Christmas Party Wishlist #1

Monday, 24 November 2014
Yaaay it's my favourite type of wish list - Christmas party wear!  This time of year I spend a LOT of time browsing the web looking at party dresses and trying to find something I want to wear.  I normally have quite a firm idea in my head of what I'm looking for (this year I fancy a velvet skater dress for my work do) but I still like to look at EVERYTHING just to see what's out there.  Fantasy outfit planning is one of my favourite time wasting activities, and this year I've decided to do a series of Christmas party outfit wishlists so it kind of gives me a good excuse to spend hours looking at dresses online ;)

First up I'm focusing on George at Asda and have picked out a couple of my faves from their 2014 party range.  




LOOK 1
Now I am firmly a dresses girl when it comes to Christmas parties, but I kind of love this!  The only trousers I own are jeggings, but putting this together has really made me want to go out and buy some statement smart trousers for work.  The pop of colour on the bottom half works so well with the sparkly accessories - ideal casual party wear, or even a Christmas day outfit.

Trousers - £12
Sandals - £20
Clutch - £10
TOTAL = £54

LOOK 2
I wore my first ever playsuit only a couple of months ago and was surprised at how comfy and flattering it was (albeit very annoying when going to the loo!).  This black lace playsuit is really cute and would look great with some shoe boots and a sparkly jacket for the perfect Christmas party outfit.  And hey, playsuit means no worries about showing your bum whilst whirling about on the dance floor ;)

Playsuit - £16
Shoe Boots - £18
Jacket - £25
Necklace - £6
Clutch - £8
TOTAL = £73


LOOK 3
You can't really go wrong with a black dress when it comes to party wear, and the world of accessories is your oyster as everything goes with black.  As it's Christmas, I've gone for a pair of red shoes and some fun little Christmas phd earrings, because nothing says Christmas like cheesy novelty jewellery.  All you need now is a cracker party hat and you're good to go!

Dress - £8 (bargain!)
Shoes - £12
Clutch - £8
Earrings - £3
Necklace - £12
TOTAL = £44

Which look is your favourite?  I think I have to say #1 which is surprising given my love of dresses!


This post was written in collaboration with George at Asda.


Living Room Makeover

Saturday, 22 November 2014

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When we first moved into this flat, almost 3 years ago, I decided on a purple theme for our living room and kitchen area.  So we went for all purple everything: purple curtains, purple rug, purple cushions, purple candles, purple clock, purple vase.  PURPLE PURPLE PURPLE!

Now it looked lovely and everything, but 3 years of PURPLE is enough to annoy anyone (unless you're Marie from Breaking Bad) so a few weeks ago we decided it was time for a change.  I decided to go for a fairly muted colour scheme which meant that if we ever want to change it up again then it shouldn't be too difficult, so creams and bronzes were the main focus.  Also, because I love a bit of mint we added a couple of mint/duck egg blue touches too.

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We got quite a few of the items pictured from a shop called The Range - so that was the lampshade, vases, candles and curtains.  Funny story about the curtains - I accidentally only bought one panel, as I didn't realise there was only one in a pack….so we had to go back the next week to buy another pack and luckily they had just one left in the shop.

The duck egg and metallic cushion covers are both from Very.co.uk, the eiffel tower and "follow your dreams" hanging art are from Next (we had these already), the heart candle holder on the table is from Debenhams, and the floral (window ledge) and heart (doorway) fairy lights are from Primark.  

The wall sticker is from Next and I wasn't really sure how it was going to turn out as I've never used transfers like that but I think it's ace.  Apparantly it's completely removable too, but I will be interested to see how that goes when we have to move out…

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Onto our feature wall - and I fully admit that I stole this idea from my pal Kirsty as every time I was round at her old flat I loved looking at all her different prints and postcards.  Most of the things on ours are gifts I've given Blair over the years - so that includes the venn diagram poster (a Christmas present from Firebox), Curb Your Enthusiasm, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones prints (all from Living in La La Land).  The mint heart is from The Range, the Drive poster was bought by Blair, and the others are cards we've received either from each other, or friends.  The L and B were made out of left over paper from the DIY map shelves project.  It's all attached to the wall using grey polkadot washi tape from Paperchase. 

We also made some changes to our bathroom but they aren't quite as exciting so I won't bother doing a full post about it.  The main thing we did was sort out storage, adding this cute chest of drawers from The Range and moving all of our toiletries from those baskets into the drawers.  I also switched up the bathmat for a grey one from Primark (and grey hand towels on the back of the door which you can't see).  The toothbrush stand and soap dispenser are both from John Rocha at Debenhams, and the birdcage and reed diffuser are Primark.  The glass tea light holder was a Christmas gift from Blair's mum.

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I'm so happy with both rooms now, I think the changes have given the flat a much needed refresh.  The living room in particular seems so much bigger and brighter now - I absolutely love sitting watching TV in the evenings now with all the fairy lights and candles lit, so pretty.  The bathroom was always my most hated room in the house before as it felt so disorganised but just a simple change of adding those drawers has made me feel a lot happier with it.

By the way if you want to see a closer view of any of the changes then check out this video.

What do you think of the changes?  Have I inspired you to do your own home makeover? :)


Autumn/Winter Menu at Tempus

Wednesday, 19 November 2014




Ever since I attended a summer menu launch at Tempus last year it has become one of my favourite places to go for a fancy meal in Edinburgh, so I was delighted to be invited to try out their new Autumn/Winter menu last month.  

I went along with some of my best blogging chums, on a chilly October evening, for an evening of good food and a much needed catch up.  I'd had the day off work and had spent it doing lots of DIY stuff around the house (post coming soon) so a relaxing evening was definitely in order.

To start I went for wild garlic mushrooms on sourdough toast which was a really decent portion size for a starter.  I remember a similar dish from their summer menu but it was brioche rather than sourdough, and if I'm honest I think that was tastier - although the sourdough was still really nice.  

For my main I went for fish and chips - sometimes you can't beat a classic!  I'm sure I've raved about the chips at Tempus before in my last review by oh my days they are bloody amazing.  Chunky, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.  Perfection.  The fish was also super tasty with the perfect crispy batter (not too greasy) and soft, flaky fish on the inside.  Those mushy peas didn't get touched though because mushy peas are the devil.

I was in two minds about ordering dessert as I felt really full after the starter and main but I gave in as what sort of weirdo would I be if I turned down a free pud?!  I went for a trio of ice creams which sounds really boring but the favours were sooooo good - banana, mango, and a classic creamy vanilla.  YUM.

This is now the 3rd blogger event I've been to at Tempus and the food never fails to disappoint. I'm already trying to think of the next birthday/event coming up that I can use as an excuse to go back!