30/07/2014

Day Out || Shores Fold Community Farm


WARNING: This is going to be a picture heavy post but the majority of the photos are of cute animals so I promise it's worth it.

Last Friday my flatmate, Kassi and I had a day off together so I suggested that we go to a local farm I'd seen advertised in my local supermarket. I wasn't sure what to expect as the poster didn't give much away but I was very pleasantly surprised with what we found.

As we arrived we were greeted by a rather picturesque view of the animals all roaming around in the fields and after we'd wandered in, a friendly woman came over to give us an insight into what animals they had. We ended up having a really nice chat with her about our photography and the farm in general as she showed us around and really made us feel welcome. It's that kind of one on one interaction that sets local businesses apart from the massive chains. Now for the pictures...






















I was really impressed with the wide selection of animals they have and as you can probably tell from the six separate photos I've included (whoops), the baby goat Ant was my absolute favourite. In the last photo he's actually licking my hand, such a cute little guy. There was another baby goat on the farm but sadly he seemed to be a bit camera shy so I couldn't get a good photo however my flat mate Kassi will be putting up a blog post on the day here soon so go check that out for more pictures of the animals if you like. 

All in all, we had a fantastic day out and if you live in the Manchester area you should definitely check this place out. Here is the facebook group where you can find the address and opening times. Even if you don't live nearby, you should definitely have a look at local farms near where you live. As well as an entertaining day out (especially for children), it's also a great way to support the local community. I definitely plan on looking into more local days out near me to keep me busy this summer! 

To end this post, here are a few unrelated pictures we took as we passed a McVitie's factory and a cute little cabin on the way home (and before you start thinking it, I am very much aware of how much I look like a ghost compared to my sun kissed goddess of a flat mate *sigh*).





27/07/2014

DIY || Pastel Photo Frames


Today I have a post that's a little different but I wanted to show you a DIY I did recently for my new bedroom. I bought some watercolour prints from the Esty shop Oh Gosh, Cindy! months ago but hadn't been able to put them up because I couldn't find any A4 frames I liked the look of. After moving into my new flat I realised I really needed to hunt some frames down so I could finally get them up and make my walls look a little less bare. 
Sadly, this was easier said than done. I was looking in Wilko's at their selection but none of them were quite right, they either looked cheap, dated or both! I was just about to give up when a light bulb went on in my head and I realised there was a ridiculously simple solution. I could just buy a frame I liked the shape of and paint it the colour I wanted. Like I said, so simple I'm kind of embarrassed it took me so long to think of the idea!
Anyway here's a few pictures I took as I was going along. I apologise for the quality as it was late so not the best lightning but I'm sure you'll get the general idea.







The frames cost me £2.70 each which you can find here and I bought a paint sample for £1.55 (here) which was actually on a deal so I got another tester for free. Bargain!
I simply took the glass and backing off so I was left with just the frame and then using a plastic bag to protect my carpet, I started painting. I actually used a cheap make up brush as I didn't have a paint brush to hand but it still worked a treat. I did two coats as the first one was quite patchy but the paint dried super quick so that wasn't a problem. 


And here's the finished result. I'm genuinely impressed with how well these turned out and I can't believe how simple it was. After seeing how easy and affordable this was, I'll definitely be more likely to take things in to my own hands for future projects as well. Success all round! 

25/07/2014

Update || Life in pictures #02

                     
Top left to bottom right - Quick OOTD, hanging out with my new flatmate, browsing homewares, a beautiful sunset, my little prince and a dog poster in Home Sweet Home.

There's been quite a gap since my last life in pictures post which is due to several factors but hopefully, fingers crossed, I'll be able to keep it up as a regular feature now. That being said, one of the main reasons I've been so busy recently is because I moved house. My flatmate and I decided to go into town to do a spot of home shopping last week although we got distracted and didn't end up leaving the flat until gone three! I managed to take a quick OOTD before we left though, I've been loving wearing my dungarees recently even though I look about 12 in them (long hair don't care).
Picture four was the view from my balcony one evening when I had friends round, it was too good not to snap. Also too good to miss was my little doggy Percy, taking a snooze on my pug bedding which he matches perfectly. Lastly, a poster from my date at Home Sweet Home which I've already blogged about here. The decorations in the cafe were so cute but I particularly took a fancy to this print of different dog breeds, I wonder why!
          
Top left to bottom right - Percy missing his mummy, Moz is God in 42's , night out with my girls from back home, Screenfields in the sun, flowers from my man, hiding under a chair.
  
My sister sent me this snapchat of my puppy looking out of the window and it definitely pulled at my heartstrings! I get to see him again next week though which isn't too long to wait.

Then on Tuesday my wonderful friends from school, Amanda and Lauren, came to visit me in Manchester which of course meant a night out for old times sake. There will be a full blog post soon about their time in Manchester so keep your eyes peeled. I also showed them around Spinningfields where we soaked up the sun in the deck chairs whilst catching up with each other. An afternoon well spent.

The next photo is of the beautiful flowers my boyfriend surprised me with when we were meant to be celebrating his first day at work, I don't think he even understands the concept of me spoiling him! And then to round it off another snapchat of Percy. I think it's a common thing with pugs that they seem to love to rest their chin on things, whether it's a chair or your head they don't seem to mind. It's always an interesting way to wake up though, with my dog resting his face on mine!
So there you have it, the highlights of my week. 
Hope you all had an interesting week too!

Interiors || Next Home Wish List


So as you'll know if you've read my previous posts, I've recently moved house and now live in a flat with my good friend Kassi. One of our favourite things to do is browse Next Home whilst we're in town and last week we picked up a few bits to decorate the flat with and make it a bit more homely. Walking towards the exit though, I realised we'd made a huge mistake (bonus points if you know the tv show). The children's department is clearly the place to be.

We found so many treasures hidden away in the corner but having already spent £100 between us we couldn't really justify buying anything else, at least not on the same day!

Fabric Storage Boxes (Set of Three) - £15
Fabric Tub (Set of Two) - £25
Bunny Mood Lights (Set of Two) - £8
Flower Tree Lamp - £20
Pretty Bunting - £10
Floating Shelves (Set of Two) - £25
Dressing Up Box - £90
Five Tier Storage Unit - £50

As I said above, this is all from the Next Home children's department and although it's rather on the pricier side of things it is definitely worth investing in as the quality is second to none. Plus, whilst talking to the sales assistant earlier on she mentioned that some things might be going into the sale this weekend so fingers crossed I can pick myself up some half price goodies!




22/07/2014

Beauty || Spring Favourites


As it is now July, I thought I would share with you a few products I've been enjoying these past few months. I know most bloggers do this sort of post on a monthly basis but I've been trying to cut back my spending when it comes to beauty products so I've decided to keep it seasonal, at least for the time being.

Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser £4.27 - Simple
I have to admit, before starting to use this product the only moisturiser I ever used was the cheapest one I could find in the supermarket. I didn't think it made any difference but this little beauty has proved me very wrong indeed. During the past couple of months, it has gotten warmer and more humid where I live which was a nightmare for my oily complexion and my make up had started disappearing after a couple of hours. After seeing this on offer I decided to give it a whirl and it definitely hasn't disappointed. It applies like a dream and sinks in straightaway meaning I can get straight onto my make up (handy for me as I'm always in a rush for work).


Lipstick in 'Snob' £15 - MAC Cosmetics
I'd never been a massive fan of pink lipsticks on me before but this little beauty has changed everything. It's a lovely pastel pink shade with a satin finish so nothing too ground breaking but it's definitely a stepping stone to wearing brighter colours. It glides on seamlessly and isn't drying on the lips so I've been wearing it a lot this Spring and will probably continue wearing it throughout the summer.


Archery Brow Tint and Pencil £10 - Soap and Glory
So recently I've been trying to make more effort with my brows as up until about a year ago I didn't do anything other than pluck them. I've tried pencils before but found them to be too harsh and unnatural so I then moved onto a MAC eye shadow however I found this to be too soft and could barely notice any difference. Finally, after seeing many rave reviews I decided to try this product out and I was not disappointed. The pencil is the right consistency so stays put all day and it doesn't have that dreaded red undertone that many pencils seem to. The pointed brush on the other end is also good if you're just wanting to quickly fill in the brows as it has just the right amount of product come out to achieve a naturally defined look. The only complaint I have with this is that the brush end dried up very fast however I suspect this is due to someone already opening this in the shop as it doesn't come in sealed packaging, other than that though I'm really happy with this pencil.


Glow Stick in 'Play Up' £10 - Topshop
This highlighter was an obvious Spring favourite for me as I've been wearing it non stop since I bought it at the start of May. This creamy highlighter comes in a twist up stick which makes it effortless to apply, you simply dab it on and then I personally like to use my fingers to blend it in to give it a more natural look. It gives a wonderful glow to my skin without looking like a disco ball and as with all Topshop products, the packaging is beautiful. The only downside to this amazing product is that I now want to try the 'Spotlight' shade in the Glow Stick and one of the Glow pots in 'Polish'. If only I had the money!

Naked 3 Palette £37 - Urban Decay
I won't say much about this palette as it's already talked about enough in the blogosphere but oh my word, this is the holy grail of eye shadow palettes. I didn't think anything could top the Naked and Naked 2 palettes but this has blown them out of the water. I got it as a Christmas present and have used it pretty much every week since then. It's quite simply make up heaven. The shades, the pigmentation, even the brush it comes with are all perfect. If you don't already own this, where have you been?!


Tortoiseshell Effect Sunglasses £13 - Next (No longer available)
Finally, I just had to include these sunglasses. I've been borrowing them from my boyfriend so much that I've ended up buying him a new pair of a similar style so I don't have to feel so mean wearing them all the time! They're such a classic, timeless style and are a really flattering shape. Excuse my no make up, unwashed scrunchie hair in the next pictures but I thought I'd show you what they look like on (and Sam's new sunnies as well).



Well that's the five products I've been enjoying this Spring. Have you tried any of these products? Let me know if you agree with me or not!

18/07/2014

Day Out || Home Sweet Home



Last week, after a lot of not so subtle hinting, I finally convinced Samuel to take me to Home Sweet Home in Manchester. For those of you who live a bit further afield (or have just been hiding under a rock), Home Sweet Home is an American themed cafe in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Recently my Instagram feed has been blowing up with photos of food that looks (almost) too good to eat from this place so, of course, I had to go for myself and see if it lived up to the hype!




As it's an American themed cafe I was expecting the classic, clique diner decor inside but it's actually got a really kitsch, welcoming vibe to it which made us feel right at home as soon as we entered. Pictured above you can see some of the cute decorations that adorn the walls including my favourite one, the dog poster (obviously). As soon as I spotted the pug, I knew I was in the right place.




Now on to the main event, the food!
I had the Rancho Cucamonga Salad with added chicken and chorizo as it was a warm, summers day so I wanted to go for a fresh, lighter option. How wrong I was. This salad was absolutely massive (as you can see) and so filling I had to get Blim to finish it off for me. Whoops, my bad! Although the portion size was a little on the large side, it was still the most amazing salad I've ever tasted. It was packed with delicious, fresh ingredients and they didn't skimp on the meat which a lot of restaurants seem to do with salads, in my experience at least. It was dressed with a gorgeous tomato aioli and topped off with shredded, crispy spinach tortilla. Perfection.
Sam went for the Chilli Dog with seasoned fries which he seemed to like as he wolfed it down. Sadly though, we were both too full to try some of their amazing desserts. But silver lining, it means we have to go back again soon just for puds.

Food wise, this place is top notch but it did leave something to be desired in terms of service. It took so long for them to ask if we wanted a coffee at the end that we ended up just getting the bill and going to Starbucks instead. I know it's a relaxed atmosphere but there's chilled out and then there's just plain unobservant. However saying this, we still had a pleasant meal and it wasn't enough to put me off returning.





We then ended our day out by having a wander through Spinningfields, one of the nicer areas of Manchester, and we both had a play around with the camera.
Still getting the hang of editing so let me know what you think please, I can never tell if it's too much or not!