Ladies That Tea

Ladies That Tea

Have you ever been invited to something by one of your best friends that makes you feel truly blessed? Well that’s what happened to me this week!

My friend whom I fondly call ‘Rooms’ invited myself and three others to London for the day to have afternoon tea at nine other than Claridge’s. Yes that’s right, Claridge’s.

Rooms and I met back in 2006 via a previous job. We became friends and would always be roomies on trips away, she put up with my snoring and introduced me to good food, good times and good friends!

It was so lovely to be invited and I of course agreed straight away!

So five of us got on a train armed with Buck’s Fizz and pastries!

Once we got there, we decided to get some lunch as afternoon tea wasn’t until after five. We decided on the absolutely stunning NOPI.

We ordered lots of sharing dishes and a few main courses and we got to try so many lovely things! I’m still trying to introduce more fish to my diet so we tried the hake and the sea bass. When food is cooked with love and care like this, you can’t help but love it!

Oh and the toilets are fabulous!

After lunch we went and looked around some famous shops such as Fortnum & Masons and Liberty of London. If I had lots of money, I could certainly get used to shopping like this!

But soon it was time for tea!

Off to Claridge’s we go!

What an absolute delight! We were sat by these beautiful Art Deco doors and couldn’t resist a photo!

The team were so helpful and caring towards us, we felt completely relaxed!

They checked our dietary needs and tea and sandwiches soon appeared!

Delicious!! I had my own little plate of sandwiches because I’m a little picky! I had ham, egg, chicken, cream cheese and cheese and chutney- wow. I’m not normally a huge fan of cheese but I throughly enjoyed these beauties!

Next it was time for a firm favourite: the scones:

Instead of jam they had a fruit jelly.

It was a tasty change from jam and was extremely good!

Our scones were freshly baked and we had a mixture of plain and fruit.

Although by this point I was fit to burst, I simply had to make room for these:

Look at them. Beautiful! My favourite was the chocolate cake, with it’s delicious mousse like filling!

The tea was constantly refilled, and we were offered more sandwiches, Scones and champers!

For me, when I was invited, I thought that this was a once in a life time experience, and it certainly blew my expectations out of the water! I was with an amazing group of women, and was made to feel welcome and comfortable in a place that I have only ever read about, I hadn’t even contemplated that I would ever go!

Now I’m looking back on this day and thinking why did I feel that I would never go here? If I want to go some where or do something then it’s up to me to make it happen! I had such a wonderful day and it has made me more determined to make time to treat myself and my wonderful friends more.

Book your afternoon tea at Claridge’s Here

Go on- treat yourself!

Where is your favourite place for afternoon tea?

Laura x

I’m back… with a new frock! 

I’m back… with a new frock! 

It’s been a little while, well a long while and soon I can explain where been, but we shall save that for another day! 

Any way I simply must show you this Dress I purchased from a company via their face book page Curv’i’licious


Isn’t it fabulous?!

I paid approximately £30 with postage and could have returned it if it it was unsuitable.  I chatted to the owner and she was super helpful even with all my questions! I have a particular material I avoid, I hate pleats at the waist, and the list goes on! 

This cold shoulder dress has a beautiful bright pattern which I adore! I am wearing a size 22 and felt extremely comfortable!

I’ve teemed it with bright pink strappy sandals from New Look which were £11 in the sale and are available Here.

I also managed to find a handbag in the exact same colour at a charity shop for £3.

As you can tell, I’ve also had a tan! Well a spray tan! I had an express tan at La Mia Bella at a bargain cost of £12 and if your local to Rhonda Cynon Taff you can visit the salon Here.

Overall I felt great about my outfit and had a fabulous night out! I won’t lie- my feet are still crying from those shoes so maybe a little gel pad would help out next time! 

Check out my Instagram for some cheeky snaps of my night out! @lauramcfabulous

Lots of love

Laura 

Weight loss update 

Weight loss update 

I’m going to be really honest with you- and therefore myself in this post.

I’ve been in slimming world since April and have lost just over two stone.

It’s been slow and frustrating. But I’ve lost two stone so why am I not happy?

When I was 18 I joined slimming world. I was miles away from home, in university with no car and walked every where. I lost six stone in six months- it was marvellous.

Obviously now at 34, the weight has returned with a few more friends and I’m back at slimming world.

I suppose my disappointment comes from the fact that the losses are slower compared to those from the first time around.

Let’s look at this logically. I HAD to walk every where. I had to walk about a four mile round trip to even attend slimming world in those days.

I’m now 34. I have a job that involves frequent travel. Don’t get excited – it’s around the UK which means hours and hours sat in a car, not moving, not burning up calories.

I’m also older, my body is lazy, as is my mind.

Looking at my weight losses over the past few months, I am lucky to loose three weeks on the trot, and then put on in the fourth. Seems to be a pattern.

I am writing this post because during slimming world class this week, another lady was disappointed with her slow losses. The group discussed this and I had a light bulb moment. 

I HAVE LOST WEIGHT. If I hadn’t joined slimming world God only knows what I would weigh now. 

I’m not always 100% on plan, I slip up, I don’t count the chips I pinch off my boyfriends plate sometimes, and I still like cake.

However I have got that two stone off. I feel so much better! People are starting to notice, but most of all- I like myself a little bit more.

my boyfriend took this photo of me the other day is my lovely new dress from River Island. I actually like this photo! So what if I have a fat face in it, you can still see my confidence and happiness!

So. What I’m saying is, it doesn’t matter if your going for your goal and it seems to be a very long road. You are on that road and you will make it!

Stay positive and focussed!

Laura X

Ps: follow me on Instagram for recipie ideas like This one

#winning

#winning

As you guys know, I’ve been having a hard time lately.  So when I entered a blog competition on Naomi’s blog I was shocked and excited to have won! 

My prize was a style session at the River Island style studio at the Birmingham Bullring to try out the new River Island plus size range. Oh, and of course a voucher!

So I set off from the valleys yesterday morning, and headed to my appointment.


River Island is on the third floor of the main mall, and you can not miss it!

The store itself is beautifully laid out, light and airy and easy to move around.

The plus size range was a little harder to spot and was smaller than I expected. However, there is a relaunch in a few weeks time which will include more lines and wide fit shoes!

So the style studio:


The first person I met was Jessica, a personal style assistant. I felt immediately at ease, especially when the prosecco was opened!


Jessica also runs her own blog, My Secret Boutique and contributes to various newspapers and magazines. Check out her Instagram Here and you will see some super styling!

So what did I get?!


I had to get this dress. It’s easy to wear and I think I will wear it in the summer with these shoes, and the winter with tights and boots.

This dress costs £40 and you can shop It here.


This little number is so light I didn’t expect it to look so damn good!

The belt gives me that waist I’ve wanted for years and the cross over is super flattering.

I will be wearing this dress with heels and flats as it’s just so versatile! 

This dress is £40, shop it Here


Ok this little lot! What can I say? Naomi had me in clothes I had never worn or had not worn in years! It truly is an experience having some one else choose clothes for you! I would never have put this together but I loved it! 

Shop them here:

RI Plus Bardot cream top £25
RI Plus wet look leggings £22
RI Plus black bomber jacket £45
Overall, I am definitely going to treat myself to a style session again. I can honestly say that I felt comfortable and at ease and had a really good time!


A big thank you to Naomi for the experience and all the giggles! Check her out in her RI gear, the skirt is part of the new online range! 

Thank you Naomi and River Island for a fabulous day out.

Laura xx

Hard times 

Hard times 

Doesn’t it seem some times that your work life takes over the rest of your life? 

Work has been hard lately and it has taken it out of me a little.

I have been spending lots of time taking care, or trying too, of other people and not really looking out for myself.

Something clicked with me today and I realised how much I had been missing the things I enjoy doing. Like blogging and interacting with other bloggers for example.

I spent some time with friends and family this weekend, and after a lovely walk at barrybados, my head became a little clearer.


We don’t have children, so this little lady is the centre of my universe. I realised how much I love to see her enjoy herself, and how much I’d missed her the last few weeks. I’ve been with her in body but my spirit has been elsewhere. 

I’ve started reorganising my life, de cluttering the house, and getting back to my organised self! 

Life is short and I have so many things to look forward too so time to work hard and achieve my goals!

Next week I have a River Island style session which I won through a lovely blog written by the gorgeous Naomi. Here’s the link: http://www.diamondsnpearls.co.uk/category/life/

So much to look forward too! Back in the game!! 

Stay focussed

Laura xx

She called me fat!!

She called me fat!!

So this week I experienced road rage- from the passenger of a car that nearly hit me.

I live in a dead end street, we all use the dead end to turn around and there is a children’s play ground there. Everyone knows to slow down.

A young girl came bombing up the road as I was turning and didn’t see me. We both had our windows open and she apologised. ‘No worries’ I said, ‘take it easy’.

The older lady passenger started screaming at me. I assume she was the mother of the young driver. Also, I assume she was the mother of the children in the back seat.

‘Fu*k off you fat slag! Go f*ck yourself you fat bitch’.

It went on and on. The only thing I could say is ‘what’s wrong with you?’ And then I drove off. 

My first feeling was fright. I’ve never been screamed at like that. Considering what had happened I thought I was calm about the fact she nearly smashed up the car I’ve had for only two weeks.

My second feeling was anger. Not only for the insults but also for the example she was setting her family.

Is it ok to insult a person’s appearance? Is it ok to not admit mistakes? Is it ok to do this in front of your children? Is this how to lead by example?

No. No. No. No.

This is not ok.

I’m dealing with my weight and trying my best. I’ve lost nearly two stone and was so proud of myself. Well I was, until that moment.

I wanted to run away and grab some cake. I felt like no matter what I did, there would always be some one to tell me I wasn’t good enough.

I was too frightened to go back to the house and tell my boyfriend what had happened so I drove away and phoned him! He was furious!! He walked down to their house and took photos of their number plate while he waited for them to come out of the house. They didn’t.

I came home after a few hours. I had calmed down and now, after a few days reflection, I have decided that I don’t care what she thinks.

I have done well and I am proud of my weight loss. I’m an educated girl with a job I love that I like to think I’m good at. I have achieved lots of things in my life that I have had to go out and work for. 

That woman will not take my achievements away from me because she called me fat. 

I know nothing about her or her life.  All I know is that I feel sorry for her children, because I personally think that the example she is setting then does not set them up for a life in the community they currently live in, or the world they have yet to explore.

Stay kind.

Laura xx

Earning girlfriend points

Earning girlfriend points

My beloved had been invited to what I would describe as an all day birthday party, involving lots of football and lots of alcohol. Stop the press – I was actually invited too.

Beloved goes to lots of things with the boys that I do not get invited too. Mainly rock concerts or rock festivals which aren’t my thing, however I still don’t like to be left out!

I really wanted to go so that his squad knew I exsisted, but there was one thing that was putting me off. The main event- the football.

I’m not one for sports, never have been and it’s not something I’m afraid to admit!

However, it was a Wales Vs Norther Ireland match so I though the atmosphere would be good so off I went!

I was under the impression that my beloved goes to dirty little bars where you have to wipe your feet on the way out.

Um nope. We went to this cool venue called the Tram Shed.  Well I never, he kept that quiet. This place is a five minute walk from Cardiff central train station and easy to find! It shares its spot with the Waiting Room a smart cafe and bar. They even have a cute garden area to enjoy the sunshine! What more could I girl want? 


So to the football. We sat on the balcony over looking a huge room with a huge screen.

The drinks were flowing and my favourite was well stocked, that beauty that is Absolut Mandarin. Bliss.

The football was, well, Ummmm, over 90 minutes long. Like I said, I’m honest, it’s not for me.

However the atmosphere was immense. It’s the only thing I ‘get’ at sports events. The passion and belief in a person’s chosen team.


I mean look at this lot! It was awesome!

The other thing about watching a sports event in Wales is the singing. Hearing the Welsh Nationa Athem sung by the crowd is spine tingling, put it on your bucket list.

All in all, I had a much better day than expected! The people were nice (we are now Facebook pals obvs) the venue was fab, and the weather was kind.

My beloved is impressed I didn’t manage to fall asleep during the match,  and I even got breakfast in bed this morning. Winning.

So, here’s my advice. Just because you are a couple does not mean you have to live in each other’s pockets and like all the same things. Good for you if you do though! However, it is important to show a little interest, put yourself out of your comfort zone and meet new people.

Or basically as I said to myself, put your face on and suck it up!


Have a great weekend

Laura x