The Haute Ticket

Musings of the fashion and beauty kind, with a little travel thrown in.

Category Lifestyle

The Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect present idea? Us too. Christmas is less than a month away and we have done nothing. Nada. The thing is, we have no problem gifting unto ourselves (ha!), but it can be a little tricky choosing a thoughtful gift for loved ones – no cheap sentiment here! No matter how well you know them, sometimes you just run out of ideas. And time is a ticking!

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Take A Chill Pill

Sometimes you just need to slow down, take a moment, and breathe. Yoga isn’t just a trend; it’s a way of life. Just kidding, we say that about coffee and donuts too. Margaret swears by yoga and attends her weekly classes religiously. If, like me, the commitment of a weekly class (or of any kind, ha!) terrifies you, then Adriene is your go-to-girl for the best and most effective yoga

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How To: The Art of Hygge

The French would say ” la vie est pleine de petits bonheurs”, the Danes call it “hygge.” Whatever, it’s not a competition, but they are doing their very best to tear me away from my adoration of France. Francophile or not, I can still appreciate the easy, “hygge” way of going. Even it doesn’t roll off the tongue just as easily – “hoo-ga” in case you were wondering. I think. To

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I Can’t Stop Drinking The Coffee

“I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and the walking and the words putting into the sentence doing.” – Lorelai Gilmore It’s not hard to find a coffee spot in Ballymena. It is just a teensy bit harder to find somewhere that’s up to par. You see, being caffeine fiends, we are practically experts when it comes to knowing what’s good and

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12 Things To Do This December

For those of you living under a rock, it’s the 1st of December meaning the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. Crept up fast, right? Worry not, here’s how you can make the most of Decembrrr. 1. First things first! Be prepared! Get that Secret Santa present bought early, because no one wants to be stuck in the hustle and bustle of stressed out, last minute shoppers. Trust

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Your Autumn To-Do List

It’s October and autumn is officially upon us (hooray!). So I have decided to help you make the most of this season with a ‘to-do’ list. Embrace plaid. Checked scarves are everywhere. Yes we may look like a walking picnic blanket but we love it! Grab your apron and try your hand at making pumpkin soup. This seasonal favourite will keep you warm on those cold evenings and better yet

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A Postcard from Corfu; Give Greece a Chance.

A girls’ holiday to a Greek island is a rite of passage and no, we did not go to Kavos. We did it in style (and, dare we say it, with a little more class). I think it’s safe to say that Kommeno and Iōannēs will never be the same again. Holidaygate (coined by the wonderful Aisling) was, as the word suggests, a bit of a disaster.  Co-ordinating a lunch date

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The Belle of Belfast City Hall

While strolling through the city one fine Saturday après-midi avec one third of Office Shenanigans and former Harrison gal Catherine, we discovered that neither of us had ever set foot inside the City Hall.  It would appear we really don’t venture further than our little corner of The Lisburn Rd. Shame faced, we took the head staggers and popped inside for a look about. Steeped in local history, with beautiful

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Let Them Eat Victoria Sponge Cake

“It’s hard to believe that just a little while ago this was nothing but ingredients.” – Phoebe Buffay Afternoon tea, the activity du jour for ladies who like to lunch, is all the more enjoyable when home spun. Let them eat cake, Mary Berry’s Victoria Sponge Cake. Mary Berry I am not, but what with it being Mothering Sunday, a bunch of tulips and afternoon tea for two with Mother

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The No Seconds Club

How not to host a dinner party. For those interested in baking, cooking, knitting, any form of domestic goddess goodness, you will not find such interests here. I am much too shallow a writer for that and live by the motto “if I can’t nuke it, I won’t cook it” which sums up my love affair with the microwave. Alas, coaxed and co-erced by my “friends”, I agreed to host

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