know what is going to work together. He said ‘we need to stand back, we all look better from a distance, up close you look at the little imperfections’. Think about when you admire great works of art in great galleries, they are huge rooms so you can stand back and admire the art. When designing a quilt it is a good idea to not restrict yourself, give yourself lots of options. I feel this idea can be used when trying to put outfits together in your wardrobe. Hang out a selection of clothes and accessories which you might like to wear. Then next morning, or later after a break,  you can look again and anything that stands out may need switching to your alternative options.

Brandon said they find the right location and light to take pictures for the books they are working on then they go and make the quilts!

Brandon found it difficult getting people past their prejudice about colour and size of print so using the grey flannel board you can create something completely,.

Help yourself to get that little bit of special happening.

Play with colour it can just lift you.

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham.

I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by Sally Hudson.

Ode to a lipstick at Sandringham WI

I’ve tried a lot of lipsticks

But it really isn’t fair,

The wind blows right across my face

And the lippy’s stuck to my hair.

I choose with care the dress I wear

I want to look a ‘Chick’,

But checking in the bedroom mirror –

There is no right shade stick!

I must be a nervous gal,

I put my lipstick on…

But then I have a teensy drink –

And the lippy’s sort of gone’.

I either left it on the glass

Or smeared it on my face,

Please, Brenda, tell me what to do

To solve my lipstick case!

A big thank you to Sally. Thank you also to members of the Women’s Institute for the help and welcome  I receive. I hope everyone has a great summer

Use 2 tablespoons of Suntan lotion for your whole body in a swimming costume!

Channel 5 Shop Smart 23rd May 2019 and Daily Mail Saturday 1st June 2019 states latest NHS guildlines – we need to use 2 tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume ‘. If just covering our head arms and neck then 2 teaspoons is enough.

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied liberally and frequently to get the right amount of protection. The higher the number should give greater protection.

Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears – and head if you have thinning or no hair – but a wide-brimmed hat is better.

The shop smart program had a very good clip to show how some people were not applying sunscreen all over the face.

A consumer survey for the Channel 5 Shop Smart: Save Money compared the sunscreen based on several factors, starting with their star rating. Sunscreen can be rated out of five stars, with five meaning ‘ultra’ – the best level of protection there is. The show looked into six sunscreens, all with an SPF – Sun Protection Factor – of 30. They compared six brands: Nivea Sun, Garnier Ambre Solaire, Piz Buin, Boots, Superdrug and Aldi. It was found that the discount sunscreen from Aldi protects much better against UVAs (ultraviolet A-rays) than products from Nivea or Garnier, and for less than half of their price.

The TV show also mentioned PizBuin was the first company to investigate how to stop getting sunburnt when climbing a mountain!!

It was reported that when it comes to protecting your skin in the sun, many consumers are inclined to turn to the big brands to make sure they’re choosing a reliable products.

So take care in the sun. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and repeat regularly.

Stay safe!







Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on ‘This Morning’ ITV  12:06 – 8 Mar 2019).

These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there’s an infinite number of different acids for your skin and it can feel hard to know which you should use.

Hard working exfoliators much better than gritty skin scrubs as many of them damage the skin.

If using an acid you must start using a SPF. You should be doing it anyway but skin becomes a little bit more sensitive to sun after using acids.

Salicylic acid – one such acid is ‘BHA oil’ which is soluble and can really get into the pores, great for blemish prone acne prone skin. Unblocks pores so brilliant for blackheads.

If you are not sure about using acids it is a good idea to start with a cleanser containing acid as you will wash it off.  You can use every night, leave it on for 3 minutes, massage it in like a wash and it very softly acts on dry cells.

Salicylic acid – ‘Some of the products are tingly’

Paula’s Choice 2% ‘BHA ‘ is a leave on lotion. Put it onto a pad and put it where you get where you get dryness and under the skin bumps.  Blemishes on your chest or on your back this is a brilliant body spray.  Murad Clarifying Spray is great product. Use it when you jump out of the shower this unclogs any blemishes,

Lactic Acid is great for dry and dehydrated skin as it is hydrating and exfoliating at the same time. ‘Inkey List Lactic Acid’ you put on a pad at night (it is a serum). You leave it on. Once you have cleansed your skin put a few little drops on a pad and put it onto your skin.

With any acid start slow once a week and build up.

‘Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Dual Texture Exfoliating Pads’ -acid peel pads ­- They are great if you are on the go as they are ready for you to use. Start slow and build up.

Then use your moisturiser.

Glycolic acid –It is the smallest molecule so it really will penetrate the skin so start slowly with this but when you really get going it’s the key to a bright glowing complexion. So if your skin is dull get going with this. ‘Alpha-H Liquid Gold’ pop it onto a pad your weekly treat. Twice a weekly after your cleanser put it on leave it settle then put moisturiser as it breaks down the dead skin cells. A new way to think about exfoliators by ‘B. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser’ and if you are nervous you can just wash it off.

Read very carefully about the product and how to use them.  Start very slowly 2 drops put it on your skin see how it goes. Eventually you may be able to use it every day if your skin can tolerate it.

Azelaic acid

The Ordinary Azaelic Acid has had less press but brilliant for post acne scarring uneven skin tone. You use the same principle use your cleanser put the acid on then the moisturiser

Ones quoted here are the ones everyone is raving about.

Hyaluronic acid

Vichy mineral 89 hyaluronic acid. This is the ultimate in skin hydration holds onto the moisturiser. Apply and then moisturise afterwards.

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/beauty-live-the-truth-about-acids

Acid products featured by Sarah

Salicylic acid

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish cleansing wash

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Lotion

Murad Clarifying Body Spray

Lactic acid

Inkey List Lactic Acid

Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Dual Texture Exfoliating Pads

Glycolic acid

Alpha-H Liquid Gold

  1. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser

Azelaic acid

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid

Hyaluronic acid

Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face

Valuable tips / suggestions to brides from previous brides

These were collected at a wedding show from previous brides. They were happy to pass on tips to help make your  day perfect. They should know as they have been through it themselves.

‘‘Someone keeps their phone on!’‘
One wedding the bride’s car had broken down and she could not tell anyone as everyone had turned their phones off.

‘‘Don’t keep checking the weather forecast, it will not change’‘
British weather can change and often the weather forecast is not right. All you can hope for is good weather but have a plan ‘B’ just in case. You will still get amazing photos, they might just have to be taken inside.

‘‘Let someone else organise it!’‘
It can be a stressful day, I remember a bride who was dyslexic she coped by having multiple spreadsheets.

‘‘Lots of support’‘
From everyone

‘‘Make sure everyone knows what they are doing’‘
It is the bride’s day and everyone is out to help make the day really special. It is the one day where everyone will be on her side.

‘‘No children’‘
This is a very difficult one especially where cost is involved. It is difficult if you want one child as a bridesmaid or page boy and not the other young child in the same family. Sounds amazing but I would say both have to be included.  No children can save you money as well.

‘‘Keep the little ones entertained with a sweetie / play area’‘
There are some great large garden games for adults as well

‘‘Planning and organising but relax and enjoy’‘
Something worth remembering but often not easy to do.

‘‘Organised & relaxing & patience’‘
Wise words

‘‘Patience’‘

‘‘Be well organised, it will help you feel less stressed!’‘

‘‘Get your maid of honour to organise it’‘
Not sure if this meant the wedding or just the hen night. This totally depends on how good your maid of honour is and the trust you have in her.

‘‘Purchase wedding insurance – especially if you are having a marquee’‘
I am sure there is a story behind this one.

To end with

‘‘Marry the perfect man’‘ – Nothing to add here!

‘‘Whatever happens keep smiling’‘
When I got married the vicar got the words wrong. It made everyone laugh and made it more memorable.

Whatever happens it will be a fantastic day.

Brenda x

New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future. I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things. As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being...

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its...

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham - david and her share beauty products. She never goes to bed with her makeup on. She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more...

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham. I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by...

Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on 'This Morning' ITV  12:06 - 8 Mar 2019). These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there's an infinite number of...

New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future. I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things. As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being...

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its...

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham - david and her share beauty products. She never goes to bed with her makeup on. She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more...

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham. I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by...

Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on 'This Morning' ITV  12:06 - 8 Mar 2019). These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there's an infinite number of...

New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future.

I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things.

As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being formed. It is an understanding resulting in a very unique to you ‘Signature Style’ creation online.

It’s all about the new you ready for after the lockdown.

Please get in touch if you are interested and would like to know more. A list being formed ready to begin.  

Do you need more clothes or just more accessories?

Do you need more clothes?

I know we get pleasure from buying new clothes to wear with everything that has gone on with the lockdown have you coped without buying new clothes? I have to admit wearing small set of clothes with great regularity quite happily. I know I was painting and gardening etc so they were not by best set of clothes. When I wanted to wear something wih a bit of colour for a zoom session I found some clothes that I had forgotten I had. So thinking of the environment. Patrick Grant stated on the this years ‘Great Sewing Bee’ TV program  ‘there is enough clothing in the world to clothe 6 generations’. So could you wear the clothes you have more times? Have you in the lockdown had a wardrobe clear out where you found things you had forgotten you had? Did you found things that you will never wear again?

Would you please rethink before you buy more clothes – do you really need this new item of clothing? What would make you reconsider buying it? Can you restyle items from your wardrobe to make it your new most worn loved bit of clothing? Patrick grant also said that at the time of showing of the ‘Great British Sewing Bee’ TV program there were no sewing machines available to buy in the UK so some restyling, recycling is going on.

Can you create a new outfit by changing the accessories? So consider not buying the new outfit just a new accessorie if you must.

‘What you wear shows people how to treat you’.

Have fun. Keep safe x

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes

I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its not the complete 10 years even 5 years would be acceptable. It is suggestes that we do lots of exercise to get our body in shape so why not the face as well.  Let me know how you get on. Keep safe xx

Stay at home time- Haircut DIY (Do it all yourself!)

Beware I have not tried this myself, this is information I found which I thought would be helpful. I would suggest having a good look at these clips or similar before you give it a go. Starting very gently.

There are various DIY (do it yourself) tips and hints being created. I thought you always cut your fringe flat against your head!

‘This morning’ 3rd April 2020 was –  https://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/how-to-do-a-salon-haircut-at-home

‘This morning’ TV 20/04/2020 had the same hairdresser Michael Douglas also giving tips on how to carefully cut your own hair. https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/heres-how-to-cut-your-hair-at-home

Michael said there are lots of tips in Instagram. He cut ones sons head off totally and how to use clippers. How to do a fringe, lift the hair up. To keep the fringe longer at the sides is a softer effect.

If you do not have good scissors he suggested getting some from Amazon for about £20.

I caught a glimpse of this program for the first time 05/05/2020 sounded like good clear advice. I like the hair cutting tips and for the men in your life how to trim a beard!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hywq/healthcheck-uk-live-series-2-episode-7

Later on in the above episode Angela Rippon was saying how important a good hair cut was. She had been lucky enough to go and have her hair cut locally just before the lock down!!

Stay safe and have fun xx!

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham – david and her share beauty products.

She never goes to bed with her makeup on.

She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/so-victoria-beckham-do-you-ever-sleep-in-your-make-up

She likes herself more now and seems to worry less is how she came across.

This page is work in progress sorry just having a few challenges.

Hope you are having a great day x Brenda

Not sure what to wear with what? Learn about standing back and drinking tea!

Youtube Sewing Quarter 26th November 2018, Freeview  Channel 73 at 10.05-11.00  & 12.05-13.00    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkV0jqR2KQw

We all like different colours for different reasons

Loving the chat about colour on Freeview Channel 73 Sewing Quarter.

Some things I took from the TV program

Brandon Mably has run Kaffe Fassett studio for a few years and he also collaborates with Philip Jacob so they end up with a nice mix up of three different styles. What they agree on is ‘You may not like what you have created but someone will’.

Brandon was talking about his life and looked at the brand new Kaffe fabric collection. Brandon talked about colour ’popping out’ at you. When you are designing he said and showed how a wall of grey flannel fabric allows you to stand back and see how things come together. Leave yourself open to the unexpected. The grey flannel wall is great for designing quilts. When Brendon talked about colour he said ‘We all like colour for different reasons’. Every colour is affected by the colour next to it. This cannot all be decided in your mind’s eye. Place your quilting pieces together on the flannel then go and make a cup of tea. The fresh eye when you come back again will help you to see what works and what does not work. Giving yourself a break is a great idea for so many things when you get stuck.

Brandon went on to say ’We all respond to colour individually, it is like a natural drug, you respond and feel it. You never stop learning about colour’. Every time Kaffe and Brandon work with colour they do not know what is going to work together. He said ‘we need to stand back, we all look better from a distance, up close you look at the little imperfections’. Think about when you admire great works of art in great galleries, they are huge rooms so you can stand back and admire the art. When designing a quilt it is a good idea to not restrict yourself, give yourself lots of options. I feel this idea can be used when trying to put outfits together in your wardrobe. Hang out a selection of clothes and accessories which you might like to wear. Then next morning, or later after a break,  you can look again and anything that stands out may need switching to your alternative options.

Brandon said they find the right location and light to take pictures for the books they are working on then they go and make the quilts!

Brandon found it difficult getting people past their prejudice about colour and size of print so using the grey flannel board you can create something completely,.

Help yourself to get that little bit of special happening.

Play with colour it can just lift you.

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham.

I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by Sally Hudson.

Ode to a lipstick at Sandringham WI

I’ve tried a lot of lipsticks

But it really isn’t fair,

The wind blows right across my face

And the lippy’s stuck to my hair.

I choose with care the dress I wear

I want to look a ‘Chick’,

But checking in the bedroom mirror –

There is no right shade stick!

I must be a nervous gal,

I put my lipstick on…

But then I have a teensy drink –

And the lippy’s sort of gone’.

I either left it on the glass

Or smeared it on my face,

Please, Brenda, tell me what to do

To solve my lipstick case!

A big thank you to Sally. Thank you also to members of the Women’s Institute for the help and welcome  I receive. I hope everyone has a great summer

Use 2 tablespoons of Suntan lotion for your whole body in a swimming costume!

Channel 5 Shop Smart 23rd May 2019 and Daily Mail Saturday 1st June 2019 states latest NHS guildlines – we need to use 2 tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume ‘. If just covering our head arms and neck then 2 teaspoons is enough.

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied liberally and frequently to get the right amount of protection. The higher the number should give greater protection.

Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears – and head if you have thinning or no hair – but a wide-brimmed hat is better.

The shop smart program had a very good clip to show how some people were not applying sunscreen all over the face.

A consumer survey for the Channel 5 Shop Smart: Save Money compared the sunscreen based on several factors, starting with their star rating. Sunscreen can be rated out of five stars, with five meaning ‘ultra’ – the best level of protection there is. The show looked into six sunscreens, all with an SPF – Sun Protection Factor – of 30. They compared six brands: Nivea Sun, Garnier Ambre Solaire, Piz Buin, Boots, Superdrug and Aldi. It was found that the discount sunscreen from Aldi protects much better against UVAs (ultraviolet A-rays) than products from Nivea or Garnier, and for less than half of their price.

The TV show also mentioned PizBuin was the first company to investigate how to stop getting sunburnt when climbing a mountain!!

It was reported that when it comes to protecting your skin in the sun, many consumers are inclined to turn to the big brands to make sure they’re choosing a reliable products.

So take care in the sun. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and repeat regularly.

Stay safe!







Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on ‘This Morning’ ITV  12:06 – 8 Mar 2019).

These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there’s an infinite number of different acids for your skin and it can feel hard to know which you should use.

Hard working exfoliators much better than gritty skin scrubs as many of them damage the skin.

If using an acid you must start using a SPF. You should be doing it anyway but skin becomes a little bit more sensitive to sun after using acids.

Salicylic acid – one such acid is ‘BHA oil’ which is soluble and can really get into the pores, great for blemish prone acne prone skin. Unblocks pores so brilliant for blackheads.

If you are not sure about using acids it is a good idea to start with a cleanser containing acid as you will wash it off.  You can use every night, leave it on for 3 minutes, massage it in like a wash and it very softly acts on dry cells.

Salicylic acid – ‘Some of the products are tingly’

Paula’s Choice 2% ‘BHA ‘ is a leave on lotion. Put it onto a pad and put it where you get where you get dryness and under the skin bumps.  Blemishes on your chest or on your back this is a brilliant body spray.  Murad Clarifying Spray is great product. Use it when you jump out of the shower this unclogs any blemishes,

Lactic Acid is great for dry and dehydrated skin as it is hydrating and exfoliating at the same time. ‘Inkey List Lactic Acid’ you put on a pad at night (it is a serum). You leave it on. Once you have cleansed your skin put a few little drops on a pad and put it onto your skin.

With any acid start slow once a week and build up.

‘Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Dual Texture Exfoliating Pads’ -acid peel pads ­- They are great if you are on the go as they are ready for you to use. Start slow and build up.

Then use your moisturiser.

Glycolic acid –It is the smallest molecule so it really will penetrate the skin so start slowly with this but when you really get going it’s the key to a bright glowing complexion. So if your skin is dull get going with this. ‘Alpha-H Liquid Gold’ pop it onto a pad your weekly treat. Twice a weekly after your cleanser put it on leave it settle then put moisturiser as it breaks down the dead skin cells. A new way to think about exfoliators by ‘B. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser’ and if you are nervous you can just wash it off.

Read very carefully about the product and how to use them.  Start very slowly 2 drops put it on your skin see how it goes. Eventually you may be able to use it every day if your skin can tolerate it.

Azelaic acid

The Ordinary Azaelic Acid has had less press but brilliant for post acne scarring uneven skin tone. You use the same principle use your cleanser put the acid on then the moisturiser

Ones quoted here are the ones everyone is raving about.

Hyaluronic acid

Vichy mineral 89 hyaluronic acid. This is the ultimate in skin hydration holds onto the moisturiser. Apply and then moisturise afterwards.

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/beauty-live-the-truth-about-acids

Acid products featured by Sarah

Salicylic acid

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish cleansing wash

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Lotion

Murad Clarifying Body Spray

Lactic acid

Inkey List Lactic Acid

Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Dual Texture Exfoliating Pads

Glycolic acid

Alpha-H Liquid Gold

  1. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser

Azelaic acid

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid

Hyaluronic acid

Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face

Valuable tips / suggestions to brides from previous brides

These were collected at a wedding show from previous brides. They were happy to pass on tips to help make your  day perfect. They should know as they have been through it themselves.

‘‘Someone keeps their phone on!’‘
One wedding the bride’s car had broken down and she could not tell anyone as everyone had turned their phones off.

‘‘Don’t keep checking the weather forecast, it will not change’‘
British weather can change and often the weather forecast is not right. All you can hope for is good weather but have a plan ‘B’ just in case. You will still get amazing photos, they might just have to be taken inside.

‘‘Let someone else organise it!’‘
It can be a stressful day, I remember a bride who was dyslexic she coped by having multiple spreadsheets.

‘‘Lots of support’‘
From everyone

‘‘Make sure everyone knows what they are doing’‘
It is the bride’s day and everyone is out to help make the day really special. It is the one day where everyone will be on her side.

‘‘No children’‘
This is a very difficult one especially where cost is involved. It is difficult if you want one child as a bridesmaid or page boy and not the other young child in the same family. Sounds amazing but I would say both have to be included.  No children can save you money as well.

‘‘Keep the little ones entertained with a sweetie / play area’‘
There are some great large garden games for adults as well

‘‘Planning and organising but relax and enjoy’‘
Something worth remembering but often not easy to do.

‘‘Organised & relaxing & patience’‘
Wise words

‘‘Patience’‘

‘‘Be well organised, it will help you feel less stressed!’‘

‘‘Get your maid of honour to organise it’‘
Not sure if this meant the wedding or just the hen night. This totally depends on how good your maid of honour is and the trust you have in her.

‘‘Purchase wedding insurance – especially if you are having a marquee’‘
I am sure there is a story behind this one.

To end with

‘‘Marry the perfect man’‘ – Nothing to add here!

‘‘Whatever happens keep smiling’‘
When I got married the vicar got the words wrong. It made everyone laugh and made it more memorable.

Whatever happens it will be a fantastic day.

Brenda x

New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future. I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things. As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being...

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its...

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham - david and her share beauty products. She never goes to bed with her makeup on. She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more...

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham. I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by...

Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on 'This Morning' ITV  12:06 - 8 Mar 2019). These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there's an infinite number of...

New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future. I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things. As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being...

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its...

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham - david and her share beauty products. She never goes to bed with her makeup on. She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more...

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham. I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by...

Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on 'This Morning' ITV  12:06 - 8 Mar 2019). These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there's an infinite number of...

New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future.

I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things.

As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being formed. It is an understanding resulting in a very unique to you ‘Signature Style’ creation online.

It’s all about the new you ready for after the lockdown.

Please get in touch if you are interested and would like to know more. A list being formed ready to begin.  

Do you need more clothes or just more accessories?

Do you need more clothes?

I know we get pleasure from buying new clothes to wear with everything that has gone on with the lockdown have you coped without buying new clothes? I have to admit wearing small set of clothes with great regularity quite happily. I know I was painting and gardening etc so they were not by best set of clothes. When I wanted to wear something wih a bit of colour for a zoom session I found some clothes that I had forgotten I had. So thinking of the environment. Patrick Grant stated on the this years ‘Great Sewing Bee’ TV program  ‘there is enough clothing in the world to clothe 6 generations’. So could you wear the clothes you have more times? Have you in the lockdown had a wardrobe clear out where you found things you had forgotten you had? Did you found things that you will never wear again?

Would you please rethink before you buy more clothes – do you really need this new item of clothing? What would make you reconsider buying it? Can you restyle items from your wardrobe to make it your new most worn loved bit of clothing? Patrick grant also said that at the time of showing of the ‘Great British Sewing Bee’ TV program there were no sewing machines available to buy in the UK so some restyling, recycling is going on.

Can you create a new outfit by changing the accessories? So consider not buying the new outfit just a new accessorie if you must.

‘What you wear shows people how to treat you’.

Have fun. Keep safe x

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes

I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its not the complete 10 years even 5 years would be acceptable. It is suggestes that we do lots of exercise to get our body in shape so why not the face as well.  Let me know how you get on. Keep safe xx

Stay at home time- Haircut DIY (Do it all yourself!)

Beware I have not tried this myself, this is information I found which I thought would be helpful. I would suggest having a good look at these clips or similar before you give it a go. Starting very gently.

There are various DIY (do it yourself) tips and hints being created. I thought you always cut your fringe flat against your head!

‘This morning’ 3rd April 2020 was –  https://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/how-to-do-a-salon-haircut-at-home

‘This morning’ TV 20/04/2020 had the same hairdresser Michael Douglas also giving tips on how to carefully cut your own hair. https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/heres-how-to-cut-your-hair-at-home

Michael said there are lots of tips in Instagram. He cut ones sons head off totally and how to use clippers. How to do a fringe, lift the hair up. To keep the fringe longer at the sides is a softer effect.

If you do not have good scissors he suggested getting some from Amazon for about £20.

I caught a glimpse of this program for the first time 05/05/2020 sounded like good clear advice. I like the hair cutting tips and for the men in your life how to trim a beard!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hywq/healthcheck-uk-live-series-2-episode-7

Later on in the above episode Angela Rippon was saying how important a good hair cut was. She had been lucky enough to go and have her hair cut locally just before the lock down!!

Stay safe and have fun xx!

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham – david and her share beauty products.

She never goes to bed with her makeup on.

She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/so-victoria-beckham-do-you-ever-sleep-in-your-make-up

She likes herself more now and seems to worry less is how she came across.

This page is work in progress sorry just having a few challenges.

Hope you are having a great day x Brenda

Not sure what to wear with what? Learn about standing back and drinking tea!

Youtube Sewing Quarter 26th November 2018, Freeview  Channel 73 at 10.05-11.00  & 12.05-13.00    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkV0jqR2KQw

We all like different colours for different reasons

Loving the chat about colour on Freeview Channel 73 Sewing Quarter.

Some things I took from the TV program

Brandon Mably has run Kaffe Fassett studio for a few years and he also collaborates with Philip Jacob so they end up with a nice mix up of three different styles. What they agree on is ‘You may not like what you have created but someone will’.

Brandon was talking about his life and looked at the brand new Kaffe fabric collection. Brandon talked about colour ’popping out’ at you. When you are designing he said and showed how a wall of grey flannel fabric allows you to stand back and see how things come together. Leave yourself open to the unexpected. The grey flannel wall is great for designing quilts. When Brendon talked about colour he said ‘We all like colour for different reasons’. Every colour is affected by the colour next to it. This cannot all be decided in your mind’s eye. Place your quilting pieces together on the flannel then go and make a cup of tea. The fresh eye when you come back again will help you to see what works and what does not work. Giving yourself a break is a great idea for so many things when you get stuck.

Brandon went on to say ’We all respond to colour individually, it is like a natural drug, you respond and feel it. You never stop learning about colour’. Every time Kaffe and Brandon work with colour they do not know what is going to work together. He said ‘we need to stand back, we all look better from a distance, up close you look at the little imperfections’. Think about when you admire great works of art in great galleries, they are huge rooms so you can stand back and admire the art. When designing a quilt it is a good idea to not restrict yourself, give yourself lots of options. I feel this idea can be used when trying to put outfits together in your wardrobe. Hang out a selection of clothes and accessories which you might like to wear. Then next morning, or later after a break,  you can look again and anything that stands out may need switching to your alternative options.

Brandon said they find the right location and light to take pictures for the books they are working on then they go and make the quilts!

Brandon found it difficult getting people past their prejudice about colour and size of print so using the grey flannel board you can create something completely,.

Help yourself to get that little bit of special happening.

Play with colour it can just lift you.

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham.

I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by Sally Hudson.

Ode to a lipstick at Sandringham WI

I’ve tried a lot of lipsticks

But it really isn’t fair,

The wind blows right across my face

And the lippy’s stuck to my hair.

I choose with care the dress I wear

I want to look a ‘Chick’,

But checking in the bedroom mirror –

There is no right shade stick!

I must be a nervous gal,

I put my lipstick on…

But then I have a teensy drink –

And the lippy’s sort of gone’.

I either left it on the glass

Or smeared it on my face,

Please, Brenda, tell me what to do

To solve my lipstick case!

A big thank you to Sally. Thank you also to members of the Women’s Institute for the help and welcome  I receive. I hope everyone has a great summer

Use 2 tablespoons of Suntan lotion for your whole body in a swimming costume!

Channel 5 Shop Smart 23rd May 2019 and Daily Mail Saturday 1st June 2019 states latest NHS guildlines – we need to use 2 tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume ‘. If just covering our head arms and neck then 2 teaspoons is enough.

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied liberally and frequently to get the right amount of protection. The higher the number should give greater protection.

Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears – and head if you have thinning or no hair – but a wide-brimmed hat is better.

The shop smart program had a very good clip to show how some people were not applying sunscreen all over the face.

A consumer survey for the Channel 5 Shop Smart: Save Money compared the sunscreen based on several factors, starting with their star rating. Sunscreen can be rated out of five stars, with five meaning ‘ultra’ – the best level of protection there is. The show looked into six sunscreens, all with an SPF – Sun Protection Factor – of 30. They compared six brands: Nivea Sun, Garnier Ambre Solaire, Piz Buin, Boots, Superdrug and Aldi. It was found that the discount sunscreen from Aldi protects much better against UVAs (ultraviolet A-rays) than products from Nivea or Garnier, and for less than half of their price.

The TV show also mentioned PizBuin was the first company to investigate how to stop getting sunburnt when climbing a mountain!!

It was reported that when it comes to protecting your skin in the sun, many consumers are inclined to turn to the big brands to make sure they’re choosing a reliable products.

So take care in the sun. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and repeat regularly.

Stay safe!







Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on ‘This Morning’ ITV  12:06 – 8 Mar 2019).

These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there’s an infinite number of different acids for your skin and it can feel hard to know which you should use.

Hard working exfoliators much better than gritty skin scrubs as many of them damage the skin.

If using an acid you must start using a SPF. You should be doing it anyway but skin becomes a little bit more sensitive to sun after using acids.

Salicylic acid – one such acid is ‘BHA oil’ which is soluble and can really get into the pores, great for blemish prone acne prone skin. Unblocks pores so brilliant for blackheads.

If you are not sure about using acids it is a good idea to start with a cleanser containing acid as you will wash it off.  You can use every night, leave it on for 3 minutes, massage it in like a wash and it very softly acts on dry cells.

Salicylic acid – ‘Some of the products are tingly’

Paula’s Choice 2% ‘BHA ‘ is a leave on lotion. Put it onto a pad and put it where you get where you get dryness and under the skin bumps.  Blemishes on your chest or on your back this is a brilliant body spray.  Murad Clarifying Spray is great product. Use it when you jump out of the shower this unclogs any blemishes,

Lactic Acid is great for dry and dehydrated skin as it is hydrating and exfoliating at the same time. ‘Inkey List Lactic Acid’ you put on a pad at night (it is a serum). You leave it on. Once you have cleansed your skin put a few little drops on a pad and put it onto your skin.

With any acid start slow once a week and build up.

‘Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Dual Texture Exfoliating Pads’ -acid peel pads ­- They are great if you are on the go as they are ready for you to use. Start slow and build up.

Then use your moisturiser.

Glycolic acid –It is the smallest molecule so it really will penetrate the skin so start slowly with this but when you really get going it’s the key to a bright glowing complexion. So if your skin is dull get going with this. ‘Alpha-H Liquid Gold’ pop it onto a pad your weekly treat. Twice a weekly after your cleanser put it on leave it settle then put moisturiser as it breaks down the dead skin cells. A new way to think about exfoliators by ‘B. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser’ and if you are nervous you can just wash it off.

Read very carefully about the product and how to use them.  Start very slowly 2 drops put it on your skin see how it goes. Eventually you may be able to use it every day if your skin can tolerate it.

Azelaic acid

The Ordinary Azaelic Acid has had less press but brilliant for post acne scarring uneven skin tone. You use the same principle use your cleanser put the acid on then the moisturiser

Ones quoted here are the ones everyone is raving about.

Hyaluronic acid

Vichy mineral 89 hyaluronic acid. This is the ultimate in skin hydration holds onto the moisturiser. Apply and then moisturise afterwards.

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/beauty-live-the-truth-about-acids

Acid products featured by Sarah

Salicylic acid

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish cleansing wash

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Lotion

Murad Clarifying Body Spray

Lactic acid

Inkey List Lactic Acid

Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Dual Texture Exfoliating Pads

Glycolic acid

Alpha-H Liquid Gold

  1. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser

Azelaic acid

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid

Hyaluronic acid

Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face

Valuable tips / suggestions to brides from previous brides

These were collected at a wedding show from previous brides. They were happy to pass on tips to help make your  day perfect. They should know as they have been through it themselves.

‘‘Someone keeps their phone on!’‘
One wedding the bride’s car had broken down and she could not tell anyone as everyone had turned their phones off.

‘‘Don’t keep checking the weather forecast, it will not change’‘
British weather can change and often the weather forecast is not right. All you can hope for is good weather but have a plan ‘B’ just in case. You will still get amazing photos, they might just have to be taken inside.

‘‘Let someone else organise it!’‘
It can be a stressful day, I remember a bride who was dyslexic she coped by having multiple spreadsheets.

‘‘Lots of support’‘
From everyone

‘‘Make sure everyone knows what they are doing’‘
It is the bride’s day and everyone is out to help make the day really special. It is the one day where everyone will be on her side.

‘‘No children’‘
This is a very difficult one especially where cost is involved. It is difficult if you want one child as a bridesmaid or page boy and not the other young child in the same family. Sounds amazing but I would say both have to be included.  No children can save you money as well.

‘‘Keep the little ones entertained with a sweetie / play area’‘
There are some great large garden games for adults as well

‘‘Planning and organising but relax and enjoy’‘
Something worth remembering but often not easy to do.

‘‘Organised & relaxing & patience’‘
Wise words

‘‘Patience’‘

‘‘Be well organised, it will help you feel less stressed!’‘

‘‘Get your maid of honour to organise it’‘
Not sure if this meant the wedding or just the hen night. This totally depends on how good your maid of honour is and the trust you have in her.

‘‘Purchase wedding insurance – especially if you are having a marquee’‘
I am sure there is a story behind this one.

To end with

‘‘Marry the perfect man’‘ – Nothing to add here!

‘‘Whatever happens keep smiling’‘
When I got married the vicar got the words wrong. It made everyone laugh and made it more memorable.

Whatever happens it will be a fantastic day.

Brenda x

New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future. I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things. As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being...

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its...

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham - david and her share beauty products. She never goes to bed with her makeup on. She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more...

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham. I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by...

Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on 'This Morning' ITV  12:06 - 8 Mar 2019). These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there's an infinite number of...

New service ‘Colour Psychology’ online

Due to the lockdown there is a need to change ways of working for the future. I did some updating and learnt new ideas plus ways of looking at things. As many of you know I love colour and also the way the mind works so now a new service ‘Colour Psychology’ is being...

Worth a try

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/the-diy-facelift-10-years-younger-in-10-minutes I saw this clip on the the TV a few weeks ago. It is facial exercises taking about 10 minutes a day to make you 10 years younger. I cannot see it doing any harm even if its...

Victorias Secret

Latest from Victoria Beckham - david and her share beauty products. She never goes to bed with her makeup on. She loves a lip pencil going slightly outside her natural lip line plus lots more...

Posies, Poems and Parties

I have enjoyed past few months speaking on varies topics for special parties and monthly meetings in Sutton, Pulham Market, Acle, Sandringham and Surlingham. I have been given lovely flowers, posies and always a warm welcome. Even a poem has been written for me by...

Are acids the secret to youthful skin?

By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on 'This Morning' ITV  12:06 - 8 Mar 2019). These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there's an infinite number of...