To my horror I discovered that the kids don’t go back to school till Tuesday! I thought I had my routine back tomorrow! Don’t get me wrong we’ve had an amazing break – but 2 weeks is plenty thanks. Of course the other issue at stake is the fact that Atlanta is due to get temperatures of -10 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday – yes I said Fahrenheit! This means that school may be out anyway due to severe weather – God help me. I will not complain about the cold, especially as I am currently watching the NFL playoffs – Green Bay are at home and the stadium is full – talk about risking frostbite! I’m not kidding when I tell you they are Arctic conditions.
We did venture out yesterday before the cold arrives. It was one of those lovely spontaneous outings. We mooched around a couple of boutiques and furniture stores and then took the kids for ice cream – even when it’s cold they won’t refuse it! I suggested our initial destination, a fabulous mid-century modern furniture store in Inman Park called City Issue. I mentioned a long time ago that I was looking out for my perfect vanity. Well before the holidays I noticed a desk on their Facebook page. I’d long ago realized that anything described as a ‘vanity’ or ‘dressing table’ was going to be too ornate for my tastes. A contemporary, slim line desk seemed the perfect option – if I could find one. Well after a teeny, tiny bit of ummming and ahhing this beautiful Danish masterpiece is now mine. I am in love with her. I love the fact that she has been used before, and I like to imagine that love letters were once written on her. I’m using an IKEA chair till I find the perfect partner for her – but I quite like the contrast of the wood with perspex.
After arranging my new love and organizing the drawers it was time to eat. I want to share my brilliant new gadget with you. As you know I’m trying the Paleo diet – I’m really enjoying cooking so much, but I do miss pasta and rice sometimes. My rice substitute is ground cauliflower (blend it), fried with onions – it is delicious. As for pasta I’ve tried spaghetti squash but there is a lot of prep required. Today I used my spiral vegetable cutter to make noodles from zucchini/courgette – it worked a treat!! I LOVE it! It comes with 3 blades and lets you cut ribbons too. I made a thai shrimp curry using them – just throw them in at the end so they don’t get soggy. DELICIOUS!
My final recent acquisition is the Conair InfinitPro spin air brush. Many of my UK blogging friends have raved about the Babyliss Big Hair version – most recently Trea. For the life of me I couldn’t find it anywhere here. Then I realized it is branded differently – Conair own Babyliss and here it is called the Conair InfinitiPro spin air brush. I do as Trea does – I dry my hair with my ghd dryer till it is about 80% dry and then use the spin brush. It catches hold of my hair nicely and works a treat on my shorter length hair giving me lovely smooth locks. I highly recommend it – my only criticism is that it seems quite loud after the quietness of my ghd dryer – but the price point is significantly different too!
So there we go – a vanity, a vegetable slicer and a hair styler – and like I said none of them can be worn so I’ve not broken any shopping rules yet – though admittedly I’m still trying to determine what those rules are for 2014 – I cannot subscribe to any kind of total abstinence.
Here’s my outfit from yesterday. I bought the Only jeans back in the sale from ASOS before the Holidays. I was trying to resist, but a couple of the AllWornOutBlog.com girls (here and here) and Avril all looked amazing in them, so I resisted no more.
Boots – Petrol Rag & Bone Newbury boots (similar here) // Jeans – Only from ASOS (on sale) // Tank – H&M // Grey sweatshirt – ASOS // Jacket – M&S (old – similar here) // Scarf – Zara (old)
Today I used the InfiitiPro spin brush and hopefully you can see how much smoother and less curly my hair looks.
So now to watch the end of the football and do some menu planning for next week. Let’s hope we don’t get iced in as I might have to crack the wine open in desperation!