January 30, 2013

Hear Muffs!

I occasionally get sent products over at A Chi Chi Affair and the lovely people at Three sent me these great Hear Muffs.

I love my normal ear muffs but I often talk to my friends and family on the commute and lifting up one ear muff to speak to them on my iPhone5 is slightly uncomfortable and I get cold ears. This has been especially apparent in the cold weather last week! However not any more as my new hear muffs mean I can chat to whoever I like and keep my ears cosy!  They are genius! Here is a pic of me wearing them - don't them look cute and it means I can keep my iPhone5 in my bag too? 

If you want a pair similar to mine you can get them from John Lewis here.


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Happy Wednesday!

Rachie xo

PS: This is a sponsored post but if I didn't think you would have been interested in the hear muffs I wouldn't have accepted them don't you worry!! :-)

January 29, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the Week!

Happy Tuesday All! Hope you are having a lovely week. Here is what I got up...

  • My sister bought me these lovely yellow tulips!
  • Roll on Spring! The blue sky was a welcome change
  • Bread and butter pudding makes a retro but delicious pudding!
  • Love my new YSL lipstick and Accessorize umbrella I bought this week.
  • The hubs went to Billingsgate on Saturday morning so we had fresh Maldon oysters for Saturday        lunch!


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    Have a happy week!

    Rachie xo

    January 28, 2013

    Inspiration: Mint and Gold Winter Wedding

    I love a new colour combination and this gold and aqua inspiration wedding shoot from Ruffled feels so fresh yet glamorous and is so stylish for a winter celebration. This would definitely be a colour combination I would consider if I was doing the day over again!  I adore the light aqua charger plates and they look so stylish with the gold cutlery.  And of course I completely love the beautiful cake with edible gold and glitter trimming. See the full inspiration shoot over at Ruffled here!

    http://www.peppernix.com/ via Ruffled Blog

    http://www.peppernix.com/ via Ruffled Blog

    http://www.peppernix.com/ via Ruffled Blog

    http://www.peppernix.com/ via Ruffled Blog

    http://www.peppernix.com/ via Ruffled Blog

    Happy Monday!

    Rachie xo

    January 25, 2013

    Friday Home: Introducing colour!

    Our bedroom has been recently decorated with calming grey walls, crisp white bed linen and white furniture. It's a mix of Rustic and sort of Scandinavian and it is such an improvement! However I'm torn between leaving it a calming sanctuary or introducing some colour! I can't decide...!

    I'm thinking of introducing turquoise in the mix as I saw this great rug in Urban Outfitters that would look great at the end of the bed!


    I'm also searching for some turquoise drum shades for our bedside lamps but I cant find any! Please look around for me!  Lastly this Tubby chair from Made caught my eye - its the perfect mix between chic and cosy I think!


    What do you think? Would love to get your feedback!

    Happy Friday!

    Rachie xo
     

    January 24, 2013

    Confetti Pillowcases DIY

    Recently I found a gorgeous blog called You are my Fave that posts all sorts of loveliness; and I was particularly enamoured with a DIY post for Confetti polka dot pillowcases. They are actually surprisingly easy to make and you can pick up plain pillowcases for just a few pounds especially in the big Supermarkets. I think they would make a gorgeous wedding gift (Perhaps with his and hers lettering on) or housewarming present or just to make for yourself!! Its really quite simple too so do click over and have a look here.

    http://www.youaremyfave.com/

    http://www.youaremyfave.com/

    Happy Thursday!

    Rachie xo

    January 22, 2013

    Tuesday Tales from the Week

    Snowy Snowy Snowy is how I would describe this week! We had a good couple of inches of the white stuff where I live so it's wellies, scarfs and mittens all round! Here are my Tuesday tales!
    • Doesnt the snow make the scenery look really beautiful?
    • I made the toad in the hole recipe I posted here! Perfect for cold weather - it was yummy.
    • All wrapped up for some sledging!
    • My new mittens from Asos - a bargain in the sale
    • Movies and popcorn on the sofa make for lovely weekend afternoon.
     
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    Happy Tuesday!

    Rachie xo

    January 18, 2013

    Friday Home: Toad in the hole recipe

    Yesterday I was going through my Instagram account and a lovely lady had posted the most amazing toad in the hole she had made for dinner. My mouth watered! My mum used to make this as a child and it was always one of my favourite meals but to be honest I had totally forgotten about it!  With the snow forecast this weekend in the Uk it will be a delicious warming meal! Here is a great recipe I found on Red Online.

    
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    Yum!

    Happy Friday!

    Rachie

    January 17, 2013

    Getting Organised - Free Printable!

    Its January and that means you are probably getting organised. New Year - New start right?  Last week I refiled all my paperwork as I have to say I'm a bit rubbish at doing it throughout the year.  Then I stumbled over these free printable labels which will make getting organised much prettier and of course they are from the amazing - The Pretty Blog.  Click over to print here. They are so useful!
     
    Happy Wednesday!

    Rachie xo

    January 15, 2013

    Tuesday Tales from the Week

    Hi all!  How is your January going? I am back at work and back into the swing of things! Here is what happened in my week!

    • Celebrating my gorgeous nephews third birthday!
    • Look at the lovely cake made my my clever sister! The little ones loved it!
    • My hyacinth turned pink - it smells lovely.
    • Cracking out my furry ear muffs in the cold weather!
    • Purchased this spotty dress in Gap this week.
     
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    Happy Tuesday

    Rachie xo

    January 14, 2013

    Pretty Bambi Party

    I adore this Bambi party that I found on The Pretty Blog created by Nina Say Cheese. It shows that with a few clever accessories you can truly create such a lovely little soiree for your little ones. I bet the children had such a great time with the Bambi masks!

    I love the soft pink balloons, paper poms and the rustic and wooden items used on the food tables and the bunting with the birthdays girls face on is so super cute! The Bambi biscuits make great favours too.   The giant number three balloon is such a great photo opportunity and makes for a lovely picture.  Do click over to The Pretty Blog for more photos and details on this darling party!

     
     
     


    Happy Monday!

    Rachie xo

    January 11, 2013

    Friday Home: Jumbleberry Crumble

    I made this recipe in the week between Christmas and January for a low key dinner party and it was so lovely I thought I would share it here. I bought a cherry mix of berries from a farm shop ready frozen and just pulled them out the freezer when I needed them.  I also made it in advance and popped it in the oven to cook while we were having dinner! Served with custard it was delicious! - I had forgotten how nice crumbles could be! Love the idea of serving it in a tea cup too.   Click over to Nigella for the full recipe!

     
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    Happy Weekend!

    Rachie xo

    January 09, 2013

    A Few Things!

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    Happy Wednesday all! How is 2013 treating you so far?

    I've been thinking a lot about writing this post as I have been blogging for 5 days a week for over two years now! I love my blog - I love the friends it has made me. In short it's fab!

    However since before Christmas I've been having trouble keeping up the five posts a week schedule -life is busy and sometimes it just gets a bit too much so I've decided I'm not going to beat myself up if I can't blog every day. I'll still check in at least three times a week and sometimes more so hopefully you won't miss me too much!

    And in short 2013 is going to be a fab blog year - we still have lots to do on the house that I'll share with you, I have two hen nights, two friends are getting married and holidays to plan as well as the usual mix of pretty party inspiration, recipes and DIY so I hope you'll stay with me!

    Love Rachie xo

    January 08, 2013

    Tuesday Tales from the week: The Holidays!

    Happy Tuesday all! Here is my holiday version of Tuesday Tales!
    • Christmas day with my love wearing my wedding Kate Spade necklace
    • Loved this funky tea cosy I found when out for breakfast - the ladybird is so sweet
    • I made some delish festive Rocky Road
    • A low key seasonal dinner for four
    • New Years Eve!
    • Testing out my new boots
    • A jumbleberry crumble!
    • Waiting for my Hyacinth to blossom
    • Jumping in the muddy puddles in my wellies

    
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    Hope you liked my pictures!
     
    Rachie xo

    January 07, 2013

    Morroccan Themed Sip and See Party

    Well I am officially back and we are starting the year with this vibrant Moroccan themed sip and see party which I found on Onto Baby.  A sip and see party is kind of like a baby shower that happens after the baby is born which is really a great idea if you are not feeling up to a party while you are pregnant.

    My favourite details are those bright pink blooms in the tin cans sprayed gold and the gold sprayed animals and doesn't the Moroccan food look delish? Great styling! For more pictures and the write up click over to Onto Baby here.
    http://www.ontobaby.com/
    http://www.ontobaby.com/

    Happy Monday!  Its good to be back!

    Rachie xo

    January 05, 2013

    A peak into my Christmas Pressies 2012

    I love looking to see what people get for Chrismas and its becoming an annual A Chi Chi Affair tradition to share my gifts with you. Click here for last years!  As you will see I was an extremely lucky girl with all sorts of gorgeous gifts! Here goes!

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    My family and friends are the best! Thank you SO much if you are reading.  I hope you liked your gifts too!

    Rachie xo

    January 03, 2013

    The Christmas Table 2012

    How is everyone's January going? I'm not back at work until Monday so I'm taking the time to enjoy the last few days of rest before hitting the ground running.

    I thought I would share with you a few pictures of my Christmas table. I went for a gold and rustic theme this year with a burlap runner and lots of gold tea light holders left over from my wedding. I was really pleased with the effect I created - it looked rather opulent! I loved the flowers which were a mix of lillies, pussy willow, and cotton wool plants and I even used a bit of greenery from the garden. I also used some fake Chinese lanterns that I picked up from The Highgrove Shop a few weeks ago. They added extra sparkle!  I think my favourite item was the gold stemmed tea light holders from Zara Home which were a gift from my bestie.

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    How did your Christmas festivities go? Would love to hear! Come back on Saturday for a peak into my pressies.

    Rachie xo