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A very crafty day out: Annie Sloan workshops at The Craft Loft

In Newcastle, Co. Down, hidden above Annetts Childrenswear is a hidden gem. The Craft Loft is the love child of Phyllis Annett who after years of helping to run the successful childrens clothing shop with her husband - his family's business for several generations - was looking for a new creative outlet; something that would bring business and life to the upstairs of their gorgeous converted townhouse. 
And so The Craft Loft was born.
Myself and a few other Northern Irish bloggers were invited down to sample one of the various workshops offered by Phyllis and her family. Whether you want to paint a piece, learn how to decoupage, upholster furniture, or build your own lamps, Phyllis and her family have a number of wonderful classes for you to take all based around the use of the famous Annie Sloan chalk paints and fabrics. I opted for the Paint A Piece class because I wanted to start with the basics of chalk paint and furniture decoration but also because my flat is tiny and packed t…
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A hearty autumn meal and BBC Good Food Show Competition

As October draws to a close the clocks have turned back and the dark nights have settled in. Carved pumpkins are glowing on doorsteps and, as I walk home from work, the air outside smells of burning wood fires and home baked goodies; as if all of Belfast collectively decided that tonight was going to be as cosy as possible. I love this time of year. 

In the aftermath of Halloween and the looming onslaught of pre-Christmas sales it’s easy to get a bit fed up of November. I mean what is there to do? And with no such celebration as America's Thanksgiving over here what is there to eat?!? Well thankfully there is still a foodie event to keep us going through what could have been an utterly boring culinary month...
The BBC Good Food Show returns to the Belfast Waterfront Hall this November (10th – 12th) and thanks to lovely folks at MCE we have an exciting opportunity which means that you could be seeing your favourite TV chefs such as Nadiya Hussain (Friday) and The Hairy Bikers (Sunday…

Matcha Madness: The Body Shop Matcha Tea Face Mask Review

My name is Bex and I am a mask addict! I love masks. Cream, clay, mud, peeling, sheet, cellulose, nourishing... you name it and I love it! I recently spent an evening with the amazing staff from The Body Shop Belfast learning about all their key products and celebrating their cruelty free status and at the end of the night I was very kindly gifted their Japanese Matcha Tea pollution clearing mask - I was delighted! 

We all know that the world has gone Matcha crazy but beyond an occasional frappe from a well known coffee house my main experiences have been with Matcha flavour cakes from my local asian supermarket. They are seriously amazing and the lightest sponge I've ever eaten but it doesn't exactly scream "good for you".

Thankfully, apart from being seriously tasty Matcha is ridiculously good for you. Traditionally brewed as a simple green tea it is packed full of antioxidants - 10 times the amount in normal green teas as you are consuming the precious ground up lea…

5 reasons to visit the new and improved Galgorm Resort and Spa

In Northern Ireland there are maybe a handful of places that come to mind when you talk about true luxury and I am very grateful that the best of the best of those is right on my doorstep. I am talking, of course, about Galgorm Resort & Spa
Coming from Antrim, the Galgorm was the place to be. I've been to several weddings there, I even went to my 6th form formal there - I guess the younguns would call it Prom now, eh? But in all these years of living literally twenty minutes away I have never had the chance to enjoy their infamous spa facilities. All that changed when I was invited to attend the launch of the newly refurbished Spa at Galgorm.  What I didn't realise was that not only would we be getting to SEE the new facilities we were also getting the chance to TRY them! I think you can imagine my face when I realised that I was throughly unprepared, without a swimsuit; but did that stop me? Not a jot!

So as you read through the rest of this article I want you to be keenly…

Battle of the pale bronzers: Benefit Hoola Lite vs Wet 'n Wild Reserve Your Cabana

Have I ever mentioned to you that I am pale?  Well of course I havementioned many times over the history of Faeriwood that I've been pigmentally challenged my whole life and - despite flirting with tanning every now and again -  I wholly embrace the pale. I have, however, always been a bronzing queen when it comes to my makeup. Whether I am using cream products or powders I always have felt healthier with a bit of a glow but I hate the orangey-ness of most bronzing products! It’s a catch-22 when deciding which one is more important.  For years I have been loyal to two products. Nars Multiple for a cream face (read here why I don’t believe in the term contouring for chubby cheeks) and Benefit Hoola for a powder face. Both are quite dark so they are used often but sparingly. This is why I was delighted when two new products designed for pale skin came on to the market. 

Wet N’ Wild Coloricon Reserve your Cabana*

Reserve Your Cabana is the best budget beauty bronzer for pale skin. Key word…

Faeriwood Film Review: Atomic Blonde

The opening credits roll:

"In November 1989, after 28 years, the Berlin Wall came down and the Cold War ended.

THIS IS NOT THAT STORY."
As a toddler, a few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall I lived in Germany. I know I've been to Berlin but I can't remember it. I do, however, look back fondly on my childhood in Germany - what little of it I do remember - during the late 80s and early 90s. Why am I telling you this? Well my last film review turned in to an epic love letter to my best friends as I drew parallels between my life and the lives I was watching on screen. 
THIS IS NOT THAT STORY.
See what I did there? 
Atomic Blonde instantly identifies itself as a subversive storyline. We're introduced to the iconic timeline but we know that story we're about to see has nothing do with it; despite being a story about spies in Cold War Berlin. The graffiti graphics. The killer soundtrack full of original 80s hits and modern cover versions. The many many pairs of le…

The importance of Girls Night

It's a Monday night and I'm sitting next to my one of my best friends in the cinema, watching the hilarious Girls Trip movie,and I haven't stopped laughing. Girls Trip is about a bunch of friends - Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish - coming together after a long time apart, reconnecting with each other, reliving the good old days and coming to realisations about their relationships and futures during a wild weekend in New Orleans. All I can think of that this movie sums up my relationship with my girls. I am here to admit that I am one of those annoying people that found my soul mates as a teenager and have been lucky enough to grow and love with the greatest women in the world but it hasn't always been that way. 

We have laughed together, loved together, drank and thrown up together, and we have been absolutely outrageously foul mouthed together - one of my highlights of the film was that the women had filthy chats that we could actual…