June 28, 2013

Friday Home: Nursery Soft furnishings!

Well as I think I may have mentioned before we are in the middle of decorating the nursery ready for baby girls arrival! The room before was frankly a mess - I'll show you the before pics soon but it was basically a cream colour with pealing textured wall paper and dreary pinky red picture rails and a blue carpet! How we lived with this for three years I will never know!

The first thing we did was have the walls completely re plastered to get a smooth surface and then we painted them white. I knew I wanted to introduce colour in the furnishings and I didn't want it to look too busy. We also replaced the worn blue carpet with a neutral coloured one. It looks so much better already!

So we are in the middle of buying furniture, painting and assembling but I wanted to show you what we have chosen so far. This rug was the first thing I bought as its quite bold and I wanted to build the room around it. Its from Urban Outfitters and the pink is slightly darker than the picture but I am rather pleased with it. It really stands out!

Urban Outfitters

This is the fabric we have chosen for the curtains which is called Vintage Tickets from Fabric Rehab . I thought the orange and the pink would go nicely and I didnt want anything too babyish.  My mother in law is making them as we speak!

Fabric Rehab
 More on the nursery soon!

Happy Friday!

Rachie xo

June 27, 2013

Shooting Star Pinata DIY Make !

Ever wondered if you could DIY a Pinata? I have! And it turns out its not that difficult! So when I found this star piñata make from Confetti Pop via The Tomkat Studio I thought I would share it with you. It would be so pretty to hang in the trees for a party!

Click over here for the full instructions.


http://confettipop.com/

Happy Making!

Rachie xo

June 24, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the Week - Creative Hen Night!

The highlight this week was definitely my friend Katie's hen weekend! We spent the weekend near Oxford and hens and I had so much fun! The weather was lovely too!
  • We stayed in these super cute log cabins - they were really luxurious inside!
  • Amy from Amy's Button box came to host a quilting party for us! It was such a lovely activity and the bride to be gets to take away the quilt we made!
  • Of course there was cake and lots of it!
  • A small sample of some of the squares we made for the quilt! More soon!
  • We were joined by the peacocks! So pretty!

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Happy Tuesday!

Rachie xo 
 

Rodeo Party Inspiration

This weekend we are hosting a rodeo party for the hubby's dad's 70th birthday! Its quite a low key family affair but I have been tasked with the decor!  I'm thinking checked table cloths, tin cans and wooden plates and cutlery. Hopefully the weather stays dry so we can have it in the garden!

Now being 33 weeks pregnant I haven't gone to town as much as I normally would,  however I thought I would share with you my inspiration pictures on my Pinterest page and i'll be sharing the full affair next week so do tune in!

A Chi Chi Affair 

Happy Monday!

Rachie xo 

June 21, 2013

Friday Home: Sweet Paul's Strawberry Balsamic & Goat Cheese Salad

One of my favourite recipe sites to peruse is Sweet Paul's Recipe Monday board on Pinterest. Its so inspiring and something always catches my eye.

Last week they posted this gorgeous Strawberry Balsamic & Goat Cheese Salad and it just seemed like such a lovely fresh dish for a Summer BBQ or dinner party that I couldn't resist posting!

Click over for the recipe and more here.

http://www.sweetpaulmag.com/food/
Happy Weekend!
Rachie xo

June 20, 2013

I am coveting... Mummy and Me!

Ooh well I'm actually coveting lots at the moment as the sales have started! However I have sworn that I am not allowed to buy any clothes in my pre-pregnancy sizes yet as its just too soon!  I'm sure I wont be able to wear them for a long time!! Its still all about maternity clothes for me!!

So on that note my friend sent me a link to this gorgeous maternity dress from La Robe Bleue via Etsy. Oh how I wish someone had told me about this range earlier on in my pregnancy so I'm sharing it in the hope that you might find it useful! I love the interesting shape and the stripe! Lovely for summer and it would take you into Autumn with leggings too! Find it here.

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LaRobeBleue?ref=seller_info

Baby Girl is coveting this super cute Mrs Fox toy! (Actually she isn't coveting it as my sister gifted it to her soon to be niece this week) so its waiting in the nursery ready for the new arrival! She actually bought one for her little boy due a few weeks after me so the little cousins can have matching soft toys! Super cute! Find it here by Little Ella James at Not on the High Street.

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/littleellajames

Happy Thursday!

Rachie xo

June 18, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the Week !

What a lovely week I have had, meeting friends, relaxing and seeing family! Here is what I got up to...
  • Dinner at Pho with a good friend! I had the bun noodles with pork spring rolls and it was sooo nice!
  • Admired these lupins on my walk to work! Such pretty colours - I wonder how easy they are to grow?
  • Saw The Great Gatsby at the cinema. Visually stunning but I was a little disappointed by the story to be honest.
  • Visited my family for fathers day and my mum made me this delicious lemon drizzle cake to take home. It is delicious!
  • My brother in law received this super cute book from my new nephew Oscar - it is adorable! Such a great gift!
 
A Chi Chi Affair


A Chi Chi Affair

Happy Tuesday!

Rachie xo

June 17, 2013

Sorority Themed 40th Birthday Party !

Happy Monday all!

I completely love the styling on this sorority themed 40th birthday party by Lavender Grey Events and found via Hostess with the Mostess Blog. The yellow and blue colours look so fantastic and I love all the kites hung from the tent ceiling! Add to that the bright cushions, colour themed candy table and cocktails and you have one stylish party! I am loving all the stationary too! For more pictures and the full write up click over to Hostess with the Mostess blog here.

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Love Rachie xo

June 14, 2013

Friday Home: Roasted Strawberry Parfaits

Its been a while since I did a recipe post as quick and easy seems to be the order of the day at the moment! However whilst browsing Pinterest I found this recipe for Roasted Strawberry Parfait from Spoonful.com which looked delicious. Yogurt is one of the foods I have eaten more of in pregnancy - I've had a real taste for it and the hubs is already a big fan so I know he will love  this!

This would be lovely for breakfast or brunch or perhaps as dessert for a summer BBQ. Click over for the recipe here.

http://spoonful.com/recipes/roasted-strawberry-parfaits
Happy Friday!

Rachie xo 

June 12, 2013

More Pregnancy Style : 26 weeks!

I'm jumping around a bit in the pregnancy style posts because I still had some lovely outfits to show you from my holiday in Seville.  These are a couple of my favourites!

This striped maxi dress from Asos maternity  (in sale now!) is super stretchy and comfortable and good quality too and takes you day to night easily!  Here I have paired it with a hot pink skinny braided belt from Gaplace trim trilby from Oasis, Colourpop Bag from Boden (that I coveted here!) and my old faithful and comfortable gold havaianas.

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 Out to dinner in this next picture with The runched maternity T shirt dress in dusk blue from Isabella Oliver, brown belt (old) and teamed with some wooden wedge tan wedges from Gap. The dress is so easy to wear that its great for work too.

A Chi Chi Affair

Happy Wednesday!

Rachie xo

June 11, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the week! - Already in June!

How are we in June already? This baby is going to be here before I know it!!  Here is what I got up to this week!
  • I was feeling a bit under the weather so the neighbour picked some lovely roses from the garden and I mixed them with some yellow mini gerbera to make a super pretty display! I love that giant coral rose!
  • Looking up at the sky whilst sunbathing in the garden! Isn't the blue tree striking?
  • We did a team building baking course this week at work and learnt how to make profiteroles with a crème anglais filling! It was fun!
  • Meeting a friend on the Southbank for dinner and checking out the  great sculptures in the Festival of the Neighbourhood!
  • We are making progress on the nursery hence lots of flat pack furniture to put together!

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A Chi Chi Affair
Have a great week!

Rachie xo 

June 10, 2013

Pretty Pink Baby Shower !

This baby shower for Avery Grace from Grey likes Baby is so perfect I just had to post it! The details in this are so sweet!!  Love the chalk board signs, the beautiful puffy white hydrangea and roses, and the paper decorations hanging from the chairs. Its so lovely! Do click over for more pictures and the full write up!

http://www.1313blog.com/ via http://www.greylikesbaby.com/

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Happy Monday!
Rachie xo

June 04, 2013

Tuesday Tales from the week - a beautiful vintage wedding!

This weekend I was at the wedding of our good friends Jenny and Chris! It was such a beautiful day, the bride looked stunning, the sun was shining and there was a lot of love in the air! It was everything a wedding should be! The day had a distinct vintage style which the bride is known for (you can read her blog My Vintage Darling) and she just pulled this style off so flawlessly! It was gorgeous!

Some of my favourite details that you can see in the pics below were:
  • The beautiful church Sherborne Abbey that the bride and groom married in!
  • The dress designed by the bride herself complete with a beautiful veil.
  • The amazing "memory lane" lilac roses in the bouquet.
  • The flower print bridesmaid dresses (which were from Oasis)
  • Pimms in tea cups that the bride has lovingly collected.
  • Hydrangeas and planted herbs as the table centre pieces.
  • Rifle Paper Co garlands! I love these!
  • Slate heart favours with our names on as place markers.
A Chi Chi Affair


A Chi Chi Affair

And I couldn't resist posting a couple of pics of the beautiful bride, the girls together,  and the hubs and I complete with a rather large bump (29.5 weeks!)

A Chi Chi Affair
Happy Tuesday!

Rachie xo

June 03, 2013

Polka dot wedding!

We were at a beautiful wedding this weekend (more tomorrow) and in homage to that I thought I would post another beautiful wedding that I found on Grey Likes Weddings! The star of the show for me (apart from the stunning bride!) are those lovely polka dot bridesmaid dresses! Stylish but fun and they go perfectly with the groomsmen in black tie! The soft pinks and whites of the flowers are so pretty too! For more pictures and the full write up click over here.

http://www.amymajorsphotography.com via http://www.greylikesweddings.com/

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Happy Monday!

Rachie xo