Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, December 12, 2010

My new Windows Phone (which I dislike as I have said several times) has one good feature: it can hold a load of music.  I have literally hundreds of CDs and inevitably some have got stuck at the bottom of piles.  I had ripped some to my PC but I have spent several hours this weekend ploughing through the collection trying to get them all on PC.  That is more than will fit on the phone, but I am selecting favourite albums (and some greatest hits) as I go.  It is a slow process as I am having to manually enter track listings for most of the classical ones.  I also have a few obscure ones like Cab Calloway which it didn't recognise.

As I write this, West Side Story is in the drive.  That isn't one of my favourites.  Next up is John Rutter's Requiem which is followed by a Grieg collection.  The "classical" ones had been stacked separately.

The phone has some classical (The Four Seasons, Verdi Requiem, some Mozart, several organ compilations) but mostly it is rock.  For listening on the move I prefer something which is engaging and preferably loud to drown out travel noises.  It'll be fun over the next few weeks rediscovering some CDs I had forgotten.

On top of that a friend (thak you) has sent me a CD of things I might like to try out.  There are 600 tracks on that.  I'll listen to that over the next few weeks as well.  I'll then buy the full CDs of any groups I like on there . I believe in supporting the artists by buying anything I am going to keep.  Hopefully that will add some new things to my phone over the next couple of months as well.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, December 09, 2010


I bought a bottle of Covet EDP, the first time I have ever bought a celebrity perfume.  I got it really cheap, so no tester.  I was meeting up with my friend Andrea so we both sprayed it on.  If you read the reviews below, you'll see a huge variety of opinions.  The smell on my skin was totally different to that on Andie's.  For her it settled don't very quickly into a fairly simple vanilla. Initially the vanilla was overlaid with sweet floral notes but they faded quickly.  It was never anything special.

It behaved totally differently on my skin.  The florals were totally absent.  I got fresh green which dried down into fusty geranium with the very faintest hint of chocolate.  The chocolate was never intense.  I also don't get the vanilla.  It's amazing how vastly different it was for the two of us.  I wouldn't say it was hugely complex for either of us; however on me it is very pleasant and quite chic in it's own way.  I won't wear it often, but when I do wear it nothing else I have would do instead.

http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Sarah-Jessica-Parker/Covet-1404.html

PS After about 12 hours it settled into the vanilla for the last couple of hours.

PPS I added a more detailed Covet review and resource page on Squidoo.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

One of the regulars from the pub ran a Vie party last night.  I was rather more impressed than I had expected to be ... and learned a few make up tips as well.  She did a really good job.  Of course, I bought quite a few things. Some are for presents but the moisturiser  for instance is for me.  I have been using Lancome Hydra Zen but as the weather turns cold it hasn't been providing the moisture my skin needs, so I bought a night cream to try.  I added a day one as well.  The other big advantage is that they are half the price of the Lancome products which is worthwhile.

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