Monday, 19 January 2015

photo diary week #1

Welcome to photo diary week #1.
I don't keep a diary - my blog is probably the closest thing I will ever get to one so why the hell not.

From left to right: 
1 & 2: Brunch with Eric at our favourite little spot in Manchester, Home Sweet Home. Every man and his dog have probably mentioned this place on social media so I won't go on. We both went for my favourite dish "sun devil scrambler". Eric agreed that it's a mighty fine dish! (Basically scrambled egg over hash potatoes with lots of delicious taco and chipotle sauce). 

3: Eating out, again! I had a lovely evening catching up with a friend at the new Gusto restaurant in Manchester. We enjoyed a glass of wine (or 3), a generous bowl of pasta and I may or may not have scoffed down a brownie for dessert. We both loved our pasta dishes, unfortunately I didn't snap mine, which makes me think that despite loving food, I don't think I would make for a very good food blogger - I have to dig in straight away!

4: Watching American Hustle - my Mum and Sister came to stay with us at the weekend and after a day of shopping, putting our feet up and watching a good film was just what we needed.

5 & 6: I had my hair done at Umberto Giannini on Saturday. I fancied a bit of a change, but nothing too drastic, so I opted for a few caramel coloured highlights and a toner to blend them in with my lighter ends which I had done last year. My stylist, Ruby, also suggested that I have my layers taken in a bit shorter to give my natural curly hair a bit more lift. I loved the results and will definitely be returning - maybe I will even blog my next visit. Also, they're currently offering 50% off for new customers until mid February.

7: Listening to this song most this week. I think I will share my most liked song each week in this series. This track by The Weekend is from the soundtrack to the forthcoming 50 shades of Grey movie. I've been a fan of The Weekend for a while and this track has me hooked already.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Golden Globes Best Dressed

I love awards season for the Red Carpet looks alone. Sure it's nice to see who's won what, but I'm much more interested in seeing who's wearing what.
So without further ado, here are my pick of this year's best dressed at the Golden Globes.

Emma Stone in Lanvin jumpsuit. Hats off to her for pulling off a jumpsuit at the Globes. Not as fabulous as her pink two piece she wore to the Met Ball last year, but still rocking her own style nevertheless. Despite not being a gown, I still think it's one of the best outfits of the evening and is effortlessly chic.

Dakota Johnson in Chanel. Wowing us in a shimmering Chanel strapless dress Dakota gets full marks for getting her entire look spot on; from her beautifully complimenting waves against the flowing train on the dress to the metallic Jimmy Choo's and clutch, Dakota looks beautiful.

Sienna Miller in Miu Miu. For me, this look stole the show. Wearing this beautiful embellished Miu Miu gown with the plunging neck line, with stunning jewellery, hair and make-up to compliment, Sienna looks radiant in this ensemble.

The Tatum's.
Both Channing and Jenna looked polished to perfection, but Jenna's lemon Caroline Herrera gown is absolutely exquisite and is, in my opinion, one of the best dresses of the night. Plus, they are probably the most adorable celebrity couple going.
What were your favourite looks of the night?

Monday, 12 January 2015

goals for 2015

 My first post of 2015 and we are already nearly two weeks into the new year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and NYE.
Since I haven't blogged this year I missed the whole "New Years resolutions" posts. I had the best intentions of making some resolutions at the start of this year, but I failed massively! The only one I definitely knew I was going to make was the same as that I make pretty much every other year (but usually keep up for about a week), that being to adopt a more healthy lifestyle and to exercise regularly. So far I am doing pretty well with the first part - I have been consciously eating healthier by cutting out junk food, fizzy drinks etc. I am enjoying clean eating, but it's only been 11 days so I guess this will get harder. I am yet to get into the regular exercise part - which is where this plan always falls down -  and have only been to the gym twice in the new year. I am on the hunt for a gym with a good range of fitness classes that I can partake in as I find I workout a lot harder when I have others there to motivate me!
Other than that I didn't make any resolutions. I think for me personally, I would rather come up with a list of things I wish to achieve in 2015, as opposed to "I won't eat this, or I will do more of that". So, the main thing I wish to achieve with the healthy eating/ exercise resolution is to tone up my body. I have been working in an office sitting on my ass for the last 3 years and feel that I would benefit from a good health kick to get my body back into shape. I'm not saying I need to necessarily loose weight just tone it all up! I hope that's not a TMI.
So having had a little think, these are the things I wish to achieve in 2015:

Exercise more:
I want to try and maintain some level of fitness throughout 2015, so whether I go to the gym at least twice a week and try to go for a long walks/ bike rides at weekends I want to commit to it. I will blog about my regime once I have figured out what's going to work best for me.

Try something new:
I would like to get out of my comfort zone a little more, although I think I am getting better - starting blogging was one major thing! I would like to keep pushing myself in 2015 and who knows where trying something new could lead to. Fashion also ties into this, as sometimes I feel I hold back in my personal fashion choices - I know I should embrace my own style but sometimes I feel myself conforming to the generic trends and blending in with the crowd!

Setting up my blog last year was brilliant. I love blogging but I haven't yet organised myself into keeping a schedule for when I am going to blog. I am not going to give myself huge goals, otherwise I will never stick to them as they're likely to be unachievable (blogging 7 days a week for example). I work full time and as most bloggers will appreciate it take time to put a post together so I am going to start small and say that I will blog at least twice a week for now and how that goes.

Meet new people & friends:
This might seem a bit of a weird one but I find that it becomes quite difficult to meet new friends once you are settled into a job and routine ensues. I think that you may meet a lot of people but not necessarily make lifelong friends as when you are younger. I think that my aim to try new things could tie in here - getting involved in new groups gives more opportunity to meet new faces and hopefully expand social circles. Some people have a good close knit circle of friends and are perfectly happy with keeping it that way, but I don't think it ever hurts to get to know more people. Right?
Anyway, I would love to know if any of you have made any resolutions for 2015.

*image via we heart it.
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