Thursday, 4 April 2013

Two Outfits & Two Birthdays...

Ahead of a weekend full of birthday celebrations, I've a few photos and a couple of outfits I didn't get a chance to share yet this week on the blog.
First up was Tuesday at the charity shop. It's always cold there so I wore an outfit of layers with Uniqlo thermals and a cosy scarf (and the marmite specs!)
Long Line Cardigan - House of Fraser (old, similar here)
Wrap Belt - Benetton (similar here)Cream Top - Uniqlo Heattech
Scarf - Marks & Spencer
Indigo Skinny Jeans - HeatonsAnkle Boots - Mango (similar here)
Wednesday, I headed to The Fat Gherkin in Moira with the kids and a favourite purple outfit of Kalico jersey cardigan, Uniqlo Heattech top and Orla Kiely scarf got an airing (last seen here). 

Always love this print in The Fat Gherkin so had to instagram it...
Also this week, my fugly snow boots arrived. I've hankered after a pair of bad weather boots to replace my wellies, which I love but which aren't warm enough. Fiona from Avenue 57 tipped me off to these Land's End boots for just £24.95 with 20% off that day, bringing them in at just £20. A bargain and I've worn them already and can vouch for their warmth. A purely practical addition to the wardrobe and one I've been glad of this baltic week.
Also purchased this week was this fabulous necklace from Next - just £10! It's called Red & Gold on the website but it is definitely Red & Silver.
It's going to work well with my monochrome dress from Warehouse (last seen here) that gets another outing this weekend for my mother's 80th birthday. And here's the cake...
It's one I made back in October along with my Christmas cakes, knowing my mum's big day was coming up. I decorated it this week with home made marzipan under ready rolled white icing, gold lustre, gold ribbon and some cute champagne bottle candles & no mention of age. I do hope she likes it.
And as soon as one birthday party ends, another begins as my 9 year old celebrates his 'official birthday' with his friends on Sunday. His Easter 'actual' birthday meant that lots of his friends weren't around for a party so we moved it out to this weekend. So I'll probably not get blogging between now and Monday but I'll be instagramming and tweeting - the links are at the top of this page if you want to keep in touch.
Have a great weekend!
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  1. Love the Orla Kiely scarf and the next necklace I'm def going back for it after hmmming and ha-ing over it today. What a gorgeous cake I'm sure your mum will be chuffed to bits! And Happy Birthday to Callum!

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    1. Aw, thanks Trea! Mum loved the cake - it's in Tipperary now and will no doubt be gone by next weekend! Hope you're having a good weekend too, Ax

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  2. Really love that scarf and necklace.

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    1. Thank you Iva - both are going to get LOTS of wear, I know! Ax

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  3. Love your purple scarf and necelace :)the cake is amazing, have a lovely weekend ...

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    1. Thank you Claire - well done on your long run. You're going great guns! Ax

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  4. Loving the Orlay Kiely scarf, lovely print. I have a bit of a scarf fetish!!! cant resist buying them and this one may have to join my collection

    http://fabulousso40s.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. And why not - they are such a great way to lift your wardrobe and these OK ones are so well priced! Thanks for dropping by - I'm heading over to your blog now! Ax

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  5. Hi did you order a bigger size in the boots?

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    1. Great question! Yes I did - I'm a 6.5 and I ordered the 7. They definitely come up small x

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    2. Hi just wondering what colour you are wearing x

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    3. Sorry for the delay there - I had no wireless when I was down at my mum's birthday! I'm wearing the brown ones x

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  6. Action packed weekend coming up for you! Love those boots!!! Enjoy your parties :) xx

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    1. Thank you Sera - it was busy but great fun. Glad of a quiet week ahead tho! Ax

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  7. Love both cardis and also the belt in the first pic. Fabulous cake ... you really are a Yummy Mummy aren't you?!! Have a great weekend and enjoy all the birthday celebrations.

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    1. Thanks Helen - it was a great night...now for the 9 year old party. Something tells me it won't be quite as much fun. No wine for a start! Ax

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  8. Hi Avril-sounds like you'll be been having a fun filled weekend!! Absolutely love these boots, I am going to snap up a pair, just can't decide on the colour! xxx

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    1. Aw, thanks Sharon - saw on Twitter that you got them. Enjoy wearing...off to read your blog now! Ax

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  9. Hi again!! just ordered the dark wine pair and heres my post: http://www.thriftmystyle.com/2013/04/the-lands-end-powder-belle-boots.html

    Thanks to you and Fiona for highlighting them, cannot wait to get mine! Have a lovely weekend xxx

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    1. Looking forward to seeing yours on - that colour looks fab..I don't know why I didn't consider it! Ax

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  10. I love this post - lots of things to admire (your purchases) and lots of great looks!
    I'm just waiting for mine to come back to me as I had to exchange them due to small sizing even though I did upsize!

    Fiona

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    1. So annoying - they really were a neat fit. Hope your new pair come back soon, Ax

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  11. Hope all the birthday celebrations go well - you look great in your longline cardies and that cake is amazing!

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    1. Aw, thanks hun - hope you had a great Easter. I need to catch up with your blog now - heading your way in a bit! Ax

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  12. I do love a scarf!! Have a great weekend with your Mum...clever you making the cake! xx

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    1. Thank you - it was lovely to catch up with the family and the cake was yum - even if I do say so myself! Ax

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  13. How are you my dear! Both are such lovely outfits, I love the Orla scarf!

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    1. Thank you - how lovely of you to drop by and leave a comment. Ax

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  14. Beautiful cake Avril. Hope all the birthday celebrations go well. I think I really missed a trick with that Uniqlo heattech, my M&S vests just don't seem to be cutting it at the moment. May have to give them a go (after the shopping ban obviously....!) x

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    1. I'm definitely going to buy more in autumn...my spending ban starts tomorrow after a weekend of spending on birthdays! Ax

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