Saturday, 24 January 2015

Home Slice

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Over recent years, I've realised that I have a bit of a thing for interiors and decor. As I touched on in this post, design has been something I loved as a teen, but it just seemed to get swept under the carpet as I headed towards my twenties.

Since moving back home last year, I've both tried to make my room a place that I enjoy being in and struggled with space issues. As you can imagine, the latter hinders the former quite significantly! But, I've done my best and have become quite pleased with my little abode.

So, with that in mind, I though I'd share with you my take on interiors and the inspirations that have gotten me here. There are a few things I love about my room and most of them come from my rather quirky way of styling!

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I always tend to keep flowers by my bed. I know it can be frowned upon, but I love waking up to beautiful blooms and they add a certain level of brightness to my room on days where we're struggling for sun! Pinks are my favourite, but I do tend to go with other brights every now and again. I'm excited to get some Peonies back in my life, as soon as the middle of spring approaches!

It seems that I've (unintentionally) matched my makeup and beauty bags to my bedding. I got this collection of stripes and spots for Christmas to house my make up, brushes (in this) and some skincare products (in this) and I'm still so in love with them. Unfortunately the spotted one is sold out online, but I've now fallen in love with this print too!

When it came to my bedding, I really wasn't sure what sort of look I wanted to go for. I got these gorgeous cushion covers from the ElemenOPillows shop on Etsy and it took me forever to decide on the prints and colours, but I'm more than pleased with the ones I chose.

So, already having these, it was tough to know whether to choose a plain or printed duvet set - so I got both! My printed set is probably my fave, but I also have a plain set with a black Oxford stripe too, which coincidentally, Tilly and I found we had gotten at the same time!

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Now, not everything in my room is that bright and effortless. Space is still a huge issues, which means I end up storing things in strange places or doubling up on my furnitures functionality! If I could insert that cute little monkey emoji covering his eyes or giggling here, I so would. It would be quite apt!

As does any girl obsessed with fashion (and now home decor and design), I have a whole load of magazines. Yet, they have no real home at the moment. I have a vision of a lovely bookcase housing them all (plus my hundreds of books that are currently away safely in storage) in our future home. But for now, underneath my television table and on top of my wardrobe shall just have to do!

And whilst I'm on the subject, we should take about my combos. The first being pink alcohol stored with shoes and the second being Jane Austen in with the scarfs. Now I know both of these look a little odd, but I really hate having too much stuff out on display. I like things to be away neatly in their place.

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So, I had to find a place for both my pink drinks and Vintage Classics Jane Austen collection. And I did. I love shoes, so I thought they'd be a nice home for my Pinky Vodka and Moet & Chandon Rose whilst they're waiting to be opened - I'm not taking part in Dry January as such, but I'm sipping alcohol sparingly for a while, so these shall stay at bay for just a while longer.

And for Jane Austen? I had a little space on the shelf, so it just made sense!

Hanging up, I tend to keep only my jackets, jumpers and shirts. Dresses are stored separately and my separates have been banished to under-the-bed storage boxes for now. It's really not easy styling with such little space, but I'm getting the hang of it!

Do you suffer with similar space issues? How have you made the best out of a far-from-ideal situation?

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Cake in the Cotswolds

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Earlier this week, I wrote a little post on being 'in the now' and how I wanted to shift my way of thinking from constantly planning to just getting out there and living a little bit more. Now this one is a nice little follow on post, being one of my first steps at making that happen.

Weekends for Billy and I are often spent finishing errands and crossing off to-do lists - particularly on Saturdays, or not doing an awful lot else a part from going to the gym and getting our food shopping done. It always feels so wasted, so we decided to make a bit of a change.

As well as some weekday evenings, we've decided to relax and enjoy time together away from the stresses and pressures that come with work and everyday life. Sometimes this can be mindlessly watching Netflix and Amazon Prime, enjoying dinner, reading, walking or even exploring.

So this past Saturday,  we made the short trip out to Broadway for a little walk and bite to eat (read as cake of course!).

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After a quick wander around Broadway village itself, we headed to the Broadway Tower Country Park to enjoy the views and fuel up. The Morris & Brown Cafe and Shop really is the cutest. I instantly knew I wanted something sweet (while B opted for savoury, of course) and I'm extremely partial to a cream tea, so that was a no-brainer for me.

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Enjoying tea for two in whilst sat inside definitely was a little treat. The decor is modern country, with a roaring fire, beautiful beams and dark wood detailing. Even the lighting is draped with antlers, which I was completely charmed by - despite usually finding this sort of thing a little bit creepy if not vulgar
With the cutest trinkets, handmade goodies, delicious treats and deli selections scattered around and available for purchase, the style of the set-up is perfect. So complimentary of the surroundings and completely non-intrusive. I definitely can't turn down the change to shop and browse as I'm enjoying my tea and cake, can you?
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With the bitter winds we seem to be experiencing this January, being on top of a hill in The Cotswolds definitely isn't the best of places to keep warm. So we had a little wander round before making the decision to head back to the car - promising to return to really explore the tower in the spring. Can you blame us?
It definitely made a change from popping to the Post Office and wandering the isles of Sainsbury's! If you're ever heading to The Cotswolds or in the area, the Broadway Tower Country Park should definitely be on your list of places to visit. 
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Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Littlest Things

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Lately, I've really been trying to step back from the stresses of daily life to be a little thankful. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for everything and everyone I have, but sometimes life does go just that little bit too fast and it can be all to easy to forget about appreciating the little things.

It's only been a few days since I started, but I then got to thinking - it might be something quite nice to share on my blog too! Think of it as something like 'the things I've been loving this week' but without the product or materialist incentive - this is purely about happiness, life and appreciation.

I guess it's kind of selfish of me really. Posting these thoughts is a way for me to make sure I do step back and smile at least once a day, if not more. I quite like the idea of that though, being able to take time out to feel appreciative and happy, because it's something I've never forced myself to do.

So, let's get to it shall we...

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Pushing myself to run for just that little bit longer, or a little bit further has to top this list. I've felt quite motivated all week and challenging myself has been a huge part of that.

We all know how much I love tea, but there's no cup I love more than the one I've been squeezing in before breakfast. Tea is definitely my biggest indulgence, but it doesn't always feel like a bad one.

I don't think this would be quite complete if I didn't reminisce over a meal or two from the past week. Avocado toast and poached eggs wins this one without a question. I've probably had it three times this week so far!

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Spending Sundays reading in bed is definitely a great way to both end one week and start another. This week, we had the odd break to watch Heroes and made sure our meals were easy to prep throughout the day. Going bare faced wasn't that bad either!

Using lipstick to brighten up my face for the day, compliment my outfit or even just perk up my outlook on the day ahead has become one of my new favourite things ever! Such a small thing really does add a little oomph to my mornings.

And so does styling. I've really taken to dressing for my mood too - whether it's to perk up, keep cosy or feel confident to take on my tasks for the day. This trio of breton striped tees (one and three) I picked up from H&M this week have also put a smile on my face styling wise - one can never own too many stripes after all!

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Even though my working day can vary and is usually completely my choice time wise, I don't ever seem to take many breaks away from the screen. Taking breaks away from writing to read magazines has been completely indulgent and an activity that I've rarely ever made enough time for in life, let alone my working day. 

I always seem to leave it way to long in between catching up with my blogger friends. We talk quite often and always say we'll make plans and never get round to it. But, I have plans coming together with Laura, Lydia, Charissa and of course, Tilly (when she finally finishes her third year!) over the next month or two. 

And finally, Crabtree & Evelyn's Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed hand moisturiser has pretty much made my week. It smells insane and my hands are starting to fight back against this frosty January we seem to be having!

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Have any of these things made you smile this week? What little things have you found yourself appreciating?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

In the now

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Some of the things I'm completely guilty of are planning, thinking, forecasting, reminiscing, worrying and regretting, but one thing that could never be added to the list is living in the now. It's just not something I've ever been able to do. And I hate that.

I know that hate is a strong word and I try really hard never to use it in everyday situations, but it's just too relevant here. I tend to think a lot about everything. Things that have recently happened, memories from much longer a go and plans for the future (be it the not so distant or even years down the line). The truth is, I do too much thinking.

I'm always working away, saving away and planning away for something, no matter what this something is - you'll bet there will be at least one (but usually it's more) thing I have on my hit-list. But what does all of that mean if I'm not enjoying the now.

It's this exact question that I started thinking about last week and it really struck a nerve. The very next day, Nat from Le Blow posted this and it was just so spooky. Although she talks about life lessons, her last three points were so apt to how I'd be thinking the night before. It was as if it was my time to finally realise, so I wanted to share my thoughs (and Nat's post) to see if any of you lovelies were guilty of the same?

But, I guess the real reason I'm putting it out there now is because it's time for it to stop. It's good to plan and save, but not all of the time, as I'll just be planning and saving for, well, nothing - a never-ending occasion or the age-old cliche, a rainy day. It's also just as rubbish to worry. I'm not the biggest of worriers, but I do do it and for what? It only floods with me negativity that I really don't need - who wants to be negative when positive is your other option?

So this is like my vow. To do more, to just do things and live as opposed to planning for them. Get outside more, visit places and enjoy each day for what it is. I even got started on my little vow this past weekend, but I think I'll save that post for another day.

Do you ever feel like you just need to stop worrying and do? Maybe you should make a little vow like mine too?

Monday, 19 January 2015

Springtime Wishing

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White Dress: ASOS. Pink Heels: ASOS. Watch: Daniel Wellington. Bracelets: Sage K & Co and Edgy Elegance. Rings: ASOS & Topshop (both old). Nails: Essie in 'Sole Mate'. Lips: MAC in 'Chatterbox'.

There are a few things I wanted to shout about with this post and I really can't choose which one deserves to be started with the most. But seeing as I went with it in the title, perhaps I should go with the reason why I wanted to post this one in the first place. Spring.

So it's really not quite spring yet, but I'm seriously wishing it was. Now that Christmas and our Birthday's are over (mine is on the 3rd and Billy's is the 15th), I'm over the whole winter thing and want nothing more to smell fresh flowers in the air, wake up to a little sun and wear pretty printed summer dresses all day, every day!

With that in mind, it shouldn't seem all that odd that I'm wearing one in this post (because I'm betting it did, just a little, at first). I'm just so bored of jeans and coats at the moment and wanted to break free, even if it was for just a minute! I have become obsessed with this dress. No, more than obsessed. I never wear much white, well never used to anyway until this beauty came along. Now I am dying for summer to wear a whole lot more!

And that frill. It really is just perfect. Especially because of the price! Yes, I picked it up in the ASOS sale, just before Christmas. And while I was browsing, I spotted the pink shoes too. Pink and white is like girly girl heaven, so I thought why not!?

While I'm on the whole breaking free thought trail, it's probably the right time to move on to my 'do. Did you spot it? After five years of having a centre parting and full fringe, I just got tired of it. I didn't see myself having a full fringe for my entire life, so I thought why not change it now.So I did. I'm quite happy with it and now wonder why I waited so long to take the leap. I'm planning on growing the fringe out a bit more, but let me know what you think! Does it suit me?

Also, I can't be the only one a little tired of this time of year - are you ready for spring too? Maybe we should all start sporting our sundresses in an attempt to speed Mother Nature up a little!

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