The weather was kind to us this Easter weekend. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling very good on Friday or Saturday. So, I was delighted to wake up feeling perky on Sunday morning. The plan was to visit Mum for Easter & have a little family fun. We were down two siblings (my darling older brothers), but we still managed to tease the life out of each other. Mum made us some yummy lunch, spoiled us with Easter presents, we all munched some chocolate & had a carry on with Mum’s dogs. It was a lovely day.
D’artagne really wants that tea. His beautiful Mummy, Coco.
We decided just to get Mum a wee egg this year.
On the way home my sis was seeking a cool spot for some blog photographs when I remembered that Mum’s village had a little castle ruin. I wasn’t planning to do any outfit pictures as I wasn’t looking my best, but with such a perfect location, I couldn’t resist. Whilst Lauren & I got busy striking poses, Billy had a little climb.
Excuse my big fat thumb.
The castle made a captivating backdrop. I am beginning to think I missed my calling as fashion photographer.
Dress – Asos Curve
Belt – Simply Be
Shoes – Primark
This dress has the honour of being the only item in my wardrobe that requires ironing. Which proves how much I like it as I really don’t do ironing. The colour works so well with ginger locks & with a belt to cinch my waist it gives me a rather nice shape.
Wamdue Project King of My Castle
My sister blogs at Living in a boxx where you can admire her style & my photographic skills.
oh & just for Jenna,
I was rearranging some shoes earlier & inspiration struck. Since I am still looking rough, I could do a little shoe post. I have rather a lot of shoes, so I might make this a regular thing. We shall see.
I have a definite weakness for striking heels. I actually don’t really wear them that often these days, but that doesn’t stop me buying them. It’s always nice to have the perfect shoe lurking in your wardrobe for any special event. I have a particular love for weird shoes. Anything outrageous is bound to catch my eye. Hence, my favoured show brand has got to be irregular choice. They’ve become more popular recently, but I have been buying them for a long time & remain a faithful customer.
I bought these beauties about 7 yrs ago. I still adore them. They have a smaller heel than I would usually go for, but they shape of the heel prevents them from looking frumpy (which incidentally is what my mum calls me). They also came in very handy when I was dating a man on the short side. I basically find everything about these shoes fabulous. The colours, the print & especially the quirky toes are immensely pleasing. Sadly, Irregular Choice seems to have to ceased making designs with this toe. I’m so pleased I snapped these up when they were available. With the small heel they’re super comfortable & easy to wear whilst still just high enough to give me a nice wee wiggle.
I had completely forgotten I had these gorgeous shoes. I believe I have only worn them once, but now that I have rediscovered them, I can’t wait to break them out. These heels are higher & sexier, though not quite as unique. Purple & gold are a somewhat regal combination. These shoes definitely make a statement.
Lastly, I said this was going to be a shoe post, but during my rearranging I also stumbled upon this forgotten gem. I think its intended purpose might have been a lunch box, but I’ve pressganged into use a handbag. You really can’t go wrong with a beatley accessory.
The sex is in the heel Cyndi Lauper
Since I mostly feel awful & look worse I thought I would do a few different posts. With that I mind, I have decided to share one of my yummy soup recipes. I love making soup because it’s so easy & yet so satisfying. It’s also something my stomach can handle when it’s misbehaving. This is one of favourite winter warmer type soups. I know winter is technically over, but it’s still pretty damn cold in Glasgow, so hot soup is always good.
Sweet potato & Carrot soup
5 medium sized sweet potatoes
3 large carrots
I tin chopped tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
Half red onion
Fresh basil (to taste)
Fresh chive (to taste)
2 vegetable stock cubes
Chop sweet potato & carrot, spread evenly on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, I use a big glug, but it really is up to you how much you like. Sprinkle with fresh chive (again as much as suits your taste) & place in oven.
Cook for 35/40 mins at gas mark 6/ 200
Finely chop the onion & crush the garlic. Brown both in a pan with a little olive oil. Add stock (approx. a pint) & tomatoes. Simmer on low heat for around 10 mins.
Add roasted veg, as much basil as you like & simmer on medium heat for 45mins.
Season with salt & pepper if you prefer (I hate the stuff).
I much prefer smooth soups, so I blend mine with a little hand mixer. If you are fond of a more rustic soup just make sure you chop the veg nice & small.
The perfect accompaniment to any soup has got to my delicious savoury muffins.
2cups self-raisin flour
80g butter, melted, cooled
1 cup of milk
100g of favored cheese (I use a medium cheddar)
50g of whichever veg you fancy (broccoli is my no1 choice)
Preheat oven gas mark 6/200.
Sift flour into a large bowl. Pour butter, egg & milk into a jug& combine. Make a well in centre of flour & pour mixture in. Stir until almost combined. Fold in cheese & veg.
Spoon mixture into muffin cases & place in muffin tray. Bake at same temperature for 20 minutes.
I may go off on a completely different tangent tomorrow. I bet you can’t wait.
Ohio Express Yummy Yummy Yummy
I’ve been ill all week & feeling pretty awful. My outfits have mostly consisted of jammies & those don’t make for a very exciting post. On Saturday I was feeling a little better & ventured out for a couple of hours with my wee sis. If you only know from this blog, it probably seems like Lauren is the only person I ever see. I do actually have friends and a social life. My sister just happens to be my go to photographer & as if take a lot of her pictures too she often features in my blog outings.
This week we just had a quick look in forever 21 as I am desperate to find the perfect biker jacket. I thought my prayers had been answered when I discovered my ideal biker on sale at ASOS. Frustratingly after I ordered it they emailed to say it was out of stock. The search continues.
As you have probably noticed I like colour. This dress is a firm favourite mainly because of its fabulous purple hue. It also happens to be very easy to wear and this week that was definitely a consideration. I never wear one colour when I can wear three, so I added some blue in the form of flats & vest. A splash of red rounded of the outfit.
Scarf – gft
Dress – Autograph for M&S
Cardigan – Monsoon
Vest – H&M
Shoes – Primark
This little guy is called Bronan & he has been taking good care of his sick mum.
I had a very busy weekend & a fairly packed week, so a little retail therapy was required to unwind. As usual, when I am out to buy, I can find nothing I really want. So after an almost failed wander around the shops (I did pick up a pair of cute blue flats) I decided to bury my disappointment in a yummy dinner. My only hurdle was convincing my darling sister to indulge in a calorie laden dinner, but turns out she didn’t take much persuading. Belly full, I returned home & had a wee look online. ASOS came to the rescue once again, with a gorgeous leather look biker jacket & cute lace skater dress on sale with 60% off. With both my shopping & food cravings satisfied I popped off to bed content.
Of course we managed to squeeze in a little photo shoot before heading home. This week we got all posey in a car park. We are so glamorous. We had an audience this week which is always amusing. I wonder what folks think we’re taking all these pictures for.
This outfit was a recycled from Sunday as I was too lazy to put anything else together. I’ve had this dress for years; I go through cycles of loving and then hating it. It is currently back in favour. I do like a wrap dress, but think you have to be a wee bit careful as they can easily look a bit mumsy. I funked it up with my most favourite leggings. They’re woolly & warm whilst also being beautiful. I don’t think I’ll get another winter out of them, which makes me very sad. If anyone has seen any similar anywhere, please let me know!
Dress – H&M
Leggings – H&M
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