What I am grateful for

Today has been a bit of a down day so in the true boosting spirit I wanted  to praise what I am grateful for.

1. I live in a beautiful city, Bath.

2. I have some great friends. Especially my friend Laura who made me feel better in bad times today.

3. I am doing a brilliant course Blogging Your Way 2.0 which makes me feel whole. Thanks  Holly Becker xo

4. This gorgeous fawn I bought yesterday as Frome’s Artisan’s Market

All this, life’s not that bad :)

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A visit to Kinsale: Part three

Jeez Louise…it’s taken me quite a while to get back to talking about the special trip i’ve just taken to Kinsale so here we are.

As mentioned in A visit to Kinsale: Part one I found myself taking a trip to Ireland for the wedding of two gorgeous friends, Antonia & Ben.

The trip started as it should…

 

and was just the most glorious celebration of all things love which I adored.

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The church – St Multose

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Canapés at the wedding breakfast with the lovely Tracey.

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Gorgeous button holes

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Nom nom…beef

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The beautiful bride and groom

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A glass of fizz, don’t mind if I do

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Aaaaaaah the best cure for a hangover #BloodyMarywithHorseradish :)

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…and fresh Dublin shellfish

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Phew what a weekend. So special and such a wonderful trip.

xoxo

Lipstick & cake…oh and a puddle

I just had to show you two of my new best things today.

I’ve always wanted to be a lipstick wearer, and guess what? Now I am.

This gorgeous colour is Flirt Alert by Benefit. Isn’t it sumptuous. I’ve tried on a few red but this so far is the best. Do you like lipstick?

I think it really MAKES an outfit.

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Before I went away I made @pedromadd a delicious cake. He loves a good Lemon Drizzle and as he was kindly taking care of my beloved fur child @HollySpeaks I thought I would. He said he thought it was most delish (I think he was telling the truth) but with all such things, I thought, I can do better!

So this morning I decided to do just that and aided but the fluffy companion we made some top notch Lemon Driz buns. I hope he likes them…if not I can always make more!

I was recommended the recipe from BBC GoodFood by @Sam_Book she loves a good bake off! Thanks Sambo.

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Did you know when I was away PJ started his own blog? I’m so proud :)

It’s called Pedromadd’s Blog and it’s all about his adventures after a hard day working for Her Maj.

Oooh the other thing I forgot was this cute puddle I saw at Bristol Airport. It really made me chuckle!!

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What are your favourite things? I’d love to see your blog. Or leave me a comment.

xoxo

A visit to Kinsale: Part Two

A girl loves a good pamper! We have spent the pre-wedding day making ourselves look pretty.

Babs nails look stunning in Jessica: Day Tripper electric orange

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Naomi looks lush is Accessorize: Metal blue Aqua Marine

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I wasn’t that pleased with my nails (Nails Inc Victoria) so I haven’t shown it in the pic. Sorry about that.

A visit to Kinsale: Part One

We have come to Ireland. Kinsale, Co Cork to be exact. Oysterhaven to be even more exact.

Ten years ago Antonia Keith-Welsh and Benjamin David Coggins fell in love over a portion of cheesy chips at Yeovil College and now they are getting married. Lush isn’t it. They are two of the loveliest people I’ve ever met and I love them dearly, so here we are to celebrate their nuptials.

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First morning outside my window…WOW

We arrived late last night after a delayed flight and a little bit of a drive. It was pitch black when we moved into our cottage so it was a lovely surprise to open the curtains this morning.

Oysterhaven is stunning. Have you been? You really must.

First thing this morning we popped to see A & B down in Kinsale. They have a day of preparation and picking up suits and stuff but it was nice to have a cup of tea with them.

Then we went to The Milk Market for a spot of brekkie.

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Eggs Benedictine with sausage anyone?

Today we girls are spending the day doing some pampering so it was back to our cottage for some buffing, tanning and polishing.

First a spot or cake – coconut milk chocolate cake. Welllll, I am on holibobs :)

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Stayed tuned for more Kinsale news…

There is a real vintage/kooky feel in town and I’ve already spotted a cool chazzer shop.

xoxo

Forget shabby chic, homespun style is here!

Did you watch BBC’s The Apprentice last week? I know a lot of you do as I saw the painful cries on Twitter.

The task set by Lord Sugar was to create a vintage pop-up shop from which to sell furniture and paraphernalia scavenged from junk shops. Wow, what an episode. As a lover of upcycling myself I watched with horror and downright disbelief as the two teams bought what they considered to be vintage with the idea to make it worthy to be sold again – 1980’s wrought iron chairs? Really?

Lord Sugar – “you’re fired”

The thing that got me, and gets me all the time is the mindless craze for Shabby Chic and what we consider it to be. Don’t get me wrong, I too have slapped a pot of Farrow & Ball on an old dressing table or two, but not once did I think I was particularly talented. I am no die hard follower of fashion either but I do like to be surrounded by stuff that I like. The craze for Shabby Chic has not helped the likes of me who loves a good scavenge in a charity shop or car boot sale with huge price tags being put on anything that looks pre 1990 and has some wear and tear.

What’s so good about pasty, cream and off white painted objects anyway? I was so bored of seeing them wherever I went so I was DELIGHTED to discover super stylist Selina Lake had written another great book, this time all about the bright and the beautiful!

Move over shabby chic – hello Homespun Style!

Homespun Style by Selina Lake is the most exciting book launch of 2012 #justsaying

Packed full of colour, quirky items and beauty, this book is just what I had been waiting for. The whole feeling of the book is light and so far removed from what has gone before it makes me say **YES** this is what we’ve been waiting for.

Last Friday my crafty pals and I were lucky enough to go up to the Homespun Style book launch in Shoreditch and it what a total pleasure that was.

Not only did we get to meet the gorgeous gal herself but the place was crammed with some of the loveliest craft stalls around. Did I say there were cakes? Yes, lots of lovely cakes too.

Super cute cup cake

Oh, and what’s this! I spotted my fav birdies from Abigail Brown.

Ooh and the first people there could get one of our Mollie Makes goodie bags!

(Pic as seen on Selina’s blog)

So what do you think of Homespun Style? Does it float your boat?

I was very pleased to see it had found it’s way into the hands of one of my favourite bloggers Pip from Meet Me at Mikes. This book is totally up her style street!

Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you xoxo