Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Homestyle:Sparkle and Shine....

We are nearly on the home run now into Christmas week and I am sure everyone is in the midst of preparations with decorating the house and present buying/wrapping in full swing!

If not and you are looking for some quick ideas just add a little glitter and sparkle to update everything and it instantly brings a lovely Christmas feeling to any room:)

Love the idea above of putting glue on branches and twigs then add any colour glitter you like to tone in with your decor!

Fairy lights are just the best and can be wrapped around anything you like! 
Wish I owned that mirror above:)

Candles and flowers are so versatile and so simple to make interesting by filling the vases with glitter or baubles! 

Love this idea and one I might steal for a holiday table setting:)

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If all else fails just add in some sparkly cushions and a cosy throw for instant style and glitz!

Hope you are all having a good week and getting through the Christmas prep with ease:)

Take Care!
Anne xx

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A few random bits....

Hello:) Hope you are all well! I am sure everyone is getting so busy now and I never anticipate correctly how fast this run up to Christmas goes! At least I have made a big dent in the decor this weekend, starting with the sunroom:) 

We always put up two artificial trees in the house but this year I decided I wanted a real tree for the sunroom:) Laura and I brought it home on Sunday and if 
the dog leaves it alone all will be fine!
It is still looking  a bit bare around the end for that reason!! I still have to do the main tree in the living room today.

On the clothes front I am not having much luck at all at the minute! I ordered a lovely Jaeger camel coatigan from Brand Alley! I waited 3 weeks for it to come and adored it when I put it on! Then I looked at the sleeve and discovered a massive tear so back it had to go straight away!
 I now have to wait 15 days for a refund....I am not happy!!

I am still looking for faux leather jeans/jeggings. I had high hopes for this pair  from H&M as they looked great on the hanger, but they were just a bit too baggy on top for me. 

Now there is a reason I'm a bit behind with everything this year! The truth of the matter is I haven't been well at all! My son and I are on a wheat, gluten and dairy free diet at the moment! He has been officially diagnosed with major food intolerances and although I haven't had the test done myself yet, the nutritionist suspects I have the same!
I have to wait until January because I need to put all the crap back into my body so they can detect what it is and I am not risking being so sick for Christmas!
The constant pain in my stomach was getting worse so I cut out all the above and thank god I have improved a bit this week:) It is just a minefield trying to read every label on jars and get enough calories into your body, especially for my son! I feel so sorry for him as he has an eczema type rash as well! 
I have found some fab blogs with some great recipes so we are trying out loads of new ideas and testing different ways of cooking and baking! At the moment our favourites are coconut flour and mik:) There are worse things that could happen in life and at least this can be maintained!

All is well though I found these lovely mince pies in the health shop for us yesterday and we had them last night! 
So far so good! Now I need to hunt down some good raw chocolate bars! He can't have nuts,soya or yeast either! Not an easy task:(

Hope you all have a good week:)
Take care!
Anne xx

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Homestyle: Winter decor inspiration.....

 I'm a bit slow to get into the real spirit of Christmas decorating this year and I am always afraid I will tire of them too easy if they are all up too long. I am also waiting on new sunroom blinds which are not appearing and I'm afraid this may hold the whole thing up if they don't come soon! 

I love looking at all the inspiration though and planning on what I am going to do!
I prefer simple decorating and kept it very much this way last year!
 I think with our new puppy addition this year there won't be too much left lying low or they will be chewed to pieces.

These are a few of my favourite inspiration photos from Pinterest for this year:)

I love the soft glow through the lanterns surrounded with simple decor here.

I might try this on my old hurricane vase....

I will be dividing up a faux white flower bouquet into small vases for my table this year....I just love white flowers.

Love the use of old outdoor items for a porch or back door festive display....

These are a few new additions to my Christmas decor I picked up today whilst out shopping. They are all cheap and cheerful bits from Penneys/Primark.

Stag cushion €6
heart lantern €8
Battery star lights €4

Hope you all have a lovely week and a good start to December:)
Take Care!
Anne xx

Friday, 28 November 2014

Review: The #24hSoft Challenge with Playtex Tights....

I was recently contacted to know would I like to take part in a blogger challenge in collaboration with Playtex tights:) The main reason was to try out their new 24H soft range of tights. The idea was to wear them round the clock or from morning till night.

I actually wore mine for 14 hours but thought wearing them to bed would be a bit too much! I like my feet to be free at night!! lol

I was testing the 24hsoft 40D semi opaque style. The first thing that struck me when I opened the packet was how soft and silky they felt! I also loved the delicate scalloped detail on the band! I knew straight away when I pulled them up that they were going to feel good! 
There was no tight feel to them and they fitted me just right above the hips.The stretchy soft fabric on the band holds you in perfectly at the waist without squeezing the living daylights out of you!

One major thing that always put me off wearing tights is the way they sag at the crotch and tend to feel as if they are going to fall down every time you move or bend over for something! None of that happened with these:)

I had them on for my morning of school drop off, a run to the bank and then the other shops for various bits and pieces. Back home and I sat down for a quick cup of coffee before sorting lunch and catching up on emails!

I chose this poncho and skirt combo as I knew it would be a comfortable outfit to leave on most of the day with the tights.

By evening as I am the chief dog walker with Sarah, I had to do a quick boot change, put on my wax jacket and scarf and off we went.... mind you a tad more dressed up than I normally would be on the evening dog run!

When I got home I took off the skirt and changed into my sweater tunic, leaving the tights on for a night on the couch! I didn't take them off till bedtime at 11, so they were on for quite a long time.

I can honestly say they are lovely tights!I would highly recommend them especially with the holiday period just around the corner and I'm looking forward immensely to wearing some of the other styles in my gift pack that Playtex kindly sent me. 

The tights are on sale at Next and the price range is from £7-£12.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Style Inspiration: A few festive outfit ideas....

There is no denying now that Christmas is just around the corner! I always try to sort my outfits early on because the last two weeks are just so busy with presents and food ideas! I have had a good wardrobe clearout this year and I have found lots of things I could mix and match, so I actually don't need to buy a whole lot of new clothes at all. My main purchases will be a nice sweater and maybe a pair of faux leather jeans if I can get a style I like:) 

 Here are a few simple ideas I love: 
A fancy embellished top/sweater is great to wear with a skirt, cullottes or your regular jeans/coated skinnies. Dress up or down or keep it simple depending on how much bling you like to add:)
I  love these two tops from Zara. I have already bought a dusky pink top similar to the one below which may be a contender for Christmas day if I don't see another one I like in the meantime.

If you do prefer a dress I think a simple light shift dress would be the way to go. I bought dresses with heavier material other years and roasted in them whilst basting the turkey and trying to manage all manner of pots on the cooker! 

I love the simple laid back style here.....this would be a very easy outfit to wear on Christmas day. You could also add a lovely necklace for evening festivities
 when all the hard cooking work is done!

There are so many lovely pieces of jewellery available at this time of year and they actually do transform any outfit fron drab to fab in minutes! Simple coloured tops are the way to go when wearing these blingy pieces and I have a plain black one already bought from Warehouse which will come in very handy over the Christmas period:)

As always a touch of fur as in a vest /short jacket or a lovely cosy scarf are great pieces to have on hand for stepping out on Christmas morning. 

They look so warm and festive at this time of year!

Hope you are all having a good week:) I did visit Kildare Village with the girls at the weekend! It really put me in the Christmas spirit with all the twinkly lights and decor!
 I have to go back and do a sneaky shop on my own though as there were too many eyes about! The new Kate Spade shop is just beautiful:)

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Style Inspiration:Warm knits and knee high boots....

The mornings seem to be getting a lot more bleak and wintery here. The fog was absolutely awful earlier today but it has lifted a little now and hopefully the sun will come out again for the afternoon:)

On these kind of mornings, I love to layer up my cosy knits.Today I pulled out this warm grey sweater over my black Zara jeggings.I bought these last Christmas and they are great for wearing with the longer style sweaters and tunics! 

This coatigan was also a fab buy from Tesco F&F range last A/W and I am always asked where it is from, as it looks and feels way more expensive than what I paid for it at the time.

I didn't add a scarf but on much colder days I will wear my fur snood or one of the big blanket scarves with this outfit. I finished the look with knee high suede boots and my black leather hobo bag.

Grey sweater/H&M(old) similar available this season
Coatigan/F&f@Tesco A/W 13
Black Jeggings/Zara
Suede Boots/LKBennett
Black Leather Hobo Bag/Ralph Lauren

Hope you are all having a good week:) I am out for a few drinks this evening with friends and we are also going to see James Blunt in concert at the 3Arena .It should be a fun night:)

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Homestyle: Winter planting....

The garden can often look so bare after a long warm summer and nothing cheers you up more than looking out at some beautiful plant displays! It really lifts the mood even on the cloudiest of days! 
However I do think with some clever planting and grouping of colours and styles, the winter garden can look just as lovely as in other seasons.

Here are a few of my favourite garden ideas....

I love evergreens and I think it is the simplicity of the silver planters above which are the main attraction here...

If you are after immediate colour and impact a large statement plant in a tub should do the trick! Place by a door with some fairy lights to further enhance your patio area:)

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As always hanging baskets, filled with seasonal plants look lovely on sheds and walls to lift a drab  area....

A friend of mine brought over this lovely berry plant yesterday which cheered me up on a grey Monday here and also inspired me to take a look at some other lovely ideas for the post!

Hope you all have a good week:)
Take Care,
Anne xx