All images found via pinterest: 1, 2, 3 and 4
Up until the other weekend I'd never heard of a skylight.  My friend's mum was showing everyone her's upstairs and I had no idea what it was.  Then I went and saw it in her swanky bathroom and fell in love.  Welcome to my little skylight inspiration post!

I've gone a little library crazy with my inspiration, but I love the idea of a room filled with books and light.  Floor to ceiling books with a light and airy room sounds like heaven to me. And that second photo.....those are stairs filled with books, built up so that you can sit underneath the skylight at the top.  How perfect?!

Besides a library with a skylight, a bedroom with one set above the bed is right up my street too.  I'm not sure if it'd be a bit weird sleeping with a window literally above me, but on the other hand the thought of being able to lie in bed and gaze up at the stars is amazing.  Whilst trawling through for inspiration, I stumbled across the very important suggestion of blackout blinds (something I'd never have thought of on my own.  Practicality isn't my strong point!)  And a company which came up a fair few times during a general search for skylights on pinterest was VELUX®....who handily do blackout blinds as well!  I was pleasantly surprised by the range of blackout blinds that VELUX® sell.  I expected them to be plain black, and not aesthetically pleasing, but on the VELUX® website there is a whole designer line to blend in with a range of interiors.  And as well as selling blinds and accessories, VELUX® has pages of inspiration to help plan your dream room too.  Balcony system anybody?  Would stick out like a sore thumb down out road, but I can imagine this fitting right in in London.
 
In all honesty, after lusting after skylights online today I think I'd go for one in every room if I could!  One day I'll live in a house with a loft conversion, sky light, and row upon row of books.  Ooh with a ladder to reach them all!  Better start saving now...

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Interior Inspiration: skylights

30.9.13



All images found via pinterest: 1, 2, 3 and 4
Up until the other weekend I'd never heard of a skylight.  My friend's mum was showing everyone her's upstairs and I had no idea what it was.  Then I went and saw it in her swanky bathroom and fell in love.  Welcome to my little skylight inspiration post!

I've gone a little library crazy with my inspiration, but I love the idea of a room filled with books and light.  Floor to ceiling books with a light and airy room sounds like heaven to me. And that second photo.....those are stairs filled with books, built up so that you can sit underneath the skylight at the top.  How perfect?!

Besides a library with a skylight, a bedroom with one set above the bed is right up my street too.  I'm not sure if it'd be a bit weird sleeping with a window literally above me, but on the other hand the thought of being able to lie in bed and gaze up at the stars is amazing.  Whilst trawling through for inspiration, I stumbled across the very important suggestion of blackout blinds (something I'd never have thought of on my own.  Practicality isn't my strong point!)  And a company which came up a fair few times during a general search for skylights on pinterest was VELUX®....who handily do blackout blinds as well!  I was pleasantly surprised by the range of blackout blinds that VELUX® sell.  I expected them to be plain black, and not aesthetically pleasing, but on the VELUX® website there is a whole designer line to blend in with a range of interiors.  And as well as selling blinds and accessories, VELUX® has pages of inspiration to help plan your dream room too.  Balcony system anybody?  Would stick out like a sore thumb down out road, but I can imagine this fitting right in in London.
 
In all honesty, after lusting after skylights online today I think I'd go for one in every room if I could!  One day I'll live in a house with a loft conversion, sky light, and row upon row of books.  Ooh with a ladder to reach them all!  Better start saving now...

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This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of "do something you love every day"....which means that finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
This week I've loved spending time with friends.  I've been for two meals out at restaurants I've never been to, and it's been nice branching out into more "grown up" eateries; in other words, not Harvester or Nandos!  Can't say my tastes are all that grown up though....I visited a steakhouse and still ordered a burger!

Something I've loved this week: 23.9.13

29.9.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of "do something you love every day"....which means that finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
This week I've loved spending time with friends.  I've been for two meals out at restaurants I've never been to, and it's been nice branching out into more "grown up" eateries; in other words, not Harvester or Nandos!  Can't say my tastes are all that grown up though....I visited a steakhouse and still ordered a burger!
Love-Me-Beauty-Box
Love-Me-Beauty-Box
Laptop trouble meant I couldn't film another unboxing video for this month's box, so hopefully you'll enjoy seeing what I got in blog post form!

So the Beauteco Box has been rebranded as Love Me Beauty; the concept is the same (a choice of three menus to eliminate the surprise element of a beauty box) but I do miss the cute little pamphlet that used to come with it!  This one is bigger and brighter and looks a little more professional though.

So what came in this month's box?

Murad Osmolyte Tonic
A little spray which promises to moisturise as well as infuse the skin with "essential nutrients that increase cellular hydration, repair the skin's barrier and soothe skin".  Being in spray form means this should be easy enough for even me to remember to use!

Essential Care Gentle Herb Shampoo
A little TMI here, but I was really excited to receive this as I've been suffering from a dry scalp recently.  Apparently the natural oils and herbs mean that after a week or so, you shouldn't need to use a separate conditioner either!

Matriskin Collagen Serum
This is a little bottle of wrinkle-filling goodness.  I'm no Pat Butcher yet, but I could do without the fine lines on my forehead.  I'm looking forward to testing this out.

Anatomicals Day and Night Spot Stick
I imagine this is a standard spot treatment stick, which is always handy to have.  The only thing I'm iffy on is the fact that this double-ended product (one for use during the day and one for at night) has a doe foot applicator.  I'm not much of a clean freak, but the idea of dotting this on a spot and then doing the same again on another part of my face just doesn't strike me as particularly hygienic.

Nip and Fab Clean Gel Fix
I like the Nip and Fab brand, so I'm looking forward to giving this a go.  I've nearly finished my current cleanser, so this will be tested out soon!

I've said it before, but I think that Love Me Beauty is a fantastic deal.  You get told what the products are going to be in advance, and get a good few full size products in the box as well.  The box costs £10 + P&P and you can sign up here.


September's Love Me Beauty box....unboxed

27.9.13

Love-Me-Beauty-Box
Love-Me-Beauty-Box
Laptop trouble meant I couldn't film another unboxing video for this month's box, so hopefully you'll enjoy seeing what I got in blog post form!

So the Beauteco Box has been rebranded as Love Me Beauty; the concept is the same (a choice of three menus to eliminate the surprise element of a beauty box) but I do miss the cute little pamphlet that used to come with it!  This one is bigger and brighter and looks a little more professional though.

So what came in this month's box?

Murad Osmolyte Tonic
A little spray which promises to moisturise as well as infuse the skin with "essential nutrients that increase cellular hydration, repair the skin's barrier and soothe skin".  Being in spray form means this should be easy enough for even me to remember to use!

Essential Care Gentle Herb Shampoo
A little TMI here, but I was really excited to receive this as I've been suffering from a dry scalp recently.  Apparently the natural oils and herbs mean that after a week or so, you shouldn't need to use a separate conditioner either!

Matriskin Collagen Serum
This is a little bottle of wrinkle-filling goodness.  I'm no Pat Butcher yet, but I could do without the fine lines on my forehead.  I'm looking forward to testing this out.

Anatomicals Day and Night Spot Stick
I imagine this is a standard spot treatment stick, which is always handy to have.  The only thing I'm iffy on is the fact that this double-ended product (one for use during the day and one for at night) has a doe foot applicator.  I'm not much of a clean freak, but the idea of dotting this on a spot and then doing the same again on another part of my face just doesn't strike me as particularly hygienic.

Nip and Fab Clean Gel Fix
I like the Nip and Fab brand, so I'm looking forward to giving this a go.  I've nearly finished my current cleanser, so this will be tested out soon!

I've said it before, but I think that Love Me Beauty is a fantastic deal.  You get told what the products are going to be in advance, and get a good few full size products in the box as well.  The box costs £10 + P&P and you can sign up here.


Miss-Selfridge-pink-purple-blazer
Mango-graphic-top
 Blazer: Miss Selfridge at The Oracle // T-shirt: Mango at The Oracle // Jeans: River Island // Shoes: Primark // Bag: Miss Selfridge // Necklace: Accessorize // Bracelet: Links of London // Rings: Links of London, Tiffany & asos

The fading light was really not my friend in these photos.  My hair looks ginger, my roots look horrendous, and in some photos I was verging on concealer-lips.  And it's only going to get worse!

Look one of my Autumn Updates with The Oracle shopping centre in Readingis this blazer and tee combination.  I have a real penchant for blazers, and this is about as smart as it gets at my work place.  And can we just take a moment to appreciate the colour?  I've never seen a jacket in this not-quite-pink/not-quite-purple shade before, and it really is the perfect tone to transition out of summer brights and into autumn berries.  Could be my new favourite colour!

Keep your eyes peeled for my next Autumn Update!

Autumn Updates with The Oracle - Look 1

25.9.13

Miss-Selfridge-pink-purple-blazer
Mango-graphic-top
 Blazer: Miss Selfridge at The Oracle // T-shirt: Mango at The Oracle // Jeans: River Island // Shoes: Primark // Bag: Miss Selfridge // Necklace: Accessorize // Bracelet: Links of London // Rings: Links of London, Tiffany & asos

The fading light was really not my friend in these photos.  My hair looks ginger, my roots look horrendous, and in some photos I was verging on concealer-lips.  And it's only going to get worse!

Look one of my Autumn Updates with The Oracle shopping centre in Readingis this blazer and tee combination.  I have a real penchant for blazers, and this is about as smart as it gets at my work place.  And can we just take a moment to appreciate the colour?  I've never seen a jacket in this not-quite-pink/not-quite-purple shade before, and it really is the perfect tone to transition out of summer brights and into autumn berries.  Could be my new favourite colour!

Keep your eyes peeled for my next Autumn Update!
Neom-perfect-night-sleep-kit
Neom-tranquility
I'll admit that sleep isn't something I struggle with.  In fact, it's one thing I'm pretty darn good at.  Once I'm asleep, I'm asleep; it's happened before that I've woken up only to find that Ed's in hospital after being picked up by an ambulance in the night....but that's a story for another day!

Ed on the other hand, really does struggle to nod off, so when the opportunity to try out Neom's Perfect Night's Sleep Kit came up I figured it was worth a try.

I'm a little late putting this post up (been giving it a thorough trial), but it's available until the end of September at a discounted price compared to buying the products individually.  Those products are the Tranquility Candle, Tranquility Bath Foam and the Tranquility Mist.  They're designed to relax and are a combination of lavender essential oil, sweet basil and jasmine.

It says to light the candle a few hours before bed, but because we spend most of the evening downstairs I don't like to leave a lit candle unattended in the bedroom with the cats running around.  Instead, I've been lighting this before bed, whilst I potter around taking my make up off.  Ed sprays his pillow with the mist (which smells slightly masculine), and he's yet to test the bath foam out.

I've been really impressed with this kit.  I wasn't sure whether it would actually work, but Ed's confirmed that he thinks it does, and I guess the proof would be that I managed to fall asleep the night before the first day of term, which hasn't happened for years.  And that was just with having the candle lit and the scent from Ed's pillows!

As I said, this kit is only available through September, so if you want to try it, be quick!  I was sent sample sizes, but for £55 you get the full size products and save yourself £20.  And when you consider that the Tranquility candle is £39.50 on it's own, you're getting a good deal!

The Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Kit is available to buy here.

Neom's Perfect Night's Sleep Kit

23.9.13

Neom-perfect-night-sleep-kit
Neom-tranquility
I'll admit that sleep isn't something I struggle with.  In fact, it's one thing I'm pretty darn good at.  Once I'm asleep, I'm asleep; it's happened before that I've woken up only to find that Ed's in hospital after being picked up by an ambulance in the night....but that's a story for another day!

Ed on the other hand, really does struggle to nod off, so when the opportunity to try out Neom's Perfect Night's Sleep Kit came up I figured it was worth a try.

I'm a little late putting this post up (been giving it a thorough trial), but it's available until the end of September at a discounted price compared to buying the products individually.  Those products are the Tranquility Candle, Tranquility Bath Foam and the Tranquility Mist.  They're designed to relax and are a combination of lavender essential oil, sweet basil and jasmine.

It says to light the candle a few hours before bed, but because we spend most of the evening downstairs I don't like to leave a lit candle unattended in the bedroom with the cats running around.  Instead, I've been lighting this before bed, whilst I potter around taking my make up off.  Ed sprays his pillow with the mist (which smells slightly masculine), and he's yet to test the bath foam out.

I've been really impressed with this kit.  I wasn't sure whether it would actually work, but Ed's confirmed that he thinks it does, and I guess the proof would be that I managed to fall asleep the night before the first day of term, which hasn't happened for years.  And that was just with having the candle lit and the scent from Ed's pillows!

As I said, this kit is only available through September, so if you want to try it, be quick!  I was sent sample sizes, but for £55 you get the full size products and save yourself £20.  And when you consider that the Tranquility candle is £39.50 on it's own, you're getting a good deal!

The Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Kit is available to buy here.
This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of  "do something you love every day"...which means finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?
Image found via pinterest
Ok, so the thing I've loved most this week hasn't been something I've actually done, but it's the news that one of my best friends has got engaged.  Her boyfriend fiance is a good egg, and I'm so pleased for them both.  Excited for the wedding preparations too!

Oh, and I'm also pretty chuffed that I've finally got my laptop back!

Something I've loved this week: 16.9.13

22.9.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of  "do something you love every day"...which means finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?
Image found via pinterest
Ok, so the thing I've loved most this week hasn't been something I've actually done, but it's the news that one of my best friends has got engaged.  Her boyfriend fiance is a good egg, and I'm so pleased for them both.  Excited for the wedding preparations too!

Oh, and I'm also pretty chuffed that I've finally got my laptop back!
I said in my post on Wednesday that I'm not really one for travelling, but earlier this year we were considering booking a holiday and Morocco was one of the places that I wanted to visit.


Images all found on pinterest - here, here, here and here
I've never been anywhere like this before, it all just looks beautiful.  Visiting a Moroccan market to buy jewellery is definitely on my bucket list!

Anyhoo, besides my wishful thinking, the reasoning behind this post is a little competition which is being run by Explora Morocco.  You could win a holiday to Dakhla for seven nights with full board accommodation, and the chance to learn to kitesurf.  I was watching the Kardashians' Greek holiday special the other day with Brendan and Brody taking Bruce (so many Bs!) kitesurfing and it looks like a lot of fun!

If you do want to enter, you'll have to be quick.  The competition ends on the 10th of October, and all you need to do is fill in the form here

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Competition time!

20.9.13

I said in my post on Wednesday that I'm not really one for travelling, but earlier this year we were considering booking a holiday and Morocco was one of the places that I wanted to visit.


Images all found on pinterest - here, here, here and here
I've never been anywhere like this before, it all just looks beautiful.  Visiting a Moroccan market to buy jewellery is definitely on my bucket list!

Anyhoo, besides my wishful thinking, the reasoning behind this post is a little competition which is being run by Explora Morocco.  You could win a holiday to Dakhla for seven nights with full board accommodation, and the chance to learn to kitesurf.  I was watching the Kardashians' Greek holiday special the other day with Brendan and Brody taking Bruce (so many Bs!) kitesurfing and it looks like a lot of fun!

If you do want to enter, you'll have to be quick.  The competition ends on the 10th of October, and all you need to do is fill in the form here

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When I think of the ultimate city break, Paris would be one of my top three.  So when Superbreak got in touch about a blogger competition, asking me to create a holiday outfit and list some travel tips and essentials, it was pretty easy for me to waste a couple of hours indulging my inner Parisienne. And no, I'm not entirely sure that I've used that word correctly!
And now on to my travel tips.  Cast your minds back readers; have I ever mentioned going away anyway on my blog?  Besides the occasional trip to Norwich, the answer is on.  Holidays are something we just don't really do, so for this next bit I'm having to cast my mind back to holidays long ago, as well as throwing in some common sense.
  • Check the weather, and pack for it!
  • Take a versatile scarf; it'll change up an outfit and come in handy if it gets chilly.
  • Don't forget your charger!
  • Pack shoes that you know don't hurt your feet.  There's no point in packing a brand new pair, only to find they give you blisters and that you're in agony trying to walk around.
  • If you're going abroad, pack your passport and all that other important stuff in a small clutch or make up bag within your handbag so you can find it easily.
  • Take a supply of paracetamol and plasters.
  • I'm fussy with water, so a bottle (or two) is a must.
  • If you're driving, make sure you've got plenty of music to make the journey more fun, as well as lots of snacks!
  • Pack realistically.  If you're only going for a couple of days, do you really need 4 pairs of shoes?
  • Roll your clothes up in your suitcase.  You'll fit more in and they'll be crease-free at the other end.
  • Random one here, but don't pack glass paints in your suitcase if you're flying anywhere!  I did this when I was about 13 and they exploded mid-flight and ruined most of the things I'd packed.
I'm hoping to make a trip to Paris with a friend in a couple of months, so do you have any more tips and tricks for and unseasoned traveller like me?

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A little bit of travel talk

18.9.13

When I think of the ultimate city break, Paris would be one of my top three.  So when Superbreak got in touch about a blogger competition, asking me to create a holiday outfit and list some travel tips and essentials, it was pretty easy for me to waste a couple of hours indulging my inner Parisienne. And no, I'm not entirely sure that I've used that word correctly!
And now on to my travel tips.  Cast your minds back readers; have I ever mentioned going away anyway on my blog?  Besides the occasional trip to Norwich, the answer is on.  Holidays are something we just don't really do, so for this next bit I'm having to cast my mind back to holidays long ago, as well as throwing in some common sense.
  • Check the weather, and pack for it!
  • Take a versatile scarf; it'll change up an outfit and come in handy if it gets chilly.
  • Don't forget your charger!
  • Pack shoes that you know don't hurt your feet.  There's no point in packing a brand new pair, only to find they give you blisters and that you're in agony trying to walk around.
  • If you're going abroad, pack your passport and all that other important stuff in a small clutch or make up bag within your handbag so you can find it easily.
  • Take a supply of paracetamol and plasters.
  • I'm fussy with water, so a bottle (or two) is a must.
  • If you're driving, make sure you've got plenty of music to make the journey more fun, as well as lots of snacks!
  • Pack realistically.  If you're only going for a couple of days, do you really need 4 pairs of shoes?
  • Roll your clothes up in your suitcase.  You'll fit more in and they'll be crease-free at the other end.
  • Random one here, but don't pack glass paints in your suitcase if you're flying anywhere!  I did this when I was about 13 and they exploded mid-flight and ruined most of the things I'd packed.
I'm hoping to make a trip to Paris with a friend in a couple of months, so do you have any more tips and tricks for and unseasoned traveller like me?

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One of my goals this summer was to get back on track with reading and spend a fair amount of time with my head buried in a book.  I think it's fair to say I failed on that front.

Above are the books I picked up over the last couple of months.

The first one I bought, and read, was Perfect.  This is a sort of split story, set in the 70s and in the present day, and is about a boy's life and the resulting effects when two seconds were added to time.  The blurb drew me in instantly and although it was a little slow at times, I think the fact that I raced through the last half of the book in a morning tells more than words.  A great one to try if you're after something a little out of the norm.

Remember when I visited Farnham with Lizzie?  We went on a charity shop haul where I got my hands on When God was a rabbit, You don't have to be evil to work here, but it helps and Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams.  There's something incredibly satisfying about tracking down a book you've been meaning to read for a cut-price in a charity shop, and I think I'll have to start carrying around a wishlist for books with me like Lizzie does and take up book-hunting!  Are there any books you'd recommend I look out for?

I've yet to read any of my charity shop finds, because for the time being I've been on Everything, Now.  This is a real eye-opener of a book that I got sent, and is unlike anything I usually go for.  It's a bit heavy at times, but there are some real gems of observations about our culture and how we're influenced into believing that the sheer multitude of choice we encounter is a good thing and how we expect to have access to everything, now.  Not a must-read, but a good one if you like a thought-provoking book.

I'm sure to be back with another of these posts soon; as I searched through my bookshelf to find these ones I found lots of books that I haven't yet read.  Must get reading!

Book hauling

16.9.13

One of my goals this summer was to get back on track with reading and spend a fair amount of time with my head buried in a book.  I think it's fair to say I failed on that front.

Above are the books I picked up over the last couple of months.

The first one I bought, and read, was Perfect.  This is a sort of split story, set in the 70s and in the present day, and is about a boy's life and the resulting effects when two seconds were added to time.  The blurb drew me in instantly and although it was a little slow at times, I think the fact that I raced through the last half of the book in a morning tells more than words.  A great one to try if you're after something a little out of the norm.

Remember when I visited Farnham with Lizzie?  We went on a charity shop haul where I got my hands on When God was a rabbit, You don't have to be evil to work here, but it helps and Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams.  There's something incredibly satisfying about tracking down a book you've been meaning to read for a cut-price in a charity shop, and I think I'll have to start carrying around a wishlist for books with me like Lizzie does and take up book-hunting!  Are there any books you'd recommend I look out for?

I've yet to read any of my charity shop finds, because for the time being I've been on Everything, Now.  This is a real eye-opener of a book that I got sent, and is unlike anything I usually go for.  It's a bit heavy at times, but there are some real gems of observations about our culture and how we're influenced into believing that the sheer multitude of choice we encounter is a good thing and how we expect to have access to everything, now.  Not a must-read, but a good one if you like a thought-provoking book.

I'm sure to be back with another of these posts soon; as I searched through my bookshelf to find these ones I found lots of books that I haven't yet read.  Must get reading!
This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of "do something you love every day"...which means finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?
The thing I've loved this week has been all of today!  I met up with Tamsin, Steph and Rosie for a Frankie & Benny's pancake breakfast, followed by a spot of Primark and Boots shopping before ending up in the cutest upcycled, vintage furniture store where Rosie and I couldn't resist buying these crates.

Today gets better though, as I now plan to take a nice long shower, try out one of those L'Oreal pastel toners (fingers crossed it works on my hair!) and then get my eyelash extensions done.  A pretty perfect Sunday!

Something I've loved this week: 9.9.13

15.9.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of "do something you love every day"...which means finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?
The thing I've loved this week has been all of today!  I met up with Tamsin, Steph and Rosie for a Frankie & Benny's pancake breakfast, followed by a spot of Primark and Boots shopping before ending up in the cutest upcycled, vintage furniture store where Rosie and I couldn't resist buying these crates.

Today gets better though, as I now plan to take a nice long shower, try out one of those L'Oreal pastel toners (fingers crossed it works on my hair!) and then get my eyelash extensions done.  A pretty perfect Sunday!
The-Oracle-Reading
I've been set the task of doing a bit of shopping (yes, honestly!) and showcasing some of the trends that a local shopping centre, The Oracle, has to offer for autumn.  I was gifted some money to do this, but I couldn't resist sneaking in a few of the transitional pieces I've also bought with my own money.  I did in fact buy the black t-shirt from Mango in The Oracle a couple of weeks ago (it's still there though!), but I've also had a check and spotted the scarf and blazer in the Miss Selfridge concession House of Fraser there too.

Autumn is definitely the season that I unleash my dark side and let a few grungey influences infiltrate my wardrobe.  I got these bits from H&M, New Look, Mango and Miss Selfridge and although they could create a whole outfit on their own, I'll be having a play with other pieces in my wardrobe and posting the looks I come up with over the coming weeks.

Don't forget....you can also watch my end of summer/beginning of autumn haul video here to see more of what I've been buying lately!

Autumn updates at The Oracle

13.9.13

The-Oracle-Reading
I've been set the task of doing a bit of shopping (yes, honestly!) and showcasing some of the trends that a local shopping centre, The Oracle, has to offer for autumn.  I was gifted some money to do this, but I couldn't resist sneaking in a few of the transitional pieces I've also bought with my own money.  I did in fact buy the black t-shirt from Mango in The Oracle a couple of weeks ago (it's still there though!), but I've also had a check and spotted the scarf and blazer in the Miss Selfridge concession House of Fraser there too.

Autumn is definitely the season that I unleash my dark side and let a few grungey influences infiltrate my wardrobe.  I got these bits from H&M, New Look, Mango and Miss Selfridge and although they could create a whole outfit on their own, I'll be having a play with other pieces in my wardrobe and posting the looks I come up with over the coming weeks.

Don't forget....you can also watch my end of summer/beginning of autumn haul video here to see more of what I've been buying lately!
My homeware wishlists can run pretty expensive.  No, I don't have endless supplies of money (but I think you gathered that already); just something about the fact that I'm pretty unlikely to ever buy any of this stuff (clothes, shoes and make up always take priority when shopping) means I don't actually pay any attention to the prices.  But it's always fun to look right?!

Take that bread bin, which I'm betting half of you didn't even realise was a bread bin.  We've got an aubergine-y colour wall in the kitchen and have managed to collect a few purple bits to tie in, but this bread bin has really caught my eye.  Shame it's a whopping £63.99!  Can anyone enlighten me as to who this Wesco brand is and why they're so expensive??

I love the idea of having an old-fashioned coat/umbrella rack, but I doubt it'd be practical in our hall way where Dudley, with his love of coat buttons, spends a lot of his time.  That poster would go nicely in a frame on the wall by the stairs though.

I recently invested in my first big Yankee Candle jar, and the clean fresh scent of Soft Blanket is definitely next on my list.  It'd be perfect burning on my desk, which I'd be able to keep nice and tidy with that organiser unit!  Those pens are my favourite to write with as well, and I think that leather journal would make the perfect addition to my notebook collection....

Does anyone else make ridiculously expensive homeware wishlists that they have no intention of buying?!

Interior Details: eBay homeware

11.9.13

My homeware wishlists can run pretty expensive.  No, I don't have endless supplies of money (but I think you gathered that already); just something about the fact that I'm pretty unlikely to ever buy any of this stuff (clothes, shoes and make up always take priority when shopping) means I don't actually pay any attention to the prices.  But it's always fun to look right?!

Take that bread bin, which I'm betting half of you didn't even realise was a bread bin.  We've got an aubergine-y colour wall in the kitchen and have managed to collect a few purple bits to tie in, but this bread bin has really caught my eye.  Shame it's a whopping £63.99!  Can anyone enlighten me as to who this Wesco brand is and why they're so expensive??

I love the idea of having an old-fashioned coat/umbrella rack, but I doubt it'd be practical in our hall way where Dudley, with his love of coat buttons, spends a lot of his time.  That poster would go nicely in a frame on the wall by the stairs though.

I recently invested in my first big Yankee Candle jar, and the clean fresh scent of Soft Blanket is definitely next on my list.  It'd be perfect burning on my desk, which I'd be able to keep nice and tidy with that organiser unit!  Those pens are my favourite to write with as well, and I think that leather journal would make the perfect addition to my notebook collection....

Does anyone else make ridiculously expensive homeware wishlists that they have no intention of buying?!
NYX-Make-up
I've heard good things about NYX.  They're a bit of a beauty blogger cult budget product, but can be tricky to track down.  So when I found them on 123hairandbeauty.co.uk (and with free delivery!!), I eagerly put together a little wishlist.

Up first is, a staple (I think) NYX product - the Soft Matte Lip Cream.  The shade Antwerp's caught my eye, and is a corally-pink.  Speaking of lips, I couldn't resist adding this Jumbo Lip Pencil in Hot Red to my list.  It's an orangey-red, need I say more?

Lately I've been waxing lyrical about wanting a new highlighter, and whilst this Illuminating Bronzer isn't quite what I had in mind, from what I've seen in swatches it's a beautiful peachy, rose gold colour.  And a bargain at £8!  I've also picked out Taupe Powder Blush, a definite beauty blogger fave.  From what I've heard, this is a great contour shade.

Finally, perhaps the first NYX products I ever heard of were the Jumbo Eye Pencils.  I've never tried them, but I imagine them to be a little like a MAC Paint Pot in a stick?  Working as a primer or even a shadow on their own.  I've stuck to what I know, and picked out French Fries and Sparkle Leopard; both rich, reddish brown shades.

Have you ever tried NYX before?  I'm unsure as to whether these products will make it from their places on my wishlist and into my collection, but it's good to know there's a UK website stocking a fair range of NYX products!

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Caught my eye // NYX

9.9.13

NYX-Make-up
I've heard good things about NYX.  They're a bit of a beauty blogger cult budget product, but can be tricky to track down.  So when I found them on 123hairandbeauty.co.uk (and with free delivery!!), I eagerly put together a little wishlist.

Up first is, a staple (I think) NYX product - the Soft Matte Lip Cream.  The shade Antwerp's caught my eye, and is a corally-pink.  Speaking of lips, I couldn't resist adding this Jumbo Lip Pencil in Hot Red to my list.  It's an orangey-red, need I say more?

Lately I've been waxing lyrical about wanting a new highlighter, and whilst this Illuminating Bronzer isn't quite what I had in mind, from what I've seen in swatches it's a beautiful peachy, rose gold colour.  And a bargain at £8!  I've also picked out Taupe Powder Blush, a definite beauty blogger fave.  From what I've heard, this is a great contour shade.

Finally, perhaps the first NYX products I ever heard of were the Jumbo Eye Pencils.  I've never tried them, but I imagine them to be a little like a MAC Paint Pot in a stick?  Working as a primer or even a shadow on their own.  I've stuck to what I know, and picked out French Fries and Sparkle Leopard; both rich, reddish brown shades.

Have you ever tried NYX before?  I'm unsure as to whether these products will make it from their places on my wishlist and into my collection, but it's good to know there's a UK website stocking a fair range of NYX products!

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This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of "do something you love every day"....which means finding something that I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?
Image found via pinterest

I'd be an absolute liar if I said I didn't prefer having endless days off, but knowing that I'm back to only having the weekends for lie-ins made this Saturday morning so much more special.  Snuggling back down under the sheets is the best feeling in the world!

Something I've loved this week: 2.9.13

8.9.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of "do something you love every day"....which means finding something that I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?
Image found via pinterest

I'd be an absolute liar if I said I didn't prefer having endless days off, but knowing that I'm back to only having the weekends for lie-ins made this Saturday morning so much more special.  Snuggling back down under the sheets is the best feeling in the world!
Moo-MiniCards-business-cards
Moo-MiniCards-keyring-business-card-holder
Moo-mini-business-cards
How cute are my new business cards?

My networking opportunities are few and far between (you can substitute that with "non-existent"), but nonetheless I figured these were handy to have and would alleviate that cringey moment of having to introduce (and repeat) my blog name.  Does anybody else feel that way when meeting new people?

Anyway, I got these from Moo.  They're the mini cards and the quality is top-notch.  I uploaded a couple of my photos to customise them and they arrived within two days.  My favourite is a toss up between my instagram collage and the photos I took when my blog had it's relaunch.  Which do you prefer?

My Moo MiniCards!

6.9.13

Moo-MiniCards-business-cards
Moo-MiniCards-keyring-business-card-holder
Moo-mini-business-cards
How cute are my new business cards?

My networking opportunities are few and far between (you can substitute that with "non-existent"), but nonetheless I figured these were handy to have and would alleviate that cringey moment of having to introduce (and repeat) my blog name.  Does anybody else feel that way when meeting new people?

Anyway, I got these from Moo.  They're the mini cards and the quality is top-notch.  I uploaded a couple of my photos to customise them and they arrived within two days.  My favourite is a toss up between my instagram collage and the photos I took when my blog had it's relaunch.  Which do you prefer?
snowflake-tattooiconemesis-fifi-lapin-iphone-case
primark-skater-dress
iconemesis-phone-case
Topshop-chunky-cut-out-boots-black-leather-gold-buckles
 Dress: Primark // Boots: Topshop // Bag: Michael Kors // Phone case: c/o Iconemesis // Sunglasses: River Island // Bangles: Kate Spade New York // Rings: Primark, Disney Couture and Republic

Despite what my chronic bitch-face would have you believe, I do actually enjoy doing outfit-type posts!  I used to do them, but in all honesty I was never 100% happy on how they turned out, and using the tripod with my (at the time) new DSLR proved just too tricky, so I gave up.  Taking these photos outside of all places(!) wasn't actually too bad, and with a bit of coaching I think Ed's getting more adept behind the lens.  Give us time, we'll get there!

Anyway, here are my new Topshop stomping boots and Primark skater dress (which were mentioned in this video) in all their glory.  I love the colour of this dress, and with bare legs it's a perfect transitional outfit for the beginning of September.

And how awesome is my phone case??  After mentioning it in my wishlist, Iconemesis got in touch and offered to send me one out.  That's never the intended outcome when I post a wishlist, and it's never happened to me before, so to say I was chuffed is an understatement!

Back to work tomorrow, which is why blogging every other day has resumed.  Plus the fact that my laptop's off to be repaired and this one is a nightmare to edit photos on.  Not joking, editing these took over half an hour!  And it's not even like I do anything snazzy to them!

Outfit: Skater dress + Topshop boots

4.9.13

snowflake-tattooiconemesis-fifi-lapin-iphone-case
primark-skater-dress
iconemesis-phone-case
Topshop-chunky-cut-out-boots-black-leather-gold-buckles
 Dress: Primark // Boots: Topshop // Bag: Michael Kors // Phone case: c/o Iconemesis // Sunglasses: River Island // Bangles: Kate Spade New York // Rings: Primark, Disney Couture and Republic

Despite what my chronic bitch-face would have you believe, I do actually enjoy doing outfit-type posts!  I used to do them, but in all honesty I was never 100% happy on how they turned out, and using the tripod with my (at the time) new DSLR proved just too tricky, so I gave up.  Taking these photos outside of all places(!) wasn't actually too bad, and with a bit of coaching I think Ed's getting more adept behind the lens.  Give us time, we'll get there!

Anyway, here are my new Topshop stomping boots and Primark skater dress (which were mentioned in this video) in all their glory.  I love the colour of this dress, and with bare legs it's a perfect transitional outfit for the beginning of September.

And how awesome is my phone case??  After mentioning it in my wishlist, Iconemesis got in touch and offered to send me one out.  That's never the intended outcome when I post a wishlist, and it's never happened to me before, so to say I was chuffed is an understatement!

Back to work tomorrow, which is why blogging every other day has resumed.  Plus the fact that my laptop's off to be repaired and this one is a nightmare to edit photos on.  Not joking, editing these took over half an hour!  And it's not even like I do anything snazzy to them!
A very old photo of me....this was easily taken at least 5 years ago!
  1. During that getting ready stage I once fell headfirst off the end of my bed.  I landed with one hand on the ground, another holding my drink high in the air still.  My friend took the drink, but because of the angle and the fact that my supporting arm was already straight, I literally could not push myself up.  I had to stay there a fair while until my friend composed myself and was able to help.
  2. Me and that same friend had an accidental tendancy to wear the same colour scheme on nights out, leading to our nickname of "Twinnie" for each other.
  3. Another friend has a black carpet in her room.  One night I managed to lose a shoe on the floor because we simply couldn't see it.  It must have taken a good 10 minutes to find...
  4. I think I put on a lot of my aforementioned weight by visiting "Man in the Middle"....a burger stand in the middle of Reading which did the best cheeseburgers.
  5. My Mum liked to call my highest pair of Kurt Geiger shoes my "hooker shoes".  Whilst stomping down Windsor streets I was telling my friends this, and how she warned me I would fall over in them.  My final words were "I don't think so" before I promptly fell over and slashed my knee open. 
  6. My drunken party trick was always to rap Pitbull's bit in the Lovers & Friends remix.  In Spanish.  One night it was translated for me....I didn't realise I was saying such rude things.
  7. For some reason, if anyone ever asked my name I would always tell them it was Martina.
  8. I've asked my friend for this one....but apparently there was a night out in which we found £20 on the floor outside of the club.  We named the obligatory Facebook photo album "Free Money" in honor of this.
  9. Not so long ago, whilst sober, for some unknown reason I told a guy that my name was Gerald.  Gerald!!!  He misheard me and thought I said Cheryl, but I still couldn't compose myself.


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9 Little Things: Nights Out

2.9.13

A very old photo of me....this was easily taken at least 5 years ago!
  1. During that getting ready stage I once fell headfirst off the end of my bed.  I landed with one hand on the ground, another holding my drink high in the air still.  My friend took the drink, but because of the angle and the fact that my supporting arm was already straight, I literally could not push myself up.  I had to stay there a fair while until my friend composed myself and was able to help.
  2. Me and that same friend had an accidental tendancy to wear the same colour scheme on nights out, leading to our nickname of "Twinnie" for each other.
  3. Another friend has a black carpet in her room.  One night I managed to lose a shoe on the floor because we simply couldn't see it.  It must have taken a good 10 minutes to find...
  4. I think I put on a lot of my aforementioned weight by visiting "Man in the Middle"....a burger stand in the middle of Reading which did the best cheeseburgers.
  5. My Mum liked to call my highest pair of Kurt Geiger shoes my "hooker shoes".  Whilst stomping down Windsor streets I was telling my friends this, and how she warned me I would fall over in them.  My final words were "I don't think so" before I promptly fell over and slashed my knee open. 
  6. My drunken party trick was always to rap Pitbull's bit in the Lovers & Friends remix.  In Spanish.  One night it was translated for me....I didn't realise I was saying such rude things.
  7. For some reason, if anyone ever asked my name I would always tell them it was Martina.
  8. I've asked my friend for this one....but apparently there was a night out in which we found £20 on the floor outside of the club.  We named the obligatory Facebook photo album "Free Money" in honor of this.
  9. Not so long ago, whilst sober, for some unknown reason I told a guy that my name was Gerald.  Gerald!!!  He misheard me and thought I said Cheryl, but I still couldn't compose myself.


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So this week was the last full week of my summer holidays...did I make it a good one? 

Bank Holiday Monday was a busy day.  Ed's invested in a new fish tank, so we spent our time getting that monster back from the shop and then going back and forth to fill it all with water.  Not quite the bank holiday I was expecting!

On Tuesday I headed into town for a Las Iguanas lunch.  Have I mentioned before how much I love that place??  We stopped off at Primark too, where I stocked up on back up pairs of my new favourite pumps and bought some new skater dresses.

On Wednesday I made the mistake of checking my bank balance.  It was scary but I figure I have done a lot and shopped a lot this holiday so at least I can see where my money went. 

Thursday we had a lovely family day out in Brighton.  It was a little eventful getting there; we panicked and left the motorway because it said there were long delays from J4-2.  As it turns out, we would have left at J7 and wouldn't have been affected....but at least I can say I've now been to Newdigate!  We had lunch on the beachfront in Harvester, took Ella to see the fish in the aquarium, ate crepes and donuts on the pier and collected stones on the beach whilst Mum and Ella got soaked by a wave.  Mum got a little confused when my sister shouted "big wave!", bless her!

Friday was payday, so I celebrated by kick-starting my one item a week regime through September.  I ordered the coat that I featured in my wishlist, thinking the sooner I ordered it, the more likely I was to still be off work and be at home for it when it gets delivered.   Not so sure now though....it still hasn't been dispatched!  And speaking of spending, I uploaded my summer haul video.  Turns out I've bought a lot and it's quite a long one!

On Saturday we went shopping for a new fish (yellow eyed tang, if anyone's interested) and then I had a girlie night out with some friends.  We haven't all been out properly together in years; the last time was January and I was driving, so it was great fun to have a night out where I could drink.  We're such grandmas though....we lasted 3 hours and left feeling a touch too old.  Nothing that a portion of cheesy chips on the way home couldn't fix though!

And finally, today as I write this it is 12:40 and I'm still in my pyjamas.  I've managed to avoid a hangover but I'm seriously lacking motivation.  I'll get moving soon though, I need to take my laptop back to Argos to get it fixed.  Has anyone had any experience of this?  A couple of the keys won't work, so I'm thinking they'll take it away to look at it.  Just hope it doesn't take them too long!

The week: 26.8.13

1.9.13

So this week was the last full week of my summer holidays...did I make it a good one? 

Bank Holiday Monday was a busy day.  Ed's invested in a new fish tank, so we spent our time getting that monster back from the shop and then going back and forth to fill it all with water.  Not quite the bank holiday I was expecting!

On Tuesday I headed into town for a Las Iguanas lunch.  Have I mentioned before how much I love that place??  We stopped off at Primark too, where I stocked up on back up pairs of my new favourite pumps and bought some new skater dresses.

On Wednesday I made the mistake of checking my bank balance.  It was scary but I figure I have done a lot and shopped a lot this holiday so at least I can see where my money went. 

Thursday we had a lovely family day out in Brighton.  It was a little eventful getting there; we panicked and left the motorway because it said there were long delays from J4-2.  As it turns out, we would have left at J7 and wouldn't have been affected....but at least I can say I've now been to Newdigate!  We had lunch on the beachfront in Harvester, took Ella to see the fish in the aquarium, ate crepes and donuts on the pier and collected stones on the beach whilst Mum and Ella got soaked by a wave.  Mum got a little confused when my sister shouted "big wave!", bless her!

Friday was payday, so I celebrated by kick-starting my one item a week regime through September.  I ordered the coat that I featured in my wishlist, thinking the sooner I ordered it, the more likely I was to still be off work and be at home for it when it gets delivered.   Not so sure now though....it still hasn't been dispatched!  And speaking of spending, I uploaded my summer haul video.  Turns out I've bought a lot and it's quite a long one!

On Saturday we went shopping for a new fish (yellow eyed tang, if anyone's interested) and then I had a girlie night out with some friends.  We haven't all been out properly together in years; the last time was January and I was driving, so it was great fun to have a night out where I could drink.  We're such grandmas though....we lasted 3 hours and left feeling a touch too old.  Nothing that a portion of cheesy chips on the way home couldn't fix though!

And finally, today as I write this it is 12:40 and I'm still in my pyjamas.  I've managed to avoid a hangover but I'm seriously lacking motivation.  I'll get moving soon though, I need to take my laptop back to Argos to get it fixed.  Has anyone had any experience of this?  A couple of the keys won't work, so I'm thinking they'll take it away to look at it.  Just hope it doesn't take them too long!

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