Seeing the new year in Italian Style…

As with most posts, this one wasn’t planned.

Let’s just say some thing’s are just too good not to share; like my love of the films Spatacus and Jason and the Argonauts…I could recite them both to you, but I won’t. Not today anyway.

Plus I’m nice like that.

You may have  guessed by now that the Mr and I are pretty crap when it comes to planning anything. Remember ‘Tap-gate’ from a couple of weeks ago?

He calls me gonna…‘gonna do this, gonna do that’. We were planning to go away on New Years Eve for a few days but life happened. Basically we lost all sense of time , what day it was, what time it was even and it never got booked.

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Tarrah 2015…

This is a real quickie!! Mainly because I’m getting ready to go out and as I already have a tiny hang-over from last night. Yep I was a little naughty. Most people save themselves for tonight… not me.

On behalf of Liz and myself I would just like to say a (very big and very loud) Happy New Year to everybody who supports and pays a visit to our little part of the blogasphere!

We really appreciate it and we love receiving your comments. We don’t get many but those we do… well we love reading them.

I really hope you enjoy our ramblings and that in some small way we inspired you,  made you giggle or just plain confused you!  ( that’s called the Tracey effect)

Look out for some little changes in the new year. We have ideas… It could be dangerous,  but we do. Were going to take over the world… Ha ha ha ( I’m reading that over in my head in a baddies voice… Like you do)

On a last note and a quick update.

I don’t have a new outfit for tonight. Dah!

I’ve totally lost my clothing mojo and can’t seem to find anything I particularly like. The green sequin dress will remain just a figment of my imagination.

My pesky cats Lola and Frankie, are still bringing worms into the house ; the bigger and better it would appear. I am having heart failure literally all over.

Only yesterday I picked up what seemingly looked like a brown bobble to tie my hair back!!  You guessed it,  It was a bloody worm.I completely freaked out and threw it across the room.

Along with my foot, I haven’t been able to look at my hand in the same light since…

My boyfriend can’t stop laughing.

I’m sure the cats can’t either!

It was also good to see my mum in such great spirits today after a shitty year. ( regular readers will know about her battle with cancer and subsequent kidney problems)

I called around to see them both earlier. I walked into them singing along to Elvis at full blast. Mum was dancing, I started dancing and dad well he was doing something but I’m not sure what!

We ate cheese ( love the cheese as my hips will justify!)  and Christmas cake with coffee.  Elvis serenading us in the background.

I left them both all smiling and still singing. It was a good way to leave them and a nice image for me to bring in the new year.

Elvis done good.

Happy parents = Happy Tracey

So… I really hope whatever you are upto later  you have a great night. 2016 can you bloody believe it?!

I’ll see you on the other side…

Cheers!

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Much Love as always and until next time,

Tracey ( and Liz) xxx

It’s over…but a good time was had by all

Hello everyone.

Firstly, I hope you’ve had a fabulous Christmas. Secondly I hope you got everything you wished for. Be that in the form of a fabulous gift, or just to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

We’ve had a grand few days. I think I’ve come out of it half a stone heavier but very happy.

I must say I was thoroughly spoilt this year.  I’m a little sad it’s all over to be honest ; it goes far, far too quickly!

We had Christmas lunch booked at Marco’s –  Marco Pierre Whites restaurant. Mum has had a shitty year what with her health and one thing and another. We didn’t want her fannying around cooking and getting herself all stressed out. She had also mentioned herself that she didn’t want to cook lunch this year. The general consensus was if I cooked it would be one big disaster. No offence taken on my part… I have (shock horror) in my 45 years on this planet managed to avoid ever cooking Christmas lunch. I’m not sure how, but I have!

Cooking is not my thing, my house is tiny…what can I say I’m not your everyday domestic goddess. I’m far from it! (Hangs head in shame). It was in everybody’s best interest that we went out. They wanted to see Boxing Day didn’t they!?

Marco’s was booked for 2.15pm, which gave us plenty of time to have a few drinks in the local pub before hand. To see who else was also having Christmas drinks, wish them all the best, grab some cheeky kisses. I love that about Christmas…how happy and friendly everybody is.

Grandad has grown a moustache (I like it) and arrived suited and booted looking very smart. As always wearing a shirt and tie.

My brother kept joking about his new ‘porn tash’. Grandad laughed though I’m not really sure he knew what my brother was going on about? Maybe a blessing in disguise really… The image building in my head of my grandad starring in a dirty porn movie was not a pleasant one!

There were just the 6 of us – Mum, Dad, Mark my little brother, Mike my fella and my Grandad.

Grandad Reg is the youngest 93 year old you will ever meet… He’s off to Eastbourne today with a group of other fun-loving OAP’s for a 4-day break.

The meal was delicious.

I had beef. Yep, beef ( smothered in mountains of Horse raddish) There was no washing up. Mum was relaxed and sat smiling a lot. (always great to see)

We pulled crackers and pulled faces at the rubbish jokes! Grandad worked his porn tash and more-importantly he gave Mike the seal of approval. Phew. ( it’s the first time they’ve met) I got merry on Baileys with ice. We laughed a lot. A Perfect Christmas lunch – a really lovely afternoon.

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No turkey for me…its beef all the way!

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Today’s the first time I’ve had chance to sit down and digest it all. You know get all my pressies out and have a good old inspection and a play . Like I said I’ve been totally spoilt.

Lots of girlie, girlie gifts…

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Jane Shilton Bag

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Soap and Glory Goodies… anyone would think I smelt with all the pampering products I received! I don’t do I?!

 

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Ted Baker Lip-glosses, Makeup brushes from No. 7 and Real Techniques

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Champneys Goodies ….

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Black Leather Gloves … always come in handy

Along with my Olympus PEN camera and my Clarisonic Aria (I warned you  I had been spoilt) another of my favourite presents is a book.

‘Love Style Life’ by Garance Dore is a fabulous read.

I can’t put it down!

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It’s a book about style… In her own words ” Be warned: it’s going to be clumsy, imperfect, sometimes glamorous and mostly ( I hope!!!) hilarious ride”

I’m loving it. I’m hoping some of her impeccable style and wisdom will rub off on me!

Talking about style/clothing. I’ve got itchy feet to get out and purchase some new clothes. I’ve been a bit rubbish this year and not bought that much in way of new outfits. I HATE SALES I just can’t stand the thought of trying to park your car, battling through the crowds. Nightmare.

I never got the green sequin dress I had my heart set on. I ended up buying a burgundy dress from River Island, via Very. Its very plain and simple, no bling. I wore it on Christmas day…

Here’s a little run-down of my Christmas outfits, starting with:

Christmas Eve Drinks with the Girls:

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Victorian Lace Blouse £28.00 from ASOS with my skinny jeans from Tu (Sainsbury’s) leopard skin jacket (my late Grandmas) and statement earrings from Black & Sigi

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Christmas Day for Drinks and Lunch with the Family:

I’m trying to grow my fringe out and I cant decide whether to persevere or chop the bloody lot all off.  It looks mostly a ‘buggar’!!

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Burgundy Pussy Bow dress by River Island (via Very) wearing my best Stepford Wife face!! (Not sure what’s going on there?)

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Boxing Day- Yet more drinks with the Family:

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I’m wearing a top from French Connection (OUTLET SHOP) , with my flares from River Island and sparkly shoes from Next. Mums wearing a dress from Wallis. Cheesy Smiles are courtesy of Brandy & Baileys (together) Lethal but oh so moreish.

 

All my outfits were a bit last minute.

The dress actually arrived Christmas Eve! A  bit too close for comfort for my liking.  Thankfully it fit and I loved it. Phew.

I am now on the look out for the perfect New Years Eve outfit. I have no idea where I am going , or what we are doing (it’s a surprise) which makes it a little tricky . Idea’s anyone?

The quest is on…

But first I can feel a Bailey’s coffee coming on. I’ll need to wean myself of this stuff come January (I swear its coming out of my pores) but until then… Cheers!

Tracey xx

In my Home Town…#sheffield

I love my home town of Sheffield – The Steel City.

I suppose we are all a bit bias and have a BIG old soft spot for the place where we grew up, were our memories were made. I know my way around, I know where to go and I know where to avoid.

We have 2 football teams – Sheffield Wednesday (The Owls) and Sheffield United (the Blades) I’m an Owl in-case you were wondering. It’s also home to the oldest football club in the world – Sheffield Club.

Henderson’s Relish is made here (I have it on absolutely everything) The World Snooker Championships are held at the Crucible and we also have the wonderful Botanical Gardens with it’s original bear pit…

Arctic Monkeys, The Pulp, Joe Cocker, Human League, Sean Bean and Paul Carrick were all born and bred here.

Mary Queen of Scots was even imprisoned in Sheffield Castle in 1570 !!

Yes It is familiar…it is home.

So that kind of sets the scene…in a how Tracey’s mind works kinda way!

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Fizz at Cavendish Restaurant, Chatsworth

Laurent- Perrier Afternoon  Tea at The Cavendish Restaurant, Chatsworth House – a Birthday treat from the Mr … he’s a  star and I’m very lucky.

He says he never known anybody my age get so giddy about Birthdays…I’m not sure what he’s getting at. I mean doesn’t everybody wake up at 5.30am on their birthday excited about the day ahead?

mmmmmm  yes usually the under 5 year olds!

I love my Afternoon Tea.

I love champagne.

I  love my mum … so it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

The Mr unfortunately had to work, so couldn’t make it, much to my disappointment. O.k so I was a-bit mardy…and I should know better. In my 45th year I really must think more about what my face does and what my mouth says!

On a positive note I could never lie to you…it would be written all over my face. Expressive my mum calls it. Rubbish I say.

So back to the afternoon tea – Cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches , scones with clotted cream and jam, Bakewell Cheesecake…plus 3 champagnes to taste… WHATS NOT TO LOVE?

Here’s a list of the full shebang.

(I’ve told you before I’m a little pig… this proves it. We devoured the lot!)

Laurent-Perrier Champagne afternoon tea

  • A trio of Laurent-Perrier Champagnes: Brut non vintage Champagne, Cuvée Rosé Champagne and Demi-sec non vintage Champagne
  • Salmon Gravlax and potato terrine, horseradish cream
  • Homemade dainty sandwiches: roasted ham and tomato chutney, smoked salmon and dill mayonnaise, cucumber and cream cheese and free range egg mayonnaise and cress
  • Freshly baked basil scented scone with strawberry preserve and Devonshire clotted cream.
  • Dessert: Lemon and thyme short bread biscuit, Chocolate and almond Battenberg, Bakewell cheese cake, Classic chocolate and marshmallow tea cake, Passion fruit and vanilla gateaux
  • Biscuit rose de Reims (You dunk this in your champagne..like a Hob Nob ,only posher!)

£40 per person

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