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Five Friday Favourites #17

Blood Brothers

It feels like ages ago that I booked these tickets for my parents’ Christmas present but the weekend finally rolled around to go and see this show in Bristol. It is my favourite musical and we all really enjoyed it. We had a fab day in the sunshine walking along the Harbourside, enjoying cocktails and eating pizza.

The Longs Arms

Another mention for mine and Ian’s favourite pub! We went up here for dinner last night as, and usual, it was stunning. We shared starters of lobster and a goats meat scotch egg then I had lemon sole while Ian had the lamb. I always look forward to pudding and seeing what crazy flavour of ice-cream is on the menu and this time we sampled root beer, cream soda, Nutella, peanut butter and jam and – my new favourite – Jaffa Cake.

New Earrings

I rediscovered these earrings that my best friend Lu bought me for my birthday. They are lovely silver swallows and I have been wearing them all week.

Becca Highlighter

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This week, I have been really enjoying wearing the Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca in the shade Moonstone as recommended by The Anna Edit. I like how natural this looks and I really do think it suits paler complexions.

Sliders

I have been after a pair of pool sliders since last summer. I saw these in Primark and I thought they looked really fun and they are actually really comfortable. It’s one of the first times that I have stopped to wonder whether I am too ‘old’ for an item of clothing but then realised I didn’t really care and headed to the tills!

Five Friday Favourites #12

Apologies for being a day late with this but I was watching Comic Relief last night. Apart from the Love Actually bit, I was shocked at how bad it was this year – completely unfunny, awful sound quality, a disinterested audience and a general chaotic feeling…was that just me?! Obviously, I donated and still think it’s a great cause but they seemed almost apologetic about sending money to Africa with a lot more focus on UK charities which I think is a sad reflection of how they think much of the county feels at the moment. Anyway, onto my weekly highlights…

New Hair

I had a long-overdue cut and colour at the weekend and it feels great. I got quite a lot cut off which I usually do in Spring although it’s just a little too short to tie up when I’m having a bad hair day.

Thaikhun

Ian and I enjoyed a great lunch here. The Bath branch is set up like a Thai street market but the actual food is lovely too – I highly recommend the little fish cakes.

Silver Shoes

I have loved the Gucci-style silver loafers for a while but they are quite a statement piece to pull off. I spotted these in Primark so decided to give them a go. They have creased a little whilst wearing them in but I’m looking forward to wearing them as the weather improves.

The Replacement

I really enjoyed this BBC drama. I thought the actual ending was a little weak but I was captivated throughout and it raised some interesting points of view on maternity leave.

New Bedding

I have a bit of a grey, green and copper theme for our bedroom and this bedding is perfect (it was a bargain too at £12 for the set).

Five Friday Favourites #11

Soreen

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How have I reached my thirties and not discovered the chewy delights of malt loaf?! Ian introduced me to this treat and I have had it every morning for breakfast with butter and sliced banana.

A New Primer

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Lumene is a Finnish skincare brand and I bought this Beauty Base over the summer when we did a little Scandi tour. It claims to be a moisturising, illuminating primer and I think it ticks those boxes. My foundation looks great on top of it too – a fab little find!

Bloodline

We have almost finished season one of this Netflix series and it’s really good. It has also made us want to take a Florida road trip one summer.

A Wardrobe Overhaul

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Last Sunday, I had a huge sort-out of my wardrobe…I even dragged Ian into it too! I tried almost everything on, put some stuff into storage and donated a pile of things too. It has felt good knowing everything in my wardrobe now fits and is something I love and I rediscovered some treasures too.

The Longs Arms

I had a full-on week at work and on Thursday I felt like I wanted to go out to dinner just to celebrate getting everything done! My absolute favourite place to eat near us is The Longs Arms in South Wraxall. The food is exceptional and I especially enjoy their amazing ice-cream flavours. Last night, I opted for a scoop of Turkish Delight and one of Cadbury’s Crème Egg…delicious!

Five Friday Favourites #3

This has been a long ol’ week! I knew January was going to be a bit manic work-wise so I have purposely left my weekends relatively free to relax and reboot. However there have been some highlights this week…

The Moonraker

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Ian very kindly surprised me with a 5-course tasting menu at this lovely pub last night. The food here is always great with lots grown on site. My particular favourites were some tasty venison arancini balls and the pudding which was a banana sticky toffee pudding.

Secret in Their Eyes

We are quite partial to a Saturday night film and this one we watched last weekend was excellent. A very dark thriller with a great twist and a top notch cast.

Fresh Flowers

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I treated myself to a bunch of roses this week and they really do cheer me up when I see them sat on the table.

Getting Sorted

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I try and set myself a mini task to achieve over the weekend, and this time it was to sort out our hallway. We bought a lovely little vintage ladder that I use to hang scarves from but it had become a bit of a mess. I had a good sort out, sent several scarves and snoods off to the charity shop and can now actually see what I want to wear rather than rifling through a big mess.

Good Coffee

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We toyed with the idea of getting a new coffee machine in the January sales but I have read so much about how awful the pods are for the environment that it put me off. Instead, we got a new coffee pot and have been enjoying freshly brewed ‘proper’ coffee in bed at the weekend and it is lovely!

Restaurant Review – Absurd Bird, Bath

This weekend, to celebrate 13 years together (how did that happen?!), Ian and I popped into Bath and decided to try out Absurd Bird, a new chicken restaurant recently opened in the town centre.

It wasn’t that busy when we went in and I don’t think it is completely clear what aesthetic they are going for. It is very dark inside with several booths and a large central bar. Upon closer inspection, it is meant to be a kind of Deep South theme with this reflected by some items on the menu too.

We started out with some of the house IPA (a great beer) and had a look at the menu. We decided to go for a few sides to share with some buffalo chicken wings.

Now we were pretty hungry but boy did we over-order!!! In retrospect, our waiter really should have said something but it did mean we had some doggy bags to take home which did us for two more meals. I am used to chicken wings being a couple of bites but these ones were huge!

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We both love buffalo chicken wings and order them every time we are in America – it’s one of those meals that just sums up a place for me so when I saw them on the menu, served with blue cheese sauce, I knew we had to try them. Luckily, they were fab! Spicy, tangy and really succulent, these were good wings, probably the best I’ve tried outside of the States.

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On the side we had jalapeno mac ‘n’ cheese (served with herbed crumbs and very cheesy, if a little stodgy), fried pickles (delicious and in a really light batter) and skinny fries.

Overall, the food here was really good. The cocktail list looked amazing too so it was a shame I was driving! I would definitely be aware of the generously-sized portions although the staff were really helpful bagging leftovers up for us to take home. I’d definitely return here in the future.

Five Friday Favourites #1

Welcome to a brand new weekly feature! I like to mix this up every year as I tend to get bored of doing the same style of post for a whole year and having categories, such as fashion and food, can be a bit limiting at times.

So, I have decided to move my weekly summary-style post to a Friday and just post whatever things have floated my boat, whether they are food-related, a film I have seen or somewhere I have visited.

Healthy Eating and Meal Planning

These two kind of go hand in hand and I’m sure most people are trying to undo some of the gluttony of Christmas! I find meal planning so handy to ensure we eat healthily and don’t end up throwing anything away at the end of the week. My favourites this week include a cauliflower curry with brown rice, trout and couscous, lime and coriander chicken with giant cous cous, eggs and avocado, thai style seabass with brown rice and edamame stir fry and banana pancakes.

A new favourite eyeliner

I am in love with this Ciaté eyeliner that I received in my December Birchbox. The Fierce Flicks Eyeliner is a true black, lasts all day and the thin tip ensures perfect application. I would definitely repurchase this.

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Cross Stitch

I don’t do this very much but I feel I should as I find it so relaxing and I am always so pleased when I finish and have something to show for my efforts. I made this one for Ian as it is a joke we make a lot and I love how the flowers give it a kitsch, old-fashioned look. I have ordered a frame for it so just need to find the perfect place to display it.

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A Great Meal

We treated my parents to a meal at our favourite pub, The Longs Arms. I am yet to have a bad meal here and the food is always seasonal, sourced locally and packed full of flavour. I enjoyed a beetroot and cheese soufflé, brill in a lobster sauce and a scoop of Parma Violet ice cream.

A New Podcast

I have really enjoyed listening to Dawn O’Porter’s Get It On podcast. Each week she talks to a different guest about what clothes and style mean to them and I just find the relationship people have with clothes fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the chats with Dawn French, Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman.

Sunday Summary #50

Life

It has been a very chilled weekend which is exactly what I wanted before the crazy run-up to Christmas.

I spent most of today finishing off my Christmas shopping and I am almost done! We keep saying we are going to have a low-key one this year but it is so easy to get carried away when you spot something you know somebody will love.

We watched the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special this week – I miss that series! I plan on watching my favourite Christmas films over the next few weeks now…Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf – all the classics.

I have been making things as cosy as possible in the evenings this week. I love my mermaid blanket and candles add a warm soft light to the room. We’ve just finished burning this Jasmine and Bamboo candle and have moved onto this Caramel and Pumpkin Swirl one…my living room smells divine!

Food

My favourite Christmas cocktail made an appearance this week…the snowball. Ridiculously retro, but delicious, this is a really festive drink that tastes like sherbet!

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Ian and I went for lunch at Comptoir Libanais yesterday and I am so glad we now have a branch in Bath. We had a big sharing platter full of dips and salads followed by baklava and rose mint tea…absolutely divine!

We also enjoyed croissants and flat whites at Bertinet Bakery – my absolute favourite place to buy pastries in Bath.

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Fashion

I have been on the search for a new coat for a while now and had my heart set on a camel or blush pink pea coat but haven’t been able to find one that is quite right. I was planning on waiting for the sales but then I saw this bad boy and I couldn’t resist it!

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I love leopard print and I think that as long as the rest of the outfit is fairly neutral, a statement coat looks fab. This coat was a Primark bargain and is so soft and cosy.

Beauty

I have been enjoying this shower gel from Bath and Body Works. It smells divine and actually feels very moisturising and luxurious.

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My L’Occitance calendar is such a lovely treat every day – I think I will do a little review when I have opened them all.

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My lips have been so dry and chapped since I was poorly last month and I have been trying everything to cure them. So far, this Dr Lipp nipple balm has proved to be the most effective.

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Finally, I had a cut and colour this week so I am ready for the party season. I went for lots of white, cool-toned blondes again and plan to keep them this way with purple shampoo.

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