Last night saw me meet up with two old friends, Carlie and Nicola for a gorgeous girly night.
It was so needed too, just to be myself, not to talk about my blogging life, to totally switch off, catch up, laugh, eat and get back to reality, really.
I love my blog, I really do, but so much of my life is intertwined with my blogging career which means it’s so refreshing to just keep it real with people who really know me, girls I’ve known since we were 11, right through the school years and adolescence to teenhood and crazy ‘field parties’ behind my parents house (music, fields, dancing-the farmer hated us naturally-whoops), smoking behind our local shops as a teens, boyfriends- then London life after uni, back to Leeds again, husbands in tow, and now with families of our own (7 kids between us)-big responsibilities yet still the same old girls we always were.
Last night was a breath of fresh air. In a warm, chic restaurant, my second home for nourishing food and company.
…Nicola (front of the picture) is a real fan of my brother’s Italian restaurant Giorgio’s hosting her husband’s surprise 40th there not long ago and Carlie loved it when she last went so we decided to hit the best Italian in Leeds, naturally, for our feast!
We collectively scoffed garlic pizza bread (recipe here), vegetarian lasagne, prawns with black pasta and fusilli with chilli, mushrooms, rocket and parmesan! Oh and a glass or two of rose which instantly transported us to Napoli for the night!
…Nicola and I really don’t get to see our gorgeous Carlie as much as we’d like as she lives in Manchester but being one of our mutual best friends, we talk weekly on the phone and the instant we meet up is like we’ve never been apart. A sign of a true friendship, that!
These female friendships mean so much to me, they keep me sane and strong and every girl needs a good night out with real friends full of laughter, rosé and lashings of lasagne, too of course!