Sunday, 30 September 2012

Strawberry Daquiries

This weekend I had a catch up/night out with one of my bestest friends, which I used as an excuse to make some of my absolute favourite cocktails - Strawberry Daquiries!

To make them all you need is a bottle of Bacardi & some sort of strawberry liquor. I struggle to find the liquor round here but a friend managed to come across this Strawberry bols in Macro...

...and obviously you need strawberries! I used 2 punnets of fresh strawberries, which serves about 4 cocktails - depending on the size of your glass!

 Just blend your strawberries until they go smooth, mix in your rum & liquor (as much or as little as you like, based on how drunk you want to get!) , add ice if you want...
et voila!

Enjoy with good friends and lots of laughs :)

I'm wearing...  Topshop vest (old) // ASOS sequin pencil skirt


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Fashion Week Faves : Milan SS13

For some reason I never get quite so engrossed in Milan fashion week as I do the others. Although Dolce & Gabbana's raffia cage dresses definitely stood out from the crowd! Here's some of my highlights...

Photos from Elle & words by me.
Gucci & Prada & Dolce, oh my!


Monday, 24 September 2012

Lucky in Louboutin

I said the other day that the fashion Gods have been looking down on me lately. Well, they've done it again and I've been so freaking excited to share this!! Somehow, I managed to pick up a pair of second hand but never worn Christian Louboutin heels, for the amazing price of £60!

Yes, you read that right, 60 freaking quid!!
On Wednesday night a local second hand shop uploaded a photo of these beauties to their Facebook page with the £60 price tag. They're a size 5, I'm usually a 6. Despite this I sent off a private message asking if it would be possible to hold them for me to try on. They obliged and I was ecstatic! But at the back of my mind I couldn't help but wonder (check out Carrie Bradshaw over here!) if it was just wishful lustful thinking on my part.
A. They'd probably be too small.
B. Who in their right mind would be selling genuine Louboutins at that price!?

Photos by my sister, Laura. (Thanks!) 

My sister drove me there the next morning and I gave them the 'once over' to make sure they were genuine. They have all the Louboutin trademarks and come complete with dustbag and box, and even still have the protective plastic seal on their beautiful red soles! The box is slightly damaged due to being brought home from the USA. I questioned why they were being sold, especially at that price? Apparently some unfortunate woman has a very generous husband who buys her designer shoes as gifts...except this particular pair weren't to her taste. So she never wore them. They lay in her wardrobe "haunting her" until she decided she had to get rid. What a tragedy! I'm about 95% sure they're genuine. If not, they're a very convincing fake!!

And to my surprise/luck - the size 5 is a snug but perfect fit! My life = Made! I cannot wait to put on my sparkly new red soled shoes and go dancing with my girls!


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Doll dagga buzz buzz ziggety zag...

A pretty simple outfit that I wore out for lunch/shoe shopping with my sister on Thursday. This wasn't just any shoe shopping... this was bargain Louboutin shoe shopping! But more on that at a later date ;)

Zara beaded tee // River Island leather-look jeans (old) // Primark studded pumps & bag // Marc by Marc Jacobs skull necklace & bangle

Fashion has taken a turn down a dark and mysterious road this season, and stumbled upon a little town called Goth. I'll confess - my inner awkward goth-stage teenager loves this trend and all it's glorious leather, studs and spikes. Enter the studded shoes (£10) and beaut shopper bag (£12!). Both were complete bargains from good old Primark. I originally bought the pumps for work but decided I loved them too much and needed them in my real wardrobe. I'm wearing them here with my favourite River Island  leather-look jeans which are great for dressing up on a night out, but just as good with a plain tee for every day wear.  I bought this Zara tee a few weeks ago after being drawn to the relaxed fit and pretty pearlesque beads.

Another bargain accessory in this outfit is the skull necklace! I fell in love with it while shopping at Marc by Marc Jacobs in New York's west village. The $10 price tag was just the icing on the cake!

Whats your favourite trend this season?


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Fashion Week Faves : London SS13

While New York designers have a more classic and tailored style, our homegrown Great British designers are more about the wow factor. They seem to find inspiration in anything and everything, creating one of a kind stand-out pieces season after season. This September's London Fashion Week proved to me, again, that the UK is where the real innovative talent lies.

I've struggled to pick but here are some of my favourites...

All photos from Elle. Words by me.
What do you think?


Monday, 17 September 2012

Tropeiro : One for the meat lovers...

Last weekend Gordon and I went out for dinner at Brazilian restaurant 'Tropeiro' in Aberdeen. We really enjoyed the unique style of dining here so I thought I'd share with you guys...

 Tropeiro recommend starting off with a Caipirinha - Brazil's national cocktail - so I happily obliged with their lychee flavour!

 You then help yourself at the salad bar to a bit of pasta/vegetables/salad/stew/olives/bread/all of the above. Take as much as you fancy but don't fill yourself up on it. I recommend the vegetable stew!

You can return to the salad bar as often/little as you like.

 Each person at your table will be given their own card. When you're ready to try some of the meat on offer, you simply turn your card over so that the green side is facing upwards...

...and waiters will appear at your side ready to carve various meats onto your plate! If you're a meat lover like me then you'll love Tropeiro. There's steak, beef, lamb, pork ribs, sausages, chicken wrapped in bacon, the most amazing gammon and even chicken hearts! Which are apparently a delicacy in Brazil. I did taste them but wasn't impressed! Everything else however was juicy and beautiful.

 When you've had enough you simply turn your card back to the red side.

And then back to green if you fancy a bit more!

 I can't remember exactly how much they charge for dinner, but it was roughly around £25 per person. Not bad considering they'll have up to 10 cuts of meat available and you can eat as much as you like.

Tropeiro was a new and fun experience for us and we'll definitely be back. The Aberdeen branch is just down the side of the Music Hall so it'll be handy for pre-gig munch! If you're not in the area though they also have branches in Glasgow, Chester & Nottingham - you can book online on their website.

Top tip: Don't fill up on the first few meats they bring to you - they save the best for last!


Sunday, 16 September 2012

Fashion Week Faves: New York SS13

I'm a little bit behind but I thought I'd catch up on the fashion week shows and share a few of my favourites so far...
All pictures from Elle

What were your favourite shows from New York this season?


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Seven devils all around you...

Oh look, a  blog post that isn't about New York!

 Zara dress // Topshop socks // River Island boots // (faux) Chanel bag from NYC street stall // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses & 1st bracelet // 2nd bracelet by Thomas Sabo // 3rd bracelet was a gift from a friend

I wanted to do a proper outfit post to show off this gorgeous Zara dress I bought on my holibobs. Sometimes I struggle with Zara to find the perfect fit - in fact I think this might be the 1st dress I've ever  bought from them! I picked it up in NYC but it is available on the UK website here for only £29.99. It was the cute skull print that 1st caught my attention but the shape of the dress gives it a more relaxed feel and I adore the cut out on the back. It's a perfect day to night dress, and I did just that when I wore it on Saturday for shopping, followed by the cinema (finally seen Ted!) and dinner/drinks with my manfriend. I paired it here with frilly Topshop ankle socks and River Island booties but it looks just as good with sandals for summer or tights for winter.

Also wearing my 'Chanel' bag which I picked up in Times Square for the bargain price of $35! I'm not usually one for fakes, but lets face it I'm never going to be able to afford an actual Chanel handbag. Ever. So this will have to do!

Are you for or against fakes?


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

New York, New York! : Day 7

At last I've made it to my final holiday post! This is also my 100th post on Another Weekend so that's a happy coincidence. Not so much photos this time - By day 7 we were knackered, sunburnt and our feet were in bits. As much as we loved New York city we were definitely ready to go home. We didn't want to go too far from our hotel so we spent the afternoon wondering around Times Square. After eating our weight in Chinese we chilled on the roof terrace of the Novotel until it was time to head to the airport...

I wore... River Island tee // Warehouse trousers // H&M sandals // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, bracelet and necklace.

Ciao for now New York, we will definitely be back!

Monday, 10 September 2012

New York, New York! : Day 6

Our penultimate day in the concrete jungle was a day of wondering. Our 1st stop was Macy's on 34th Street - I was underwhelmed by the experience, mostly because I didn't find anything to buy - and then we wondered around town in search of a Magnolia Bakery. Our feet were aching and we were roasting in the 30 degree heat but after a classic New York pizza pitstop we eventually stumbled across one.... 3 blocks away from our bloody hotel!

My banana cupcake was worth it. Even if I did get half the chocolate frosting all over my face! We nipped back to our hotel to freshen up and then strolled in the sunshine to Central Park. Our 2nd favourite New York haunt by now, after Greenwich Village!

I wore... Primark dress & earrings // H&M sandals // Religion bag // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

Gordon got bored of his rented remote control boat fairly quickly, and with the promise of cocktails afterwards he convinced me to get in a rowing boat with him. I hate boats. Luckily the scenery and laughter was enough to make up for it. And those cocktails helped too!
 We sipped peach bellinis into the wee hours on the deck of the boathouse, and then drunkenly walked danced our way back through Central Park.
 We stopped at Five Guys for "the best burgers in town" - thanks for the tip off, Rose!
 And I even found heaven on route back to our hotel...

Needless to say I had sweet shoe dreams that night!

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