2 Jul 2014

Race for Life Pretty Muddy 2014

This was probably one of my proudest moments, albeit it not much of an achievement for some it meant the world to me. Not only have I been through more heartache and tragedy in the last year than most people experience in a lifetime, but I ran a 3 mile obstacle course in 30 minutes (says the girl who couldn't run 1 minute down the road without needing her asthma pump only a few months ago). Race for Life is a fantastic event to help raise money for Cancer Research and they don't do things by half - from heart FM on hand to get you pumped with aerobics to the volunteers around the course cheering you on (or throwing mud at you!) it was an amazing day which made me realise how lucky we are to be alive. Things were really put into perspective when you see stamped on a ladies back under 'I race for..' and it says 'me'. At times I felt completely enveloped by sadness but I pushed through and I realised what good I was doing and who I was doing it for. Auntie Christine, Uncle Michael and my two amazing Grandads, this was for you. I miss you more than you could ever imagine and I still don't know how we all wake up everyday and carry on without you here. This is for everyone suffering from Cancer or suffering for someone with Cancer, this is for all of us who may get Cancer one day and to the hope that when or if that day comes there will be a cure. 


24 Jun 2014

Pursuing Paradise

Crop Top & Skirt by Zara; Sandals by Primark; Sunglasses by Ray Ban; Clutch by Marc Jacobs

It gets to this time of year and we all start thinking about our holidays - the planning starts, the shopping, is my suitcase big enough? Well I skipped ahead a year and have already planned and booked my holiday for March 2015 where we are spending 2 weeks in paradise. As if I wasn't excited enough to attend my first abroad/beach wedding and to visit the Dominican Republic, Zara launched their sale last week and I couldn't tear my eyes away from this top + skirt combo. If this doesn't make you dream of your next holiday, what will?

15 Jun 2014

Garden Party with George Home

6 Piece Outdoor Set, Serving Spoons, Cushions, Coca-Cola Coasters + Large Ceramic Dish c/o George Home

We have been in our new home for over 2 months now and it has flown by. As you know, we got stuck into decorating before we had even moved in and by moving date had almost the entire house done, so when we were contacted by George Home to design a room of our house for £100 we struggled to find a the room! Luckily our garden wasn't up to 'garden party' standard and with the temperatures rising we knew which 'room' we were going to pick. If you are looking for a sturdy table & chair set at a decent price which is both stylish and comfortable, this is the one! We hope you like how we decorated our cute little garden and quite honestly, we are so proud and pleased with our purchases. 

Thank you George Home for helping us put together the finishing touches to our home.

26 May 2014

Madrid Day 2

Day two in Madrid was just as gorgeous as the first day and we got up early for more exploring. Firstly, we visited the Palacio de Cristal nestled inside Retiro Park, and yes it's similar to Crystal Palace in the UK but much more beautiful (as are most of the places here). We then settled under a tree for a siesta and some lunch before wondering the grounds of this enormous park which even has it's own lake and Alice and Wonderland style hidden garden. To end a perfect day and have an excuse to sit down after all the walking, we headed to San Gines Chocolateria for the best churros in Madrid (which we can verify) before stopping off to visit the Royal Palace and Cathedral, which needs no introduction. Madrid, it was fun while it lasted - see you again soon! 

19 May 2014

Birthday Weekend in Madrid Day 1

I couldn’t contain my excitement when Karl revealed he was taking me to Madrid for my birthday last weekend. Though I absolutely love Spain, Madrid was never a city which stood out for me and how wrong I was. It is possibly the most beautiful city I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, with temperatures in excess of 26C during May, buildings that even your boyfriend will want to take a photo of coupled with the tastiest tapas in Spain, it truly stole my heart.

We stayed in Puerto Del Sol in the centre of Madrid which was the perfect location if you want to be near everything. Most of the ‘sights’ are within easy walking distance, anything between 10-20 minutes, or a couple of stops on the Metro. Barajas airport is only around 20 minutes away on the tube from the centre of Madrid if you want to beat the traffic and save money on a taxi.

Our first stop was for some food at ‘La Venganza deMalinche’ which is a buzzing Mexican cafĂ©/bar in Puerto del Sol on Calle Jardines with small corona’s for €1.20, the best cocktails in town for just €6 and fantastic food paired with the funniest and friendliest staff. Though Mexican, they still stick to the Spanish tradition of providing free tapas with every drink so we were spoilt with mini nachos, quesadillas and spicy nuts.

We then made it to Gran Via within 10 minutes, which is Spain’s answer to Oxford Street but much prettier. The streets are lined with tapas bars and shops from Zara to H&M (both of which were the biggest and most beautiful stores I have ever seen) After a spot of shopping me made our way left on Gran Via towards Sabatini Garden’s, which is part of The Royal Palace and the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you take a 15 minute walk outside these garden’s you reach Temple de Debod which is a must when visiting this city as not only is the temple stunning but the view is phenomenal, and is the best place to watch the sunset. Unfortunately as the sun wasn’t setting till 9:30pm we didn’t catch it, but it’s just as pretty in the day!

Late afternoon is when the temperature really sores in Madrid so this was a great time to stop for Gelato. I didn’t take note of the place but it was along Gran Via and they sell the best Pistachio gelato which you must try! After walking across what felt like the whole of Madrid we freshened up at the hotel and headed out for drinks and dinner, bearing in mind Spaniard’s don’t eat until past 10pm. After probably the worst meal I’ve ever had (avoid El  Zagal Restaurant) we went exploring and trying different cocktail bar’s before finding ourselves back at La Venganza Mexican drinking our body weight in cocktails, before stumbling home at 2am.

4 May 2014

Peter Pilotto for Target

Dress by Peter Pilotto for Target; Sleeveless Jacket c/o M&S; Carvela Heels c/o McArthur Glen, Clutch by Whistles

I couldn't contain my excitement when Target announced they were working in partnership with my favourite brand of all time, Peter Pilotto. This is possibly the most perfect summer dress, it's light, floral and just long enough for my short legs! I hope you all have something special planned for the bank holiday.

3 May 2014

Step Inside Our New Home...

We can only apologise for the extremely long absence, but as I'm sure you are all aware we have just bought our very own house!! Having spent weeks decorating and turning our house into a home, we are finally ready to show you a glimpse of our own space :)