Friday, 29 March 2013

March Favourite Things

So it's Easter Weekend - did that happen?? Yet another month has come and almost gone and it's time to link up with Ashley for Favourite Things.  It was hard this month to pick out just a few as so much has been going on, but here we go....

1. Bath time

Hectic times and illness have made baths a must this month!  My body just isn't keeping up with everything I need to do and there are lots of aches and pains.  I love this cupcake bath salt that my mother bought me.  It's handmade by a small company in Devon and just too pretty to use!  I have been going through a lot of Radox muscle ache bath soak though since my more expensive Molton Brown soak ran out.  A steal at 99p as it is on offer in Boots right now! Time to stock up!!

2. This post here 

Amongst the birthday celebrations this month would have been my Nan's 83rd, I wrote the post Nana Chic in celebration of her love of all things beauty related - she taught me so much!

3.  Weekends away and days out with my favourite people
Weston-Super-Mare and Cardiff Children's Lit Fest.

4. This photo

I love this photo! My gorgeous girl is growing up so fast, it is scary that she will be eleven in a few short months and it often seems as though her childhood is slipping away.  I treasure moments like this, when she cuddles up with me and falls asleep.  It takes me back to nap time when she was a baby and makes me want to go back and keep her little forever.

What have been your favourite moments of this month?

Moving on to Friday's Letters with Ashley.

Glasses - Dorothy Perkins, Scarf - Dorothy Perkins, Coat - New Look, Leggings - River Island, Boots - New Look.

Dear Sunshine, thank you for making an appearance today.  Even though temperatures were still only just above freezing, it was good to get the sunglasses out and take a walk.  Please stay for Easter weekend and maybe lose the chilly wind?? Many thanks!  Dear school holidays, thank you for giving me more time with my princess.  It is good to see her relax a bit more without the stress of school and for us to be able to catch up with friends.  Dear Aspergers, please stay away this weekend.  We all deserve one weekend where you don't cause upset and stress.  Dear weekend, we are all SO excited that you are here.  We need you so much - four days of precious time together and with Dave's family, having fun and making the most of what is really important to us.  Dear Jesus Christ, Thank you.

What plans do you have this Easter weekend?  I wish you all a Happy Easter and hope it is filled with happiness and fun :)
A xx

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Sparkly feet!

I've been looking for some black, more casual, shoes for a while and a soon as I saw these I knew that I had to have them! They are canvas and adorned with alternate studs and gems and they are the perfect combination of comfy, studded and sparkly! As I am often wearing plain black ensembles to work, I also thought they'd liven up an outfit without being overwhelming.


I wanted to wear them last Friday night to the Biffy Clyro gig we went to but alas, the icy cold wind and rain put paid to that idea! So far, I have only been able to wear them once when we were provided with some actual spring-like weather, but I am looking forward to getting them out again.

£8.99 New Look
£6.75 with 25% friends & family discount voucher (my sister works there).

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Pinterest Easter weekend wardrobe

I had a lovely outfit ready to post today, but as this week I seem to have come down with some sort of virus, which 

a) is making my muscles feel as though they have run a marathon and means all unnecessary outfit changes are a no-no,

b) makes it far too cold to put it on, I would catch my death,

c) would be unfair to force such images of me looking so bad and awkwardly posed (refer to a.) on to you all!

Therefore, I have resorted planning my Easter weekend wardrobe via pintrest!  As our weather is far from Easter-like I will unfortunately still be needing to wrap up warm.  I know that these outfits can be made up easily of items already in my wardrobe, which I can pick out easily whilst I'm feeling under the weather!








I always have to have an extra comfy outfit with me for cuddling up by the fire or just in case my muscles start playing up.  I am guessing that I will take my go-to weekend combination of leggings, vest top and checked shirt. Never fails and perfect for the countryside!

I think I could quite easily start planning every weekly wardrobe via Pinterest! Have you planned your Easter weekend and what you will be wearing?
A xx

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Pastel fancies

I'm going with the pastels theme with my fancies this week. However, I've made the colour a bit darker with this first outfit due to my milk bottle white legs not being able to work pastel coloured shorts at the moment! As soon as I saw this look of the day outfit from Mango, I knew it was something I'd love to be rocking right now.
Mango - to get this look click UK or USA
I also love both of these tops from Warehouse.  I would probably style this loose top with either tan trousers or mint coloured jeans.  It looks so comfortable.
Slouch Woven Back Jumper
Warehouse - available in store
I love this floral top, I think the position of the flowers is perfect to detract from my small bust!  I would probably pair it with some coloured jeans or a cute little flared skirt. 

Warehouse - to get this click here

What has taken your fancy this week?
A xx

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Weekend Catchup

So, I'm sat by the fire, with a cup of tea in my pj's and a jumper writing this whilst Dave and Megan are in the kitchen baking some banana bread. Who'd believe that this time last year we were in the middle of a heatwave and this year it is still bitterly cold and the snow is still hitting hard.  We are lucky so far in that only the mountains are snow capped here at the moment, but family and friends in other parts of the UK still have lots of snow on the ground.

Despite of the cold we have had a lovely weekend.  Dave and I braved the icy wind and rain Friday night to go to a Biffy Clyro gig.  We got in early and went for a few drinks at the Chapel 1887.  It's a beautiful old Welsh chapel that was a landmark in terms of architecture when it was built in 1887 as it features strong elements of French gothic architecture. It has now turned into a bar and restaurant and is just beautiful. Dave and I will definitely be returning.  


The gig didn't disappoint, the visuals and set list were amazing although I suffered Saturday from standing all night. 

Saturday was a lovely relaxing day. Megan went to dance class with her friend and then headed there to play for the day. It's lovely for them to be able to spend time together on a regular basis now. They sure did miss each other when we lived in the city. It also meant that we could have a lie in this week and a leisurely afternoon walking around Ikea. We went there to finally get the missing fixings for my wardrobe and ended up picking up a few odds and ends. I love Ikea and could spend a small fortune each time I go there. Saturday night was spent watching Madagascar with Megan and another episode of The Wire when she was in bed.

We were blessed with having another lie in Sunday morning! Megan was tired and did not want to get out of bed. After a visit to my lovely Grandad's, we took Megan to the National Museum of Wales for the first Cardiff Children's Literature Festival. I plan on writing more on this later in the week but let's just say that Megan was thrilled to meet Cressida Cowell, author of the How To Train Your Dragon series and movie. She was an incredible lady and Megan was able to get another book signed.

A slow cooked shoulder of lamb, roast potatoes and veg was the perfect warm end to a wonderful weekend.

I apologise for the lack of photos this weekend but it really was far too cold to be taking them outside! Plus the wind and rain did all sorts of wrong to my hair and skin!

What did you get up to? I hope you had a lovely time and it was warmer than ours!
A xx

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Friday's letters. A very special birthday message :)

Happy Friday everyone! It's that time of the week to link up with Ashley for Friday's letters and Long Distance Loving for Friday Fancies - boy has it been a busy week.

1. New Look 2. H&M 3. Michael Kors 4. Topshop 5. Topshop 6. Kurt Geiger

Dear lovely, lovely skirt,
You make me feel so happy! You're making me think of warmer weather and how you will look so pretty with sandals and a strappy top.  I may have to wear you with leggings underneath and boots for now though as the weather apparently thinks it is still winter and I don't think that I can wait until it warms up.

Dear Owen, Happy 9th Birthday!! I can't believe my fab nephew is nine already and what an awesome birthday you had.  You're going to look so good in that tee I bought you! ;)

What a wonderful surprise you had opening your present to find that the whole Welsh rugby team had signed your shirt and that rugby legend, Adam Jones had not only destroyed the opposition scrum and played a major part in winning the Championship last week, but had also sent you a birthday message. The perfect present for a rugby mad boy!

Dear weekend,
You are going to be amazing! I am off work today, Dave has a half today and we are going to see Biffy Clyro tonight. Can.not.wait. It turns out that we both were at the same Biffy gig and Cardiff Uni Students Union, before we met and just before the band hit it big time.It's the first time however that we will have seen them together.  We also have to find a holiday for this summer (nope, we've still not managed that one) and will be taking Megan to the first ever Cardiff Children's Literature festival (I'm kinda excited about that one too!).

Today is the start of the school Easter holidays and I'm looking forward to some lazy days with my munchkin.  It is also my lovely friend Deb's birthday, so a BIG Happy Birthday shout out to her aswell!!

What are you doing this weekend?  I hope that you have a great one.
A xx


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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A day in the life of a catwalk model!

TV presenters, celebrity make up artists, photographers & designer clothes...

with TV Presenter Rhodri Owen

...yes I could get used to this!!

A little while back an autism support group that I am a member of put a shout out for mothers of children with ASD, Aspergers and related conditions to take part in a fashion show at the Cardiff City Stadium.  The All About Me show was a chance for designers, up-coming designers and the beauty trade to showcase their collections at the same time as raising awareness and money for the National Autistic Society in Wales and Autism Cymru.

I'd always dreamt of being a catwalk model when I was younger but wasn't blessed with the height or grace!  I ummed and aahed about it and after a few glasses of wine thought "what the heck" and applied for it! Panic set in when I was accepted though but I decided this was my chance to step outside of my comfort zone and push myself.

In the lead up to the show I took part in interviews and a photo-shoot for the press, and helped pick out a selection of dresses for the show.

Julian Macdonald dress and Kurt Geiger heels

Us ladies with Ariane Poole, make up artist to the stars.

with John one of the lovely models

On the day itself we were treated to a manicure and had our hair done ready for the catwalk.  Then each of us had our make up done by make up artist Ariane Poole who was the most lovely lady and gave us lots of tips. Our dresses were laid out for us and after getting dressed and adjusting them practised our catwalk moves in the corridor - hilarious! How we made it down there without falling on our faces I will never know! We became terrified when the professionals started strutting their stuff and I was nominated to start our catwalk at the end of the show.  Presenter Rhodri Owen was so nice but once I stepped onto the catwalk I started shaking so much with all those people looking at me, that I was relieved when he didn't speak to me at the end!

It was such a buzz that I would definitely do it again.  It was an amazing day, that didn't cost me a penny but also raised a lot of money and awareness for Autism and the struggles that parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders face. However, I realised that my childhood dream of being a model would never have worked out! I loved all the pampering but I looked so clumsy on the catwalk, I would never make a pro!!

A xx

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A rugby championship and a dance trophy!

So this weekend went quickly, as they always do. It kicked off Friday by raising money for Comic Relief. I had a day off work but had to get Megan ready for a day of fun at school. This consisted of the obligatory red nose and crazy hair. Cue, Comic Relief red hair spray and red glitter spray. She also had a tag rugby tournament which obviously meant that it rained! Therefore, red hair ran and resulted in red everything else!

My Friday was a little more laid back. Still on orders to rest at any given opportunity, I did some housework in the morning, popped to my mums for a cuppa and a chat, then headed back to bed to watch Sense and Sensibility. Once Megan and Dave were home, we ate cheesy bean burgers (recipe tomorrow) and relaxed in front of the tv.

Saturday was the big day!  If you read Friday's post here you will know that there was a small matter of a Wales v England rugby match - the showdown of the Six Nations Championship - and it didn't disappoint (well, some of us anyway!).


I could write a whole post on the match, but all I will say is that tensions definitely built up at home (what with Dave being English and all), and let the pictures tell you the rest!

Ladies, you're welcome!! (posted by @mikephillips009)

Can you spot the Welshman on BBC's coverage?!?
Sunday morning was spent preparing Megan for her dance presentations and competition, which meant lots of hair spray and sparkle!  Megan has done a fair few of these presentations (her dance school are current British Latin Formation Champions), but her partner Zoe has only just started.  Therefore, we were very pleased and proud when they came back with this 2nd place trophy from the Cha Cha final!!

Zoe & Megan 

All that was left was a pork roast dinner and the weekend was rounded off perfectly :)
I hope yours was just as good.
A xx