Comment away...

posted on: Monday, 26 July 2010

So, the very lovely Christina who writes Fashion's Most Wanted gave me a Super Comments Award. Thank you! A few more snippets of me to expose...

Why do you blog?
It's a mental outlet for me.
I like to write.
A place to store stuff that I like to look at; a virtual pin board.
I feel the need to make some commentary about life!

What are your three best memories?
Being about 4 or 5 years old, wrapped in my Mum's softest sarong at the beach, with the smell of Delial suncream. I associate absolute and utter safety with this memory.

Our wedding day in 1999 - that moment when I saw him, even with all my nerves and the grandeur of the venue, that moment I knew.

Countless stolen moments on holidays and know when life hands you a moment and you are there almost observing from the outside. I looked around and thought 'yep, this is pretty cool'. Treking in a rainforest in Hawaii. Swimming laps in a swanky rooftop hotel pool in San Francisco. Kids playing on a certain beach in Portugal. Floridian sunsets. Snowy drive through Vermont with friends. First time in NYC. Hotdogs on a street corner in Copenhagen. Awe-struck by the Pantheon in Rome. That deserted beach, after a storm in Antigua...

If changed your name what would it be?

Five things couldn't live without?
Family, friends, loved ones (that's a given isn't it?).
Earl Grey Tea.
Lip balm and under-eye concealer.
Pretty dresses.
My bed.

Four best books?
I find this really difficult. I was always a real book-worm. I studied English Literature at university so I read and read and read. And then I read some more. At high school I had this incredible, inspiring, seize-the-day English teacher who just changed my world when it came to books. So now - listing just four is almost impossible.

I do love one book no matter how many times I read it, and things from it come back to me most days. It's 'Couples' by John Updike. This may be because I am living a similar life right now (bar the raging infidelity that occurs in that book!) or because it reminds me of my parent's era as it is set in 1963. I think John Updike is a genius when observing the complexity of human emotion.

A unique and interesting fact about yourself?
As of today...having seen the Maxillofacial surgeon this morning, it's not a teeth issue after all - it's a stone in my salivary gland...WHAT?! Yep, exactly what I thought!

What do you love best about yourself?
Physically - my legs, oh and I have good feet.
Mentally - whilst it may seem to have a strangle-hold on me, I do love how my mind works.
I am thinker.

The best movie ever made?
Again almost impossible to answer. I love different films for different moods. The easy answer is I am always partial to anything by Cameron Crowe ('Jerry Maguire', 'Elizabethtown' I have a real thing for small-town America), Richard Curtis ('Love Actually', 'Notting Hill') or Nora Ephron ('Sleepless in Seattle', 'You've got Mail').

But I also love 80's classics like 'Splash' or 'Tootsie' or 'The Jazz Singer'. 'Working Girl'...infact most Harrison Ford films, I think I grew up watching Harrison Ford. 'Out of Africa' - Streep's Danish accent is spot-on.

If It were Freaky Friday who would I change with?
If I answer this instinctively I would say Marilyn Monroe, whose life fascinated me when I was a teenager.

Best thing about being a woman?
In no particular order:
Wearing high-heeled shoes. Crying freely at adverts. Having long hair. Motherhood. Make-up. Best friends. The complete girly-girlness of some elements of life that you can just immerse yourself in.

I have one commenter/blog friend whom I would like to pass this to and it's Leanne from Mrs A in the Cove. Leanne always leaves me wonderful little gems of wisdom, I was led to her blog through my other good friend. Leanne makes beautiful party spreads for her three gorgeous girls and I just wish she lived nearer to me so I could pop round for a cuppa tea and admire what she does...


  1. Lovely post with beautiful pictures (as always)

    My friend has saliva stones so I actually know what they are, but would otherwise share your bewilderment. I hope you get some good treatment soon.

  2. Do you know how happy I am that we met.....truly?

    You are one special girl, I loved reading are a Girl of Great Substance (deserviing of capital letters for sure!)

    And saliva stones.....WHAT??!!


  3. oh i do love a chance to hear the *behind-the-scenes* thoughts of women i *really* like and admire...
    i had such a lovely clear picture of the *kind* of woman you are- & what you have shared with us completely confirms this...
    & i am soo looking forward to leannes post - as i too think she is a neighbour i wish i had...someone i will be spending time with when we eventually head home to australia...
    our last little angel is an audrey- & i have to say she has lovely legs too :)!
    melissa x

  4. you deserve that award, you always leave the sweetest comments:)

    love the post-i got to know more about you.


  5. I grew up with Delial, too. Do they still do that?

  6. Lou,

    This is perfection. I loved reading every last word of this post. You remain one of my absolute favorites, and I'm so glad to have found your blog.

    Now-stone in the salivary gland?? Please say this will end your pain!

    and thanks again for sharing.

  7. question about it..sisterhood it is!
    I love all this Louise but am flabbergasted and relieved to hear about your tooth. An answer...hooray!!!!!! Quick fix I hope?
    Be sure to write and tell me more...
    Love this post...those dresses!!! Yours???
    Kia Ora from NZ...wishing you the very best..

    Jeanne xxx

  8. I love this list ~ I truly do!! I love 80's movies too ~ St. Elmo's Fire is one on the top for sure.
    Saliva stones ~ that's a first for me. Take care. xo

  9. Oh Lou thank you so much for giving me an award - I am so so pleased we have met and too so wish there was not that great vast ocean between our homes so we could share a cuppa - I would even put on one of my "spreads" just for your visit! Now to put the thinking cap on! Might need a few days for this one. Leanne x Oh yes and WHAT! saliva gland stones!

  10. Lou, this is such a perfect post. So ... YOU! And you do indeed have great legs ;)

  11. I love reading these snippets of Lou - very entertaining and always of great interest. I love the whole virtual mood board of life theory of blogging - where else could we get all this stuff out that lurks in our heads! Thank heavens for blogging! xxx

  12. Dear Lou, that was a wonderful read, I really enjoyed your answers. It's great to know more about you and you're more interesting with everything you reveal.

    I love John Updike but haven't read Couples. I shall order it from Amazon now. Love, Christina xx


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