Tuesday, 12 September 2017

I'm Still Here......(with a little home update thanks to Laura Ashley)

Oh gosh my little blog really has been neglected this year.  It's not because I haven't wanted to, just the pure exhaustion with what life has thrown my way the last 12 months.  Cancer, operations, seizures, family bereavements, dodgy builders, angry tradesmen, rare bricks (!), the list goes on. You name it, we seem to have had it.  I've constantly had blog posts in my head, desperate to put finger to keyboard and tell you all about things I've managed to buy along the way but time really hasn't been on my side.  I write whilst currently sleep deprived - who else tends to be more on fire when they are seriously lacking in sleep?!?!  Odd isn't it.  So, I can't promise I will be regular, but it's not because I don't want to.  My home really is my priority right now, it needs to be a proper one by Christmas as I'm hosting!  

So whilst I'm sourcing granite/quartz and flooring, I will share with you a little post I did for Laura Ashley.  I've so enjoyed writing for them, their homeware never fails to inspire me and it's these small touches that really have kept me going whilst we have been renovating our house.  Before you click on the link below, here is a before and after of my front door.  We extended out and up (there was an old porch there originally) then added a new door and knocked through the old one, opening up our hallway.  It's all still a work in progress as other areas became more important but the extra internal space is brilliant.  

To see all of the extras above, follow this link to read my full article over at the Laura Ashely blog.

PS A little heads up, there's up to 50% of furniture and upholstery from tomorrow with them! 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Quick Boden Sales Find

I find the need to write and share at the strangest times in my life (currently on vacation with the family!) but needs must I suppose!

I picked up these Boden sliders in their sale and I'm in love with them.  As always with me, they are leather so super comfy.  I really wanted something bright and cheerful for holiday as I have a lot of neutrals already.

Angelina Slides £60 down to £24

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Topshop Treats

It's been a while again, I'm sorry.  As much as I love to write and share on my blog, it is a little hobby and unfortunately hobbies have to take back seats in life sometimes don't they.  The good news is my new Project Manager hat (for our home renovations) is fitting well and although I'm exhausted juggling everything, we are making progress and have actually cut through a door to my walk in wardrobe - priorities firmly in place (ok, a dishwasher and kitchen has also been ordered...)!  I digress, back to my passion.  We took some much needed time off at the end of May and had a day out shopping.  I'm always ducking and diving into shops for bits and bobs or shopping with clients so it was nice to properly spend time looking. Topshop won hands down.  My photo doesn't do this dress justice and the shoulders need to soften slightly but it is so comfortable and didn't break the bank at £24 (and 100% cotton!).  Would have loved it in a marl grey (pretty please Topshop?) but it was this or white so was a no brainer.  

Ruched Waist Corset T-Shirt Dress £24 
Then I went a little off-piste and took my own advice when I'm working with a client - always take something you think wouldn't work on you into the fitting room.  My item was these trousers.  I am desperate for a variation to my much loved jeans, I needed something to pull me out of a little clothing rut I've been in.  Now I will admit, they haven't been worn yet, they are high waisted and as much as they look fab here, I worry what else they will work with.  I love the fit, the colour, the waist but they are out of my comfort zone.  I know I just need to bite the bullet but I'm fragile at the moment - my wardrobe is in boxes and it's unnerved me a great amount!

Paperboy Utility Trousers £39
The t-shirt wasn't even questioned.  So me, so girly and classic with a high neck, it's a keeper.  

They only have it in the 'Tall' option online however do check stores as it was only 3 weeks ago. There is the grey option which I also love (and am very tempted by!).

Floral Applique T-Shirt £24 
I know people struggle with Topshop, they can be a little hit and miss for me also - and I am the wrong side of 35 just so you know!  However they do have classic pieces, pieces that last.  Recently I dug out an old Kate Moss for Topshop dress.  I wore it to a wedding and still enjoyed it and loved that no one else would be wearing it as it really is so old!  It's washed beautifully so has stood the test of time and I don't feel it's dated at all.  

Watch; Tag Heure
Clutch; Vintage Chanel
Shoes; Zara

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

My Little GlossyBox Treat

I  know, I know, don't go falling off your chair - two blog posts in the space of 4 days!  However this was too good not to share.  An offer dropped into my inbox for 50% off Glossybox's May box (use code GB50) and it becomes £5 instead of £10 (total of £8.25 including postage).  I'm not one to sign up to subscriptions so it will just be a one off for me but this little lot arrived and for £8.25 it's an absolute bargain.

I'm a huge Paw Paw fan, if you haven't heard of it, buy the box alone for that (as it's over £5 alone). It's like a less medical scented Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and a staple in my house hold!  The kids always use it for cuts or sores, it has the smoothest silkiest texture that glides on over grazes perfectly.  As for the other products, well I always use scrubs and foot creams and the little make up set and blusher are just the icing on the cake.  Be quick if you fancy a cheeky treat as they are selling out quickly (so they tell me!). 

PS Make sure you cancel your subscription by the 14th of the month if you don't want to carry it on.  Or, like me, forget and get an extra months treat!
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