Lazy Sunday | Things I’m Loving At the Moment

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and as such I have decided to write a Things I’m Loving post. Here’s a list of the little things I am obsessing over at the moment….

ACCESSORIES | Olivia Burton Winter Garden Leather Watch


I have been absolutely head over heels in love with Olivia Burton watches ever since I wrote my Top High Street Watches post, back in god knows when. Her designs are simple and delicate, and I always planned one day to invest in a really beautiful watch. I’ve had some really horrible news this week, which I’ve really been struggling with, and my mum and my boyfriend have been really amazing supports on the phone in reassuring me that things are actually ‘going to be ok’. Anyway, I came home on Friday to a parcel from John Lewis and my wonderful mum had sent me this lovely surprise with the note “Just a little something to cheer you up, Love Mum”. I nearly started crying right there, because it was so sweet and thoughtful and the watch itself is so chic and elegant. I am absolutely in love, I can’t stop looking at it. I would definitely recommend having a look at her collection on John Lewis or ASOS, as she does a really great range of watches, some at pretty reasonable prices.

EATS | Hot-Cross Buns


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It’s that time of year again where there are hot cross buns all over the supermarkets, and although I have never liked them before, I am becoming a bit obsessed. Get me a hot cross bun, a cup of tea and a book at the weekend and I will be happy. They’re so yummy and so cheap to buy! I’m very excited to do a little Waitrose shop soon and see if I can pick up a few different flavours – cinnamon and raisin here I come!

FACE:  No7 Makeup Goodies

IMG_0127I’ve had a pretty hectic couple of weeks, with lots of Uni work to do, and as a result my makeup situation has gotten pretty dire. I ran out of foundation completely on the day I planned to go into town to restock my makeup bag, and ended up covering my face in the last smidgen of concealer I could find – not a good look. It was rather embarrassing, when the lady at the makeup counter asked me what base I had used that morning: “Ermm…”.  On the search for both foundation and concealer, I was hoping there might be a good deal in Boots. It was the Buy One Get One Half Price deal at No7, which caught my attention, and of course the added luxury of finding a lady to help me find my perfect shade without too much effort, was too good to pass up.  I ended up walking away with the Beautifully Matte Foundation and the Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer, both of which match together beautifully. And it only came to £20, a little bit more than I might usually spend, but so far I’m really happy with both products so that’s good news, and of course having proper makeup doing its actual job is always nice.

HAIR: Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Crystal Shine Shampoo and Conditioner


On this journey to get myself back to some kind of normality (just trying to make myself feel more like myself really) I have also had my hair done – as the roots of my blonde highlighted hair where almost covering the whole top of my head, making it look more like I’d just dip-dyed the ends blonde, as opposed not having enough time/money to sort my barnet out. I did, however, read a comforting snippet in Fabulous Magazine, which was talking about how roots are in, so that was nice for a week or so. But I am happily blonde again, the split ends have been trimmed away and my mother (again the wonder that she is) has found me the best shampoo and conditioner set. I’ve actually had this set since Christmas, but I sadly forgot to take it back with me to Uni and as a result we have only just been reunited. It’s the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Crystal Shine Shampoo and Conditioner developed with Claudia Schiffer and it is absolutely divine. The scent is a bit hard to put my finger on, it smells quite like coconut and vanilla, and completely like you’ve just had your hair professionally washed in the salon. And it feels like that too, really sleek and soft and light – I am completely in love. The shampoo and conditioner set themselves, do come in at about £10 together, fully priced (fingers crossed for some deals soon), which is expensive when I consider that I usually try and stick to more around the £3-£5 mark, but for a little treat or if you’re got a bit of cash to spare I was totally recommend these products – they literally make me feel like Claudia Schiffer after I’ve blow dried my hair, hair swishing adverts here I come!

WEAR: BDG Mom Jeans 


I’ve been on the search for a pair of light denim Mom Jeans for a while now, so with Urban Outfitter’s tempting me with £10 off offer, I had to try a pair on. Then of course I had to buy them, just to see if they would potentially go with any of my tops at home – I can always take them back after all…. Although not quite as soft as my faithful black Topshop pair, these jeans are super comfy, and not too tough around the tummy area, which is nice. They’re a great colour for spring and are currently making me feel summery already, even if they do still have the labels in…

That’s my list of things I’m loving at the moment, what are you loving right now? 



Holiday Beauty Essentials

We’ve all been there, you leave the holiday packing until the last possible minute (clever you). Then the minute that you start getting things in some kind of order, the bulging mass that is your toiletry bag threatens  to take up half of your precious suitcase space. My own, sweet, little Cath Kidston cosmetics bag is only marginally bigger than a good-sized pencil case and yet, with just a few extra products it easily swells to football-sized proportions.

As a result of this – and because I hate to fuss at the airport with tiny plastic bags and whether or not cream foundation counts as a liquid or not – I tend to restrict myself to packing pretty lightly on the beauty front when I’m off on holiday. If we’re being honest with ourselves there’s really only so much makeup that you need for a beach holiday, and it’s nice every once in a while to give your skin a bit of a break from all the powders and creams. So here it is, a peak into my recent holiday beauty bag and some of my top essential items for taking with you on your break away….



  1. OK, so maybe I didn’t start with the most ‘essential’ item. But seriously, packing a little eyeshadow palette can be a great way to quickly go from a  casual by-the-pool look to dinner and drinks, just from simply dabbing a few different colours on your eyes. I received the Urban Decay Naked Palette the morning that I went to Tenerife (also my birthday), so of course I was desperate to take it on holiday so I could try it out. The different shades are so feminine and pretty, and instantly make me look and feel, nice and ready to go out.

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2. I think it might take me a while to find my ultimate product that I go to when I start to get a bit of tan, but this isn’t a bad start. I’m generally quite pale so my regular foundation is a no-go when I’ve got a bit of colour. In a panic, a few days before holiday I picked up this Olay Essentials BB Cream in Light and so far I’ve been reasonably impressed. It feels really light on my skin, smells wonderful, and just gives me a nice bit of coverage without making me feel gross in the hot sun. It’s also quite a bit darker than my usual ivory shades, so it gives my tan a bit of a boost without making me look weird. For now it’s doing the job well, I’ve definitely got a bit more exploring to do as far as changing my usual makeup routine for holiday goes, but for now, this little BB cream ticks all the boxes and it even has SPF 15.






3. I’m sure I don’t know enough about what the sun does to your lips, and whether it can really damage them, I could probably do with getting myself some SPF lip balm… but at the moment this lovely little product is my favourite thing to stop my lips drying out in the sun. I’ve been meaning to write this lip balm its own blog post and maybe I will at some point, it’s the Sweet Cecily’s Mojito Flavoured Lipbalm and I absolutely love it. As you can see from the packaging it’s very well loved and has been banging about in my makeup bag for a long time now. The product itself is a lot more solid than most lip balms, which makes it slightly more preferable to take to a hot place. I can apply it quickly to my lips without getting that sticky, wet feeling AND it tastes like Mojito – what more does a girl want?


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4. Once you get a Tangle Teezer, you’ll never go back. They are absolutely amazing, especially for anyone like me who resents sitting and carefully brushing their hair through for any significant amount of time – I’ve got things to do! Obviously perfect for any holiday makeup bag, although it’s a weird shape it doesn’t take up too much space [or you can just bung it in your hand luggage] and will quickly and easily tackle those chlorine induced knots.

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5. Bit of a random one here you might think? I’ve only actually discovered Cocoa Butter recently when I went to Exemouth with a bunch of friends after exams and was silly enough to burn the tops of my feet. If you’ve ever done this it’s very awkward and painful, and after watching me hobble around for a bit my sympathetic housemate gave me her Cocoa Butter. I am (most annoyingly) allergic to Aloe Vera – a plant, the extract of which is [ironically] supposed to have soothing qualities and is often put into beauty products, particularly those such as aftersun. Although there are some after suns that don’t include Aloe Vera, it often either takes a lot of label searching or is expensive to track one down. Cocoa Butter, my lovely friend told me, helps in a similar way to most after suns to soothe the skin and re-hydrate it.

Her Cocoa Butter was a Derma V10 version, which she actually gave me the last of to take on holiday with me. I put it on every night and most mornings, just on burnt bits and it worked wonders – in fact I was the only one in my family who wasn’t peeling by the end of the holiday (result!). When I got home I tried to find the Derma 10 version, but through fear of peeling I bought this Palmer’s one, which I have to say isn’t my favourite as it smells a bit too much like chocolate for me and makes me feel a bit sick. The results however, are still the same and I would recommend to anyone who is allergic to products in after suns, or who has sensitive skin, to try Cocoa Butter instead, it is truly a holiday essential for me.

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6. My sister and I are both big preachers for the Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray and in fact we both took this little product away with us. The perfect size for travelling, and yet a product that seems to last and last, this sea salt spray is great for giving your hair just a little bit of oomph. In hot, humid weather my hair tends to either go frizzy or just a bit flat and shiny and so it’s nice after a good blow-dry, or just before going out to add a couple of sprays of this to your hair to just give it a bit more life and volume.

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6. Ok so this one is more of a pre-holiday essential I would argue, although you could also take it with you if you wanted. My sister laughed so hard when she found me a few days before holiday putting my Cocoa Brown fake tan on. Ofcourse, the point of a beach holiday, other than relaxing, is to get a lovely natural tan. However, that doesn’t stop the first day of looking a bit out-of-place, and pale in a bikini, whilst you wait for your skin to bronze naturally. I learnt this after I went to New York, where everybody was beautiful and bronzed and me and mum were the pale tourists. Similarly on a package holiday you can always tell who’s just arrived…. So I faked it up and waited for my natural tan to arrive  – perfect. This St Tropez Wash Off Bronzing Mousse, I think is particularly good, for if you just want to give yourself a bit of a ‘starter tan’. You can simply put it on in the morning and wash it off that evening.

I hope you might have found this list useful if you’re packing for a holiday yourself, what are your holiday essentials? How does your makeup routine change over the summer? 



Festival Beauty Essentials

festival 5   Going to a music festival is one of the most exciting things to do over the summer, and its very easy to get excited as the weekend – booked way in advance- draws closer and closer, until it’s the day before. This, from personal experience I have found, is when the panic packing begins. You’ve been so caught up in all of the bands you can’t wait to see and how fun it will be to camp with all your best friends, that you haven’t really thought much about what you need to take. In this instance, it can be difficult to actually think of the things that you might need for the weekend. In particular it might escape your attention that you can’t just sling your usual makeup collection into a bag and hope for the best. Festivals and camping mean adaptation. So lest you forget, here are some key essential makeup items that you should be packing: wet wipes

  1. Wet Wipes

Not so much for cosmetic reasons, as for personal hygiene. Although these babies are good for taking all of your makeup off, they are also great for a weekend where it is highly unlikely that you will see a shower. When you stumble back to your tent covered in mud or urine or beer and see these little clean, white wipes lying in your tent, you will be very thankful.

  1. A Mirror

This is something that I usually forget. Used to the indoor world, we tend to be presented with mirrors everywhere, for putting our makeup on and sorting out our hair. However, unless you take your own, mirrors do not tend to be available in a big field in the middle of nowhere, and although you might not actually want to look at yourself by the last day. Makeup can cover up a lot of the lost sleep and bad skin. N/B If you take a mirror and others forget, you can guarantee that you’ll have lots of bare-faced friends asking to borrow yours each morning. festival collage

  1. UV Face Paint/ Glitter

Very much festival essentials, although one is probably enough, both might make you look a bit like a drag queen. Personally I tend to go for the UV paints, as you can have a number of different styles if you’ve got a few colours. If you can get your hands on UV paints before a festival it’s probably a lot cheaper as they tend to sell them in packs of 3 for about £10 and the tubes aren’t that big. They do however, last for a pretty long time. My UV paints have lasted me three festivals and a few Uni Paint Parties. Above are a few different looks modelled by yours truly, as you can see my posing for photographs has not improved….

  1. Cotton Buds

Not so much an essential as a festival hack. If you’re investing in UV paint it’s definitely worth packing some cotton buds. Whether you’re going for the traditional dots in a swirl across your nose or painting little flowers or whatever, cotton buds make the job a lot neater than doing it with your fingers – and you don’t get covered. batiste

  1. Dry Shampoo

Another absolute godsend when you don’t have a shower. Dry Shampoo will ensure that your hair isn’t looking too greasy after a few days without washing. Hairbands are also very important, as a dirty hair carefully styled into a fishtail plait looks more like a choice, than a must.

  1. SPF Foundation/ Moisturiser

Taking sun cream to any festival is a must, even if it’s forecast to rain. However, if you’re not a fan of putting sun cream on your face, grab yourself some foundation or moisturiser with that all important SPF to stop any unwanted redness ruining your camping photos. On another note, moisturiser in general is a good idea, just to keep your skin hydrated – especially after using all those wet wipes! hand sanitizer

  1. Hand Sanitizer

Another product you’ll be thankful you brought after a few days of using portaloos. Getting a small bottle that you can carry around in your pocket is ideal for giving your hands a quick wash after you’ve been to the loo, or before you snack into some jerk chicken. Picking one with a nice smell will help you feel clean and fresh and you might find yourself using it to clean other parts of your body too.    

  1. Tissues

As everyone knows, the best thing about going to a festival is that you get to use a portaloo (not). For your entire weekend, these little plastic boxes will –especially if you’re a girl – become the bane of your life. Unfortunately there’s not really much to be done about that, however you could make the experience a little bit nicer for yourself by packing a few packs of tissues into your festival luggage. You may think I’m exaggerating, but people have been know to be so elated at the sight of toilet roll in a portaloo, that they have stolen the entire roll for themselves for future use. Be aware of these people and the fact they might take all the loo roll.

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  1. Perfume Samples/ Body Spray

Lack of showers and the hot weather at festivals make a sweaty and smelly combination. To make sure you’re friends don’t start avoiding you after a few days, pack a little bottle of body spray to give yourself the once over every morning. N/B Febreeze is also acceptable for spraying yourself, and likewise body spray can be used to make your tent smell a bit better. On the other hand, if you have any lying around take some little perfume samples with you, it’s amazing how a good smell can make you feel so much nicer and cleaner, even if you’re actually disgusting. concealors 10. Concealer Chances are when you look at your face after a night out watching Beyonce or The Killers or whoever, and no sleep because you were kept up by two boys thinking every tent in your area was actually their’s before realising they were in the wrong camp, you’re going to want to conceal everything. First of all, you need a good corrector. A corrector is just a pinkie concealer, this will cancel out the very dark circles under your eyes. Among the best correctors are the Bobbi Brown one, which is pricey but affective, or if you’re looking for a highstreet dupe Soap and Glory’s Kick Ass Concealer and Sleek’s Corrector and Concealer Palette are also both great. Once you’ve applied your corrector put a concealer over the top, arguably the best high-end concealers are Benefit’s Boing or Erase Paste, best high-street included Collection 2000’s Lasting Perfection Concealer or Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer. With these products handy, you should be looking a lot more awake, ready for the rest of the day.

  Are you going to any festivals this summer? What are your festival beauty essentials?


As some of you may know, this year I am lucky enough to be going to Reading Festival as a Festival Reporter on behalf of Studentcom, which is all very exciting. Part of my role as a reporter is to write some articles leading up to the festival itself, so above is my article originally produced for Studentcom on Festival Beauty Essentials, I wanted to post it here so you could have a read.

How to Survive on a Student Budget: Know Your Perks

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As a first year I have been trying my hardest over the last two terms to adapt to budgeting things for myself – balancing buying food and tolietries with nights and meals out, or occaisional money for events such as Balls etc. It can be pretty tricky. Let alone when I want to go get my hair done, or get the train home for the weekend and that’s more ££s down the drain.

1. NUS Card/ RailCard 
– One of my best purchases this year has been by NUS Extra Card (it’s only about £12 and you make that back very quickly) you can buy these online, registered to your University and it entitles you student discount in a range of shops/ restaurants/ cinemas…. The most imporant thing if you are going to buy an NUS card, is to make sure you download the NUS Extra App on your phone, this will let you know what you’re entitled to. For example you can get 10% off everyday items at Coop and Superdrug (very handy for the average beauty blogger). And [one of the best deals by far] you are entitled to 40% off a Pizza Express meal on Mondays and Tuesdays and 20% off on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. This discount applies to your whole bill so you only need 1 card between a group of you to get the money off. So get you’re family to treat you when they visit, and in return save them 40% off the bill. WIN:WIN.

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– Another great deal, if you haven’t already got it this year is the free 16-25 RailCard that you can get by setting up your student account with a specific bank. This year it was Santander and I got a 4 year rail card (usually worth about £150), for the promise that I would keep some of my student money in their account. The downside is, this means you have to bank with Santander who’s online banking system is absolutely applaing, however it’s certainly worth it to get a 1/3 off your train journey everytime. Just make sure to take the card with you on every journey – and take a photo of it on your phone, incase you ever forget it.

If you’re interested in getting a Student RailCard this way, keep an eye out after results day [ you need to know for sure what Uni you’re going to to get the deal] on all the various bank websites to see which one is offering the deal. Alternatively, other banks do offer other deals – like a free NUS card, but as you can see a RailCard is much better value for money, especially if you’ll often be getting the train home from Uni.

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2. Tesco Vouchers
-Whilst on the topic of saving money on travel, one of the great discoveries I made this year is that you can double up Tesco Vouchers and use them to pay for your travel e.g. turn a £10 Tesco Voucher into £20 off your train journey. It’s rather complicated to set up, but after that it will work smoothly every time, so if you’re interested in knowing more visit MoneySavingExpert.Com.  You or your parent will need a Tesco Clubcard to do this, I currently use my Dad’s.

3. Sainsbury’s Meal Ticket
-Great idea if you’re parents are willing to help you out, but don’t want to give you wads of cash. Sainsbury’s have recently introduced this rather ugly twin set of cards that you can pick up free instore. One card is for your parent/ grandparent, which they can put money on when shopping in a Sainsbury’s store, the other is for you. The idea is that your card is linked to the one that your parent has back at home, so when they charge it up with money, you can then spend it in store on your groceries, or just alcohol if you want. I found splitting my shop in half and paying half on my Meal Ticket Card and half on my debit card helped spread the cost and made me feel like I was spending a bit less everytime.

4. John Lewis/ Waitrose Card
– If you haven’t heard about this already, the My Waitrose Card is a great little loyalty card to pick up, even if you don’t shop there often. For regular shoppers of course there is the benefit that you get regular, and exclusive discounts on a variety of products everytime you shop. But for everyone else, the two favourite perks are 1. the fact that if you spend over £5 you can get a free newpaper (Either The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Telegraph or The Times) and 2. the free coffees. Everytime you go into Waitrose [on the understanding that this is not more than once a day] with your My Waitrose card you can pick up a free tea of coffee (including Lattes, Cappicinos, Mochas and Expressos as well as regular coffee) to have in the Cafe or to takeaway with you. So fancy a coffee morning with your friends, but don’t want to fork out £3+ for a Costa/ Sturbucks? Take everyone to Waitrose for free coffees and spend the money on cake instead.

– A secondary point to add to this is that John Lewis have now issued their own card, My John Lewis, which offers cardholders a free tea or coffee and their choice of a slice of cake, once a month at their Cafe. Free coffee and cake once a month? Yes please. All you have to do is register yourself for a card online and you’ll recieve tea and cake vouchers to use in the shop.

5. Be a Model
This is a great tip for all the student beauty bloggers out there.Fancy getting your hair done, but can’t afford the price? I always have this problem because my hair is highlighted and that’s expensive. Solution: sign up to be a hair model. This is a bit more of a take the chance when you see it type of thing, but a large number of hairdressers employ Students who are doing some kind of course at College but have to do a certain number of cuts/colours/blowdrys before they can pass and become an offical hairdresser. As a result of this salons often advertise in their window, or post on their social networking sites that they are looking for cutting models or colour models and in return they will offer you the cut/ colour at a reduced price (I once had a full head of highlights for £15 at Tony and Guy). In my experience, student hairdressers have never been less capable than normal hairdressers and in some salons they have senior hairdressers watching over them anyway. So if you see a sign in a window looking for models, go in or give them a ring and suggest that you would like to be a model and what you would like to have done. It’s certainly worth it for the slash in the price.

I hope this ‘perks’ have been helpful. If you have any questions about any of these, please feel free to email me – email can be found on my contact page. On the other hand, if you have any other student tips or perks please post them in the comments. 


Bristol Bloggers Meet

On Sunday and after a lot of organisation I went to my first ever Bloggers meet. I am at University in Exeter, which isn’t too far away from Bristol but I had to go home for the weekend for the Orthodontist so my wonderful Dad drove me all the way to Bristol on Sunday morning. I wore my Topshop Daisy Dress and my new Topshop [ i do wear other brands honest!] Moni Cut Out Leather Boots.

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The Meet, organised by the lovely Emily Stoker from Pretty Please Blog and events organiser Phil McCormick was held in Revolution – a really pretty and newly refurbished bar. I hadn’t gone with anyone and so felt a bit awkward walking in, but I soon got chatting with lots of other bloggers, which was lovely. In particular I met Melody, Kim and Beky who were all really nice.We had our own little mezzanine above the main bar, with our own little bar where we could order drinks and food to be brought upstairs.

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I picked up a great cocktail, Cranberry Fizz which came in this really sweet jam-jar style mug and tasted pretty strong. Putting it down on the table for a while so I didn’t have to hold it all the time, I noticed a few bloggers taking photos of it. In fact, it was quite funny how normal it was for everyone to be taking photos of/ videoing everything all day.

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Mostly we sat on comfy sofas and chatted, but there was also a Lush table with all kinds of testers and new Easter-themed products, which smelled amazing! Natalia, founder of iamsociable (a business aimed at helping creatives seek their potential) and some of her friends gave use some great blogging tips and made Vine videos of us saying our names and our blog URLs. We all got a bit peckish around 3ish so we ordered some food, I had sweet potato wedges because I love them.

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Towards the end of the day Emily and Phil did a raffle, allowing us to purchase tickets in order to win some beauty goodies and donating the proceeds to charity.

Finally it was time to go, and my drinking in the middle of the day had made me pretty tired so I said goodbye to everyone and Emily gave us these amazing goodie bags to take home with us. I’m certainly looking forward to trying everything out and posting up my thoughts. Hopefully these goodies will keep me away from the very tempting Boots 3 for 2 offers that are on at the moment….


Overall I had a really lovely day and was very pleased that I went. Thank you very much to Emily and Phil organising such a lovely event, I hope to go to more in the future! If like me you don’t really know many other bloggers, but spy a meet coming up in your local area I would definitely encourage people to go as it’s a great way to meet other bloggers that share similar interests to you – plus the goody bags are fabulous!

Hope you enjoyed this post.


This Week I’m Loving…Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Conditioner

First discovered this conditioner a few weeks ago when I stayed over at my boyfriend’s house and made good use of all of his mum’s posh shower gel/ conditioner.


If like me you’ve got rather long, sometimes out of control hair which maybe hasn’t been cut any time recently and is actually pretty difficult to brush… This product is PERFECT.

Simply put it on in the shower after you’ve washed out your shampoo, leave it for 1-3 mins depending on how much you need it and then rinse out and you will find your hair instantly much easier to manage. AND it smells great too!

Cannot recommend highly enough for when your hair feels like it’s in need of some TLC.

Harriette xxx