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Life // This Week in Pictures 

I mentioned in my last post I’ve just moved house and my internet is yet to be switched on and whilst we settle in posts are limited, so here’s my week in pictures instead. Our new house! Discovering cute cafes in our new town New home and Christmas cards making out lounge feel homely His and hers hot chocolates When the boy asks if his lunch is Instagram worthy! Christmas meal with the girls on Friday night

Review // Candles of the Month 

I’ve blogged in the past about my love for Primark candles. Every time I pop in I check out their homeware range. They have a great range of scents and they cost less than a fiver too so you can’t not pick a couple up everytimd you’re in a Primark store!   Now the weathers turning I’m loving vanilla, cinnamon and berry scents. Perfect for the winter months!

Healthier lifestyle

It’s been a while since I blogged about my plight to live a healthier lifestyle, so I thought Bank Holiday Monday is a good a time as any for an update. To be honest, I fell off the wagon. In spectacular fashion. So two weeks ago I began to reign it back in. Following SW without the added extras and I can report from this very morning, those seven pesky pounds are nearly gone. That said I loved the Easter roast yesterday, the dinner and drinks with my nearest and dearest on Saturday night and the two Easter eggs sat looking at me on my dressing table will be demolished very  soon, but I’m back on the ‘all in consideration’ way of thinking. This morning I took myself out for my first ever run outside, instead of on the treadmill. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad. I might have actually enjoyed it! So the plan is to eat less and move more. They say it’s that simple, so let’s put it in practise!

Parklife Festival: My return to blogging…

Once again, long time no blog. This year I keep falling in and out of love with blogging, but after a few months away I have started to miss it. I stopped reading blogs daily too after feeling quite dis-connected with it all and the ‘community’ but I’m determined to turn that around starting now.  I’ve got a great couple of posts planned and having read a couple of different bloggers posts focusing on blogging and life in general from Kat at KatherineLouise, Lily over at LlyMlrs and Victoria at VIPXO to name but a few, I’m back in the game! So enough of that for today and let’s get on with today’s post. First and foremost I am a lifestyle blogger and festival posts have been my bread and butter since I started fresh out of uni in the summer of 2010. And this year I plan to be back with a vengeance! Having already ticked off Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park last month and signalling the start of summer, last weekend I headed to …

2013- Yearly Round-Up

A popular blog post that is doing the rounds at the moment is the 2013 round up post. Last New Years I was really sad to see the back of 2012 as it was such a fun, awesome year and I didn’t know if 2013 could live up to the hype. Well it some ways it kinda didn’t but over-all it was a fab year. 2013 didn’t bring any drama, upset or stress. Life these day is kinda a-ok. I like my job, love my friends, discovered who to trust, lean on and who is there at the drop of a hat and I have some fun memories from the past 12 months with my favourite people. These are just a snap shot of my highlights! I took the train down to London in February for the day to attend London Fashion Weekend. It was a great day and fab to see the shows. We had an amazing summer and after work each night I went on walks in the sunshine with my dog- Buttons. …

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 …

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. …

Bonjornio from Rome!

So last Wednesday, my Ma and I boarded a very early Jet 2 flight from Manchester Airport to Rome for a 4 day city break. Having never been to Italy before it was absolutely amazing. Such a beautiful country with lots to see, enough cobbled streets to last you a lifetime with each hidden away within the tall buildings of the city containing boutiques, restaurants and pizza and gelato take away shops- perfect! I took plenty of photos so have decided to split my trip out into a couple of posts- beware, you may up wanting to visit this beautiful city! This first post covers our first afternoon in Rome on Wednesday when we took the metro from Cornelia to St Peters Square and then walked over the river past the castle and our 2nd day spent exploring and taking the open top bus tour around the city. Check out Wednesday’s post featuring our trip to the Coliseum!

When in Rome…..

The rain we have endured this week well and truly marks the end of summer. I am slowly starting to transition my wardrobe and the heating has officialy been switched back on. However, next Wednesday I get to revisit the sunshine and enjoy a final burst of summer when I jet off to Rome for a lovely 5 day break with my Mumma. This summer has been so amazing with Glastonbury and V Festival being two major highlights, and with the seasonal blues setting in, we thought the only cure to would be to immerse ourselves in culture by venturing out on a well-earned city break. It is one city my Mum has always wanted to visit and we are excited to eat amazing food, drink a little bit of wine (read ALOT) and enjoy the culture and historic value of the ancient city of Rome. Bustling with super stylish individuals and authentic Italian cuisine around every corner, hopefully Rome will be the perfect get-away for a stylish vacation. However packing for the city break …

Kelly Brook for New Look: The verdict

Just how is it September already? 2013 seems to be passing by in such a blur and before I know it my holiday to Rome will be here- not that I’m counting down or anything…..But September brings a new season and the shops are starting to roll out with Autumn and one email that hit my inbox in particular got me excited. Kelly Brook for New Look. Now let  me explain, when I think celebrity collections I think small sizes that won’t cater for my body type and skin tight bodycon dress, but the Kelly Brook range completely dispels that. Kelly is one of the women who dominates column inches in the weekly magazines with chatter about her love life and her dress size, but one of the reasons I like her and her collection that it is so wearable. The A/W drop features two gorgeous dresses that I just need! The cut on the dresses aren’t too short, there are a couple of long sleeve blouses which would be perfect for work and a …

Festival Fun

The end of the festival season always signals summer coming to end. We have been blessed with amazing weather from June right through to this coming weekend, if the weather reports are to be believed and it didn’t disappoint this past weekend went I attended V Festival in Stafford on Saturday. Myself and Natalie who blogs over at Fairytales and  Unicorns headed down early Saturday morning with a McDonalds breakfast in our bellies and the hope that the weather report of rain was untrue and the sun would make an appearance. We stayed at The Old Orleton Inn in Wellington which was a short taxi ride away from Weston Park. The hotel was lovely- gorgeously decorated twin room with a en suite. Complete with colourful décor, soft cushions on the bed, complimentary tea and coffee and a flat screen tv. The hotel had a lovely garden which would have  been perfect to relax in if we had stayed a little longer. We arrived at Weston Park at around half 11 when gates opened and made our …

Speke Hall: A very vintage day out

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to the Vintage Festival at Speke Hall in Liverpool which took place this weekend at a fantastic National Trust property featuring a restored Tudor house and gardens. The festival was on for 2 days over the weekend and my bestie Natalie and I took a trip over today to see what the second day had to offer. Speke Hall is located next to the airport and really easy to find. The festival had a range of retro cars on show, stalls selling array of things to look at from trinkets, brick-a-brack and our personal favourites, homewares, jewellery and cakes. I will probably split our visit out into a couple of different posts focusing on the stalls and the festival and then a second post on the house and garden which were beautiful. But first the Vintage Festival! Having never really been to a vintage festival I was intrigued to find out what would be on offer. The festival was held on a large field close to the car park, just outside …

Hey Soul Sister

One of my favourite looks that I think is perfect for the weekend is a pair of pumps with skinny jeans or tights and a dress. I was 15 when I got my first pair of pink tartan high top Converse trainers and nearly 10 years later they are still going. Albeit the sole is splitting and the high top is folding over, but I loved them. Recently it seems Converse have made a comeback with every tom dick and harry sporting a pair as well as Keds, Toms and Vans being worn in a town/city centre near you. That said, I’m after a new pair of pumps but minus the major price tag. I know this probably makes me sound like the elderly lady down the road, but when I bought my first pair of Canvas back in the Summer of ’03, they were a lot cheaper than the current 40 quid price tag I see on the high street at the moment. However that minor grumble aside, enter Treds. I don’t really want the same …

Weekend Blues

So, this weekend has been rubbish! After feelimg the beginning of a cold setting in on Friday I woke up yesterday to find it had set in and continued on today. A lazy Sunday isn’t all bad though. I have recently got hooked on Dexter so today was the day I started season 2. I’m only 3 episodes in so far but it’s great. It’s true what people say as the twists do really reel you in. After a couple of days I wanted something easy to watch and chose Sex and the City 2.  Well, I hadn’t watched it since it came out at the pictures and this afternoon I remembered why! However it was nice to spend the afternoon with Carrie and co. During X Factor yesterday was the new Matalan Christmas ad. It was so exciting to see it on the telly after the buzz surrounding it in work. Le t me know what you think!!