My Christmas clothes wishlist…

So I thought I would write a post about what I’m wishing for. Fingers crossed I get some for Christmas, but if I’m honest I am fully expecting to get stuff for our new home from everyone. Instead of asking Bob or myself what we want ourselves for Christmas, the general theme of the conversations seems to be “What do you need for the house?” It feels very grown up now and very realistic all of a sudden. I am extremely excited to get things for the house though, as it means we have less to spend ourselves and can then afford to buy the things on my wishlist. Here goes…

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1. Silver semi-sheer pumps I love these from New Look and going into Spring i think they would look fab with some turned up jeans and a cami top. What a steal as well!

2. Wide Fit gold pointed loafers When I saw these, again from New Look, i literally was in lust. I am intending to purchase these as a gift to myself before Christmas i think ๐Ÿ˜€

3. Asos swing dress This is a very wintery item but i may have to treat myself to it soon from ASOS. I think its look incredible and would be fab paired with some black chunky ankle boots.

4. Goldie ascot trousers these gorgeous trousers are again from Asos and look so flattering and comfy. I have a couple of similar pairs already that are patterned and I wore on holiday but a pair like this look really elegant.

5. Dip dye fringe cardigan This Cardigan is currently in store in Topshop and i love it. If i can get round to getting it, i would pair it with some skinny jeans and killer heels for a night with the girls or a date night.

6. Coated Tuck midi skirt This amazing skirt from Topshop has been on my mind for a while. I saw a sales assistant wearing something like this in another shop but haven’t seen it until now. I may have to splurge and get myself this a la Carrie bradshaw.

I’m fully aware that most of this are quite dark colours and this isnt like me at all. my wardrobe is full of colour but strangely i have been drawn to all these pieces anyway. Hope you like what i’ve chosen and whe i get round to purchasing some of these beauties, i will style it up and post again.

Thanks for reading

Laura ๐Ÿ˜€

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Buying our 1st Home….

Eeeek, So Bob and I are buying our first home together and are in the midst of the process as we speak. But who knew it can be such a faff! Nobody warns you apart from constantly telling you how much money it will cost you, and you pretty much know that already. So I thought I would create a little list of things that you will need to know before taking the big step onto the property ladder.

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1. The obvious thing is make sure you not only have enough of a deposit but factor in the solicitors costs as well and stamp duty. Now the rules have changed with stamp duty following last weeks statement which is fab news for us 1st time buyers. Have a look at Martin lewis’ calculator for a guide to what you will pay now.

2. Be prepared to chase the estate agents and the solicitors AND the surveyor. If you opt for a full engineers survey as some do depending on the age of the property then be ready to fire off emails and calls as and when needed. As beware, they don’t move that quickly unless pushed.

3. Read and Re-read every bit of info you get from everyone involved including your mortgage provider, as you won’t take it all in. It’s handy if you know someone who can look through it with you and explain anything worded strangely, and believe me it’s hard to understand some of it.

4. Make note of the little things you will need like toilet brush! I know it sounds daft but you will forget stuff like this. Thank goodness for our families who keep us on track and don’t let us get carried away.

5. Get a file and keep everything organised because on numerous occasions i have had to dig out something for reference and struggled to find it. Still am really so its my mission to get organised this weekend.

6. Don’t think every house you see on the website is perfect. There have been several times we have seen a “dressed up” house but when we have looked round, we have found the faults.

7. Same goes for a house that looks like it needs work. How much work will it need? and what would be the cost? Although the idea of getting to do it up yourself sounds like an amazing project, is it realistic?!

8. and finally, Do you walk in and think “I can see myself living here”? If it feels like home then the chances are in you heart, its already won you over. Go with it and don’t be scared.

Hope this has been useful

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

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Red’s True Barbecue Leeds

So back in November, Bob (that’s the bf btw) and I decided to go with my Mum, brother and step-dad to experience the amazing red’s true barbecue in Leeds city centre. I absolutely love food and will try anything at least once but barbecue food is definitely one of my favourites.ย Below is my brother and I pre-food having a moment of madness obviously.

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We got there at 3:15 on the train from York and headed straight there. You can’t book on a Saturday night though so we booked to come back at 5:15pm and wandered into the city for some drinks. We headed to Brooklyn bar which is now my new favourite haunt in Leeds. its quite small and below the train line but had great cocktails which were 2 for ยฃ10.

We went back to red’s at 5 pm when they rang to say the table was ready and as soon as we saw the menu we were all amazed by the choices. I chose a pulled chicken hogie (like a hot dog bun with all the meat in) and had two sides of slaw and fries. It was amazing. Bob had ribs and wings with extra spicy sauce and he said it was incredible.

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All in all we will definitely go back but maybe not fill up so much on cocktails beforehand and save room for more meat.

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