Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

salad or smoothie - strawberry, cucumber and toasted almonds salad.

I had planned to make a different salad today but what with all the lovely sunshine, I walked to the shop with Little Nancy for some strawberries and went for a really summer salad. No regrets!

 strawberry, cucumber and toasted almonds salad:
some spinach and rocket leaves, handful of strawberries, a few slices of cucumber, sliced almonds toasted for a few mins, dressing (1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp honey and 2 tsp lime juice). Toss salad ingredients with dressing and serve.

Monday, April 14, 2014

vintage holiday on a budget.

I've already mentioned here that I'm going on a holiday with Little Nancy, my sister and my mum so I thought I'd do a post on how to pack a suitcase for a vintage style holiday...on a budget!

 1. Get it fixed. If you're anything like me, you'll have a few vintage summer dresses and some of them don't fit quite well, too long, too big etc. Instead of shoving these back into the wardrobe, get them altered to fit you properly. If you're not a whizz at the sewing machine, send a few off to a professional. It'll be cheaper than buying a bunch of new dresses and once they fit you just right, you'll feel like you went on a little shopping spree without the shopping spree cost!

 2. Buy the basics. Most of the time, I think a vintage piece needs to be the statement piece of your outfit especially when it has an awesome print or pattern. So invest in a few plain tops or shorts to really show off that piece and it gives you the freedom to mix and match a bit more too. 

3. Invest in vintage staples. Levi denim shorts for the beach, a small leather handbag for nights out, a floral playsuit or two to take you from day to night. These kinda pieces are worth investing in. They look great summer after summer and will last for years too. 

Now please excuse me while I go count how many sleeps 'til we take off!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

little adventures.

It's nearly no jacket season. How very exciting altogether! We spent the first half of the week cooped up inside trying our best to not spread more germs to the outside world and the other half was getting some much needed fresh air. A tough little week, I have to say, but the sun was shining all day today and totally made up for it all!

Friday, April 11, 2014

that feeling.

 I've been on the hunt for some vintage summer tops for the past few weeks and have accumulated quite a few really nice ones, this one being my favourite. The plan was not to wear them until I go on holidays (you know that "new clothes AND I'm on holidays" feeling, it's the best!) but I'm impatient and life is short or some similar excuse like that!

Floral cropped top - Vintage, Mercury Goes Retrograde
High waist black skinny jeans - Vero Moda
Wedges - Shoe Rack
Watch - Vintage

Thursday, April 10, 2014

10/10 diy - easter egg cups.

 I've decided to start a little series of DIY projects that cost less than €10 and 10 minutes to make. I want to make these DIYs so easy that they barely need any written instructions. And if I purchase any supplies that I don't have lying around the house, they won't cost anymore than €10. Thems the rules! So first up, was this gold spray vase that I posted on my Facebook page last week.

This weeks project is just as quick and easy but if you want to be extra careful that the ink is going to be permanent bake the egg cups in the oven (350 degrees for 30 minutes) when the sharpie ink is dry.

Just in time for Easter!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

under the weather.

It's been a tough week. It started with little Nancy having a runny nose and now as she seems to be tackling her nasty cough like a trooper, I have a pile of tissues beside me on the couch and I'm putting on and taking off layers of clothes every other hour. 
This is where working from home should be a big advantage as I can tackle what I have to do from the comfort of the couch or office but I'm even struggling to do that. Trying to take in as much vitamin c and spicy curries as I can handle in the hopes that we'll all be back to normal by the weekend. Fingers crossed.

Monday, April 7, 2014

salad or smoothie - mango and blueberry smoothie.

 I'm on a major health buzz this week. No more chocolate, biscuits or beer allowed in the house for the next few weeks or at least that's my intention anyway! I'm strong, I can do this!

 mango and blueberry smoothie:
one mango chopped, a handful of blueberries, 1/2 banana, 2 tbsp of natural yogurt and 1/2 cup of almond milk.

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