Meet The Artichoke Girls – Laurie from Vanity & Me

In the next of our occasional series, an homage to Vogue’s 73 Questions we talk to honourary Artichoke Girl Laurie, the woman behind the blog Vanity & Me. She divides her time between Middlesex & Essex, is 55 years old & has three children & eight grandchildren. At 5’2″ she is a petite size 8 or 10 and wears size 2 1/2 shoes!

What did you do before you started to write your blog

Before blogging I was a hairdresser and beauty therapist. I started work as a Saturday girl in a hairdressers when I was thirteen years old. I did my apprenticeship there and later my parents bought the salon. No pressure!  I went into work one day part of a team of twelve and the next day turned up as their boss.

Big knickers or small knickers?

Knicker size depends on what I’m wearing. 9 times out of 10 it would be the biggest pair of sucky in knickers I can find

Diamonds or Pearls?

I’m a diamonds girl through and through.

What is your favourite colour?


Who is your favourite designer?

I love Valentino and Calvin Klein

What is your favourite item of clothing & why?

I have many favourite items of clothing. Another tough question! Erm, I have some items of clothing that are vintage that mum handed down to me. I will treasure those

Is leopard a neutral?

I wouldn’t say Leopard is neutral but will work with any neutrals

What song makes you dance?

What song makes me dance? Believe it or not Firestarter by Prodigy!

If you were to write an autobiography what would it be called?

If I were to write an autobiography it would be called “No Heirs And Graces” A lot of people that have met me through the blog have said I’m surprisingly different to how I come across on the blog. Apparently I come across a bit la di da but I’m really a very down to earth girl. I really wish that I had called my blog that too.

What is your favourite skincare range?

Estee Lauder always wins hands down for me. I try lots of different brands through the blog and some I stick to. But if I had to choose one brand only it would be Estee Lauder and I couldn’t live without my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. Ever.

What is your goal for 2018

My goal for 2018 is to start filming and grow a Youtube channel. My blog is doing quite well now and to further myself, filming is the way to go. It’s not easy though! I’m finding it quite challenging! If anyone wants to pop over and subscribe I would be very grateful!

Filming is completely different to writing and I’m quite shy! But I’m enjoying the challenge and it’s good to push yourself

If you could take one item of makeup to a desert island what would it be?

A foundation with a good SPF

What is the best fashion tip you have ever received?

The best fashion advice I ever received was to get professionally measured for a bra. The difference can be quite amazing

How would you define beauty?

Define beauty? That’s hard! There’s beauty in everyone!

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for many things. Being a friend, being kind, being honest. And to be remembered for making it happen! When I’m determined about something I don’t give up

Who is your fashion Icon?

I have loads of fashion icons that I purr over daily! I love a cool girl look and that cool look just doesn’t suit me! So I just look and sigh!

Do you have a secret talent?

I don’t have a secret talent I’m afraid. I shout about any I have!

What three things do you always have in your bag?

My mobile phone, nicorette gum & business cards

What is Love?

Being in a room full of people with your other half and not having to say a word but your other half knows exactly what your thinking

What is your favourite childhood memory?

Waking up one Christmas morning to a treasure trail of presents at around 4am in the morning! I remember unwrapping my Bay City Rollers LP and putting it on the record player with earphones on, unwrapping all my finds

Which celebrity would you most like to meet?

Joan Collins. There’s just something about that woman. I would love to meet her

Which fashion trend do you hate the most?

Least favourite fashion trend has to be socks with sandals! Yuk!

How do you drink your tea?

Builders style

Window seat or aisle seat?

Window seat

Who does the DIY in your house?

We do the DIY together. A lot of shouting and then a lot of laughing after

Do you have a strange superstition?

No I don’t.

What would your karaoke song be?

I love to sing Joan Armatrading when no one’s listening.

Do you have any bad habits?

My bad habit is nicotine I’m afraid. I don’t drink and my eating is very limited due to multiple allergies so that’s my only bad vice.

Do you have any pets?

I have two dogs. Chuzzle and Beau ( a puppy that’s turning into my little pony) They are both American Bulldogs although I’m beginning to wonder if Beau has great dane running through her blood!

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