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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!





How to Write a Fashion Blog

Step One – Love fashion and/or wearing clothes

Step Two – Write a blog post

So I’ll just stop there – Step One is easy, Step Two has limited my use of the phrase ‘I am a Fashion Blogger’!  But after an extended holiday Step Two will now begin.

And what better way to begin, than to update you on some treats for the new season. On planning my return to blogging, I needed to immerse myself in all things fashion, so after attending a few local events, I intend to bombard you with posts showing what I’ve seen, before moving back towards ‘style that works for you‘.

Step One (A) – Do your research

First up, I was invited to an event at House of Fraser where, over some canapés and cocktails, I feasted my eyes on the new collections on offer for A/W 14.  Admittedly I’m not a huge fan of this season, but the one fabric that keeps me sane until the sun shines again, is fur (all fake of course!).  And for this reason, I could have cleared Biba out!

Biba Fur.JPG


With my fur purchased (watch out for the #ootd on Instagram to see which one), I had my pen out to create a wishlist detailing every item I would like to own from the Michael Kors collection.  I am a huge fan of metallics (the silverbrogues may have given this bit away), and every box was ticked!

MichaelKors.JPGHere are a few other pieces that caught my eye…

Houseof Fraser.JPG And to complete the look, from Benefit and Dryberg Kern

accessories.JPGThanks to Mark for the invite, the fabulous fashion on show and the treats to encourage some more shopping!


Fashion Inspirations (Part Two)

You may know my love of a good fashionable event – another reason I was gutted to spend time away from my blog.  But before you take to the shops, have a look at the perfect Spring/Summer wardrobe.

Victoria Square

Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to take in all the fashion! Thanks Victoria Square:) With Ruth from Willow Lane

S/S Fashion

I love the styling – we can only dream of summer!

S/S Fashion

Prints, block colour, pastels – which style works for you?

S/S Fashion

Prepare for all weathers this summer.

House of Fraser

Plenty of inspiration from House of Fraser.

Okay. I’m off to do some shopping – next up, see what additions to my wardrobe I’ve had my eye on!


My one thing…

I haven’t written a post like this since the summer, when I had endless hours to browse the shops and online stores for all the treats I would love!  But I happened to stumble across this one day this week – and you will be pleased to hear, it is officially ONE thing!


EPISODE Pleated PU Skirt House of Fraser £79 (sourced from Shop Style)

So, admittedly, I bought a similar skirt last week – a vinyl black skirt, to be worn high on the waist, and sit on the knee.  It doesn’t have the same pleats, but it was only a tenner, and I got another item for free with it (Miss Selfridge sale)!

I have tried it on as dressy with heels and shoe boots, and casual with trainers and high tops but I can’t make it work!  It might be the one thing I want, but it might also be the thing I am returning to the shop tomorrow!


Another favourite…

The last few days have seen me wearing denim shorts, denim shorts, oh and actually another day of denim shorts! This sun has been bliss, and so unusual for the Northern Irish school holidays, that I am literally stuck to my back garden just enjoying being outside in some heat!

And here are the denim shorts I have been wearing…


Topshop – bought second hand from the Fashion Souk £3!

Love this alternative from Internationale (similar to ones tried on during my budget challenge).

But what to wear with my shorts…

For one with a little chest, this is the perfect shape! I always love a Biba print.


Athena Botanical Halter Triangle Top £17.50 (was £25) from House of Fraser

To throw over the bikini top…


Embroidered Strappy Suntop £22 Topshop


Metallic Shell Top £14 Next

I love the sequin embellishment on the neckline of this kaftan.


Zebra Print Kaftan £10 Matalan

Or add a floaty, open shirt – the sleeves and hemline are so relaxed in this shirt it can be worn casual or dressy.


Essential Rhinestoned Chiffon Shirt £16.75 Forever 21

Or to nip out to the shops…


Hollyanna Sleeveless T-shirt Dress in Vertical Square £35 Motel

And for the cooler evenings…


Annie Oversized Vintage Jumper (also available in blue, coral, grey and jade) £15 Boohoo

And now to the footwear…

I know I ‘loved’ a lot in my last post, but I LOVE these!


Sam Edelman Ginger Gladiator Sandals (prices and styles vary)


Steve Madden Xtreme T-Bar Wedge Sandals £80 House of Fraser

Happy sun days!