Friday, 30 October 2015

Cosy Essentials

Hello and Happy Friday everyone! I can hardly believe it is the last weekend of October already and winter is nearly upon us again! The plus side to this is that we can all snuggle up and make ourselves warm and cosy on dark cold evenings-all it takes are a few comfy essentials to set the scene...

A cosy throw/blanket is essential for snuggling in front of the tv/fire on a winters evening-even a large fluffy scarf will do the trick and there are so many choices to choose from at the minute. 

I was delighted to find the one above in my local Tesco last week and it will definitely double as a scarf and throw for me this winter. They really look a lot more expensive than €15! I can't see it online so I'd imagine they are selling fast!

A mug of anything hot in the hand is a definite winter winner-fluffy woolly socks optional:)

Also how fab are these suede and faux fur slippers from M&S?- I definitely think I need these too!

As always grouped candles and soft lamps lighting in corners create a lovely ambience and glow in a room-way better than harsh overhead lights at this time of year!

Wishing you all a super Halloween weekend:)

 I am heading down to Cork with my youngest so looking forward to that!

Anne xx

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Botanical Beauty

New season, new scent - isn't that how it goes?! We're living by that mantra this week anyway, having fallen head over heels for the beautiful new Botanical Essence No.20 by Liz Earle.

The special edition fragrance celebrates the brand's 20th anniversary with a delicious Damask rose scent and a unique blend of essential oils.
You could describe it as a rose garden in a bottle! 

The packaging alone is beautiful and would sit pretty on any dressing table.

All in all, a lovely light scent that is perfect for daytime.


Monday, 26 October 2015

Shiny Moments

Hello-hope you all had a good weekend! It was a bank holiday here today so we enjoyed an extra long one! The clocks have also changed so the nights are really drawing in now-how fast this year has gone by!!

Here are a few shiny moments from last week:)

Love new winter boots and these black ones from Penneys are fab and so comfy-a bargain at €23. Laura

Enjoyed a yummy healthy midweek lunch

An afternoon treat of homemade banana bread after a damp and dreary dog walk. Anne

The week ended on a high, getting the keys to my first apartment!! Laura

We hope you all have a great week ahead-almost Halloween time again!

Anne&Laura xx

Friday, 23 October 2015

Cinnamon, Apple and Pear Traybake.....

I love traybakes as they are easy enough to make and good for feeding a crowd:) I made a version of this one before which I originally adapted from an old Woman and Home magazine and I have tweaked it again here using different flour. I like the mix and flavour so I thought I would share, as it is a great recipe to have on standby for weekend baking.

1 tsp cinnamon
125g flour ( I used doves farm gluten free plain flour)
125g diced butter
7ozs sugar
2 large eggs
100mls milk( I used dairy free almond milk)
125g oats
3-4 medium apples sliced
1 tin pears drained

85g plain flour
50g butter
2 oz sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix the flour, ginger, cinnamon, oats and sugar in a bowl-add in the diced butter and blend until mixture becomes crumbly. Whisk the eggs and milk in a jug and add to the bowl ... combine the mixture until you have a smooth batter. Place in a greased baking tray( mine is an 8x12 in tin) and top with the sliced apples and pears. Bake in a warmed 180c oven for 15 mins.

Make the crumble topping in a separate bowl by mixing flour, sugar and cinnamon together-add in the butter and rub with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Remove the cake from oven and spread the crumble evenly over the top. Return to the oven for 25 mins until golden brown and fruit is bubbling.. 

Remove and leave to cool in the tray before cutting into squares.

I love mine topped with a little almond soy yoghurt, but cream or custard would also be delish!

Wishing you all a super weekend:)
Anne xx

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Camel Cape

Hi everyone, hope your week is off to a great start :)

A camel coat was high on my wishlist this season and I fell in love with this cape style as soon as I spotted it on the Littlewoods Ireland autumn catwalk! It arrived last week and I had to put it on straight away! I love the faux fur hood - it adds to the cosiness and is a nice twist on the usual cape styles. 

Teamed with simple skinny jeans and boots (both Zara), it's a lovely statement piece of outerwear and will be perfect layered over chunky knitwear when the real cold sets in :)


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Shiny Moments

Hope you all had a lovely Sunday! How can we be halfway through October already ?.... nearly time for the clocks to change again!

Here are a few shiny moments from our week gone by:)

Enjoyed yummy pizza for a lovely midweek lunch....

Back to a darker nail colour for autumn....

Relaxing with this little cutie is always a shiny moment....

We've stocked up on cosy scarves for cooler days ahead-love the soft pastel colours of these ones!

Hope you all have a good week:)

Anne&Laura xx

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Sensational Suede

Zara Patchwork | Topshop Black Midi | Warehouse Berry Midi | Warehouse Tan

Happy Thursday everyone! The weekend is in sight and we couldn't be more excited :)

For today's AW15 edit, we're looking at a gorgeous selection of suede skirts. From camel to black and luscious berry tones, this beautiful texture will add a luxe edge to your autumn/winter wardrobe.

Swinging in amidst the 70's trend, these skirts would look gorgeous paired with simple basics like a black polo neck or knitted jumper. We love the idea of layering with luxurious faux fur and they look fabulous with this season's hugely popular over the knee boots.

They'll stand the test of time too and see you right through to next summer - perfect with a light tee and bare legs. 

Here's some more outfit inspiration via Pinterest...

Images via 1,2,3,4

Have you fallen for suede too? Let us know in the comments below!


Monday, 12 October 2015

Black and Camel

Hello and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a super weekend-we had a very busy one here so it absolutely flew by:) I wore this outfit heading to Dublin yesterday so thought I would share it on the blog today! I love these colours for a/w and I have this camel Karen Millen leather jacket for years but I find it great for in-between seasons before the real heavy woolen coats and knits takeover.

Jacket/Karen Millen  Black Cullottes/F&F clothing @Tesco  Boots/LK Bennett  Bag/Diane Von Furstenberg  Scarf/Penneys/Primark  Black top/DKNY

I was lucky to find these black culottes whilst shopping in Tesco one morning a few weeks ago! They are by F&F clothing and think this particular style was a random end of line at the time but they have similar here this season. I loved the fit and they are so comfortable.

I'm wearing them with my suede knee high boots here-they are rather high so they don't come out too often! I may look for an alternative pair this a/w, although my big problem is finding boots that stay up on my skinny legs!!

I finished with a black cross body bag and my old faithful leopard print scarf from Penneys!

Hope you all have a great week:)
Anne xx

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Spicy butternut squash soup...

I love the variety of pumpkin and squash on sale in the supermarkets in October and one of our absolute favourite soups here is butternut squash! 
I love soup as it always makes for a nice comforting filler for lunch especially on rainy autumn days. 

This is what I use for mine and it will serve about 4 people... 

1 medium butternut squash
1 large onion diced
3 carrots 
1 tbsp olive oil/
250ml of vegetable/chicken stock
1 tsp chilli powder
salt and pepper to season

Heat the olive oil on a frying pan and fry the diced onion until soft but not coloured. Make up your vegetable stock in a pot on the stove. Chop the carrots and butternut squash into cubes and add them along with the fried onions to the pot on the stove! Bring this mixture to the boil and simmer the vegetables for about 20 mins until soft. Season well with salt and pepper and add in the chilli powder.You can omit this if you wish but I like the spicy kick it gives to the soup:)

 Transfer the mixture to a blender and mix to a smooth puree. Return the soup to the pot and keep it warm over a gentle heat until ready to serve.

Hope you are all having a good week:)
Anne xx

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Pop Up Designer Fashion for Less

We do love our designer labels around here - especially when we can snap them up at a bargain! So we were intrigued to hear about an upcoming pre-loved designer sale in Dublin.

Hosted by, the pop-up showcase will include a range of accessories, shoes and clothes from the likes of Chloe, Prada, Isabel Marant, Victoria Beckham and more. 

This amazing Mulberry Bayswater recently sold online for €250! So who knows what gems might be on offer at the event :)

The sale takes place on Saturday 10th October at Brooks Hotel, Drury Street Dublin 2 
from 11am-4pm.

Let us know if you stop by and pick up any bargains :)

Laura & Anne

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Shiny moments....

Hello:) Hope you all are having a lovely Sunday! What a great start to October it's been with some beautiful autumn sunshine to enjoy! We hope it lasts for a little bit longer-definitely makes the winter seem shorter!

Here are some shiny moments from this week.

I enjoyed doing some autumn planting on a very sunny and warm afternoon:)

So great to be able to wear a skirt without tights in October:) Anne

Friday treats from Butlers-they do the best hot chocolate:) Laura

We just love the new Kate Moss nude collection from Rimmel London

A pretty cyclamen adding a nice bit of colour indoors also:)

We hope you all enjoy the rest of Sunday evening and have a great week:)

Anne&Laura xx

Friday, 2 October 2015

A Peek at

Happy Friday everyone - we made it!

With the weekend in mind, we're looking at some gorgeous pieces from today.

We recently had a peek at the AW15 campaign and spotted a lovely selection to take you from day to night.

70s folk features heavily with retro print dresses, faux fur and muted colours.

Another trend we love is Winter Floral - rich, deep tones in fabrics such as chiffon, silk and satin.

If you spot something you like, shopping online couldn't be easier. Next day delivery in Ireland is free!

We're looking forward to seeing more of the Christmas collection next week, so watch this space... :)

Have a great weekend!

Laura & Anne

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Decorating with succulents....

I love succulents all year round but I think they are a superb plant for autumn/winter as they are really hardy and survive with very little care. 

Here are a few lovely ideas for using them for decorating this season.

Fill a wooden or concrete tray and use on a coffee table for an autumnal display....


Love this pretty display for the bathroom on a simple wooden side table....

And now that October has arrived here are two great ideas for filling pumpkins- these would look fab in the porch with lanterns for Halloween....

Or plant some in a pretty cup and place on the kitchen windowsill - a lovely gift idea too!

Hope you are all having a great week:)
Anne xx