Image credits - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

I'm by no means an interior designer, but our house is fairly neutral, so I'm always looking for ways to inject a bit of personality to an otherwise muted base.

First up is storage.  We're big fans of Ikea here and have decked out the library room with white Billy bookcases.  And let's not forget my wardrobe, the Stolmen system.  Next on my list is a nice, white Expedit; I think it's the perfect way to store personal bits and pieces and still look stylish and neat.  Plus it'd give me the perfect excuse to finally buy one of these.

Accent colour is my next top tip for bringing a bit of spice to a room.  I'm guilty of not actually achieving it though, but at the moment I'm lusting over that perfect almost green-tinged yellow cushions and rugs mixed in against a grey backgrop.  I think I need to finally get my backside in gear and buy some white bedding so I can get round to doing this!

We have a coffee table.  We have books.  But due to Ed's obsession with making sure our coffee table remains bare, we don't actually own any coffee table books.  They're *the* perfect way to make sure your personality is present in a room and give people something to leaf through as well.  Fashion photography books are my first port of call, and I've  wanted to get my hands on this book for the longest time, too.  Maybe I should bite the bullet and just start building up a collection...

I've gone on about my love of gallery walls before and I love the way our hallway wall is looking.  I was planning to build up a set of frames on another bare space in the hall, but I think I'll invest in some more photo ledges to allow for a more, easily customised display.  I showed you my shoe display before, and I really like that these rails can be used to house books as well as photo frames.

Ok.  So in general plants don't really float my boat, but looking at perfect rooms on pinterest has got me noticing a common theme - the most harmonious tend to have a bit of greenery in them.  Ed's far more on the ball in this area and loves a bit of tropical influence, but they're definitely one way to add interest to a space.

My default setting when thinking of lighting is the fairy variety, but I've come to realise there are so many different types out there.  Candles, uplights, low lights, twig lights, fairy lights....the choice is endless.  But that photo above, with the ladder and lights combo is my idea of perfection.

Do you have any tips for making your house a home?

6: ways to bring personality to a room

30.4.14

Image credits - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

I'm by no means an interior designer, but our house is fairly neutral, so I'm always looking for ways to inject a bit of personality to an otherwise muted base.

First up is storage.  We're big fans of Ikea here and have decked out the library room with white Billy bookcases.  And let's not forget my wardrobe, the Stolmen system.  Next on my list is a nice, white Expedit; I think it's the perfect way to store personal bits and pieces and still look stylish and neat.  Plus it'd give me the perfect excuse to finally buy one of these.

Accent colour is my next top tip for bringing a bit of spice to a room.  I'm guilty of not actually achieving it though, but at the moment I'm lusting over that perfect almost green-tinged yellow cushions and rugs mixed in against a grey backgrop.  I think I need to finally get my backside in gear and buy some white bedding so I can get round to doing this!

We have a coffee table.  We have books.  But due to Ed's obsession with making sure our coffee table remains bare, we don't actually own any coffee table books.  They're *the* perfect way to make sure your personality is present in a room and give people something to leaf through as well.  Fashion photography books are my first port of call, and I've  wanted to get my hands on this book for the longest time, too.  Maybe I should bite the bullet and just start building up a collection...

I've gone on about my love of gallery walls before and I love the way our hallway wall is looking.  I was planning to build up a set of frames on another bare space in the hall, but I think I'll invest in some more photo ledges to allow for a more, easily customised display.  I showed you my shoe display before, and I really like that these rails can be used to house books as well as photo frames.

Ok.  So in general plants don't really float my boat, but looking at perfect rooms on pinterest has got me noticing a common theme - the most harmonious tend to have a bit of greenery in them.  Ed's far more on the ball in this area and loves a bit of tropical influence, but they're definitely one way to add interest to a space.

My default setting when thinking of lighting is the fairy variety, but I've come to realise there are so many different types out there.  Candles, uplights, low lights, twig lights, fairy lights....the choice is endless.  But that photo above, with the ladder and lights combo is my idea of perfection.

Do you have any tips for making your house a home?
Spring has sprung!  My skin doesn't feel (as) dry anymore, deep lipsticks feel too *done* and I'm leaning towards a less bronzed, more "English rose" kinda complexion.  Here's what's been in circulation over the last few weeks....

Diorskin Nude BB Creme
Remember when this came out and everyone went nuts?  I don't find it long-lasting enough for everyday wear, but it's the perfect weekend, fresh base.  A little pricey though.

Boss Orange 
This is probably the lightest, fruitiest, girliest perfume in my collection.  I can't describe fragrances to save my life, but trust me.  It's a really nice scent for the warmer months.

Essie Fiji
Long heralded as a blogger favourite, I picked this up on one of my many trips to take advantage of Boots' 3 for 2 offer.  It's the perfect, palest pink that makes a perfect neutral, grown up mani.  For the first time in ages I've taken it off only to reapply straight away.  That's a testament to how good this shade is.

MAC Azalea Blossom
Let's start with an apology.  This was limited edition, so chances are you won't be able to get hold of it anymore.  But look how pretty!  I favour more blue-toned pink blushes this time of year, and this one ticks all the boxes.

Lancome Rouge in Love in 159B
The Rouge in Loves are my favourite formula of lipstick ever.  This is a nice reddy-pink shade that tides me over nicely until I can wear my orange-red hue in summer.  They're relatively matte, without feeling drying, and seriously long lasting, making them the perfect low-maintenance yet high impact lipstick to wear without worrying about up-keep.

 Topshop Cream to Powder Blush in Flush
Apologies for the dirty packaging but let's keep it real, no-one's Topshop make up looks neat once used, right?  I could have cleaned it but....meh, it'll only mess up again in the morning!  I've probably got all of the cream to powder formula blushers Topshop offer, and whilst the coral tone of Head over Heels is my all time favourite, I can't help but gravitate to the more peachy-pinkness of Flush for spring.

MUA Power Pout in Justify
Whilst Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, Matte Balms and Lacquer Balms are seemingly taking over the world, MUA's offerings are seriously overlooked.  They're long lasting, very pigmented, glossy and moisturising plus cheap to boot.  At £3 there's no excuse not to buy them all.

Do you agree with me on any of these?  What are your alternatives?

Springtime selection

28.4.14

Spring has sprung!  My skin doesn't feel (as) dry anymore, deep lipsticks feel too *done* and I'm leaning towards a less bronzed, more "English rose" kinda complexion.  Here's what's been in circulation over the last few weeks....

Diorskin Nude BB Creme
Remember when this came out and everyone went nuts?  I don't find it long-lasting enough for everyday wear, but it's the perfect weekend, fresh base.  A little pricey though.

Boss Orange 
This is probably the lightest, fruitiest, girliest perfume in my collection.  I can't describe fragrances to save my life, but trust me.  It's a really nice scent for the warmer months.

Essie Fiji
Long heralded as a blogger favourite, I picked this up on one of my many trips to take advantage of Boots' 3 for 2 offer.  It's the perfect, palest pink that makes a perfect neutral, grown up mani.  For the first time in ages I've taken it off only to reapply straight away.  That's a testament to how good this shade is.

MAC Azalea Blossom
Let's start with an apology.  This was limited edition, so chances are you won't be able to get hold of it anymore.  But look how pretty!  I favour more blue-toned pink blushes this time of year, and this one ticks all the boxes.

Lancome Rouge in Love in 159B
The Rouge in Loves are my favourite formula of lipstick ever.  This is a nice reddy-pink shade that tides me over nicely until I can wear my orange-red hue in summer.  They're relatively matte, without feeling drying, and seriously long lasting, making them the perfect low-maintenance yet high impact lipstick to wear without worrying about up-keep.

 Topshop Cream to Powder Blush in Flush
Apologies for the dirty packaging but let's keep it real, no-one's Topshop make up looks neat once used, right?  I could have cleaned it but....meh, it'll only mess up again in the morning!  I've probably got all of the cream to powder formula blushers Topshop offer, and whilst the coral tone of Head over Heels is my all time favourite, I can't help but gravitate to the more peachy-pinkness of Flush for spring.

MUA Power Pout in Justify
Whilst Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, Matte Balms and Lacquer Balms are seemingly taking over the world, MUA's offerings are seriously overlooked.  They're long lasting, very pigmented, glossy and moisturising plus cheap to boot.  At £3 there's no excuse not to buy them all.

Do you agree with me on any of these?  What are your alternatives?
So we're onto our third memory of the year, and this one's probably been my favourite.  Don't get me wrong, riding bikes in London was a really lovely day out, but I came home feeling on top of the world after this challenge and felt like I'd really achieved something.

I'll be honest, when we turned up on a drizzly Sunday morning and saw only men in the climbing centre, we did turn back around and have to regroup outside to decide if we really wanted to go through with it.  Taking a deep breath we headed back inside to don our harnesses and were, thankfully, greeted by a female instructor.

It sounds silly, but being a wuss in front of a lady helped to keep my pride slightly more in check.  And I was surprised to learn that I was pretty good climbing up...coming back down was more of a problem.  Picture me swinging around for a little bit before eventually giving up and being winced down instead.  And remember how scared I said Zara was?  She was actually really good; much more graceful at the abseiling and managed to get higher than me (due to my fear of having to come back down properly!) on a few of the walls.

In fact, Zara could well be a convert!  On the way out she picked up a leaflet and may or may not go back for more.  It was a fun activity and something that I was surprised to find we genuinely enjoyed.  I think we're both hoping for a less strenuous challenge next month though!

April 2014's Memory: rock climbing

23.4.14

So we're onto our third memory of the year, and this one's probably been my favourite.  Don't get me wrong, riding bikes in London was a really lovely day out, but I came home feeling on top of the world after this challenge and felt like I'd really achieved something.

I'll be honest, when we turned up on a drizzly Sunday morning and saw only men in the climbing centre, we did turn back around and have to regroup outside to decide if we really wanted to go through with it.  Taking a deep breath we headed back inside to don our harnesses and were, thankfully, greeted by a female instructor.

It sounds silly, but being a wuss in front of a lady helped to keep my pride slightly more in check.  And I was surprised to learn that I was pretty good climbing up...coming back down was more of a problem.  Picture me swinging around for a little bit before eventually giving up and being winced down instead.  And remember how scared I said Zara was?  She was actually really good; much more graceful at the abseiling and managed to get higher than me (due to my fear of having to come back down properly!) on a few of the walls.

In fact, Zara could well be a convert!  On the way out she picked up a leaflet and may or may not go back for more.  It was a fun activity and something that I was surprised to find we genuinely enjoyed.  I think we're both hoping for a less strenuous challenge next month though!
Image found via pinterest 

17 lie-ins.  And by that I mean waking up at 8am rather than 6:20.
38 minutes travelling to London to watch Warhorse.
2 times seeing Lizzie in one week....that's a record!
2048 ...the game that stole my time.
4 missed classes at the gym, and;
4 meals out.  See the link between my expanding waistline?!
28 pounds.  The price of the perfect "night out" bag.  
5 body butters that made their way home from The Body Shop with me.  There was a sale on + a discount code + my favourite smell + I have an addiction.
  0 days left!!  

Time off work in numbers

21.4.14

Image found via pinterest 

17 lie-ins.  And by that I mean waking up at 8am rather than 6:20.
38 minutes travelling to London to watch Warhorse.
2 times seeing Lizzie in one week....that's a record!
2048 ...the game that stole my time.
4 missed classes at the gym, and;
4 meals out.  See the link between my expanding waistline?!
28 pounds.  The price of the perfect "night out" bag.  
5 body butters that made their way home from The Body Shop with me.  There was a sale on + a discount code + my favourite smell + I have an addiction.
  0 days left!!  
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Being born in the tail-end of the 80s means that the 90s was my era.  I don't know how I feel about fashion's 90s obsession at the moment; on the one hand I like seeing the influences creep in, on the other, I fear a full-on comeback of trends I don't look back on too fondly.  But in the interests of being well-rounded, I'm putting my own prejudices aside when I bring you this list.  I like a lot of it, but some is included for nostalgia's sake.  Hey you never know, I hear some people actually like jelly shoes at the moment....

BUY IT:
1.  There was a lot of denim in the 90s.  From what I remember, "stonewash" was the buzzword, so keep it light.  And blue.
2.  While we're on the subject of denim, skinny jeans didn't exist back in the day.  
3. Who remembers All Saints?  I now know that combat trousers were 'never ever' flattering on me, but the simple cami-style tops definitely have a place in my wardrobe.
4. Florals were a real feature of the 90s.  Keep it daisy print and you're good to go.

THE VERDICT:
So I like the ear cuffs.  I like the bodysuits (aesthetically, not practically.  I remember the awkwardness of them!) and I like the cami tops.  I think because 90s is the first fashion revival that I was alive to remember, it makes me hold my breath a little.  I guess I'm just anxious that it'll go a step too far.  Or has it already?  I'm definitely not ready for the scrunchies or jellies, although I'm on the fence about the return of the bomber jacket.  You know me, I just need someone looking really awesome in a 90s inspired outfit and I'll be all over that shizz.  Link me up and change my mind?! 

P.S.  Check out this list of meanings behind gummy bands.  I'm sure if my Mum knew what they really meant, I'd have never been allowed any!

Buy the Trend: 90s revival

18.4.14

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Being born in the tail-end of the 80s means that the 90s was my era.  I don't know how I feel about fashion's 90s obsession at the moment; on the one hand I like seeing the influences creep in, on the other, I fear a full-on comeback of trends I don't look back on too fondly.  But in the interests of being well-rounded, I'm putting my own prejudices aside when I bring you this list.  I like a lot of it, but some is included for nostalgia's sake.  Hey you never know, I hear some people actually like jelly shoes at the moment....

BUY IT:
1.  There was a lot of denim in the 90s.  From what I remember, "stonewash" was the buzzword, so keep it light.  And blue.
2.  While we're on the subject of denim, skinny jeans didn't exist back in the day.  
3. Who remembers All Saints?  I now know that combat trousers were 'never ever' flattering on me, but the simple cami-style tops definitely have a place in my wardrobe.
4. Florals were a real feature of the 90s.  Keep it daisy print and you're good to go.

THE VERDICT:
So I like the ear cuffs.  I like the bodysuits (aesthetically, not practically.  I remember the awkwardness of them!) and I like the cami tops.  I think because 90s is the first fashion revival that I was alive to remember, it makes me hold my breath a little.  I guess I'm just anxious that it'll go a step too far.  Or has it already?  I'm definitely not ready for the scrunchies or jellies, although I'm on the fence about the return of the bomber jacket.  You know me, I just need someone looking really awesome in a 90s inspired outfit and I'll be all over that shizz.  Link me up and change my mind?! 

P.S.  Check out this list of meanings behind gummy bands.  I'm sure if my Mum knew what they really meant, I'd have never been allowed any!
Let's cut to the chase.  If you take one thing away from this blog post, it's don't buy these.  I got over excited and bought two packs, and in the words of my Mum: "they should be paying you to use that stuff."

I'll start by saying that I got my wires crossed when I picked these up.  I thought the Dirty Toothy Tabs were a chewable toothpaste and would be handy for on the go, until (5 minutes after paying, typical.) I realised they need to be used with a toothbrush.  I thought the point was that they are portable time savers, when in actual fact they're trying to cut down on aluminium tubes.  All good, but not what I wanted them for. 

I can get past that though, the problem is that they're horrendous!  There really is no other way to say it.  They smell delicious, spearmint-y and lovely, but I've never known something to taste so unlike how it smells.  I've only ever managed to try less than a quarter of one of these tablets, but they're salty, bitter, soapy and nothing like toothpaste.  The resounding opinion from all my "willing participants" has been that there's no way they could manage to use one of these little tablets to brush their teeth.  Apart from Ed, it seems, whose verdict was that "they just taste like soapy toothpaste?"

I guess everyone's taste buds are different, and one blogger's disgusting soapy mouthful of soap is another's best thing since slice bread.  And at £2 it's no big deal if you do buy this and hate it; I'd love to know if anybody out there actually does like these?

First impressions: Lush Dirty Toothy Tabs

16.4.14

Let's cut to the chase.  If you take one thing away from this blog post, it's don't buy these.  I got over excited and bought two packs, and in the words of my Mum: "they should be paying you to use that stuff."

I'll start by saying that I got my wires crossed when I picked these up.  I thought the Dirty Toothy Tabs were a chewable toothpaste and would be handy for on the go, until (5 minutes after paying, typical.) I realised they need to be used with a toothbrush.  I thought the point was that they are portable time savers, when in actual fact they're trying to cut down on aluminium tubes.  All good, but not what I wanted them for. 

I can get past that though, the problem is that they're horrendous!  There really is no other way to say it.  They smell delicious, spearmint-y and lovely, but I've never known something to taste so unlike how it smells.  I've only ever managed to try less than a quarter of one of these tablets, but they're salty, bitter, soapy and nothing like toothpaste.  The resounding opinion from all my "willing participants" has been that there's no way they could manage to use one of these little tablets to brush their teeth.  Apart from Ed, it seems, whose verdict was that "they just taste like soapy toothpaste?"

I guess everyone's taste buds are different, and one blogger's disgusting soapy mouthful of soap is another's best thing since slice bread.  And at £2 it's no big deal if you do buy this and hate it; I'd love to know if anybody out there actually does like these?
Image credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 

Emma Watson: has never been on my lust list (bad time to admit I've not seen all of the HP films?) but for some reason lately she's shot right on my radar.  Those eyebrows, that porcelain skin and that English Rose look is, for some reason, really inspiring me right now.

Nicole Richie: should never be a surprising entry for any regular readers.  At first I didn't love the lilac hair, but then I saw her in this photo with a floral crown that's been cut out of shot, looking all garden fairy.....cue instant tiny obsession.

Jaime King: isn't normally one I'd turn to for inspiration, but when I found this image when looking for long bobs and just fell in love.

 Lady Gaga: is usually too out there for me but in the G.U.Y video her hair is awesome.  The length is, perhaps, a little unobtainable (FYI, I'm being ironic...) but I think she just looks amazing with this icy blonde style.

Emma Willis: hands down has the most amazing eyes and watching her on The Voice auditions I found myself wanting to recreate that updo...which, typically, I found no photos of.  Trust me though, it looked great!

Diane Krugerthat make up.  'Nuff said. 

6: celebrities inspiring me right now

14.4.14

Image credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 

Emma Watson: has never been on my lust list (bad time to admit I've not seen all of the HP films?) but for some reason lately she's shot right on my radar.  Those eyebrows, that porcelain skin and that English Rose look is, for some reason, really inspiring me right now.

Nicole Richie: should never be a surprising entry for any regular readers.  At first I didn't love the lilac hair, but then I saw her in this photo with a floral crown that's been cut out of shot, looking all garden fairy.....cue instant tiny obsession.

Jaime King: isn't normally one I'd turn to for inspiration, but when I found this image when looking for long bobs and just fell in love.

 Lady Gaga: is usually too out there for me but in the G.U.Y video her hair is awesome.  The length is, perhaps, a little unobtainable (FYI, I'm being ironic...) but I think she just looks amazing with this icy blonde style.

Emma Willis: hands down has the most amazing eyes and watching her on The Voice auditions I found myself wanting to recreate that updo...which, typically, I found no photos of.  Trust me though, it looked great!

Diane Krugerthat make up.  'Nuff said. 
The sun is shining brighter, which means my orange bag has made a reappearance to match!  I'd forgotten how much I like this bag; using the City Bag has got me used to being very compartmentalised, so being able to chuck all sorts in and having it all swim about together felt very 'free'!

What would a trip to see Lizzie in Farnham be without stopping off at our favourite backdrop?  Looking back at those photos, I'm left in that eternal fringe quandary; do I grow it out like I'm always wanting to and just put up with that awkward in between stage?  Or accept that having no fringe doesn't look quite right on me and stick with those handy forehead-hiders?  Answers on a postcard, please! 

Je t'aime

11.4.14

The sun is shining brighter, which means my orange bag has made a reappearance to match!  I'd forgotten how much I like this bag; using the City Bag has got me used to being very compartmentalised, so being able to chuck all sorts in and having it all swim about together felt very 'free'!

What would a trip to see Lizzie in Farnham be without stopping off at our favourite backdrop?  Looking back at those photos, I'm left in that eternal fringe quandary; do I grow it out like I'm always wanting to and just put up with that awkward in between stage?  Or accept that having no fringe doesn't look quite right on me and stick with those handy forehead-hiders?  Answers on a postcard, please! 
So this month it's rock climbing!  We conquered my fear in February (who knew I was so scared of ice skating?!) and this month it's Zara's anxieties we're facing.  She's terrified of heights, and in all honesty I didn't realise quite how scared when I popped this in the memory maker.  I'm not *that* horrible....I wouldn't have put it in had I known!

She's stepping up like a trooper though, and in a couple of weeks we'll be harness-ing up and getting down to our local climbing walls.  I'm a little bit nervous too, but I'm quite liking the idea of getting a bit of a workout without going to the gym.  I'm not sure my nails will thank me though!

Now for that important question....what do I wear?!

Making Memories: April

9.4.14

So this month it's rock climbing!  We conquered my fear in February (who knew I was so scared of ice skating?!) and this month it's Zara's anxieties we're facing.  She's terrified of heights, and in all honesty I didn't realise quite how scared when I popped this in the memory maker.  I'm not *that* horrible....I wouldn't have put it in had I known!

She's stepping up like a trooper though, and in a couple of weeks we'll be harness-ing up and getting down to our local climbing walls.  I'm a little bit nervous too, but I'm quite liking the idea of getting a bit of a workout without going to the gym.  I'm not sure my nails will thank me though!

Now for that important question....what do I wear?!
In March...

... I went on a guilt-free shopping trip with Leanne.  I'd had my eye on a few bits from Topshop (hello perfect V-neck tee), so hearing that I'd been gifted a voucher and could go on a splurge was the best news!

... I learned a lot about myself whilst ice skating with my sister.  It wasn't as difficult as I thought, but I'm much more of a control freak than I realised too!

... I *think* I've found my perfect nude lip combo.  It's a good'un, and with my resolution to spend less it may be sticking around for the long haul.

... I started getting my tan on again.  The discovery of Famous Dave reduced down to £2.60 in Superdrug meant a whip round to buy ALL OF THE TAN and get bronzed again.  To be honest I think it's slightly past its best, but the results are still great.  A really subtle golden shade that I've had a few compliments on already.

... I was able to go outside....without a coat!!  Heavier winter coats have been banished to the back of my wardrobe and I've been enjoying stepping out with a lighter jacket, or better yet, no coat at all!

Things that happened in: March

7.4.14

In March...

... I went on a guilt-free shopping trip with Leanne.  I'd had my eye on a few bits from Topshop (hello perfect V-neck tee), so hearing that I'd been gifted a voucher and could go on a splurge was the best news!

... I learned a lot about myself whilst ice skating with my sister.  It wasn't as difficult as I thought, but I'm much more of a control freak than I realised too!

... I *think* I've found my perfect nude lip combo.  It's a good'un, and with my resolution to spend less it may be sticking around for the long haul.

... I started getting my tan on again.  The discovery of Famous Dave reduced down to £2.60 in Superdrug meant a whip round to buy ALL OF THE TAN and get bronzed again.  To be honest I think it's slightly past its best, but the results are still great.  A really subtle golden shade that I've had a few compliments on already.

... I was able to go outside....without a coat!!  Heavier winter coats have been banished to the back of my wardrobe and I've been enjoying stepping out with a lighter jacket, or better yet, no coat at all!
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If 2013 was the year of the statement necklace, 2014 is the year that jewellery turns minimalist again.  Sleek, simple pieces are the way forward and for the money conscious among us, much more friendly on the bank balance than their chunky counterparts!

BUY IT:
1.  Gold is my metal of choice, although this looks easily as chic in both silver and rose gold.
2.  Keep necklaces at collarbone length, or go long if you're layering up.
3. Coins are *the* thing to look for this season and they can be found in lots of variations on the high street.
4. The midi ring is still going down a storm; this is my ultimate inspiration! Minus the tattoos Mum, don't worry!

THE VERDICT:
Simple doesn't mean boring.  A single necklace can make a plain outfit look sophisticated but don't forget you can layer up to give your minimal jewellery much more oomph.  River Island has lots of pieces at insanely cheap prices (£3 for a necklace!) and even though it's bit more than I'd like to spend on highstreet jewellery, I think that bangle from Mango will have to be mine soon!

Buy the Trend: minimalist jewellery

4.4.14

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If 2013 was the year of the statement necklace, 2014 is the year that jewellery turns minimalist again.  Sleek, simple pieces are the way forward and for the money conscious among us, much more friendly on the bank balance than their chunky counterparts!

BUY IT:
1.  Gold is my metal of choice, although this looks easily as chic in both silver and rose gold.
2.  Keep necklaces at collarbone length, or go long if you're layering up.
3. Coins are *the* thing to look for this season and they can be found in lots of variations on the high street.
4. The midi ring is still going down a storm; this is my ultimate inspiration! Minus the tattoos Mum, don't worry!

THE VERDICT:
Simple doesn't mean boring.  A single necklace can make a plain outfit look sophisticated but don't forget you can layer up to give your minimal jewellery much more oomph.  River Island has lots of pieces at insanely cheap prices (£3 for a necklace!) and even though it's bit more than I'd like to spend on highstreet jewellery, I think that bangle from Mango will have to be mine soon!

If what they say about Sundays well spent bringing a week of content, I must be in for a really good week ahead!

Last weekend kicked off to a good start when I received an email on Friday asking if I'd like to go down and visit the newly refurbished Topshop in The Oracle, Reading.  Even better news was that Leanne had received the same email and that we were kindly going to be gifted a Topshop voucher each to do some spending.  I'd had my eye on a couple of things for a while but am trying to be good with my money, so this email couldn't have come at a better time!

The new Topshop is lighter, brighter and bigger than before.  It's taken over the adjoining Gap store and switched the layout around, with Topshop sitting downstairs and Topman and a Miss Selfridge concession above.  If memory serves me well, the store has had the same (or at least very similar) layout since it opened, so an overhaul was long overdue.  Now it's got lots of "zones" within the shop and is much more like the Westfield store.  There was a DJ playing to celebrate its re-opening and we were offered mini manicures as part of the experience.  We were so excited to shop though, that we forgot to take advantage!  Despite it being the opening weekend, and us being in town at lunchtime on a Saturday the store felt surprisingly quiet.  Not because there weren't lots of people in there, but I think because it's well laid out and you're not all crammed together.  Topman upstairs felt similar, with an industrial feel to the layout, but lots of space as well.

Besides giving our arms a good work out by loading them up with shopping, Leanne and I hit our favourite burger joint, put the world to rights (as usual) and spent an unnecessary amount on flowers.  Ok, so Leanne's were for Mother's Day whereas mine were entirely for me!  I don't often buy flowers, so it was a nice treat that I'm resolving to do more often.

And then on Sunday, Zara and I took Mum out for brunch, I got my hands on some lovely rose gold rings before coming home and spending the day in Ed's Topman joggers.  They really are the comfiest, and I think I'll be looking in there next time I need a pair!

How was your weekend?

A weekend in snapshots

2.4.14

If what they say about Sundays well spent bringing a week of content, I must be in for a really good week ahead!

Last weekend kicked off to a good start when I received an email on Friday asking if I'd like to go down and visit the newly refurbished Topshop in The Oracle, Reading.  Even better news was that Leanne had received the same email and that we were kindly going to be gifted a Topshop voucher each to do some spending.  I'd had my eye on a couple of things for a while but am trying to be good with my money, so this email couldn't have come at a better time!

The new Topshop is lighter, brighter and bigger than before.  It's taken over the adjoining Gap store and switched the layout around, with Topshop sitting downstairs and Topman and a Miss Selfridge concession above.  If memory serves me well, the store has had the same (or at least very similar) layout since it opened, so an overhaul was long overdue.  Now it's got lots of "zones" within the shop and is much more like the Westfield store.  There was a DJ playing to celebrate its re-opening and we were offered mini manicures as part of the experience.  We were so excited to shop though, that we forgot to take advantage!  Despite it being the opening weekend, and us being in town at lunchtime on a Saturday the store felt surprisingly quiet.  Not because there weren't lots of people in there, but I think because it's well laid out and you're not all crammed together.  Topman upstairs felt similar, with an industrial feel to the layout, but lots of space as well.

Besides giving our arms a good work out by loading them up with shopping, Leanne and I hit our favourite burger joint, put the world to rights (as usual) and spent an unnecessary amount on flowers.  Ok, so Leanne's were for Mother's Day whereas mine were entirely for me!  I don't often buy flowers, so it was a nice treat that I'm resolving to do more often.

And then on Sunday, Zara and I took Mum out for brunch, I got my hands on some lovely rose gold rings before coming home and spending the day in Ed's Topman joggers.  They really are the comfiest, and I think I'll be looking in there next time I need a pair!

How was your weekend?

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