Indulging In Fine Dining & Pampering At The Galgorm Resort & Spa

By Carolyn Henderson on May 26, 2016

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Dining out is one of my favourite things to do and when it comes with a stay at a luxury hotel, a full body massage and a day of indulgence at a world renowned health and wellness destination, then it’s safe to say that I have well and truly found my happy place!

The last time I was in Galgorm Resort and Spa was over 12 years ago, when I rolled up in a red 1920s style dress for my high school formal. I hadn’t been back since, not because I had a god awful formal experience or because I had no interest in returning, it just never crossed my mind. For the past 5 years myself and my boyfriend have returned to Crawfordsburn inn, another Northern Ireland based luxury hotel and restaurant, for our annual pre-christmas stay. It’s a lovely tradition but it’s nice to seek out somewhere new to explore every now and again.

My big birthday weekend was just 2 weeks ago and I thought what better way to celebrate than with a party on the Saturday and a stopover in the Galgorm on the Sunday?! I can honestly say it was the loveliest weekend and the best hotel experience that I’ve had in a long time. Everything screamed first class service and pure indulgence from the deluxe room, to the 3 course fine dining experience and from the new thermal village to the 55 minute spa treatment.

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Myself and my boyfriend arrived Sunday afternoon and promptly dressed in our robes for our full body massages in the spa downstairs. The therapist treated me to a scalp massage before applying aromatherapy associates oils to soothe and relax my muscles and body. Pure bliss.

Dinner was booked in the River Room for 7.30pm, so we freshened up and headed down for a couple of glasses of wine before our meal. My boyfriend and I are foodies and I have to say we were very, very impressed with the dining experience from the locally sourced food, to the flavours, the presentation and the service. It right up there in my top 5 the best meals of all time and we have eaten in a number of reputable restaurants over the years.

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Following on from our deliciousIt’s clear to see that Galgorm has invested a huge amount into their Thermal Village. Incorporating a hot tub, hydrotherapy pool, swimming pool and sauna amongst other pampering and relaxation features, it’s the best place to relax, unwind and de-stress. The following morning, my boyfriend and I had a wander around the village trying out the different areas. My favourite is the River House, the view is simply beautiful.

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Outfit: Dunnes skirt, Primark shirt, River Island ankle boots, Nica handbag, Earrings from Hong kong, TK Maxx sunglasses

The next day we ordered breakfast to our room before taking a leisurely walk around the grounds (well I walked and my boyfriend hobbled around on his crutches), enjoying the scenic countryside and the warm sunshine.

I can honestly that my boyfriend and I loved every minute. It was indeed a weekend of pure indulgence and relaxation and an amazing way to spend my 30th birthday. Thank you Galgorm Resort and Spa for a memorable experience, I will be booking our next trip soon!

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Antiques & Antique Gold; Interiors Wishlist

By Carolyn Henderson on May 18, 2016

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I’m starting to wonder whether there will ever be a day where I’m completely finished decorating the house and I’m happy that I have created a perfectly harmonious home environment. Right now I fail to see an end in sight and I fear that we will still be trying to attain a beautiful abode 30 years from now.

I guess living in a Pinterest obsessed world gives us very high, unrealistic and unattainable standards. I desperately crave a Pinterest-perfect home with crisp white walls and just the right mix of vintage, contemporary and eclectic furnishings. A dash of hipster mixed with splatterings of mid century Ikea and perfectly positioned mixed metal accessories finished with pretty parquet flooring. One day. One day it will all come together!

This season I’m obsessed with all things antique gold and I’m once again looking for ideas on how to make our home look unique and how to add character and personality.

1. I am a candle addict. I don’t even want to think how much money I have spent on candles this year. I love lighting them in the evening whilst we watch Netflix and I can’t get enough of the old apothecary styles such as this one from Urban Outfitters. I personally adore the typewriter font on the label and the brass screw top.

2 & 3. I’ve never really been that interested in plants until I moved out and bought my own home with my boyfriend. I’m still a bit nervous about it and I can never seem to keep a hanging basket alive for longer than a couple of months. Succulents, however, are amazing because they literally can’t die. Recently I’ve taken to littering them about my home in little ikea ceramic pots and fabric planters. I think these metal guys from Urban Outfitters will make the perfect addition to our living room.

4. These glass hanging photo frames are having a real moment in the blogosphere. I have yet to find the right ones for my home and I’m still not quite sure where I would put them, but I love them so surely I can make room for a few more photo frames! I like this one from H&M as it’s reasonably priced and the cord adds a natural, rustic vibe.

5. Personal development is really at the forefront of my mindset right now. I’m really interested in mindfulness, how to build mental resilience and how to deal with knock backs and difficult people. I’m more confident than I’ve ever been, but I actually feel like I’m more irritable and frustrated than I’ve ever been. Perhaps it’s my perfectionism taking over or my unrealistic expectations of what my life should be like that’s holding back my happiness. I find that surrounding myself with inspiring lifestyle quotes is helping me to relax, clear my mind and help me deal with daily stresses and irritability. I like this H&M cushion quote as it reminds me to let it all wash over me and not let the bitterness seep through.

6. I’m trying to accumulate a few more items to adorn my new industrial shelving in the kitchen and this H&M antique gold lantern is the perfect accompaniment.

7. Last but not least, this antique mid 19th century chair from the Original Sofa Company caught my eye with it’s stylish gentleman’s club aesthetic. I love old furniture pieces and I know that this would look amazing in our bedroom against our pine bed frame and beside cabinets, atop our recently painted white wooden floors. It is a fair bit out of my price range, but for something that’s seeped in history and is truly an antique, I’m sure that it will find a home very soon.

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Spring Lookbook/Outfit Ideas

By Carolyn Henderson on May 11, 2016

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A quick spring lookbook is now up on my youtube channel! Featuring 4 outfit ideas for the slightly warmer weather. It’s still not bare legged season yet for me, so I’m sticking with my trusty black opaques.

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Outfit 1 –
Primark shirt*
Dunnes skirt*
DKNY handbag
Miss Selfridge ankle boots
Argento necklace
Rayban sunglasses

Outfit 2 –
Urban Outfitters military jacket
River island tee
Primark skirt*
Doc Martens handbag
Rayban sunglasses
Truffle ankle boots

Outfit 3 –
Primark skirt*
ASOS shirt
ASOS handbag
Punky pins necklace
Rayban sunglasses

Outfit 4 –
Primark cami dress*
Primark denim jacket
Primark bag
Quay sunglasses
Argento earrings*
Primark necklace*
*items purchased from Buttercrane shopping centre Newry.

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Spring Skinnies With Matalan #FindYourFit

By Carolyn Henderson on April 29, 2016

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When’s the last time you found the perfect pair of jeans? Have you EVER found a pair that ticked all the boxes?! Fit, style, colour, long wearing, value for money?

We all wear jeans, I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t have at least one pair of jeans in their wardrobe. They go with everything, they can be dressed up or dressed down and they are tough and durable, making them truly the most versatile piece of clothing that you will ever own. However, finding the perfect pair can be like going on a quest for the Holy Grail, painstaking, frustrating and seemingly impossible.

I’ve always found it tricky to get a great pair of jeans because I tend to be very picky, I have high expectations and an odd shape. I have skinny legs and a big bum. It might not look like it in these pictures, but my backside is sizeable. I’m not complaining, I’d rather have that than no bum, but it means that the smaller sizes will fit everywhere else expect my arse. I also have OCD when it comes to comfort. I cannot relax unless I feel completely at ease in my outfit. I detest restricting clothes that dig into my tummy when I’m sitting down or restrict my knees from bending because the material is too tight. Getting the perfect pair of jeans is a tall order when you have so many bugbears.

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Luckily, I realised a few years ago that the best option was to go for jeggings. They combine all the great qualities of jeans with the comfort of leggings. They have stretch, so they don’t restrict and they still look stylish.

When Matalan got in touch I was delighted to add another pair of supersoft jeggings to my closet. I live in jeans everyday, so I think there’s always room for one more pair. This pair in particular stuck out as they have a slightly distressed vintage style aesthetic. I took them for a test drive at the weekend to Crawfordsburn country park and I have to say that I’ve no complaints. The fit is good, it’s very affordably priced and it looks and feels like a quality pair of jeans/jeggings.

For this outfit I kept it simple opting for my usual uniform of jeans, shirt, ankle boots and oversized coat. It’s my style, it’s what I feel comfortable in and it’s what I’m sticking with.

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I wore; Mango checked coat, Matalan supersoft jeggings, Truffle boots, Primark shirt, TK Maxx Tahari sunglasses and Nica handbag.

Dee wore; Lighthouse navigator coat

Happy Friday! xo

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