Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Party Outfit Planning...

Dress - The City Rack // Shoes - Chichi*

I have been away from my blog again for about a week and it's all because my sister had a pretty nasty accident in work. Last Sunday I had a call from a terrified Emily saying she was on the floor in work and an ambulance was on its way. Turns out she'd fallen in work and has snapped her upper arm. Both of us didn't have any sleep in over 36 hours whilst we got her sorted in a&e, a few days in hospital and an operation later she is now sitting at home with a metal plate in her arm. Ouch!

Anyway, it's also the time of year that the emails come around in work detailing where we are off for our Christmas Party and this year, after many years of wearing skinny jeans, I decided I would wear a dress. I mean, no tights legs out - a dress. I'm not even sure why. 

I've had this bright pink dress from The City Rack for a while now and I thought that the bright pink was the perfect non-festive colour for me. I also like that it's already got a statement necklace attached, I'm pre-empting that the party is going to be boiling hot, and when I'm hot I hate wearing necklaces. I realise that makes me sound like I'm having a hot flush haha. 

These shoes from Chichi arrived just in time and are going to be perfect for the party. I like the bow detailing on the back and that makes them ideal for a night out. Despite making me feel at least ten feet taller they are actually really comfortable. I think its because the bit around the front of the shoe is thicker than most party shoes, my feet don't feel like they are about to get pinched in half! As they are matte black, I've even worn these into work... you know, power heels and all that!





Friday, 5 December 2014

Mask of Magnaminty...












My skin is being a real pain in the behind at the moment and we are not friends. I am getting spots and I don't want them, let's face it - who does.. 

Whilst at the Lush Christmas event a while back I asked a few people what they usually use on their face for problematic skin. So many people suggested this face mask that I was set on picking it up. Plus I love peppermint so was pretty much sold when I saw that on the label.

Whilst it does look like mouldy porridge, the mask smells amazing and does work. I've been using this a couple of times a week and have seen an improvement in my skin. Whilst I can't be sure that it's down to the mask alone I think I will keep on buying this - when I've used up everything else I have! I think that using a mask, or looking forward to using a mask actually makes me take my make up off properly, which in turn helps my skin.

The mask is full of aduki beans that have been ground up so you can use this as an exfoliator which is what I do. I scrub my face with this, focussing on the rough skin around my jaw line and then leave on for around 20 minutes to do it's work. 


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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Slow cooked gammon in coke...

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I'm pretty hungry right now, so typing up a post about one of the best things I've ever cooked isn't easy. It's going to be a pretty quick post though, all I did was place a joint of gammon in 2 litres of coca cola for 8 hours in the slow cooker. The above was the result.

I don't tend to like oven cooked gammon as I find it far too salty I think. However when you cook gammon in coke you end up with a fairly sweet flavour to it which I much prefer. 

Next I want to try making my own pulled pork!

What's your favourite recipes for the slow cooker?


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Monday, 1 December 2014

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Guide to Cardiff - Thornhill Farm Shop

When asked to pick one of my favourite local spots in Cardiff for the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels guide to Cardiff there was no question where I would choose. I regularly venture here for breakfast, lunch and to pick up some local produce. Whilst I've been given vouchers for my visit today, I've blogged about this place many many times before



Thornhill Farm Shop is located in North Cardiff, just before Caerphilly Mountain. The Farm Shop opened in 2006 and sells home and locally produced produce. There is even a caravan park on site so if you are travelling from afar you can set up camp. Thornhill Farm Shop caters to those, like myself, who prefer to shop locally. Everything is displayed so beautifully and is always the highest of quality. There is 80 acres of farmland which produces beef, lamb and home grown vegetables. 


I love nothing more that browsing the shop floor after a nice breakfast in the cafe. In particular I love all the wooden display units and the cottagey feel that the shop has, it's so picturesque. On our Sunday trip their we picked up eggs, venison sausages, a joint of lamb, sirlon steak, a loaf of fresh bread and some pork chops. There is such a huge variety of goods from sweets to fresh bread to meats to specialist oils and more. 

Antlers Cafe is the place to be to sip a cup of coffee and fill your belly with either a tasty breakfast, lunch or snack. The breakfasts are fantastic at setting you up for the day and often I will enjoy a bacon baguette and a latte before going to the dogs home for the day. However, the lunches are my favourite. I can highly recommend the ham panini and always get the side of coleslaw. The homemade coleslaw is the best I have ever eaten. 
There are some very talented bakers that work at Antlers Cafe and there is always a huge selection of cakes on offer there, some even award winning, A special note to the lemon drizzle cake as I could eat my weight in that cake and still not get bored of the taste.









I guess it's no surprise that my favourite part of Thornhill Farm Shop is the animal paddock. Usually all the animals are in the fields above but at Christmas time they head inside and recreate the nativity which is just super cute. And yes I just said "super cute". 





















Probably a bit insensitive to mention sausages right after a photo of a pair of pigs, but tonight we ate the sausages we bought which were delicious, especially when inside slices of the fresh loaf of bread we also bought. 

I can't recommend this place enough if you are in the area, or have a caravan. You can really make a decent day out of it, great for kids, animals and amazing food. What more do you need?




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