My desk chair needs a makeover.

As much as I would love a new office chair, which rotates, and reclines, I am instead using an old dinning chair. A chair in which needs more then a bit of touching up. So I have done what any sane person does when looking for ideas for a new project…I have spent about 4 hours on pinterest.

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I love this look with just a block of colour to be seen, the only issue is my chair is a dark navy blue, and sanding it might not get the best outcome. Can’t find the source for this so you know the drill.

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Wedding Wednesday’s: The dreaded diet / 13

So I think it’s a given every women wants to look beautiful for their big day, so diets are  a right of passage right? I am falling into the wedding woe of dieting already. Even the thought of going near a dress shop has me more then a little bit worried. So why do we feel that for this day in particular we need to loose the weight? I mean come on, I have been trying to loose weight for 2/3 of my life, im still on the chunky side, but its already set in my mind and others that I need to look good on the big day.

So I have been browsing the diets which surround wedding days. I tell you the diet market for weddings must be the biggest. I came across some horrific sayings too. This one was the worst.

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I am sorry but is that not horrific?? It actually gave me shudders. Loose weight for yourself, or your health but not because the media tell you too, or because the wedding industry promote skinny brides live happier ever after….

Sorry I’m ranting, Wedding Wednesday’s are meant to be happy plans. So I will leave it there, and end with some lovely pictures of brides of all shapes and sizes.

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Weekend Antics, hotel stay, family and a trip to Worcester

I am actually writing this on Sunday. I know what your thinking, my oh my aren’t you organised.Well yes yes I am. Chilling in a cute bed and breakfast after a day with family and lots of cuddles with my nieces and nephew!

I have to say I do love a good hotel stay. The crisp sheets, the biscuits and bed chocolate, free coffee and tea, we even have shampoo and a bottle of water..but anyway we have a few pictures from the weekend.

 

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The place we stayed was a lovely little bed and breakfast, with big windows. Was lovely. Even for the night it’s sometimes nice to stay somewhere else.

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We had a little get together before my Uncle’s funeral, was nice seeing family, and was a lovely date despite the sad times that brought us all together! Here is my brother and Richard chilling with my Gran. Her room is filled to the brim with pictures. She has some serious gallery wall amazement going on. But she was in good spirits, and I have to say, I really like this photo, even though it was taken on my phone the sun light and family sat together is lovely.

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Skinny FIsh & Chips

Ok so this a recipe I have taken from the Slimming World repertoire but I thought I’d try it out…

 

Ok So what you need is:

700g Large Potatoes, peeled cut into chip like shape

Low calorie cooking spray

4 x think skinless fish fillets. (cod,haddock or halibut)

100g stale wholemeal breadcrumbs. (this bit is important mine slightly failed due to me half-assing this bit).

1 tsp garlic powder

2 eggs beaten lightly

ok so peel and cut your potatoes and put them into pan of boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes.

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Preheat your oven to 240°C/Fan 220°C/Gas 9.

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After they have cooked for 3-4 minutes, drain them well and place on a kitchen paper and leave to dry for 10 minutes.

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Put in a roasting pan and spray with cooking oil and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally

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Season your fillets, and make your breadcrumbs. I did this part horribly..and ended up trying to use ryvita..I also add some garlic powder to season. All in all it tasted ok, but not as much coverage as I wanted.

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Dip your fillet into the egg, and get it all covered and stuff… then dip it into the bread crumbs/slash ryvita mix thing.

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haha ta da!! Ok so I fried the fillet in low calorie cooking oil, then put it in the oven. If you just do it it in the oven place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Garnish with some lemon and tar tar sauce. (this bit isn’t skinny though).

 

So it looked like a bit of a disater but it tasted pretty good. Just imagine how good it would have been had I done the breadcrumbs bit properly.



#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso book review

 

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Ok so this book is seriously awesome. So awesome I read it in a couple of days! So awesome that maybe it’s the reason why I am deciding to get a fringe after wanting one for like 5 years+. It’s a big step bangs you know! But back to the book

It’s inspiring, its funny, it relates to all the slightly awkward women out there. I remember having a favourite pair of purple and black cords, and liking Bowie..being a little weird when I was in my teens, but this book empowers that. Sophia Amoruso is beautiful inside and out, she’s edgy and she’s different. Her writing style fits right in with the Nasty Gal brand, and why wouldn’t it? She created this business from just her to a multi million company. With no debt and no financial or business plan. Her wits and attention to detail did it all.

I feel like today having a degree is a big deal and becoming the norm, and I remember my rant on degree’s I had earlier this year.. but Amoruso proves sometimes it’s not about your education, but just hard work and the want to be successful at something and the fight to survive. With tips on CV’s, branding yourself and even getting fired.  She cut’s to the point but keeps it funny.

With inspiring quotes, to die for illustrations and photos and other #Girlboss stories and advice, it’s just full of amazement.

She is crazy inspiring and if you have your own business or hey just want a good read go get it. I promise it won’t let you down and you will learn all about the OCD over the BLT.



Wedding Wednesday’s: Simple DIY Bridesmaid Notebook / 12

So I have a simple DIY project today which could be a cute idea as a present for your Bridesmaid’s or a gift for your maid of honour during the planning stages!! So remember when I did the paper-cutting workshop, well I have been practicing, and I am still rubbish but I had an idea for a cute notebook.

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Ok so the papercutting isn’t essential. You could just get some pretty paper and use that as your cover.

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So I designed a quick stencil like thing. The thing to remember is your cutting the white bits. So I found an interesting font, and gave it a box outline where the letters reach the outline box. So you don’t end up with a massive square cut out.. And make sure you flip it. otherwise when you turn it over it will be backwards. A tip we were given during the workshop was, make sure you always use a sharp blade and do the little sections first.

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Looking for a new hair style…

Ok so as I am typing this I am recovering from doing an egg wash on my hair…yep! I just beated 2 eggs and massaged it into my hair. Apparently the proteins stimulate growth, though you are meant to keep in on for 30 minutes, I lasted 5. They don’t tell you that it will run down your face, and all your be able to smell is egg, with it sticking to you face…wasn’t nice. I think I’ll try the olive oil one next week…see how I get on with that. With this in mind I am now sitting in my office in yoga pants and a hoody. Cold and regretting the egg wash…I am pretty sure I still smell egg and I washed my hair twice.

 

I have never been a girly girl. I like clothes, I used have a really bizarre dress sense. The brighter and more clash the better, I still enjoy buying the more abstract pieces but it has toned down a little. But when it came to beauty and make-up even jewellery sometimes, I’ve always missed that step. I have some beautiful pieces, big necklaces, statement earrings, wacky bracelets, but I wear them once or twice a month if that. Bad isn’t it. Make up? I love lipstick, but even that I’ll only wear maybe once a week. I am too lazy really.

I remember once in college one of my close guy friends said to me, and this is no lie. Why don’t you try making an effort with your clothes and make-up just for a week and you might get some attention or it might cheer you up if you actually look nice in what you wear. Back in college I was 16, heavily into Bowie, and I wore baggy jeans and layered tops. I did photography and textiles, so I wore clothes that I could get messy in, plus I have this motto that I like dressing up for evening outs and such, because you would have that wow moment like oh my you actually do have lashes…. Needless to say me and that guy are no longer friends, he turned out to be a bit of a dick..shocking right?

Lets be logical, I spend most my time cooped up in my office working, apart from seeing the guy in the corner shop where I get my weekly fixes…alcohol..kidding its penny sweets. I don’t see a lot of people. Yeah if I go out to London i’ll put on some lippy, but like I said I can be pretty lazy. My nails are always chipped, my hair’s a mess..it’s kind of annoying. I am annoying myself how lazy I can get. haha. But I think I envy people who can do great subtle make-up and look pretty and fresh. I always look a bit blah in pictures.

So anyway my hair has taken a backseat for the last year or so, yeah i’ve had a short hair cut recently, twice if I am honest and deep down, I don’t think I like it until it gets to my shoulder, thats a good length I think. Anyway I haven’t dyed my hair in 3 years…crazy I know…but I am considering a whole new look, I am trying to run a business no matter how small and I think I need a new look. I am re-brading at the moment which is a slow but fun process so why not do something with me. I have joined slimming world, lost 9 pounds altogether now, so time to fix the exterior, but need your help okies??

So my hair is pretty thin, hence the egg treatment. It’s my own fault, Im a twiddler. I twiddle my hair especially if stressed and tired…which has been a lot recently…I am trying to stop, Richard is on smack duty, he keeps smacking my hand away from my head…haha! But anyway I digress…I have thin hair, and a chubby face, feel like this isn’t a good combo..but anyway here are some of the looks I like the look of. I am kind of thinking a fringe, I haven’t had a blunt fringe since I was young…hmm

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Firstly I love this women, I recently read her book…maybe thats the reason behind me wanting a make over? But it’s an awesome book and i’ll do a review next week sometime on it.Anyway this is Sophia Amoruso, and her book is called #Girl Boss. You may know her as the creator of Nasty Gal.

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Weekend Antics: London, Burgers and eggs in a shot glass.

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So went to London and met up with my sister and Steph, was a good day  though these beauts didn’t bring a coat so had to buy jackets, I mean honestly who goes to London without a coat…when it’s forecasted to rain..I look a wee bit evil in this picture but let it be known, it had rained a lot (hence frizzy up hair) and I was tired…so tired. No matter how often I go to London, by the end of the day my feet hurt and I am exhausted!! We got some lego, ate a lot of food, Steph got her foot run over by a mobility scooter, and made some very un PC comments.. ( I was shhh them constantly!) But she’s fine, her trainers were worst off then her foot.

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We ended up in Westfields at Stratford and met Richard after work, I was hinting looking at the flowers…nothing haha!

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Was pretty tempted to buy myself some flowers, those large pink ones look amazing!

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Weekend Antics, slightly delayed

So I waited a few days to do this post, just so everyone was ‘ready’. So this weekend was full of emotions, stress and mine and Richards time not being our own. I went back home to an empty house because my poor uncle was sick and my mum and dad were down there with him. It’s crazy, i’ve lived in that house for 20+ years, but could I find how to put the heating on? nope, thankfully Richard has good logic and found it.

 

Anyway we had some ups and downs this weekend. An up? My brother Simon and his partner Mel gave birth to a beautiful boy, Finley. We got to have the first cuddles of the siblings, which is nice as normally I miss that. we quickly rushed up on Sunday evening before we left for Essex, for a quick hello. He’s so adorable it’s crazy! I also got to see my lovely nieces, which is always eventful, but my they are cute.

We went to a family reunion and I met 20+ relatives for the first time, but we saw some family members I haven’t seen in ages, so although my mum wasn’t there, it was fun, plus eventful.

I didn’t see my mum the whole weekend, which is crazy because I always see her when I go home…she was with my uncle, who sadly died early hours of Tuesday. We were meant to go see my mum while she was with him, but dad suggested we didn’t. So this is for my uncle Charlie. We miss you.

But I don’t want to leave it on this sad note, so here are a coupe of pictures of our new nephew and a big congratulations to Si and Mel. It was a long haul, but they both did brilliantly!

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Adorable isn’t he!!

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Wedding Wednesday’s: Alternative Wedding Cakes / 11

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As continued from last week I am still on my cake adventure looking at different options, so these are the more out of the box choices. So above we just have tons of different pies. There’s an option for everyone. This could be fun, like a bakery, having different cake options. This is from Bridal Musings.  You could even put a request line on the invite, there add up the favourites..

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Who doesn’t love doughnuts. and with a cake tier on top, you get the best of both worlds. I love the blue icing with the yellow petals too!! This is from Wedding Wire.  Different fillings could be fun, maybe try and create your own bespoke filling?

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I am loving how this looks, floating tiers instead of stacked tiers…plus cheesecake?? This is from So Feminine. 

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