Sunday, 30 December 2012

Happy new year & a few Instagrams

Happy new year, hope you done something nice last night. I'm really looking forward to 2013 as we will hopefully be in our new house before the end of the year, so that's part of the reason I'm imposing a no shopping ban on myself for the month on January at least. One of my resolutions is to wear more of my clothes instead of buying something new every time I have to go somewhere nice, my wardrobes heaving and a nice shiny new house is on the horizon. Another resolution is to get fit again, I was super fit for the first six months of 2012 but just didn't have to time to maintain it, so I renewed my gym membership last month to get a wee head start and I fully intend to use it, starting tomorrow.

Just a few random photo's from the last few days:
  1. Out and about with my wee man through the muck
  2. My favourite brunch every day
  3. Recycling an old ferrero rocher tray for rings
  4. Work secret santa
  5. Christmas cookies for Santa/me- well I had try them, no one wants to poisin Santa do they?!

Chritsmas outfit roundup

Hey I'm back, its only been a few days but feels like ages. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and had plenty of time to recharge. We had a very quiet Christmas so I only have a few outfit photos as the majority of days were spent in my lounge wear (read trackie bottoms) chillin with my two main men.

This was an outfit from last weekend, these boots are fast becoming my favourites as they go with a lot more that I thought and of course they are so comfy and cosy.
H&M black jumper
Zara Gillet
H&M black jeggings
New Look scarf
Moda in Pelle Boots

Next is Christmas days outfit, and I have to confess these next few outfits were all snapped together with no jewellery or make up so no head shots. This dress was perfect for Christmas day, it looked dressy enough with the silky material but was loose enough for plenty of turkey and desserts and to get down for the odd game with the kids on the floor. I can't find it on the Next website even though I only bought it a few weeks ago.
Next geo print dress
Asos wedge boots
This was my boxing day outfit, again comfort is the main factor here as no dress or tight trousers are going to get in the way of me and my dinner!
H&M navy blouse
H&M skirt
Barratts wedges

I did the fastest outfit change of my life on boxing night having only agreed to go out at 10:50pm after being broken down by my siblings. I had 10 minutes to decide what to wear,retouch make up and do hair. This dress fitted the bill as I could wear tights and throw my hair up casually, so I think I just about got away with it.
Max C London dress via ASOS
ASOS scala courts


Monday, 24 December 2012

Happy Christmas y'all!!

Hey just a quick post to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. I've had a pretty uneventful weekend thanks to me being super organised this year, so nothing very blog worthy to report. I've spent the day making desserts and am actually sick of chocolate, let's hope that wears off before tomorrow!

Here's my yule log which is a serious throw back to my school days, I'm hoping my Home Ec teacher would be pleased with this one.

Anyways enjoy the next few days, and of course, eat, drink and be merry because I know I will!! T x

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Choccy Christmas treats

I was off work yesterday so done a little Christmas baking, that I'm going to give a few fiends as nice little Christmas treats. I have a few friends with Gluten intolerance's, as do I so I know how lovely it is to enjoy some wee treats without the crappy feeling afterwards. I got this recipe from a gluten free cook book my friend bought me for my birthday, and I have to say they are simply devine, its a foolproof recipe so they never last too long in our house. Obviously these can be made just with normal flour instead of gluten free flour.

I promise I didn't eat all of them (well not in one go anyway)

I have doubled the quantities in the recipe as there just wasn't enough of them.
250g (8oz) butter
400g (14oz) soft brown sugar
250g (8oz) plain chocolate (2 large bars)
100g (4oz) rice flour or gluten free flour
40g (1.5oz) cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 eggs
150g (10oz) nuts, almonds, hazelnut's or whatever you like (though I didn't use nuts as one of my friends daughter is allergic)
Preheat oven to 180C or gas mark 4, grease and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place butter sugar and chocolate in a bowl over a bain marie (pan of simmering water) and stir until melted,
measure flour, cocoa powder and baking powder while the above mixture is melting,

once the chocolate, butter and sugar mix is melted sift in the flour, cocoa and baking powder mix,

then add the eggs, I only do three at a time as they can be quite hard to mix up,

mix all together into a smooth almost batter like consistency and pour into the greased and pre-lined baking tray, I have used a large one here, about the size for cooking a large roast.

Now the recipe suggests 35 minutes for the cooking of these, but I only do them for 20 minutes and I find they are perfect at this. They are starting to harden on the outside but are still gooey in the middle.
Remove from oven allow to cool for a few minutes and cut the 'crusts' off so you have nice straight edges and cut into whatever size squares you wish.

In all their gooey glory.

I picked up a few cheap jars in Tesco and B&M Bargains, added a little Christmas ribbon and red tissue paper, et voilá........................

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

This weekend I have mostly been...................

hungover in H&M. After Fridays nights escapades in the Merchant I was feeling more than a little worse for wear on Saturday, I tell you once you hit 30 it all goes downhill, one night out kills me now and when I think back to my student days when I would have been out eight nights of the week, I don’t know how the hell I did it. So of course what else would I do on Saturday night only head out and do it all again. We went to see Mumford & Sons at the Odyssey and ill and all as I was I was damn happy that I mustered up the energy to head back out again as they were absolutely brilliant! Marcus the lead singer has thee most amazing voice, it was totally flawless and you would have even thought he was miming if you didn’t know any better. They came down into the crowd and performed two songs acoustically, which was pretty cool of them I thought, they actually walked down through the crowd which shows how down to earth they are. I very nearly got a great pic of Marcus when he was heading back to the stage.

I had a few drinks to test the ole hair of the dog theory but I can safely say it doesn’t work as I was feeling like crap on Sunday again too. But I had to get up and get on with it as apparently a one and a half year old doesn’t understand the word hangover. We decided to pay Santa a visit or ‘San’ as he’s called in our house, but the mission was aborted approximately five seconds after setting eyes on Santa, as the wee man decided point blank that he was going nowhere near him, so it was money back and out of there. I could have just stayed in bed!

Hangovers and Santa aside here’s the weekend’s outfits and a few Mumford & Sons pics.

Friday’s outfit was all H&M, taken in H&M while buying more stuff in H&M.

Cardi, top & jeggings - H&M
Scarf- Dunnes
Bubble necklace - New Look
Boots - Jones Bootmaker

Saturday during the day- well no one really needs to see that pic. Saturday nights outfit all H&M again. I broke out my new pleather trews and yellow jacket I bought a few weeks ago. The trousers are quite comfy but they seem to conduct the heat or cold really well, so if it’s warm like when I was getting ready I was totally boiling in them, I thought at one stage there was going to be a Ross from friends talcum powder episode when I had to nip to the loo. Then when I headed out my legs were bloody freezing, and in the odyssey I was bloody boiling again. The things we do for fashion eh?!

Jacket, top & pleather leggings all H&M
Wedge boots - ASOS
Necklace- New Look

Sunday, yes you guessed it H&M again. This outfit was very expensive indeed, the skirt was two quid and the jumper was seven quid in H&M sale, so my entire outfit bar shoes probably cost £11, that’s why I love you H&M!
Jumper & Skirt - H&M
Boots - Zara

Wool military coat - River Island

Zara Boots

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Never again.........well until tonight.

Just a quick post on my phone with last nights outfit for my Christmas do. I'm soooooo ill today and I have to do it all tonight again -I could cry just thinking about it! Our night out was in The Merchant which is Belfast's most sumptuous hotel, so it called for my poshest frock and what could be posher than feathers and lace. I got this dress in Zara for a wedding a few months back and I still love it, which is rare for me as I always go off dresses really quick.

Zara dress
Asos shoes
Michael Kors watch

Monday, 10 December 2012

Sunday hikers

Hey, I'm back it's been a few days since I've posted, my wee man has a nasty virus so I had a quiet weekend cuddling him on the sofa, putting up Christmas decorations, baking and of course the odd bit of shopping. Most of my Christmas shopping is done and wrapped apart from a couple of people who are really hard to buy for (a nightmare every Christmas) so I'm looking forward to the next few weeks of nights out and a bit of Christmas baking and very little stress hopefully!

H&M jumper
H&M jeggings
H&M scarf
Boohoo pleather jacket
Next boots

This was Fridays outfit, I totally forgot about these boots, I lived in them two winters ago when I was in my purple/Plum phase (I tend to latch on to a particular colour pallet each season) so it was nice to randomly find them when I was looking for something else. I've got my new H&M scarf on with nice little sequins, I'm fast becoming a scarf addict it's so cold here at the mo that I never leave home without one.

I have to say I'm having to think a bit more about what I wear these days as I would normally just throw on my warmest coat and boots in this kind of weather but that wouldn't be very blog worthy would it, so being warm while trying to be anyway stylish is proving a little trickier.

Next military shirt
H&M jeggings
High tops via ebay

Saturdays outfit was casual as usual, I tend not to go too far on Saturday's so just throw on something comfy. I'm wearing my favourite shirt here, I bought it in the next sale about four years ago and I never have it off as it goes with almost everything plus the military trend never really dies and Khaki is the colour of the moment for me.

Next Blouse
Next Blazer
George at Asda scarf
New look leggings
Moda in Pelle boots
On Sunday I sported my new Moda In Pelle 'Hiker' boots that I bought last week. I nearly took these back after I got them home as I already have a tan pair of knee high riding boots and thought "hmmm will I really get the wear out of these?", but once I played about with a few outfits I thought "you are going nowhere my friends!". They instantly 'posh' up any outfit I tried them with (maybe something to do with the fact Pippa Middleton is always wearing them) so I have held onto them. They're not as over the knee as I would like as I have long legs but they will have to do, I love the back detail and the buckles. I went shopping a few hours yesterday and they cut my heels a bit when walking but hopefully this will mean they will be more comfortable the next time I wear them.

Image via

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Style stealing

I love me a bit of style stealing, blogs and pinterest are great for this. I see an outfit I like and I simply pin the image to my pinterest pin board or save to the camera roll on my phone, which is handier if I have no Internet connection. Pinterest is also great as you can search for an item of clothing and see what photos of it appears.

I first came across the idea for recreating outfits straight from photos when I stumbled upon an American blog called She literally re-creates outfits straight from photos with items she already has in her wardrobe. It's a great way of re-working what you have in your wardrobe. This is great when funds are low or when I'm feeling a little uninspired with my wardrobe, as I can often breath new life into an item of clothing just by pairing it with something completely different than what I usually wear it with.

Here's a few pics of J (in the khaki jacket and pink jacket photos) and a few of the inspiration photos on my phone at the minute. These are all outfits that I want to try out over the next wee while. All images via pinterest.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Cold bones and crazy german chocolate

Black & grey tops - H&M
Black Blazer - H&M
Mint jeans - H&M
Black wedges - ASOS
Green bubble necklace - Ebay

I attended a Frock around the clock vintage fair today in a local country residence Lissan House which was built in the 1620's. The house has longest known occupation by a single family of a domestic dwelling in Ireland, which I thought was a pretty cool fact. The building has been extensively restored and featured on BBC 1's Restoration in 2003 narrowly missing out on winning one million pounds towards it restoration. Since it's sole inhibitor died in 2006 (imagine living there to 83yrs old) it has been partly restored to its former glory. Oh and I forgot my SLR so crappy iphone photos are going to sting your eyeballs all the way.

The house in 2006

The house after restoration
The house was amazing, although with so many stalls set up it was hard to see everything, so I'm looking forward to going back some day when it's finished to see it in all its glory. I'm big into Architecture and Interior design and while I favour modern design I have a big appreciation for all types of Architecture styles and Era's.

The nursery and master bedroom

I have to say I felt a little under dressed in my jeans, there were girls in amazing 1950's style dresses with pin curls and gorgeous fur coats while I looked like something that should be in the window of H&M! Although they must have been freezing, as it was actually warmer outside, can't believe that old woman survived so long in it I wouldn't last a day- they don't make 'em like they used to eh?! I'm still frozen to the bone hours later.

There were some gorgeous things for sale such as vintage clothing, hats, handmade crafty type jewellery, vintage jewellery, vintage children's games and of course the obligatory cupcakes.

Some of the vintage jewellery and china

Book cake and the kitchen

What I bought - truffles from the crazy German chocolate man that seems to be everywhere I go (I swear he's following me on a one man mission to fatten me up and then eat me- yes he is that mad) a caramel chocolate cupcake and a vintage dress ring.