The Moo Face has Mooved!

Evening and a very long overdue “hello there”,

Apologies for the 6 month hiatus but the first half of 2015 has been a crazy one. From saying farewell to our wonderful treehouse flat, to new job prospects, to packing up my entire life into 1 suitcase, 1 70L backpack and a carry on bag. With the size of my wardrobe this was a massive task!!! After many discussions, me and Nick decided to take the big leap and move from foggy London town to Vancouver, Canada!!! I’m hoping to get back into the blogging swing of things and start chatting breeze about my time here in this lovely new country.

New adventures, new places to eat and drink, new stores to explore!

Nick, being the talented man he is, decided to document our big move. With his camera skills and editing tricks he has put together this awesome little film. If you like it, feel free to subscribe to his shiny new youtube channel as he will be creating many more videos of our adventures over the next couple of years. I’m even going to give it a go as well with some of our past adventures.

So here it is…enjoy

– MooFace –

I See You 2015, Just Lurking Round The Corner…Just Waiting For Us

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
– Neil Gaiman


Too Soon?

I am counting down the days. No…not until Christmas. This is related to that holiday but this magical day comes ever so slightly sooner. Only 18 days to go people…18 days before we can all dig out and dust off our collection of Christmas jumpers! YES!


What do you mean you don’t have a collection of Christmas jumpers? What…you don’t OWN a Christmas jumper?! Wow you are missing out my friend, on this joyous, festive item!

If you have read my ‘Little Old Me’ page you will know that I’m a sucker for an awesome looking jumper. I am often mocked for my strange love for this item of clothing. A lot of girls are shoe or bag fanatics, but me, I love jumpers in all their forms. From crazy prints, unusual styles to just a plain old comfy jumper. The king of all jumpers has to be…the Christmas style pullover of course!

I have one or two that are just desperate to make their annual appearance.  However, whilst waiting for some work to render, I thought I would peruse the H&M website to see what new items they have in. H&M is always a winner when it comes to jumpers and cardigans. Good quality, good fit and still a reasonable price.

Just look at these beauties I found online…


Ah I want them all!


I am definitely tempted by the middle navy jumper for this season. It’s a classic print with the traditional top third coverage. I just love the combination of wintery colours that would go really well with various coloured jeans that I own. Pair this with ankle booties, a cute bobble hat and a warm winter mac and a jobs a good’un.

I know the Mickey Mouse print and the My Little Pony design aren’t exactly screaming CHRISTMAS, but hey they are still magic based and what is Christmas without a little magic! I seem to be drawn to Mickey Mouse designs lately. I am currently typing this whilst sitting in my mickey mouse print pj leggings from Primark. Suuuppper comfy! I just love the ensemble that the model is wearing. Mixing the monochrome Disney print with a red checkered shirt underneath. Just seems to work!

Who says jumpers are just for day time ay?! Mixing two of my favourite things: jumpers and the colour green. I would wear this jumper to a December date night or to a festive jaunt to the pub after work on a Friday. I love that it’s still casual but the subtle sparkle dresses it up a little. Perfect for the up and coming festive season. I would definitely team this with skinny black jeans, heeled boots, a simple long necklace and a clutch bag. I would keep the accessories minimalistic so they don’t clash too much with the jumper.

I can’t wait to have a little look around the shops to scout out the new wintery christmas stock. Won’t be long before I’ll have to start thinking about Christmas shopping. Ah I love this time of year! If it wasn’t for the constant rain, then this would be my favourite time of year for sure!!

You guys got your Christmas attire at the ready? Not long now!

Just remember:

A jumper is for life, not just for Christmas.”

Erm…unless it’s a Christmas jumper.




Dear Santa Jumper – £14.99

Green Pattern Knit Jumper – £29.99

My Little Pony Jumper – £19.99

Navy Jacquard Knit Jumper – £19.99

Reindeer Jumper – £24.99

Mickey Mouse Print Jumper – £12.99

Red Snowflake Jumper – £14.99




Fancy Dress Fun Times – The Spooky Edition

Now I’m a girl who loves any excuse for a chance to play dress up! It allows me to stretch my creative muscles and to embody someone/something else for the evening. For one party I went as a dinosaur within a cardboard/paper mached Jurassic Park jeep!! That is why I bloody love Halloween. Even the bah humbug Scrooges of the fancy dress world come out to play. I know Halloween usually involves the usual costumes: black cats, vampires, skeletons, but hey…why mess with the classics?! You can take these original ideas and add your own touch to them to make them unique.

Sadly I have no parties to attend this year but I think me and the fella may stay in, throw some scary films on the tv, carve some pumpkins and paint our faces! Painting faces is always a must! I thought I would put together a little post for those who may need some last minute ideas for this coming all hallows eve.



With this skeleton theme you could go three ways with this: full on get up, just the artistic face, or rock a skeletal outfit. If you don’t feel comfortable with your whole face painted, you could don a skeletal themed outfit like this adorable ASOS dress. If I were to wear this I would also go for a 90’s style black choker like in the photo, black nail polish and some chunky blocked heeled boots for sure. This swing dress is really cute and fun and would make a nice causal house party style outfit.

I think I would probably go with choice number two. I would go with a cool black outfit, which means I could wear it again over the festive period. I would either go for a long floaty black dress, or something like this gorgeous ASOS strapless jumpsuit. With this jumpsuit you would be able to accentuate your makeup by bringing it down to your chest like the images at the bottom there. I have actually used these images before as reference when painting my friend Luke’s face a couple of years back. The shapes are quite simple but it’s all about the blending to get those deep hollow shadows.

ASOS Scuba Bandeau Jumpsuit with Peg Leg – £40.00

ASOS Halloween Skeleton Heart Swing Dress – £22.00




I like using items of clothing for costumes that I already own or buy pieces that I would like to wear again on other occasions. With saving to travel at the moment this is a must for me. With this vampire look you could use many different items that you probably already own in your wardrobe. Velvet items, LBDs, Skinny jeans, anything red or black really. I fell in love with this sexy little velvet lace crop top from River Island. You could team this with ripped skinny jeans, or leather trousers for a sexy femme fatale look. Again I would wear this with chunky block heeled boots and accessorise with Halloweeny themed jewellery. I also found this amazing knit dress from Nasty Gal that has this fun red lip print, I thought this would also be a good choice for a vampire theme.

I love the really creepy style makeup there on the bottom left. Teamed with some faux fangs this would certainly win in the heebie jeebie stakes. Or you could also go down the sultry road with smokey eyes, winged eyeliner and team this with deep red lips. This would work really well with the velvet cami and jeans look.

Nasty Gal Kiss and Tell Knit Dress – £48.48

River Island Red Velvet Lace Cami Top – £22

River Island Black Ripped Knee Lana Superskinny Jeans – £35


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)


This is one of the themes I am toying with this year. I would love to create a colourful style face design like the image just above. I love the intricate swirls along with the bold eye designs. Nick has painted this style on me before a couple of years ago, which was fun. This costume is all about the face, the floaty dress and the flowers. There are many images out there on the interweb that you can use as reference for the face painting design. The main features are the dark eyes ringed with circular patterns, the forehead and chin designs and the delicate skull features woven in.

To finish off your facial masterpiece you’ll need flowers and the bigger the better. Loose messy hair with some floral detailing. You can find many floral hair accessories around in the stores but I chose to add this purple wild rose crown, made by Stephanieverafter, to the image collection. I came across this company when I joined The Blogger Programme and watched some of the ‘Blogger Box Openings’ on YouTube. This name kept popping up so I took a look at the site. I thought her crown pieces would be perfect for such a costume. I loved this purple colour, very Halloween.

ASOS Jarlo Sienna Maxi Dress with Lace Hem Insert – £22.00

H&M – Long lace dress – £29.99

Stephanieverafter – Purple Wild Rose Crown Amethyst – £14.00 




Okay so the images I have above aren’t quite the big green fluffy kind, but I thought that if you wanted to go as something a little different, something fun which doesn’t require hours of paper macheing or spending your Halloween evening sweating in a monster onesie, this could be a more playful and girly alternative. Ok I am in love with this monster tshirt and clutch bag!!! Look at their little faces. I would actually wear/use these other times apart from Halloween. You could team this tshirt with anything from a black bodycon midi skirt to leather leggings to denim shorts. So many options with this fun top. I would definitely team this black ensemble with these vibrant monster themed nails. As for your makeup, you could go as crazy and creative as you want, you are monster after all. I quite like this messy, distressed glitter look with bright polished lips.

ASOS Cropped Boyfriend T-shirt with Halloween Monster Face Print – £12.00

ASOS Halloween Monster Face Clutch Bag – £15.00

House Of Holland Nails By Elegant Touch – Mental Monsters – £7.99

Porcelain Doll


Last year I went to a Halloween party as a broken porcelain doll, as you can see from the top right hand picture. There’s Nick in his awesome homemade Frankenstein’s Monster costume! He even had a mug to match. I wore a very 70s style shift dress that I bought from Primark many moons ago and tied some black ribbon around the waist to bring it in. I teamed this with black lace up heels, frilly ankle socks and a skull bow headband that I bought from H&M. I used bright purple eyeshadows for my doll eyes, teamed with false eyelashes on both my upper and lower lashes. I applied a generous amount of bright pink eyeshadow to my cheeks and placed red lipstick to just the centre of my lips to give me that delicate doll look. To finish the whole costume I carefully painted black crack marks across my face and then used white paint to add highlights. This gave the cracks more dimension.

These are some of the images I took inspiration from for that night. I found these dresses and thought they would work really well for a doll outfit. The shift style dresses really seem to work well for this costume idea as they kind of create a girly girl, dainty look.

ASOS Free People Cami Slip Dress with Lace Detail – £78.00

Missguided Bibi Chiffon Smock Dress Navy Floral – £19.99

Missguided Berangaria Black Caged Sleeves Swing Dress – £24.99

Missguided Agatha Oversized Smock Dress Daisy Print – £24.99

I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to dress up as yet…something that involves some coooool face painting and makeup I think! Do you know what you’re going to be yet? If not I hope this may have given you some inspiration. How about sending me your cool Halloween looks this weekend?! YEAH!

Have fun guys and ghouls!


What Every 20 Something Moo Face Needs

So I turned the grand old age of late 20 something last month and was amazed by the wonderfully thoughtful gifts that were bestowed upon me. One such gift was bought by my older brother and his lovely wife. It was this…



Yes I was bought this beautiful ukulele for my birthday! I couldn’t believe it, I was so surprised! They also bought me a set of spare strings, some picks and an electric tuner. My fella then allowed me to open one of the gifts from him…a beginners guide to the ukulele.

I’m so excited to learn a new instrument. I’m not a complete newbie to the world of music, I was a pianist (hehe pianist) for 9 years. Nothing professional mind, just a hobby. I was always drawn to music when I was younger and when the opportunity came up at primary school, I begged my mum to let me take lessons. Now I don’t blame my mum for being a tiny bit hesitant, as a youngster I had a bit of a habit of picking up a new hobby and dropping out once it seemed like I was gonna take it seriously.

Ballet: dropped out once I had all the gear
Brownies: dropped out once I had the uniform
Horse riding: no I didn’t drop out once I had a horse, but after my mum bought me a riding helmet for Christmas.
I wanted to try everything and I’m so grateful to my mum for allowing me to do this at her expense and time. The only things that seemed to hold my interest were swimming: 8 years and piano: 9 years.

With both these hobbies it came down to school. I couldn’t take the early morning swim training sessions and weekend galas along with my school work and I dropped piano because I struggled to practice for my grade 5 whilst trying to study for my GCSEs. In the end I chose school as I knew what I wanted to do with my life needed good grades.

But I have always kept that interest in music. Having a piano in my life isn’t really an option for me at the moment and then I started day dreaming about playing the ukulele.

“Why not a guitar?” I hear you say.

I have tried playing Nick’s electric guitar and I did enjoy it, but there is something about this miniature music machine that just captures my heart. I like the idea of being able to take it with me on our travels, play sweet mellow music and getting everyone singing. That is if I manage to learn how to play it…

Struggle number one: If you have read my post ‘Big Hand Big…Nails’ you would know that I have rather large hands and long fingers. Nick says if he painted my hands blue I would look like I have one of those Go Team foam finger hand things :-/ the meany! Now these beauties worked a treat when I played the piano! I was able to stretch out wide for chords with ease. Now when I have to press the chords on my ukulele, it’s a little challenging to squish my hand into those positions. It feels like hand yoga! I’m sure with time and practice my hands will get used to it.
Struggle number two: My lovely long nails! I am lucky to be blessed with large long canvases that I paint and decorate often. My piano teacher used to always ask me to cut my nails to avoid the tapping sounds on the keys but I refused. In netball I would rather take a hard hit and have one of my nails fly across the court before I voluntarily trimmed them all. Now I have had to. I tried to keep them long but I have the issue where the tip of my nails are touching the fret board and my fingers aren’t actually touching the strings. Waahhhh! But I’m dedicated to the cause and have trimmed my nails to a manageable length.

My brother would like me to learn two songs before I return home for the Christmas holidays. I’m glad he gave me this challenge. It puts me under pressure and gives me a deadline to aim for. I have to admit, after starting this first one it may only be one for Christmas, but hey…better than nothing right?! So the song I have chosen is…‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers. It’s a catchy song and really good for beginners. I started watching YouTube videos to help me out and they’re great! YouTube is such a great source for learning new skills. I’m still at the early stages. I understand what I have to do but my brain and my hands aren’t quite cooperating at the moment. But I will get there with practice.


So I will keep you informed on how I’m getting on and if I do actually manage to learn how to play it, I may even record it and post it on here. Ah more pressure!

If you have any other ukulele newbie song recommendations please let me know!

So that it is all for now from your ukulele playing Moo Face. Have a good weekend guys and girls


I Gained the Gift of Eloquence…Apparently

After our hiking adventure we chose to spend the rest of our holiday being traditional tourists and visiting the sights that Cork had to offer.

We were staying at Sheila’s Hostel for a couple of nights to save ourselves a little bit of moolar. It wasn’t as fancy as the brochure makes it look but it did the job. It was in a good location, close to the centre of town and the staff there were friendly and really helpful. We again had a shared room but it ended up being just us two, which was lovely. The place is great for travellers but if you’re looking for somewhere to have a good nights sleep, this isn’t the place for you. The big heavy doors need some kind of mechanism on them to stop them slamming because that is all you hear through the entire building. The only other problem was that our room was windowless, which meant that it got very very warm in there. Oh well…for £15 each, a bed is a bed and we didn’t spend that much time in there anyway.

For our first full day in Cork we decided to catch a coach to Blarney Castle. Nick’s grandparents told us about this earlier on in the year and said it was a must see. It wasn’t too far on the coach, even though my feeties were more than happy for the journey to last longer. It was a glorious sunny day so this was perfect weather to do a bit of sight-seeing. The Blarney Castle was built around 600 years ago and is situated within the most beautiful gardens that you can wander round. As you follow the path up towards the castle, its structure just seems to appear from behind the trees and looks like a scene out of a movie. The path was lined with trees that were wrapped in knitted covers, which was super cute and added a little quirky colour to the surroundings.



This castle is a partial ruin but you are still able to visit the various rooms which gives you a good idea of how large and grand this building must have been when people were living there. Now the main thing to do when you come to visit the Blarney Castle is kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that if you kiss this stone you will be gifted with eloquence. Now I must confess that I had to google this afterwards as I didn’t have a clue what this word meant, but I went and kissed it anyway as the word sounded pretty positive to me. Did they put this stone at the bottom of the castle at an average person’s height? Noooo don’t be silly, they aren’t going to just give this eloquence away. This stone is placed at the top of the castle, but low enough that you have to lie on your back, hold on to two bars and lean yourself back down a hole and stretch your neck out to kiss this smooth rock. Now I’m not the greatest with heights. I’m not terrible, but you know when you get a little wobbly and butterflies in your stomach. I went first whilst Nick had his GoPro rolling. A guy who works there tells you what to do and holds on to you gently as you lean yourself over the edge. I stupidly looked down towards the ground waaaayyyy below me before I kissed the stone. I didn’t realise I would have to stretch so far for it. Now Nick’s turn, he passed me the GoPro and I pointed the camera towards him as he kissed the Blarney stone. Here is where I may have made a little bit of a mistake. I assumed that when Nick passed me the camera that it was still rolling from my stint. Errrr turns out it wasn’t! DOH!


“crap bags!”

I think I’ve done this before on our travels on one or two occasions and I felt so guilty that I decided to purchase the over priced touristy pictures that were taken. It was the least I could do for missing him in action. I’m pleased I got them though, how cool are they!!!


For once we weren’t in a hurry to be anywhere or to reach a destination at a certain time so we decided to take advantage of the sunshine and went on a little stroll around the surrounding gardens.

I would definitely recommend a visit to the Blarney Castle if you are ever visiting Cork. I bet these grounds look breathtaking in Autumn when all the leaves have changed colours and the sky is clear.

Hope you enjoyed my little post.



Sheila’s Hostel – We had a 4 bed room (bunk beds) with an en suite and this cost us £15 each per night.

Blarney Castle – This cost us about £10 each for entry to the Castle and the grounds.

What’s That I Hear You Say? I’ve Been Back From Ireland For Ages and STILL Haven’t Finished These Blog Posts?! Yes I’m Rubbish!


The Last Leg of The Wicklow Way

With our tents packed up we couldn’t quite believe that this would be our final day of hiking. By the evening we would have completed 100 miles, The Wicklow Way, in just 5 days! For two inexperienced hikers this would be a massive feat. I’m really glad we got to stay in this beautiful little town. It was so quaint with the bunting everywhere and the small local shops.



We headed off in the direction of our final destination, Clonegal. Just 15 miles to go. The sun was shining and the path was mostly flat, which was lovely. However, even with such flat terrain, after 4 days of intense hiking our bodies were struggling. Every sign we passed we were counting down the miles and trying to predict how long we had left. After the first 5 miles we took cover from the midday sun and let our feet breathe. The thick socks and crazy heat had caused my feet to break out in heat rash. Grim! I let my feet enjoy the breeze and wriggle room for a while until the sun started its long decent. As much as I didn’t want to I had to put my poor feeties back in their boot cages ready for the next 10 miles. Just 10 miles to go!

We hit a long straight road, it was so long that we couldn’t even see where it would end. These past two road walking days were very different to the earlier days. Not only because of the terrain, but the effect that this terrain had on our motivation and our moods. The paths were easier on our bodies, but the views were not as breathtaking and distracting from the task of hiking. My feet were happy for the Tarmac below them, but my brain missed the valleys, the breeze whipping my hair across my face and the challenges of getting across to the next map marker.

About half way down this long old road a car passed us and pulled over just ahead. A very kind lady offered us a lift to the next town. We looked at each and then back at her, our heads slowly turned to the comfy empty seats that lay just behind her. It was so tempting but we had come too far to bail now. We thanked her but declined the offer. As she drove away we wondered whether we had made the right decision. I’m happy to say we did.

At the next junction we decided to have a little lunch break. Gas cooker, flavoured rice, water…done! I lay back on my bag, just listening to the sound of the world go by, staring at the sparse clouds that littered the sky. I was actually starting to enjoy this outdoor living. I kind of felt like I did when I was travelling round Asia. Nothing to worry about but getting to our next destination. I am really looking forward to planning our BIG travelling adventure. We still haven’t ironed out the details…but we will be very soon.


After packing up our lunch things, we headed down the road and reached a cross roads. Were my eyes deceiving me?! Could it be? There was a sign for Clonegal and it actually said “1 mile to go”. If we could have sprinted there we would have. We did pick up the pace a little though…well as much as our legs would actually let us.




Before we knew it, there it was “Welcome to Clonegal” We hugged the sign with such excitement! We’d only gone and bloody done it!! 100 miles in 5 days! We had completed The Wicklow Way!




With no pubs open, what with it being in the middle of the afternoon in a tiny village we parked up on a bench next to this gorgeous river and admired our surroundings. Such a lovely little place to finish our hiking adventure in.

We were informed by some fellow Wicklow Way hikers that the only place where we would be able to catch a coach to Cork, was in a town 4 miles away! The thought of walking another 4 miles sent shivers through my body. The two hikers were staying over night in Clonegal and getting up early to head to Bunclody. We couldn’t face getting up super super early for another morning of walking and we just wanted to kind of get it out the way. So with our bags and boots back on we headed south. This time however we wouldn’t be turning down any lift offers and actually stuck our thumbs out to hitch a ride. I have never done this in my life and never thought I would!

After about 10 minutes of cars passing us by I gave up on the idea of this actually working. I kept sticking my thumb out though, just in case. As we struggled up a steep hill a small car passed us….and actually pulled over at the top. It had only gone and bloody worked. Irish people…you guys rock!!! This guy, probably around my age, was also heading to Bunclody and said he was happy to take us! YES! So we all got chatting…you know, the usual conversation questions. Where have you been? Names? Where have you come from? When I mentioned Essex he looked back at me in the review mirror:

“You don’t live near Bas Vegas do you?”

Now only people from Essex seem to know of and ever call Basildon Festival Leisure Park, Bas Vegas!

“Er…I actually don’t live that far from there. How do you know of Bas Vegas?”

It turns out he had lived in London and Kent for years and had often visited friends in Basildon. I mentioned I went to university in Kent and…small bloody world…we had both gone to the same art institute around the same time.


He was a wicked guy and told us the best places to head to for dinner and areas to avoid when he dropped us off. Driver man, who ever you are, I thank you dearly!

After dinner the guy behind the bar told us of a park that we could camp in that wouldn’t be any trouble. This was my least favourite wild camp of them all. It wasn’t like a foresty park, it was a football/rugby park where a lot of people walked their dogs and carried out their evening jogs. I didn’t feel sheltered from prying eyes and felt very uneasy as I got into my tent. Nick kindly gave me some weapons to help me feel safer. A mini shovel and a swiss army knife that looked like it had come out of a Christmas cracker, I think it did actually come out of a cracker last year. It would have to do! I fell asleep hugging my defensive weapons of choice.

I felt much better in the morning once all my stuff was packed up and my wild camping days had come to an end. The next part of our holiday was much more traditional in the way of a city break. A coach to Cork to take in the sights, the food and the local booze!

Hiking mission – DONE!