Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Bathroom Selfie - No.2!

Here we are again! I told you it may become a regular thing, haha!

OK, so today's outfit is my kinda 'go to' option for when going out to the mall. Maxi skirt and a casual tee.

I absolutely love my blue maxi skirt and have had it quite a while now. I got it from New Look a couple of summers ago! I love maxi skirts, as they're cool and floaty on the legs and are ideal for the UAE, as whilst still being trendy, you're keeping it modest too.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Beach Dress

Today being the first day in ages we ventured down to the beach for a stroll. It's been sooo dismal, grey and cloudy here lately! (sorry friends in the UK, but I didn't sign up for the terrible weather here! Haha).

Now, I usually embrace the chillier days in the UAE, as I crave badly for European weather, but the grey, miserable skies, even if the temperature is 'pleasant' outside, it still doesn't do anything for your mood when you look out the window and see nothing but a sorrowful day. Today though, the sun was shining and the blue skies are back! Yippee!

The beach dress I'm wearing is an 'old faithful'. I love it soo much and I actually picked it up in Carrefour one day while doing the groceries! It was as cheap as chips and surprisingly has lasted ages! Sadly though it's starting to look a little tired now, the elastic is giving way and it's slowly loosing shape.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Purina Arabia

A few weeks ago, a fab little goody bag for my fur-babies turned up from the lovely people at Purina Arabia. I was sooo excited and Poppy and Lily were very intrigued too.

A lovely note, two fun toys and a bunch of treats were inside! Their favourite treats too! Poppy's always been a bit partial to some Beachside Party Mix!

Everyone knows that we spoil our little fur-babies like crazy, so it's great to be able to add some more toys and treats to the collection! Mind you, I have to make sure Poppy gets some treats first, as if they're not eaten quickly, Lily comes along and hoovers them right up!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Apartment Etiquette

We've been living in the apartment for a month now and after 4 short weeks I have observed some outrageously inconsiderate behaviour from our neighbours!

Now, my husband did have reservations about moving to an apartment because of potential noise, but me trying to be the optimist convinced him that it'll be absolutely fine and the apartment blocks aren't full, so there surely couldn't be that much noise. Anyway, people aren't that inconsiderate are they?

YES! Yes they are!

If you live in an apartment I'm sure you've come across some of these scenarios or if you are completely oblivious to this and think you maybe guilty of conducting one or two of these apartment crimes, please read, stop and have some consideration for your fellow neighbours!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

SkyBar - Traders Hotel KL

When we were in KL for six months back in 2010 (which seems an absolute lifetime ago now!) one of our main go to places was the SkyBar, at the Traders Hotel, right opposite the famous Patronas Towers.

The SkyBar is on the 33rd floor and has the most amazing view of the Patronas Towers. It is also the hotels indoor pool and has really cool Cabanas around the outside.

We always used to stop off for a drink (or two!) when we went into the city. I don't think we ever ate there mind, but one of the below pictures is proof that the Champers and Rosé were good! Their cocktails were very tasty too!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Lusting After - Mango Bags!

If you know me, you'd know I'm a bit of a bag lady, lol. I loooove bags! Can't get enough of them.

When we were last in Spain I got myself a stripy backpack from Deichmann (find it here). I love being 'hands free' and it's great for travelling. Some of my 'hand bags' recently, even though I do still love them, they're starting to annoy me slightly, as I feel like I'm carrying around a doctors bag or something, lol. They just feel far too formal for my daily life.

I'm after more of a casual shoulder bag or cross-body bag to take me into summer. I do still love a boho clutch though (gutted the one I got from Primark last summer, pretty much fell apart after only a couple of uses, sad face - I will have to get my sewing kit out and try to rescue the poor thing!).

Friday, 13 March 2015

Bathroom Selfie!

If you follow my Instagram you would of seen on Wednesday I posted a 'bathroom selfie'! Now, I keep seeing the 'bathroom selfie' on my feed so I thought, why not! Ha, a bit fun and my new bathroom has a huge mirror (and I've sold the full length one now!! So this is the only mirror in the teeny tiny new pad!)

I think it turned out alright! What do you think?! I'll be honest I took quite a few!! I think that's normal of the 'selfie'. Please just re-assure me, that it's not just me that takes a zillion pictures before deciding on the right one, then take a few more, you know, just in case they come out better! Crumbs, what have we turned into???? Selfie loving society!! Ahh, it's all a bit of fun, Oh and hubby, I'm still waiting for my selfie stick, hint, hint, wink, wink!!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Catch up

I've noticed that my posts seem to be far and few between lately. Too be honest I'm not too chuffed about it, but I don't just want to 'chuck' out posts for the sake of it. I'm gonna try to be more about the 'quality' then the 'quantity'. After all, my blog isn't a job, it's my little hobby, a little piece of me, my small, ickle place on the internet.

The last month has been kinda busy and quite a lot going on. After my Mum went home (you can see a little bit of her visit here) we packed up our villa and moved to a little one bed apartment. We're still in the same area, but after renting the villa for two years our rent went up a whopping 49%!

The rents here in the UAE are crazy at the moment, especially in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah are catching on to this. A lot of people are feeling the increase and are returning back to their home countries. With the mega rise in rents and the general cost of living going up, with no real salary increase, the attractiveness of the Middle East tax free salary is wearing a little thin. As to honest, it's not really worth it anymore.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Lusting After - Denim Skirts

I must admit for as long as I can remember, I've always been a fan of denim skirts. They're so wearable and versatile, they can be dressed up, or dressed down for pretty much any occasion. They can be worn with heels, flats, trainers, sandals, boots, well, pretty much everything! 

Sadly though, I haven't been able to find myself that perfect denim skirt for a while now. Don't get me wrong I do see lot's of 'short' skirts in the shops and even though they are really cute, I am getting to the age where I don't think I can quite get away with a little mini anymore! Well, maybe on the beach or on holiday, but for my everyday life (especially here in the UAE, a butt skimming mini isn't really the way forward!). 

I'm quite excited that the slightly longer hemline is becoming more and more popular. I've had a browse at some of my favorite online shops and have picked a few out to share with you. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Need a 'Pick-me-up?'

We all have those days when we feel well, meh...

Mope around for maybe no reason whatsoever and just can't find any inspiration or motivation to do anything with our day.

Now, I have felt like this on many of occasions and I'm sure I'm not alone either. But my friends this really isn't healthy for us and we should try to 'snap' ourselves out of it as soon as we notice the 'mehness' creeping in.

I've put together a little list of ideas to do if you find yourself getting like this and need to, well, Pick yourself up!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Mums visit

Eek! 4th of February since I last posted!! Sorry if you've missed me, but I have a good excuse this time! My lovely Mum has been visiting us for the last ten days from the UK. So, I've been playing hostess and being a very good daughter by keeping my Mum company by the pool (things you have to do, lol!). We had a flippin' fab time and as usual it went far too quick! The house feels very empty and quiet now, but I have been throwing myself into the housework (I'm such a domestic goddess, haha) to keep myself busy.

I won't bore you with too many pics of my Mums visit. I was planning on doing a few blog posts of the restaurants, coffee shops, places we visited, but we were too busy gassing away and before I had a chance to take any photos for you guys, we had gobbled our food and ordered the next round of drinks!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A Bite to Eat - Sumo Sushi & Bento

Last night we went out for a spare of the moment dinner. We chose the newly opened Sumo Sushi & Bento. We have been in once before and really enjoyed it, so decision made and off we went.


Al Hamra Mall
Ras Al Khaimah
(Upstairs near the food court)

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Once upon a time....

Yesterday, Mark had meetings in Dubai, so I took the opportunity to bag a free lift to the big smoke and have a day hanging out at The Dubai Mall. While having a good 'ol mooch I passed the Stylist Arabia stand and picked up my free copy. Now, I have seen the latest issues' cover, going around on social media and was so happy that I had actually managed to pick myself up a copy. The cover being...

'Once upon a time, there was a woman in Dubai. She was over 30, not in a relationship, and she didn't have children.... she lived happily ever after.' Stylist Arabia

Instantly when I read this, I smiled a knowing smile and couldn't wait to read the article. Now, I know this doesn't completely apply to me, as I am married, but the over 30 and having no children part does.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Liebster Award - Part 1!

OK, firstly a huuuuge apology to Steph over at Priceless Life Of Mine because it's taken me sooo long to reply to this!! And of course a big Thank You for nominating me! I was also nominated by Jacqueline from Sjaak&smaak the other day, which has pushed my bum into gear to get on and answer you lovely ladies.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Laptop Problems

As you may have noticed from my Twitter and Instagram my trusty little laptop gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago and I am completely and utterly lost without it!

I'm having to rely on my phone for everything which is fine to an extent, but I am finding it quite limited. 

I thought I'd try a little post from my Blogger app, which I've never used before, so I have no idea how this will turn out! But I just wanted to say Hi to you all and give you a little update incase you're missing me lol!