My favourite thing to do on a Friday night is chill out with the girls, and I have found a new spot to do this in!
I was invited, along with some other local bloggers (Ruth from Willow Lane, Carolyn from Forever Scarlet, Bex from FaeriWood and Megan from VENT-threads), to spend the night at Glenmore Manor, an 18th Century home just off the M1 in Lurgan.
On arrival on Friday evening, we were greeted by Eileen, owner of Glenmore Manor, and given a quick tour of the six bedrooms, the kitchen, dining and lounge rooms and the pool areas. Glenmore Manor is defined as a ‘holiday let’, where you basically rent the whole house – perfect for a get together, a hen party or even a wedding. I love the idea of taking it over Christmas, what a way to relax during the festive holidays!
As a busy working mum I really appreciate the opportunity to relax with my feet up and without the pressures of the bedtime routine. Mind you, I still managed to choose the Bluebell Family Room, with my second favourite room being the Meadow Sweet Family Room and as soon as we settled, swiftly took the necessary mummy snacks from my bag to keep us going until dinner! I needn’t have feared though as Pat and Eileen’s hospitality made our overnight a perfect stay.
A quick catch-up over wine and nibbles, before we headed to the dining room for a delicious Indian meal prepared for us by our very own chef. On very full stomachs, we headed to the jacuzzi for some more relaxing! After a few hours, a few glasses, and wrinkly skin, we headed to our separate bedrooms where I was preparing for an extra long lie in!
The next day was perfect for exploring the grounds – a quick breakfast in the grand kitchen and a trip outside to check out the barbeque area and gardens to complete our stay.
I managed to sneak a few extra hours off and headed for a bit of shopping in the local Craigavon area – the perfect end to a relaxing break!
Thanks to Diane, Pat and Eileen for organising a fabulous blogger break:) Have a look at all the details online and get ready to book your break!
Firstly apologies for my lack of posts – the plan was to write during Fashion Week, however as the week got busier, this became impossible!
But I’m back to round it all up now – this may take a few posts!
So first up, what was on the catwalk? The great thing about Belfast Fashion Week is that everything you see, you can buy now. When I went to be part of the audience, I came equipped with my pen ready to highlight the options for my new season wardrobe. Now backstage, the temptation to try is all on is quite overwhelming!
And here are my favourites from the High Street. The brights…
Next – Cigarette Trousers £28, Quilted Top £28, Necklace £16
Next – Lemon Shift Dress £25
Mexx – Coral Skirt £49, Acid Yellow Sleeveless Blouse £32, Beachbag 40
George at Asda – White Lion Swimsuit £12, Coin Necklace £8, Gold Bangles £5
Castlecourt – Lace Crop Top £14.99, Floral Shorts £14.99
Mexx – Pale Denim Jeans £49,Silk T-Shirt Dress£49
Miss Selfridge – Grey Printed Dress £45, Blazer £45
Next – Striped Tee £16, High Waisted Shorts £35
M&S – Limited Edition Blouse £35, Denim Shorts £29.50
George at Asda – Sheer Panel Tee £12, Jaquard Shorts £12, Sunglasses £3.50
The statement piece…
M&S – Limited White Shirt £29.50, Limited Cigarette Trousers £39
Argento – Necklace £18
Miss Selfridge – Top £35, Shorts £35, Necklace £12.50
Make-up by Paddy McGurgan
My ultimate high street favourites…
Benetton – Brown Linen Tee £29.50, Navy & White Stripe Jacket £75, Green Trousers £33
George at Asda – Powder Blue Dress £16, Round Sunglasses £3.50, White Jewelled Necklace £12
Now to the designers…
Goddess & Swift
The statement piece…
A touch of beauty…
Goddess & Swift
And my favourite…
Have you been inspired for Spring/Summer?
Thanks to Lisa at CMPR and Brendan Gallagher for all the photos.
I was at the event Frocks for Freedom in the City Hall in Belfast on Saturday night. I love an opportunity to dress up and although I normally hunt though the wardrobe for something to wear again, I treated myself to this new dress for the evening.
Dress by Jonathan Saunders from Debenhams
Handbag and shoes, wardrobe staples!!
With my new hair cut it took a while fitting the hair around the doughnut! Many clips later…
Showing off my favourite beauty essential – Party Lashes from The Lash Lounge.
And the jewels…
Urbane Bracelet – stella & dot
Hair Accessory – Norma Jean Vintage
Earrings – A store in Outfit, bought on Saturday afternoon last minute so not sure which one! But the perfect match…
I love getting the opportunity to dress up – do you stick to your usual style for a night out or try something new?
With all the fashion events going on in the local area recently, you may be thinking ‘I need to get my gladrags on and join in’ – your exact thoughts, no?! Well, regardless of whether you are local or not, this fashionable event may catch your attention.
When I first heard about the A21 Campaign I was astounded at the statistics. Northern Ireland has the fastest growing sex industry in Europe, with Ireland being a key source, transit and destination state for Human Trafficking (U.S. Tipp Report 2012). Known by the PSNI as ‘Rape for Profit’, the victims of this crime are treated with violence and disregard. Before the summer I went to a similar charity event which gave unbelievable facts on Human Trafficking. I caught a documentary on television last week on this the issue and was taken aback that it is so prominent today. I just had to give this a wee mention.
The event ‘Frocks for Freedom’ is to be held on Saturday 5 October in Belfast City Hall. As I booked my ticket I considered that Human Trafficking is probably taking place just a few miles from the event, right in the heart of our little country of Northern Ireland.
The A21 Campaign exists to abolish injustice in the 21 Century, focusing primarily on the horrors of the growing organised crime, Human Trafficking
Helen Cupples from the A21 Campaign in Ireland, and an organiser for Frocks for Freedom believes that,
…a strategy of public education, improved legislative and judicial measures, together with consolidation of a community based system of support and vigilance to assist with the rescue and ultimate restoration of victims and prosecution of offenders, is crucial…
So a few highlights of the event, which aims to raise awareness of the prevalence of Human Trafficking in Northern Ireland…I know I shouldn’t say this but I am officially more excited about seeing the new collections from Unify Fashion Collective than I am about seeing the Rugby players;) I was at a Fashion Show in Stormont in May where the designers at Unify were showing and I was so impressed. David Henderson from Unify said,
It is a privilege to be able to showcase our collections in support of and in the name of those victims who are trapped in lives of cruelty and fear.
From local designers Kiera Ann-Marie and Shauna Fay, to jewellers B’jewelled and Melanie Bond, to milliner Marie Claire, alongside designers now working in London, Christopher O’Reilly from House of Hannigan and Riona Treacy. Lots of designs to inspire any fashion lover! There will also be dancers from Vibe Academy and music from Rosie Carney, as well as some catwalk action from Rugby and GAA players.
So what are you waiting for – you have only a few days left to get your ticket booked and get those gladrags on;)
Recently I’ve been hearing about lots of local events going on and I thought I’d give you all an update, so here goes!
Heels on the Hill – Wednesday 25 September (get your tickets quick!!), Festive Hill Marquee, Dungannon
Hosted by Dungannon girl and former Miss Northern Ireland Joanne Salley, the catwalk show will include collections from independent retailers, high street stores and the Linen Green. Menswear will also be shown as a new addition for this year. And you will get to go home with a goodie bag!
Tickets £8 available from participating retailers and Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, 028 8772 8600
Victoria Square’s Autumn/Winter Fashion & Beauty Spectacular – Saturday 28 September, Belfast
The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon – not only will Victoria Square’s Personal Stylist, Rebecca McKinney be giving some fashionable advice, but there will also be catwalk shows (at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm), beauty demonstrations, instore offers and goodie bags for 500 lucky shoppers! You might even win a prize, one being £1000 to spend on a new winter wardrobe (and you can enter now online!)
Fabulous Fashion Teas – Saturday 28 September and Sunday 29 September The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
For £35 you can choose which Fashion Tea you would like to attend, enjoy a glass of Champagne, Afternoon Tea (including sandwiches, scones and pastries) and take a goodie bag home! You will also be able to shop the catwalk looks at the pop-up boutiques which are open all weekend.
You may have read my last post and will know that Nor Lisa will be showing at 5.30pm on Sunday. Other shows include collections from Diamond Dolls, Goddess and Swift, Ruedi Maguire and Edge Emporium.
Tickets available from email@example.com or by calling 02890262717
Fairhill Shopping Centre VIP Event – Tuesday 1 October 6-9pm Fairhill Shopping Centre, Ballymena
Described as ‘fun, fashion and fabulous’ this is the sort of event I need to attend;) During the ‘Lock-in’, there will be a DJ, beauty treatments and participating stores will offer up to 25% discount on purchases. You will also get to enjoy some sweet treats and cocktails served up by topless waiters and you can go home swinging your goodie bag!
Pre-register now to attend and you may win £250 Fairhill gift vouchers!
Avril’s Winter Boden Party (supporting MS Society) – Thursday 3 October 10am-10pm, Belfast BT17 9JF
This is a great idea – I was at Avril‘s last party and it was great fun – clothes on rails in the dining room, mirrors in the changing room/living room, buns and coffee beside the tills in the kitchen! This was also my first time buying from Boden and I now own a few pieces – and with 20% off on the day, it would be rude not to go! And bring along a friend who hasn’t shopped with Boden before, and you’ll get a bonus £25 account credit!
Avril will not only have the full range of ladies clothes and accessories, but she will also have a selection of Mini Boden, Johnnie B and Boden for men.
Check out Avril’s Winter Boden Party on Facebook
Frocks for Freedom – Saturday 5 October 8pm City Hall, Belfast
This event is supporting the A21 Campaign which works towards fighting Human Trafficking. The night will include a catwalk showing of the 2014 S/S collections from Unify Fashion Collective, with special appearances from GAA and rugby stars, as well as a dance performance by Vibe Academy, music from Cola Cubes and Rosie Carney to name a few, and refreshments from Laverys Bar and Cafe Vic-Ryn.
You can buy your tickets for £25…and get ready to get your dress and heels on for a fabulous night out!
House of Fraser Student Night – Tuesday 8 October 6pm-9pm, Victoria Square, Belfast
What better way to stock up the new wardrobe for student life than browsing the rails with a DJ playing in the background and drinks on hand!
West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK – Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 October, venues across Belfast
Belfast’s very own Fashion Week with ready to wear clothes showing on the catwalks! Lots of fun events to attend for a variety of tastes – check out the events at Time for Fashion!
You can buy tickets from http://www.belfastfashionweek.com or call the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 90 246609.
So there you have it, plenty to keep you busy and looking fashionable! Have fun!