Friday, 29 June 2012

Friday fancies: beachy chic

I always daydream about living by the beach....running around barefoot in a floppy hat looking like a bronzed Victoria's Secret model... 

This unfortunately doesn't happen.  A girl can dream though!

So when I found out that this week's Friday fancies is beachy chic, I nearly jumped with glee! 

A cute bikini, floppy hat and havaianas is all I would need for a sunny beach day.  Oh, and sun screen of course!

beach chic

                                  Now all I need is to book my ticket to Hawaii!


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

wedding wednesday: celebrity inspiration #1

As it's only 5 months to go before my wedding, I'm thoroughly enjoying looking for inspiration from my favourite wedding blogs, and celebrity weddings pictures.

The beautiful Margherita Missoni married her fiance Eugenio Amos in Italy last weekend, and I was browsing through some pictures online and had to share them!

Her wedding dress is breathtaking, and according to Grazia Daily she designed the gown herself, made with Missoni silk and organza.  There is so much detail to this gorgeous dress, I could stare at it for hours!

Her tiara is unusual, but it really goes well with the style of the wedding...

Here are the bridesmaids in their floral gowns...

And look at this amazing cake!

My favourite picture, Margherita sitting on these gorgeous cushions having a picnic!

                                                         (all pictures from Grazia)

Overall, this is a colourful, fun and ethereal wedding style which works so well with the beautiful garden settings in Italy.  If I was getting married abroad I would definitely make the most of the sunny weather and have an outdoor wedding like this!

Monday, 25 June 2012

my instagram life

Well I hope everyone had a lovely weekend? 

Mine was mostly spent catching up with family, celebrating my grandad's 90th birthday (actually I call him Tadcu, which is Welsh for grandad!).  He was so happy to see the family, what an inspiration he is! 

The weather wasn't great this weekend, so we spent our nights catching up with our favourite TV shows.  I hate to admit it...but we've become quite addicted to Geordie Shore!  Has anyone else seen this show?  Oh my gosh, it is quite shocking what they get up to...but so funny at the same time!

Here's a picture recap of my weekend:

                                           (instagram name: angie_peanuts_pearls)

~ wearing my new pumps and Zara jeans

~ delicious monkfish thai green curry while out for food

~ my grandad's amazing birthday cake

~ playing with my gorgeous nephew

~ a pot of chai tea on a rainy night is just perfection


Friday, 22 June 2012

Friday fancies #6

It's Friday Fancies time again, and this week's lovely theme is colour blocking!

Now I'm usually not a massive fan of clashing two colours together in an outfit - however, I think colour blocking can look amazing when you find colours that really compliment each other

I'm loving coral at the moment, so when I saw this dress on polyvore I fell in love!  Coral goes beautifully with nude and black, and I couldn't resist the sequins on this pretty dress!

classy colour blocking!

Head over to long distance loving's blog for more gorgeous Friday fancies looks

                                                       Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

recipe: grilled peach salad

After having a delicious peach salad at my friend's wedding last Friday, I've been inspired to try and replicate this...and I was so excited when I stumbled upon this recipe by Jamie Oliver

It's a perfect combination for a summer salad.  And perfect for those nights when you want to sit and relax in your garden with a BBQ and a good book!

Grilled peach salad with parma ham and a creamy dressing


• 4 just-ripe peaches
• a few fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
• olive oil
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper optional
• rosemary or thyme
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• extra virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon natural yoghurt or crème fraîche
• 16 slices of Parma ham
• a few sprigs of fresh tarragon, leaves picked
• 2 handfuls of rocket, washed and spun dry
• 100g goat’s cheese, crumbled

Preheat a barbecue or griddle pan until hot.
Cut the peaches in half (remove the stones) toss them in a bowl with the chopped rosemary, a splash of olive oil and a little salt and pepper.  
Grill the peaches for a couple of minutes on each side until nicely charred, but not burnt!

Pour the vinegar into a bowl and add three times as much extra virgin olive oil. Add the yoghurt or crème fraîche and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk or shake until mixed together well.

Drape the parma ham over the plates, pinching it up here and there so it’s not lying flat. Place the peaches over the parma ham. Toss the tarragon leaves and rocket in the creamy dressing and pile the salad on top of the peaches. Drizzle with a little more extra virgin olive oil, scatter with the crumbled goat’s cheese and tuck in!



Monday, 18 June 2012

my instagram life

So sorry for the lack of post on Friday.  I have a good reason though...I was busy celebrating my friend's wedding day! 

Even though the weather was terrible (it rained all day...) that didn't spoil a lovely day!

Here's a few pics via instagram...

                                           (instagram name: angie_peanuts_pearls)

~  at the church

~  our table!

~  delicious peach salad to start...

~  why choose one dessert when you can have 5 little ones!

~  catching up with uni friends

~  one of the nicest puddings ever to finish off a lovely weekend


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Summer holiday collection #1

As the high streets shops are full of gorgeous items for the summer,  I decided to turn this into a mini series where I can search for my favourite summer holiday looks that are available right now.

This first 'summer holiday' series will focus on dresses.

If you are about to leave for a holiday (you lucky things!) then there are so many great dresses to buy...from maxi dresses to bandeau dresses to floral dresses!

Here are my current high street summer favourites...

~ This floral dress is from Warehouse retailing at £35.00.  This floral print really stood out for me, and I love the 1950's feel to it.  I can just imagine pairing this with a cute summer hat and sandals for a daytime look.

~ Another gorgeous dress from Warehouse.  This white cotton dress retails at £38.00, and would look great as a daytime look with sandals or dressed up for the night with heels!

~ You can't go wrong with a denim dress for summer!  This lovely strappy one is from Topshop retailing at £40.00.  I also feel in love with the pleated detailed on the skirt!

~ This yellow dipped hem dress at £48.00 is from Topshop and is great addition to your wardrobe if you love the neon trend. 

~  Another lovely white dress, this time from Oasis.  This is a classic sleeveless dress, but the studded collar detail gives it an edge.  I also love the belt that comes with it, and this dress retails at £65.00
~ And last but not favourite!  This gorgeous striped maxi dress from Mango retails at £59.99.  I think this will definitely be making an appearance in my wardrobe!


Monday, 11 June 2012

my instagram life

It's Monday already and I can't believe it's time for another instagram picture post!  Time is really flying by this year.

I spent most of the weekend celebrating my friend Michelle's birthday.  We headed down to Tenby for some food and was so much fun seeing the girls!

Here's a quick recap in pics...

                                            (instagram name: angie_peanuts_pearls)

~ my friend's adorable dog Hogan.  He's like a gentle giant, and gives great cuddles!

~ by the castle wall in Tenby

~ the bunting is still out in force!

~ Mews restaurant for food and drinks

~ I had the tuna steak...delicious!

~ me and Lauren...trying not to squint too much in the sun!

Overall a lovely weekend! I'm looking forward to this Friday as well as it's my friends wedding..let's hope the rain stays away!


Friday, 8 June 2012

Friday fancies #5

Welcome to this week's Friday Fancies theme - Short & Sweet!

I'm a huge fan of wearing shorts.  I just love how they can be worn as a casual outfit with sandals or ballet pumps...or you can jazz them up with heels for a nightime look!

I've gone for the classic white shorts, paired up with a bright red t-shirt for a smart daytime look

Short & Sweet

                                             Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

May fashion favourites

It's time to reflect on the wonderful fashion looks during May. 

There were so many great events this month, from Cannes to the Met Gala to film premieres...that it was quite hard to narrow it down!

But here are my main fashion favourites...

~ favourite event...
I have to go for Cannes Film Festival!  So many chic ladies on the red carpet...there's something about Cannes that is so exciting in an old Hollywood glamorous way, and I just love it. 

~  favourite candid look...
Olivia Palermo always gets it so right, especially in her everyday style.  Here she is strolling around New York with her cute dog looking ever so chic

~  favourite make up...
Jessica Alba at the MET Gala....gorgeous smoky gold eye make up paired with red lipstick

~  favourite glamorous look...
Emma Stone at the MET Gala!  I love how she's gone for a short dress, but still makes it look so effortlessly glam

~  favourite couple...
Once again it's Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson....such a stylish, cool couple.  Please let them have babies soon!

                                                            (Images via fashion spot forums)

Hope everyone is having a lovely week!