One such luxury was being told by Jessica that mine and my mum’s names were on the list for the Clerys VIP friends and family night before the media and public were allowed in the store. One luxury I lost the day I left was my staff discount:(
Jacket: Rocha John Rocha / Jumper: New Look / Necklace: Charity Shop / Jeggings: Primark / Bag: Accessorize / Ankle Boots: Miss Selfridge
Everyone should try this sauce, but be warned… you could end up like me freaking out in case they don’t sell Frank’s in London.
My bottle is almost out by the way if anyone wants to send me more 😛
PS. Literally only hours left for the giveaway so get your entries in.
Maybe I should give away some Frank’s Hot Sauce next time.
I am also willing to do some advising for people. For this you will have to email me your sizes and a full length photo to email@example.com 😀
I am 5’4″ and weight between 11 and 12 stone. I have 32DD boobs, but I haven’t gotten measured in about a year. I have wide hips and a bit of a butt and I carry most of my weight on my tummy and upper arms. I normally wear a size 12 in a top and a 12 or 14 in a bottoms.
Jeans & Trousers
I tend to just wear skater skirts, high waisted skater skirts. My favourite skirt is a skater skirt I got in Urban Outfitters about 5 years ago if not more and by some miracle it still fits me. It has a panel on the waist with button detailing and it is just really flattering when it is on. I normally just stick to black as it is flattering but my skirts will always stop just before my knees and are teamed with black tights and low heeled ankle boots.
Stay away from dresses with zips. Unless they are a generous size 12 they zips just do not close. I wouldn’t normally go a size up on a dress unless I really had to because they don’t fit as well then or need alterations.
I also try to wear dresses that have a little cap sleeve to hide my hideous bingo wings.
When I wear tight tops I try to get them with a bit of peplum at the end but if that fails I buy them in a V neck so that they draw attention to my cleavage rather than my tummy. It normally seems to work. I would sometimes wear a baggy waterfall style cardigan over them if I was having a particularly un-confident day.
I think I have covered most of the basics for the moment. If there is anything you want to ask please do and I will answer it as best I can.
I have just heard of this company that makes organic beauty products called Wapo. They are Irish and really reasonably priced as well as doing free delivery in Ireland. I can’t afford to buy any of their items to try out as all my money is going towards London at the moment. But I will hopefully be investing in their Bia Beauty Skin Superfood as a treat in a few weeks as it is looking like my ideal product, I will definitely review it and let you all know what I think whenever I do get the money together 😀
Let me know what you think. I will try to upload videos as often as possible. Though with the time it takes my MacBook to import and process them I don’t know how likely that is. I promise I will try though.
So my cousin, who lives in New Zealand, just asked me if I could recommend any websites for him to buy clothes off.
When I asked what he was looking for he said:
If you would like me to do a part two of this post then please let me know.
Of course don’t forget to click here to enter my giveaway for a Christmas themed Adventure Time jumper.
All my love,
I’m sorry if this is not what you all like to read on my blog, but remember it is my blog and I can post what I want so…
All my life growing up I was extremely close to my grandparents. When my grandfather passed away I became even closer to my grandmother. I used to stay in her house every weekend and anytime I had time of school. Once I hit my teens I got to the stage where I hated my parents, saw them as the enemy and ended up spending more and more time with my nana.
A little more than three years ago my nana got sick and moved into my house so we could take care of her. She never left our house. Her condition deteriorated and my nana was moved to a hospice where she passed away in the early hours of October 14th.
Life after that was hard. I had only been in college about a month at that time and I really didn’t want to go back. While my nana was in the hospice my library books from UCD went overdue. I rang the college and explained the situation and they told me I HAD to bring back the books which of course I didn’t appreciate.
I really and truly didn’t want to go back to college. I think that really affected me going to college and my attendance. I just wanted to leave… I did get through the year and I passed, I did quite well actually, but I just couldn’t face the social side of it. After my nana died I actually started becoming quite anxious in social situations. Something I had never done before… I was always quite confident before. I still appeared and do appear confident but now I over think things in advanced, I get sweaty palms, knots in my tummy all in advance of getting to something.
Now it’s time to all talk about how amazing I am 😛
In the past three years, bar being depressed, drinking alot and having my heart broken, I have achieved alot.
Lets start from the start. At the start of first year I ballsed up and modeled in a fashion show. This led to a lovely three year stint with the UCD Fashion and Design Society, the final year of which I was the Head of Hair. Something I am very proud of.
I also managed to finish first year with flying colours (bar that one class I had to compensate).
Third year came along and with it came my position as head of hair. And some new friends. While I still had all my friends that I had since first year our group had definitely expanded. There were so many of us now. And of course we all had our separate friends. I met two of my closest friends that year. Unfortunately I am only in touch with one but between her and Ciara I have all the best friends I need.
Oh and get this, I graduated. Not with Ciara because of how UCD arranged it but we got to party together so it’s all okay.
In the past three years I have grown up so much, and I wonder if that would have happened had my nana still been alive. But that is something we can’t know. There is no need to dwell on ifs and buts but without her I would not be the person I am today.
I will see you all tomorrow. I think I will be doing a nail polish review.
And as always don’t forget to enter my giveaway for an Adventure Time themed Christmas jumper here.
All my love,
Unless you work in retail like I used to you are hopefully enjoying a nice day off at home with the family. I plan on going for a nice walk before Sunday lunch with the family then a LONG over due catch up with my best friends Mark and Ciara, I think Kevin will be there too.
As well as having my normal Sunday post I thought I would start a new feature where I post up a new recipe every Sunday. I love to cook and bake but unfortunately I don’t do enough of it. This way I have an excuse to take over my kitchen and my mum has something to taste test. This weeks recipe is for an apple tart. i was flicking through my cook book when my mum pointed at a picture and said that one so this is what I made. I had most of the ingredients at home, what I didn’t have I picked up in Tesco for less than a fiver. I didn’t have some of the equipment needed but my lovely neighbour Saoirse is big into baking so I was able to borrow most of that stuff off her, she also gave me a better recipe for the pastry as the original recipe just called for pre-made pastry which of course just isn’t the same. Give it a bash and I hope you enjoy it. One thing I will say is the tart tin I used was quite a deep one so whilst all the apples at the top of the tart were lovely and caramelized, the ones nearer the bottom were not, so maybe use a shallower tart tin, or else cook it for a little bit longer. Just be careful if you choose to cook it for longer though because the pastry is baked blind before hand and as it is already cooked you don’t want it to burn.
Sieve the flour into a bowl, into it grate the marge, yeah you heard me, grate it or at least break it up fairly small. It means less time rubbing the mixture together. After you grate in the marge rub it together with your hands until it kind of looks like crumbs.
Now you add your 60ml of water, add it in gradually, adjusting the amount as required.
Bring the mixture together and once you have your dough formed wrap it in clingfilm and leave it to chill in the fridge for about 45 minutes. I didn’t actually have any greaseproof paper in my house so I chose this moment to go to the shop and get some.
While you are rolling out the pastry preheat the oven to 200° c.
Line the tart tin (I used a 20cm one) with the pastry and trim any edges that hangover.
Then line the case with grease proof paper and ceramic baking beans.
Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. I set the timer on my phone for 15 minutes and that proved to be exactly the right amount of time.
Don’t worry about rushing this though because when you take the pastry case put after 15 minutes you need to let it cool before throwing in the apples.
Also while you wait for the pastry to cool and line it make sure to keep the oven on. I did lower the temperature to about 180°c/190°c as it was this point that I reverted back to my original recipe and that called for a lower temperature.
You could of course have worked at this temperature all along and adjusted the recipe appropriately.
Then sprinkle over it with the golden caster sugar and dot it with the butter.
Cook for about 10/15 minutes, until the apples begin to caramelize.
Take it out and either serve immediately with cream or ice cream.
You could also allow this mixture to cool and freeze it first wrapping it in cling film and then tinfoil.
When you want to eat it just defrost it.
If you want to eat it warm heat it in an oven at 190°c for about 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy. I gave in and tasted the tart. It was nice bar the apple issue I mentioned earlier. I am looking forward to finishing it off after my Sunday lunch.
Check out how tasty it looks: