Tuesday, 25 November 2014

New Year party dress

So, for the first time ever I am going to an official, organised New Year party.
The party has quite a snazzy theme so I decided a new dress was in order, in my usual Google trawl I came across the ericdress website, and was thoroughly impressed with what I saw.

It's not very often I go somewhere that warrants a full on evening gown so I plan to make the most of it. On the ericdress website there are sections for weddings, special occasions, general fashion, shoes and accessories. There are so many fabulous items on there it took me around 2 hours to feel I had viewed everything. I am still a little undecided on which dress to go for so I have forced myself to narrow it down to three options and hope you can help me decide?

The first dress is from the 'Cocktail Dresses' section of the website.

This is the Fancy Strapless Empire Mini/Short Little Black Evening/Cocktail/Prom Dress I adore the tuxedo styling on the front, it look amazing. It's not my usual style but that's what I am aiming for!

The next dress is from the 'Formal Evening Dresses' section of the website.

This is the Column Floor-Length V-Neck Evening Dress I love the winter wonderland feel of this dress and the back detailing is divine.

The third and final dress is from the 'Evening Dresses 2015' section.

This is the Beaded Ruched Short Cocktail Dress I like the understated designed of this dress which is set off by the beading to make it stand out. Perfect for the party season!!

All of these dresses are available in many different colours so you can pick and choose according to your theme or destination. The dresses can also be altered in some cases too. They are currently gearing up to their black Friday sale so now is the time to visit the website :)

The ericdress website receives excellent reviews, once I have decided on which dress to buy I will post again about the delivery experience and the actual dress when I receive it.

As I will be looking to buy some bridesmaid dresses in the near future, I may well be stopping of here in my search.

I look forward to hearing which dress you think I should go for :) Comments below please!!


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Rice Krispie Recovery

These little treats are perfect after a late gym session when you need your protein intake but don't want to eat anything too heavy:

Stuff you'll need:
1 ½ cups Rice Krispie cereal
1-2 tbsp. honey depending on how sweet you like things
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
2 scoops of your favourite protein powder.(PhD Diet whey is my favourite!)
½ cup oatmeal
½ tsp. vanilla extract
How to Make:
Preheat oven to 160 degress
Lightly coat your baking tray with 1 cal. spray.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, then place into the baking tray.
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is crisp.
Once you take them out you can drizzle them with some good quality dark chocolate should you wish (or any other topping that may take your fancy!) You can add nuts, chocolate chips or raisins to the mix when you fancy a change.
Recently I used PhD diet whey in chocolate orange flavour and drizzled the top in melted Terry's chocolate orange - they were DIVINE!!!!!!!!
Enjoy your no fuss, protein packed sweet treats!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Everything Ebay

I am still obsessed with eBay, I am not sure this will ever end.........

I was at a hen do last weekend and really fancied something new to wear but didn't really have the cash for a shopping spree. Quite by accident I spotted this dress on eBay and had to have it! It was brand new without tags and I snagged it for 99p!! I know can you believe it!

Of course, once I had the dress I had to find some shoes to match!! And guess what, I got these beauties for 99p too. So that's a full outfit postage included for £6.78!!! I could hardly believe it.


I painted my nails to match (Barry M Gelly of course!), popped on some gold dangly earrings and I was ready to go! I received so many nice comment about my outfit, it just shows you don't need to spend a fortune to feel good. I like a splurge as much as the next girl but I love a bargain more!

The finished result :)

I think with all the pressure these days to look amazing and spend a fortune to get there it's nice to look and feel good having been thrifty :)


Monday, 10 November 2014

Diet Protein Vanilla Choc-chip Pancakes

You may have read my previous post with a recipe for protein muffins and I promised I would share some more of my protein packed recipes soon.

This is a great breakfast recipe but is also good for an any-time snack too.


2 scoops PhD Diet Whey vanilla protein powder
2 scoops almond meal
4 egg whites
1/2 cup of water
3 tsp Sugar or Stevia if you are being good
1/4 cup of choc-chips (any kind you like)

Mix all ingredients together until batter is formed, it will be quite thick!!
Pour batter onto heated nonstick pan to form pancakes (I spray with 1cal fry light first)
Flip pancakes after the bottom bubbles, and remove promptly when each side is cooked.
I find pancakes work better if the pan isn't too hot that the burn practically right away, you may need to do a couple of test ones with varying temperatures to begin with :)

This will makes around 6 pancakes

If you try them, let me know what you think?

I will share some more protein powder recipe's soon :)


Monday, 3 November 2014

Changes with Chalk Paint!

We had a bookcase in the house that we've had for a number of years now and after decorating it didn't match anymore. I really didn't want to throw it away so I decided to give it a make over.

The rest of the room has a grey/lilac theme so it really looks 'part of the furniture' now!!

I decided painting the whole case grey may look too dark and oppressive so for the main frame I used Rust-oleum chalky finish furniture paint in Antique White, for the shelves I used Rust-oleum chalky finish furniture paint in Anthracite Grey. I have backed the rear of the case using B&Q Holden Paste The Paper Calligraphy Heather & Silver Wallpaper.

It took some time and patience to achieve the finished result, I took the shelves out of the casing and painted them separately, this finished result was achieved by using 2 coats of grey and 3 coats of white. I recommend using a smaller roller to apply the paint, you can get these in Poundland with 4 rollers. I used a wallpaper cutting tool to ensure a smooth edge.

I absolutely love the Rust-oleum range of chalk furniture paints, The paint can be used directly onto wood (bare or painted), brick, stone, plaster or any suitably primed rigid surface (metal, plastic etc).
You can also create a distressed look by applying two coats in contrasting colours then sanding or scouring when dry.

I have recently discovered that this paint is available in Boyes for £12 making it much cheaper than any other stores.

This is the current range of fab colours:

If you need any tips please just ask :) I'd love to see your similar project too!  xXx