HOME INSPIRATION #2 SNEAK PEEK AT MATALAN

So many of you might have seen the Facebook announcement that Matalan is coming. I have known a couple of weeks now when I popped into BHS to check out the last few sale items. The shop was half open and they were renewing the sections.

In the Home section I spied Matalan brand products, and it was confirmed by staff that indeed the shop was changing. I am very excited to see whats new and here is a sneak peek of some photos of the collections which were arriving:

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The new items are definitely more fashion forward. The prices are brilliant I can see myself spending a lot of cash here. For example the bed sets start from about 25 euro, I think price wise are the best on the island. I love the cute animal candles, the signs an the pillows! I am looking forward to seeing the shop fully stocked.

I really enjoyed shopping in BHS so I am glad that they are not closing the brand completely and are keeping the Valletta shop so I can still get my fix. 

Bye bye BHS Sliema! Hello Matalan!
Love Steph x

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MONDAY MUSE #20

Although I am not really the type to make New Years Resolutions (A new start doesn’t need to wait) I do like wishing for the next chapter to be a better one for me and my loved ones. 2014 had quite a few lows but there was also some pretty intense highs. I am hopeful that 2015 will bring us the changes we crave, bring new possibilities so we will prosper. Most importantly I wish us all good health.

December has ended. January started off with a new year, a new year with new beginning and new hopes. A new year hoping to be successful and hoping all your efforts and hard work to be paid off. This is a chance of a lifetime and a chance to starts all over again. – Wazim Shaw

This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 2015 hold everything you desire.
Love Steph x

A SEASON TO BE MERRY: 3RD ANNIVERSARY & CHRISTMAS

Hello all you beautiful people!
I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday, and made the most of the festivities.

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The last few years Christmas has been extra special for me because Christmas Eve marks the moment my partner asked me to be his girlfriend (Collective awwwwh) so this year we celebrated our third anniversary.

Some of you may know that we have been saving for our future, we got engaged mid 2014 and will soon start house hunting. We have been trying to cut back on travelling and for my part I am def trying not to over spend…

But I wanted to really go all out and treat us this year. I booked us two nights at a lovely boutique hotel called THE GEORGE. There was a really good deal on booking.com when I was searching hotels. It is a really wonderful hotel and we stayed in a penthouse suite which is stunning.

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The first two photos I took from the website & the the last two from my phone. My phone made the lighting look really dark so I couldn’t really take a decent photo… Note to self: Buy a camera in 2015.

For dinner on Christmas Eve he had a table booked at Zest Restaurant, he went all out and treated me like a princess. It was so nice to see my partner dressed to the nines in a dinner suit! He looks so handsome and smart, there is nothing better than a man in a well cut suit. Here he is posing before we left for dinner…

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 When we got to Zest I told him that we should do it the old fashioned way and made him choose the food & drinks. Each course was a lovely flavoured surprise that way. During the dinner I didn’t take any photos (apart from one quick instagramed check in). So here are some photo’s taken from their Facebook

The set up is a stunning mix of electric pink and greys, the ambience and service is 5 star.

The meal ended up about 6 courses long, whilst they were preparing they gave us bread and dips to start. We had an Asian platter which had the most amazing duck crystal rolls & beef satay. Then we had a selection of sushi with tuna and salmon nigri, followed by a portion of phad Thai noodles and prawn tempura.

I was already bursting at this point but there was more to come!

He also ordered the Kheng Curry, which is a yellow curry and coconut sauce with thai spices and delicious king prawns. We finished with a selection of sorbet mine was raspberry and his was lime. I think it’s the most amazing sorbet I have ever tasted in my life! Absolutely bursting with flavour. Throughout the meal we shared a bottle of white New Zealand wine called Villa Maria one of my favourites.

It was a perfect evening and created the right Christmassy mood, I couldn’t wait to see our family & friends. I actually set the alarm for 9am but I woke up at 7am! So I got to pamper myself with a hydrating mask and have a nice long shower.

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We woke up to the most amazing view and my love brought me some orange juice and a chocolate croissant. 

My cousin wanted to cook Christmas lunch for the first time, it was a big success and I am so proud of her. I hope that next year we will be settled enough for it to be our turn. I can’t wait to host lunches, dinners and cocktail parties. We finished our Christmas by visiting more family members & going for drinks at a friends.

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A few Family Selfies with love from the Lauri, Caruana, Capar, Borg family!

Happy Holidays
Steph x

#100HAPPYDAYS: DAYS 78 – 84

Challenge week Twelve.

Day 78: New jewellery makes me happy.
Day 79: Having the salon mentioned in Davi‘s blog post on ladywithnoname.com
Day 80: A bag full of cup a soup boxes, which I will give to charity today. Helping out, even something small means the world to the people who need it…
Day 81:  A rare chance for a nap! Oh bliss.
Day 82: This morning before work I went for a deep tissue massage with an amazing therapist, she is brilliant at her job, I’m slightly sore but feeling great… can’t wait for the next session.
Day 83: New nail polish colours ♡
Day 84: Bbq fun with my love. Relaxed and very happy!

This week was a busy hectic week, but there was some opportunities to sit back and enjoy life, I am so grateful. Even more amazed that I am almost ready from the 100 days challenge. I hope you enjoy the pics.
Love Steph x