Hello Autumn!

In the past few days the change in the season has been really apparent to me with the browning of the leaves, the darker mornings and also that little nip in the air! I have to say that Autumn is one of my favourite seasons and October one of my favourite months, I can’t give you any one reason but it just feels special!

As summer is such a busy time for Mr S and I we normally take a bit of time off work and try to go away in the early part of September when it starts to get a little quieter, this year we went to Rhodes, a Greek Island  located in the Southeast of the Aegean sea.

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Fast forward 4 weeks and the sun, sea and sand are a distant memory and now I am ready to swiftly adapt to the incoming Autumnal weather…

I did the necessary seasonal raid of my ‘other wardrobe’ (or room as it actually is) which I am ashamed and impressed at in equal measure. *note to self: time for a wardrobe clearout, you are not Carrie Bradshaw from SATC* I dusted off my boots, roll necks, cardigans and coats from last winter. The only thing that I really need to buy is new boots so the search is on for those!

When the season changes I commit wholeheartedly with my wardrobe choices, meal planning and also my home decor. I recently bought some knitted white pumpkins to update my home decor and also a real one from the local garden centre. The blues and greens have been put away awaiting Springs arrival and the nudes, greys and faux fur have come out to play.

October has already been an exciting month for me. Just yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a Stella and Dot Trunk Show (jewellery/accessories and all thing nice if you aren’t so familiar) at my home this weekend with some of my favourite ladies. My wish list is overflowing and if you fancy a look at what is on offer you can do so here!

There is also some exciting new things planned for French Grey Lifestyle…I’ll be sure to update you all very soon!! Eek!!

Much love,

Judy xo

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May: The Best Of.

Hello everyone!

It’s so hard to believe that May is over. What a month! It’s been so busy hence the lack of blog posts however behind the scenes I have been busy working on some lovely blogs that I will be sharing with you all super duper soon! I’ve been working full time in my day job which obviously takes up most (if not all) of my time. I have also started back to personal training after my year off, I won’t go into detail as but if you are interested I am going to the lovely Shannon Reynolds at Scott McGarry Health and Fitness in Ahoghill.

So enough of the chat, on to the good stuff.

Best of the Noms

Okay, it’s no lie… I like my food! This month there were some eats that I just have to mention.

Our local coffee shop (Middletown) holds craft beer and supper night every so often and we were so incredibly lucky to bag some tickets for the latest one.

This time round it was a Thai themed cuisine with local craft beers paired with each course. Take a lookie at this for a menu!

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It reads well, but tasted even better.

Keep an eye out if you are from the local area for the next supper night… I might even see you there!

I had another lovely dinner on an evening out with our good friends Alison and Aidan (who have set a date for their wedding, all of the yays!). We went to The Barking Dog for dinner which was lovely but it was dessert and cocktails at Miel et Moi that really was the highlight of the evening!

Miel et Moi is a little licensed Patisserie on the Lisburn Road in Belfast that do yummy cocktails and even yummier patisserie. We got a little selection of goodies to share paired with a French Martini for me with everyone else opting for a G&T.

To be perfectly honest, I feel this the kind of place you would go with your girlfriends for a catch up and cake but the boys enjoyed it too (I think!).

Best of the Outfits

It hasn’t really been a month of dressing up really but I did love Alison’s and I’s outfits when we went out for dinner.

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Skirt: Miss Selfridge

Top: Topshop

Shoes Similar here

Bag: Christian Louboutin

Best of The Day Trips

Every May brings Balmoral Show and for those who aren’t familiar with Balmoral, it’s a huge agricultural show. I always look forward to it as I have been going to it with my Mum and Dad for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I participated in a number of Young Farmers competitions, mainly for floral art which is where my love of flowers sprung from I suppose!

It’s not all tractors and welly boots as I sense you drifting off… It’s jam packed full of local food, crafts, gardening ideas, entertainment and then some! In true noob form I didn’t take any photos, but take my word for it, it’s a great day out!

Best of the Pretty Things

As some of you may know I’m a brand rep for La De Da Living and I just cant get enough of their stuff. My favourite items this month are the hand stamped star and salad servers. You can get 15% off  on the La De Da Living website website with code ‘brandrep2’. Keep an eye out on my Instagram for more exciting pieces to come!

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I got a pretty print from Bill & Coo a while back but never got around to putting it into a frame. I did a little bit of shuffling about of prints and pictures this month and so here it is in all it’s glory! If you fancy a peep at Bill & Coo’s work work you can find it here!

Best of the Rest

I’m only going to mention this briefly as I spoken about it before but magazine in which my home was featured (eekkkk!) was published this month. If you fancy a look for yourself, it’s called Northern Ireland Homes and Lifestyle.

Thank you to everyone who tagged me in photos or sent me a snapchat with the mag and for all of the lovely comments I have received about it! Interiors are my passion so it was just lovely and humbling to be featured!

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That was May and so what has June in store I hear you ask? So far lots of plans with friends, hopefully some down time and no doubt a few surprises thrown in for good measure!

Have a great one you guys!

Much Love,

Judy xo

Patio Style

As a result of the sunshine this week I have spent a lot of time outside enjoying the weather while it lasts. Although I didn’t manage have any BBQs this week,  I did spend time outside sipping ice cold drinks, listening to good tunes and enjoying the sun right down to the last rays as it set below the hills and out of sight.

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Last Years Patio Details.

As such my attention was (like a lot of others I expect) drawn to my neglected, unloved and weather-beaten garden and patio. If any of you live in Northern Ireland you will fully understand how a little bit of sunshine totally diverted my attention from indoor styling to the outdoors.

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Seeking inspiration I have spent some time scouring the internet for ideas that could breathe some much needed life into the outside of my house.  I thought I’d share some of the favourite pieces I found that I think would jazz up any outdoor space no matter how big or small.

All from Matalan:

Reversible Seat Pads // LED Garden Sign // Insect Hut

John Lewis:

Pink Bistro set // Hurricane Lantern

Wayfair:

Copper Outdoor Light // Grey Wooden Planter

I’d love you hear what you have done to your gardens and patios this week and hope that the sunny weather will continue for a little while to come.

Much Love,

Judy xo

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Two For Joy

Although I have been married to Mr S for two years it feels a lot longer.  People always say, ‘when you get older time speeds up’ which is true, but why? Is it because we are busier? Are we not living in the moment as much? I honestly feel someone has flipped a switch and put things in hyper speed!

How things have changed! I’m not just talking hairstyles 🙂

To mark the special occasion we had a mini break away to Killinchy in County Down Northern Ireland. Having had wonderful recommendations from family it seemed like the perfect chance to break away from ‘normal life’ for a night.

We started our day off on Saturday with a coffee and lunch at The Pocket in Belfast, just perfectly perched in front of Queens University, such a gorgeous little spot. I had the three mint tea which was super nice and Mr S was impressed with the coffee.

A perfect mix between quirky and cute with unbelievable toasties to boot.

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Sufficiently fed and watered for our road trip to Co. Down, off we embarked on the rest of our adventure and arrived at The Mill at Balloo which is nestled in a gorgeous little village which is on the way to Strangford lough and somewhere near Killinchy.

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The Mill is a family run B&B and the couple who own it are some of the  friendliest hosts I have ever met. Paul the owner showed us to the ‘River Room’ and after a friendly conversation left us to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. So after taking some photos for this blog we sat by the river, soaked up the sun and relaxed.

For dinner that evening we went to ‘Upstairs at The Balloo‘ which is a bit of a special treat and one I was thoroughly looking forward to.

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We had three courses including an amuse-bouche which was all so yummy that not a morsel was left. Unfortunately I was too busy enjoying my food and a few glasses of champagne to remember to take snaps. You will just have to visit and try it for yourself 🙂

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It was such a lovely relaxed atmosphere, the waiting staff were were chatty and after dinner we talked by the fire and finished off our drinks before heading to our home for the night. The B&B is within walking distance of the restaurant and takes about 5 minutes, maybe a bit longer if you decide to wear heels!

The next day we ate our hearty cooked breakfast, bid farewell to the lovely surroundings and hosts and off we went on our travels.

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The first on the itinerary was Scrabo Tower.

As you can see from the clouds, the rain was coming in fast so we were no sooner down before the heavens opened and our day of outdoor pursuits quickly changed to indoor ones so we went for a quick walk around St Georges Market in Belfast and then off to Established in Cathedral Quarter in Belfast for second breakfast 🙂

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These my friends are rice pudding pancakes with blueberry and rhubarb compote, candied almonds and lemon mascarpone. Wow, that was a sentence and a half! Needless to say they were polished off in minutes and washed down with a delicious coffee. I have to admit Established do a pretty awesome brunch.

Pondering about what to do next, we googled to see what was on in The Mac. A few exhibitions were closing that day so we dodged the rain showers on the short walk from Established and into one of my favourite places in the city.

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I just love the exhibitions they present and it is so lovely to get a little slice of culture in Belfast.

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Having filled our hearts with happiness and memories to cherish we made the trip home to our furry son Hugo and enter back into reality.

Until our next adventure..

Much Love, Judy

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February Round Up!

I thought it would be a good idea to start a new blogging tradition of reflecting on the month past! I’m pretty sure this will evolve and change over time but I am super excited to share with you all the things that didn’t make it’s way onto my instagram or blog this month.

What I ate:

Ok, a serious amount of avo on sourdough was eaten courtesy of Middle Town Coffee, a new coffee shop that opened in our town just before Christmas. Ballymena has been crying out for a decent coffee shop for a long time and now it’s here, me and my fam are keeping it in business singlehandedly, as if we are letting this little gem go! If you are in the area, pop into Middletown for the tastiest flat white you will ever experience.

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On top of the avo eating, there was a serious amount of brunching happening with friends and of course a Ramore Wine Bar date for good measure! I feel like I am still recovering from that food coma!

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Of course, how could I forget Valentines Day! Again, showing our age, we opted for a brunch date at Bert’s Jazz Bar. Eggs Benedict, Bucks Fizz and smooth jazz. I couldn’t imagine a better way to have spent the day with Mr French Grey Lifestyle.

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What I did:

In between the manic days of the office we squeezed in a few dates. On Valentine’s Day after the aforementioned brunch, we went for a short walk and to see the Rembrandt Self Portrait in the Ulster Museum. The exhibition is on until the 13th of March. Great free day out and as an added bonus there are tasty tray bakes in the cafe!

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A big part of my life is promoting good Mental Health. It is of course part of the day job and one of my passions. I was very honoured to be asked to talk at a local Young Farmers Club to a group of young adults about Mental Illness and maintaining good Mental Health. As with everything to do with the YFC it was fantastic craic as well as informative. I had a blast.

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With regards to my home, I have started to add touches of Spring! It of course helps spur you on when an NI Home Magazine comes to take photos of your home (stressed.com) I will let you all know when it is published, have to say I feel equally excited/nervous about it!

What I wore:

Apart from my work clothes, I have been living in my jumpers, sneakers and leather coated trousers! I am becoming a creature of comfort as I head rather swiftly into my 27th year and I have to say I am loving it 🙂

The only outfit of note this month was what I wore to the NorLisa Fashion show (which I will tell you all about later) on Sunday past. I have never wore a pencil skirt in my life, I usually favour the fit and flare, but I did love this one from Primark, only £10 too, perfect.

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What I won:

Yes you actually did read that correctly… I won two things this month. One being my fab phone cover from Theodore Grey. It’s also in my favourite colour, what are the chances! It’s Crocodile leather with gold monograming. Pretty swish eh?

The other rather luxurious item was a breakfast in bed hamper from House and Hamper (of whom, I am now a huge fangirl). I just loved everything in it and it has opened up lots of new brands to me, especially the HOBO candle.

Whats happening in March?

Ah March, how can it be March already?? So it’s Hubby’s Birthday, NYC!!!! and probably a lot more coffee and avo dates with hubby and my sis.

Much Love,

Judy xo