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

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

Match day

Match day

In Cardiff ‘match day’ is huge.

Match day is when there is a rugby or football game at one of our city centre stadiums.

I am lucky enough to get tickets for rugby matches with my beloved now and again, even though I may not understand all that happens!

For me, the best matches are rugby matches in the millennium stadium, the jewel in Cardiff’s crown.

Here is how I get ready:

Getting my daff on!

The best part of the day is the atmosphere. There is something about Cardiff on match day. Roads are closed off and there are thousands of people in their team colours, faces painted and flags around their necks!

The magical moment is being in the millennium stadium hearing the welsh national anthem being sung by the crowd- spell binding.

I am no expert, and I may be focussing on the wrong things, but there is no denying that ‘match day’ is fantastic!

Laura x

Getting down with the cool kids

Getting down with the cool kids

My beloved loves rock music and going to gigs, getting sweaty and jumping around.

It doesn’t really appeal to me, so I never really get invited.  However after the ladies Night a few months back, I was a little bit worse for wear and would have agreed to eat used cat litter, I was that dazed and confused.

However, I agreed to go to a ‘gig’ with my beloved. A dirty, sweaty gig with a mosh pit. Oh dear.

The gig in question was being held in the Globe venue in Cardiff, with the headline act being Hayseed Dixie. Imagine AC/DC on banjos and your there.

My first thought was, oh god. My second thought is what on earth do I wear? 

I decided that I needed to be comfortable and cool. I went with this:

 Trousers- Matalan


Cami- Evans

Necklace- Oasis

Wedges- Tesco

Bag- ah the bag…. I will be honest I bought it while lying on the beach in Turkey- I have no idea what it is but I love it!

I tried to do GHD curls (again), but my hair is so thick I would be here for a month trying. So I did this:

I’m unsure why I look so miserable here!

So off I went not knowing what to expect, except that I was going to hate it.

Turns out I LOVED IT!! It was bloody brilliant! Lots of great sing alongs with a load of wicked humour.

I loved it so much I hung around with my beloved to have our photos taken with the band! Who would have thought it!  Here is our fave: 
I would highly recommend these guys! I was seriously preparing myself for a full on barney with the beloved over ‘treating me like a lad’, but I ate humble pie! 

Happy weekend lovelies!

Laura x 

Date night: Paloma Faith

Date night: Paloma Faith

I have never been quite so excited as when I opened my christmas present to find Paloma Faith tickets!

I have loved this woman’s music for years so this was a good gift choice on my beloveds part!

Seeing as I have had three months to wait, I had plenty of time to choose an outfit!

This after all was a big occasion- dinner, cocktails and Paloma! A frock was needed!

I loved this dress, and would you believe it is from Sainsburys! At £25 I thinks it’s a bargain! I like it because I don’t think I need a cover up with it- I am the queen of cardigans and it is not through choice.

We went to a lovely restaurant in Cardiff that I had wanted to visit for ages- Viva Brazil. I can highly recommend it – freshly prepared salads and roasted meat- as much as you can eat! It was delicious and the staff were lovely! There are also other hot dishes you can choose but for the calories, I would rather have a cocktail which I can highly recommend!

And then it was on to Paloma! There was a lot of waiting around but the support act were amazing! ‘Vintage Trouble’ are a band that I would love to go and see again!

Paloma was stunning. The stage was simple yet beautiful and I was transfixed!

I loved it! In the middle she did a political speech. It didn’t bother me too much because I was too busy absorbing everything, but my beloved didn’t like it. I can see his point, I after all work for a non political organisation and  I do not force my opinions on others. I do believe though that it was all tounge in cheek and  he should not of taken it so personally! I doubt it was aimed at him,  you can see by the photo that we are at the back!

If you love Paloma, go see her! Like I said there is a lot of time between acts but the show itself is fabulous! 


Laura x