Monday, 4 December 2017

Nursery


With the baby less than five weeks away, we're frantically pulling the nursery together.  All the furniture, with the exception of the bright pink armchair, which we've moved from our living room, is white as I'm a big fan of using accent colours to bring a room together. Knowing it's a girl we've got lots of girly pink items but we've also gone with some aqua and blues to tone it down a little and the result is fresh and feminine without being to in your face pink. Once we're done I'll share some photos.

1 Incy Interiors Georgia Cot | 2 Monique Lhuillier Rug from Pottery Barn Kids | 3 Marcelle Wide Dresser which will hopefully see her into her teen years | 4 Numero 74 Canopy from Leo & Bella | 5 Ollie Ella Lidded Basket | 6 Ilka Flamingo Mobile is made to order and just divine | 7 Various Cushions to add a pop of colour | 8 Pink Velvet Chair (old) | 9 Super Rural For Like Ever Print which I've had for years but it fits perfectly in her room | 10 IKEA MOSSLANDA Picture Ledge  saw these on Pinterest used as book shelves which is ideal as they don't take up any floor space
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Friday, 1 December 2017

Catching Up

I started this blog a few years back as a creative outlet and to share the things I like - recipes, fashion, home inspiration, DIY, mood boards and anything else that took my fancy. I stopped blogging a few years back when I lost my father as I just didn't have the time, nor the inspriation, however a lot has happened in the last couple of years and I feel like I'm ready to pick it up again...in some capacity.

To catch you up, 2015 was a momentous year from me - I got engaged, bought a house, got married and had a sensational honeymoon in Italy and France, all in the space of 8 months. The wedding was definitely THE highlight and we had the most amazing photographers, Erin & Tara who captured all the magical moments and (I think) made us look like absolute superstars. Below are few photos of their photos from our special day.


2016 saw us settle into married life and we started trying for a baby. In February 2016, after only a few short months of trying, we fell pregnant and we were absolutely overjoyed. Sadly, a few weeks later I miscarried which left us devastated but eager to try again - we new miscarriage was extremely common (20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage with 80% of them usually in the first few weeks) and  we believed it would happen again pretty swiftly. A year later we were still having no luck so sought the advice of a fertility specialist - I wasn't getting any younger, at 37, so they suggested we try IVF. Lots of friends and family had had success with IVF and other fertility treatments so we signed up immediately and commenced all the pre-treatment testing. In March 2017, I started my first cycle and by April we got a positive.  Initially, we were pretty apprenshive and found it difficult to get too excited, miscarriage still played on our minds and we honestly felt getting pregnant on the first cycle was just too good to be true (we weren't that lucky) but as the weeks went by, seeing and hearing the heartbeat and the growth from appointment to appointment we relaxed and started to enjoy the pregnancy and the excitement of starting a family. Now our little girl (who we affectionately call Colin right now) is due the first week of January 2018. 



So that's the last couple of years in a nutshell and here I am, 35 weeks pregnant and back to sharing my life. Posts may be random and pictures may not be very slick but I'll still try to get a few hair tutorials up as these proved very popular, particularly on Pinterest, and there will definitely be lots of 'mummy' posts (I'm obsessed with baby anything and everything), food and fashion related bits and pieces. Watch this space...


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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Pineapple Pants

The second I saw these Gorman pineapple print trousers I knew I had to get my hands on them. I did wonder if I'd wear them enough, however I've worn them with other prints, stripes, plain tees and I even wear them to the office - probably not appropriate but I wear ice cream print shirts so perhaps it's not unexpected of me. Anyway, I've certainly had my money's worth.  They're currently half price so get yourself a pair.

Gorman pants | Gorman tank (also half price) | Zara flats (old) | Mulberry Bag

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Quinoa Salad


I started a few, for want of a better world 'resolutions' this year. Nothing too fancy - drink more water, no chocolate before 12noon, 2 chocolate free days a week (yes, I love chocolate!!), eat lunch every day (I used to skip lunch most days and then binge on whole bars of chocolate in the afternoon). These might sound easy but I was wanting something achievable so I'd stick to it. So far so good. For lunch I've been taking salads from home and this one has become a firm favourite. Apologies for the poor quality photo, it's from my phone.

1 butternut pumpkin, cubed
Olive oil
Mixed dried herbs (oregano, thyme and rosemary)
1 teaspoon Paprika
Salt
1 cup of quinoa
1 lemon
A handful of coriander, chopped
1 head of broccoli, chopped into segments
1/3 of a cup of pine nuts, toasted
12 cherry tomatoes, halved

Preheat the oven to 190ÂșC. Place the pumpkin on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil, dried herbs, salt and paprika. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and soft.

While the pumpkin is roasting, make the quinoa. Add quinoa to 2 cups of boiling water, the juice of one lemon, some dried herbs and salt and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add coriander and broccoli and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer quinoa to a serving bowl, stir through the pumpkin, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes. Squeeze on a little extra lemon and serve.
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Friday, 28 February 2014

Floral Shirt

Well I have had a  week like no other but have somehow kept my head above water. Thank God it's the weekend - I'm catching up with old friends, lunching with mum and shopping for a week away next week.  Wearing this out tonight for dinner. 

Zara Shirt | Zara Trousers | J.Crew Heels | Mulberry Bag
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

What's in my Make-up Bag?

My handbag contents is pretty boring - sunglasses, keys, iPhone, make-up bag so I didn't think a 'what's in my bag?' would have been any fun so thought I'd share a what's in my make-up bag. This is my day-to-day make-up bag that I use on work mornings and keep in my handbag for any random touch-ups.



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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

I Scream for Ice Cream

This fun ice cream print shirt has been on serious rotation all summer. Probably not entirely work appropriate but very me so I wear it into the office anyway.  I discovered it on Sheinside, a very new to me website that I wasn't sure to trust given the too good to be true prices (this shirt was $23 less 15% discount for signing up to the website). Yes my order took over a month to get to me from China, and the quality isn't fabulous, but for fun cheap fashion I'll shop from them again.

Sheinside Shirt | Vintage Skirt | Canape 770 Heels  | Mulberry Bag
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