Thursday, 25 August 2011

Baroque to the future – win an excuse for some me-time

Mauve-r the moon with this one
Tell me how you get some time to yourself and you could win a beautiful Victoria Jill baroque bath bottle.

Today I have to go to the car tyre fixing garage (I’m sure it has a proper name but I don’t know it) to get my slow puncture sorted out. Sadly, this is something of a treat for me. I’m actually looking forward to sitting on a hard chair in an oily waiting room for 40 minutes, because I’ll get that time to myself. I’ve got something to write and I’ve been saving things to read. No one will nag, pull my cardi or shout at me (or at least I hope not) and I can’t actually get on with any work.

It’s shaping up to what I call me time.

Me time, is as precious a commodity as spare cash and free time these days. 

It doesn’t happen very often, but I have been known to run a very deep, very hot, very aromatic bath, lock the door and soak until I’ve finished a particularly good book, or until someone knocks really really hard. 

Sometimes I go for a walk – but if I want to be alone Greta Garbo style I need to time this so it coincides with the start of something good on the telly. “I’m off for a walk. Anyone want to come? Oh, Doctor Who you say. Fine.”

I have been known to take a very slow meander around a supermarket, just to enjoy the sensation of being out alone. 

And, of course, there is metime101 – locking yourself in the lav. 

In the olden days, I used to love a wander round town, a stroll around an art gallery or spending ages cooking some fantastic new dish. That’s largely a foreign country though.

So, to the point, Jill Bowman, of Victora Jill’s boutique has agreed to offer one of her beautiful baroque bath bottles as a giveaway to one of my blog readers. 

The French-style bottles – also on sale in Harrod’s (oooh) – are filled with bath salts and foam especially created for Jill in a range of essential oil blends. And I can’t imagine a better excuse for me time than a wallow in a baroque bath.

I haven’t tested it, but I’m told that when you use the baroque bath salts or foam, if you shut your eyes, you can believe you’re in a roll-top bath, in a chateau with scented breezes wafting the muslin curtains at the open window. I don’t expect this effect withstands children clattering up the stairs yelling “mum, mum, where are you?”.

To win a beautiful baroque bottle, visit Victoria Jill’s website treasure trove of beautiful French-inspired goodies and tell me in a comment on this whether you would like bath foam or salts and which fragrance you’d like. Entries close September 25 and the winner will be chosen at random. 


  1. Oh for me I find me time by having a bath and locking the door. I have been even known to lock myself in the loo so I can have hot cup of tea. I would love the orange and bergamot foam bath

  2. TheMadHouse, thanks. I've never drunk tea in the loo, but I have browsed the internet from my phone in there!

  3. I'd go for the cherub orange and bergamot foam bath. I love the smell of bergamot oil, its really citrussy on its own and very invigorating.


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