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Becky vs The World

Girl, meets world, meets life

A photo worth…….

As we move into a new year, and a world ever more obsessed with the instant digital world, having our every thought and desire at our  fingertips, I realised something.

I couldn’t remember the last time I physically developed a picture. I take them all the time, every day in-fact of mostly meaningless things, but don’t ever commit entirely to the process of developing them.

So after considering for sometime I treated myself to an instant camera. My grandma had a polaroid camera when I was a child, I used to love playing with it and pretending to take photos, I was never actually trusted to use it when there was any film inside (well rarely)  but it wasn’t the point.

So after a little research I opted for the Instax Mini 70, by Fujifilm. It came with 10 films and the battery already to go. My OH treated me to a case for it for our wedding anniversary, perfect for protecting the camera, especially with my known clumsiness. The camera is really easy use and super fun.

The images are smaller then those the polaroid used to produce but I love them!

Off i went on a little walk with the puppy to have a play, and i couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results

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Interested in your own Instax Click here for more info

 

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A Joanie Christmas 

Last week I attended an event at Sugar Junction (manchester) hosted by the lovely ladies from Joanie Clothing.

There were lots of treats Prosecco, mulled wine and luxury miniature hot chocolate, cakes and sandwiches.

Rails of beautiful clothes and accessories. The foxy scarf being a particular favourite of mine.

Knit wear come in sizes s-xxl

blouses and skirts and dresses  8-22 (up to 26 on selected items)

Fox scarf – purchase here

Star dress – purchase here

Sparkle skirt – purchase here

I also took up the opportunity to learn Calligraphy with Joyce from Artsynibs. Not bad if I say so myself


Following the event I treated myself to a few bits 

Lip print blouse-purchase here

Astrid bag – purchase here
Now knit jersey – purchase here

Now do I also buy the foxy scarf………
Although I was invited to the event I was not paid for this post, all items were purchased by myself and all opinions are my own

Crafts and Christmas

So last week I popped along to Paperchase in Manchester to one of their craft sessions. On the top floor of the store they have a little area set aside for crafting and projects.

The session I attended centred around gift tags, perfect coming up to the Christmas period.

The lovely ladies showed us how to use die cutting and foiling to create our own personal tags. So much fun and so many templates to choose from. 

Over the next few weeks there are various sessions covering the different crafts from geometric garlands, gingerbread house gift boxes, Christmas cards, crackers etc with prices between £5-£20 depending on the session.

The team also run kids crafting parties.

 

If you are interested in attending any of the sessions then pop along, dates, times and details below and the team can be contacted on projectcraftmanchester@paperchase.co.uk

Love me some bangers

So last week the lovelies from Grandads Sausages sent me over a selection of goodies to try.

Some lovely Olde English flavour and Italian flavour bangers and sausage meat. Now being a little bit of a scardy cat in the kitchen I was a little unsure what to do with the meat.

Sausages I can deal with, bangers and mash, sausage egg chips and beans, even whack them in a casserole, but actual sausage meat no idea.

So I called on a friend who is much more adept in the old kitchen dept. So she offered to teach me how to make homemade Scotch Eggs.

And they were amazing, an so simple!

 


Mmmmmmmmm

Ingredients

Eggs

Sausage meat

Bread crumbs

Eggs

Frylight/ equivalent 

Method

Pre heat oven to around 180 degrees

Boil eggs and deshell

Roll out and cut sausage meat into circles (ish)

Wrap the meat around the eggs and seal

Dip in beaten egg

Dip in breadcrumbs

Place on lined baking tray

Spray on frylight

Bake for around 25 mins

Allow to cool, or not and enjoy! 
*although Grandads Sausages provided the meat all thoughts and opinions are my own 

you are all Invited

So i recently joined in a twitter chat with the We are Thirty Plus crew, the topic of the week was perfumes. Specifically it was in collaboration with Michael Buble’s new scent, By Invitation

Now I’ve never done a perfume review, mainly because I’m not great with describing smells, well not in the way that a PR company would probably like.

However following the chat the peeps behind the chat contacted me to say I had ‘won’ a bottle of the scent and low and behold it arrived on my doorstep a few days ago

So here we go,

First impressions of the packaging – clean, crisp, classy. Just like the main man himself!

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Then to the bottle – well designed, a little quirky, cute, different. Certainly identifiable and will be kept and added to my empty collection once finished. 

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So for the big finale

The scent itself is crisp and fresh, lasted all day , as always the smell changed as the day goes on but it never faded away to nothing. I have received quite a few compliments this week and been asked a few times what perfume I’m wearing, always a good sign. It’s not fussy, overpowering or spicy.

I couldn’t tell you what the smell contains specifically but it certainly ticks all the boxes for me

Essently its the perfect perfume and I’m sure will become one of my go to scents in future

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Glass half full?

So you may or may not know this so if you do bare with. I have struggled of the past 15 years to accept who I am, some days I’m happy, some days I’m not, but I think most people are like that. 

I recently spoke to a friend who is experiencing something similar and after a long chat I felt much better about it all. however it doesn’t take much to get me questioning myself again.

one area I’ve struggle to accept my situation is babies. That’s right those little bubbles of joy and happiness. Sadly I can not conceive naturally, due to a few different reasons, which I won’t go into in to much detail. TMI and all that

However I can influence some of them through weightless. Now as I’m sure some of you may have experienced yourself it’s not just as simple as eating salad for a few days. In my case this requires a mental, physical and emotional commitment that can be hard to start and harder to maintain. My end goal in terms of weightloss is huge (double digits people!). And the support you get it variable. Some people think they are helping when saying ‘having a baby should be the biggest motivation’ yeah of course it is but also a huge pressure! 

I digress. So where was I……… oh yes so again I have set off on a mission to shed the pounds and start my family, that old bio clock is a ticking after all.

my beautifully kind friend Liz made me these following our chat.

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knowing I am a visual person, she thought that seeing my progress grow might help me stay motivated.

time will tell.

i’ll keep you updated if the stones move

if you go down to the woods today….

so, once a year me and my girlfriends head of to the woods for some peace, relaxation and reflection……

ok so maybe i mean we take enough drink to satisfy a sailor, and essential spend the weekend doing what the hell we want, either way its OUR weekend.

 

so this year, like every other, we packed our page and loaded up the car and headed for Centre Parcs (Whinfell).

this year we treated ourselves to one of the new all singing, all dancing, all hot-tubing, cabins.

this place was a dream, hot tub, en suite rooms, sauna, steam room. this place had it all.

this was heaven, pure heaven!

centre parks is such a special place for me and my girlfriends, thats why we keep going back. yes it can be pricey if you’re going as a family but as we pay for ourselves it works out pretty cheap.

this year we went bowling, took a pottery painting class and generally relaxed in our tub.

the site has so many extras, tropical pool with slides, wave machine and rapids, archery, high ropes, climbing, bike riding, spa, ports centre, segway etc

 

there are also such a wide selection of restaurants, Cafe rouge,Bella Italia, Starbucks, Takeaway service and even a Pancake House

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all in all another successful trip

 

Same time next year!

 

Fashion & Me

SO i am plus size, curvy, fat, however you want to term it. Not something I’ve always been happy/ comfortable with, but hey thats life

In an effort to find new ways to be comfortable i treated myself to tickets to The Curve Fashion Festival, this this year held in Liverpool. The main aim of my visit was to check out all plus size brands and ranges who were showcasing their collections. and i wasn’t disappointed.

the room was filled with stands, with collections from  River Island, Simply Be, Navabi,Yours, Gemma Collins etc.

The centre of the room dominated by a catwalk and a how to stage where various events would be show cased during the day

There were also stands show casing independent brands such as Emmy Designs, Miss Beauty Curve and the Plus Size Bridal store Edith & Winston

I had such a great day and treated myself throughly ( reviews and posts to come). it was nice to be able to see the products, try them on and buy without having to order several sizes just to get one that fits. I hope to return next year for more treats

 

 

(bomber jacket & Shirt dress above both from Yours Clothing)

 

here is my face!

so i am very much an all the gear no idea kinda gal with most things in my life.

My face is one of them. i have all the makeup and brushes a girl might need but no clue how to slap it on and make it look good.

therefore i enlisted the help of the gorgeously talented  Frankie Noone from @frankie_noone on twitter and frankienoone on the old instagram to help make me look semi human

you get me right?

so i wanted a perfectly natural day look.

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nailed it

then i wanted to be able to build it up for a subtle evening look. this is where i usually struggle, I add far to much and look like i just dived into my mums make up bag and motorboated the blush.

Ta Da

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apologies for the extreme close up and grey roots but hey thats life

 

Frankie’s studio is a work of pure joy, and she is a total babe

 

 

So here goes my attempt to look more human on a day to day basis

FYI

Make up used was mostly Chanel, MAC, Benefit and NYX

 

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