I did it. I put my big girl pants on, figured out how to work the laptop camera and filmed my first ever vlog! It was terrifying but not a total catastrophe so I guess we’ll go with it. Thanks to Jane at Maflingo for nominating me to answer the Vogue 73 questions (you can read her answers here) and also to Helen at Just Saying Mum who’s post Come On Girls, Embrace Your Inner Vlogger! which may have just given me the little nudge I needed to go for it!

Watch on YouTube: Mess & Merlot- Vogue 72 Questions

1. What’s your favourite movie?
Clueless – I know what you’re thinking, highbrow right? What – everrrr…

2. Favourite movie in the past five years?

3. Favourite Hitchcock film?

4. A book you plan on reading?
Oscar Wilde Plays

5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?
My History of Art books!

6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?
The Fall

7. On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you about life right now?

8. iPhone or Android?

9. Twitter or Instagram?

10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?
Domestic Sluttery

11. What’s your favourite food?
Ice cream

12. Least favourite food?
Coriander (bleurgh).

13. What do you love on your pizza?
Nothing! Margarita.

14. Favourite drink?
Think my blog name might give that away 😉

15. Favourite dessert?
Anything really chocolatey

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
I seem to have missed this one out on the vlog – oops!! Usually dark unless I’m really craving something sweet in which case Galaxy Salted Caramel.

17. Coffee or tea?

18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?
Seeing my kids upset about something.

19. What’s your favourite band?

20. Favourite solo artist?
Paloma Faith

21. Favourite song?
Wonderwall- Oasis

22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be? 
Somewhere I didn’t have to look at it.

25. To be or not to be?
To be.

26. Dogs or cats?

27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?
Whale Watching

28. Best gift you’ve ever received?
A HUGE box of Tunnocks Teacakes

29. Best gift you’ve ever given?

30. Last gift you gave a friend?

31. What’s your favourite board game?

32. What’s your favourite country to visit?

33. What’s the last country you visited?
Norn Ireland

34. What country do you wish to visit?
Oops – missed this one out too! Germany.

35. What’s your favourite colour?

36. Least favourite colour?

37. Diamonds or pearls?

38. Heels or flats?

39. Pilates or yoga?


40. Jogging or swimming?


41. Best way to de-stress?

Go to bed.

42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?


43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?


44. What’s your favourite flower?

White roses

45. When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday (well, almost)

46. Do you like your handwriting?

It’s ok

47. Do you bake?

Yes, a lot. Sadly for other people!

48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?

I procrastinate

49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?


50. Who do you miss most?

Nobody at the minute.

51. What are you listening to right now?

Virgin Media digging up the road!!!!

52. Favourite smell?


53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My Mother-in-law

54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?

My Father-in-law

55. A sport you wish you could play?


56. Hair colour?


57. Eye colour?


58. Scary film or happy endings?

Happy endings

59. Favourite season?


60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

Stephen Fry, Greg Davies, Sharon Horgan

61. Hugs or kisses?

Definitely hugs

62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?


63. Where were you born?

Dublin’s Fair City!

64. What is the farthest you have been from home?

Vegas baby!

65. Sweet or savoury?

Sweet everytime

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?

Can I have both??

67. What book have you read again and again?

The Merchant of Venice

68. Favourite bedtime story?

Sometimes I like to curl up in a Ball

69. What would be the title of your autobiography?

Charlie Brown: B.R.O.W.N

70. Favourite sound?

My daughter’s laugh

71. Favourite animal?


72. Who is your girl crush?

Sue Perkins

73. Last photograph you took?

My son, proudly wearing his Blue Peter badge

 Phew! I nominate the following bloggers to write or vlog their answers to the Vogue 73 Questions. Don’t forget to tweet me the link so I can check out your posts too!

Rebecca – Rock and Roses Mama

Fi – Beauty, Baby & Me

Ellen – Babies, Biscuits & Booze

Helen – Gumdrops and The Bear

Alison – Mad House Mum

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  1. Lovely to meet you through the vlog! You are very natural and should definitely do more 🙂 Thanks for the nomination – I don’t think I’ll be brave enough to vlog the answers though! See you at Blogfest 🙂 Alison x #coolmumclub

    1. Ahh you’re very kind, I think it might take me a while to recover from this one! 🙂 Look forward to your post whether you decide to vlog or blog.
      Yes – see you at Blogfest, 10/10 excitement! 🙂 x

  2. Ah I love it Charlie!! Your accent is awesome. Well done for getting in front of the camera 🎉 You seemed totally natural so should definitely do it again. Big Aerosmith fan too, there is something about singing along to their songs…and I adore Autumn as well ❤️ Also my mum hates coriander and whenever we go to a curry house she makes a huge deal out of being like NO FRESH CORIANDER 😂 Thanks for the nomination #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Thanks El! Funnily enough I hate hearing my accent on video but I suppose that’s normal?? Yes! – still love sticking a bit of Aerosmith on and singing along too- It’s Amaaaaaa-ziiiiing……. 🙂 Look forward to reading (watching?) yours soon x

  3. LOVE THIS!!! You have made me consider vlogging my answers too as yours is so good! LOVE your accent… Im not a fan of my voice on video either? So i suppose that is normal. Wonderwall is one of my faves too… Or Champagne Supernova <3 Ill give it a go tomorrow night when Im at home solo and see how I get on! Thank you so much for thinking of me… Ill holla once my post is live <3

    1. Oh really? Wow, thank you! Yay definitely try it, you don’t HAVE to post it right?? (Go on, if I can do it anyone can!) 🙂
      Ah yes Champagne Supernova is a good’un too. Look forward to seeing your post xx

  4. Yay! I see ALL of your face! I never realised you were irish! Where are you from? My best mate is from Northern Ireland, Lisburn. I went to her wedding and then the reception at the Slieve Donard (sp?) hotel. Loved it! Best Breakfast EVER!! (Oh, and the wedding was great too! Except it was also the occasion of my 2nd most embarassing moment…The first will be coming soon to Absolutely Prabulous).

    Fab answers! Moist! Tunnocks! I’ve notified Tunnocks of your Tunnock love, so who knows! Thanks for stepping up to the plate!

    1. Ha yes – surprise! I’m originally from Dublin but we moved up North when I was young. My parents still live just outside Belfast. Oh yes I know that hotel, lovely, ha can’t beat an Ulster Fry the morning after the night before 🙂
      Ooh well now I’m looking forward to reading the next Oops File very much! Ha thanks for that if I receive a Tunnock’s delivery we’ll go halves 🙂 Thanks for tagging me (I think!) 🙂 x

  5. Whoop! Charlie, I love it! It’s so odd when you get to see someone in motion – when you kind of feel you know them, but you only have really only ever seen a few still selfies. (Says she who hasn’t even offered up one of those!). You were totally made for the camera, I could listen to your voice all day – ever thought about TV?!…

    Thanks for linking up your first vlog to #coolmumclub…no stopping you now! x

    1. OMG TV???! Are you kidding me? It’s so funny to hear people say they like my accent, I’m always so paranoid about it but maybe it’s not that bad after all 🙂
      Thanks for hosting, so glad (relieved!) you liked it! x

  6. Great vlog. I love your accent. I love these posts where a can put a face and a voice to the blogger. You should definitely do more blogs.

  7. Charlieeeee! I feel like I’ve met you at last!! Brilliant to put a lovely voice (and face of course) to your fabulous words. Your coriander phobia made me chuckle – I have another friend who can’t abide the stuff and always orders food in restaurants “plain” as she stresses that all restaurant sauces tend to have it secretly hidden within, just as you mention with supermarkets. She once ordered a PLAIN chicken breast in an Indian restaurant and it came perfectly plain without any sauce whatsoever. But sprinkled with coriander! She nearly had a nose bleed! Love this vlog and you should definitely do more! Can’t wait to meet you at Blogfest! Dx #coolmumclub

    1. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaawn 🙂 Ha ha your poor friend – the struggle is real 🙂 Ah tnks so much, surprised anyone could hear me over the constant whirring of my laptop!! Really looking forward to meeting up too x

  8. Ooh so many answers I want to comment on – how good is The Fall?! And great choice of song, can’t beat a bit of Oasis. Or toast. And my favourite season is autumn too…you’re great on film! I’ve been planning to start a vlog for ages but haven’t got around to it. But definitely need to stop putting it off! x #TheList

    1. Soooo good but Himself isn’t impressed with how slow series 3 is going, I’m just appreciating ‘the view’ 🙂 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment, I was so nervous but I did it – yay me! 🙂 I’d say just go for it re the vlogging, look forward to seeing your lovely face in front of the camera soon!!

  9. Well, it’s lovely to ‘meet’ you almost properly Charlie! And you are a total natural-clearly made for vlogging! I also didn’t realise you are Irish-talking about how you say your surname made me chuckle!! I probably shouldn’t vlog because I’m from Wiltshire, and will probably sound like a farmer! I love coriander-I made a stir fry last night, and added so much if it!! It seems to be a very marmite food though!! Germany is a fab country, you should definitely go! And I agree with you about ‘moist,’ I can’t hear that word without cringing…! Fab vlog, I’m looking forward to seeing more!

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