International Womens Day

So today, 8th March 2015 is International Womens Day. A day to celebrate being female – to be proud to be a woman, a feminist, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a lover and a friend.  

To remember the women who came before us and fought for us and our rights.  And the women who taught us, nurtured us and loved us.  The ones who continue to inspire us to be better human beings whether we are male or female.

Do we need days like today?  I’ll be honest, part of me finds it slightly patronising – the fact there is a yearly ‘day’ separates us and thats part of the issue.  I doubt there would be much noise about an International Mens Day.  But ultimately days like this are about empowerment, knowledge and creating change and that can’t be a bad thing.  Lets remember, women are still oppressed throughout the world, earn less than men and are subject to physical and sexual violence.  There is still sexism in many workplaces and as women we are still judged mainly on our appearance. 

Feminism has become a dirty word recently but ultimately it is all about equality for all – not that men are bad or women are better (or vice versa).  The below quote sums it up for me – 

So for me, today is being proud of being a woman, supporting other women and continuing to fight for equality where there is none.  To feel lucky I was bought up by a strong, intelligent woman, who in turn had a strong woman as her mother.  To feel lucky I grew up believing I could be anything I wanted to be.  And to be proud of the woman I am now – I revel in my femininity, love to dress up and be pretty.  I embrace my sexual power and use to it my advantage.  Does that make me a weak woman?  No – its who I am and I am proud of that!  I am also strong, articulate, confident and full of opinions!!!

But for me – 

Lets make every day our day – only we can seize the many different opportunities that present themselves and that takes bravery.  We are women – hear us roar!!!

Sarah xx

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Lulu Guinness for Red Nose Day 2015

I love Lulu Guinness and when I heard she was designing a set of 3 limited edition tote bags for Red Nose day I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.

Available from Sainsburys, over the last few years it has been a great way to get a designer print bag and donate to a great charity at the same time.  Lulu designed the set in 2013, and Giles Deacon designed them for Sports Relief  last year as seen below. Did you get one?  They sold out very quickly…


This year the three bags really sum up the Lulu Guinness look -


I went for the striped kisses version – I do love a cute lip print!  The bags are a great size, well made with an interior pocket and hard base.  Perfect for heavier items if you were food shopping or just as a throwover your shoulder fashion tote bag. 

The bags cost £5 from Sainburys stores with at least £1.50 of that going to Comic Relief.  A great bag and a donation to charity.  Seems like a no-brainer to me!

Pop instore and grab yours now!  They are already selling on eBay for lots more!!!

Red Nose Day is on Friday 15th March.  Find more information on how you can participate here.

Store Twenty One Spring star buys

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I love fashion and homewares store, Store Twenty One.  A hidden gem and full of bargains, I shop there a lot and in todays blog I’m going to show you my latest purchases.

My mini haul – 

In store there’s a great selection of homewares, but the range I was drawn to was the glass hurricane lamps and candleholders. A mix of smoky colours and brighter yellows and blues it really is on par with anything you’d see in a department store.  With prices starting from £1.99 you can’t go wrong!

What I bought – 

Grey hurricane lamp – £7.99.  A fantastic chunky shape with twisted rope handle this will be great indoors or out.

‘All you need is love’ tealight holder – £1 (reduced from £1.99). So pretty when the tealight is lit, and for me, a perfect message….

Pineapple glass vase – £1.99.  I love a fun, kitsch piece and this doesn’t disappoint.  Will be adorable with spring flowers in co-ordinated with some other vases.

‘Be Happy’ cushion – £2 (reduced from £4).  I just love this design – end of.  Again its the type of thing you’d pay a lot more for in a different store.   I bought two to sit on the bar stools in my kitchen.

And I think I’m going back to buy more!   Watch this space…

What do you think of the SS15 range?  Do you love it as much as I do?