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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Date Night

Last night I cooked a meal. Well, I use the term 'cook' very loosely but I did put said dish in the oven so I suppose I can say I cooked a meal on a technicality. The truth in the matter is that I am a terrible cook, I think I blame my dad. He is somewhat of a culinary whizz and so I've never really had to fend for myself. Luckily I just sit down and await whatever Provincial dish is on the line up that day. I was lucky enough last year to be in catered halls at uni therefore food was not a worry. But next year? I'm living in my own house so unless I want to survive solely of tinned soup and the occasional pasta when the mood takes me, I need to start cooking. But last night was important, so last night wasn't the night to start.

Photo from my instagram @natashagregson
My boyfriend's birthday is coming up this week and my parents were away so I decided to throw a romantic 4-course dinner for him and I wanted everything to be perfect, so me cooking wasn't on the agenda for the night. The menu is was as follows;

Pre-meal nibbles; Ciabatta bread with an olive oil dip and cherry tomatoes. It was due to be served with balsamic vinegar also but the clever little chef I am I didn't check that we had any in the cupboard until five minutes before he arrived *FAIL NUMBER ONE*.

Starter; Lobster Bisque served with seeded bread rolls. Thanks the heavens for Baxter's tinned soup, the fact that I laughed when telling him what ingredients I put into the bisque kind of  gave my faux attempt away *FAIL NUMBER TWO*.

Main; Catalan chicken with potato wedges, with help from Sainsbury's bistro ready prepared meals. I nearly got away with it until he heard me popping the film lid *FAIL NUMBER THREE*.

Dessert; Chocolate souffle. Ok, it was fairly simple; remove the packaging and place the pot on the table but surprisingly *NO FAIL HERE*.

Onto the outfit of the night. In the tradition of sticking with fail-safe options for the night I went for a classic LBD.



The dress is from Boohoo, I believe it was only £15, and it's named 'Natasha'. Yes, that was partly the reason for my purchase. The picture isn't amazing quality but I only had limited time to take a few pictures before my boyfriend arrived. In terms of jewellery I opted for classic, delicate styles in silver to complement the dress. The necklace is by Jon Richard, the bracelet's a gift and the earrings were from Primark.




The hair and make-up was also fairly simple. I quickly curled my hair and ran serum though the ends before spraying hairspray on. Make-up wise I wore a slick of liquid eyeliner, slightly thickening the line above the lashes before applying a few coats of mascara and a layer of red lipstick on lips, although it looks pink on the picture!

I hope you are having a great weekend! I'd love to hear what have you been up to so far?


NG <3


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28 comments

  1. So cool that you have a dress named after you! Great that you got to have a romantic dinner together. Special events must be celebrated!

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  2. You look so beautiful hun! Thats such a sweet idea that you planned this romantic date and if the food tasted good, than thats all that matters, right :)

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  3. Well one thing's for sure: you definitely didn't fail on the outfit- you look gorgeous! :) I love that the name of the dress is Natasha- so cool!

    Sounds like it was a delicious meal and hopefully your bf enjoyed it (will he be making an appearance on the blog?) xx

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  4. Oh..how romantic. Love the dress and the makeups. Yes, I would definitely want short cuts on a very special dinner. Go you!

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  5. Love this black dress. So cool how you set up the dining area too. Lovely post!

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  6. DId you use any eyeshadow in these pics? I love the dusting of pink on your eyelids. And my cooking skills are pretty on par with yous---if there's a fancy dinner that I need to prepare, you bet that I will be browsing allrecipes.com an hour beforehand!

    Brittney

    anotherbeautifulthing.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh, how lovely is your makeup! Gosh, you have the prettiest hair and I adore your shade of lipstick. Looking lovely for a date night, my dear!

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  8. Ah it doesn't matter that you didn't technically make it you still made sure it was nice, cooked and edible for him... I always say it's the thought that counts :) You look lovely, love your hair and make up and the dress really suits you :) xx

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  9. Lovely outfit! Haha the fails were funny to read, but honestly I'm sure they added humor to the night and contributed to a memory you will never forget! After all, it's the thought that counts! :)


    Cheers!
    Akshara
    Simply Akshara

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  10. great blog, new follower :)

    http://dazzleulooks.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  11. This is so thoughtful and sweet! I don't think it matters that you didn't prepare the meal, it's the thought that counts! You look so pretty, I hope you both had a wonderful evening :) xx

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  12. Oh wow, you are gorgeous! And this dress looks absolutely killer on you! :)

    www.room-334.blogspot.com

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  13. I am impressed. I am terrible at cooking and I would definitely consider putting a dish in the oven cooking. I often say I'm cooking when I heat up a microwave meal. You are so gorgeous, looking absolutely stunnning.

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  14. Haha, at least it worked out. I'm prone to cooking fails too! Your makeup looks gorgeous!

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  15. wow! that dress is probably gift enough for the birthday boy!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr/

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  16. You look so pretty in that dress. I think your bf doesn't mind the mishaps if he comes home to see you. Don't be too hard on yourself. It's the thought that counts. I am sure he really appreciates the gesture. Thank you so much Natasha for visiting my blog and for the sweet thoughts. If we have not follow each other yet, I think we should. Let me know and I will exchange the favor. Ciao !

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  17. Stopping by to wish you a great and inspired week ahead.

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  18. You look absolutely fabulous, Natasha! What a fabulous date night look - love love!! :)

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  19. Your eyes are amazing. Also, always look for a man that can cook.

    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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  20. You look absolutely STUNNING! I hope you had an amazing night!

    http://everythingsalwayssunny.com
    Kristin xx

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  21. What a lucky boyfriend you have! Looks like you thought of everything. The LBD and simple classic makeup is perfect!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  22. You look gorgeous (: , I am currently on my holiday so it's just part time work for me and slacking around. xx

    http://birdiethgirl.blogspot.com

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  23. I love your date night make up,my favourite look,the feline flick,so glamourous and feminine,I love the dress too! hope you had a lovely evening,thanks so much for your lovely comment,hope your having a wonderful day x :)

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  24. When you look that great, who cares about the food? ;)) haha It's so great that you made this effort for him, really says a lot about you! The table looks lovely, who cares if you didn't cook everything from scratch? It's the intention that counts! haha xx

    http://ferdies-place.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. This is a very pretty look :)I love the hair too <3

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  26. Una entrada perfecta!


    Estupendo lugar, llego por intermedio de un comentario tuyo en otro sitio.
    Si me permites te sigo, abrazos desde Uruguay!

    http://perfumederosas-cristina.blogspot.com/

    PD: Ya estoy siguiendo por Bloglovin.

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  27. You look gorgeous!! How was your date night? And I loveee Boohoo; the dresses are such good prices!! :)

    http://www.prettylittlethings7.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. hahaha the desert part made me laugh- me and you are kindred spirits, that's what i'd totally do ;)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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