Category: Beauty & Fashion

Sewing Kit Essentials

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

We have forgotten the art of mending through sewing.  If it is ripped, we throw.  If the seams had unravelled, we go to a professional tailor.  But why?  Sewing is the easiest to do.

Many shops providing mending and alterations are springing up left right and centre; they have cornered the market, knowing people have no desire to mend their own clothes if it can be helped. Aware of this, tailorshops sometimes charge a small fortune for their services.

Surely basic sewing was part of Home Economics (HE) lessons at school?  I used to be rather indifferent to the lessons but I found out now how relevant it is to go about your everyday life, no matter what your station in life. 🙂

It is therefore convenient and money efficient to have a sewing kit at hand, so that you can make a favourite dress, skirt or trousers last that much longer.  Darn minor wear and tear.  You could also start a new sewing project.  It could be a start of small cottage industry 😉

What should be in the sewing kit?

Sewing Kit Essentials:

Set of needles in various sizes, i.e. thickness

A pair of sharp scissors

Threads of various colours, especially white, black, beige and brown

A needle threader, even if the eyes are still sharp, a needle threader is still very useful.

A thimble – some materials are thick and hard to sew.  They can be a pain to your digits.  This is when a  thimble come into their own.

Dressmaker’s pin.  They are so useful, especially when you need to shorten a skirt, dress or a pair of jeans or trousers.

A tape measure.

Button collections


Strawberry Foot Scrub Recipe


As it is summer, strawberries are not at their dearest.  So why not pamper yourself and your feet with strawberries and luxuriate in their opulence.  Afterall, the feet work very hard to support us all day.  They are often neglected but I think, they need tender loving care now and again.

And a good start is a foot scrub.

Below is an easy recipe for a foot scrub.

Strawberry Foot Scrub Recipe



  • 8-10 ripe strawberries


  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • 3 tbsp sea salt

Method of Preparation:

  • Mashed the strawberries with the olive oil.
  • Stir in the sea salt.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Apply the scrub to your feet.  Massage to the areas which are particularly rough such as the heels and the ball of the feet. Work it.  Expoliate.  Indulge those feet.
  • Wash the feet and then dry.
  • Do not forget to apply foot cream for a thorough pampering.


Home-made Body Scrub

There is a very inexpensive way to smooth-en the body, you do not have to go to salon or buy expensive products when you can easily make your own at home and scent it with whatever scented oil you have got lurking in the back of your cupboard from last Christmas!

The ingredients for a good scrub are already in your food cupboard. 🙂



Olive Oil

Olive Oil



Lavender oil








Body Scrub


1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp salt (if running low on salt, use granulated sugar)

3 drops of scented oil (lavander, grapefruit, bergamot, cedarwood, sandalwood, citronella, jasmine, eucaliptus or any of your favourite)

Method of preparation:

Mix the olive oil with the salt or sugar.

Then add a few drops of any of the essential oils you have got in your cupboard or by the bath tub.

Mix it well.

Gently massage over your arms and legs this scented oily salt or sugar.  Give is a vigorous scrub all over before you  hit the shower.

Rinse off with warm water.

You will be left with a supple, soft, clean skin.

Do this once a week.

Good Night Sleep

To carry care to bed is to sleep with a pack on your back.
— Haliburton.

Having too much on your mind doesn’t make for a good night rest.

Good Night Sleep

New research found that the ideal amount of sleep one should have is between 6-8 hours per night.  More than 8 hours will only leave you feeling tired whilst less than 6 hours of sleep is not enough for your body cells to regenerate.



I read  from my Good Housekeeping magazine that to be able to attain that often so capricious good night sleep, one must find one’s personal sleep inducer.

Try having a warm bath


reading in bed


warm glass of milk which can improve the quality of sleep


bed socks – if your extremities are cold.  (this one works for me when the weather is really cold and extra tip – moisturise your feet first and wake up with lovely pegs 😉 )


all of the above


count sheep


Go for a consultation with your GP

Get some zzzzzzzzzzzzzz or you’ll turn into a bush baby

bush baby

Beauty: Eyes

You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow.
– Jack Black


Beauty: Eyes

According to research a big pair of eyes are very attractive.

It has been said that the eyes are the windows to your soul.

They are the first thing people notice about you.

Therefore, we should look after our eyes.

*  We should carefully remove eye make-up before going to bed.

* Do not rub eyes with dirty tissues and dirty hands.

* Be gentle with the skin around the eyes.  Pat rather than rub!

* Get a good night sleep.

* Drink a lot of water to rehydrate the skin.

* Treat your eyes to some cold compress or cucumber slices session.

* Tidy up your eyebrows.  This technique can make you look younger.  Pluck any stray hairs around your eyebrows.  DO NOT OVER PLUCK!

* Invest in a pair of a good eyelash curler.  Curling your eyelashes really opens up your eyes.

* Try using false eyelashes.  They can become easy to use with practise.

* Using mascara is another trick.  Use black for drama.  Most make-up artists recommend to use mascara on upper lashes only.

DSCN9213Tears can be beneficial to your eyes.  They contain antibacterial substances which help clear most eye infections naturally.

The Monochrome


@ Fenwicks, Brent Cross Photo by JMorton

The Monochrome

It is almost the party season, girls and … boys.   Still time to plan the outfits that would razzle and dazzle your way into fun, fun, fun party mood.

Choosing monochrome is always a winner.  A simple black and white dress is fun as well as elegant change from the LBD (little black dress), which is de rigueur to all occasions.

The monochrome will suit all, provided you choose a pattern that would suit your body best.  Though there are only two colours to a monochrome, it still can get to look rather ‘busy’ if the design is too bold.

Choose wisely and you will be the belle of the ball.

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