Under the sea…

Last night I treated my darling Billy to tres yummy dinner at Cote. We indulged ourselves with all three courses & it was delicious. We also took the opportunity to have thorough gripe about all that is wrong out worlds. Well, the French are famous for being bitchy, right?  

 I went for a colourful cute look with plenty of room to accommodate my jam packed tum. I had been saving this mermaidy t shirt for sunny days, but it has become clear that summer ain’t happening, so I just layered it up. 

  
T-Shirt – AsosCurve

Treggings – AsosCurve

Earrings – Forever21

I have managed to stand in a serious of unflattering poses in the pictures, so I’ve been forced to opt for the best of a bad bunch. I really did look cuter than this, you’ll have to take my word for it!

Check out my full review in The Swag Guide.

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And they’ll come true, impossible not to do…

I was inspired by my darling sister’s 35 before 35 post to get some goals down in black & white. However, as I’m only 3 months from the mid 30’s point I had to raise the age bar. So, here it is, the 40 things I really must get done before I enter middle age.

1 Finish my tattoo collection. I have three more designs that need to get out of my head & onto my body. 

2 Develop my stigma fighting business plan.

3 Have babies.

4 Take a ride in a hot air balloon. 

  
5 Learn to drive. Yes, I am a 34yr old woman who is terrified of driving.

6 Buy all the Irregular Choice shoes.

  
7 Rescue animals from factory farming.

8 Perform in a burlesque show. Chorus line would cool.

9 Visit Jenna in Philadelphia.

10 Master Japenese cooking. I need to know I can have yasai gyoza whenever I feel the urge.

11 Visit Tagalooma with Athena.

12 Adopt a retired greyhound.

13 Lots & lots of surface piercings.

14 Execute the cutest pregnancy announcement ever.

15 Cook Xmas dinner for my entire family.

16 Take a break in one of those beach huts on stilts in the ocean. 

  
17 Write for Skorch.

18 Mix my own perfume. 

19 Teach Billy to swim properly.

20 Get a book deal.

21 Check out those big heads on Easter Island.

22 Send the perfect family xmas cards. 

23 Make Danilo go on the big romantic xmas wheel. 

  
25 Perfect one ballroom dance & trot it out at every single occasion.

26 Take a romantic break in a Scottish castle.

27 Learn Sign language.

28 Fall utterly in love with more nieces & nephews. Get to it, siblings!

29 Get a professional portrait painted of my beautiful Bronan. 

  
30 Rock the Big Apple with my girls.

31 Find miraculous cure for all my health issues. 

32 Take my little ones to Disney World.

33 See Morrissey live.

34 Finish Athena’s books before she gets too old for them.

35 Try synchronised swimming. 

36 Finally see Much Ado About Nothing performed at Bard in the Botanics. 

37 Send random mystery flowers to folk who would appreciate them. 

  
38 Learn to code (at least well enough to snazz my blog).

39 Take my Mum to Austria to do the Sound of Music tour. 

40 Be the best Mummy ever!

Any advice or suggestions on who to achieve my goals is most welcome. Wish my luck. 

Turning Japanese…

I haven’t been getting out a whole lot recently, but I have kept up sushi & cinema night. You can’t beat a blockbuster when your tum is full of avocado maki. For my latest edamame fuelled excursion I slipped on a classic.

I’m sure I don’t need to shout about the virtues of the black dress. This one  is the perfect casual, but cute example. I enjoy the way it allows my shape to show without clinging too all my wobbly bits. 

  
Dress – Primark

Cardi – Monsoon

Flatforms – Primark

Our viewing choice was Terminator, Genysis. I’ve never seen any of the Terminator movies & I was surprised at how much I liked this one. It’s a good turn your brain off action movie. You will enjoy this film much more if you don’t attempt to think about it too much, there are some major plot problems that are best ignored.

Strawberry fields forever…

Sometimes a cheerful quickie is all a girl needs. If you’re looking for a fun & flirty accessories post, you’ve come to the right place. 

I picked up these dangling beauties by the till. I’m a sucker for pretty trinkets when I’m in a queue. These were an impulse buy I don’t regret. 

  
This fruity little bargain perks up any ensemble. I have a special fondness for strawberries, so this little bag always makes me smile. 

  
Inline with my 90’s fever I couldn’t resist these holographic flatforms. It’s a pity that summer has petered out, but I’m pining my hopes on an autunm heatwave.

  

I get by with a little help from my friends…

Chronic illness can be overwhelming. When every little thing is a struggle it’s hard to remain stoic. In the midst of a severe flare I really have to fight not slip into a morose frame of mind. 

When life is just too hard what keeps me going are all my wonderful people. My incredible friends & family are so supportive. I really couldn’t do it without them. I am a big believer in saying how you feel out loud, so I’m taking a moment to say thank you. Thanks for all the chats, the midnight drives to a&e, advocating for me when I am unable to do it myself, the cuddles, the laughs, the understanding; thank you for the love. 

Not only are my people the best people, they are also a bunch of lookers. Big love, darlings. 

  
   
     

Am I right ladies?!

Ever since I saw a clip on Facebook I have been dying to see Luisa Omielan. If haven’t heard of her, she’s an hilarious feminist , body positive comedian.

My sister & I had an awesome night her show. I can not recommend enough that you go see her. Sge is exactly what I (& I’m sure many others) have been crying out for. A no holds barred, cut the bullshit take on life as a women. You will not only laugh, but leave feeling better about yourself.

  
Skirt – Forever21

T-Shirt – Monsoon

Cardi – Monsoon

To see my favourite comedian I wore my favourite skirt. I am glad velvet has made such a big come back. Rios little skater is just wonderful. I added a little bit of rrraarr with an animal print cardi, which was a gift from my very stylish Mum. 

I was very chuffed to get a selfie with the lady herself at the end of the night. Just look at my smile, that says all you need to know about the show. 
  

I have a full review of ‘ Am I right ladies?!’ in The Swag Guide.

Sending out flares…..

I’m in the midst of quite a bad flare. Please excuse my scarce blogging. New posts coming soon. In the mean time you can enjoy my writing over at The Swag Guide.

I’ll leave you with some pics of some of the family pets. I love these wee faces, I defy you not to. 

  
My sister’s boy Seb giving me a soulful look. 

 My brother’s boy ringo having a wee snooze.

  
And my darling boy refusing to get out of bed.