Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

  • Jimmy Kimmel often challenges parents to prank their children and record their reactions, I love watching the videos parents send in after “eating all the Halloween candy“…The two brothers at the end of the video are by far the cutest!
  • It’s Halloween and there is still time for last minute pumpkin carvings and decorations, I’m always looking for fun ways to spruce up the front of our house, it’s no surprise I loved these pumpkin planters.
  • I’m sure you have heaps of pumpkin seeds left over after your carving sessions, rather than tossing them, try out these delicious pumpkin seed recipes.
  • Anyone that knows me, knows that I am easily frightened and watch horror films with a pillow in front of my face and my ears blocked…you definitely won’t find me staying in of these Haunted Hotels!
  • Not all my links are Halloween related this week, I just had to share the new music video from OK Go – I wont let you down (that’s for sure)…This is possibly the best music video I have ever seen!

Happy Halloween, don’t eat all the candy!

Grown up Halloween Party

Grown up Halloween Party

Ok, this isn’t exactly a Halloween party it’s more like an autumn dinner party. I went with a colour palette that’s not your usual Halloween one, sage, navy (my colour of the season) a bit of sparkle and a splash of orange and yellow.
Grown-up Halloween Party1 – Every dinner party needs some candlelight to set the mood, these copper tealight holders from h&m will make any table look extra special.
2 – These beautiful indigo tie dyed napkins are handmade, each one is different. They’ll add a touch of drama to your table.
3 – Why not try pumpkin mousse in place of pumpkin pie, a perfect seasonal dessert. Tip for making it even better: add a little whiskey to the whipped cream on top.
4 – A twist on the traditional vichyssoise, this recipe uses sweet potato, with a few added spices it’s a real treat and will warm your guests right up!
5 – You’ll need something to serve your delicious soup in and these rustic stoneware bowls are just the trick.
6 – How about making a gorgeous floral centerpiece in a pumpkin to complete your table, the diy for this beauty will be up later this week.
7 – Instead of dressing up how about a little game. Think of a name of any famous (or infamous) person, dead or alive, real or fictional, write it down and pass it to your left, stick the name to your forehead without looking at it and try and guess who you are by asking only yes or no questions. From actors to sports personalities, story book characters and deceased dictators anything goes but for a Halloween twist how about naming only scary departed folks.
8 – So this is a bit of a confession, I generally don’t use table clothes for dinner parties, I like covering my table in kraft paper instead! It looks cool and kind of rustic, it’s fun and interactive because everyone ends up writing on it by the end of the evening and at the end of the night you just crumple it up and throw it away – easy! Another plus, if there’s a red wine spillage (usually me not my guests) it doesn’t ruin a beautiful table cloth. For a bit of a twist I’ve used metallic gold kraft paper to go with the rest of the colour scheme.
9 – This party calls for a warm toastie cocktail, some hot apple cider will work perfectly!
10 – Since I’m claiming this is a Halloween party there has to be something spooky on the table, these skull platters will do nicely for serving your party snacks on.

Not Lame Halloween Ideas

Not Lame Halloween Ideas

I usually find Halloween to be a pretty cheesy holiday, we don’t celebrate it in South Africa so i didn’t grow up dressing up and going trick or treating and here in the UK it’s not quite the phenomenon that it is in the USA but any reason to have fun is a good one so I have trawled the web for some cool, not lame Halloween ideas.
Cool Halloween Ideas
1 – I know this isn’t exactly a creepy or ghoulish wreath but there’s something about it that makes me think of Halloween.
2 – Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day always has the cutest kids costume ideas. This snail is one of my faves but this year she’s done a whole hipster series, it’s brilliant!
3 – How to make a toffee apple scary, make it look like Snow White’s poison apple, perfect party snack.
4 – These mini pumpkins with teeny tiny exclamations are so cute, I think they’d make cool name place cards on a Halloween table too.
5 – I absolutely love these candied skull cupcakes from the Kitchy Kitchen, they’re so festive and pretty (and not orange and black).
6 – How cute are these embroidered vintage frames, perfect seasonal display, they look pretty easy to recreate and you can use them every year.
7 – More Mexican skulls, they’re so much cooler than regular skulls. This candy tray from A Beautiful Mess is a real work of art.
8 – Such an adorable Halloween costume, who wouldn’t like to look like an ice-cream Sunday!
9 – Ok, I know this one is a little cheesy but it looks pretty awesome right?
10 – Are you throwing a Halloween party? I love the House that Lars Built’s tortured artist party, it’s definitely not a typical Halloween get together. There’s something about those vintage portraits they aren’t super scary but definitely creepy.

Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week… 

  • The festival of lights is upon us, loved all the vibrant photo’s in this article…Happy Diwali to all!
  • Love this Sam Smith cover of Chasing Cars by Tracy Chapman, it’s no wonder he picked up four awards at the MOBO’s this week.
  • A few of these tips may come in handy around the house, I have my grapes in the freezer as we speak.
  • Simple photography with funny results…got to love the Leo!
  • With Halloween coming up you may be wondering what to do with your makeup…perhaps these ideas are to advance but may be fun to try out!

Have a super weekend, I’m off to pick pumpkins!

 

Driving the Amalfi Coast

Driving the Amalfi Coast

On booking our trip to Italy we hadn’t realised that we would be on the doorstep of the drive of a lifetime. The Amalfi coast is considered as Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline. I’m not going to lie to you…I was more than a little apprehensive about the drive after having tested the roads the day before and had tried talking my friend into getting a tour bus at the last minute (of course that didn’t happen). We set off in our trusty Fiat (named Giuseppe) and headed to the start of our trip: Salerno. To be honest, there was not much going on in Salerno apart from heavy traffic and a lot of fishing…after a short walk along the harbour and a fresh orange juice later, we headed south!

Salerno
Blink and you will miss Vietri Sul Mare, we almost did! Vietri Sul Mare is best known for its ceramics and it is not hard to see why I fell in love with this gorgeous town. The whole town is decorated with its local tile, local craftsmen work hard inside and outside their workshops and who wouldn’t fall in love with a village filled with ceramic shops and galleries?

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Our next stop was Ravello, this part of drive was possibly the most difficult, with steep inclines, countless hairpin bends and buses tearing round the bends, we were more than relieved to reach this magnificent town! We had a quick roam around the village, exploring the ruins and meeting all the local stray (but friendly) cats. Our timing was off and we were not able to find any restaurants to dine in, but found an awesome café on our way out that had the Arancicni (Rice ball) we had been searching for…even our new Italian cat friends enjoyed the arancini and our pasta (True Italians).

Ravello
We hadn’t anticipated on the drive taking as long as it did and ended up having to stop in Amalfi and Praiano very briefly before finishing the road trip in Positano. In complete awe of Positano and not having enough time to enjoy it, we ended going back to explore as seen in the previous blog. I would recommend the drive to anyone brave enough to take on the Italian drivers, it is a once in a lifetime experience and even though my ankles were aching for three days after all the hill starts, I would go back and do it again….with a crash helmet on!

Amalfi road trip