Lunch at Brocco, Sheffield #ladiesthatlunch

The best thing about Friday definitely has to be meeting up with the girls for what has become our weekly  ‘Ladies that Lunch’ . Ok , ok so we are hardly girls but old biddies doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

Sue choose the venue today . She plumped on Brocco on the Park  which is situated at 92 Brocco Bank at the bottom of Ecclesall Road. (Eccy Road to us Sheffielders.)

Brocco is a Boutique Hotel with a restaurant. They refer to it as a neighbourhood kitchen. I like that, it sounds friendly, homely and welcoming.

I’ve dined here before with mum. It was to celebrate  her ‘6 month with no cancer’ results. My treat for her kissing cancer’s ass.

I’ve only ever been here for drinks with Sue and Rebecca. Prosecco and nibbles, very civilised loveies . Continue reading

And just like that…

Another beauty of a top just pops out of the page at me…

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Green Lace Blouse // £29.99

Of course it’s ordered.

It’s green, it’s lacy and it’s going to be mine. (I feel like I should end that sentence with “wha ha ha ha “)

I gave up on the green sequin dress along time ago…it obviously wasn’t to be. It’s not like I’d even seen anything – it existed only in my imagination.

But green lace? Now we are talking.

I also have my eye on this beauty, also from H & M

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Crepe Blouse // £24.99

And this one…

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Blouse with Lace trim // £24.99

Oh and this…

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H&M are coming up trumps and have some great shirts and blouses in at the moment.

I find blouses are so versatile , they look great with jeans, pleather leggings and skirts…basically with most things…maybe not your jogging bottoms mind. Though never one to say never…I bet there’s somebody somewhere rocking that look.

I have to say that the store at Meadowhall (Sheffield) is a bit of a ‘miss mash’ and I prefer to shop on line.

My mum walks around there tutting, examining and telling anybody that’s listening that the clothes could do with a good iron. (she does have a point, some do look like they’ve been screwed up and are in need of a good press )

So anyway, I’m digressing… back to yesterday. At one point I had over 4 tops in my basket but I had to narrow it down to just the 1.

I’m not that flush unfortunately!

Green it was then. I have green eyes, that’s enough excuse to buy a new top I’d say. Plus I also love me some lace.

I just hope it fits?!

I’ve ordered size 12 which I would normally be. However I fear that what with the mince pie fetish I had over Christmas combined with my current obsession of mini eggs and Freddie bloody Frogs it might not fit.

Dam you chocolate (why do I love you so much) and where the hell did you go Miss will power?!

I’m hoping the up and coming holiday with the girls might kick start something. It’s not until the end of June but we’ve just booked a long weekend in Marbella to celebrate Leighs – one of my oldest and dearest friends – 50th.

There are 10 of us Yorkshire ladies winging our way across … maybe 13.. . Marbella you have been warned.

Here we are over 10 years ago!!!

I love this photo, it evokes such great memories (and some not so great…about an hour after this was taken I was sick in a plant pot bang outside a bar!)

Leigh is the very brown one (she insists on orange) at the end…making the rest of us look positively lily like.

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While I realise I am not fat (I just pull fun at myself) I do want to tone up. It currently feels as though my bum enters a room ( wobbling) a good 5 minutes after the rest of me… and in all seriousness my mince pie belly is starting to resemble a baby bump.

God forbid!!

I’m currently toying with the idea of Slim Fast. Has anybody used it before, would you recommend !? I know it’s lazy, but sometimes lazy is good… right?

I’m also started doing the towel workout, which involves a towel (obviously) that you must keep taunt at all times and lots of squatting. It’s playing havoc with my knee…

It also involves alot of… ‘Get down Mollie”, “Stop it Mollie”, “MOLLIE!” as our dog decides every time I squat it’s the ideal time to jump all over me, nearly flooring me as she tries to get my towel.

I am seriously hampered at times.

As a last resort I have seen this gorgeous Kurt Geiger snake-skin swimming costume…

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Swimsuit // £55.00

I love it.

It’s not cheap but it’s going to be my inspiration to get fit / tone up ( she says currently munching on a massive cookie. Whoops )

I keep trying to envisage myself sat at the pool, sipping on a ‘sex on the beach’, reading ‘love x style x life’ and wearing this…only I keep reverting to a bloody whale…

Whales donning Snake skin was never a nice image!

So in other news…

Yesterday was the Mister and I’s first anniversary together . Yay – one whole year, and what a year its been.

We’ve actually been friends for over 23 years.

He came to my wedding. He was a shoulder to cry on when all ‘men were bastards’ and over the years we have many a time got drunk into the early hours on ‘firecrackers’

He moved away, we stayed in touch via Face book. He came back. We met up and the rest they say is history…

Yes all that time he was right there in-front of me!! Who would have thought!

In true ‘our’ style we decided to make it as cheesy and as naff as we possibly could.

Bring on the red plastic heart-shaped cups, heart confetti, heart chocolates, PESKY mini eggs and a bottle of Spumante Brut…which was surprisingly nice.

I’ve always been a cheap date.

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I’m now going to love and leave you. I’ve rambled on enough…  I have a bath and major pamper planned in my beautiful new bathroom (and then some yellow shoes to source.)

It’s finished and I love it.

What do you think?

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Until next time, Tracey x

‘The Place’ to be seen…ladies that lunch

Today is date day, or rather ladies that lunch day.

I try to meet up with Sue every couple of weeks for a girlie catch up and to grab some nice grub!

Today’s choice of eatery – That Place  – was Sue’s suggestion. It’s somewhere I’ve not visited before.

It was most needed. I’ve had what can only be described as the ‘week from hell‘ and not the best start to 2016 …

My car broke down on Monday and was out of action for 3 whole days. Our heating consequently blew up at the same time, resulting in no heating or hot water for a couple of days. We have ripped the kitchen out to the bare bones and just have a very lonely looking Belfast sink.

We are currently living off the remnants of Christmas – crackers and cheese, pate, mince pies and Chinese take-away. I have mince pie belly.

I’m still finding bloody big slimy worms all over the house and one of the pesky cats was sick all over the new settee.

The icing on the cake – I pulled my chuffing back out, and I’m coming down with cold. My throat is scratchy and sore.

Yes… a girlie lunch was just what I needed – that or numerous bottles of alcohol. As my boyfriend kept telling me “your not nice if your not warm, have access to a hot bath and food”.

That Place is situated  at 845 Chesterfield Road,  Woodseats, Sheffield opposite the KFC. From the outside if I’m honest ,it doesn’t look up to much.

When you walk in however it’s a totally different story. Although fairly small it’s beautifully decorated with an amazing ‘book’ feature wall and union jack settee.

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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.

Dah.

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Get Jumping …

Holiday’s are coming, holiday’s are coming…
The Coca Cola lorries on his way….a sure sign it’s almost Christmas, which I for one am very happy about.

It also got me thinking about party outfits. Well to be honest I’ve been thinking about them for a while now….

I’m a big fan of and do love a good jumpsuit. It’s a great alternative to your LBD. If your anything like me with legs all over (think bambi on ice with cataplexy) especially after a drink, then they are ideal. You can jump about, fall over or do a handstand even ( it has been known) while keeping your modesty covered!

I already have a couple of jumpsuits from last year, that will be coming out to play again this year.

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RAMBLING…its been a while – talking skincare, lippy, mothers and a dog called Mollie.

We’ve not had a catch up for ages. So shall we talk and rectify the situation ?

Grab yourself a coffee and get comfy…

Firstly a little update. It’s skin related. No surprise there then I hear you cry – I am bordering on obsessed. Most people chase the dream. I chase perfect skin.

So as you may, or may not be aware, for the last few weeks I have been using a couple of Pixi products. I can officially confirm that I am now a Pixi Glow Cleanser & Glow Tonic convert .

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