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Afternoon Tea with Benefits


When the girls get together, there is often little time for silence.  It’s my favourite thing about friends – the constant chat, generally with food in hand, catching up on all life’s trials and new opportunities.  I don’t know about you but unless I set aside time, life gets busy and my friendships end up a text chat.

So of course I have the perfect t remedy for that;). In fact, it’s the perfect place for you to have that much needed catch up (over some delicious snacks) and get a little bonus make up session thrown in too!

Admittedly, I don’t love Afternoon Tea.  I love the idea of it, and of course, as mentioned, the get together, but the actual food doesn’t really appeal to me.  I am a lover of savoury food so the sweet layer is wasted on me, I’m not even interested in the take home box!  So for me to recommend an Afternoon Tea is a big ask…and I’m recommending this one!  From the milkshake to begin, to the perfect chocolate brownie at the end (and a bonus glass of champagne in the middle!), this Afternoon Tea provided balance – you came away feeling full but not too full, and even though I only had the one sweet thing…well, that’s what friends are for;)

We made our booking for 1.30pm, just enough time to enjoy each part of the Afternoon Tea with lots of coffee refills, a quick refresh at the ladies in between, and then off to claim a seat at the make up masterclass.

The first class required two volunteers – one day and one night.  The girls took us through step by step, introducing us to new products each time.  The second class had one volunteer and while one make up artist chatted his way through the products, bringing them around to demonstrate, the other applied to the model.  Personal preference – I liked the first method as I feel I learned more strategies for application and could ask the MUA’s questions in between. My mum, who was with me the second time, liked how she got to chat about the products as they came around and explore them a little more independently.  The make up artists are all from the beauty department In House of Fraser, so you can and speak to them individually at any time too.











Of course there is no obligation to buy any products (not that you can do this at the session anyway), but both times, we went to the counters in House of Fraser for a browse and finally, a shop!  Within the package offered this time, you receive a £10 voucher to spend with Benefit.

Looking to get together with the girls, or a much needed catch up with your mum? This Saturday (22 July) from 1pm-5pm, Malmaison is having another afternoon tea – forget the texts and the social media and get together for a catch up with friends – I would definitely recommend!





A Hidden Gem – Glenmore Manor

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.

glenmoremanor.JPGA 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!

glenmoremanor.JPGThe 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.



glenmoremanor.JPGI 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!


Belfast Fashion Week – The Round-Up

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

The print…


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

The shorts…


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…


Julia Sokele
Goddess & Swift

The statement piece…


The Outlet

Summer blacks…


Nor Lisa
Gordon Donaldson
Nor Lisa

A touch of beauty…


Goddess & Swift
Diamond Dolls

And my favourite…


Diamond Dolls

Have you been inspired  for Spring/Summer?

Thanks to Lisa at CMPR and Brendan Gallagher for all the photos.


My Frock!

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.

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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…

20131006-222121.jpg silver brogues fashion blogShowing off my favourite beauty essential – Party Lashes from The Lash Lounge.

20131006-222116.jpg silverbrogues fashionblogAnd the jewels…

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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?


Fashion – With a Cause

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;)


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