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Tuesday Shoesday – The World’s Most Expensive Prom Dresses

Girls all around the globe are beginning to search for the ultimate prom dress, eager to distinguish themselves from their peers while looking grown-up and gorgeous. While some equate elegance with style, and choose bespoke quality to create a lasting impression, others value the price tag when it comes to what they deem a suitable prom night dress choice.  debbie wingham most expensive dress on the planet black gown

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Guest Post – How slate can add another dimension to your home

Today’s blog post has been kindly written by a fabulous guest blogger Caitlyn, and this afternoon she is sharing with us an interior design article on the beauty of slate and how to improve your living spaces with the addition of just a few traditional features.slate interior design living room with grey walls and furniture

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Generally speaking slate has become a trendy home addition – now placemats, coasters, tables and slate chalkboards are all popular items for the home especially in the wake of a shabby chic revival. In the kitchen, slate is even used for serving food – a movement which started in swanky restaurants and gastropubs which has transcended the professional sector and is now a feature in many people’s homes. Partly thanks to these new interior trends, slate hearths have now seen a comeback which makes the most of their aesthetic qualities as well as their practical properties.

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Get ready for summer – 8 shabby chic picnic ideas

Summer is coming, the sunshine beckons, and picnics will undoubtedly be on the menu. After all, a meal outside in the beautiful British countryside is a truly divine experience. I’ve already been enjoying meals out in my vintage caravan during the week and loving every moment of being surrounded by tweeting birds and buzzing bumble bees. vintage caravan interior with biscuit cushions and cat-5This weekend I’ve been researching some picnic ideas, including pretty locations in the local area and ideas to make my picnic even more quaint and homely, such as floral lunch bags from BronteRose.co.uk. I also want to get that cute vintage feel when eating at home on my patio so here are some of the shabby chic ideas I found to add some vintage flavour to your surroundings this summer, whether you’re out exploring or dining at home.pretty picnic hamper

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Freshening up the living room this spring

With the sun breaking through the clouds this week, I’ve been feeling the urge to spring clean and improve my home. It’s always at this time of year that I start thinking about decorating and wishing that I had a bigger budget to make some changes! However, I’ve come up with a few creative ways that you can upgrade your home without the massive outlay and I thought I’d share my plans with you today. bright living room spring summer

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Pieday Friday – Treats to cook in a waffle maker

You can probably guess from the title of this Pieday Friday blog post that I’ve recently become the proud owner of a new waffle maker. Yes, this month decided to go for it and order my new kitchen appliance from MeinCupcake and I’m really pleased that I did.simple waffle recipe for waffle maker machine simple waffle recipe for waffle maker machine-2You see, I’ve not just been making waffles in my Bestron heart shape waffle maker. Oh no, that would be too easy. I have tried out a few sweet waffle recipes, of course, but you know me; I’m a savoury kinda girl who’d rather have a main meal than a pud. So I’ve been baking savoury treats in my new waffle maker too and here’s what I’ve come up with.simple waffle recipe for waffle maker machine-6 Continue reading “Pieday Friday – Treats to cook in a waffle maker” »


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My little vintage caravan – Caravan Magazine & soft furnishings

After sharing photos of Sian’s beautiful Daisy caravan with you yesterday (and the fabulous vintage party package giveaway – check it out here!) I felt a strong urge to hang out in my own caravan and enjoy the lovely weather.vintage caravan interior with biscuit cushions-4So when I finished work yesterday, I took brewed up a cuppa and took myself outside for a little alone time in my caravan. With the sun shining, bees buzzing and birds singing, I threw open the windows and properly ‘aired’ my caravan for the first time this season.vintage caravan interior with biscuit cushions and cat-11vintage caravan interior with biscuit cushions and cat-10 Continue reading “My little vintage caravan – Caravan Magazine & soft furnishings” »


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The beautiful Daisy Caravan + WIN a vintage party package!

After years of writing about my own little vintage caravan, today I’m sharing a new-found friend with you: Daisy the caravan. She lives in Ellesmere Port and is packed full of vintage charm so I couldn’t resist borrowing some photos from her website in order to share this retro home-on-wheels with you today.Daisy caravanDaisy is a beautiful pre-loved vintage caravan which has been lovingly restored to its former glory by her owner Sian. Weeks of hard work went into fixing up this retro beauty as Sian installed fresh new upholstery and soft furnishings, completely made over the vintage décor and cleaned Daisy from top to bottom.Daisy vintage caravan party hire

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Tuesday Shoesday – Twinkle toes

You know when you pop into Tesco for a pint of milk and come out with a pair of glittery brogues? Surely I can’t be the only one that this has happened to? tesco glitter brogues from florence and fred-5A couple of weeks ago I was passing the ‘big’ Tesco in a nearby town and needed to pick up some milk. That’s all. Just milk. However, immediately in front of the doors was a massive sale rail. And on that rail were a pair of sparkly silver shoes glinting in the sunlight.tesco glitter brogues from florence and fred-3 Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – Twinkle toes” »


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Map Geek – Going into the map

Do you remember that episode of Friends where the Chandler and Joey are tourists in London and Joey has to ‘go into the map’ in order to get his bearings? He put the map on the floor and stepped onto it to work out what direction to head in, even though he’d only just left the hotel. I’m not saying that I’ve ever done this before, but I have turned the map while following the route, and I’m sure that’s not necessarily the ‘done thing’ in map-reading but it works for me, and ‘going into the map’ worked for Joey back in the 90s.the grandest views map exhibition keswickWhen I visited The Grandest Views exhibition at Keswick Museum (which I wrote about last week – read my review post here) the massive Ordnance Survey map covering the floor of the museum put me in mind of this idea of ‘going into the map’ and I loved being able to follow routes on a larger scale. If only I could buy that massive map – I’d have the ideal vinyl floor for my kitchen!berlin map art installation Continue reading “Map Geek – Going into the map” »


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Pieday Friday – Beef & Pancetta Lasagne

Today I’d like to share with you a delicious lasagne recipe that I tried out over the bank holiday weekend. My husband and I actually baked this dish together on Easter Sunday and were tucking into the tasty Italian treat by lunchtime, and let me tell you – it was amazing! I’m not blowing my own trumpet and I can’t take credit for this recipe, but I can tell you where I found it.Lea and Perrins lasagne recipe-10I received ‘The Branded Cookbook’ by Nick Sandler and Johnny Acton for Christmas, which includes recipes using famous food brand sauces, tins, preserves and condiments. I will of course be letting you know how I get on with these recipes over the coming months, but ever since I was given this book by husband, I’ve realised the value of using classic brands in my cooking and that I don’t have to cook everything from scratch to achieve a great flavour.Lea and Perrins lasagne recipe-33 Continue reading “Pieday Friday – Beef & Pancetta Lasagne” »