OOTD: Wedding Reception

Saturday, 27 April 2013
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was looking for an outfit to wear to a wedding reception.  Well I did then mean to put up an outfit post a few days afterwards but completely forgot - so here it is, albeit a bit late! 

I did order 2 dresses from my wedding outfit wishlist post - the mint and floral ones from Dorothy Perkins - but both felt a bit too formal for a reception (and were a tad too long for a shorty like me, they just made me look frumpy!).  So in the end I went with a dress from my wardrobe, jazzed up with some new accessories.  I'm glad I didn't go all out fancy as most people were dressed along the same lines as me, so I would have felt a bit silly in a mid length formal frock!

The dress I wore was the denim floral one from Primark that I've raved about before.  I accessorised this with some nude pink flats with studded straps, and a matching belt and bag (all Primark).  I also bought a gorgeous collar from Miss Selfridge which I wore with the dress - this looks soooo pretty on, but I do find it scratches my neck a bit so I ended up taking it off about halfway through the night! 

I also took my Primark cream lace cardigan with me in case I got chilly.

The photos are a bit rubbish I'm afraid!  I was running late so just quickly snapped some on my phone before I left, and didn't really properly look at them to check if they ok - so they are a bit blurry :(

Primark Denim Floral Dress Outfit

Miss Selfridge Lace Collar

Face of the Day

White I Heart The Bridge Badge
loved this badge on the groom!


Extracts #3 : Crush

Thursday, 25 April 2013

 Hello!  I thought it was about time I did another old diaries post so had a wee read through some of them at the weekend to try pick out some gems for the blog.  This time I've gone with the theme of "my bad taste in men".  My diaries are probably about 80% full of chat about boys I fancied, it's pretty embarrassing really.  This post is definitely the most cringeworthy one I've done so far, I actually almost didn't publish it but I thought ah what the hell!  

Over the years I have had a lot of crushes.....many of which were entirely inappropriate (teachers, boys several years younger than me, my friends brothers, my friends exes etc etc), so I've picked a selection of entries that highlight my appalling taste.  Honestly I sound like SUCH a loser in a lot of these, it's a wonder how I ever actually managed to find a boyfriend.

Age 14

Ideas for distracting [teacher I fancied] in maths:

1) Buy an interesting pencil case that will draw attention
2) Bring up funny stories when he is nearby
3) Wear 'interesting' clothes

Actually, scrap that last idea, I don't want that much attention!

Such. a. fucking. weirdo.

Age 15

Not a lots happened since I last wrote, but I like 2 new people!  J from my chemistry class who lives next door to [friend]'s auntys house.  He's quite quiet but really nice.  Also, J who's also a 6th year.  You know who I mean "annoying J from modern studies" looks like Tommy from the Rugrats (great reference) who I "really don't like"!  It's worth pointing out here that I have ABSOLUTELY NO MEMORY of this person at all....like literally could not pick him out of a line up.  I know, I'm a hypocrite but he is really good looking and [friend] says he's a nice person too (he lives in her street and she went camping with him).  I haven't told them bout J yet cos its funny pretending I hate him!

Speaking of J's...Nik (sister) fancies someone called J, judging by her past objects of affection I bet he's blond, minging and a little shit.  She's no taste!  (hahahahah, amazing)

Anyway, back to me.  I don't speak to B any more, but it's no big loss we were never "best buds" anyway.  S and me are getting on though.  We speak to each other at school and I always get a smile.  Don't think I fancy him any more but I like being mates.

I told my people bout my I thing (which by the way is so over!).  V didn't realise he was a 3rd year, she thought he was 4th year (right, 3rd year makes him like 13....I was almost 16 at this point).  They didn't laugh though but that's cos I told them if they did they'd have to pay me!

Gotta go!

Lynne x

The moral of this story is that it would seem that literally every man/boy I came across joined my fancy list.  13 year olds included.  No discrimination here!

And finally, it wasn't just real life boys I was a'crushin' on - celebs made the cut too...as expressed in this little top 10 list from the year 2000 (age 15).


You can tell that I watched a lot of American teen dramas....Buffy, Roswell, Dawsons Creek....and listened to a lot of pop music (with 3 members of Westlife making the cut, and Noel from Hearsay - ha!).  I still stand by a lot of this list by the way - hey Freddie Prinze, call me!  Although I have to say I'm more of a Dec girl these days, sorry Ant.


My 1st Youtube Video

Tuesday, 23 April 2013
I've joined the world of Youtube!  I had the house to myself on Saturday night so thought I'd take advantage of the peace and quiet and film a video.  I went with the 90's Kid Tag as my first attempt at vlogging, and somehow waffled on for 25 minutes (with a wee break in the middle when my camera cut out!) so well done if you manage to last until the end :)


Recipe: Chocolate Pretzel Traybake

Sunday, 21 April 2013
Chocolate pretzel traybake recipe

Fancy a super high calorie chocolate treat?  May I introduce you to my latest creation....Chocolate Pretzel Traybake!

I made these by adapting a recipe from Sarah at amilliondresses.  If you aren't already following Sarah's blog then you should be - she does an amazing Sunday Sweets series with yummy looking cake recipes - everytime I read her blog I want to bake!

Anyway, I'd bookmarked her Easter Rocky Road recipe a few weeks ago and when I was doing an online Tesco order this week I decided to pick up the ingredients so I could do some baking at the weekend.  As Easter is over I had to adapt the recipe slightly due to a lack of mini eggs and bunnies, and after browsing the bagged chocolate section I thought it would be fun to try adding chocolate covered pretzels into the mix, and so my Chocolate Pretzel Traybake was born!

Ingredients

chocolate pretzel traybake recipe ingredients

400g digestive biscuits
200g dark chocolate
50g milk chocolate
2tbsp golden syrup
2tbsp cocoa powder
200g butter/margarine
1 bag chocolate pretzels
sprinkles to decorate

Instructions

Firstly, crush the digestive biscuits.  I did this using the end of a rolling pin in a bowl, but I tend to find it easier when I put all the biscuits in a sandwich/freezer bag and whack it about and crush with my hands.  

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I gave up at this point - they don't need to be completely crushed, just as long as there aren't any massive lumps it's fine.

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Next, add the pretzels and crush them up a bit.  I just gave each one a jab with the end of the rolling pin so they broke into a few pieces.  You want to them fairly intact, or you'll lose the 'pretzel-ness'! Stir in the cocoa powder and set aside for now.

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Place the butter and golden syrup into a pan and melt over a low heat.

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Break the chocolate into small pieces and add to the melted butter/syrup mixture.  Stir continuously until the chocolate is all melted.

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Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the biscuit mixture and stir until they are both mixed together.

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Line a shallow square tin (I used cling film) and then spoon in the mixture and smooth down with a spoon.  

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Add some sprinkles to decorate, and then mark with a knife to make it a bit easier to cut once set.  Now place in the fridge for about an hour or so, and once set slice into 8 or 16 pieces and enjoy!

chocolate pretzel traybake recipe

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Zen Lifestyle

Friday, 19 April 2013
I'm a bit late to the party with this post, so if you follow a lot of other Scottish bloggers you've probably already seen several other write ups of this event so apologies!  

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited along to Zen Lifestyle at Teviot Place where they were hosting a bloggers & press night.  The salon has recently been refurbished, so this was a chance for us to have a look around the new rooms and hear more about the treatments on offer.  

I took a few pictures on my phone on the night although they aren't the best quality so probably don't do the place justice.  The salon is really lovely - it's modern, clean and bright and the treatment rooms all have mood lighting, comfy beds, lots of candles (that smelled lush) and even personalised playlists.  One thing that also really impressed me was that they have these tablets in the room with lots of before/after photos on there so you can get a good idea of the effects of the treatment you are going for.






We were also given the opportunity to try some complimentary treatments - those on offer included Shellac nails, Blink & Go Lashes, and HD Brows.  I've never really been for a beauty treatment at a salon before so was a bit nervous as to what it would be like, so I didn't book anything and just watched other people get treatments instead.  I ended up feeling pretty jealous though so I really wish I'd just been brave and booked something!

The HD Brows in particular looked amazing - it's funny, for some reason I had this image in my head of HD Brows giving you really massive dark Scouse brows, but it's not like that at all.  In fact the day before I went along to Zen I read a post on Kirsty's blog about getting HD Brows done and I was really surprised by how natural they looked, although by that point I was too late to get an appointment for the event.  I think I am definitely going to treat myself and book an appointment (probably at their Hanover Street salon as it's handily directly opposite my office!) soon - I've got a hen weekend in London at the end of May so probably just before then.

It was great fun getting shown round the salon and seeing all the treatments in action - I'm definitely one of those people who likes to know EXACTLY what is going to happen when I do something out of my comfort zone (I've been for a massage once and spent the days before reading about what happens at a massage!) so this was ideal for me, and put my mind at ease about going to a salon in the future.  All the beauticians were really friendly and knowledgable and were happy to answer any of our questions.  

It was also a great opportunity to see some of my favourite blogger ladies again and have a catch up over a few glasses of Prosecco!  There seem to be quite a lot of blogger events happening in Scotland these days so we're starting to see each other quite regularly which is really nice!

We also came away with a cool wee goodie bag with some Murad skincare and a sweet smelling Arran Aromatics candle in it.  I'd never used any Murad products before but I've been using the Refreshing Cleanser for about a week or so and I really like it so far!



My Jewellery Collection: Rings

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

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I had an idea a while back of doing a post on my jewellery collection and finally got round to taking photos this weekend but quickly realised that I've got so much stuff that it was too much for one post so I'm going to break it up into categories.

First up is my ring collection.  I store my rings on a cute little tea plate on top of my chest of drawers.  I got the idea after seeing a post on Charlene's blog - I previously had them all in little pockets in a hanging organiser in my wardrobe but this is a much better way of storing them as I can see everything at once.  I've found that I actually wear rings more often now that they are on my chest of drawers as it's right next to my makeup so when I'm getting ready in the morning I tend to have a little look through to find a ring to match my outfit.  I've picked out a couple of my most worn rings below.


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flower cluster ring - avon
I got this ring from my mum for my birthday a few weeks ago but I've had it on loads since then.  It's quite chunky but without being too obtrusive so I can wear it at work without it getting on my nerves.

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scrabble tile ring - living in la la land
I picked this up when I was in Glasgow for my birthday - I've been wanting a scrabble tile ring for ages so I was so chuffed to find this!

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owl ring - accessorize
I've had this one for a few years now, after buying it in the Accessorize sale when I was in York for new year in 2010.  It's starting to fade a bit as I've worn it so much, but I still really like it.

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skull ring - primark
This was in a set of rings I got a few months back in Primark although this is probably my most worn out of the set.  I'm moving towards smaller rings like this recently as it's a nice change from the usual big chunky rings.

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cream flower ring - h&m
I've had this for a few years too and it's a nice summery ring that I tend to wear with my floral dresses.

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moustache ring - river island

Ahh my moustache ring - this was probably my most worn jewellery item last year, I wore it to almost every night out ha!

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rose gold ring - primark
This is my newest addition to my ring collection - it's a rose gold colour but the sparkles seem to have loads of colours through them, it's like a little rainbow.

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I can't actually remember where I got this ring, it could be Primark or maybe Dorothy Perkins...who knows! I got this a few years back to wear as part of a Christmas party outfit.  It's absolutely massive so I don't wear it that often, but I really like it if I'm looking for a proper statement piece.  It would also come in handy if I got myself into a fight....could take someone's eye out!  (obviously joking....I'm far too much of a wuss for that nonsense).

So that's a little insight into some of my favourite or most worn rings in my collection.  Next up I'll share my necklace collection, so keep an eye out for that soon.


Destined to be a Blogger

Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Whilst I was reading through my old diaries the other day trying to find inspiration for my Extracts series I came across this note that made me laugh. Once a blogger always a blogger eh?



I'm not 100% sure what this "website" was that I was building - probably a Geocities site or something - but I love my optimism that it might one day be the "Bliss website of the month". Awwwww.

Primark Haul April 2013

Monday, 15 April 2013
I had a day off last Monday so went on a wee shopping trip with my friend Jemma who has been living in France for the last 8 months and was in desperate need of a Primark fix.  After imparting some of my Primark wisdom* we spent a few hours shopping and came away with a bag full of goodies each, so here's what I bought....

*For example, Primark tip #1 is do not use a basket until you've been into the changing rooms and picked items you are definitely going to buy.....there's nothing more annoying than standing in the fitting room queue trying to fish through a full basket trying to count your items. 

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I actually bought the nude pink accessories the week before and wore them to the wedding last weekend, so that's why they don't look brand new!  Also, the blue summer dress is my absolute favourite thing from Primark in ages - it doesn't look that exciting on the hanger but it is just the most adorable thing on.  The shape is so flattering, with a low cut top, a fitted waist and then a flared out skirt - will definitely be wearing this a lot come the summer!

What have you been buying lately?