April 30, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the Week

Hen night shenanigans for my friend Jen were the highlight of this week! We had the most lovely time in Bath on the weekend! It was so much fun! Here are my pictures...
  • Cooking Lemon cupcakes for the hen celebrations
  • New Spring shade nail varnish Kensington Palace Gardens from Nails Inc.
  • A gorgeous pregnancy massage by Aveda with amazing smelling Rose Oil. So relaxing.
  • Supplies for the train journey to Bath.
  • Look at this gorgeous vintage afternoon tea we polished off on Saturday afternoon!
  • The cupcakes I made in their red and white cups!

A Chi Chi Affair

A Chi Chi Affair
Have a happy week!
Rachie xo

April 29, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Party!

Happy Monday all!

This weekend I had a great time celebrating my good friends hen weekend - it was so much fun! So I wanted to carry on the festivities with this vibrant Cinco de Mayo Party. We don't celebrate in the UK but its one of the holidays that I wish we did as I love all the bright colours associated with this holiday and this party styled by Pizzazerie.com is definitely no exception!

I adore the pink coloured bottles on the table and those bright orange and pink gerberas! They look amazing and coupled with the bright pink and orange napkins and stripy straws make such a fun bold statement on the table.  The invitation and recipe card is so pretty and best of all its a free printable from Pizzazerie which is available to download here. Do click over the full write up and pictures!






Have a lovely week!

Rachie xo

April 25, 2013

Free Printable - Heart it Bookmarks

Do you always see ideas in magazines and cook books that you are meaning to come back too and then forget? If you do then you are just like me and that's why I love this idea for these printable book marks that I found on The Pretty Blog. Best of all the printable is free!  Click on over to the gorgeous The Pretty Blog for more pictures and to download the printable!


 Happy Thursday!

Rachie xo

April 23, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the Week!

Spring has sprung now here and we saw lots of sunshine on Saturday! Its been a busy weekend, visiting family in the countryside and seeing friends. Here is what I got up to!
  • Love these gerberas that I bought when my sister, brother in law and nephew came over for lunch! They brightened up the table!
  • Hubs mowed the lawn for the first time this year! Look at that blue sky!
  • Dinner with a good friend at Brew cafĂ©! Great food!
  • Spots and stripes - wearing my new Gap maternity jeans that were a bargain in the sale.
  • Visiting the in-laws and going on a lovely walk! Beautiful scenery!
 
A Chi Chi Affair

A Chi Chi Affair
Happy Tuesday!

Rachie xo


 

April 22, 2013

Pop the Question Bridal Shower Inspiration!

Happy Monday everyone!

As you all know I am a lover of pretty parties (its the reason I started this blog after all!) Bridal Showers are the perfect occasion to host such prettiness and I'm actually off to one this weekend (or a hen weekend as we call it in the UK!)  I cant wait! In homage to that,  I thought I would post this lovely popped the question inspiration bridal shower shoot that I found on Wedding Chicks.  I am loving the retro details on this such as the vintage wooden crates and Coca-Cola bottles. The rosettes are also so sweet and would be really fun to make too!  The bold red carnations (I think) add such a bold pop of colour! Its such a strong look!

See the full write up and more pictures styled by Lovely Jubilee over on Wedding Chicks here!

Photography by http://sarinalove.com/

Photography by http://sarinalove.com/

Photography by http://sarinalove.com/

Photography by http://sarinalove.com/
Have a great day!

Rachie xo

April 18, 2013

What I'm Wearing - Pregnancy Style: 22 weeks

Happy Thursday everyone!

So I talked a little bit last week about finding my pregnancy style and how I have been struggling with looking stylish. Well Isabella Oliver certainly came out shining this week as I have found my favourite pregnancy outfit so far. Its the Betty Stripe Maternity dress.  It is SO comfortable and I love the way it hugs the bump but still feels supportive. I have teamed it here with some Gap ballet pumps, a tan belt and a Topshop necklace to go to lunch with friends on the weekend but its great for work too! Oh how I love a stripe!


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Have you got any recommendations for great Maternity outfits? I need some pregnancy holiday inspiration!

Rachie xo

April 15, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the Week!

Happy Tuesday All!  Hope you are having a fun week!  Spring has finally sprung here I hope and we had our first BBQ of the year with the family last weekend. Here is what else I got up to this week!
  • So happy that Spring is here! A beautiful day on Sunday!
  • Lunch at Pho - The green mango salad is delicious
  • Breakfast in the garden sitting on the decking is bliss.
  • The baby's future bedroom had a coat of paint all ready to lay the carpet on the weekend.
  • Meeting the lovely Rebecca from Florence Finds  at Liberty for tea and cakes.

A Chi Chi Affair

A Chi Chi Affair

Have a great week!

Rachie xo

Beau or Bow Gender Reveal Baby Shower!

Happy Monday all! Hope the sun is shining where you are today!

I am completely crushing on this gender reveal baby shower "Beau or Bows Party!" that I found on Grey Likes Baby.  It is completely adorable and such a gorgeous idea!  I love the bow or moustache straws which are great for photo opportunities and the cake is so fun and the idea of cutting it to reveal the gender is so lovely! For more pictures and the full write up click on over to Grey Likes Baby.

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http://rochellewilhelms.com/ via http://www.greylikesbaby.com/

Love Rachie xo

April 12, 2013

Friday Food: Maple Pecan Muffins

I made these maple pecan muffins from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook a few weeks ago and they turned out really well! Quite sticky but lovely for afternoon tea. I do think I slightly over filled the cake cases but that was because there ended up being a lot of mixture so don't worry if that happens to you as they still turned out yummy!

You can find the recipe over here.

A Chi Chi Affair

Happy Weekend!
Rachie xo

April 11, 2013

I am coveting....Classic style!

I'm not sure whether its because I'm pregnant or just because its a new season but my wardrobe is desperate for an overhaul. However I've lost count of the number of maternity clothes I've bought and then taken back - normally because they are shapeless and just different from my normal style! I want to look like me - just a fatter version :-)  

The one place where I have had success so far is Isabella Oliver - the clothes are well cut and really good quality and yes they are more expensive than other stores but I've found some good discount codes recently. I'll share some purchases in a later post but this week I am coveting these Mae Relaxed Maternity Pants. Lightweight and perfect for the holiday in Spain we have coming up, I think they can be dressed down with flats and a vest or dressed up in (low-ish heels) and a sparkly clutch.

Isabella Oliver

Okay I know I don't need another pair of shoes but there is something about classic wedge sandals like these from & Other Stories that grab me every season. These would go with everything and have some beautiful details like the zip at the back and the silver studs that make them super stylish! They are a nice height too!

http://www.stories.com/

http://www.stories.com/
What are you coveting this week?

Rachie xo

April 09, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the Week!

Spring where are you? That's what we have been saying this week although today has been slightly warmer! YAY!

Here's what I have been up to this week!
  • Trying out my new Accessorize ballet pumps! I love the neon hot pink rim on them!
  • Spring tulips for the dining table
  • This is what the Starbucks man has taken to writing on my cup now I'm preggo! Is my bump that obvious?! :-)
  • Ordering my maternity clothes - Isabella Oliver has the best cut by a mile!
  • Starting to decorate what will be the baby's room - Eek!!

A Chi Chi Affair

A Chi Chi Affair
Happy Tuesday!

Rachie xo

April 08, 2013

Dreaming of Summer 60th Birthday Party!

I am completely dreaming of summer and the days when we can have a gorgeous party in the garden like this rustic simple 60th Birthday party by Valley & Co and found on The Sweetest Occasion.  The simplicity of the burlap runner, those bright blooms and the tin can containers are so effortlessly chic. I also love the use of the chalkboard menus and those home made paper crowns to go on each place. So fun and a gorgeous home made touch!

Click on over to The Sweetest Occasion for more pictures and the full write up!


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Happy Monday!

Rachie xo 

April 04, 2013

A Few Easter Pics!

Hi everyone!
 
Tuesday tales from the week returns next week but in the meantime I thought I would post a few pictures that I took across the Easter holidays - I hope you like them!!
  • Trying out the new maternity clothes - I'm certainly getting bigger! This top is from New Look Maternity
  • The haul of Easter Eggs to hand out to the nephews!
  • Hot cross Buns on Good Friday.
  • Work day out - bowling with a bump!
  • Had a peruse in the new & Other Stories on Regent Street. Could have bought everything!
  • A lovely Easter display at the farm we visited on Easter Sunday with the family.
  • Stopping for coffee and a muffin in Oxford Street on a rare afternoon off. (I went to look at the prams in John Lewis!)

A Chi Chi Affair


A Chi Chi Affair
 Happy Thursday!

Rachie xo

April 03, 2013

I am coveting... Graham and Green Suzani Print Bath Button Back Armchair

I am completely coveting this Suzani Print Bath Button Back Armchair from Graham and Green. The colours are amazing and its such a statement piece! I even love the button detailing, the wide shape, the legs; basically everything! I really really want it!
 
However sadly I fear it might be a little out of my price range. Surely I can justify it for the new babies room though! (Umm actually not even for that! - GRR!)
 
Ah well! I can dream!

http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/suzani-print-bath-button-back-armchair

Have you seen any gorgeous furniture recently?
Rachie xo

April 01, 2013

Stylish Animal Baby Shower

Sorry about the lack of posts last week lovelies - I went down with a bad a cold and literally was in a bed most of last week! Its so rubbish being pregnant and not being able to take anything for a fever! However we had a lovely and relaxing Easter Weekend and I'm back and raring to go with this super pretty baby shower that I found on SMP Living

I just adore the pastel pinks, turquoise and greys used in this pretty celebration. Its such a spring like colour palate. The wooden cut out animals are such a fun backdrop to the table. My favourite details here are the hanging wooden animals that you can write a message for the mama to be, that luxe chill out area in the garden and eth pretty straws with the wooden creatures attached. So sweet to take home!

Click over to SMP Living for the full write up and more gorgeous pictures!

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Happy Monday!

Rachie xo