My Friday Night Fav’s…

My Friday Night Fav's

Hello lovelies…

It’s the weeeeeekend *happy dance* Oddly enough, for someone who works from home there’s still something unique about Fridays (even if all the other days often mull into one) it just has that fuzzy exciting feeling… the entire human race seems in such a cheery mood with everyone wishing each other a happy weekend as they prepare to spend two glorious days wrapped up in a duvet with no alarm set *aaahh bliss* whilst those of us with kids are just so darn thankful to get a break from the damp & grizzly school runs.

However, Friday night is what I reeeeally look forward to! It’s that one night of the week I close the laptop, turn off my phone, light every candle I possess and spend a solitary night of catching up with ME – and this Friday night is no exception! So to kick start the weekend here’s a few of my Friday night favourites that have somehow evolved into an essential weekly ritual…

1) BRING ON THE BUBBLES

Honeymania Body Shop

First things first… I run a huge hot steaming bath! Every other day of the week a quick shower is perfect but Friday nights are for lying back in a tantalizing tub filled with my most special lotions and potions. I’m loving this Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt from The Body Shop. Just drizzle in for oodles of creamy bubbles that smell utterly amazing. Pure indulgence.

2) PAMPER THOSE PORES

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 After a good long soak in my honey infused bubbles it’s time to chillax with a little facial treat to pamper the pores. My skin usually takes quite a blattering this time of year with living right beside the sea, so it’s nice to treat my face to something that little extra special even if it is just once a week! Try out this gorgeous Creamy Coconut face mask by Montagne Jeunesse – it’s an absolute bargain at a mere £1 (currently available from Boots) and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

3) CURL UP IN STYLE

Evans Pyjamas

 My next step is slipping into the comfiest pair of PJ’s & fluffy slipper socks I can find! I recently spotted this adorable BEE MINE Pyjama set from Evans, which I’ve promised myself as soon as pay-day arrives. Who can resist wearing such charming little bumble bee’s? Certainly not I. Great news for all my fellow curvy chums – they’re also available up to a size 32! *yippee*

 4) SHOW TIME

The Notebook

 Once snuggled up on the couch it’s time to settle down with a girly DVD. My favourite one a the moment has to be The Notebook… it’s just one of those movies I never seem to tire of watching. Okay, I admit, Mr Gosling may have something to do with it – but screen hotties aside, it’s such a amazing story that has me clutching firmly onto my Kleenex from the opening scene. I’m pretty sure us gals measure the success of a movie in how many tears we shed. If by some random chance you haven’t seen it yet (where the heck have you been?!) clear the schedule and watch it… just remember to remove all traces of mascara beforehand to avoid resembling Alice Cooper.

5) THE MUNCHIES

Popcorn

 Of course no Friday night movie marathon would be complete without the obligatory munchies and seeing as I’m *trying* to be a tad healthier in 2015 I’m sticking to lighter snacks such as popcorn and freshly squeezed juices with my new fruit blender – which I must say is working a treat ladies, if you don’t posses one you absolutely must!! The smoothies are aaaamazingggg…

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Are you a Friday night recluse who loves to hibernate and catch up with some ‘me’ time? If so, how do you unwind? As always I love reading your thoughts & feedback in the comments below so do take a moment to say a hi! Wishing you all a fabulous Friday night 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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Christmas with the Rees’s

Christmas Rees

Hello lovelies,

Firstly, I trust you’ve all had an amazing Christmas? It’s certainly been a fun filled one here – apart from being held ransom by a viral infection *blurrrgh*  Yep, it would just be my luck to catch something on the one day of the festive season where you hope to be germ free. Yesterday was spent wrapped up in my duvet beside a small mountain of grotty tissues *yukkk*, cough meds and bottles of fizzy red grape Shloer to keep my sugar levels at a all time high. Thankfully it’s paid off as today I’m feeling a tad more human… still, I’m hoping to get fully recovered for New Years Eve celebrations *fingers firmly crossed*

Anyways onto the exciting stuff… did Santa bring you all you hoped for? I have to admit I done exceedingly well thanks to my incredibly thoughtful hubby, and of course Christmas day was a roaring success with everyone full to the brim on turkey, stuffing, roast veg & lashings of my sisters amazing Pavlova… possibly the best dessert I’ve ever tasted, all thanks to Leah’s creative culinary skills 😉

So, for any of you who may be eager to know what goodies I ripped opened on Christmas morning I thought I’d show you my favourite picks… I’m beyond excited to get using them all!

Christmas presents

1. Owl cookie jar – my ‘Secret Santa’ knows me soooo well!

2. Hand carved Giraffes – along with owls they’re my fav little home addiction & these are super cute! Thanks mum 🙂

3. Juice Blender – finally I can make my very own fruity concoctions *yummm*

4. Falsies – because I’m always bleating on about giving them a go!

5. Miranda Tote from Accessorise – my hubby has SUCH a good memory. I adore this gorgeous bag *swoon*

6. NAKED palette – needs no introduction. Love at first sight *sighs*

7. Owl Jumper from Evans – I had my eye on the cutie for quite a while… beyond cute & oh so cosy too.

8. Miss Dior – another little surprise from hubby who took a guess at the perfume counter and won hands down!

9. Thorntons Chocolates – a huge box for me to much my way through well into 2015 *nom nom*

10. Real Techniques Brush Set – Nic picks, perfect for face & eyes… exactly what I need them for *woo hoo*

11. NAKED 3 palette – ‘Are you SERIOUS?!?!? AHHHHH’ was all I could muster… I know, I’m a lucky gal!

12. Owl Tea light holder – because it’s beautiful & every home should have one 😉 Thank you Ray.

13. A bottle of something bubbly to help calm the excitement – thank you Curtis & Demi, I couldn’t fit the giant chocolate Santa in guys! 🙂

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Oh, and a gorgeous new camcorder to capture lots more happy memories with – didn’t I do rather blooming well? I certainly think so! Here’s a few more piccies to help sum up the festivities…

Christmas Tree

The Rees Family Christmas Tree… in all it’s glory!

Christmas Fireplace

The Fireplace all set up for Santa’s arrival

Chritmas Shopping

Hat shopping with my supposed selfie-shy sister

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Emma trying on her fuzzy head wear!

Off To See Santa

Girls day out… on our way to meet Santa

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The man himself… with a very happy Emma!

Santa snacks

A few treats for the special guests arriving! 

Emma on bike

A new pink bike and sofa full of pressies… woo hoo! 

So there you have it,  just a few of the snaps I managed to capture over the last few weeks. Unfortunately I was so busy making dins, drinking grape juice and chatting way too merrily that I forgot to take pictures *aarrgh* but it was such a great day. Thanks so much to our amazing family members who made it extra special… you really are an awesome bunch!

Hope you all had a fun filled Christmas too – and hopefully virus free *sniff sniff*

As always thanks for reading chums…

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The Ultimate Girls Night Out…

The Ultimate Girls Night Out

Streets filled with twinkling fairy lights, late night shopping, bustling Christmas markets, cheesy Pantomimes and festive work parties – it’s no wonder this time of year fills us with so much fun and excitement. Even though the harsh winter weather has us wrapped up in seasonal chunky knits and layering on the moisturiser, you just can’t help battling the elements to join in all the festive fun… and with so many of us hopping-up for exciting nights out, I thought it was only right to follow up The Ultimate Girls Night In post (that you all seemed to enjoy so much – thank you kindly!) with something similar for The Ultimate Girls Night Out! So for all of you delightful diva’s who love a Yuletide shindig here’s my check-list on how to make your evening out super-sassy:

Girls Night Out

If ever there’s an excuse to throw in a little bit of sparkle the time is now! The shops are filled with glitzy cocktail frocks, blingy accessories and shoes that would all but blind you – I blooming love it! However seeing as not all of us want to leave the house resembling the neighbours Christmas tree, I thought I’d put together something a little more muted, practical, but without forsaking the glorious glam…

1: I am in LOVE with this shimmery Manon Baptiste Gold Aztec Vest Top from Navabi. The shimmering gold & bold black are incredible together, making it the perfect partner for dressing up denim or wearing with with a fabulously fitted skirt. Isn’t it beautiful ladies? Best of all it’s available right up to size 28 *woo hoo*

2: These gorgeous NYDJ Marine Denim Jeggings from Evans are the perfect bang-on-trend denim for a night out. Not only are they mega comfy with their quality super-stretch material, these delightfully jolly jeggings also boast Lift-Tuck technology… ensuring all your fabulous curves stay supported. Are we in love? Thought so!

3: There is nothing more classic than a simple black blazer to add a touch of sophistication to almost any outfit. This gorgeous Samoon Jacket from Navabi oozes everyday style appeal by adding some chic feminine flair. Currently available up to size 26, it’s every gals must have wardrobe essential… plus it keeps you cosy on those chilly winter nights!

4: I won’t lie to you, I devoured a rather hefty gasp when I stumbled across this pair of ankle stunner’s from The Outnet. These mesmerising Rag & Bone metallic effect textured ankle boots with their stacked wooden heel & sassy back zip fastening have stolen my heart. Best of all there’s a whopping 45% off the £460 retail price… fancy treating your feet? Go get them!

5: I adore these gold effect Aztec earrings from Dorothy Perkins, undoubtedly the perfect accessory to match the Navabi Aztec Vest top don’t you think? Currently on sale for a jaw dropping £3.00, what a bargain!

6: To say I’m a fan of the Michael Kors tote range is a bit of an understatement – I don’t think there’s one I haven’t fallen for yet. However, this exquisite pale gold bag is well towards becoming my new MK favourite. Classy, stylish and sporting lots of room for your essential tote-bag goodies what’s not to love? Available from Zalando.

7: Three words girls: MAC Ruby Woo. What outfit would be complete without a pop of colour, and no one does it quite like Mac. Available from MAC cosmetics… orderly queue please ladies!

8: I don’t think there’s ever been a make-up addicts wish-list that hasn’t contained at least one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Create the perfect sultry look for your night out with this delicious array of 12 bronze, eye-bedazzling shades. Check it out for yourself  right here at Feel Unique

 

The Nibbles

This time of year restaurants are often alive with corporate parties & family get-togethers, so even though your favourite little haunt may seem like a pretty safe choice it’s best to call and pre-book well before your big night out… simply to avoid a two hour wait in a chilly winter queue just to get your bum on a seat.

As most work parties tend to book hotels and traditional restaurants for their Christmas dins, it could be a good idea to branch out and try Cantonese, Indian or Italian food as there’s less chance they’ll be hiving with half drunken CEO’s… and of course so you don’t end up tired of Turkey before Santa’s even had a chance to pack his sleigh! Alternatively, if you’re keeping a watchful eye on the purse strings why not opt for dinner at home or a cheeky take away delivered to your door before hitting the town; this is always a good option for those who take multiple hours to get ready! *whistles innocently*

The Drinks

If like me you’re a hopeless case for a hangover, my advice would be to line that tummy with dinner before popping your corks so there’s something to help soak up the potential effects. Without sounding like an ageing party-pooper;  mixing a multitude of shots may seem like a barrel of fun, but keep in mind it’s more than likely going to end in a rather painful duvet-day the following morning. Who hasn’t seen the Sunday social media news-feeds filled with tales of woe and promises of never to so much as sniff a cork again?! My point exactly 😉

If you’re on the look out for something light and refreshing I’d personally suggest these yummy little fruity spritzer style drinks (pictured above) called West Coast Coolers. Here in N. Ireland they’re incredibly popular, my favourite has to be the Original, however the Rose is amazing too. So if you’re looking for a light seasonal tipple to sip, I’d highly recommend you give these a go. Just remember to enjoy responsibly!

The Entertainment

Organising a night out takes a fair amount of planning – especially if there’s quite a few of you in tow. As much as I love dancing the night away, sometimes it’s fun to do something a little different; and come the festive season there’s just so much choice on offer. A few unique and fun ideas could be to catch a theatre show or musical, better still why not embrace your inner kiddie and opt for a pantomime instead? They’re full of cheesy Christmas cheer to get the giggles going, leaving the serious chatter for cocktails and dinner at a swanky venue afterwards. Alternatively if you’re feeling brave enough to embrace the cold winter weather then why not opt for some late night shopping at a local Christmas market? It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up some really unique little gifts and stocking fillers!

Don't Forget

It’s one of the busiest seasons of the year, so if transport is top of your priority list make sure you book your taxi’s well in advance to avoid being stranded at your door step. Same applies for eating out too!
Keep wrapped up warm with a stylishly snug scarf & hat set to avoid being landed with any winter colds or sniffles if you’re out & about. Do keep a tight hold of your hand bag or purse wherever you go… a bustling night on the town is a pick-pockets dream particularly if you’re planning some late night shopping or Christmas fairs with chums.

Try to carry as little cash as possible, make sure your abode is well secured before leaving for the evening and keep any pricey items such as laptops etc tucked well out of sight! Of course last but not least have fun, enjoy your night out & don’t forget the reason for the season guys 😉

Do you have any up-coming fun nights out planned? What’s your top tip when organising an evening out on the town with friends? Or are you more of a cosy night-in kinda gal? As always I love reading your thoughts and feedback in the comments below…

Cheerio chums!

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