Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Come on baby light my fire...

Did I mention I'm going on holiday? To New York?! I am officially counting down the days (4 sleeps, in case you're wondering!!) and am so freaking excited! My case is already packed. Well, the clothes anyway. Now the only outfit left to decide on is what to wear for the dreaded travelling part. Obviously I want something casual/comfy but I'm not one for tracksuits/hoodies/anything most people would consider comfy travelling clothes. In an effort to still look remotely stylish whilst on an 8 hour flight I'm thinking this might just do the trick...

Next blouse // Mary Katrantzou for Topshop leggings // H&M sandals // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses // Urban Outfitters earrings // ASOS collar tips & rosary cross // Model's own dog ;)

It's a pretty relaxed outfit but the patterned Mary K leggings add a bit of jazz and the ASOS collar tips add a unique touch. They were another birthday present from my sister, she did good! I wore this exact outfit on Saturday for our picnic in the park and to the Viking thing in Cruden Bay (see photos below) - I'd probably go without the jewellery for flying and just keep it really simple.

The gala was to celebrate the battle of Cruden which I won't pretend I actually know anything about. It definitely involved vikings though, hence the reason a viking longship was burned. My photos turned out pretty crap but I managed to salvage the 2 above. Hope everyones week is going good so far - happy hump day!

Christy xx

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Fill my head with the future, fill my eyes with the sky...

Yesterday was a beautiful day in our corner of the world so Gordon and I decided to make the most of it and headed to Aden Park for a picnic. Seeing as its only one week til our holidays (!! had to get that in there!!) we were looking for something to do that wouldn't cost too much money/pile on the pounds. It's funny how you can live with someone and yet feel like you rarely actually spend time together. This has been the 1st weekend we've both had off in a long time and it was nice to just chill in the sun together...

Obviously Harley tagged along, he's part of the family ;) ...

Apparently food smiles are our new favourite thing...

See, told you...

We went for a walk around the park, which is actually really pretty in the sunshine...

And then headed home in Gordon's Capri bat-mobil :)

We spent the evening in Cruden Bay for their viking gala thing but I'll hopefully do a seperate post on that. It's another beautiful day today so I'm away to get myself dressed and ready to go - I wouldn't want to miss the sunshine!


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Spicy Peanut Soup

I haven't really done any proper foody posts for a while now, but last week my friend Karen gave me this amazing soup recipe that we just can't seem to keep to ourselves! It actually caught her attention on Come Dine With Me, so she looked up the recipe, whipped it up and brought some in to work for us to sample... Hello new obsession!

(Serves 4)

It takes approximately 30mins to make and, like most recipes I've blogged in the past, is super easy.
Step 1: Use a food processer to blend the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli into a paste. Heat the oil in a pan, add the paste and cook on a gentle heat, until fragrant.

Step 2: Chuck in the tomatoes and vegetable stock, season and allow to simmer for 20minutes.
Step 3: Stir in the peanut butter and then blend your soup. I added an extra spoon of peanut butter but taste it first to be sure. Serve with a good chunky slice of tiger loaf, et voila!

When I've described this recipe to people, most of them have screwed their faces up in disgust, but it's the best soup I've had in a long time - trust me. Even my boyfriend who hates peanut butter AND chilli was impressed. Make sure you let me know if you give it a go :)


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Hunter & Jimmy Choo: These boots were made for walking...

Just a quick update to show you my typical Sunday attire. I've said before I often like to dress up on a Sunday after a week of wearing a dull, unflattering uniform but this is more of a relaxed casual outfit, perfect for long walks with Gordon and our dog Harley. My sister gave me this top for my birthday... best sister ever, right? I love the bright summer print and peplum shape. 

ASOS daisy print peplum top // Dorothy Perkins jeans // Hunter & Jimmy Choo wellies // Eclectic Eccentricity necklace

The wellies were a treat to myself a couple of years ago. I picked them up from Jimmy Choo's online sale - a lot of people think I'm an idiot for spending so much on wellies but they're comfortable, practical and stylish! I wear them to festivals, to walk the dog and even to walk to work when the dreaded snow arrives. So, on a cost per wear basis, I'd say I've got my moneys worth. The good quality rubber that Hunter is so famous for means I can pretty much rest assured I'll be wearing these beauts for years to come. The only downside is that I struggle to keep the rubber looking shiny and clean! But anyway, lets call them an investment ;)  

I've been doing lots of walking lately to try and burn off some unwanted calories before my holiday, so the Hunters are coming in handy on the country lanes! Today I've already been to the gym and am hoping to go cycling with my sister and do even more walking! Hows your weekend going?


Sunday, 5 August 2012

The Giraffe Suit: Keep your head up, keep your heart strong...

When the pyjama trend emerged from the catwalks last year, I practically snorted into my green tea as I read all about it in Grazia. As if I could ever possibly wear anything even slightly like PJs out in public. Silky trousers outside!? Especially in this small town full of small minded people. Where anyone who dares to even wear a dress in the day time is questioned about where they're going and why they're "so dressed up". (True story!) But that was before I spotted this beauty. In ASDA of all places...

G:21 at ASDA giraffe print jumpsuit // Dorothy Perkins belt // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses // H&M sandals & jacket (below) // Eclectic Eccentricity Cleopatra necklace 

Not only does it fall into the scary pyjama category, but it's a jumpsuit too! Now I've worn the odd playsuit now and then, but a jumpsuit to me is a whole different kettle of fish. I used to think they were the most unflattering and ugly type of clothing. But again, then I discovered this. The "giraffe suit" as I like to call it. Despite everything telling me NOT to buy this, I just couldn't resist the cute giraffe print. Even as I was handing over my hard earned cash (only £20 by the way!) my mind was telling me that I'd be straight back to return this monstrosity the next day. But I wasn't. I freaking love the giraffe suit!! The cut is quite flattering, especially with the belt added and the gold buttons and strapped back add a more grown up, chic element to the outfit. 

Harley loves a bit of photobombing in case you hadn't noticed!

I'll admit, I was nervous wearing the giraffe suit out in Peterhead to start with. It's the kind of place where anybody who stands out or dares to be different is immediately judged. People stare - how rude! But I actually got a few compliments wearing this! I dressed it down for day time with my simple H&M sandals and biker jacket, and added the necklace because it went with the African/tribal theme of the jumpsuit. My Cleopatra necklace arrived from Eclectic Eccentricity last Monday & I've barely taken it off since. I am completely in love with the design - it's even prettier in real life than on their website! My only negative is that I find the chain is too long for this style of necklace, but I guess that's just my personal preference. Plus that's easily fixed with the help of my handy boyfriend!

So what do you think - could your hometown handle a giraffe print jumpsuit!? Or is small town snobbery all in my self conscious mind? ;)
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