Year: 2013

The festive lull

During the festive period this year its safe to say I have relaxed a lot more than usual. Due to a shocking bout of flu which knocked me out and saw me bed-bound for 6 days, right up until Christmas Day, I have done very little. But one way I have spent my days are checking out the sales. With only one more day off work left, I have made the very most of being at home and done my sales shopping from the comfort of my home. In my onesie with a bowl of chocolates next to me of course. It is Christmas after all. The festive lull between Xmas and New Years has been rather lovely band I have treated myself to a couple of new bits and bobs. I just love satchels and despite already owning a raspberry coloured Zatchel and a Cambridge Satchel, I couldn’t resist this pastel green beauty from Zatchels in the 25% off sale. My pair of black wedge heel high top trainers are the comfiest pair of …

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

To get into the festive spirit on Sunday my friend Natalie and I made the journey to Holden Clough Nursery in Clitheroe to visit The Garden Kitchen for a Christmas picnic afternoon tea. The Christmas afternoon tea is served on a miniature picnic bench and certainly didn’t disappoint. Nestled in the country side and down many a winding road, you will find Holden Clough Nursery. Ran by BBC Young Gardener of the Year 2012, John, the nursery features The Garden Kitchen tea room. All the food is sourced locally  and their take on the traditional afternoon tea is pretty special. Adapted for Christmas, the picnic looked amazing and tasted great too. Each picnic bench serves two and was a fantastic way to spend a rainy Sunday and kick off the Christmas period. The bench included  chocolate Christmas tree cupcake, mincemeat crumble, truffle Christmas puddings, a selection of festive canapes, wellington boot of mulled wine each, glass of proseco and tea or coffee. Afternoon tea in style!

Catfish: My dabble into the online dating world…

Having a blog means I live quite a ‘social’ life and I’m not afraid to share aspects of my life with the internet. I blog about the clothes I wear, holidays I go on and gigs, but one thing you never read about online are those who are unlucky in love.  But recently there has been a certain TV show that I have become addicted to; Catfish. And since I spend a large proportion of my day tweeting about my bus journeys to work, things I do on the weekend and my hair, hell I’ve even created it it’s own hashtag (over at #bobprobs if you interested), so I thought why not open up and write a blog entry about my private life that I don’t tend to tweet about, well unless you count that other popular hashtag #rurudoesdating; my foray into the world of online dating. I was nervous to write this blog and feel even more scared about hitting publish, but my work fam suggested at the start of all this I should …

What to wear in winter: River Island Edit

Since we changed months and moved into November, we also seem to have drastically changed seasons. After what felt like the longest Summer and lovely warm days that only warranted a leather jacket and ballet pumps, we are now headed straight towards Winter. Ballet pumps have been replaced by boots and my leather jacket has gone into storage till Spring. So, the change in the weather means I get to switch up my wardrobe! These are my top picks for the new season from River Island. Roll on pay day! What are you coveting this season?

Wonderful Weekends

Like I said in last weekend’s post, it’s nice to mix things up and venture out in a new place and Friday evening saw a second trip to London town. A couple of girls from work and I decided to go down to London for the evening and stay in Shoreditch. We went out in Hoxton Square and decided to go to Bills for dinner. I’ve heard lots of good things about Bills on Twitter and on blogs, and we weren’t disappointed. Described as the perfect place to eat from ‘breakfast to bedtime’, the menu had lots to choose from at not too astronomical prices, which is always a bonus. We decided to share the Mezze starter which was lovely and then I opted for the Macaroni Cheese. These pictures were taken on my Blackberry, so unfortunately the quality is rubbish.     Then on Saturday I was up and on a train to Manchester to go meet up with my Mum to go watch Wicked! at the Palace Theatre. It was absolutely fantastic and …

Let’s do the time warp again…..

Happy Halloween! The one day you can dress up and it is socially acceptable. With Halloween falling on a week day this year, it was time to ditch the suit and embrace all things hallows eve in work. Seeing as today is #throwbackthursday, here’s a couple of my costumes from previous years, including my costume from Friday when I attended a Halloween night out and what I wore to work today! Halloween 2013- Cat, Geisha and a Bat Girl Halloween 2011- The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Magenta and Columbia Halloween 2010- Harry Potter, Witch, Cat and Bumble Bee

London Calling

Sometimes its nice to mix things up a little by spending the day in a new place and exploring and yesterday was one of those kinda days. The girls I lived and spent most of my time with at uni hadn’t seen each other, as the four of us, since February and with one of the girls heading of to Japan in two weeks, we knew a catch up was long over due. Living in different parts of the country, I suggested a day in London. Despite the train journey from up North, I love spending time in the Capital as its still such an exciting place to visit with so much to see and do. With time being of the essence, after a lovely catch up in the pub, obvs, we headed to Camden. I’ve never been to Camden, but always wanted to go to the see the infamous Camden Locks sign and the markets. It is such a lively place and didn’t disappoint. I took advantage of my day out and unashamedly acted …

Only need the light when its burning low

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted one of the Cambridge Satchel Company bags, but I just couldn’t commit so much money on a single purchase and had no clue what colour to choose. I invested in a Zatchels bag earlier this year, during their 50% off birthday sale, but recently Cambridge Company Satchels have been sneaking into my ASOS saved items more and more. And when I saw this beauty on ASOS for £115, I knew it had to mine . Berry is my favourite colour this season and the satchel will match my fedora and ankle boots perfectly- I can’t wait to give it its first proper outing this weekend. But, before that I just couldn’t resist taking a couple of photos. The leather is so soft and it is fantastic size, despite it being the smaller size at 11″. In a word- its perfect.

Weekend Round Up

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this weekend was my turn to cook in my friends and I versions of ‘Come dine with me’. Being the only one who still lives at home, and in a bid to stop my Ma wondering through to get a brew, my turn was based at my best friends house. I do like to cook and quite regularly make a home cooked meal, but I’ve never cooked for more than 3 people, so 5 was a challenge. How the key was preparation and I decided to stick to what I know- Mexican! The challenge was to a three course meal, so I opted to do a nachos (always a winner), home-made enchiladas which turned out quite well and fruit and chocolate sundaes for desert. I did mean to photograph the cooking process of the enchiladas but manning pans and chopping veg, took priority so these are the couple of snaps I took! Ruth’s Mexican Menu! Nachos loaded with guac, grated cheese and sour cream to start Chicken and bean …

Wear your flaws upon your sleeve

I don’t know what have come over me of late, but this post sees my third foray in the world of outfit posts, and I’m quite enjoying it. However my mother’s photography skills are less than to be desired. You see,  the objective of the event is to take outfit photos, but she thinks its an opportunity to have a play on my camera and take pictures of the kitchen,the garden, the dog, basically everything other than what I’m wearing! Sheesh. However, back to the matter at hand. One of the perks of working at Matalan is my staff discount and one of the down-falls is seeing my shopping addiction begin to get a little  out of hand. Seeing newness land  on the site begins the journey of wanting, no needing that new dress/skirt/top. This month it was these leggings. *Attractive shot of me offering ‘creative direction’ there* Let me just start by saying, I am not a leggings kinda girl. I just don’t think they suit me or flatter my figure. And I just dread …

Living for the weekend

Sometimes weekend pass you by so quickly without the chance to stop and think, and this weekend was one of them. Most of my weekends are spent in Manchester, but this one bought Friday, Saturday and Sunday being spent in the city. On Friday I went to watch Ellie Goulding at the Apollo. We booked the tickets months ago, but after watching her set at V festival, I wasn’t as impressed as I though, so she had something to prove. Before the gig, we caught the train into the city early to get something to eat and have a few drinks before we headed to the venue. Being quite a foodie, I like to try and always eat somewhere different, so we tried SoLita in the NQ. Described as a ‘South of Little Italy’ the menu was mostly burgers and hot dogs. I decided to go for the fried mac and cheese with pulled pork on top. It was so good and the pork was really sweet. My friend went for the loaded hot dog …

You’re gonna hear my roar

This  weekend seemed to pass by in such a blur. Like it states somewhere up there ^^^^, I am lucky enough to work for Matalan within the brand team and this weekend saw us take a selection of lovely, lovely mummy and fashion bloggers to the fabulous Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, London. The day was split into two parts and was such a great day involving two fabulous film screenings in the hotels cinema and us showcasing our new campaign: The Statements. Sadly, I was too busy chatting to take many photos! The day passed by so quickly and soon enough I was back on a train headed North. Sunday I tried and failed at getting Glastonbury tickets-sob, but less said about that one the better! Now, I don’t know how we’ve quite blagged this one , but yesterday was such lovely weather for October and I decided to try my hand at the ole blogger photography. My ugly mug rarely makes an appearance on here, with the sun shining I thought what the hell……. *Maybe …

Perfect Party Dresses

So with the clocks due to change soon and darker nights setting in a lot earlier, it seems Winter is on its way.  Despite it only being the 4th October, our Christmas do at work has already been booked and the thought of finding party dresses is on the agenda! Just how many times have you had to resort to last-minute panic buying a new weekend outfit, ending up with something you’re not entirely happy with but ‘will do’?  This year, I plan to do things differently and get ahead of the Christmas party dress prep and ensure I end up with a cracker. I have an image in my head of my perfect outfit and it is inspired by the red carpet goddesses of the 2013 Oscars. Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Stacy Keibler and Halle Berry all wowed in sequin dresses and I plan on doing the exact same. Finding a sequin dress in the run-up to Christmas shouldn’t be a difficult task as the sparkles do come out towards the end of the …

Rome on a budget

Following on from Monday’s post about my trip to Rome, today’s post continues with our second day in the city. Now, when researching the city before we left, one of the main points of advice was to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking. That is an understatement. The city has a metro which runs on the outskirts. We stayed in Cornelia which was on the red line, so each day we got the metro into the city and then off we walked. We bought the Roma pass before we went for 3 days which contained entry and fast-track passes to the Coliseum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistene Chapel and the 3 day hop on, hop off bus which runs around the city, which was a godsend! However, by walking we got to discover the different parts of the city and quite enjoyed getting lost down the many cobbled streets!  I would defo recommend a visit to Rome who is considering it. One of the misconceptions is that the city is expensive. …