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Sunday 18 December 2016

A new dress for a night out!

Yay it's the weekend!

I love the weekend don't you?  Just to be able to relax with the family, enjoy a film with a hot chocolate and mince pie, now doesn't that sound like a super idea?  Well that'll be one way to spend the afternoon if I have my way.  What will you be doing?  The perfect film for me and my girls would be The Holiday, with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet - It just feel so Christmassy when I watch it.  I'm a real romantic at heart, and it's a typical love story revolving around Christmas with some great actors thrown in!  Well worth a watch if you've never seen it.

Last night I got to wear my new dress I bought in the week.  Visiting the local discount designer outlet recently I was looking for Christmas presents, but lo and behold this gorgeous dress managed to find it's way into my basket and somehow came home with me!  This dress from M and S was a bargain of £18.99, and if like me, you don't always need an item that is new season, the outlet stores are a great place to find an something without spending a fortune.
Fitting perfectly this lace stretch dress is right up my street for the festive season,  the cream and black colours make a nice change from black on its own, and could be worn with either black or cream accessories.
I chose black yesterday - mainly because I picked up barely black tights and not the natural I wanted! 
I love how this dress has a layered effect over the bust - a more flattering look for me,  also a spot on length just below the knee.  Three quarter length sleeves with a sheer, see through fabric, making them cool & not heavy at all.

Do you have a local outlet store?  Have you bought any bargains recently?

Firstly we popped over for a drink with our best friends who had been to a local Carol Service, we met them in the pub opposite for a glass of prosecco.  Having a quick catch up with them, planning where to spend our next years weekends away - can't wait to start planning them.
Leaving them to catch up with the birthday boy in another local pub before arriving at the restaurant for our pre-booked meal. 

Wheelers in my local town was the ideal setting for the group of 14 who had congregated to celebrate the birthday of our friend. 
I'm now going to tease you all with the amazing food we ate last night!

Crab Cake with Harissa Mayonnaise, prawn tempura, chilli jam and micro rocket.

Scallops, with twice cooked pork belly, apple caramel, cider and apple relish, crackling and micro celery.

A lasagne of poached lobster with leek and white crab ragout, trumpet mushrooms, tender stem broccoli, finished with lobster bisque and grated aged Parmesan.

Homemade Gypsy Tart with apple sorbet and caramelised apple.

This dessert of Gypsy tart always reminds me of school dinners - gypsy tart was served with half an apple!  I can never understand why this was a combination - but it worked well!

A very tasty souffle!

A quite Sunday is planned with no roast dinner!  Trouble is what are we going to eat now?  After re-viewing the stunning dishes we ate yesterday - I'm now wanting to eat all of the above again!  I don't think a pizza take-away will cut it! Hmmmm!!!!

Until the next time - thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment,I love to hear from you.

Bye.  X
           Jacqui B.


  1. Sounds like a fun time Jacqui. I'm catching up on everything and no time to party (blah)

    1. It sure was fun Laurie, oh that's a shame for you, hope you can relax after Christmas. x

  2. Wheelers looks delightful and you, my dear, stunning in that GREAT dress!!

    1. Oh thanks so much Andrea, it was a fab night. x

  3. what a fun time! love your dress, and that food looks so amazing and tasty!

    1. Thank you for your lovely words Kelsey, it was a lovely evening. x

  4. You looked fantastic in that dress and the shoes look just perfect to complete the outfit. I can see that the dress will be something you can pull out for so many special different sorts of nights out. Clever you to find it.
    And as for that gorgeous looking food ... !!!

    1. Thank you Mary, I feel it's a winner and will get plenty of wear! (I think they may have had different colours too!) x

  5. Love the dress, the gold and black sparkle for the Holidays. Wow, the meal, especially the lobster dish looks so delicious! Im looking forward to my mom making cheese fondue, smoked salmon, crab cakes etc for Christmas eve!
    Have a great day!
    jess xx

    1. Wow that sounds amazing - I bet you can't wait It's so nice to hear of different traditions over Christmas. Glad you like the dress, and thanks for your lovely comments! x

  6. What a beautiful dress, it fits you like a glove and I love the shoes. Lets not forget all that deliciious looking food yum!

    1. Much appreciate your kind words, thanks for stopping by..x

  7. I haven't had a crab cake in awhile, the one in the photo looks good! I haven't seen that movie, I need to check it out. You look lovely dressed up!


  8. Love your dress and looks like you had a great meal out too!

    Gemma x


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