City Style Culottes

By Carolyn Henderson on July 12, 2016

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Outfit: River Island cars cropped shirt, Boohoo culottes, Primark sandals, Rayban sunglasses, Boohoo earrings, studded clutch (gift), Lime Crime lipstick in Salem

I honestly never thought that culottes would ever grace my wardrobe at 30 years of age. As an 80s/90s child, they were big back in the day, but as so with many other fashion fads they quickly fell out of favour. My culottes were eventually turfed off to the charity shop with printed lycra cycling shorts, white frilly socks, velvet hairbands and cord waistcoats.

This year, culottes are back but with an entirely new and more sophisticated look. It’s taken some time to warm to them, but now I feel very comfortable donning a pair of sleek, black culottes with a killer pair of heels and a cute crop top.

I was very fortunate to collaborate with Boohoo for this post, who kindly sent me this pair of culottes as part of their Style Squad campaign. If you don’t know anything about the recent upsurge in girl squads, then you must have been hiding under a rock or successfully ignoring all celebrity news and media trash of late. If you are amongst the latter, then I envy you, I simply don’t have the willpower.

After taking a short quiz, my style squad was revealed as ‘Sophisticated’. Boohoo dictates this as, ‘all about being a girlboss. Independent women who know what they like and wear it with confidence, they’re not afraid to try a midi dress or on-trend culottes. Matchy-matchy isn’t a faux pas; it’s a commandment with co-ords. Forget chiffon – this squad are slick in strapless dresses, and even their sandals have killer heels.’ I identify with elements of this definition, but I feel that my style can also be casual, glam and girly all at the same time. My style has evolved over the years and recently I’ve noticed that I’m reaching for more minimalist and grown up looks. From time to time, I still mix in a cute print or kitsch accessory here and there as I’m not quite ready to let go of those just yet.

I took these pics in the grounds of City Hall Belfast before dining out with my other half at the Cheeky Cherub italian restaurant. I think the whole look has a touch of Sex and the City about it and although Belfast isn’t exactly New York, it did serve as a nice little cosmopolitan backdrop to my photos.

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New Video: Best Fake Tans For Pale Skin

By Carolyn Henderson on June 29, 2016

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My latest video featuring my top 3 fake tans for pale skin. Please give it a thumbs up if you like it and subscribe for more. :)

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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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