These coconut grapefruit margaritas from Pizzazzerie.com are melt in your mouth delicious. Keep scrolling for the ingredients and directions on how to make them…
4 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces lime juice
1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
1 tablespoon cream of coconut
1-ounce triple sec or Grand Marnier
Salt or sugar for rim
Rub a slice of lime around the rim of your glasses and dip in salt or sugar. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, cream of coconut, and triple sec in a blender. Pulse for 10-15 seconds or until thoroughly combined. Pour over ice.
Garnish with large flaked coconut.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Home after a whirlwind few days in Barcelona, it was a last minute trip for myself and hubby. A kid free escape after what has been a crazy few months for us! We both have been to Barcelona in the past, I spent a few summers in Spain in my teens and twenties (they were the days.. lol), but both of us knew we wanted sun, a short flight, and flight times that meant we could maximise our time on the ground there while not missing out too much on the girls here. It came down to Ibiza or Barcelona. This time around Barcelona made the most sense for us, we had both been dying to stay in the W Hotel and it did not disappoint.
The W Hotel is on the beach and yet minutes from the city so it had the best of both worlds for us. It’s an incredible hotel, in my opinion, it’s NOT one for the kids, well not my kids anyway, maybe older children, but it is very adult focused hotel. A place for a total chill out, fancy cocktails and tunes by the pool, most days they have a live DJ at the pool which we loved!
We had three nights in total, although we didn’t arrive in until almost 1am the first night so really we just had two proper nights and two glorious full days, here’s a round up of all my outfits from the trip.
On the flight out I wore a dress from Onjenu, this is a brand I love and have worn for years, they do the most comfortable dresses, I particularly love their maxi dresses and wrap style dresses. They are renowned for their use of vibrant colours and prints. And the quality of their pieces IS incredible, one Onjenu dress will be in your wardrobe for YEARS.
The sandals are River Island, on sale at the moment and unfortunately sold out online (but might still be in stores).
The morning we spent exploring the city, soaking in the atmosphere (my favourite thing to do on a city break) drinking coffee and strolling around.
A light and comfortable sun dress was ideal for this!
Thursday night we headed to a traditional tapas restaurant, we had so many recommendations for here, be warned, you need to book in advance, it’s casual, simple, no frills but the food is EPIC!! Can’t recommend enough! It’s called TAPEO (Visit their website here)
I absolutely loved this white crochet style dress I wore, it’s currently sold out but I have been told it’s coming back so as soon as it is back in stock I will let you know. This dress is such a good price and really fab quality!
The next part of the day, and probably our highlights of the whole trip was a two hour trip around d the coast of Barcelona on a catamaran. It was unbelievable, what an experience. The trip was all done and organised through the hotel, it was two hours, a bar and a DJ on board, totally surreal and SO.MUCH.FUN.
On our second night we went to a restaurant called Llamber, another one you would need to book in advance, we had gotten lots of recommendations for this place too, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype for me. It is a gorgeous restaurant, cool vibe, fabulous interiors, an interesting and unique menu but overall the food was a bit disappointing for me, especially after the brilliance and simplicity of the previous night! Llamber gets incredible reviews though so maybe we just got it on a bad night!
We still had a fabulous evening, strolling the city streets, soaking up the atmosphere, no where to be and all night to do it, just perfect!
Overall it was an amazing trip, with life being so crazy it is often hard, if not impossible to make time for each other, so it was really special to just be together, be us and not be “mammy and daddy” just for a couple of days, even though mostly all we did was talk about our girls!!!!
Hope you enjoyed
‘Til next time
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The last cocktail recipe we shared, Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos, went down an absolute treat so I’ve been on the lookout for another delicious summer cocktail to share with you ever since. 🙂
I stumbled across this recipe on a beautiful blog called These Northern Roots. If you love bubbles and strawberries, this cocktail is the one for you. The best part? It’s super fast and easy to make. Keep scrolling for the ingredients and directions…
Today was such a beautiful day. The clear blue skies and sunshine got me thinking about refreshing cocktail recipes for summer soirées with friends and family.
I came across this one on Justine Celina’s blog and absolutely fell in love with these late summer sippers. The Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos combine sweet blueberries with refreshing lemon, cucumber and mint. A splash of soda water adds just the right amount of sparkle. Best of all, the mojitos are free of refined sugars and made with all natural ingredients – so the next time you’re craving a cooling summer cocktail, indulge yourself with a fresh twist on the classic mojito!
For the Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup honey
Juice from half a lemon
For the Blueberry, Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojito1.5oz Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup
2 oz of gin
Juice from half a lemon
5 leaves fresh mint
5 slices of cucumber
Optional GarnishEdible flowers (I used pansies)
slice A of lemon
A sprig of mint
If you’re making floral ice cubes, begin by sourcing your flowers, washing them and dropping them into the ice cube trays to freeze. You really can’t mess this up — so experiment with different flower place- ments within each cube and have fun with it!
Start on your Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup. Add blueberries and water to a medium sauce pan over low heat. The blueberries will begin to break down quickly — help them along by pressing them with a potato masher to aid in extracting the juices. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain the blueberry juice into a heatproof bowl, using the potato masher press the juice through the strainer. Reserve the juice for the Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup and discard the skins.
Add the blueberry juice and honey back to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to thicken for 10 minutes.
Turn off the burner. Add the juice from half a lemon to your saucepan, stirring until incorporated. Allow your Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup to cool before using it in the Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos.
Begin assembling your cocktail by adding lemon juice, mint and cucumber to a cocktail shaker and muddling them together with a pestle. Add Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup and a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously until the cocktail shaker becomes cold.
Add the contents of the cocktail shaker to your glass along with your gin. Pour soda water overtop to fill your glass to the desired level.
Garnish your Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojito with a slice of lemon and a few blueberries on a cocktail skewer.
Add a sprig of mint, or a few more edible flowers and enjoy!
When it comes to interiors and interiors styling, coffee table books are a must. They can make the simplest of dressers, coffee tables, or side tables look so chic and well styled.
A mix of fashion books (my favourites), lifestyle, cooking, interiors, history and photography books all look really great styled into your interiors. I never truly understood the importance of this nor how much I liked this look until it came to doing the interiors in our own home just recently.
I have collected a few fashion books over the years, and I have bit by bit been growing my collection. It’s fair to ay I am obsessed. In. a world of technology where we no longer own books and all we consume seems to be on laptops and phones, it is nice to have a touch of elegance with real, hard back, beautiful books.
I have lots of them dotted around the house; namely the sitting room (on the coffee table, on some side tables and in our main TV unit on the shelves. My husband, as it happens, also had a number of beautiful books built up over the years and these mixed with my fashion ones look really well (He has some books on photography, national geographic, The Kennedys and various others)
I often get asked for advice on interiors styling and my advice is to always invest in some really good quality coffee table books, that not only look good, but are filled with up beauty too. They add character, colour, personality and detail to any space.
Here is some inspiration on how to style them:
My Top Buys
Click on the image below for more detail and to list the link of the book in question
Hope you enjoyed
I have lots more interiors styled posts planned over the coming weeks but, as always, if there is anything you want us to cover in the area of interiors, please leave a comment below.
‘Til next time
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If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I am working with Audi Ireland and last week I got to drive the brand new Audi Q3. Talk about a complete ‘pinch me’ moment, move over Jeremy Clarkson… The Style Fairy girls are here 😉
This is a review with a difference; I am not an expert when it comes to cars; far from it in fact! I am just a normal mammy; with two young kids (and a dog!) who needs her car for the usuals like daily school runs, shopping, pottering around at weekends. Audi wanted to hear from someone like me and my take on their brand new Q3. A real voice, minus all the tech talk, because let’s be honest, too much of that tends to go over my head anyway!
So, where to start? There is so much I want to say, and after a poll on Instagram inviting questions, there is so much you want to know too! If I leave anything out at all, please feel free to leave a comment below and myself or a representative from Audi Ireland will be sure to answer your query.
The specs of the model I test drove
Just some of the basic info on the Q3 model I got to test drive, plus some of the brilliant added extras this model has:
1.5 TFSI 150BHP
Trim Level – S Line
Fuel type: Petrol
Colour: Turbo Blue ( a new colour for Audi)
Front Wheel Drive
12.3 inch digital display in place of conventional dials (This is absolutely amazing!)
The digital display allows the owner to control the media system, telephone, navigation system, whilst also showing all traditional driving data like speed etc (Controlled with buttons on the steering wheel)
LED Interior Lighting – customisable to ANY colour you want
Heated Seats (always a good idea!!)
Audi Comfort Key – I love this, it means the owner can access the car without having the key in your hand, as long as they key is on your person (or in your handbag) and you put your hand to the door, it opens! Same with starting the car, even if the key is still in your handbag, on the ground, the car will start!
Hands free tailgate – Electric Boot (tailgate) is standard on the Q3’s but with the addition of the comfort key the Q3’s boot can be opened by waving your foot underneath the right hand side of the rear bumper – V handy if your hands are full with shopping!
Optional: Audi Phone Box – This charges your phones wirelessly
The Q3 price range starts at €38,600 (excluding delivery)
To begin, a typical perhaps female response from me was; “WOW it looks good” And in fact ‘good’ doesn’t suffice, it’s absolutely gorgeous, stop in your tracks and take a good gawk, gorgeous! It’s sleek, it’s sporty and very stylish looking.
This is like the ‘Goldilocks’ of SUV’s in terms of size, it is not a huge, big cumbersome SUV, not by any means; nor would I call it very small either, yes it is compact, but it is still roomy. (See, Goldilocks.. Its ‘Juuuust right‘. )
The colour was probably the first thing I noticed when Audi Ireland delivered the Q3 SUV to my home, the colour is ‘Turbo Blue’ and it is a brand new colour for Audi. It is divine, I actually don’t think I have ever seen a colour quite like this. It isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s loud, but it’s different and that’s what I love. The one I was lucky enough to test drive for the week was the S line model and it’s a beaut!
My Favourite Features?
The Digital touch screen display (and I particularly loved the aerial sat nav view it gives you)
The customisable LED ambient lighting (a small touch, but it is seriously impressive)
The heated seats
The comfort key – I just think this is super smart.
The Turbo Blue colour
My final point is hard to put into words, the only way I can describe it as is to say it is a dream to drive, it glides with elegance, it’s smooth and quiet (yet powerful). Hard to believe I would ‘enjoy’ this element of it so much, but it truly is a really nice SUV to drive.
Interiors and Space
From the second you sit into the new Audi Q3 you know your in a different league; from the sleek interiors, to the wrap around heated seats to the touch screen digital display. You know you are dealing with style and luxury on another level.
It is incredibly stylish and luxurious on the inside; the LED ambient lighting which you can make any colour is really a stylish touch for night time driving (My fav was purple) The seats are are very comfortable too, curved slightly on the sides and option to heat them on a cold majoring which always helps 😉
From the outside you might think the Q3 looks small, and in ways it is, it is neat (making it very easy to park) but inside I was very surprised by how spacious and roomy it felt, even when I had both carseats fitted.
Where can I see more?
If you visit my Instagram page HERE you will see there is a highlights bubble entitle ‘AUDI Q3’; have a look through there to get a better feel for the interiors. And my overall experience of test driving the SUV.
Size and Carseats
The new Audi Q3 can comfortably accomodate two car seats in the back. I personally had a car seat and a booster seat in the back and there is plenty of space then for Oscar (our dog) in the middle of the two girls carseats. Plus all the excess ‘stuff’ that comes with kids and babies, changing bags, coats, there’s a few barbies back there, a blanket or two and no doubt the remnants of a snack AB had during the week when she was too hungry to make the long 5 MINUTE drive from play school to our home!!
The Q3 is not a huge SUV, it is not a 7 seater. If you’re looking for a larger jeep, with the ability to fit 3 carseats then perhaps look up the Q5 or Q7 Audi SUV’s.
The main questions that kept popping up on Instagram were about size; “How many car seats can you fit?”, 2) “Is it spacious?” and 3) “How is the boot space?”
I’ve answered 1 and 2, so on to the boot. What about 90% of Irish women want to know!! The boot is a decent size, in fact, to be quite honest, I was surprised, I was expecting much smaller (based on my very limited knowledge and experience of the older Q3 models) A clever trick to know about the Q3 is that the parcel shelf in the boots fits in underneath the boot floor when not in use. The sheer size of buggies when folded up is the bane of most Irish mummies existence eh?! You will fit your buggy in the boot, with some room for a small amount of shopping. I own a very, very large buggy; probably one of the largest on the market. It’s the Stokke Trailz and if I can fit this buggy into the boot, and still have space then you will be grand too!
I myself own a jeep, (a different brand, an older model and it is much bigger jeep than the Q3 and the boot size is not much bigger in mine to be honest; buggies take up so.much.space!!!).
What about a double buggy? It depends on your double buggy and which brand you have – I can’t say for sure if it would fit (I don’t own a double!) I know a side by side one would possibly not fit in the Q3 but the up and down double buggy might just fit in! For us, because Anabelle is now 3 and a half, she never uses a buggy anymore, but we could easily fit in her little stroller as well as our (somewhat giant) buggy! Anabelle’s stroller is the Babylon YOYO.
I expected this SUV to feel small, I’ll be honest. I certainly didn’t expect it to still feel spacious when I had both car seats in, so I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. You’ll notice that as soon as you sit inside.
I think it strikes a nice balance in that it is not a massive, unwieldy size (which I would have found difficult to park), nor is it a micro SUV; it’s a solid, decent sized SUV whilst still remaining feminine and seriously stylish.
What I did expect was ‘fancy’ , impressive and seriously stylish interiors with a high end tech spec and it over delivered on that front. Audi know how to impress
Last but certainly not least, it is a like a dream to drive, it’s so smooth, very comfortable and glides effortlessly with little more than a feminine purr 😉 It gets a big thumbs up from me!
‘Til next time
*The new Audi Q3 starts at €38,600, for more information visit the Audi Ireland website
*Please note this is a paid collaboration between The Style Fairy (Naomi Clarke) and Audi Ireland. The blog post was written by Naomi and is a genuine and honest review of the Audi Q3
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I am on the hunt for someone to join The Style Fairy team as we expand 🙂
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a creative mind, someone who thinks outside the box, has a dynamic mind and passion for fashion!
The role will be varied but really fun, for the right person 😉 The Style Fairy is busy, really busy. And right now, with two young kids it is expanding at a rate I am not able to keep up with – I need someone to join me to help keep the show on the road and to help keep things fresh and new.
You will be responsible for creating content for The Style Fairy website. You will also assist on creating content for Facebook posts, assisting with Instagram content planning and creation and the overall content direction and plan for the website for 2019 (along side me – Naomi).
You can do this job from anywhere – as long as you have great wifi and a laptop then you are good to go.
**Anywhere WITHIN Ireland I mean
You will be invited to attend occasional brand events (usually in Dublin), which are always a lot of fun and a great way to build on your contacts within the fashion and blogging industry in Ireland. Events would be optional, so you are under no obligation to attend if unable to.
Experience / Skills Needed
Our new Fairy member needs to absolutely LOVE everything fashion – Are you the ‘go to‘ gal (or guy) in your gang who everyone always goes to for style advice?
Do you take serious enjoyment from styling outfits? Do you love putting looks together? Do you know all the latest trends? (styling experience preferable but not necessary; you might have fashion retail experience (or still be working in a retail environment) which can be so beneficial for this role too.
Are you up to speed with whats in stores and online?
Are you on top of the blogging world and love following beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers? Maybe you blog yourself – even better!
Do you love everything beauty related? Enjoy interiors?
Do you have a love of writing and creating engaging content?
Do you have experience with social media? (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube – experience with WordPress blog is preferable)
Good computer skills and ability to use Photoshop or similar programmes (for creating outfit layouts for blog posts)
Photography skills are a plus
Are you familiar with The Style Fairy content and have an understanding how are reader is?
**The above criteria are necessities, please do not apply if you do not have the above skills and experience
This is a part time, paid role and could work for someone who perhaps already has a part time job, is in college or perhaps even a stay at home mum who is eager to get stuck into something else in your spare time. There are no “set hours’, the work can be done in your own time, and to suit you, your lifestyle and time constraints.
Having said that, you will need to have a certain amount of time you can dedicate to this role each week (It is difficult to state exact hours, as creative work is hard to quantify – You may get a blog post researched, written, styled and done within an hour or you may spend 5 hours across the week)
This role can offer you incredible experience with one of Ireland’s leading fashion blogs.
Sound like you?
If this sounds like you and you want to know more, please send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org telling me all about you, your experience and why this role would suit you. Please also attach a short CV.
I hope to get the new Fairy member up and running by January. All further information can be discussed at interview.
I have been meaning to sit down and share photos from Luna May’s newborn shoot for so long, but life as a mom of two is non stop, life feels so busy!
And to think I thought I was busy before now!!! 🙂 I was feeling very overwhelmed in the early weeks, to be honest I thought I wasn’t going to be able to cope, but day by day, week by week, we found our way and slowly started getting our own little routine going. Almost 5 months in now and we are flying. Luna May has slotted into our little family like she was always meant to be. And she is the most magical, endearing, happy, content, pleasant and beautiful baby girl you can imagine. Her sweet, happy personality is already starting to show.
To say her big sis is in love is an understatement, she ADORES Luna May, and is so gentle and kind with her, I’ll be honest, she has surprised me! I expected Anabelle to be more “challenging’ lets call it, but never once has she acted out or shown any anger or jealousy towards Luna, to me yes, she gets frustrated with me at times (and struggled especially in early weeks with how I now had to divide my time)
All in all, its been a busy few months (we also moved into our new house just 5 weeks before Luna May arrived (and she was 4 weeks early), it’s been chaotic, but life is starting to come back to normal, or should I say our ‘new’ normal now, and we are as happy as can be.
New Born Photography
When our beautiful baby Luna May was 17 days old, Edel O’Malley came to our home to do a newborn photoshoot with her and to get some family shots of us as a new family of 4! I am forever grateful to Edel for these photos; memories to last a lifetime. I can’t believe how much little Luna May has changed even already!
I’ve known Edel now for years now; I first met her when I was pregnant with Anabelle Ivy; she did a pregnancy shoot with me then for a fashion brand I was working with at the time, since then she did a newborn shoot with Anabelle and a few more of Anabelle over the years (you can see more here , here and here). She is absolutely brilliant at what she does and has such an incredible, calming and natural way with babies and young kids. (and nervous adults too!!)
The thoughts of doing a photoshoot so soon after giving birth might give you the shivers but TRUST ME you will not regret it. They are treasured memories that last a lifetime, and as you mammies know, that newborn bubble doesn’t last long so it’s so special to have photos to look back on of when they were so so little. Plus I promise you, the moment you meet Edel, you will feel at ease.
She is great at what she dose; not only is she trained to the highest standard of newborn safety (which really calmed me down), but she really knows how to capture a moment and has great empathy with how new mammies and indeed new daddies are feeling.
How and When to Book
The best way to arrange a newborn shoot is to get in touch with Edel while you are pregnant so she can put you in her diary for when you are due, off course, details like this are subject to change (for example, both my girls arrived at only 36 weeks) but you need to get your name and due date into her diary, this lady books up fast and it’s no surprise.
How early you have your new born shoot done?
Edel advises babies to be photographed anytime between 5 and 14 days but anytime up to 21 days is perfect too. Anabelle was only 8 days old when we had her photoshoot done, Luna’s was a little later because she unfortunately spent some time in ICU so we didn’t get her home until she was nearly 10 days old.
** EDEL IS CURRENTLY OFFERING 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES IF YOU MENTION ‘THE STYLE FAIRY’
You can check out Edel’s website here . She also does lifestyle photography, family shoots and weddings.
Trust me when I say, if you do end up booking Edel, you won’t regret it!