Saturday, 25 April 2015

NOTD: Ash UV Gel Nails

The convenience of UV cured, gel style nails is so appealing when you've got a busy week ahead. That's exactly what I was thinking before going back to work after my 2 week holiday. A new term is always hectic with plans, staff meetings and CPD and the last thing I want to be worrying about is chipped nails. So I took some time out, with an episode of Pretty Little Liars and gave myself a gel manicure using Ash colours. I love the combination of beige/nude and glitter. It's just a shame I can't seem to find Ash Soak Off UV Colour Gels anywhere, I think I got them from Social Discount Network last year.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Wish, Want, Need: Bombay Duck

After getting the Fabulous Feet door mat from Bombay Duck last month my love for their homeware has grown. The colourful and pretty designs come in a mixture of vintage and modern items. I'd love to have a house filled their with distinctive, detailed pieces.

Are you lucky enough to have anything Bombay Duck in your house?

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Photo Diary: Beach Day

I'm so lucky to live next to loads of gorgeous beaches. With one almost literally on my doorstep I kind of take it for granted. When we had our dog it was the perfect place for a nice long walk but now it's somewhere I don't really think of going. 
In my holidays from work we had some glorious sunshine and took a road trip to an amazing ice cream shop before heading to one of the beaches about 10minutes away from my house. I went for raspberry sorbet while my boyfriend was a bit greedier choosing fudge, toffee and toffee sprinkles! This beach is huge and seems to go on forever. There's sand dunes, loads of golden sand and pretty impressive surf if you're feeling brave enough.

What's your favourite thing to do for a bit of an adventure?

Dinner Party Guide

When it comes to planning and organizing the perfect summer dinner party, things don’t have to be as complicated as you imagine. If you’ve never done one before, you’re going to need some tips and advice. Luckily, we’ve set out a step by step guide in this post that should help you to cover all the basics. By following our suggestions, you can ensure that everyone in attendance has a fantastic time. You just need to decide whether or not to hold your party outdoors. Sometimes it’s best to eat inside and then venture outside a little later. That would mean it doesn’t matter too much if the weather takes a turn for the worse. 

Step 1: Invite your guests
Before you do anything else, you’ll need to work out who you would like to attend your dinner party. Once you’ve done that, you should create some custom invitations that require them to RSVP. You should also ask them to let you know about any allergies or food requirements they might have. The last thing you want is to make someone ill because you have included nuts in your meal. Also, knowing who is coming will help to reduce your stress levels. When you have a shortlist and information about their dietary requirements, you can move onto the next step. 

Step 2: Plan your meal
You don’t have to cook something too difficult for your first dinner party. You just need to make sure that people are going to enjoy the food. Steak is always popular, but you need to be careful that you cook it properly. People who ask for medium rare are not going to be happy if you cremate their meat. Likewise, those who like their steak well-done won’t be thrilled if they see blood on their plate. Thankfully, there are lots of free articles available online that explain how to do everything properly. At the end of the day, the choice of meal is completely down to you. 

Step 3: Buy the right alcohol
Different alcoholic drinks suit different meals, and so you need to select your beverages accordingly. While you will want to get a crate of lager for the men, it’s still wise to pick the right wine to complement your meal. Any online wine store should publish suggestions on their website, and so you won’t have to look far. Just make sure you do some reading, and you should get the perfect drinks for your guests. 

Step 4: Plan some entertainment
No dinner party would be complete without appropriate entertainment. You don’t have to go mad, but it’s wise to occupy your guests with something fun. Perhaps you should purchase some board games? Maybe you should invest in some new CDs? Either way, you will put a smile on the faces of your guests if you plan something they will enjoy.

I reckon if I follow these tips I might manage to make dinner parties a regular event in my new house. Work has a habit of taking over my evenings and weekend so, kicking back with my friends and some good food could be the best way to unwind.