Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress – “Celebration”

“Celebrations! How do you celebrate something? Or is there an event / image / that causes you to celebrate? Find a picture that means celebration to you and share!” This beautiful photo by my friend Amanda Wrixon-Gulli sums up the theme of “Celebration” for me, especially at this time of year.

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Pieday Friday Recipe – Cottage Pie

I wanted to share with you my triumphant cottage pie – when it was in the oven, it did something I’ve never seen before: it puffed up! Is this a normal occurence when making cottage or shepherds pie? It’s certainly never happened to me before! I’ve never seen mashed potato inflate before! And, I am […]

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My favourite photos – Breakfast

This week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge theme is “Breakfast” so here’s my favourite photo of a breakfast we had recently – one of mum’s home-baked loaves:

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I Heart Pudsey Bear

It’s Children in Need day tomorrow, so settle yourself in front of the telly to watch an evening of quality entertainment. Well, at the very least you’ll see someone famous doing something silly. That does it for me, I’m a sucker for a televised fundraiser, so you know where I’ll be – curled up on the […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – The Sexiest Shoe of 2011

Interesting news for this week’s Tuesday Shoesday: the results of the poll for Sexiest Shoe 2011 has just been announced. 35 thousand people voted in the contest conducted by Saks Fifth Ave and Footwear News and the shoe that has been voted the Sexiest Shoe for 2011 is a beige lace embroidered Valentino pump. The top 4 also included Jimmy […]

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Jamie Oliver’s Guiness Lamb Shanks

After watching my husband dribbling all over the telly while watching Jamie Oliver create this recipe on Jamie’s Great Britain programme earlier in the series, I knew I’d be making this for our Sunday lunch one weekend! Here’s how the recipe should look when finished: Here’s the link to the recipe and what Jamie says […]

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Famous Tutus – Li-lo all dressed up & nowhere to go

Earlier this week I was helping my family lay a massive concrete slab for a new shed they are building. So there I was in a boiler-suit and wellies 3 sizes too big for me and when I glanced in the mirror I realised that I was channelling Lindsay Lohan‘s prison look circa 2009. This […]

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Can an American play our British Princess? Diana biopic is cast…

Lets play a quick game of spot-the-difference. Here are photos of Princess Diana and the actress who is set to play Diana in a biopic directed by Downfall‘s Olivier Hirschbiegel.    Jessica Chastain of The Help and the Cannes Film Festival hit The Tree of Life, has just been cast as the English princess in […]

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Tuesday Shoeday – Be your own designer with The Shoe Design Studio

Earlier this week I was followed by a lovely new Twitter friend @Shoedsgnstudio and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what they do – The Shoe Design Studio offers customers the opportunity to design their own shoes online & have them hand-made especially for them; “Every woman has her own unique style and colour […]

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Strictly Tutus – Alesha Dixon & guest judge Jennifer Grey

I was amazed to see a new guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend – Dirty Dancing superstar Jennifer Grey. She has previously competed on Dancing with the Stars in the US and won the series. Does this qualify her to perform as a guest judge on the UK version of the show? Her […]

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Flames, explosions, sparks – no its not the riots; its bonfire night!

Fireworks are possibly my most favourite of all outdoor entertainments. In fact they definitely are. I love the colours, the sparkliness, the funny weeeee noises and the massive explosions that fill your whole vision. I could watch fireworks for hours, and I’ve been to some awesome displays where I literally have. When I was living […]

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Famous Tutus – Blondie rocks her tutu!

I recently spotted this photo of Debbie Harry on stage wearing a tutu – which goes to show they’re great fashion items for all ages – Blondie has been tearing up the world of rock for nearly 40 years! Debbie is certainly rocking this look with a structured jacket & shades – you go girl, I […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – The Invasion of the Killer Heels

‘A Modern Torture’ is how Polly Vernon describes the wearing and ‘Invasion of the Killer Heels’ in The Times Magazine on 22.10.11. It’s an excellent article to read, with graphic illustrations of famous women falling off their high heels in public. Here’s a summary of the article: “High-heeled shoes used to be tricksy but ultimately […]

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Weddings – A gorgeous vintage prom wedding dress & layers of pettiskirt ruffles!

I love this bride’s beautiful vintage-style wedding dress with a wide prom skirt and ruffle petticoat. You can get the same look underneath your wedding dress, prom dress or any 50s style circle skirt or dress by simply adding a Cassiefairy Ruffle Pettiskirt or two – the more the merrier for more volume! Many thanks […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Versace comes to the high street!

The most hotly anticipated designer high-street collection has been announced at H&M – Versace! Here’s a sneak peek at the 2011 collection, including their take on the boot of the season, the high-heeled lace-up: The collection is launched in H&M stores on the 17th November 2011 & is certain to sell out like many other […]

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My favourite photos – Opportunity

Courtesy of Luca Sartoni This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Luca Sartoni: “I took this picture at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. I came out of my room to attend a meeting and that girl was there, waiting for someone, wearing that costume. I took that picture with my DSLR, a 28mm […]

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Friday night dinner

We have a tradition in our family to gather together on a Friday evening for dinner together, and its always a takeaway, and I have started to wonder whether anyone else has the same tradition and what they do for their Friday night dinner. I’m about to have some fish & chips for my Friday […]

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Room 101 – A new way to report your missing cat?

Have you heard about the new police contact number, the “101” telephone number for reporting non-emergency crimes? Chances are, if you live in London, the South West or Wales, you already have. Yesterday, it arrived in East Anglia & the Midlands too. From today I can dial 101 to report crimes, traffic collisions and ‘to […]

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Cassiefairy’s top tips for promoting your business online

The average person experiences up to 3,000 advertising messages per day, so the biggest risk for a business is to be lost within this barrage of marketing. But businesses too need to certain that they are not adding to the problem of junk marketing themselves. How many emails have you received this week from businesses […]

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My Favourite Photos – Possibility

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was set by Jessica Spiegel on the subject of ‘possibility’;  “As far back as I can remember, I have loved taking and looking at photographs of doorways, paths, windows, and roads – these kinds of images have always invited me in and encouraged my mind to wander. What’s beyond […]

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Vivienne Westwood’s ‘The Only One’ collection

Vivienne Westwood‘s couture label Gold premiered their ‘The Only One’ 2011 collection at Royal Ascot’s fashion show. Westwood discussed how she was inspired by lost civilisations; “The present collection is an extraction of some past essence, things that occurred to me as I chose fabrics and worked on cuts. Markers of different views of life, […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – The perfect winter boots

News Flash: Cassiefairy has finally found the perfect boots for winter! I’ve done the leg work (excuse the pun) for you, my lovely reader, and dedicated myself to hours of online research followed by a lot of walking up and down the high street, and a couple of purchases that had to be returned, in […]

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X Factor “Twist” & a squeeze of lime into the wound

Although everyone seemed to know what the “big twist” on X-Factor would be on  Saturday, it still didn’t prepare me for the sheer brutality of the sending-home of 4 contestants on Sunday night. The judges appeared to have no problem at all crushing the dreams of their mentees, which resulted in 4 truly heartbroken contestants […]

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My Favourite Photos – Sunset in Suffolk

I love this photo of a beautiful Suffolk sunset, which was taken in Stonham Aspal in 2005 by Andy Greenacre. I especially love the silhouette created. This is my contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – this week’s theme is Sunset.

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Strictly Come Dancing – Another year, another tutu!

The new season of Strictly Come Dancing has started on the BBC and it begins the countdown to Christmas for me! And another reason I am excited about the new series is looking at the dancers beautiful costumes every week. As you can probably guess, I’m a sucker for all things frilly, sparkly and pink […]

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The WordPress #postaday or #postaweek challenge – which is for me?

I’ve decided to join up to the WordPress Post-A-Day/Post-A-Week campaign and try to increase my blogging activity, both on my personal blog and the Cassiefairy blog. Here’s the link to The Daily Post blog so you can find out what this challenge is all about, and maybe get involved. The trouble is, choosing either Post-a-Day […]

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