Work night out #ootd #motd

Work night out #ootd #motd

So, as always, I’ve been away all week working! It’s been a crazy few weeks and I was looking forward to curling up in front of the TV on Friday night. 

However, I had forgotten that there was a works ‘doooooo’ on Friday night, and was slightly panicked when I got to the office on Friday morning! 

Normally I need about a week to prep! Hair, nails, skin, tan, outfit…. 

I literally had time to get home, shower, make up, dress and out the door! 

I also realised that I need to get a grip on myself- I have plenty of clothes to wear, lots of make up to slap on and one day hair styles better then fresh- I can do this!



  • Eye shadow- l’oreal/urban decay/Bobbi brown
  • Eye liner- collection 2000 liquid
  • Mascara- double wear Esteè Lauder
  • Lashes- allure
  • Eyeshadow primer- two faced.
  • Foundation- always double wear Esteè Lauder
  • Bronze and high lighter- No.7
  • Lips- avon matte- mauve matters

 I was quite pleased I managed to get that much make up on in such a small amount of time!!

Again, I wore the Yumi plus dress from ASOS curve.

I’m afraid I only had time for a classy toilet shot!

The bag is £6 from Matalan- current stock.

The shoes are clarks – but I got them from the Ty Hafan charity shop in Caerphilly for £6 brand new! 

We went to tiger tiger in Cardiff which I wasn’t looking forward to as we had a disappointing Christmas party there last year. However, I must say we had a brilliant night this time round! 

What’s your go to look when time is limited?

Have a great weekend

Laura xx


Why I love where I live…. Again

Why I love where I live…. Again

I had the best day today! 

It was the best because I was with people I love, in places I love, doing the most simple things. It was easy.

I drove ten minutes from my house to the little village of Tongwynlais – most famous for its fairy tale castle! Think of the my little Pony Castle and you are on the right track!

A few minutes away from the castle is Forest Fawr, a beautiful forest with various walks and interesting sculptures, historical caves and mines.

  Here we are: ‘The McGriffiths family’- me, beloved and Syd the dog.
Syd is an old lady now and she did struggle a little bit today. However there is a flat path to follow around the forest so she did ok.

Beloved was brave enough to cross this make shift bridge- I thought it best to take a photo of him doing it rather than join in!

  After the walk, we went to the Black Cock Inn on Caerphilky mountain. It’s my absolute favourite. Home cooked food, log fires, cosy, warm and most importantly dog friendly. 

At one point there were more dogs then people here today! Each dog owner that came in, went around the bar giving all the other dogs treats- Syd was very happy with this tradition!

We tucked into the most delicious Sunday lunch I have had in a long time. I should have taken a photo but I was bloody starving and practically inhaled my delicious dinner!

So what I’m saying is, do not take for granted the beauty and facilities around you. There is so much on your doorstep – it’s time to love local!

What have you explored today?

Laura x

Charity shop treasures

Charity shop treasures

I love a bargain. I am instantly drawn to a sale sign. If there’s discount off an item, it’s mine!

This is why I love charity shops! In a way, it’s probably quite perfect that I work in charity retail!

This afternoon, I took half a day off to treat my best mate to a girly afternoon as she was child free!

We hardly ever get some time when it’s just the two of us, and we knew exactly what we wanted to do – lunch and bargain hunt!

We had a lovely lunch at a little pub in Caerphilly at the side of the river in the glorious sunshine! Perfect.

Then off we went looking for bargains!


Top – Marks & Spencer’s £1.99

Shoes- Lily & Skinner (new soles from timpsons) £5.99

Photo album- brand new! Paperchase £2

I bought some skinny blue jeans (adventurous for me!) so this top will look great with them! I love the detail on the neck line!

The shoes are exactly what I have been looking for! I will wear them until they fall apart!

As for the photo album- bargain of the day! I am a hoarder as I have previously admitted. I keep tickets, letters, invites, cards etc. Photo albums and perfect for all my special ‘things’ like this! I love flicking through and remembering All the good times!

Any one else have any charity shop bargains?

Laura x