Ladies that Lunch | Terrace and Birthday Treats at Tapas Revolution

What better way to spend a balmy evening in Sheffield other than eating and drinking in the sunshine with one of your best mates. You have to agree there is nothing finer.

Well …. maybe if I substituted Rach for Bradley Cooper … no offence intended Rach but a girl can dream!

First off however I have to admit I did think we would be sitting outside. When the invite read ‘come and visit the new Mediterranean terrace and help us celebrate our second birthday ‘ I just envisaged it would be external. It isn’t.

The new terrace is actually inside, situated on the top level of the food court in Meadowhall where it has been for the past 2 years but it’s changed slightly. Same space, different place. The terrace is made from rustic timber, there are potted plants scattered around along with hand-painted signage. It’s all very Spanish. There are also big ceiling windows that let in lots of light, so you kinda get the feel of being outside.

Its a little taste of Spain on our doorstep.

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Ladies that Lunch |Veeno – Wine tasting and Food Pairing #sheffieldlife

It’s been an eventful few weeks ; Bonkers Bingo at Mecca Bingo, the Crucible Theatre to see Frost/Nikon. Then getting invited to eat out at one of the restaurants participating in Dine Sheffield – 8 Oz Burger Co.

It all accumulated last Thursday with an evening wine tasting with my friend Rach at Veeno Italian Wine Cafe, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.

If your not familiar with Veeno it’s probably because it’s fairly new, having only opened its doors to the public a few months ago. Its a hop, skip and a jump away from Nonnas and it is situated in the building that used to house Carluccios Restaurant.

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Bonkers for Bingo at Mecca Bingo … #sheffieldlife

Last week my friend Sue and I went bonkers at Mecca bingo in Sheffield City Centre. Yep you heard correctly … Bonkers Bingo it’s a ‘thing’ apparently !

We had been forewarned that although it was Bingo … it would be Bingo with a difference. There would be swearing, dancing, singing, things may get a little raucous with twerking and lap dancing. We might get balls thrown at our heads.

Ohhhhh Kay …

I’m that girl who panics and dreads things like this but is usually the one found dancing along on her chair, loving it. The only exception tonight was that I wouldn’t be drinking as I was the designated driver! I really think that on nights like this it’s a good idea to be fuelled by lots of alcohol.

I advised Sue that if I won she would have to go up and get my prize while I actively encouraged her to go and get some Dutch courage in the form of another vodka and tonic !

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Frost / Nixon at The Crucible Theatre

I feel like I’ve not really spoken to you much recently [ missed me?] but I’m back today to rectify that with a lovely little theatre review.

Don’t get excited folks , well DO actually because what I’m reviewing is fabulous.

I mean I’m no ‘fancy talking’ theatre reviewer. I’m just your average ‘Joe Soap’ who happens to love the theatre. I suppose we ultimately do the same thing … I’m just less ‘lovey darling’ and more Pulps Common People. This is one of the main reasons why I LOVE the theatre ; it appeals to all. There’s no snobbery. It’s pure escapism.

Last night the lovely Ellie invited myself and my plus one, Jo, to a bloggers event she was hosting . It’s the first one The Crucible have put on and Ellie did them proud.

If your not familiar with Sheffield let me enlighten you.

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Beauty | First Impressions – Trinny London

Hello, hello, hello little people in my cyber space.

I’ve decided that this year along with the usual regulars like  ‘Ladies that Lunch’ I’m going to do a series called ‘First Impressions‘ which basically like the title suggests will be my first impressions of a product, person or a place.

Today’s, and my very first products are from Trinny London who I have been watching with interest from afar.

Firstly if you don’t follow Trinny on Instagram you are really missing a trick. Her quick fashion and beauty videos combined with her BIG personality are both informative and fun.

So a few months ago Trinny launched her capsule makeup collection. It’s basically all about ‘the stack’. A collection of products in 4g pots that snap together making it easy to carry around , especially when you are travelling.

You go online, undertake a colour match #Match2Me [ eye colour, skin tone etc] and then you are redirected to all the products in the shades that compliment you.

The full range includes:

BFF Cream, foundation , highlighter , contour, bronzer , mattifying balm, lip2cheek, blusher, lip gloss , lip colour and eyeshadow.

There is no face powder , eyebrow / eye pencils or mascara within the collection, so you would still need to purchase and carry these around with you.

I ordered the :

  • The Right Light – Starlight [Illuminator] – £25.00 4g pot
  • Lip Glow in Maddie – £16.00 4g pot

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The Wizard of Oz hits Sheffield

When I was a little girl I knew Christmas was on its way because of numerous events that happened in our house-hold.

For starters mum pouring herself a large Bailey’s, popping on a Christmas CD while excitedly putting up and decorating the tree was a definite giveaway. Red and gold, always red and gold.

My grandad coming to stay with us for a few nights signalled Santa wasn’t far away at all. I loved my Grandad staying. He let us drink sherry [ a tiny glass] and stay up late.

Dad would always plump for a massive turkey [ I swear it was bigger than my head] which Mum always cooked on Christmas Eve. They were an extremely sociable ‘Mum and dad’ who had friends & neighbours back after the pub for turkey sandwiches, more drink and frivolity.

Grandad smoked a pipe.

The combined smell that wafted around the house during that time was Christmas.

Turkey and tobacco.

It lingered on everything. It was comforting, familiar. It was Christmas. I wish I could have bottled it up.

When the bumper Christmas edition Radio Times eventually got delivered Mark [my brother ] and I would fight over, then flick through it excitedly ear-marking programmes we wanted to watch.

Mark was the blue marker, I was usually pink.

Along with ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Spartacus’… ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was always highlighted in both blue and pink as one of the must watch films, something we agreed on for once! Continue reading