Saturday, 7 June 2014

Lisbon - Holiday

Had a fantastic holiday in Lisbon, Portugal, will share some of the highlights in the next few posts!



Monday, 12 May 2014

Hope & Glorious Hen Party

<3 Jen
My wee sister is getting married in less than two weeks! Last weekend we celebrated her hen do. It was quite simply amazing! The day was organised by Hope and Glorious Vintage and they could not have done a better job!
Here I am post makeover - total transformation. Enjoying the delicious afternoon tea.

 They provided a really fun prop box so we could all play dress up

 Each hen had an individual makeover - make up and hair

 Gorgeous Linda playing with the props!

Kirsty chilling with a glass of Fizz post makeover - the wide grin says it all! Everyone was made to feel so special :)

Champagne and strawberries on arrival and
each hen got a little package with a vintage brooch and mirror

Mother of the bride really enjoyed the day! I didn't even get pics of the crafts and games provided - we each made a fascinator and played fun games.

 The wonderful ladies from Hairaid Shelter hard at work - they are so talented

My gorgeous mama after her makeover

Jen in the styling area. Venue was the picture house

Finishing touches ready for the big reveal!

Yowzer what a babe!

Jen enjoying her photo shoot with the very lovely photographer Lara Blake

Hair and make up had true staying power - this was hours later after dinner at Clarice House!

During the day we also had a wonderful afternoon tea served on vintage crockery. This post is already rather photo heavy so I might save the food for another write up ;)
A very special day I will never forget!


Monday, 5 May 2014

Summery dresses

Ilana Kohn
Since spraining my ankle (sob) I've spent a lot of time on pinterest ... oh dear... however I have found some amazing summer dresses
Ilana Kohn
Dusen Dusen

Samantha Pleet

I've been trying to make my own dress patterns in the last few weeks and these dresses have really inspired me to make a similar pattern with a fitted vest and loose midi length skirt.
My pinterest board with more beauties like these can be found here



Monday, 28 April 2014

Delicious breakfast - French Toast Crumpets

Picture credit

This weekend whilst staying with friends in Brighton I had the most delicious breakfast. Apparently it is a family favourite so I thought I would share the recipe here!

2 crumpets per person
1 egg per person
splash of milk
pinch cinnamon
dried chilli flakes
maple syrup
*optional smoked bacon (not for me I'm vegetarian!)*

Just like making eggy bread whisk up the eggs, milk with a pinch of dried chilli flakes and cinnamon. Soak the crumpets in the chilli egg mixture and then cook them for a few minutes on each side til golden. Serve with cooked smoked bacon or as is with a little drizzle of maple syrup.

Sooo good I want to eat them everyday!



Sunday, 27 April 2014

& other stories

Hope you're having a good weekend! I've been down to Brighton - it was wonderful! On the way home I stumbled across & other stories whilst doing a bit of mobile web browsing.
Here are some of my favourite things on the site at the moment:

 Pointy flats - come in three colours (grey and orange) but I think I like the black ones best
 Knitted leather shoulder bag
A zesty pouch to keep your handbag in order
Lovely white maxi lawn dress

Better get saving my pennies!!


Thursday, 17 April 2014


I've been slowly decorating our rented's a few little peeks
 Pretty baskets and plants in the kitchen
This framed card I bought from the shop in the Royal Exchange in Manchester
 Made these pom poms with my sisters when it was my birthday last month and I can't take them down!
 This plant is growing well here
 My little sister Jen made this awesome pin board for our kitchen - poster is from my trip to Paris
 This is a poster I picked up at Oklahoma in Manchester in a lack Ikea frame
 Recycled wool throw from the gift shop at Tatton Park and a cushion I made from an old H&M dress
 Cards and wool on the old map chest I salvaged from a skip and painted cream
 Little birds everywhere! Painting behind is by Tom's Dad Paul Mills
 Old London transport posters from my Grandparents house
 Little metal duck! and Tinga tinga paintings from my trip to Tanzania live on the mantle
 My grandmother's blue pots with little dried flowers

Really looking forward to getting on with the garden this bank holiday weekend :)