Thursday, 9 September 2010

Posh Nails and Holiday Books

Before we went on holiday this year, I decided I was going to go away glamorous. Every year, I go away in a rush and look like Old Mother Hubbard. Not this year, I was utterly determined. I had a bit of splurge and threw out all my old summer clothes which were all too big and had been around for centuries and went trendy with the lovely maxi dresses that were in. Then off to the hairdressers, to turn my dowdy locks golden. Armed with my new wardrobe and new hair, I realised my glam transformation was not finished. So I ventured very timidly into the fake tan department. I was very wary as I have never had a fake tan in my life, but I was so fed up of being the only pale and interesting one in a hot country. I am surrounded by brown people in my family and I have a hubby who goes so dark, due to his Portuguese background. So I knew it had to be done. I have to admit to feeling rather intimidated, standing nearly naked in front of a girl I had never met before, whilst she sprayed me with freezing cold brown goo. The tan had to be left on all night and by bedtime, I looked black, which is really scary when you are normally whiter than chalk. Thankfully it eased off next day, when I could shower it off, but for a minute I was scared!

After the tanning session, I ventured into the world of fake nails. My nails are always short and stubby, which makes my fingers look horrible, so I had some acrylics put on. I was rather pleased with the result and three weeks later, they are still going strong.
The nail technician was a bit of an artist, so she painted on some lovely flowers and then added some diamantes. Who doesn't love a bit of bling. The picture below makes my hands look really old, but I think it was the fake tan enhancing it. Fake tan does nothing for your wrinkles girls!
The best bit about going on holiday for me, (once the Diazapan has calmed my fears of flying), is buying my reading material for holiday. I just love visiting the duty free book shop once we have checked in.
I had one book with me when I arrived, as I had previously bought Linger to take away with me. I thought it was a fitting choice as I read Shiver at the same hotel last year.

As you can see a bit of a mixed choice for the rest of the books. Barbara Erskine used to be my favourite authors back in the Nineties when I was still single, but somewhere over the years, my connection with her books disappeared, so after hearing lots of good comments about her new book, I was determined to pick it up at the airport. I have to say it really is very good and I can't wait to finish it. The other three books I picked sat in my holiday apartment, in a darkened corner, collecting dust for the whole two weeks. I have no idea how that happened, but my holiday was so active I found I couldn't settle to read. Even lounging around the pool, turned into games with the kids in the water. Now the kids are back at school, I have a whole lot of reading to catch up on.

Another little snippet - please send get well wishes to my beautiful dog Jake. He had to have an operation yesterday as his nether regions had swollen whilst we were away. The vet thought it might be trauma, or there is the possibility of testicular cancer. It was a very stressful day in our house yesterday as they kept him waiting until late afternoon. He eventually came home around 4pm. He was woozy and feeling very sorry for himself. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the results of his tests come back OK. Love you Jakey.

16 comments:

  1. My thoughts are with him. I hope he is well

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  2. Loving the nails. Also a fan of Barbara Erskine, it seems a while since she had a new book out, I'm away to add this to my wish list now. Hope all goes well with Jake and he has forgiven you for his trip to the vets.

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  3. I hope everything turns out well for poor Jake :( Sending good thoughts and hugs your way.

    Also, loving your nails! I really like the idea of jetting off on holiday in style :)

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  4. Poor Jake....will be hoping all is well.

    As for you VIV, WOW --you really pampered yourself. It is great to do that from time to time....let's see the new hairdo ..:)

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  5. Love the nails - but I was also hoping for a photo of the new Vivienne - complete with new hairdo and maxi dress (hint - hint)

    I would love to have a whole new make-over right about now :)

    Of course prayers will be said for that sweet puppy. I hope that the results come back with good news and he is back to his old self again.

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  6. Poor Jake... sending good wishes his way.

    Love the nails but, like Molly, I was hoping for the new 'do' and dress, LOL. Despite good intentions, my books sat unread during our recent vacation, too!

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  7. Aww, sending get well wishes to Jake.

    I don't think I've read any Erskine books so I'm going to look her up on Goodreads. Have fun getting back into the reading groove :) I didn't read at all over the holiday weekend - strange feeling!

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  8. You were so smart to get gussied up for your holiday. We want to see a picture of all the results, though.

    Poor Jake - I'm feeling sorry for him too. I hope you get good news on him.

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  9. Two very different comments here. One, I love your nails! Two, I'm so sorry about your dog. :( I hope he's okay.

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  10. Oh no - poor Jake. Sending lots of positive vibes - hope he gets better soon.

    I keep wondering if sticking fake nails on would stop me biting mine - probably not.

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  11. Just to let you know,Jake is a lot brighter today, though not eating a lot. He seems to have developed a girly bark too. We have to wait two weeks now for the results of the tests, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for good news,.

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  12. I hope Jake is doing better and the test results are ok.

    Glad you had a nice holiday, you deserve getting all glammed up! Pretty nails! I used to get acrylics, but then got lazy and stopped going to the salon.
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  13. Aww poor Jake. Hope he is doing better. Love your nails. LOL could just see me out mowing lawns with nails like that. =P

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  14. Send warm thoughts to Jake -- hope he's doing even better today! It's so tough when animals are sick -- we want to know just what to do to help them, but can't. :(

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  15. Oh, poor Jake! Thinking about you all and hoping like crazy that all turns out okay!!!

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  16. You look gorgeous, Viv! Both you and your husband look like a cute couple. Love the pics.

    I'm sorry to hear about your goggie Jake. I hope the test will come back OK.

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