Wednesday, 22 October 2014

HOTW #32...Birthday, Brighton & Bubbles

On Saturday I turned 31 years old. This time last year the prospect of turning thirty was a reflective one which I celebrated by becoming a Lady and eating my body weight in gluten free red velvet birthday cake. I do love birthdays. Usually I've been bugging my family with countdowns to how many sleeps until my birthday, hints of gifts I'd love and endless plans on how to celebrate my day, but this year, my birthday kind of crept up on me.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Come Dine with Friends...Round One

A few months ago, you might remember this post, where over a particularly yummy dinner with friends and after one too many alcoholic beverages, we decided to set ourselves our very own Come Dine with Me challenge and last week was our turn to kick things off. Brilliant. Hosting a dinner party for friends is stressful enough, without the added pressure of trying to impress them for points.

Two weeks of planning, (more like procrastinating around the menu plan), five supermarket trips, (why is it when you're hosting a dinner or a party you can never a) find everything you need in one store and b) remember everything you need in one store...?), plus a 'click and collect'- which is super handy- (aside from when they give you a tub of potato salad instead of celery and a bunch of limes in replace of lime cordial...seriously?!) Plus 48 hours spent tending to a marinated beef joint whilst the Hubster gave a measly tub of lemon sorbet more attention than I get in a week and we were finally ready for our guests...that's if we didn't fall asleep before they arrived. This entertaining lark is exhausting...!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

HOTW #31...The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014

Wow. Just wow. Back in May I started to pester you lovely lot to vote for moi in the 'Newcomer' category at this year's Cosmopolitan Blog Awards with Next and you didn't let me down. From the 47,000 entries, Miss Enchanting was shortlisted alongside nine other bloggers in the category and was among 150 finalists to attend the awards ceremony. Amazing stuff. Twelve months ago I could never have anticipated that I would be standing in the Oxo Tower by the River Thames in London, surrounded by so many amazingly talented and successful bloggers, drinking cosmopolitans, looking all glam and part of an actual awards ceremony. But it happened and I couldn't be more chuffed with ones self to come this far in my blogging career so early on. Sadly I didn't win, but I came home with a zillion fab memories, six new gorgeous blogging buddies and a huge smile on my face. I certainly felt like a winner. 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

What's Your Favourite Movie Soundtrack...?

Everyone loves a movie soundtrack. Whether it be heart warming, toe tapping or a sing your heart-out soundtrack from our all time most loved movies- we've all got a favourite. So when Curry's asked me what my favourite movie soundtrack was as part of their #CurrysMovieNight competition, I had to write a list. There were just so many that I have fallen in love with over my thirty years, each for different reasons and memories. But that's what I love most about movie soundtracks, your enjoyment of it isn't just the music and the film itself, it's the emotions, moods and memories they convey to it's audience.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Review...Superdry's Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend an uber cool event- Vogue's Fashion Night Out with Superdry at their Regents Street store. Sadly I was unable to attend the event at the last minute. Boo.
The event looked amazing which hasn't eased the pain of missing out on it. Guests were treated to an exclusive showcase of Superdry's new autumn/winter collection whilst a new up and coming band, The Fireflies, performed live throughout the evening. The special guest of the evening was MTV's Lilah Parsons, who selected her personal faves from the new collection and was on hand to offer her styling tips and trends. Fab gutted I wasn't there. Sad face.

Monday, 6 October 2014

HOTW #30...Nothing To Wear

This week's Highlight of the Week certainly didn't start out as a highlight. As a self confessed shopaholic, I can quite happily purchase clothes, shoes, handbags and unnecessary items for the home (or crap as the Hubster calls it) with effortless ease. But ask me to find an outfit for a formal or special occasion and I'm sent into a negative slump and I always put off such a mammoth task until the very last minute. Finding the "perfect" outfit for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards has been a mission like no other. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Book Club...The Dead Wife's Handbook- Hannah Beckerman

Today is my death anniversary.
A year ago today I was still alive. 
Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life- until the night Rachel's heart stopped beating.

With Rachel gone, Max and Ellie now begin the painful road to rebuilding their shattered lives, unaware that Rachel isn't quite ready to let go of them just yet. Instead she hovers in a realm between the living and the deceased and watches as her loved ones adapt to a life without her. Soon after the first anniversary of her death, Max is persuaded by his family and friends to start dating again and, before long, Rachel has to witness another woman taking up the role she isn't quite ready to let go of just yet. 

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