20 October 2014

Weekend sunning, shopping, scoffing!

After Thursdays post, it seems as though I truly did have bags, bags, bags on my mind! When hubs got home from work we popped to the mall to get some milk and a little window shop too! I noticed Parfois had a sale on and I always love having a look at their gorgeous bags and accessories. Also, noticing the 25%-75% off sale posters in the window, I had to have a look. Many gorgeous new season bags in and even though reasonably priced, I had to step away, even though I was majorly lusting over them. I browsed through the sale shelves oohing and ahhing and picking up various bags and hubby looking bored saying 'you have ones like that already'! Then, then I came across this gorgeous canvas type bag. I'm guessing it's more aimed at being a 'beach bag', but I personally think it's too nice to be chucked on the beach, get covered in sand and risk having sun lotion spilled on it! I couldn't believe the price, 49aed! (approx £8, €10, $13) Fan-bloody-tastic! Sold!



After a lazy Friday morning chilling on the beach and floating in the sea we headed into Dubai, this time to Mirdif City Centre. MCC is actually our favourite mall in Dubai. It hasn't got any of the big fancy 'tourist' attractions, but it has an amazing amount of shops and restaurants. It is a fairly big mall, but completely 'do-able' in a few hours (well, depends how much shopping you do, hehe). Seeing soo many good things I wanted and completely lusting over a gorgeous black, sheer, skull blouse (find it here) and black lace-up ankle boots (find them here) and a bunch of casual tee's in Aeropostle, I managed to pull myself away and hubs and I went to find ourselves a late lunch. 

Realising, we still have practically a whole Entertainer book full of vouchers, (seriously, does anyone really make their way through a whole book!) anyway, we thought we best let that guide us for lunch! We went for Mexican. Rosa Mexicano in fact. We had never been there before, so perfect for a 'voucher meal'. We both went for the Fajita mix. Chicken, Beef & Prawn. After munching on the complementary nacho chips and dip, we were so pleasantly surprised when our meal was presented to us. The meat was sizzling and our table full of food. Not only did we have the meat with onions and peppers, sour cream, guacamole and cheese. We both had a very generous portion of rice and re-fried beans too. Seriously, OMG certainly sprung to mind.


I had noticed on the menu that mains are served with rice and beans, but for some reason I didn't expect them to come with the fajita dish. Well, our mouths were instantly watering and seriously couldn't wait to tuck in. Hence why I only got one poor picture of our feast! The meat was tender and sooo tasty. I am absolutely in love with the rice, had a slight spice to it and well, I love re-fried beans, so they were a hit too! We were stuffed and so much was still left! ( I think we should of skipped the cheeky coffee & cheesecake when we first arrived at the mall, well the cheesecake was vouchable!). I highly recommend Rosa Mexicano. The staff were all friendly, the restaurant was clean and comfortable and I think you can guess, we will definitely be returning and having the fajita mix again!!!


With our bellies well and truly full, we peeled ourselves away and headed back to the car. The sun was setting in the distance and really lit up the Dubai skyline. I managed to quickly snap a picture on my phone, but it really doesn't give the view justice.


So off we went in search of a furniture shop we had found online called Heritage Touch. The furniture we have in our lounge at the mo is from John Lewis in the UK, the Maharani range. We were after some similar bits and were excited that Heritage Touch looked like they had the same pieces in their store. Arriving at their warehouse, directly behind the Gold and Diamond Park. Which is what it said on the website, but knowing Dubai and directions, I was very surprised that it was actually, directly behind the Gold and Diamond Park lol! OMG! It was like an Aladdin's cave! The shop went on and on. So much gorgeous solid wood furniture. Some at very reasonable prices, some not. We did find a cabinet which was a pretty damn good match to what we have, but they wouldn't budge on the price (so it really was the final price then!) We ummed and ahhed for ages, but when we added the delivery cost to it and the cost to ship it to Europe, it wouldn't actually of been that much of a bargain. If this was our forever home we wood, boom boom (haha, sorry!) have snapped up quite a few bits!





After a lovely lay-in on Saturday, you guessed it, we headed back of down the beach. It was so relaxing, as it was fairly quiet and there was a slight breeze too. Perfect.


Heather x x

16 October 2014

My Bags



I keep seeing posts about whats in your make up bag/handbag etc. To be honest my make up bag isn't too exciting lol (something I'm working on!). I tend to keep my make up simple and quite often during the week, I am sans make up. I think because for years, while I was flying the skies, I was always caked in the stuff, so I'm enjoying that my face is allowed to 'breath' on a more regular basis!

Yesterday, I was tiding up my handbags. I've taken a whole bunch over to Spain already, which I desperately need to sort out and donate a few to the local animal charity shop. I've kinda come to a stand still with the ones I can't 'live' sob sob, without on a daily basis, even though hubs would beg to differ and reckons I only need the one bag. Men hey! They just don't understand, haha!

So here's what's left. Everyday bags. Evening bags. Popping to the shop/vacay casual bags. Some are older then others, but I love them all! If you like any of them I've found some similar more updated ones for you, if not better! Take a peek...


Everyday Bags


From top, left to right.

Brown Sisley Bag - This is my most recent bag and use it all the time! I've just found the long strap for it too, was buried in the drawer! Similar here (Use code FAMILY25 & get 25% off on Shopbop) more herehere & here.

Tan & Dark Brown Satchel Bag - Originally from Parfois, Similar here.

Brown Saddle Bag - Originally from Matalan, Similar herehere.

Brown Guess Bag - From Guess in Malaysia. It's been used so much and started to wear, but I still love it! Exact one here!

Brown Bag - Primark! I've had this ages! The material is so soft & I love the distressed look it has to it, I call it my slouchy bag! Similar here & here.

Black Bag with Red edging - Gift from my Sister. Similar here.

Fiorelli Bag with Multicoloured Circles - Gift (again) from my Sister. Exact here!


Evening Bags


From top, left to right.

Snakeskin Bag - H&M. Exact here! (on eBay, times ticking!) and Exact here! Similar here & here

Small Gold Bag - Topshop. Similar here.  

Brown Clutch - Says Jimmy Choo, but it's not really! I got it in Goa years ago & I love the shape & colour of it. Similar here & here.

Silver Fiorelli Clutch - Similar here & here.

Black Envelope Clutch - Aldo. I love how this also comes with a long strap, so you can hang it from your shoulder or even across the body. Also come with a gold wrist clasp, so you won't loose it on those boozy social nights out! Similar herehereherehere & here.

Eggshell Blue Clutch - Accessorize. Also comes with a gold link chain detachable strap. Similar herehere & here.

Popping to the shop/vacay casual bags



From top, left to right.

Cream Crochet w/ Tassles - Aeropostle. Similar here & here

Quicksilver Bag - Gift from my Sister! Similar here & here.

Aztec Bag - Suite Blanco. Similar here.

Green Beaded Bag - Topshop in KL. Exact one here! Similar here.

Multi Coloured Bag - Accessorize. Similar here & here


I hope you've enjoyed having a nose at my little bag collection! Let me know if you get any of these, especially if you pick up any of the eBay bargains!!!

Heather x x

15 October 2014

Chicken and Bacon Alfredo

I made this little recipe last night and it turned out quite well. Top marks from hubs! It came together as I was just scratching around with what we already had in. You will need (for two):-

2 x Chicken Breasts
Bacon 
(I used back bacon, 5 rashers, un-smoked)
Mushrooms
1 x Onion
Broccoli
Garlic
Alfredo Sauce 
(I used the packet mix, as that was what we had in, 
but I would recommend trying a jar version 
or making your own from scratch!)

Want a pink chopping board like mine? Similar hereherehere & here

First of all prep. I always like to prepare everything first and set it out in bowls. So much easier when you come to cook your dish, to have everything to hand!

*Chop your Chicken into cubes
*Roughly chop the Bacon
*Peel & de-stork Mushrooms, slice
*Peel & chop the Onion and Garlic



1. Little oil in a large pan and add the Chicken.
2. In a separate frying pan add the Mushrooms, Onion & Garlic. Keep on a low heat, as you just want to soften these.
3. Small pan, add water, boil, add Broccoli. 

Fancy some red pans like mine? Similar here & here

4. Once the Chicken looks like it's cooking, no pink showing, add the Bacon to it and stir.
5. By this time the Mushrooms, Onion, Garlic should of softened nicely, add them to the Chicken & Bacon. Stir. Turn down heat, leave to simmer.
6. Once Broccoli is cooked, drain and add to the pan of Chicken, Bacon etc
7. Give it all a big stir and leave to simmer on a low heat. (If you have some 'water' in the bottom of the pan, turn the heat up slightly and cook this off).

Wash Up!
**Tip - Have your sink already filled with water & bubbles. 
Wash up as you go, saves time later & that dreaded after dinner feeling 
of having to wash the dishes! 
Keeps the kitchen tidy too,
 especially if you have a ridiculously small kitchen like mine!
Or, if you have a dishwasher, load as you go!

8. Put some water on to boil for your pasta or rice noodles. (we had rice noodles, they don't bloat you as much!)
9. Make up your sauce as per instructions. I added a little bit of grated cheese, as had some spare in the fridge!
10. Once the sauce is ready add to your Chicken, Bacon mixture and stir it well, so everything's covered with the sauce.
11. Finish making up your pasta or rice noodles. Drain.
12. Put a serving of pasta/rice noodles on a plate and a big dollop of your Alfredo Chicken.

Sorry about the poor picture, hubby was starving and wanted his dinner!


Serve. 
If you fancy pushing the boat out, why not try some
yummy crusty bread, or warm rolls straight from the 
oven!

Let me know if you try this and how it turns out! You can always tagged me in your Instagram pictures or post on my Facebook page. Would love to see your creations !

Heather x x

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