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Date Night Makeup/Skincare

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Me having a laugh doing my makeup for Valentines date night using Clinique and Chanel products – probably in the wrong way but hey ho.

For my valentines outfit I’m wearing a velvet wrap dress from Next.

I’ve used clinques products and Oil of Olay ( used to be Ulay) actually for many years now due to having a skin condition that makes me allergic to many products.

I remember when the allergies kicked in, I was over in India with work and I unfortunately got deli belly and came back to the UK very poorly lost two stone and was unusually exhausted all the time. The doctor diagnoised diabetes and soon after I really started to get serious reactions to butter, full fat milk and cream and I also found that preservatives/additives in food also cause issues and make my skin blister. Fortunately for me my face cream Oil of Ulay continued to be okay for me but my usual makeup made my skin sting and blistering. So I moved over to Clinque and a bit of Chanel on my sister Catherines advice and I’ve used it ever since.


Heres a list of the products that I have used in developing my valentines night look: Clinique: – 1 – Line smoothingConcealer 02 light 2 – Eyeshadow Quad “Going Steady” 3 – Lash Power long last 4 – Blusher mines not there now but I like this one from clinique called Cheek pop Chanel: – 5 – Lipstick Rouge Noir by Chanel

Time to Shine

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I bought this amazing Sequin jacket from Anna Scholz last weekend and it arrived today horrah 😁. I’m so excited to wear this jacket on stage when playing the festival season with my band Skyeladder this year. Ive paired the jacket with Evans jeans, cowboy boots and a hat looks banging hey 😍. Oh and you can still get the jacket here how fab is that – https://www.annascholz.com/sale/coats/sequin-coat-multi.html I love it and cant wait to wear it out , let me know what you think :0) .


. #psbloggers#annascholzhasdoneitagain#sequins#plussize#curvefriendlywwww.janiebritton.skyeladder.net

Brand Focus: – Simplybe

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Note: I am not in a paid partnership with any of these brands.

Its always interesting to see what the fashion houses are touting on their various media outlets and the methods that they use in order push/encourage us towards what they would like us to buy to wear for the upcoming seasons. Some of them do this in a positve way and are aware of things that are important to the savy customers such as brand awareness ( by this I mean that they know what their customers like and understand the different shapes) , price, wearability and also quality. Others do it in almost a shamefully blantant way in pushing their products towards elite/segregated groups creating negativity for ladies and gents like myself who are #plussized #curvy #fullerthantheaveragehighstreetsize.

Simply Be are good at pushing their brand in a positive way, they use curvy ladies, using positive images and truly seem to embrace the “I’m trying to represent all area”. In particular the recent publicity stunts for Simplybe. The “All the curves, glam bus and megaphones” – how Simply Be do #LondonFashionWeek. was great however Simply be wheres the older ladies and can we also include gents as well please via your Jacamo line.

#LondonFashionWeek #positiverolemodels

The Simply brand has some great items in stock currently in particular the following:

Check out this amazing dress from Yumi. at £56.00
It has a really playful image of a llama on the front, its just above your knee and is just full of creativity. The length is great if you’re fed up of the maxi dress’s like moi and just want to get your legs out then this dress is perfect for you. I’m 51 5:8 and a size 18 – 20 and feel that the style and colors are appealing to me whether it appeals to others of a similar age Id hope so as we need a lot more fun in our lives and I think this Yumi dress fits the bill. The dress has a zip at the back to its easy to get into ( although I normally just put dresses over my head and pull.) Its also got a tailored approach at the back with pintucks pulling the dress into the small of your back in order to great this great view of your backwaist and also your postérieur area lol. Looking at instagram there are a lot of ladies who promote their size of their postérieurs  why I dont know but I guess its up to them ( Funny how the expression does my bum look big in this , now has a different more positive meaning)   #gorgeousdress #cutedress #yumidress www.janiebritton.skyeladder.net

Slogan tees: How fun is this AX Paris Splatter T-shirt, its £28.00 which is pricey for a tee I guess but it is AX Paris and more importantly its fun. I can see myself on stage wearing a cool pair of pants and boots playing my guitar. In fact I’m gonna buy this one for sure
This is such a fab looking dress from Pink Clove, its a swing shape dress in the very popular and on trend snake print. At £24:00, I think its a bit of a bargain , its above the knee again which as mentioned above is great for me. Theres a couple of reviews online re the thin-ness of the material but I guess thats reflected in the price. Its also pinky, purple and a peachy color which are all my favorite colors. Its such a vibrant print that I’m sure that if you want to stand out you will in this dress.
Available in sizes 16 – 28.

So thats all re the Simply be brand – so which brand should I focus on next let me know. Love yo you all xx
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Simply be codes – YJRY5 spend £75 space 20% or AAAL6 spend £100 save 25%

Autumn Beauty – Hair – Rootsmudge

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Just had my hair done at a place called Freddys Hair Salon in Rawtenstall Rossendale.  Absolutely love the time and effort that Matt my stylist took to ensuring it looked great.

Heres what he used.

‘Broke the base’ using #blondeme with 6% in a #freehand #blalyage technique then covered the regrowth using Schwarzkopf Professional #colour10 6/00 6%. The remaining hair was coloured using #igoravibrance 8/4 and 5/1 to create a cool mocha tone 👌🏻👌🏻 #autumnready
#hairtransformation #autumnhair #freehandhighlights #rootsmudge #blend #linghair #brunettehair #longhair #smoothhair #freddies #freddiesforhair #rawtenstall #rossendale #manchester #ribblevalley Freddies Hair-Salon

Love it thankyou Matt xx

Hubbys home – Multiple Myeloma – Stem Cell Transplant

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Hubby came home from hospital just under a couple of weeks ago thank goodness :0 ). As you know hes got Multiple Myeloma which is a cancer of the plasma cells. ( also known as plasma cell myeloma, is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible for producing antibodies.)

I must admit its very hard, and life is a struggle.  My hubbys just had a major procedure a Stem cell transplant due to his Multiple Myeloma ( Cancer).  After the transplant he managed to contract  mucositis which effects the mouth so no voice, painful to swallow and was hardly able to eat anything.  He also had septis and an infection in his pic line so they have removed it and hes on antibiotics. Hes had lots of plasma and blood cells pumped into him. When he was in hospital I was driving 1 hour and 20 mins to get to see him each trip so that was 2.5 hours at least travel to the hospital each day.

Plus also working full time, maintaining the house and garden and looking after the pup.  Just seeing how poorly hubby was and trying to remain upbeat and smiley for him was very difficult. The drive home from hospital was my quiet reflecting time and that time apart from driving was mostly spent crying about us both and basically feeling sad re our situation and being a complete softy.

Hes out of hospital now but its still difficult as we have the weekly hospital trips initially it was every couple of days. I’m still working full time, doing the house/garden and of course looking after my dear hubby. But I don’t begrudge the situation I’m more thankful to be honest as hes still here with me,

I still have my love my soulmate and I consider myself and us very lucky.

 

Hubby Pauls , recovering well though and I am seeing improvements each day.  Hes loosing his hair bless him hence the funky Buff headwear, but I really hope that soon we’ll know if the SCT worked and if he is in remission or not. 

We got out for a spot of lunch yesterday although it totally exhausted him and he had to go back to bed, at least we got out.  Sometimes a chance of scene is as good as a rest they say and yes I think they are right.  So onwards and upwards for us just moi, my gorgeous man and our super beautiful and loyal pup Suzie Q…….

 

Unicorns rule……

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Unicorns rule…. great tee from Next.  This tee looks great with everything and is the perfect addition to the Spring/Summer wardrobe.  Unicorns are magical , and you in turn can look magical by wearing this great tee.  Pair it with a cute pair of shorts for the beach or just chill and wear a pair of relaxed jeans.  What ever you wear it with you’ll look great even if its just to chill around the house with a pair of slouch pants.  What ever you choose Unicorns rule……..

 

Unicorns rule……

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Its Harvest Time – Multiple Myeloma – Stem Cell Transplant

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Wish Paul luck everybody he’s currently having his stem cells harvested at Manchester Royal over the next two days. Hes been sick and dizzy today, but he seems a little better now that hes been given an anti sickness drug.

Well Day 1,& Day 2 done then driving home day 2 and we get a call from the hospital note we’re about 15 minutes from.  Sorry but hes not produced enough Stem Cells they say, so can you drive back to collect more injections and then come back in for 8:30am tomorrow so we can harvest some more. Needless to say we’re exhausted by this point anyway and I was internally pissed off :0).  So we decided to drive home, let Suzie Pup out and had a cuppa before driving back.

Getting back to the hospital was a pain, lots of people around out on the lash ( drinkie poo resulting in drunkness) lol, they seem to forget that roads aren’t pavements.  I got annoyed as we got lost and swore alot ( sorry) but told myself to calm down as I didn’t want Paul upset any further.  So finally we get to the hospital up to Ward 44 we go Manchester Royal collect the injections and I said can I use a room so we can do the injections. Pointed to the relatives room, gave Paul his injections and a nurse turns up saying I’m here to give the injections.  I turned around and said I’ve done them didn’t realise they where going to give them .  She said oh did you know how to do it , I was like yep  no issue I’ve been injecting Paul twice daily for the last 7 months with Clexane anyway.

So its now Friday and hes totally exhausted unsurprisingly,  we have a gig on Saturday at Yewstock ( somehow we will get through it) . Back to hospital Tuesday for consent for the transplant and then the actual transplant and full blast chemo/stay in hospital on the 31st of July.

Oh what a week hey.

I’ve also started a fund raiser here for Paul to help with some time away after the transplant to recover and also help with travel expenses to the hospital and back. It would be great if you can share the link and even greater if you could contribute.  Thankyou in advance. https://www.gofundme.com/holiday-for-cancer-sufferer

“A Nickle” – Original Song Lyrics/Poetry by Paul Britton

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A nickel is holding up a dollar.
Making me feel like I can’t carry on.
There’s another rock flying towards my head.
I can’t tell where I gone wrong.
A nickel is holding up a dollar.
Nothing but pain all thru the night.
How can I put up with it forever more.
Sailing or flying try as I might
Br
Yeah yeah, crying and laughing.
Yeah yeah sang the ferryman.
Yeah yeah crying and laughing.
Yeah yeah sang the ferryman.
A nickel is holding up a dollar.
Something tells me it’s up and it’s down.
How can time beckon like lights in the fog.
Working dogs lie in a different town.
A nickel is holding up a dollar.
You lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.
Nothing seems real when I open my eyes.
I try to be polite I always say please

 

Multiple Myeloma – SCT – how’s it going for you!

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So Cycle 8 of the twice weekly intensive Chemotherapy is now complete for hubster.   So glad this is his last cycle hes so fed up and needs a break.  Problem is that on the 3rd of July he starts the prep and consent for the Stem Cell Transplant doh!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately Paul’s still having his twice daily Clexane injections ( anti-coagulant replacing his Warfarin for the moment) which are leaving unbelievable bruises  – look at this devil.

 

 

 

 

 

3rd July 2018
So rolling forward to the 3rd of July, we met with the Hematologist at Manchester Royal , a really charming and funny chap.  The day was basically taking a measure of Pauls weight, yet more bloods, a run through of the forms, sign your life away and what happens during Stem Cell.  All very straight forward. The first part of the Stem Cell Transplant process is basically checking that you are fit enough. So you’ll have a series of tests to check before proceeding with the SCT and onto the next stage which is the harvesting stage.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stem-cell-transplant/what-happens/#tests

1 – 01/07 – CT Scan

2 – 10/07 – Lung Function Test

3 – 12/07 – Bone Marrow Test

4 – ECG Test

5 – Harvesting prep – 13/07  – GCSF Injections ( note you need to keep them cool in the fridge) are to be given to hubby ( Paul) into his soft skin to encourage/stimulate the stem cells to go into his blood stream from his bone marrow).  So that’s me playing nursey again  – “Sorry Paul , Sharp scratch lol”

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/treating/supportive-and-other-treatments/supportive-therapies/g-csf.html

I wonder if they picked Friday the 13th deliberately?

6 – 16/07 – Bloods and consultation review

7 – 17/07 – 18/07 – Harvesting the Stem Cells at Manchester Royal

8 – Conditioning ( basically an intensive blast of chemo  – say goodbye to your hair – sorry)

9 – Stem Cell transplant and a few weeks stay in hospital.

 

Lung Function Test – July 10th 2018

This was a strange test , seems they are testing to see how strong you are by making you breath into a bag that’s attached to a machine. Paul had to blow into the blue pipe that has the bag attached to it , short and long spurts of pushing air out of your lungs. The machine then very cleverly works out your lung function capacity.

 

Its Bone Marrow test day – July 12th 2018
Well its been a funny old day today . Hubby Paul my lovely unlucky chappie is the one with the Multiple Myeloma ( Cancer) , he had his bone marrow test today in prep for his Stem Cell transplant. He’s having the cell extraction next Tuesday and Wednesday at Manchester Royal. They tried to get his bone marrow via his hip to extra the bone marrow cells but couldn’t do , it just wouldn’t go in (he must have bones as solid as granite eh?) , so the doc went in via his chest. So here’s what they do they swab the area of where they are going to extract the bone marrow.  In hubbies case his chest, then they inject a local anesthetic.  Then lastly certainly from what I saw they use what looks like a tube with a needle on the end but its a different type of needle to the usual injection ones. They remove a sample of bone marrow cells or an area of bone marrow in one piece. Here’s a link to the procedure if you want to see the graphic details https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/tests/bone-marrow-test.

I stayed in the room during the procedure, moral support and all that. Hubby screamed, I’ve never heard him scream before it wasn’t good. I brought him home about 10:30am from hospital and hes been in bed asleep since. Only waking for lunch and drinks. Feeling very sad, lonely and pretty useless today as theres not much I can do for him apart from food, drinks and checking on him.

Pups on guard, well looking at her maybe shes guarding the fan as its super warm who knows.

 

 

 

So thats it, next week we have the pleasure of attending hospital three days in one week and the harvesting starts.  Oh joy bring on the Harvest Festival. !!!!!!

Body Confidence – Are you Curvy or just Fat?

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Seems everybody is jumping on the band wagon with regards this one so thought I’d add my two peneth.

I’m one of those people who always ( always) covers up, I’m not a great one to show their legs or let alone wear a bikini in public.  But then that’s just me I guess, you’re not going to change my mindset because its trendy to show all your lumps and bumps and call yourself curvy when in fact you are fat. I’m now too old and I wont change I promise you lol!.

Whoops! I said the fat word, another thing that people find offensive, I mean why are you so offended I don’t get it?.  If you are over your standard weight for your height and frame then you are fat right?.  Why some ladies call themselves curvy, I do not know , embrace you’re fat ,if you are happy with it. Wear what you want to and don’t give a flip about what people think ( its Mind over matter literally). Listen, don’t think that you have to call yourselves “curvy” because everybody tells you , you should!.

 

 

There are a few prominent bloggers out there that are championing the word Fat and taking it back and owning it , I’m sure you my lovely readers can do the same.

 

 

I’m happy in my skin, yes I am, ( honest)  but, and yes there is a but, I am still conscious of the tummy roll area and the double chin it doesn’t suit me and I am very very vain. I do need to continue to loose weight and get healthier as I am type 2 Diabetic and for me that’s the right decision. Some people reacted to my losing weight in the past in different ways, ie abandonment, disloyal etc. I got the vibe that some people ( weird I know) felt I was sort of abandoning the plus community, nope not guilty. All I’m doing is ensuring that I’m still around long enough to enjoy my life and live out those dreams.  ie Mine are going to Memphis making it big and having a number 1 in the charts with my band Skyeladder

So anyway back to the body confidence thing – here is a picture of myself in a swimsuit, also first time in Malta September 2017 as well after holidaying in the UK for years due to my hubby being super ill.

I didn’t make it to a bikini , but then again I just didn’t want to !.

The cossie I have on is a  Beth Ditto Swimsuit , this is back from when Evans where brave,  in that they had exciting designers such as Beth pull together capsule collections for them. I think I look pretty good what do you think.?

Here’s one of me in shorts showing my legs ( Shock/Horror, this is rare though.) 

I also know its a bit corny but I recorded this ditti around body confidence a few years ago.  Have a listen and if you want get it shared around so more people can hear me sing :0) and push my music I’m in a band called Skyeladder www.skyeladder.net :0 )

Enjoy the blog and speak to you all soon ………..

#bodyconfidence #doenstmatterwhatyourshapeis #skyeladder #psblogger