Winter Clothes

Kim Carruthers in her book Less Is More: How To De-clutter Your Life she says August is the perfect time to donate the winter clothes and shoes you didn’t wear. She says that it doesn’t matter why you aren’t wearing them, just take a moment now to put them aside for donation so that you don’t end up with them hanging around next year.

Also if you have kids check that stuff still fits and if not add to the donation box.

Travel Time

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to think about getting more time out of your day by making travel time work for you. They provide the following ideas for what you can do in the dead time spent travelling in the car, bus or train.

Good uses for travel time:

  • Learn a language with French lessons by Michel Thomas
  • Educate yourself with an introduction to the classics or historical biographies.
  • Get started loosing weight with Paul McKenna’s Think Thin
  • Stop smoking with Alan Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking
  • Build your self esteem with Anthony Robbins’s Awaken The Giant Within
  • Listening to your own recorded affirmations

and when your by yourself in the car:

  • Whiten your teeth with Superdrug’s Go Smile bleaching tray
  • Soften your hands with a hand mask inside some old cotton gloves.
  • Flush out toxins by drinking some water
  • Keep your fanny tight by doing your pelvic floor exercises
  • Stress busting by singing your heart out

Kit for the car:

  • Tissues
  • Cream blusher
  • Neutral shade lip gloss
  • Lavender aromatherapy de-stress roll on
  • Rescue Remedy
  • Disposable camera
  • Wet wipes
  • Bottle of water
  • Hand cream
  • Driving shoes
  • $1 & $2 coins
  • Pen & Paper
  • A Comb
  • Packet of dried fruit & almonds
  • Clear plastic container to keep it all in.

Dawna Walter in her book New Leaf, New Life: How To Do Everything And Still Have Time For Yourself  offers the following list of helpful public transport suggestions.

10 Things to do on public transport:

  • Always be prepared & have your tickets ready when you need them
  • Sort out loose change for your ticket, coffee or paper
  • read the paper or something uplifting
  • Listen to your favourite music softly
  • Keep a journal
  • Review your papers for the day
  • Write a letter
  • Plan a Party
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Pay attention to things around you.

Quick Beauty Fixes

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to think about getting more time out of your day by learning some quick beauty fixes.

Hangover cure: If you know you are going to be having a few drinks, have two aspirins before you leave. Take a handful of almonds with you to eat on the way to help line your stomach. Have two more aspirin & a Berocca in water before you go to bed. Eat a handful of parsley in the morning to get rid of the morning breath and use some Eyedew to relieve bloodshot eyes.

Tired face: While you take a rejuvenating bath with a face mask of live youghurt for 10 minutes.

Perspiration marks: If you have run out of deodorant a slice of lemon rubbed on the armpits can help prevent perspiration marks on your clothes.

Deodorant marks: To remove a deodorant mark take a damp, not white flannel and wipe down, then dry the damp patch with a hairdryer.

Dirty hair: When you don’t have time to wash your hair give it a spray with Kelvin Murphy Fresh Hair dry shampoo then pop on a silver or gold funky headband to disguise greasy hair.

Puffy eyes & bags: Apply preparation H haemorrhoid cream as a thick mask for 5 minutes to reduce puffy eyes.

Spots: Apply toothpaste to a spot and leave overnight to greatly reduce inflammation.

Panda eyes: Always have some Q-tips on hand to fix your old smudged make-up.

Close shave: If you run out of shaving foam, olive oil or talcum powder will give just as good a shave.



Time Saving Routines

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to think about getting more time out of your day by putting in place regular routines that will help you get out the door in 10 minutes. they say that in the morning there are any number of things that prevent you from making a speedy exit, this is their list to of things to do to help you get more time out of your day.

The night before checklist:

  • Exfoliate & shave the night before so you only need a shower in the morning.
  • Make sure your bag is filled & ready so you are not hunting around in the morning for your wallet & keys at the last minute
  • Make sure you have passes for transport & coins for parking.
  • Charge your mobile phone overnight
  • Lay your clothes out the night before 7 if you still have kids at home make sure theirs are laid out too.
  • Put lemon & water in a thermos ready for drinking while your getting ready in the morning.
  • If your going somewhere new the next day, plot your route on your Navman

Once a month time savers

  • Have a big cook up & freeze in portions for those emergency moments when you cant bear takeaways.
  • Have your nails professionally tipped in polish to avoid chipped nail syndrome panic.

Every three months

  • Put together lots of different outfits for various occasions using the clothes & accessories in your wardrobe. Polaroid yourself wearing them, then stick the photos inside your wardrobe door. This will make it easy to choose outfits when you haven’t got much time.
  • Make a master list of what you need to stock up on for your kitchen & bathroom and replenish at the supermarket.
  • Go to the bank & get $50 worth of $2 & $1 coins
  • Have your eyelashes permed & dyed to save time taken up with eyelash curlers & mascara.
  • If you spend hours straitening your hair with flat irons get it professionally straightened.

Dawna Morton in her book New Leaf New Life: How To Do Everything And Still Have Time For Yourself has put together the following list to help you save time in the morning so you can stay in bed longer or better still get up and enjoy those extra few minutes.

10 Ways to save time in the morning

  • Wash your hair the night before
  • Lay out your clothes for the next day before you undress the night before
  • Don’t iron in the morning
  • Get your breakfast things ready before you go to bed.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink from the night before
  • Colour code your wardrobe, it really will help
  • Organise your underwear drawer so that you can quickly find things
  • Gather everything you need to take with you in one place
  • Always keep your keys in the same place
  • Do one job today that you have on your list to do tomorrow


Spring Wardrobe

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year, say that August is the time to go through your summer wardrobe and writing a list of what’s missing.

I believe it’s still way to early in the year to think about your summer wardrobe and instead recommend taking a look at They have a fabulous Spring Wardrobe Basic Checklist which is quite helpful if you really want to figure out what’s missing from your wardrobe to get you through the next season.

Spring Wardrobe Basics Checklist

  • A Black Tank
  • A cotton polo
  • A Short sleeved white T-shirt
  • A short sleeved black t-shirt
  • A long sleeved white t-shirt
  • A long sleeved slim fit black t-shirt
  • A black cashmere turtleneck
  • A fitted white cotton button-down shirt
  • A fitted white silky button-down shirt
  • A crisp white blouse
  • An airy cotton blouse
  • A boldly patterned printed top
  • A thin knit cotton crewneck sweater
  • A lightweight cashmere sweater
  • A cotton button up cardigan
  • A hip length cardigan in a neutral shade
  • A little black dress
  • A classic pencil skirt that grazes the top of the knees
  • An inverted pleat skirt
  • A pair of capri pants
  • A pair of chinos
  • A dark boot cut pair of jeans that are 2% lycra
  • A pair of viscose black pants
  • A pair of skinny jeans
  • A pair of flat front khaki pants
  • A one button blazer
  • A dark wash, slim fit denim jacket
  • A solid colour cropped jacket
  • A black cashmere wrap
  • A lightweight waterproof raincoat
  • A pair of diamond studs
  • A tank watch
  • A black leather handbag
  • A brown leather handbag
  • A striped tote bag
  • A colourful bucket or hobo bag
  • A ring closure belt
  • A brown leather belt
  • a black leather belt
  • A pair of loafers
  • A pair of red ballet flats
  • A pair of sleek sneakers
  • A pair of basic black pumps
  • A pair of neutral sling back heels
  • A pair of metallic evening shoes
  • A pair of vibrant colourful heels
  • A pair of rain boots
  • A  compact umbrella
  • A full size umbrella
  • An overnight bag
  • A small rolling suitcase

I know it looks like a lot when its listed out like this but really its not a lot at all.

Now treat yourself to a great pair of shoes from the list that are missing from your wardrobe.


Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year, say that August is the time to think about getting your highlights done. Winter is coming to an end and spring is on the horizon. Time to make an appointment for the start of spring at the salon to get some highlights to help hide the greys and lighten up your look. I’ve got mine.

New Tunes

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to reload your music player with new tunes. They recommend deleting all those painful songs that glorify suffering and misery. They say to replace them with some strong, life affirming tunes and sing along at the top of your voice. In their book Who Do You Want To Be Today: Be Inspired To Dress Differently they recommend putting on some Rufus Wainwright and dancing around singing into your hairbrush to help bring out your inner Bombshell. Some Shirley Bassey to help unleash your inner Diva and some  smooth jazz enjoyed with a straight up martini to help bring out your more masculine side.

Nicky Hambleton-Jones in her book How To Be Gorgeous: Wear It Your Way And Feel Like A Goddess Every Day, she recommends letting the following sexy, ballsy female singers inspire you to find your inner rock chick.

  • Madonna
  • Debbie Harry
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Suzi Quatro
  • Beth Ditto
  • Courtney Love
  • Alison Goldfrapp
  • Pink
  • Chrissie Hynde

Lisa O’Neill in her book Look Gorgeous, Be Happy: What A Woman Wants, she recommends the following happy songs for when you are in a bad mood and need a quick lift. This has become my drive to work playlist, it really does help bring your energy up and get you in the right mind-set.

  • I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Beautiful by Carole King
  • Top of The World by The Carpenters
  • Smile by Lily Allen
  • Never Knew Love Like This Before by Marcia Hines
  • I got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
  • I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  • Lucky by Colbie Caillat & Jason Mraz

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests listening to Cole Porter. I have added the following songs to my music player and they are lovely to listen to in an apron while cooking up a storm in the kitchen doing my cake baking meditation. Although I have swapped some out for their slightly more modern versions.

  • Anything Goes
  • Begin The Beguine
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • It’s De-Lovely
  • Lets Do It
  • Miss Otis Regrets
  • Night And Day
  • Don’t Fence Me In

She also suggests experiencing the profound healing powers that music can bring with an assortment of sacred sounds that soothe, she suggests trying the following:

  • Chant by Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos
  • Rosa Mystica by Therese Schroeder-Sheker
  • Vox De Nube by Gaelic Singer Noirin Ni Riain & the Irish Monks of Glenstal Abbey
  • A Feather on the Breath of God: Gothic Voices with Emma Kirkby
  • Vision: The Music of Hilgard von Bingen
  • Piano Reflections by Kelly Yost

In Camilla Morton’s book How To Walk In High Heels: The Girls Guide To Everything offers the following lists :

Mood Suggestions

  • Uplifting: Baby Love by Diana Ross
  • Relaxing: Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C major K.467
  • What’s up with them: Lately by Stevie Wonder
  • The bills have just arrived: Tchaikovsky 1812 overture
  • Getting ready: Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child
  • Put those dancing shoes on: Billie Jean by Micheal Jackson
  • Getting undressed: Love To Love You Baby by Donna Summer
  • Evening in with pizza: Lets Do It by Eartha Kitt
  • Hitting the town: Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  • Working to hard: working Nine To Five by Dolly Parton
  • He’s just called: What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  • Housework: The Swan by Saint Sains
  • Cocktails: I’ve got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra
  • Harry met Sally moment: It Had To Be You by Harry Conick Jr
  • Missing you: I just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
  • Exercise: Lets Get Physical by Olivia Newton John
  • Feeling blue: Crazy by Patsy Cline
  • You are fabulous: Kiss by Tom Jones
  • Anti men: Respect by Aretha Franklin
  • Seducers: Lets Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  • Break ups: Careless Whisper by Wham
  • Melancholy evening: La Vie En Rose by Yves Montande
  • Don’t want to go on, but will: I Did It My Way by Frank Sinatra
  • Pre Dinner party drinks: Eine Kleine Nacht Musik by Mozart
  • Impromptu party at home: Dancing Queen by ABBA
  • Bubble bathing: Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
  • Pre proposal setting: Stardust by Nat King Cole
  • Hellfire and Damnation: The Planets Mars by Holst
  • Youre going to confront him: Symphony No5 by Beethoven
  • Youre going to kill him: Requeim by Mozart


  • Baby love by Diana Ross
  • You are Everything by Diana Ross
  • Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette
  • Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves by Sister Sledge
  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  • Voulez Vous Coucher by Lady marmalade
  • Something Stupid by Frank Sinatra
  • I got you Babe by Sonny and Cher
  • Close To You by The Carpenters
  • I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
  • Lately by Stevie Wonder
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra
  • Hello Is It Me You’re Looking For by Lionel Ritchie
  • My Song by Elton John
  • I’m in The Mood For Dancing by Leo Sayer

Stella McCartney’s Runway Hits

  • Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
  • If I Was Your Girlfriend by Nicole Wray
  • Hombre by M.I.A
  • Goodies by Ciara
  • If I Was A Rich Girl by Lady Saw
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams
  • Push It By Salt’n’Pepa

Jade Jagger’s Compilation Soundtrack to her life

  •  Isis by Bob Dylan
  • Benita Applebaum by A Tribe Called Quest
  • Billy jean by Shinehead
  • Hotstuff by The Rolling Stones
  • Wild Like The Wind by Nina Simone
  • Lucky Star by Madonna
  • Wanna Be Starting Something by Michael Jackson
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams
  • Making Whoopee by Louis Armstrong
  • A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
  • I Just Wanna Love You by Jay Z
  • Don’t Worry by Bob Marley