[Paris je t’aime]: More on our trip, coming soon!!

paris-with-love_MbM [Image credit: Made by Molu | Mr. Jacques brooch by And Smile]

Back from Paris today and I miss it already! We’ve had an amazing four days of walking, cycling, eating and drinking our way through the city (mostly the North) which I will share with you on here over the next week or so – judging by the number of photos taken, it may have to be over a few posts! So, in the meantime I bid you all a good night and I shall be back with more visual treats from Paris! Bon nuit!!! xx

A roundup of the last two weeks

29JUL-10AUG-(web){Top row, left to right}   Dressed up for our anniversary dinner at Bistrotheque, Bethnal Green | Made by Molu Summer Giveaway | chilling out with friends on Primrose Hill

{Middle Row, left to right}   Birthday Celebrations in full swing | Birthday flowers | Birthday presents from the hubby

{Bottom Row, left to right}   Stunning pashminas by Candice Wren for my Special Birthday Giveaway  |  my handmade ‘paper’ wedding anniversary present for the hubby | commissioned work making personalised hand-sewn cushions

[Image credit:  @Sammidodgers via Instagram for Made By Molu]

[Travel diaries]: Paris, Je t’aime!

PARIS JE TAIME_MbM webSeems like Paris is where it’s all happening this year (well, when is it never!) as I seem to come across a good few bloggers who have just been or about to embark on that wonderful journey over to the magical city…..and wahey – so am I! :D I cannot tell you how stoked I am about this trip; I’ve been wanting to go for aaaages now having only been there once before as a kid (an age when you don’t really appreciate much around you!) so vowed to myself that I’d return someday and see it for what it really is i.e. do the less mainstream and touristy stuff! If you ask the hubby or any of my friends I’ve been going on about how I’d like to do Paris for my big ‘3.0.’ this year – and adamantly so! :P  And it only occurred to me recently that our 1st year wedding anniversary (where has the time gone!?!?) is the week before my birthday so we decided we’d combine the two and celebrate them both in style out in Paris! Why not eh? ;) And boy was I so delighted when we finally got round to booking the Eurostar tickets and our wee rustic apartment in the Le Marais District! (for those of you that aren’t too familiar, it’s the oldest and most medieval part of Paris with lots of stunning Parisian architecture, art galleries, vibrant cafés, cobbled-stone streets, vintage/antique stores and many more…….everything we love!)

Anyhoo, with the travel and accommodation arranged, I thought I’d write a series of posts (aided by some pretty illustrations) in the run up to this fabulous holiday that share all my thoughts and ideas I’ve compiled on ‘things to do‘, ‘places to see‘, ‘where to eat‘, ‘what to wear‘, etc. And I would of course LOVE to hear your suggestions too – anything that you think would be of interest to us especially for those who’ve recently come back from their trip there! Just leave us a comment below! Our aim is to totally get lost and explore as much as we can the ins and outs of Paris by foot….the quirkier and more Parisian it is, the better! Oh and FYI – we are huge foodies so I think I’m going to have to start looking up places to eat first! Bring on the copious amounts of bread, wine and cheeeeese!! :D ahhhh I cannot wait!! ROLL ON AUGUST, I say!!!! :D

xx

[Inspiration]: 10 creative and fun D.I.Y.s to try for St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Ohh am I pleased to see the end of the week! The weekend has officially begun and I couldn’t be happier! Well we’re only a day and half before the St.Patrick’s Day celebrations begin! So have any of you got anything planned for the weekend? I’m definitely jotting down a few ideas to try/do over the weekend which includes cooking up a nice Irish Stew, along with some baked green-coloured goodies  tomorrow (still not decided what that is yet but definitely some baking involved! Just stewing on whether to do something traditional or be a bit more experimental). And on Sunday I will of course be kicking off the celebrations with the traditional ritual of sporting something green with shamrocks a plenty and head out to check out the parade! No doubt squeeze in a few cheeky drinks too!

Anyway, here are a few things I thought could be something you and I could try this weekend? A little inspiration for your creative juices to flow! If you have other ideas, I’d be delighted to hear them in the comments section. In the meantime, have a lovely weekend folks and if you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – hope it’s a mighty good one!!! :) Oh, I’ll be posting pics from my shenanigans so watch this space! xxxBLOG_STRIP st paddys day

  1. Shamrock Wreath what a fabulous idea and one that can be made easily i’m sure!
  2. Shamrock Boutonnaires  by Martha Stewart
  3. Fabric Clover Art  by Flamingo Toes
  4. Shamrock Streamers by Kelly on Studio D.I.Y.
  5. Homemade Leprechaun Spirits by Design Sponge
  6. Irish Soda Bread by the Melangery
  7. Shamrock Cut-out Cupcakes by Glory of Glorious Treats
  8. Green Velvet Pop Cakes by Love From The Oven which are cute and fun alternative to the traditional cake
  9. Shamrock Tortilla Chips by Courtney on Spiced Blog make a brilliant St. Paddy’s Day themed snack to team up with your drinks!
  10. Guinness and Bailey’s jello shots by Jaimee Sire