Sunday, 20 March 2011

Where for art thou March?

Hello my lovelies,

I can't believe how fast March has gone, for me it has literally flown by i've been so busy. I haven't had time to think about it, let alone blog about it, so here is my attempt to make up for the lack of posts from me. I have lots to write about, so get yourself a cuppa because it's probably going to be a long one. I normally dedicate my weekend to blogging, trying to schedule a few posts for during the week when I really don't have time to sit at my computer for hours after work. But i've been doing something every day of the weekend the last few weeks and i've missed sitting down to update my blog, who knew I could be so sappy! Lol! 

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A couple weeks ago my friends and I decided to do a car boot sale to get rid of some of our unwanted stuff. I roped my mom in to help me and she donated a lot of stuff for me to sell too. We turned up at 7.30am on a freezing cold Sunday morning and were jumped on my hoards of 'car booters' trying to snap up a bargain before we had even unloaded the car. The first half hour was a mad selling frenzy and we barely had a chance to catch our breath. In the end I forgot to take a photo because we were so rushed with everything, so I don't have a picture of us to show you. But it was a resounding success and we ended up selling £266. Not bad for 5 hours work, eh?! 

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Last Sunday my friend Michelle organised for us to go to a 'paint your own pottery' shop in Birmingham. I'm not particularly arty but I thought i'd give it a go anyway. Honestly, I have to say I loved it. It was a place called All Fired Arts in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Price wise it was really reasonable, I chose to paint a cup and saucer which was £12 and then you have to pay £3.50 studio fee for use of the paints, etc and the firing of your pottery. I chose to paint a strawberry pattern inspired by the Cath Kidson book she had for us to get ideas from. I drew the strawberries myself and everything. I picked up my finished masterpiece yesterday and I couldn't be happier with the end result!


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Every so often my friends and I have a 'Bake-Off' where we each bake something delicious and we meet up for a good gossip, cup of tea and an assortment of baked goodies to try. Today was one of those days and I spent my entire Saturday putting it all together. I've had a picture of a cake like this I found on We Heart It ages ago and decided this weekend my finally the time to attempt it. I had to bake each of the 6 layers separately but it was well worth the effort and my friends loved it. What do you think??


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Technically not March but at the very end of February I went to Wembley with my Mom, Dad and Brother to watch my football team Birmingham City in the Carling Cup Final. Thankfully we ended up winning and the day turned out to be one of the best ever! I don't think i've ever been so happy and even though I lost my voice for a few days and got the worst cold ever from the freezing wet weather, I wouldn't change a single second of that day!




(My Mom & Dad celebrating our win!)

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I've been getting a little crafty this month, as well as the pottery I did, I have taken up cross-stitch. I bought a starter kit for adults and I love it. I find it really stress relieving and methodical. I sit down for 10 minutes doing it and before I know it 2 hours have gone by. This is how far i've gotten with it, I just have the lighter coloured flowers & white background to do! I have my eye on this one next, a big leap from the beginners one I'm doing. 


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The rest of the month in summary goes a little something like this:

♥ I went on a date with Online Boy (you'll know who i'm talking about if you follow me on twitter) I had high hopes for him but there were no fireworks on the date for me, I found him to be quite dull and in the end we didn't really have that much in common. So onwards and upwards, plenty of more fish in the sea and all that!

♥ I am absolutely in LOVE with my Origins skincare, my skin has never been so good. I will get a review up soon!

♥ I have become obsessed with Groupon, so far I have got a 3 course meal for 2 in an awesome restaurant by me for £22 (super massive bargain), a shampoo, cut and blowdry for £7 and todays deal I took advantage of was a full car valet for £11 (normally £28). Can't go wrong with prices like that!

♥ I haven't managed to read any of the bookclub book yet (I know, I know! It's my book and everything), I started it last night and have read the first chapter. Hopefully, I will be able to finish it in time to discuss it with all you other bookclubbers.

♥ I have finally caught up with American Idol and Masterchef. Love both of these programs, thank god for sky+. I would like Scotty, Pia or James to win Idol and Alice or Tom to win Masterchef. 

♥ I just wanted to mention this at the end, the other day I was reading about the tragedy in Japan at work and couldn't stop the tears streaming down my face. It was an article about a British man who was a teacher in Japan, he'd got his whole class to safety after only an 8 minute warning of what was coming. Everyone else in the school is still missing. I don't know what it was about this story (out of all the other articles in the papers) that affected me so much but there and then I donated to the Red Cross. I just wanted to say that these people really need help and if you can donate, please do, anything at all will help.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

I could get used to this winning lark...

Happy St. Patricks Day everyone, particularly our Irish friends!

I have no idea where March has gone, it has gone by so quick, i've been so busy and  had no time to blog about it. I am planning a mammoth blogging session this weekend! Expect a catch up post, a review of the Origins products I blogged about and maybe another baking post like this!

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Over the last couple of years I have entered so many contests and giveaways and I was so happy last week to have finally won one. This came courtesy of Sofia and 9 Bar. The prize was a sampler pack of their healthy snack bars!


When I opened the packaging, I thought they looked like bird seed! But contrary to this, they do taste good, I tried the nutty and pumpkin ones and I liked them both. I shared the rest out at work and heard no complaints. Everyone was surprised to find they liked them. Great to chuck in your bag or if, like me you aren't a morining person, running late and no time for breakfast, one of these to eat on the go is perfect. I would say don't be fooled by what they look like, they are actually quite tasty!

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I have now bought everything I wanted to get for my 100 follower giveaway! This post should be up on my blog sometime next week.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

A Little Bit of A Mid-Week Pamper

After hearing all the great reviews on Twitter and Youtube about the Origins VitaZing moisturiser, I finally decided to give it a go. I popped off to John Lewis in my lunch break yesterday, delighted to find a 10% discount across the whole beauty department. So I sat down in the chair and had my face cleansed, scrubbed, serum-med, moisturised, the works! Literally my face has never felt so soft. So like the beauty-crack addict that I am, I had to buy it and with 10% off its practically cheap (in a 'not really at all' kind of way!) On the way out of the department I bumped into the new Jimmy Choo perfume display. Oh em gee! This stuff smells amazing. So I decided to treat myself. I'm smelling pretty delicious right now! So onto the good stuff, here's what I ended up getting:



The woman was really nice, she threw in some samples too. You can pretty much guarantee i'll wax-lyrical about a saleswoman who gives me samples. But in all fairness she wasn't at all pushy and I will definitely be going back to see her at the Origins counter.

1. Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask - 30ml sample was pretty good I thought.
3. An Origins headband

Of course, I couldn't post without a picture of the perfume, honsetly its so gorgeous, I looked all over Tenerife and the duty-free for this. So glad to get my hands on it now.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

What I'm Loving Right Now: Nude Shoes

I'm generally not on trend with fashion at all, frankly I find things like wearing socks that finish above your knee high boots just plain ridiculous. Please show me one person it looks good on?!?! However, the current trend of nude shoes is right up my street. I think they flatter all skin tones and look good with pretty much anything.


Since January i've been on a mission to find the perfect pair for me, I wanted a pair of court shoes that were not to high or too narrow. I also didn't want to pay a lot for them as I won't wear them that often. Although I wouldn't turn down a pair of Louboutins if they were given to me! I finally found THE pair on Friday. These are perfect for me, especially with the wide fit option and at £26 were a complete bargain. Obviously they aren't real leather, but are really comfy with the hidden platform sole. I plan on wearing them with my new chiffon blouse and leggings.

What do you reckon? Are the nudes up your street?
 

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