Friday, 1 August 2014

Happy Weekend....

I can't believe August is here already, how time flies by!
The youngest lady in my house is not happy as that means school will be returning, but they still have a few weeks left yet and they have been off since the end of May!!

As always with a new season approaching,I will be turning my attention to planning some updates for my home.
I have some favourite local haunts I like hitting up but I also love to come across new and different sites.This particular one was brought to my attention earlier in the week,
when I received an email from Louise at Lets go Hme

 They are aiming the brand at those who don't own their properties but would still like to improve the space they rent, no matter how small or shortlived!

My favourite is the wall wrap....looks like wall paper but no ugly messing about with paste,just peel off the back and stick on the area you want to cover!

Perfect if you are only looking for some instant updates without spending a small fortune:)

There is also has lovely range of cushions and pretty mugs etc so definitely worth a look!

Hope you all have a good weekend! I got some lovely tops online from Cos yesterday if anyone is still interested in sale items.

This merino and silk jumper I ordered will be great for A/W.


 It is also a long weekend here againso I am looking forward to it.
Hope the weather improves though!

Take Care!
Anne xx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

OOTD: Simple and Easy....

Hello, hope everyone is good! The weather has cooled down a bit here again so a little change of clothing style is in order. I love an outfit which you can wear at home and feel relaxed in but  would also work well for a quick run into town! 

These silky relaxed trousers are the ones I bought and wore for an evening out on holiday in Barcelona and they are so comfortable! 

My youngest daughter said her friend told her "I like your mums Genie Pants" .... I had to laugh when I heard it, must be the gathered leg style put that idea into her head!

Anyhow today I am wearing them with a fine knit top from Zara and another bargain purchase from Tesco,these metallic slip on sandals.

 They are actually really comfortable and I just grabbed them in a hurry one day as the dog had chewed up my favourite flip flops!

Fine Knit top/Zara    Pants/Boutique in Barcelona    Sandals F&F@Tesco

Hope you all enjoy a good week:)
Take Care!
Anne xx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Happy Weekend.....

Hi everyone:) Hope you are all enjoying a lovely sunny weekend.
 I have been mostly busy doing nothing this week, but when it gets hot here
 I figure you might as well lap it up while you can! 

I have had some lovely lazy days in the garden this week, just relaxing and totally chilling out. Sometimes switching off for a bit can do the world of good. I intend to do more of it this weekend:)

It can also be so hard to decide what to wear on very warm days, but as always I think simple is best.

I love this easy to wear cotton dress,elegant yet casual and cool looking!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead:)

Take Care!
Anne xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Style Spotlight on Mint Velvet....

Last week whilst shopping in Dundrum town centre I visited the amazing new Mint Velvet store on level 1. The minute I walked inside I knew I had found something special. Now when I turned 50 this year, I vowed to start investing in some good basics to build up a capsule wardobe. 

I am getting better, but have to admit at times I find it hard to know what style to aim for...I don't want to go too trendy as I have a daughter that often buys something I like before I even get a sniff of it and then that definitely rules me out!

This store had loads of beautiful options for the new A/W season that I have put on my wish list.These are some of my picks....

Continuing along with the boho vibe into A/W.... loving this casual top

I love my faux leather skirt  and absolutely adore this one with the zips!

Classic black top with lace sleeves also available in ivory

I would recommend the brand to anyone who likes a classic yet laid back style and also on the  lookout for a good price point with well made clothes!

As the sale was in full swing, I brought in loads of bits to try on and sadly my size was gone in some of the  pieces I put my eye on!

 I did pick up these gorgeous khaki relaxed trousers-great for wearing now with light tops and later on with shoeboots and leather jacket! They were also there in black but not in my size unfortunately!

Hope you are all enjoying the sunny week:)

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Weekend Recap...

Hello...hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Mine revolved a lot around food, mostly cooking it I might add! I was really delighted that Friday night was warm and dry, as my daughter had friends over for a little birthday garden party celebration! They had a fabulous time and all looked so lovely

She loved the buttercream cake I made her and of course the sparklers....

On Saturday we went down town for brunch to my local favourite restaurant and I had lovely smoked salmon with poached eggs on toasted muffins.

 By evening the rain and thunder appeared so there was no chance of sitting out in the garden for more bubbly! 

Today was also very cloudy again but we managed a bbq and got to eat it outside which was really nice:)

It was a lovely weekend though and here is one of my favourite photos of Laura with our puppy Tia, taken on Friday before her friends arrived:)

Hope you all have a good week ahead:)
Anne xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

OOTD and a Summer Recipe....

Hello,midweek again the summer weeks are flying by! I know some of my other blogging pals are enjoying hot sun right now, but it hasn't been as good for us here this week! I even cut a pair of old gap jeans into shorts when I heard there was a heatwave on the way so I am pinning my hopes on tomorrow for some hot sunshine!!

 Anyhow this is what I wore for a trip into town earlier this morning for some errands. 

Sandals/Primark (old)    Jeans/Forever 21    Top/Cos   Bag/DKNY

This yellow cos top I bought back in Spring is so versatile and goes with lots of colours. Today I wore it with my white jeans, tan sandals and my tan bag! 

The sun started to come out as soon as I got down town and it has turned out to be a lovely afternoon:)

 Now for the recipe:) Whilst in the supermarket I bought some Halloumi cheese, as I wanted to try out a lovely recipe I spotted in a recent magazine supplement. It looked real easy and tasty for a summer lunch  idea!

I must say it turned out fab so I will share it here, in case anyone is looking for a light lunch/ bbq option for warm summer days....

Chargriiled halloumi and vegetable skewers...

1 lemon halved
3 tbsp olive oil
A dash of balsamic vinegar
1 pkt Halloumi cheese
1 red pepper
1 courgette
handful chives chopped

Brush the lemon with olive oil and place cut side down on the bbq or griddle pan! Cook for 1-2 mins until carmalised. Squeeze the juice into a bowl, add the halloumi and veggies, olive oil,balsamic vinegar and chives. Toss to mix. 

Thread the cheese and veg onto wooden skewers and bbq for 15 mins turning frequently.

Remove from heat and place on a dish,drizzle with the remaining marinade. 

This amount would make three skewers, so just increase the quantities to cater for a larger crowd.

Scatter with reserved chives and serve with a summery side salad.


Take Care:)
Anne xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sales Style:Buy Now wear Later....

If like me you get a little bit overwhelmed at sale time, a good idea is to look out for some genuine reductions on pieces that will work right on into next season and beyond. 

This is a little round up of some items I like right now....

Jackets are always a good piece to look out for and you can't go wrong with black .This one is a gorgeous classic shape ....

Hanna black jacket by Soaked In Luxury

 Tailored trousers are another fab piece to add to your wardrobe....dressed up for an evening out or worn for day/work wear with a crisp white shirt they always look really chic and stylish....

Tailored dark navy trousers Reiss

Slouchy jumpers are a great day to day basic to have on standby,and in my opinion you can never have enough of them!

 Add in the relaxed on trend pants/harems and you have the ultimate lazy day comfort outfit...

Slouchy Jumper French Connection

We all love our ankle boots when the weather gets to cool for the strappy sandals, and there are some great bargains to be had in the sales right now...

Revolver Ankle Boots Great Plains

Genuine reductions on designer bags are another great sales find and this one is fabulous for the price. The colour would also work for any time of the year...

Marc By Marc Jacobs metallic shoulder bag @ Net -a -porter

Jeans are another staple and neutral colours like grey are a very good purchase in sales. I have recently bought another pair of selected femme denims as I find them a fabulous fit...

Grey Zipped jeans Selected Femme

Hope you all get some inspiration from this post and do enjoy the sunshine if you have it.
 Ours has disappeared again for now, but if my phone app can be trusted the latter part of the week is looking good!

Take Care:)
Anne xx