Posts tagged ‘Margot’

October 14, 2011

Quernus Margot and Barbara

I am very happy to introduce you to a Quernus version of Margot and Barbara, made for me to celebrate the launch of this blog by the very talented Kirsten of Quernus Crafts. As usual, the attention to detail given to these two by Kirsten is astonishing.

Margot and Barbara, my alter egos for this site, are from The Good Life tv sitcom of the 1970’s. I know that those of you who love the show will recognise them, even in mouse form! The Good Life is one of my favourite shows of all time, one that I return to time and time again, especially in times of stress. When life gets a bit overwhelming, there is nothing better than a genuinely warm and funny tv show, especially when you already know all the dialogue.

It also gave me the perfect pair of alter-egos to  help me describe myself and my interests. If you want to read more about this, have a look at this page: Who are Margot and Barbara? and in the meantime, have a look at the wonderful Quernus version…

Margot and Barbara



And from the back...

Thank you Kirsten, once again you have exceeded my expectations, I love them.

August 14, 2011

High Heels and Glitter

I am sitting here, surrounded by the September issues; the heavyweight glossy magazines marking the move into Autumn, which for the fashion industry are the most important issues of the year. Which is probably why they’d do for a weightlifting session, such is their combined size.

Although I do enjoy the summer for many things, when it comes to clothing, the Autumn/Winter collections are more my kind of thing. These are not the fripperies of summer, floral dresses and sandals. This is grown up dressing. Long wool coats, suiting, boots, structured handbags that you buy to last a lifetime. More expensive, yes, but ideally, made to last you a long time. Although it has to be said that I don’t  own enough clothes to be able to put many things away at the end of a season, (generally the movement to Autumn is marked by the adding of a layer on top of what I’m already wearing) there is something rather pleasant about the idea of buying something that you will cherish for a long while.

For me, that generally means accessories. Last year I bought a pair of Pedro Garcia ‘Piper’ shoeboots, which I have loved and worn lots.

I love Pedro Garcia shoes. The Spanish company is owned and run by the third generation of the Garcia family and prides itself on great craftsmanship alongside beautiful design. Although these have a slight platform, they are genuinely comfortable to wear, and I’ve successfully paired them with lots of different outfits.

One of the highlights for me from the A/W collections has been the shift in proportion in the shoes. For the past few years, apart from obvious exceptions such as the perennial gladiator sandal, we have seen ever more complicated, higher and architectural creations. Although beautiful to look at, they were getting to the point where it was impossible to see anyone, with the notable exceptions of Daphne Guinness and Lady Gaga, actually being able to wear them. There is nothing that reduces the appeal of a beautiful pair of shoes than watching someone fail to walk in them. We develop all kinds of odd stances, uncomfortable gaits and wobbles, thus reducing any sex appeal down to a comedy moment waiting to happen.

Plus, and this is an absolute essential for me, they are impossible to be late in. I am always late. Which means I am always doing a kind of little jog-like walk, as I rush to a work meeting, to catch a train or to school. So, I need a pair of shoes that I can wear when I’m running late. I can cope with a heel, as long as this means more of a classic stiletto heel, which this season are in abundance. After a bit of a search, I think I’ve found the perfect pair.

Pedro Garcia Xio glitter heeled pumps.

Again by Pedro Garcia, these are the Xio glitter pumps (available from The great simple shape is a lovely contrast to the Dorothy-esque sparkle and, given that most of my winter clothes are varying shades of black, they would be just the thing to lift both my outfit and my spirits. After all, who can be glum in glittery shoes?

May 23, 2011

Chloé | Marcie leather shoulder bag | NET-A-PORTER.COM

Chloé | Marcie leather shoulder bag | NET-A-PORTER.COM.


Crikey, having total Margot moment in the five minutes’ peace before tidying up. How amazing is this Chloe bag? And more importantly, how much stuff could I fit into it?

May 13, 2011

An introduction…

Hello there,

Margot and Barbara is the distillation of many hours spent trying to make sense of my giant, sprawling list of interests. I’m a scanner. Multipotential. Dilettante. Whatever. What that means is that I will never find the perfect job, never settle down to just one thing. Never grow up. I’ve spent a long time and wasted a lot of tears trying to find the ONE thing that I was meant to do, but at the ripe old age of 35 (nearly!) I am at peace with myself. I’m fine. Great, in fact.

The initial reason for this is that a few years ago, I was given a magazine article by my sister in law. It was called “What Do I Do When I Want to Do Everything?”  and was my first introduction to the work of Barbara Sher ( ) and my start on the journey towards accepting and loving being a scanner. I did grow up, get married and have two amazing children, and I’m still a scanner. There is no one thing. It’s just who I am – and that is actually a brilliant truth. Without the endless hunt for the one true thing that I should do for the rest of my life, I am actually free to pursue as many things as I like, and enjoy the process of discovery and learning for its own sake, not just in case it should be my career. Life is pretty long. We’re always being told that it’s short, but I plan to be around for at least 50 more years. That’s half a Century of discovery! It’ll do.

There are loads of great resources on the internet for folk like me (and you?) if you look for it. I suspect you already have. One site I came across recently is which I think is awesome, especially for those of you who are wondering if you’re a scanner too. The scanner community is a friendly one.

Many scanner sites are run by incredible twenty-somethings who are having the time of their life. I am somewhat different, a bit older and a parent with a giant mortgage on a tiny house…

So this blog is going to be about:

  • Balancing motherhood with a scanner personality. Being a great mother is the most important role I could ever play and it comes before everything else, but I also need to embrace my scanner self. Combining the two is often a challenge!
  • A chronicle of activities, hobbies, passions, studies as I discover or continue enjoying them.
  • The quest to potentially turn some of my interests into money making enterprises, whilst at the same time, keep a roof over our heads.
  • Links to other scanner sites and helpful scanner stuff.

I guess for those of you not familiar with old BBC comedy, I should explain the title of this site too. Margot and Barbara are the two female leads in my favourite sit-com, The Good Life, produced by the BBC in the 1970’s.  Take a look here: They’re neighbours and friends, but polar opposites. Margot is a social climber who loves the finer things in life and Barbara is trying to become self-sufficient. Many of us have played that game “Which Friends character are you most like?” Well, this is my interpretation of that. In listing out all my interests, passions, work and hobbies, I realised that I am basically both Margot and Barbara. Haute Couture? Yes. Allotment gardening? Also yes. So, here it is.