Wednesday 29 February 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: The Oscars Red Carpet 2012

I've been not feeling well on and off all week and haven't left the house except for a board meeting on Monday so no photos of me. So instead I'm going to post my favourite looks from the Oscars; it is what they wore this week. All of the images below are from The New York Times.

Tadashi Shoji Oscars

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji. I think the detail work is extremely flattering and I love how the dress looks on her. Plus my Mom wore Shoji to both my and my sister's weddings!

Ellie Kemper Oscars

Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive. First off she is ridiculously adorable; every interview I've ever seen she just seems like that girl you know who is the nicest person you've ever met. 
You know the kind of girl who brings you baked goods when you are sick not because she's a 
Martha Stewart wanna-be trying out the latest design she saw on Pinterest but because she genuinely wanted to bring you cupcakes. I think the colour of the dress was less harsh on TV than in this picture, but it was just a gorgeous colour on her and the subtle makeup and pulled back hair with the sparkly rust was just beautiful.

Penelope Cruz Red Carpet

Penélope Cruz in Giorgio Armani. I didn't see this come down the carpet but flicking through the photos I stopped. I love, love, LOVE the sky blue, slightly periwinkle colour of her dress. I'm not a huge fan of trains but it is mostly the colour I'm all about here.

Maya Rudolph Red Carpet

Maya Rudolph in Johanna Johnson. I love Maya's hair. I think the dress could be so much better is the belt was a bit higher or cinched in a bit more. The bust as it is is not that flattering on her. Love the styling though.

Red Carpet Hair

Wendi McClendon-Covey in Simin Couture. Her hair and makeup was so pretty when she was getting interviewed. I remember saying outloud "I love her hair." In fact I'm pretty sure I tweeted her to tell her, too (yes I'm that girl). Not a huge fan of the dress but I think the colour is really flattering on her.

Who were your best dressed/styled at the Oscars? Notice I say *best* and not worst. Don't get me wrong I love to hate on hot messes as much as the next girl but I think I will leave that to Joan, Guilianna and Kelly. There is enough negative stuff in cyber-space so I'm choosing to keep it a love fest! Is that okay?

Speaking of love fest one of you is going to LOVE your new Hold Your Haunches leggings! Click back to my HYH review post to see if you won!

Wednesday 22 February 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: Errands

I actually did get dressed up again this week when NBH and I went out to the Treehouse for dinner and drinks with our friends Craig and Clair. I wore the exact same outfit as I did to the theatre except I switched in my sparkly Loft top; I loved the outfit but didn't want to link up an almost identical outfit two weeks in a row. So instead I decided to "keep it real". Here is what we wore to run errands today; not glamorous but a pretty good representation of my every day look.

Captain Spooky Top-? (my Dad got it & it doesn't say on the tag)
Skull Slide Ons-Gap

What do you think about the heart by the way? Do I have to take it down now Valentine's Day is over or is it a year-round kind of decoration?

Don't forget to check out my Hold Your Haunches Leggings giveaway that ends 2/28!

Monday 20 February 2012

Pineapple Salsa

So one of my good friends is now officially overdue. She went to the GP today who said she'd book her for an induction but when she called she was told the first date was 19 days away in March--she wasn't pleased. Luckily they've phoned back to give her an induction date for a week tomorrow but in that in-between time I came up with a recipe to try and help her along.

Since old wives' tales suggest spicy food and fresh pineapple can help start labour I got the idea in my head to make a pineapple salsa.  First off you should know I don't like spicy food, I'm allergic to coriander/cilantro and I've never made salsa in my life. Also I ran into the grocery with no phone signal so couldn't even look online for a sample recipe.

What I made I think actually turned out pretty well. She didn't get to try it (fingers crossed she's on her way to hospital now) but both Blondie Boy and I chowed down on some earlier.

Blondie's Pineapple Salsa

1 red onion (finely chopped)
1 fresh pineapple (cored & finely chopped)
1 bunch of fresh mint (again finely chopped)
zest & juice of one lime
1 red chilli (deseeded & finely chopped)

Mix, chill & serve with tortilla chips.

You could add more chillies if you like it hotter and sub out mint for coriander/cilantro but I really like the extra dimension it added to the salsa. You'll notice in my ingredients picture I have mango; I was going to add that in originally but opted not to do so.

Have you ever randomly thrown something together on a whim and found a new taste sensation? Am I silly to be proud of myself?

Wednesday 15 February 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: Valentine's Day Date Night

For Valentine's Day NotBlondeHusband and I went to see opening night of Zack Braff's new play "All New People" at the Kings Theatre here in Glasgow. Blondie Boy's Auntie Jefy very kindly came to watch him so we could take in the show and a cheeky meal afterwards.

Zack Braff All New People

We had amazing seats (front row, grand circle) and while at times I felt the play was trying a bit too hard we both enjoyed it. I love going to the theatre and hadn't been in ages. We grabbed dinner at Bath Street Pony after the show and all in all I'd say it was a great Valentine's Day.  Did you see what NBH got me? Yea awesome Valentine's Day.

So I decided to wear an outfit combining some of my favourite trends from the outfits y'all link up each week: leggings, blazers and leopard print. The leggings are amazing shapewear from Hold Your Haunches that utilize medical grade compression under super stylish leggings. 

As someone with a c-section tummy I love these pants; it noticeably minimized my middle and smoothed out that dreaded c-section overhang. NBH said my butt looked higher too; I don't check out my own ass so I will take his word for it!

hold your haunches pants trousers

Ruffled Top- HM
Leopard Print Heels- Dune (TK Maxx)

I finally used my Versace for HM bag! I have no idea why one leg looks shorter than the other; I think NBH needs to let me look at pictures after he takes them next time! 

I originally bought a black and white polka dot top to wear but I thought it felt to business-like so I went with the low cut, ruffle top instead. I was super comfortable and hopefully super cute, too!

The awesome ladies behind Hold Your Haunches are giving y'all a chance to win a pair (boot cut or straight leg) of your own! Use the Rafflecopter widget below (if you are on a mobile you'll need to use a computer-sorry) to enter! Competition closes 28/2 at midnight.
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Transatlantic Blonde was provided leggings for review and giveaway but all opinions are our own.

Sunday 12 February 2012

Sizzling Pubs

I'm going to be honest here: I wasn't expecting much when I agreed to check out our local Sizzling Pub. I'm not really a fan of chain pub-restaurants and their reputations aren't necessarily the best, however Blondie Boy, Not Blonde Husband and I had a really nice evening.

First of all the staff were lovely. Blondie Boy has an egg allergy and it can prove to be quite a problem when eating out.  Our waiter had no problem with checking which of the children's meals did and did not contain egg and even went as far as to read labels to double check instead of just asking the chefs. This was great: so, so helpful.

So here is what we ate:

BBQ Wings & Fried Mushrooms

My J20 was Glittery!

NBH's Angus BBQ Stack Burger

My Steak and Chicken Fajitas

Cheese, Tortillas & Fixings

BB's Grilled Chicken, Beans & Chips

The Most Massive Sundae I've ever seen
The portion sizes were extremely generous and we were both surprised with the food. Was it the best meal we ever had? No of course not but it was tasty and extremely good value for money. I was particularly pleased with my fajitas as I've had my fair share of bad British interpretations of fajitas but this was well seasoned and not overcooked. NBH and I split the Mega Supercurlycrunchielistic Choccaberry Sundae and we only got about half-way through. It was really tasty but HUGE!

The face of someone very excited for ice-cream

We went on the weekend but Sizzling Pubs have some great offers through the week and for the school holidays kids eat for free through the end of February! It really is great value for money and I can't say enough about how friendly the staff were. There are locations all through out the UK and I know I will certainly keep my eye out for one the next time we are on a road trip! 

Transatlantic Blonde was provided the meal to review but all opinions are our own.
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Friday 10 February 2012

Blondie Boy on TV

If there was ever any doubt Blondie Boy was mine that can be cleared up with this post.  His new favourite thing to ask for is "Blondie Boy on TV" also known as karaoke. 

We got a fab karaoke machine from Gumtree Deals (did you know they do daily offers?) and oh my goodness does he love it. He dances around and sings into the microphone and it is too cute.  Anyone who knows me will know that I'm slightly, okay extremely, fond of karaoke. It makes me so happy that my boy loves it too!

Taking pictures of him proved difficult because Blondie Boy's dancing includes lots of twirling, running and jumping but I think you can tell he was having a great time! The karaoke machine came with 10 CDs and included one of Blondie Boy's favourite songs ever "Bad Romance."
I know he can't read yet but it is really cute seeing him watch the words on screen and "sing" along. My Dad got a karaoke machine shortly after I moved to Scotland and I was so jealous because I'd always wanted one and it seemed super unfair he got one when I moved away. Now I can sing to my heart's content whenever I like and best of all I know I have someone who is more than happy to duet with me.

Why not check out Gumtree Deals yourself? Right now are deals on everything from iPhone accessories to pancake makers and everything inbetween! 

Transatlantic Blonde was provided this karaoke machine to review but all opinions are our own.

Wednesday 8 February 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: Playground Chic

Okay so I'm going to be honest. This week I've looked a hot mess. I was sick the first half of the week, then Blondie Boy was sick and finally NotBlondeHusband got the crud. The three of us have been in some form of PJ's pretty much not stop. It has also been super cold and foggy so you wouldn't really want to leave the house anyway.

Today however was bright and sunny (but still really cold) so I took Blondie Boy up to Drumpellier Country Park to play on the playgrounds and see the water fowl. He loves slides and the playground had three different ones (plus two that were too big for him) for him to try out. So this week it not what I wore but what he wore; he's cuter to look at than me anyway :)

Knitted Skull Brimmed Hat- Old Navy
Pea Coat- Gap Outlet
Cable Knit Sweater- Next
Jeans- Gap
Skull Welly Boots- ASDA

I have no idea why one leg is tucked in and one is not; apparently my son thinks he's gangsta. I know I'm kinda copping out this week so here's a super cute video of him sliding down one of the slides! He started the whole "ready, steady, go" thing on his own but of course I had to prompt him once the camera came out :)

On a final note I'd like to ask if you link up that you please comment on at least two other linked posts; it can be this and another post or two other posts---basically I don't want this to just be a place to link I want it to be interactive. Plus it is just polite to say "hey" right?

Thursday 2 February 2012

The Cybher Meet and Greet

If you are going to Cybher, think of it as a little ice-breaker, a way to make some new friends ahead of the big day! Write up your own and link it up over at Geek is the New Chic!

If you already have your ticket make sure you grab your badge here.

So this is me...

Name : Blondie 
(I have a real name and I'm more than happy to tell you if you ask me to my face!)
Blogs :
Twitter ID : @Melaina25
Height : 5'3 1/2"
Hair : Long and Blonde

Five things you should know about me...
1. I'm American
2. I'm married to a Scotsman and have a Scomerican baby boy
3. I'm a feminist
4. I hate oranges and love sushi
5. I'm like Kristen Bell. My co-workers once thought someone had died I was crying so hard, but my best friend had just called to tell me she got Madonna tickets for my birthday.

Most Deserved Motors Competition

Do you know someone who never gets rewarded for all of their hard work and efforts? has just launched a brand new competition to give the most deserving person in the UK a fantastic prize.  I think we can agree a lot of people's hard work and good deeds go unnoticed so want to give the winner £10,000 to spend on a used car of their choice from the Motors website, and they will also donate £2,500 to the winner’s chosen charity!

The competition will take place in two stages:

Stage one is where anyone can nominate an individual

Stage two the Most Deserving Panel at Motors will decide on the semi-finalists before inviting the general public to vote. This will whittle it down to 3 finalists from whom the Most Deserving Panel will examine and decide a winner.

So what do you need to do? 

Write up to 500 words saying why your nominee is so special. It could be for any reason- maybe you know someone who spends a lot of their free time helping out at special projects or charities, or maybe it’s someone who has done something amazing to change someone’s life. Whatever the reason, if you know someone who you think deserves to win this fantastic prize and that deserves a big thank you, then this is the perfect opportunity!

Please read all the terms and conditions and good luck!

This is a sponsored post but who doesn't want to win a car?

Wednesday 1 February 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: Versace is Business Appropriate Right?

Last Friday I helped throw a blogger and brand event for one of my clients. I wanted to look professional but not too stuffy so I opted for my Versace for HM skirt and paired it with leggings to make it less formal. Please note this photo was taken at home once I finally got back from the airport at the end of a 13 hour day so please excuse the flat hair and tired look!

I also had to take a picture of my Rabbi's Daughters travel bag. My Mom got is for me and I LOVE it. Not only is it covered in Yiddish words but it is the perfect size for an overnight trip; holds everything I need and fits under the seat on the plane. Please note this added bit of genius I've never seen before: that zip? It is for a pocket inside the bag that holds all your liquids and toiletries. So not only are my liquids easy to access at security but if they spill they don't get all over my clothes! Brilliant!

Apologies if I'm sounding like a wackadoo here but when you fly semi-regularly for business a fashionable and functional carry on bag is quite possibly the best thing ever. Seriously I plotzed. 

If you you are Jewish (or just love Yiddish sayings) and don't know about Rabbi's Daughters you best be clicking because their adult and children lines are super cute. I have a Shayna Punim T-shirt and Blondie Boy has several of their toddler tees. This isn't sponsored in any way shape or form--I just love their products!

Embellished Skirt-Versace for HM 
Black 3/4 sleeve top- HM
Leggings- Mossimo (Target)
Shoes: J by Jasper Conran
Travel Bag: Rabbi's Daughters