Friday, 31 January 2014

The Gift of Love

Now that January is coming to an end (where the hell did it go!!) the shops are rife with all things Valentines related so I've decided to sort out a wishlist to help out any secret admirers that are wondering what to get me ;) 

I doubt I will get anything but as Disney would say, 'If you don't have a dream, then you can't have a dream come true.'

How adorable is this dress, as it's handmade you can personalise it to suit your body shape/style, however I think this is perfect as it is.  The necklace is by the company that makes the gold one worn by Holly Willoughby, but I much prefer silver for my skin tone.  The ring is by the very popular Alex Monroe, I am in love with the mini mouse, fox and bunny rings too but I couldn't list them all as I don't want to frighten those imaginary admirers. Finally the bag and shoes are Brit Stitch and Schuh. 

If anyone wants to treat me, inbox me for my sizes ;)

Michelle x

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Snappy New Year

So the start to this new year has been rather hectic but I have a feeling it's going to be an amazing year! I've started a new job and am really looking forward to working hard and achieving great things.

After a week of firsts -  first day in the new job, first visit to an abattoir, first time eating Chateaubriand (I don't work in an abattoir before you ask!) -  I feel like things are going to be good.

I know Michelle's mentioned all her resolutions or things she'd like to achieve this year.  I've already ticked the first off my list (new job) but I'm also looking forward to lots of other things too; I'm aiming take many more photos - hence the title!

I bought myself a new camera before Christmas in the Amazon Black Friday Sales and I'm just getting to grips with it.  I didn't fancy anything too big so opted for a Compact Camera System, which hopefully is the best of both worlds in terms of quality and flexibility.

Anyway I'll aim to keep you updated and hopefully you'll see a few cool new shots taking with the camera in posts.

Take care,


p.s. Anyone else bought themselves/received a new camera for Christmas?

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Proper Tea at Manchester Cathedral

I'm always on the look out for cute and quirky new places in Manchester to try out, so when an occasion arose that required some kind of food, I didn't hesitate in searching for somewhere that fit the bill.  I have no idea how I hadn't noticed Proper Tea before with it being right in the centre of Manchester, but until I stumbled across a blog review it was sadly unknown to me.  Fortunately I found it, and now it has become one of my favourite spots for tea and cake.

A group of four of us went on a Saturday afternoon and decided on Afternoon Tea for all.  We ordered three and I have to say this was a case of eyes being bigger than our bellies, one would easily satisfy two people and probably still have some cake left over for doggy bags.

Afternoon Tea included an array of the most sumptuous cakes and sweet treats, a couple of savory nibbles and finished off with your choice of tea.  I chose the Breakfast Tea because I'm a bit of a bore and like a good brew, but for the more adventurous they do an array of other blends.  Overall the atmosphere, surroundings, staff, tea and more importantly cakes were all fantastic, the only element I would change would be to have some chutney/relish to go with the savory selection (I envisage it in a miniature glass pot with a tartan lid.)

If you haven't already head over to Proper Tea and break any new years diet resolutions!

Michelle x

Top Photo From TeaCup Kitchen

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Moments That Mattered 2013

Working for yourself can often leave you feeling like your year has just flashed by with not much happening, however looking back I can see 2013 was a pretty special year.

In one short year I was able to cram in a wedding in beautiful Cuba (my brothers not mine!!) a short break in Paris, including the magical Disneyland with the bestie, creating lots of new products for Jelly Button and my first stall on the Manchester Christmas Markets.

Although not as exciting, other moments including family time, cuddles with Dodge, and lots of memorable nights/days out have to be included in moments that mattered.

I would like to think 2014 will include lots more memorable occasions, hopefully including a new house and a new addition to my little family (I'm dreaming of a Boston Terrier I can name Sully.)  My brother and his wife are also expecting their first baby, I should (hopefully) graduate from Uni and I'm praying 2014 will see an end to my battle with endemetriosis, or at least a dip in the constant pain.

Did you have any memorable moments to share? Maybe a moment you want to make happen in 2014?

Michelle x

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Turn The Beats Around

For Christmas I seemed to get an endless supply of pyjamas, socks and underwear.  I'd say it was a sign of my age, but I associate pjs more with being a kid - perhaps I'm regressing?  At least they'll help stave off the cold nights, but saying that mulled rum punch works equally as well *hiccup*.

I did get a few other gifts, and one of the bigger present I got were some Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones.  I'd been thinking about some getting some for a while so I was really pleased.  They were a joint present from my sister and her husband, and my parents.

Although eager to open them, Christmas day was hectic so I left the headphones for later - turned out to be a stoke of genius.  That night I was perusing Hot UK Deals (a great site for bargains) and noticed someone had posted that the exact same headphones were now on sale for £79 at Tesco direct, moreover there was even a code for £10 off on your first purchase as well!!! I HATE it when something like this happens, and I feel I've been ripped off.  Out of pure frustration I order a pair then and there, and within a few days they arrived in store.  Within a few days they'd arrived in store and I went to pick them up, and I returned the originals to Currys.  In the end I got them for £69, which was £60 less than the originals that had been bought for me from Currys (£129).

With the left over money I treated myself to this Ted Baker watch which was listed as half price on the John Lewis clearance sale (£62.50) - I'd share the link, but they sold out pretty quick online.

All in all I think I did the right thing, even though returning a Christmas gift did feel weird.  But two presents for the price of one can only be a good thing.

Take care,


p.s. Have you picked up any bargains in the sale?  Or even ended up returning any Christmas gifts this year?

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

To Do In 2014

I'm sure Neil will need to update his list of to do things as well but for now here are mine:

Finally complete my jewellery degree - In reality taking on a degree when I was already running two businesses, had a part time job and dealing with a daily struggle with endemetriosis was a bad idea.  It also wasn't what I expected so I am looking forward to getting it out of the way.

Move into a bigger house - my basement is my studio, the spare room holds all the Cherry Rainbow stock and all other rooms are occupied by cats, a dog and a hamster.  I desperately need extra space so I am hoping to upgrade to a 3 bed house.

Get a bicycle - to be exact this one, isn't she a beaut.  I have visions of riding to the Post Office near my new house with Dodge in the basket.

Do a chocolate course - no need to explain it sounds awesome!

Lay off the bleach and let my hair recover.

Holiday in the U.K - I was spoilt with Cuba and Paris last year so need to be a bit more cost efficient with my breaks in 2014.

Read 12 books - a book a month shouldn't be too much of a struggle.

Get back to the gym and Yoga - exercise does eventually help my pain, however I have to get through the pain barrier first.  I WILL DO IT!!!

Finally this is the biggie .... take more photos of myself for the blog!! I normally avoid the camera, using excuses such as 'when I lose weight I will look better, ' but in 2013 I read so many blogs where people embraced their varied body shapes I feel I should man up and go for it.

Does anyone else have any good resolutions or plans for the new year?

Michelle x

P.S Incase anyone has the NY resolution to buy expensive presents for random strangers here is the link for my bike :)