Sunday, 29 January 2012

A weekend at the shops

Hello angels, hope you are all well and warm on this cold Sunday! The weather really seems to have become a lot chillier over the past few days, I find myself running to the car in the morning and whacking the heating on full as soon as possible! Fingers crossed for snow though, love how pretty everything looks covered in glittery white : )

This weekend has been one of shopping for me, yesterday with best friend Clare and today with hubby. I managed to pick up some very nice bits and pieces which always puts me in a great mood! Hubby also picked up some t-shirts in Zara so he is a happy bunny too.

Today I wore my new Vero Moda dress with a simple black cardi from H & M, my black Red Herring Chelsea boots and my Mulberry.
First purchase, chain print skirt from Topshop £28. I spotted this online a couple of days ago and was glad I found it today. I love the Versace inspired chain print and the cute gold buttons down the front. I plan to wear this now with black tights and in the summer with a vest top tucked in.
Heart dress £34.99 from Mango. I am completely in love with the new collection at Mango and picked up this cute dress today. I have noticed heart print on so many items recently and love the look, probably as it looks very similar to polka dot which is another favourite print of mine. The coral coloured belt adds a pretty touch of colour.
Swallow print dress from Primark £13. For anyone who has not been into Primark recently, my advice would be have a look now! The Spring/Summer drop has begun and is full of pretty printed dresses at very good prices. When the prices are this good, is there any excuse to wear the same things time and time again??! No siree! I love the print on this dress but was wary as I was worried it would look a bit sack-like, however it is actually very fitted and looks great with tights and boots.
Floral print dress £13 Primark. Love the gorgeous blue and oversized bloom print, the dress has a black belt as well which I removed as it wouldn't lie flat in the photo! Love the pleated bodice of the dress too.
This dress was reduced to £5 in Primark! I really bought it for work but will probably wear it at the weekend as well. Love the pretty purply wine colour and sleeves.
Basic style tops from Mango, both reduced to £9.90 each. As I wear a lot of skirts, I bought these tops to be tucked in, the navy will go well with the Topshop chain skirt I thought.
I couldn't resist a bit of Lush! Lush have their Valentines collection in now which is very cute indeed, I picked up this Frog Prince bath bomb and the toad stool bubble bar. Both smell divine, can't wait to use them!
Well that's about everything for today, I am chilling now after my busy shopping weekend, looking forward to another busy week at work but guess what... only 2 weeks til half term!! : ) XOXO

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Something Different

Hello  gorgeous followers, hope everyone is well and happy! I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend too : ) Mine was great, I ran revision on Saturday again (my last Saturday revision and stupidly early start until exam season in June!) then went for my monthly wander around Rochester with co-pilot Clare. We love to take in the quaint little antique and home shops before stopping for a gorgeous lunch in our favourite shop/restaurant! I stayed round Clare's Saturday night and then returned home this morning. Waiting for me were some beautiful Christmas presents from hubby's grandma which I loved and put a huge smile on my face : )

 Later today hubby and I decided to lunch out at Chiquito's which has just opened near our house, there will also be a Nando's soon right next door, by the looks of things today it is very nearly finished, woohoo! We devoured three courses which left us stuffed, so much so that I didn't even want any popcorn when we went to the cinema afterwards! We saw Warhorse which was amazing, I shed a fair few tears as did hubby! ; )

As I like to mix it up from time to time, today's post is a foodie one, a dish that I made recently and enjoyed immensely. Hubby and I both love an Indian takeaway, and I also love making healthy curries in the week too. My recipe for healthy chicken korma comes from my favourite Sally Bee cookbook and is a winner in terms of health and taste.

1) Chop up a range of veg, whatever you fancy and enjoy. I chose green beans, courgette and red pepper.
2) Over a medium heat, heat some olive oil and saute the two onions, a couple of chopped chicken breasts, two crushed cloves of garlic and a peeled and chopped medium apple. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes and then stir in 4 teaspoons of mild curry powder.
3) Add the chopped vegetables to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until the veg start to soften and the chicken has sealed in the spice.
4) Add 300ml of chicken stock to the pan, sultanas (if enjoyed, I left them out because I do not like them), and 2 tablespoons of tomato puree. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes.
5) Just before serving, add some chopped coriander and 4 tablespoons of low-fat creme fraiche or fromage frais to the curry and stir in well. Season with freshly ground black pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes but do not allow to boil.
6) Serve with hot cooked basmati rice, adding one spoon of creme fraiche to each portion as you serve.

Very yummy and healthy too! Well that's about all from me today, I am looking forward to a slightly more laid back week, final GCSE until June is tomorrow morning so things will calm down a tad (for a while anyway!) XOXO

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Outfit of the Night

Hi dolls, hope everyone has had a wonderfully relaxing weekend and perhaps a bit of shopping thrown in! Once again I have not had the chance to blog this week, as predicted in my last blog post, I had a super busy week with a parents evening and revision sessions after school as well as a full days worth of revision this Saturday too! Such is the life of a teacher, especially when exams are just around the corner!

I found the chance to relax yesterday after my revision session, hubby took me out to one of our favourite restaurants, Prezzo, which was really nice. Today I marked the exam papers completed yesterday but also managed to pop to Tesco to pick up some magazines for tonight's relaxation! Anticipating another busy week at work with two exams this week, another Saturday revision day and a final January exam next week! Only four weeks til' half term though... : )

Today's blog post is an outfit of the night from last night when I got the chance to wear my new Mango skirt from last weekends shopping trip.

I wore a simple black top from H & M, my new red Mango skirt, black tights, Red Herring black chelsea style boots, a silver necklace that was a pressie for Christmas and of course my Mulberry bag. I like the way that the bright skirt is the focus of this outfit, I wore it to school one day last week and got lots of compliments : )
Another shot of the outfit with my black Armani exchange coat which I left unbuttoned to keep it a little more casual. The fur collar is cosy and adds a touch of luxe too.
Enjoy your week dolls, I have a feeling I will not be blogging until next weekend again! Need lots of tea and sweeties to get me through the week ahead! : ) XOXO

Sunday, 8 January 2012

January pick-me-ups

Hello Strawberry swirls, hope everyone has had a relaxing weekend! I only returned to work for 2 days this week but was still pretty tired come Friday night. I had a nice lie in Saturday morning and then met up with friends for a curry and catch up which was lovely. Today hubby and I headed to one of my favourite places in the whole world. Bluewater, for some shopping and lunch. Hubby purchased a couple of new pairs of trousers and some boxers, and I treated myself to a few little bits too : )

I wore my new Mango skirt and Zara jumper with my Mulberry bag, silver tassel necklace which was a Christmas pressie from a friend, and my new chelsea boots from Red Herring at Debenhams.
I cannot express how much I love my new boots, and they are so comfy too! : )
I bought this cute Vero Moda dress for £32. Peter pan collars continue to be big this season, and I love the oversized one on this dress, as well as the cute tiny heart print. 
Floral sheer tunic dress from Vero Moda... £5! Someone had left this in the changing room and it was my size so I tried it on when I was trying the other dress on. I love the simple shape and classic styling, plus at £5 in the sale, I couldn't really turn it down! ; )
This is a terrible photo, this Mango skirt is more of a deep red colour than in the picture. This skirt only cost £10.50 in the sale and is the identical shape and structure to the floral one I am wearing in the first picture. I bought it because I love the floral skirt I bought the other day and have worn it to death since I bought it! I thought red would be a good classic choice, and would work well with black tights and boots and my black leather jacket.
Well that's about everything dolls, I have an incredibly busy week coming up including a parent's evening and  a full day of revision organised for my exam groups on Saturday (!) so I'm set for a relaxing evening now to get me geared up for the week ahead! More soon XOXO