Thursday, 30 October 2014

Luxury in Lurgan - the hidden gem that is Glenmore Manor




 What do you say when you get the chance for a sleepover with your FABB friends and the opportunity to relax after a long week in the Jucuzzi? Well you say "Absolutely!" and then pack half the house. Just in case. 


That's precisely what I did when myself and a few other Northern Irish FABB girls, Rosanna of Silver Brogues, Megan-Cáitlín of VENT-Threads, Ruth of Welcome to Willowlane and Carolyn of Forever Scarletwere offered the opportunity to try out Glenmore Manor in Lurgan. It's been over a year since our last blog sleepover and it's been a year too long! Now lets be honest with ourselves here you don't instantly think "glamour" when you think of Lurgan but you are instantly put at ease as you arrive. The house, tucked in just off the main road minutes from the train station, is surrounded by huge tree lines making it feel secluded and cosy. The lights emanating from the inside were warm & inviting. We couldn't wait to get in and make ourselves at home. 


This is not a B&B. Glenmore Manor is a traditionally decorated 18th Century piece of history and there are hints to it's past everywhere. When you go to Glenmore you have the whole house (Eddie the Cat included) to yourselves and it's yours for your stay, a luxurious home away from home with Owners Pat & Eileen nearby should you need anything. After a delicious Indian feast they put on for us we spent the evening nosying round the house, checking out the antiques, drinking wine, swapping stories, and spending probably way too much time in the Hot Tub. It was pretty perfect as fridays go. 

Myself & Megan enjoying our giant wine glasses by the pool





On Saturday before we returned to reality, we burnt ourselves some breakfast on the range and wandered the grounds for an impromptu Blogger photo shoot. As you do! We then said our goodbyes to Glenmore and headed home via a flat car battery for myself & Megan! 
















I really enjoyed our stay at Glenmore. Its perfect for girly weekends and family gatherings. You could even have the country house wedding you've always dreamed of and it's only 30 minutes outside of Belfast! 


Friday, 24 October 2014

Halloween spookfest.



Whilst I love Halloween I will admit I'm usually fairly lacidasical in my approach leaving everything to the last minute. This year however, I've been channeling the spirits in my nail work and am loving it.  
Above are some designs I was testing out (the fingerprint being a personal favourite) and below you'll see some Water tattoos I have purchased and some recent clients. 

I love these Walking Dead nails. Just the right amount of gory!


I definitely craved candy corn after finishing these. I wonder where in Belfast I could get some...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Stars and Studded nail additions.

Studs, gems, decals and giant glitter. I love the opportunity to work with these as they're a great way to jazz up a plain colour polish. 
Gold pyramid studs accent
Pearl drops

Tear drop gem half flower
Silver pyramid stud accents
Stars and Moon nail tattoo on Acrylics
Emerald cut gems

Next Day Delivery in Belfast courtesy of Next!



Next Day Delivery. To Belfast!! How long have we looked at those promises in the UK mainland and seethed with envy? Well now Next is making them for real and I'm inclined to be a little excited about it. 


So, it's 8am on a Tuesday morning and, while most people are still in bed or rushing off to work, the lovely people at Robinson & Cleaver are feeding us our breakfast and showing us their offerings for Christmas at the launch of the the new Next Belfast Delivery service. 


There are gorgeous candles, baubles, snowglobes, festive salt and pepper shakers, cuddley toys, and much more. 


Owls and Deer were the creatures of the day which suits me fine.


I couldn't help thinking of the Wizard of Oz when I saw these cute children's shoes. If I had a child they would definitely be getting them!


Of course we couldn't leave the clothing out. They had everything from winter warmers to your party season glitz and glamour. My favourites were this tartan mini skirt and metalic grey pleated mid length skirt. 


Bumped into the gorgeous Aoife from www.BellaMalone.com trying on this faux fur coat. Should probably point out that it's from the kids range, though she's looking fierce!

The three ginger amigos! Myself, Nic from www.strawberryblondebeauty.com and Rebecca from www.bexberry.com 
Aoife, Myself and Rebecca just before I got my eyebrows waxed by the girls from Jason Shankey Belfast who had a pop Nail & Waxing bar!

I had such a lovely time at this event and really wish the Next Belfast team all the luck for the new service. We definitely need more of this in our wee corner of the world!


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Afternoon Tea in Titanic Belfast


Confession time. This week I made my second trip to visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast and it was the second time I didn't make it to the actual exhibit. 
Instead I donned a lovely tea dress, went for afternoon tea and gazed upon the beauty that is the replica of those stairs whilst supping a unique blend of (you guessed it) tea exclusive to the museum and nibbling the tastiest bites I've had in a while. 


A rare peek at the unoccupied stairs. They are very much the centre focus of afternoon with everyone taking the time to have their moment pretending they were Jack and Rose (because let's face it that's what the whole day is about!) 



You're definitely well fed with not only the treats on the stands but also platters of sandwiches and then a full slice of the cake of your choice afterwards! I opted for the Red Velvet, of course!



We made full use of the stairs as you can see. It had to be done! 
My gorgeous friends Gayle & Carolyn. 

And our gorgeous city giving some great cloud action. I do love a good cloud!


How cute are the left over boxes?! 
Fairly standard face for me but with the addition of Chanel universal eyebrow pencil. Just for a little added definition!

And on such a gorgeous day why not show off and have a wee photoshoot by the big sign. Why not, indeed!
Dress & Shoes from New Look, Cardigan from Urban Outfitters. 



Love my girlies! I would thoroughly recommend Titanic as a nice novelty afternoon out. There are many different places offering afternoon tea these days but this one has an obvious uniqueness and totally worth it.