Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Tick tock.

So, remember how it was my birthday a billion years ago? Well, my lovely siblings promised to buy me a watch for my birthday, and even gave me the money for it. But... I am fussy. Mega fussy. And my life is consumed with looking at watches, and I still can't find one that is PERFECT. But I will. Oh, I will.

Anyway, in my perusal of the internets, I found Fashion World, and they sell a whole ton of stuff including some really lovely ladies plus size clothing and accessories... and that means WATCHES! What do we think, gang? Shall I choose one of these?

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Written in collaboration with Fashion World.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Who lives in a house like this?

It wasn't until I saw Sarah's post the other day that I realised you could get more than just ladies plus size clothing and larger sized shoes from Marisota. I am such a homeware junkie since moving into my own place (oh, who am I kidding, I've always been like that) and their homeware department... WELL. I am just a bit in love with all of these things.

Finally, my housemates and I are getting rapidly more and more obsessed with Christmas. I think I'm going to get all of these stuff. Overkill? NEVER.

Written in collaboration with Marisota

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Red, red wine, go to my head.

This is Barry, the Happy Pumpkin. He has nothing to do with this post, but he says hi.

Basically, I think getting old has a lot going for it. Because, okay. I like going out and all, I DO. I like sticking on false eyelashes and pouring myself into a party dress and having a boogie somewhere. But the weather is getting nastier, and the evenings are getting longer, and if you gave me the choice, I'd much rather veg out on my sofa with my besties, drinking red wine and eating comfort food, and watching terrible TV. Yes, X Factor, you DO count as terrible TV. But if you were good, it wouldn't be as fun.

I don't know, I sort of think our veggy Saturday nights in should be a bit more structured, maybe with some kind of intricate poker games or something (is there such a thing as an intricate poker game? The only alternative to poker I know of is strip poker and I do not think that is very intricate) but we are lazy, and as long as there is nice food, nice drink and somewhat filthy discussions about Joseph Gordon Levitt or Channing Tatum (and that Sha's lovely fiance has something to amuse him whilst we are having these non boy-friendly discussions) then we are happy.

ANYWAY. Here is my recipe for comfort food pasta yumminess!

Sausage & Tomato Pasta With Oodles Of Red Wine
This is basically one of those 'Use up all the ingredients you have' meals so it is very slapdash. In this case because I had a ton of sausages in the freezer and then we had a power cut and everything thawed in the freezer and I had to cook everything.

But it's also very nice! I use a wok because I like to make LOTS.

You will need:
Sausages (preferably chorizo) or bacon would also be really good
Passata/Creamed Tomatoes
Red Wine (like 1/4 of a bottle or so)
Vegetables of your choice (Onions/Peppers/Mushrooms for me)
Balsamic Vinegar
Sugar or Sweetener

1. Chop up your meat and fry in the pan until it's cooked.
2. While it's cooking, chop up your vegetables and chuck it in the pan once the meat is cooked through.
3. Throw in some red wine and let the ingredients simmer in it for a bit and absorb the yummy flavour.
4. Pour yourself a glass of red wine. I mean, the bottle's OPEN.
5. After a few minutes, pour in the passata and stir.
6. Add 2 caps of balsamic vinegar and a tablespoonful of sugar or sweetener.
7. Add the spices of your choice - I added a teaspoon of smoked paprika and a couple of cloves of garlic, and a splash of sweet chilli sauce.
8. Stir well and then leave on a medium heat to bubble away and simmer for about 10 minutes. Put your pasta on whilst it's doing that.
9. Your sauce will be really liquid at this point but if you leave it, it will reduce down a lot and thicken nicely. Keep an eye on it - you don't want it to stick.
10. When your pasta is done, drain it, stir it into the sauce and serve with lots of cheese on top and garlic bread on the side. Nom nom nom.

Warning: You may get red wine lips as a side effect. It's perfectly normal.

Written in collaboration with Pamela Stewart.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Love in the ruins.

More adventures, this week! When Nic was staying, she suggested we visited Houghton House, which both intrigued and scared me because the address was simply listed as 'Bedfordshire'. WHAT THE FRIG DO I PUT IN THE SAT NAV. You have to understand that I never know where the hell I am. Like, right now? I'm pretty sure I'm in my room? But it could just be a room that looks just like my room, 50 miles away from my actual house.

(It's not, though.)

But we googled and I drove, and we found it! The reason it's without a postcode is... well, actually, there are houses right by it. Surely THEY have postcodes. Sort it out, English Heritage. But if it wasn't for that, I'd say it's because it's a ruin - there's no opening hours, entrance fee or staff. Which I quite liked - it's nice to explore without people milling about. As much as I love trying to emulate bloggers who take outfit photos in pretty settings, I'm actually kind of self conscious about people seeing me taking outfit photos - I know, it makes no sense, but it's FINE when it's you lot. But here, I would have been cool with setting up my tripod and remote and posing away like I was in my garden. Nice and quiet.

I actually loved having a wander - it was slightly dark and spooky inside, so we had to rely on the flash for many of these pictures (which brought up exactly 0 ghosties, sorry) and the fact that it was so hard to find added to the whole effect. So, if you want to visit Houghton House... er, good luck! It's near Ampthill, although I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to find it again.

Dress c/o Miss Ikon | Bag & Meline Flat Shoes c/o Spartoo Shoes | Cardigan - Debenhams | Belt - New Look | Coat - Primark

Monday, 22 October 2012

This is Halloween, this is Halloween.

Look Scary was a fantastic event last week, thrown by Zoe and Lily (with a little help from Blackberry, o2 and the London Dungeons). It combined SO many of my loves: dressing up, Halloween, wine and a whole bunch of bloggers to gossip with and fangirl over.

The gist of the event was that the London Dungeons let a bunch of bloggers loose in their depths to, er, be thoroughly petrified. I brought my friend Nic along, who was staying with me all last week - it was only halfway to the station that I realised I'd left my camera at home, so I had my very own personal paparazzo for the night! This is not always a good thing though... I'm just glad she let me vet the pics first. She caught some great ones though. :)

It was SO great to see all my blogging friends! I was completely in awe of Laura's costume - she looks terrifying and awesome all at the same time. Terrifyingly awesome, even. The rest of the girls were a real mix - I didn't get a pic, sadly, but Zoe and Lily went as two different GaGa incarnations, and both looked stunning. Amy went as her own unfortunate twin sister from the wrong side of the tracks, and Lauren looked totally foxy as a black cat. Oh, and I loved Sarah's dress (but then I always say that!).

I went for low-effort, as a witch, in a simple black dress and cute hat - I like to call it the 'caution' fancy-dress technique, but once I saw that other people had really gone for it with dressing up when we all met at the pub beforehand, I dashed to the loo to don my stripy tights and backcomb the living heck out of my hair. Honestly, I would have OWNED the 80s - it took no time to make my hair 5 inches high! So much easier than a 'real' beehive. Looked terrible, but that was the point.

If you saw the tweets last Thursday, I'm sure you'll get an idea of what a fun night it was. And if you kept reading into the morning, you may get an even better idea of why I shouldn't drink wine all night. Um.

I'm not proud.

Dress - New Look | Hat - Accessorize | Tights - Costume Store | Friis & Company Flat Shoes c/o Spartoo Shoes

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Shiny, shiny shoes.

One of the things I like most about being part of the Spartoo blogger's programme is discovering new brands I might not otherwise know about. Sarah turned me on to Betty London after posting about their glittery court shoes on her blog, but having a sneaky look at their brand page has just given me a million other pairs of shoes I'm coveting. I think a few of these may make it into my basket at the end of the month.

I keep telling myself I need more practical, work-appropriate shoes, but look at the glittery ones. So pretty!


Friday, 19 October 2012

I will wait, I will wait for you.

When they write my biography (and they will), I'm pretty sure they'll declare 2012 the year of the wedding. So many weddings!

Well. Um. Four.

The last wedding of the year was extra special because it also included a Bloggers Assemble element. MASH Assembled, to be more specific (Mia-Amy-Sarah-Hayley). My lovely friend Sarah Mia  got married in September to Tzevai, and so Amy, Hayley and I all headed to Falmouth to put on pretty dresses and join the celebrations.

I do like to be involved at a wedding, if I can. I've been to precisely one hen do where I didn't do any of the organising, and it was WEIRD, you guys. I mean, it was fun! But WEIRD, because I am organisey at heart. So, when I saw Amy on Twitter acting a bit terrified when Sarah asked her to curl her hair pre-wedding, I volunteered. I did Jo's hair at her wedding, after all, and I was looking forward to the chance to try out my new Enrapture Encode Totem hair curlers... although it was a case of 'Be careful what you wish for', as when I arrived at Sarah's, I was greeted by four worried bridesmaids desperate for some hair help. So I ended up doing not only the bride's hair, but also all the bridesmaids. I didn't mind - plus they all looked beautiful, especially Sarah - but it's pretty hard to make her shiny red mane look bad (this is my hair-jealousy face, FYI).

Dress c/o French Connection | Bag & Shoes c/o Matalan | Earrings & Fascinator - Accessorize | Flower clips - Crown & Glory | Bracelet - Swarovski | Ring - Topshop

After throwing some curls in my own hair... WEDDING! I wore a gorgeous (if slightly racy) French Connection dress, which they kindly sent me. Are you familiar with the expression church-boob? I think Sha may have invented it, but it's pretty self explanatory, right? The level of boob that it is acceptable to show in church? This dress... is not church-boob. But thankfully the wedding was not at a church! It was at the National Maritime Museum, and they don't seem to care how much boob you are showing. I'm pretty sure that's the most times I've said boob on this blog. BOOBS.

I was a little concerned about wearing navy as the bridesmaids were also wearing navy (and no one wants to be THAT girl) so I made sure to go against their yellow accent colours with cranberry accessories instead - mostly left over from my Matalan guest post a few weeks ago. It's the first time I've actually gone out with a clutch bag though, and MAN they are annoying. Everyone knows you should keep both your hands free for wine! It's lovely, though. I'd been planning on wearing these pretty Crown & Glory clips too, but then found this old Accessorize fascinator which went perfectly, so I figured 'screw it!' and combined the lot together. I think it works? Yeah?

It was a LOVELY wedding. Sarah and Tzevai had worked really hard on the details, with cute little book centrepieces, detailed place settings (including scratchcards in red envelopes as a nod to the Chinese custom), a scrapbook/guestbook, and even a homemade photobooth (which Amy ended up manning most of the night). Oh, and a panda as the ring-bearer, obviously. There was tons of dancing, too, which made me very happy. Oh, and wine. Lots of wine. I blame that Amy, you know. She's a terrible influence.

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