Friday, January 27, 2012

And the Winner is...


Cayce of Madame Joy!

Congratulations Cayce! I so wish I could have let everyone win but I need to pay my rent so I guess one winner will have to suffice. I'll let you all know what I end up sending her once I've gathered the pressies.

Happy Weekend/Payday Everyone! It's been a very tiring and hard week in work. We were supposed to have a visit from the company directors and it never happened so it was a bit of an anti-climax, having said that the shop looks great and I'm really proud of the work I've done this week and I'm off next Friday and Monday which is my first days off work since the wedding so I'm very excited!

I hope you all had a great week and have some nice plans for the weekend!

Emma x

Monday, January 23, 2012

I Don't Think That It's Gonna Rain Again Today

We took these photos on the way to buy ingredients for dinner yesterday. 









Coat, Shoes and Satchel- Marks and Spencers
Scarf, Belt and Gloves- Accessorize
Dress and Cardigan- Monsoon
Lipstick- MAC Russian Red
Nails- Various Purple colours topped with Model's Own Juicy Jules

One of my "New Years Resolutions" was to cook more home-made meals. I got the Sophie Dahl cookbook from my aunts for Christmas and I've already made two recipes from it. Last night I cooked a roast dinner for Donnacha, Kate, Eric and I incorporating one of the recipes. I'm enjoying cooking a lot more than I thought I would. I haven't cooked a whole lot in the past, or should I say I haven't experimented really. I like to cook and I'm up for trying most foods (I still hate peas), but I find it hard to get motivated into doing it sometimes because of the expense of buying ingredients and because Donnacha is such a picky eater I always ending up just making the food for myself and having the leftovers (which there is always loads of because there are very few meals for one cookbooks out there) for lunch the following day. 

I hope to find recipes I can adjust and perfect to my taste and hopefully if I feel happy with the results I'll share them here. 

How was your weekend? I'm really getting into my Tumblr, it's so fun! Also don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already and to those of you who have I really really enjoyed reading your comments! Some of them have been so funny, it's lovely to get to know you all a bit better!

I love Tom Smith's voice;

Emma x

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Personalised Giveaway

thank you

Well that was fast! I didn't expect to reach 99 followers so soon but now that I have I'm excited to share with you a special giveaway as a thank you to my readers for their constant support and friendship. 

I'm not doing this in any way to gain more followers, to be honest I'm quite happy with the relationships I've formed with the small number of loyal readers who are so generous with their kind and thoughtful comments. I look forward to interacting with you and it's what makes this a great hobby to have. 

I greatly and sincerely appreciate my friendships with you guys and the idea of this giveaway is to get to know you a bit better and to say a huge thank you for sticking with me!

The prize, if you want to call it that, will be a personalised package of things that are specific to the winner. I will email the winner upon their name being chosen out of a hat and ask several questions (I'll need a bit more detail for more recent readers who I maybe don't know as well) and I will be sending you a little thank you present based on the answers you give me. 

To enter all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me something about yourself that I probably don't already know, it can be anything you want! AND please leave me a way of contacting you if you don't have a blog on your profile page. 

It's open to international readers and I'll close the entries in a week's time on the 26th. I will notify the winner via their blog/email and announce it here next Friday the 27th. I'll also let you all know what the present is once I know the winner has received it for anyone who might be curious ( I know I would be).

So that's it. I wish I could get you all a thank you present but unfortunately my bank balance doesn't  agree. This is my way of showing you all my appreciation. 

Hope you have a great Thursday,

Emma x

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

All That Glitters is Green

I bought this nail polish before Christmas and have only worn it twice as it's been a bitch to get off, but my goodness do I get distracted looking at the sparkles all day.






Accessorize Emerald City

Only 1 follower to go until I announce my giveaway! Yay! I'm so excited!!!
How was your weekend?

Emma x

Monday, January 16, 2012

When in Rome Part II

This is the final part of my Italy photos. There's a few so your patience is required if you dare to read on. 


Leaving Borgo di Tragliata


Yummy sandwich




These guys knew how to charm the tourists, sadly I was too clever to fall for it




The Doctor sightseeing some more











More food! We went to a little restaurant off Campo di Fiori called Baffeto2 which we were recommended by my cousin. It was simple decor and service but really good food.


This was my pizza, sausage, olives, mushroom, artichoke, peppers, onion and egg. Weird but a delicious combination


I pointed out the Grow a New Wife thing to Eric. Kate wasn't impressed.


Piano Key Neck Tie! (reference? anyone?)



I'm pretty proud of this photo what with the pose of the statue and the moon and all








Strawberry, Lemon, Mango and Coconut Gelato!







We came across this building while looking for the Spanish steps which we never found





I saw this image of Amber Heard in the window of Guess and had to have my photo taken with it. I love her!


Piazza della Repubblica 


Our hotel room in Hotel Dama

This was definitely my favourite of the two days we spent in Rome. We didn't get to see much during the day apart from the Colosseum, but after dinner Kate, Eric, Simon, Lisa, Donnacha and I wandered off by ourselves without the "grown-ups" ;) and explored the city by walked back to our hotel from the restaurant via various tourist attractions and some not so touristy places. It was nice to see some of the places we had been to the previous day at night all lit up. We stopped off to get some gelato and got lost on the way but it was definitely my favourite part of the trip. Our hotel was so nice and so inexpensive. If anyone is thinking of going to Rome and wants a more in depth review or the hotel or recommendations on other things please feel free to email me! 

It had been so long since I'd left Ireland that I'd forgotten what it felt like to be in a place I didn't know and feel the excitement of exploring that place and seeing new things. I need to travel more.

You may have noticed things look a little different here. I'm trying to change a few things and make my blog a bit cleaner looking. I've also started a tumblr! I think tumblrs can be a great way to get to know bloggers a bit better. You may find you learn a bit more about me by taking a look at mine. It's still in it's infancy, but I'm quickly becoming addicted so there'll be plenty more to come!

Another reminder I'll be doing a giveaway with a difference soon! Only 4 more followers or 13 more posts to go. I'm very excited about it!

How was your weekend?

Emma x
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