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Pony skin is quickly taking over my wardrobe.  I can't seem to resist its furry softness; in fact, it seems to be *the* thing I look out for, and the deciding factor in a new purchase.

BUY IT:
1.  This trend works best with accessories, so look out for pony skin bags and shoes.
2. Keep colours simple, going for black or grey.
3. Animal prints are still, most definitely, a nude.  They work really well alongside this texture...especially leopard print!
4. Personally, I prefer a shorter, almost matte effect here.  The bag from Baia pulls it off perfectly!

THE VERDICT
So this is another instance where I've already purchased an item or two, and have plans to buy more.  My beautiful pony skin Baia bag is my current favourite, and I just bought those black slippers.  They're a little more fur than pony skin, and at times I wonder whether I look like I have hairy hooves for feet, but they still make an interesting change.  Roll on pay day so I can buy the black clutch!

Buy the Trend: pony skin

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Pony skin is quickly taking over my wardrobe.  I can't seem to resist its furry softness; in fact, it seems to be *the* thing I look out for, and the deciding factor in a new purchase.

BUY IT:
1.  This trend works best with accessories, so look out for pony skin bags and shoes.
2. Keep colours simple, going for black or grey.
3. Animal prints are still, most definitely, a nude.  They work really well alongside this texture...especially leopard print!
4. Personally, I prefer a shorter, almost matte effect here.  The bag from Baia pulls it off perfectly!

THE VERDICT
So this is another instance where I've already purchased an item or two, and have plans to buy more.  My beautiful pony skin Baia bag is my current favourite, and I just bought those black slippers.  They're a little more fur than pony skin, and at times I wonder whether I look like I have hairy hooves for feet, but they still make an interesting change.  Roll on pay day so I can buy the black clutch!
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The blogging world is a funny old place.  Frequently you see bloggers whipped up into a frenzy over the latest "must have" thing, and I won't lie, I'm often one of them.  There are a fair few fads I've missed out on over the years, and d'you know what?  Despite their Holy Grail status, I don't regret it one little bit.  Take these for starters....

The one that the Lisa Eldridge recommended - Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Let's be honest here, the purpose for Caudalie's Beauty Elixir was a little woolly, to say the least.  Most commonly used as a toner, I heard a few bloggers and youtubers tentatively admit that they didn't really see many benefits and just liked using this as a refreshing mist.  I was hooked, and desperately wanted to get my hands on a little bottle of this ambiguous magic.  But with this (and everything else mentioned in this post), something stopped me from taking the plunge and purchasing.  Thank God.  £10.95 for a glorified bottle of water? No thanks!

The make up staple - MAC brushes
I remember the first time I set eyes on a MAC 187.  It sat on the shelf as a beacon of light, looking all duo-fibre-y and beautiful.  This actually made its way into my collection as a Christmas present, but in hindsight it was an extortionate amount spent on what can easily be found elsewhere.  In fact, before the launch of Real Techniques brushes, MAC was the only way forward.  Every blogger worth her salt had a little collection (or Sigma at least!), but the Real Techniques Buffing Brush was a real game changer.  Now there's no shame in finding cheaper alternatives and I'm glad I didn't drop a bomb building up an exclusive MAC club.

The Rimmel wonder - Apocalips
These caused a real stir when they launched last year.  Bloggers all over raved about how long lasting and non-sticky these budget friendly lipgloss/stain hybrids were, firmly placing Rimmel back on everybody's beauty radar.  I swatched and swatched, and debated and debated, but never actually made the move to purchase.  I'm not sure why.  The shades were nice enough, but nothing really grabbed me.  The dust has settled on this hype now, and I've heard that these aren't as amazing as they were billed to be.  No doubt they would have been just another Rimmel lip product chucked to the back of my collection, so I'm glad I saved myself the bother!

The one that everybody had - Estee Lauder Double Wear
I was a complete foundation rookie when I first began blogging.  From what I read, full coverage was the way forward, and life wouldn't be complete until I'd covered my skin to within an inch of its life.  Research told me that Double Wear was the foundation du jour and I came very close to purchasing.  I remember scoffing at the MUA in Chanel telling me, 3 years ago, that Vitalumiere Aqua would be a perfect match for my skin.  Water-based?  Light to medium coverage?  No, no, no I said, you misunderstand!  Fast forward to the present day, and how wrong I was.

The highly anticipated launch - Revlon Lip Butters
Remember the buzz before these hit the shelves?  People rushed out to buy when they finally made their way into Boots, and much like the Rimmel Apocalips I must have easily clocked up hours swatching and considering which shade to buy.  I never did though, and whilst I'm not completely ruling it out, with the rise of Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, I think it's safe to say that Lip Butters are no longer at the forefront of Revlon's offerings.

Are there any make up crazes that you resisted?  Do you regret it now?!

Fad phases

26.2.14

Image found via pinterest 

The blogging world is a funny old place.  Frequently you see bloggers whipped up into a frenzy over the latest "must have" thing, and I won't lie, I'm often one of them.  There are a fair few fads I've missed out on over the years, and d'you know what?  Despite their Holy Grail status, I don't regret it one little bit.  Take these for starters....

The one that the Lisa Eldridge recommended - Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Let's be honest here, the purpose for Caudalie's Beauty Elixir was a little woolly, to say the least.  Most commonly used as a toner, I heard a few bloggers and youtubers tentatively admit that they didn't really see many benefits and just liked using this as a refreshing mist.  I was hooked, and desperately wanted to get my hands on a little bottle of this ambiguous magic.  But with this (and everything else mentioned in this post), something stopped me from taking the plunge and purchasing.  Thank God.  £10.95 for a glorified bottle of water? No thanks!

The make up staple - MAC brushes
I remember the first time I set eyes on a MAC 187.  It sat on the shelf as a beacon of light, looking all duo-fibre-y and beautiful.  This actually made its way into my collection as a Christmas present, but in hindsight it was an extortionate amount spent on what can easily be found elsewhere.  In fact, before the launch of Real Techniques brushes, MAC was the only way forward.  Every blogger worth her salt had a little collection (or Sigma at least!), but the Real Techniques Buffing Brush was a real game changer.  Now there's no shame in finding cheaper alternatives and I'm glad I didn't drop a bomb building up an exclusive MAC club.

The Rimmel wonder - Apocalips
These caused a real stir when they launched last year.  Bloggers all over raved about how long lasting and non-sticky these budget friendly lipgloss/stain hybrids were, firmly placing Rimmel back on everybody's beauty radar.  I swatched and swatched, and debated and debated, but never actually made the move to purchase.  I'm not sure why.  The shades were nice enough, but nothing really grabbed me.  The dust has settled on this hype now, and I've heard that these aren't as amazing as they were billed to be.  No doubt they would have been just another Rimmel lip product chucked to the back of my collection, so I'm glad I saved myself the bother!

The one that everybody had - Estee Lauder Double Wear
I was a complete foundation rookie when I first began blogging.  From what I read, full coverage was the way forward, and life wouldn't be complete until I'd covered my skin to within an inch of its life.  Research told me that Double Wear was the foundation du jour and I came very close to purchasing.  I remember scoffing at the MUA in Chanel telling me, 3 years ago, that Vitalumiere Aqua would be a perfect match for my skin.  Water-based?  Light to medium coverage?  No, no, no I said, you misunderstand!  Fast forward to the present day, and how wrong I was.

The highly anticipated launch - Revlon Lip Butters
Remember the buzz before these hit the shelves?  People rushed out to buy when they finally made their way into Boots, and much like the Rimmel Apocalips I must have easily clocked up hours swatching and considering which shade to buy.  I never did though, and whilst I'm not completely ruling it out, with the rise of Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, I think it's safe to say that Lip Butters are no longer at the forefront of Revlon's offerings.

Are there any make up crazes that you resisted?  Do you regret it now?!

Oh how I love my YSL Glossy Stain.  It's the most beautiful red shade and  leaves a glossy stain (funnily enough) which lasts on the lips for hours.  But I'm getting older, and splashing the cash on every shade of lipstick going just isn't an option for me anymore.  I think I finally have as much sense as money, and at £25 a pop the Glossy Stain just isn't a habit I can afford.  So when I spotted the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick sitting there on the shelf in Boots looking remarkably similar in premise to the YSL alternative, my heart skipped a beat.

I snapped up shade 600, Nude Vibrato, a lovely peachy pink neutral shade costing £8.99....but how does it weigh up to its considerably more expensive counterpart?

The Glossy Stain has a sweet fragrance which I can't quite put my finger on, whereas the L'Oreal offering smells like watermelon.  I can easily overlook the YSL scent, but the L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick (from now on known as LLL) takes a little more getting used to.  I can imagine it being a turn off for those people who don't like their lip products scented, but I'm happy to report that this fades after a little while on the lips!

The way I apply my Glossy Stain is to apply a thin layer, leave that to set as the 'stain' part, and then whack on another 'glossy' layer over the top.  It's got an almost watery consistency, so this is really easy to do.  Not so with the LLL.  Whilst they feel similar on the lips, LLL is a bit thicker and (dare I say it) stickier, so layering up isn't really an option.  It gives an opaque colour in one swipe though, so this isn't really a problem for me.

One area in which I felt YSL was let down is their shade range.  They have loads of vibrant, statement colours to choose from, but last time I swatched in store I wasn't impressed by their lack of neutral shades.  LLL has a few similar bright offerings (including a gorgeous red, a MAC Show Orchid-esque pink and a vivid orange) but there were also 3 or 4 more nude shades to choose from. 

Whilst YSL still has my heart for being a little bit of luxury, from now on I'll be looking to L'Oreal when I fancy a similar product for a fraction of the price!

Have I managed to convince you to give these a go?!

L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick: the drugstore dupe for the YSL Glossy Stain?

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Oh how I love my YSL Glossy Stain.  It's the most beautiful red shade and  leaves a glossy stain (funnily enough) which lasts on the lips for hours.  But I'm getting older, and splashing the cash on every shade of lipstick going just isn't an option for me anymore.  I think I finally have as much sense as money, and at £25 a pop the Glossy Stain just isn't a habit I can afford.  So when I spotted the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick sitting there on the shelf in Boots looking remarkably similar in premise to the YSL alternative, my heart skipped a beat.

I snapped up shade 600, Nude Vibrato, a lovely peachy pink neutral shade costing £8.99....but how does it weigh up to its considerably more expensive counterpart?

The Glossy Stain has a sweet fragrance which I can't quite put my finger on, whereas the L'Oreal offering smells like watermelon.  I can easily overlook the YSL scent, but the L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick (from now on known as LLL) takes a little more getting used to.  I can imagine it being a turn off for those people who don't like their lip products scented, but I'm happy to report that this fades after a little while on the lips!

The way I apply my Glossy Stain is to apply a thin layer, leave that to set as the 'stain' part, and then whack on another 'glossy' layer over the top.  It's got an almost watery consistency, so this is really easy to do.  Not so with the LLL.  Whilst they feel similar on the lips, LLL is a bit thicker and (dare I say it) stickier, so layering up isn't really an option.  It gives an opaque colour in one swipe though, so this isn't really a problem for me.

One area in which I felt YSL was let down is their shade range.  They have loads of vibrant, statement colours to choose from, but last time I swatched in store I wasn't impressed by their lack of neutral shades.  LLL has a few similar bright offerings (including a gorgeous red, a MAC Show Orchid-esque pink and a vivid orange) but there were also 3 or 4 more nude shades to choose from. 

Whilst YSL still has my heart for being a little bit of luxury, from now on I'll be looking to L'Oreal when I fancy a similar product for a fraction of the price!

Have I managed to convince you to give these a go?!
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After years of not buying earrings, they've suddenly found their way right back on my radar.  I've previously stuck with two tiny 2mm silver balls in each of my lobes, with the occasional stud in my cartilage, but after expanding on my piercings I've found myself obsessed with asymmetric, minimalist earrings.

I've got a pair of staple earrings winging their way to me as we speak, and I can't get these Kathleen Whitaker staple and chain studs out of my mind.  I've trawled the internet and can't find the real deal to buy though, so after many an hour on etsy I think I may just have found a suitable dupe to buy once payday hits.

I currently sport a tiny rose gold ball in my conch piercing, but am looking for more interesting ways to adorn this and my cartilage.  Any ideas where I should look?

Lusting after: ear candy

21.2.14

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After years of not buying earrings, they've suddenly found their way right back on my radar.  I've previously stuck with two tiny 2mm silver balls in each of my lobes, with the occasional stud in my cartilage, but after expanding on my piercings I've found myself obsessed with asymmetric, minimalist earrings.

I've got a pair of staple earrings winging their way to me as we speak, and I can't get these Kathleen Whitaker staple and chain studs out of my mind.  I've trawled the internet and can't find the real deal to buy though, so after many an hour on etsy I think I may just have found a suitable dupe to buy once payday hits.

I currently sport a tiny rose gold ball in my conch piercing, but am looking for more interesting ways to adorn this and my cartilage.  Any ideas where I should look?
Do you remember I told you my sister and I would be doing something a little more special than just a bike ride for our Memory Maker challenge?  Last week we bundled up against the cold and headed into London to hire a Boris Bike and go riding in Kensington Gardens.

I've always wanted to visit Kensington Gardens.  Seeing the Peter Pan statue was top of my list, but I had no idea there were so many other things to see there.  We had a good walk around (unfortunately you can only ride the bikes around the perimeter of the gardens) before hopping on a bike and riding back down to Hyde Park to catch the tube at Marble Arch.  

Shopping followed (it'd be rude not to visit Selfridges!), then a quick cake to refuel before heading down to Primark on Tottenham Court Road.  It's the best Primark to go to.  The feeling of being in a jumble sale that you sometimes get?  Doesn't happen here.  If only they were all like that?! 

All in all we had a wonderful day out, and I think we can safely say that a memory was made.  I can't wait to see what March has in store for us now!

February 2014's Memory: bike riding

19.2.14

Do you remember I told you my sister and I would be doing something a little more special than just a bike ride for our Memory Maker challenge?  Last week we bundled up against the cold and headed into London to hire a Boris Bike and go riding in Kensington Gardens.

I've always wanted to visit Kensington Gardens.  Seeing the Peter Pan statue was top of my list, but I had no idea there were so many other things to see there.  We had a good walk around (unfortunately you can only ride the bikes around the perimeter of the gardens) before hopping on a bike and riding back down to Hyde Park to catch the tube at Marble Arch.  

Shopping followed (it'd be rude not to visit Selfridges!), then a quick cake to refuel before heading down to Primark on Tottenham Court Road.  It's the best Primark to go to.  The feeling of being in a jumble sale that you sometimes get?  Doesn't happen here.  If only they were all like that?! 

All in all we had a wonderful day out, and I think we can safely say that a memory was made.  I can't wait to see what March has in store for us now!
You may or may not know, but I'm quite the highlighter geek.  It's become one of my favourite make up items to shop for, and I'm always on the look out for the next big thing to give me that perfect chiselled glow.

Topshop's (aptly named) Glow has shot right to the top of my list.  I've had this in the shade Gleam for a few months now, and picked it up when cream highlighters were my thang.  It's a gorgeous golden shade which comes out more of a warm champagne colour on the skin despite looking very gold in the pot.

The one hazard with this product is in the application.  I smudge my finger in the pot (technical term there) and then dab it on to the tops of my cheeks.  I then roll my finger along to blend, although perhaps I'm not very good at it.  A look in another mirror often shows me a not-so-subtle line across my face.  I'm sure it's just me though, because I've been swatching the other shade in this range and it rubs in perfectly.  So from now on, I'll be rubbing in a lot more vigorously!

And yes, you've read right.  I'm eyeing up the other shade.  It's called Polish and is more of a pearlescent, pinky shimmer.  £9 for a fantastic highlighter, it'd be rude not to!

Acclaimed: Topshop Glow

17.2.14

You may or may not know, but I'm quite the highlighter geek.  It's become one of my favourite make up items to shop for, and I'm always on the look out for the next big thing to give me that perfect chiselled glow.

Topshop's (aptly named) Glow has shot right to the top of my list.  I've had this in the shade Gleam for a few months now, and picked it up when cream highlighters were my thang.  It's a gorgeous golden shade which comes out more of a warm champagne colour on the skin despite looking very gold in the pot.

The one hazard with this product is in the application.  I smudge my finger in the pot (technical term there) and then dab it on to the tops of my cheeks.  I then roll my finger along to blend, although perhaps I'm not very good at it.  A look in another mirror often shows me a not-so-subtle line across my face.  I'm sure it's just me though, because I've been swatching the other shade in this range and it rubs in perfectly.  So from now on, I'll be rubbing in a lot more vigorously!

And yes, you've read right.  I'm eyeing up the other shade.  It's called Polish and is more of a pearlescent, pinky shimmer.  £9 for a fantastic highlighter, it'd be rude not to!
Image found via pinterest

I've been mulling over the future of these #sharethelove posts.  I enjoy sharing my favourite bloggers and youtubers with you, but it can be tricky if I've had a busy week and not really managed to sit down and catch up on my reading list.  I also feel like I've put a bit too much pressure on myself to come up with these posts and do a little write up of the featured blogger.  

From now on, I'll be sharing the love over on my Facebook page instead.  I'll tweet when I've posted on there (there'll be one up tonight!), but please do go and hit 'like' to have it pop up in your news feed to make sure you're up to date :).

I still love finding new blogs to read and hearing who your favourites are, so don't stop sending me links to check out as well!

#sharethelove .....a slight change

16.2.14

Image found via pinterest

I've been mulling over the future of these #sharethelove posts.  I enjoy sharing my favourite bloggers and youtubers with you, but it can be tricky if I've had a busy week and not really managed to sit down and catch up on my reading list.  I also feel like I've put a bit too much pressure on myself to come up with these posts and do a little write up of the featured blogger.  

From now on, I'll be sharing the love over on my Facebook page instead.  I'll tweet when I've posted on there (there'll be one up tonight!), but please do go and hit 'like' to have it pop up in your news feed to make sure you're up to date :).

I still love finding new blogs to read and hearing who your favourites are, so don't stop sending me links to check out as well!
I'm not really one for crafts.  Try as I might, I just can't seem to pull them off and always end up in a sticky mess.  Browsing online though, I came across a wealth of DIY ideas for the home...and who else to share with but you?!

1. Remember my love for box shelves?  Well this little box-file shelf has gone one step further, and I'm loving the effect! 

2.  Whilst we're on the topic of shelving, have a look here for a rundown of some really great rustic shelving ideas....there's even my favourite ladder shelf in there.

3.  And lastly for shelving, how amazing does this upcycled panel door look?

4 & 5.  Wall art ideas here and here to keep you busy!

6.  I'd have to be careful not to walk into it (seriously, I can be that clumsy) but this would make an awesome coat rack.

7.  Not sure I'd ever actually do this, but how much of talking point would this lamp be?

8.  I love the minimalist look of these magazine rails.  I'm just trying to work out where I could fit this in!

9.  Another crafty way to re-use old doors, this way to make room divider-type decor.

10.  My dressing table is looking a bit worse for wear now, I'll definitely be considering making this one when it's time to upgrade!

Do you have any links to DIY websites you could leave below?  I'm feeling all creative now, and with half term coming up next week I may just surprise myself!  Who am I kidding, we know I'll spend the majority of the time catching up on sleep....

Interior inspiration: DIY ideas

12.2.14

I'm not really one for crafts.  Try as I might, I just can't seem to pull them off and always end up in a sticky mess.  Browsing online though, I came across a wealth of DIY ideas for the home...and who else to share with but you?!

1. Remember my love for box shelves?  Well this little box-file shelf has gone one step further, and I'm loving the effect! 

2.  Whilst we're on the topic of shelving, have a look here for a rundown of some really great rustic shelving ideas....there's even my favourite ladder shelf in there.

3.  And lastly for shelving, how amazing does this upcycled panel door look?

4 & 5.  Wall art ideas here and here to keep you busy!

6.  I'd have to be careful not to walk into it (seriously, I can be that clumsy) but this would make an awesome coat rack.

7.  Not sure I'd ever actually do this, but how much of talking point would this lamp be?

8.  I love the minimalist look of these magazine rails.  I'm just trying to work out where I could fit this in!

9.  Another crafty way to re-use old doors, this way to make room divider-type decor.

10.  My dressing table is looking a bit worse for wear now, I'll definitely be considering making this one when it's time to upgrade!

Do you have any links to DIY websites you could leave below?  I'm feeling all creative now, and with half term coming up next week I may just surprise myself!  Who am I kidding, we know I'll spend the majority of the time catching up on sleep....
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Kim K's been wearing it on the regular, so it was only a matter of time before I became obsessed with all things grey.  On a recent shopping trip, 90% of what I picked up was in this shade so here's my picks of all things grey.

BUY IT:
1.  Grey marl has pretty much gone; it's a softer, purer shade of grey dominating the shops.
2.  A pair of Kim-style court shoes are a must.  I couldn't link to them here, but Primark have a dreamy peep toe pair for only £14.
3.  Suede or satin textures add interest to the already chic hue.
4.  Don't forget to layer up with simple silver jewellery to complement your outfit.

THE VERDICT
I'm sure I don't need to tell you again how much I love this colour palette, but I've fallen in love with so many of the things in this post.  The heels are a complete bargain at under £35, a plain grey tee is next on my 'to buy' list and that jumper, with its graphic slogan, is doing a grey job of mixing two of my favourite trends and making it very difficult for me to resist!

Buy the Trend: shades of grey

10.2.14

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Kim K's been wearing it on the regular, so it was only a matter of time before I became obsessed with all things grey.  On a recent shopping trip, 90% of what I picked up was in this shade so here's my picks of all things grey.

BUY IT:
1.  Grey marl has pretty much gone; it's a softer, purer shade of grey dominating the shops.
2.  A pair of Kim-style court shoes are a must.  I couldn't link to them here, but Primark have a dreamy peep toe pair for only £14.
3.  Suede or satin textures add interest to the already chic hue.
4.  Don't forget to layer up with simple silver jewellery to complement your outfit.

THE VERDICT
I'm sure I don't need to tell you again how much I love this colour palette, but I've fallen in love with so many of the things in this post.  The heels are a complete bargain at under £35, a plain grey tee is next on my 'to buy' list and that jumper, with its graphic slogan, is doing a grey job of mixing two of my favourite trends and making it very difficult for me to resist!
Ok, so it's not the catchiest of names but the premise is this.  My sister and I have filled a jar with 12 experiences.  We've thought of six each and not told the other, and each month we'll pull one out and have to achieve it within the month.  We wanted a bucket list-type thing, but more with the focus on just building fun memories together rather than doing new things necessarily.

I kicked things off by picking one, and Zara's choice of a bike ride came out.  The possibility that we don't actually own two bikes was causing a bit of a problem, until a friend came up with a way to make a simple bike ride even more of an experience.  I don't want to give anything away right now, because each month I'll be blogging both the challenge and then the result at the end.  And perhaps even vlogging it if anyone's interested?

I'm really hoping that at the end of the year (ok, so this will run into next January!) we'll be able to look back and remember the fun times we had together doing things that we wouldn't normally get round to doing.

Has anyone else got a To Do list for the year?  

The Memory Maker

7.2.14

Ok, so it's not the catchiest of names but the premise is this.  My sister and I have filled a jar with 12 experiences.  We've thought of six each and not told the other, and each month we'll pull one out and have to achieve it within the month.  We wanted a bucket list-type thing, but more with the focus on just building fun memories together rather than doing new things necessarily.

I kicked things off by picking one, and Zara's choice of a bike ride came out.  The possibility that we don't actually own two bikes was causing a bit of a problem, until a friend came up with a way to make a simple bike ride even more of an experience.  I don't want to give anything away right now, because each month I'll be blogging both the challenge and then the result at the end.  And perhaps even vlogging it if anyone's interested?

I'm really hoping that at the end of the year (ok, so this will run into next January!) we'll be able to look back and remember the fun times we had together doing things that we wouldn't normally get round to doing.

Has anyone else got a To Do list for the year?  
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Our home contains a lot of stuff, but is really lacking in homeware knick knacks that make things a bit more cosy and homely.

When compiling this post I was reminded how good the home section is on H&M's website.  I already knew that Next stocked some nice bits, and enjoyed having a browse on Zara and Anthropologie....although in reality there's an extremely slim chance that I'll ever shop there!  That magazine rack is rather delicious though...

Top of my homewares list has to be the woven storage basket though.  I spotted it in store; it's a sturdy design that would sit perfectly in the big hole left by the Christmas tree in our front room.  And at only £25, such a bargain!

Interior Details: highstreet homewares

5.2.14

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Our home contains a lot of stuff, but is really lacking in homeware knick knacks that make things a bit more cosy and homely.

When compiling this post I was reminded how good the home section is on H&M's website.  I already knew that Next stocked some nice bits, and enjoyed having a browse on Zara and Anthropologie....although in reality there's an extremely slim chance that I'll ever shop there!  That magazine rack is rather delicious though...

Top of my homewares list has to be the woven storage basket though.  I spotted it in store; it's a sturdy design that would sit perfectly in the big hole left by the Christmas tree in our front room.  And at only £25, such a bargain!
I was sent this simple but effective shift dress from Warehouse.  I love that it can be dressed up or down, and I think it'll be a great layering piece in the colder months as well as the perfect LBD with bare legs in summer.  I've always found that Warehouse do really classic-style staple pieces, and this dress is no exception.  I've paired it with a simple, stacked necklace from H&M here, but I also wore it to a friend's birthday soiree with a statement necklace to add a touch of glam to the otherwise simple backdrop.

It was Ella's first birthday at the beginning of the month.  It's crazy to think she's a year old already and that in four months she'll be a big sister.  This year's gone so quick and it's amazing to see her little personality beginning to take shape.

I started sharing the love more.  Whether it's a particular blog post or video, or a blogger/YouTuber themselves, this year I'm going to be making the effort to spread a little love around and give credit where credit's due.

I've been experimenting with ways to style my hair.  New tools, new products and such.  I shared my Yonce-inspired look here, and so far this month I've managed to work different styles using wavers, curlers and straighteners.
 
My YouTube mojo came back!  I got back into filming videos and now have studio lights so I can still film when the days are grey and dreary.  Keep your eyes peeled for this week's video....it's a new tag and I'm excited to see what you think of it!  

Things that happened in: January

3.2.14

I was sent this simple but effective shift dress from Warehouse.  I love that it can be dressed up or down, and I think it'll be a great layering piece in the colder months as well as the perfect LBD with bare legs in summer.  I've always found that Warehouse do really classic-style staple pieces, and this dress is no exception.  I've paired it with a simple, stacked necklace from H&M here, but I also wore it to a friend's birthday soiree with a statement necklace to add a touch of glam to the otherwise simple backdrop.

It was Ella's first birthday at the beginning of the month.  It's crazy to think she's a year old already and that in four months she'll be a big sister.  This year's gone so quick and it's amazing to see her little personality beginning to take shape.

I started sharing the love more.  Whether it's a particular blog post or video, or a blogger/YouTuber themselves, this year I'm going to be making the effort to spread a little love around and give credit where credit's due.

I've been experimenting with ways to style my hair.  New tools, new products and such.  I shared my Yonce-inspired look here, and so far this month I've managed to work different styles using wavers, curlers and straighteners.
 
My YouTube mojo came back!  I got back into filming videos and now have studio lights so I can still film when the days are grey and dreary.  Keep your eyes peeled for this week's video....it's a new tag and I'm excited to see what you think of it!  
I was always familiar with Tor's blog, but it wasn't until I stumbled upon her YouTube that I became a really big fan.  You connect with a YouTuber in a slightly different way than on their blog, but something about Tor's YouTube is more unique in that it made me enjoy her blog even more once I'd heard her speak.

Tor's blog is predominantly fashion, but her channel is a lovely mix of hauls, favourites, empties and tags.  The perfect combination!  And her video length is my ideal....just long enough to really get into them!

If you're looking for a new YouTuber to follow, I really recommend you go check out Tor's channel here.
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Now here's where you come in!  Leave me a comment below sharing the love for a blog you enjoy reading, or with the link to a blog you think I'd like.  And don't forget to use the hashtag #sharethelove to spread the word on twitter as well.

#sharethelove 05 - That's Peachy

2.2.14

I was always familiar with Tor's blog, but it wasn't until I stumbled upon her YouTube that I became a really big fan.  You connect with a YouTuber in a slightly different way than on their blog, but something about Tor's YouTube is more unique in that it made me enjoy her blog even more once I'd heard her speak.

Tor's blog is predominantly fashion, but her channel is a lovely mix of hauls, favourites, empties and tags.  The perfect combination!  And her video length is my ideal....just long enough to really get into them!

If you're looking for a new YouTuber to follow, I really recommend you go check out Tor's channel here.
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Now here's where you come in!  Leave me a comment below sharing the love for a blog you enjoy reading, or with the link to a blog you think I'd like.  And don't forget to use the hashtag #sharethelove to spread the word on twitter as well.

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