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Sunshine Blogger Award

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I am very proud to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  This was very unexpected as im a relative newbie, but I’ve certainly enjoyed writing my post and reading posts that other nominees have posted.

Firstly a huge shout out to Teeshares for my nomination, it was and is greatly appreciated, for anyone who hasn’t already checked out their blog on the link above, you won’t be disappointed i promise.

Secondly, as part of the nomination i have to answer 11 questions set for me, so here goes:

1.What made you start your blog

I have 6 children and i have quite a busy life, we have a happy home and share quite a lot of funny times and i always felt like i should be sharing those moments, even if it was just for myself to read back on as the kids got older.  I also loved the freedom of being able to write about literally anything i wanted, i had complete freedom and i loved it.

2.What’s your most favourite post you’ve written?

I thin my favourite post I’ve written has to be my Saturday Morning Chaos blog post. Its a recurring situation i find myself in a lot of the time, it literally is chaotic, i wrote the blog when i had not long had my most recent baby and was settling into mummy hood as a mummy of 6, which at first i did struggle with a tiny bit, the remainder of the day i’m writing about was in fact a good day, the chaos i wrote about disappeared as the day went on, and for me it sums our family up and gives me a warm little feeling in my tummy as how lucky i am to have this experience.

3.What are your top 3 hobbies?

First and foremost, writing, closely followed by drawing and lastly reading.  All of which i need to be left alone for so i do have to set out a time each day to be able to do this and keep my sanity ha ha.

4.If you were to name one person as your favourite person, who would they be AND WHY?

My favourite person is my husband Anthony.  I couldn’t say why but since the day we met I’ve never tired of his company.  He’s my go to person for literally EVERYTHING!!!!! We spent a period of time as friends and i think that built the foundation to our relationship, we do everything together.  From changing my dressing after our babies births to checking my piles (no i’m not joking) he does anything i ask him to.

Although the days of him writing me love notes and poetry just because he felt like it are no more, he can be incredibly romantic and thoughtful.  He knows me better than anybody and has seen every side to me possible, good and bad, and he’s never got up and ran away.

He took on my eldest 3 children as his own (i was married previously) and he’s never treated any of them differently to his own biological children and i will always be grateful for that.

There are many sides to Anthony and i’m lucky to say i’m the person who can say they’ve seen them all. He’s my best friend and we are both very passionate about each other, within minutes of our first ever conversation we both agreed we felt like we had known each other forever and hopefully we are one of the lucky ones and our “old school” relationship will forever remain like that.

5.What’s your favourite colour?

I have a few but i’d probably say clothing wise, black, black and more black with a splash of red for good measure.  For my home i would say grey, cream and any other pastel colours that take my fancy at the time.

6.If you were to eat one food item for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Buttered Toast, Thick white bread, would never tire of it.

7.Who did you look up to growing up, and why?

Marilyn Monroe (apart from the being dead bit), i thought she was beautiful, the mystery surrounding her death mesmerised me and still does to this day.  She lived in an era i would kill to go back in time to, she was so glamorous and literally lit up a room.  I just thought she was timeless and i loved that about her, my obsession grew and grew and even at 35 years old i’m still transfixed on her life story and the red lipstick!!!!.

8.What’s your biggest wish in life?

To have a long, happy, healthy life and watch my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up into beautiful people with wonderful lives.

9. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes totally. I fell in love with my husband before i’d even met him (we spoke on the phone for 3 weeks before eventually meeting up) and i told him on our first date that i loved him and was going to marry him.  I wasn’t wrong!!!!!!

10. What are you most proud of in your life?

My children and the life I’ve built for them.

11.What’s been your favourite holiday destination so far?

Id say Florida, in my late teens my mum and dad took me there twice and the second time i was about to turn 18 and it was the last family holiday we had where it was just the three of us (i’m an only child).

So there are may questions answered, all that’s left to do now is nominate 11 fabulous blogs, which you will find below, click the links and have a good mooch, lets show them as much support as we can:

  1. tring tot spot
  2. Muma on the Edge
  3. Confessions of a working Mum
  4. Too much (mothering) Information
  5. Mother of all Lists
  6. Mama, Eden & Me 
  7. just saying mum
  8. bigbawdyburlybeauty
  9. Be healthy Live Happy
  10. yummy lummy
  11. Cate in the Kitchen 

For all you fabulous bloggers that i’ve nominated, here are my 11 questions to you:

  1. Other than blogging, what do you spend your day doing?
  2. What is your favourite blogger?
  3. Who inspires you in life?
  4. 3 desert Island foods?
  5. What is your best trait?
  6. What is your worst?
  7. What perks you up on a bad day?
  8. What item could you not live without in life?
  9. Who puts the biggest smile on your face?
  10. Whats your signature dish if you are cooking for friends and family?
  11. Whats your biggest dream for the future?

Now for the 4 very simple rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you (that would be me).
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

That’s it, simple as!!!! hope you all enjoy taking part, i’m really looking forward to all the replies.  Please feel free to comment, all comments are welcome (apart from nasty ones but i’m sure we won’t have any of those!!!!)

Enjoy Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

 

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Scummy Mummy

I’ve worn make up since i was roughly 14 years old.  i didn’t have to dabble in my mums make up bag she came to me and asked would i like some make up, i was fortunate enough that she took me straight to the local Clinique counter to have my make up done and have the basics bought for me.  Christmas fast approached and my presents were literally everything i could get my hands on from Clinique.

Scummy mummy

Since then it still remains my all time favourite brands and has never failed me, from make up to skin care products ive literally tried everything they had to offer.  At 35 with my 36th lurking in the nearish future my make up bag currently stocks at least a few of Cliniqes products along with added Max Factor and Mac, unfortunately the contents only leave the bag a couple of times a week at best.

As a mummy of 6 beautiful children my time is firmly focused on them and keeping my house neat and tidy (although if you visit unannounced you will most definitely find one or two children’s toys strewn across my living room and a random shoe most likely sat at the top of my stairs).

On a general day my cleaning and tidying will start literally from the moment i put my feet on the floor, i quickly make the beds and clear up the remnants of whatever the kids have been playing with that morning (usually something they shouldn’t like my sewing kits).  Ill brush my teeth and have a wash/shower and pull on either a clean pair of pj’s or my staple black leggings and some sort of black t shirt, i keep my regular clothes for the days im out so the bog standard black comfy stuff always makes an appearance.  The hair gets a quick brush and literally thrown in a knot on the top of my head, if im feeling adventurous ill sling a hair band or head scarf around for a bit of colour and im good to go.

Bog standard mummy

Its not that i have no desire to look nice every day, i do, the compulsion is still there from before i had kids, the days when i washed and straightened my hair every single day, the slap was put on in full, the nails were always painted and the roots were always touched up.  I managed this until baby number 4, when finally i succumbed to comfort rather than beauty.

Before baby number 4

When i do make the effort to put my face on i do tend to do it in full depending on the look im going for, i love red lipstick and not only does it make teeth look whiter it also makes your lips look fuller, (always a good idea to entice the hubby for a cheeky smooch when the kids aren’t looking).  Its times when im wearing my make up that i will volunteer to have pictures taken with the hubby or the kids.  This isn’t the only time i have my picture taken but in as far as posting it on social media for all the world to see.

Red lipstick is my first love

My husband loves me with or without make up but he is partial to no make up at all so has a tendency to take photographs of me when he sees me at my best, which for me is usually my worst.  I can be rolling around on the floor with the kids or in the middle of doing the dishes when i feel an arm around my waist and a phone in front of my face, my very clean, very bare face, hair looking like a burst mattress wearing an old t shirt that i love to sleep in that belonged to my dad.  I hate these types of photographs im there in all my glory for everyone to see, every bump, every blemish, the scar that’s so prominent on my forehead without make up, i literally loath them.  I will sit and dissect each little mark, pore etc, the hubby gets told in no uncertain terms to delete them, i know he doesn’t delete them but he knows his life wont be worth living if he shows anyone.

Scummy wifey

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I make a point of only posting what i class as the reasonable photos, i get likes on my social media and for some reason it makes me all the more aware of how i look, the dreaded confirmation that someone has actually looked at my mush, its very rare you will find me alone on the pictures, there’s always a small child or my hubby for company.

you look different on your Facebook pictures” is something i have heard in the past, not sure whether to take offence i wonder what to make of that comment, are they saying i merely look a bit happier or brighter, or is it in fact i look alright on Facebook in reality im an ugly bitch who needs a bag over her head, i honestly don’t know.

I do pride myself on being very good at hiding a multitude of sins with make up, i can make myself look happier, more alert, thinner, more toned, tanned you name it i can do it, ive picked up many tricks of the trade over the years and i use them to my advantage given half the time.  But for the most part, quite frankly i just cant be arsed!!!!! i love having a clean and tidy home, i love spending time with my kids and my husband i love sewing and drawing and talking to my friends, i love my neighbours coming around for a brew or something to eat and while id like to say i do all this with a full face on and wearing my best clothes, there simply just isn’t the time and something has to give.

So i will go on inflicting my unmade mug on the world, my leggings that could do with being a bit less slack on the bum and my t shirts that sometimes cling too much to my post natal, wobbly belly, im a mummy and im happy with that so what if ive chipped my toe nail polish or my fake nails need a bit of TLC, this doesn’t make me a bad person this makes me human, a loving wife, a good friend and yes sometimes a scummy mummy but nevertheless ill do it and ill make sure i’ll do it while grabbing mummy hood by the balls!!!!!!

Bit of a filter and a bit of lippy

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Cherry DollFace Q&A, Inspirational women Series

Sitting at my computer one lazy afternoon I began trawling through the endless list of make up tutorials that appear online, as I usually did, the usual smoky eye tutorial or product review appeared. Nothing new there to say the least, until I found a new face that I’d never seen before.

Cherry dollface had a fabulous list of vintage hair and makeup tutorials, I sat and watched as many as I could before reaching for my make up kit and getting stuck in.

The videos were easy to understand, not boring, colourful, girly, different and even better the pin up in front of me was like myself, covered in tattoos, something you didn’t generally see at the time.

From then on I was hooked recreating as many looks as possible. Ive followed Cherry Dollface’s career ever since. In my opinion she is such an inspiration, and an excellent role model for girls of today, she is elegant, classy, and more importantly she is who she wants to be.  
So after one small email and a quick response from the lady herself I sent over a few questions and eagerly awaited her reply. Hope you enjoy this Q&A with Cherry Dollface follow her videos yourself HERE and hopefully you will become a big fan as I did myself.

Purdeymakes6 xXx

1. For those who don’t already know, who are you? Profession, age, place of birth etc.

I started as a pinup model, but not I travel the world teaching vintage hair and makeup classes and organizing pinup photoshoots.

2. What first attracted you to the world of pin ups, modelling and make up tutorials?

I just liked how classic and timeless it all was. I was a little punk rocker so I thought the mix of styles was really cool. I started modeling by accident when photo was snapped at a car show and it ended up on the cover of a magazine. And I started making tutorials because people were always asking me how I did my styles!

3. Who is your biggest inspiration?

I am always inspired by the funny girls. The Lucille Balls and Carole Landis’ of the world.

4. You have a large collection of tattoos, which would you regards your favourite piece?

Probably my back piece. It is the largest and most detailed.

5. You obviously travel a lot with your work, is it hard to be away from your husband and family?

Of course! I am very independent so a little bit of space is always nice, but it does get hard when we spend months apart.

6. Where is your favourite place to be?

Italy or Scotland.

7. Did your Hero’s growing up still influence you now?

I am not sure I ever really had heroes growing up! I also ways looked to the strong women in my family as heroes. And yes, I still look up to them!

8. What advice would you give to any aspiring models or make up artists?

Look at it as a hobby and enjoy what you are doing! Very few people make money as makeup artists and no one is making a living off of being a pinup model, so just keep your expectations realistic. It is a super fun hobby though, so if you want to do it, than do it!

9. Did you have any official training in hair and make up or is it all self taught?

Self taught

10. What beauty products can you literally not live without?

Estee Lauder double wear foundation, Laura Mercier translucent powder, Schwing! Eyeliner by The Balm, and Bing lipstick by Smashbox.

11. For anyone just starting up, what would you recommend as a good staple piece for any vintage inspired or rockabilly outfit?

I have a whole video on top 10 rockabilly wardrobe essentials! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKbnl959dVA

12. What are your aspirations for the future?

World domination! haha. I really have no idea. I just want to keep reaching babes all over the world and keep being happy doing what I am doing!

13. What’s to look forward to in 2017 for Cherry Doll Face?

More touring. Australia and New Zealand later this year. I am releasing a book at the endow the year too!

14. As a role model, what do you think is important, for coming across as someone to aspire to?

Just being true to myself. What I say and do isn’t always right, but the intentions are always there. I am never trying to be something I am not. 

15. What’s your greatest strength and weakness?

Strength is my greatest strength! Hahah Seriously… I am pretty tough. And my weakness is over extending myself. Sometimes I push myself to exhaustion trying to be everything to everyone.

16. What picks you up if your down?

My husband, chocolate, working out.

17. If you could be stuck in a lift with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I dont think I would want to be stuck in a list with anyone dead. I can imagine it would smell quite bad. I think I would probably pick my mom because I really miss her!

18. What’s your greatest achievement?

Being in my own at the age of 15 and getting into college and getting a degree.

19. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Bad reality TV and desserts!

20. What was the best phase in your life?

I think I am in it right now!

21. Who is that one person you can tell anything to?

My mom, my husband and my best friend. I guess I have 3!

22. What is your ideal weekend?

Relaxing!! Maybe going for a walk, eating a late breakfast, being lazy and cuddling with my husband.

23. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?

Booking a job for L’Oreal when I was in Italy on vacation and flying from Italy to New York and back again in 2 days. And yes!! I would definitely do it again.

24. Do you have any regrets in life?

Nope. No use regretting things you cant change.

25. If you could have one wish in life what would it be

To live a long and happy life surrounded by people that love me