Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Gift Guide for Interior Lovers

Gift Guide for Interior Lovers
Around this time of year, gift guides are my favourite posts to read and videos to watch. I loved them long before I started this blog and I get so much inspiration from them. 

I couldn't wait to join in this year but I didn't want to do another him/her/beauty/fashion guide because although I love reading and watching them, there are so many amazing ones out there that I didn't want to 'get lost' so to speak.

Now flashback to December 2015, my partner and I were in the process of moving from what can only be marketed as a one bedroom apartment to a house. A house with a path, back door and room for a washing machine - we'd never been so excited. 

We didn't really consider that we actually had to fill this house, not in a cluttered sense but we needed it to feel like home. 

It was a blessing and a curse that we moved in on December 20th. Yes it was 5 days before Christmas but it also meant that our friends and family had no trouble buying us gifts. We received some really thoughtful and useful gifts and quicky managed to build up our new home. 

Today, I thought I'd share with you a gift guide for those people in your life that are moving or for if you just fancy a little spruce this holiday season. Lets get started! 


Gift Guide for Interior Lovers

1/ Photo Frames

Frames are so useful whether it's a old house or new. These ones by Umbra are so unique, I'd literally never seen anything like the so I picked up two from John Lewis last year! They're a little pricier than your average frame but they're great. 

2/ Cutlery

I know this isn't something you'd normally buy for someone but I thought as occasion cutlery this set was brilliant. I think it'd be so lovely to use at Christmas and for dinner parties. This set is from George and is just £20 but depending where you shop and the quality you want, they can vary in price.

3/ Trinket Dishes 

Everybody loves trinket dishes. They're useful for hair pins, rings, keys you name it. These ones from Marks and Spencer are SO adorable and even better, they're monogrammed. I'm a sucker for anything with a 'H' on which if you ever saw my house you'd know. I would be so happy to receive one of these in my stocking.

4/ Record Player

This is the highest price gift I chose but I think you can't go wrong with a record player. I bought my partner and I the size down from this as a moving in gift and we love it so much. The Crosley X Urban Outfitters collection is so beautiful and the metal details really add something special. It also means for the next few birthdays and Christmas you can buy them records - like the Pandora bracelet effect but cooler.

5/ Board Game

Who doesn't love gathering around the table with a few drinks playing a board game? Monopoly takes a little too long for my liking but I thought this Pub Quiz game was genius! It's a really affordable game and the reviews are great - I'll definitely be picking one up. 

6/ Hand Soap

Hands down (see what I did there) one of the most useful gifts we received last year was a set of hand soap and lotion. This Cowshed duo is super luxurious and would look great on anyone's sink.  

7/ Candles

Candles are a great gift at any price point. Diptyque stock some great smelling candles but I know a lot of my friends would love to receive this particular one from Jo Malone. Gorgeous.

8/ Glasses

Like the cutlery, not the normal gift to buy people but how amazing are these monogrammed glasses? I am in love and am dying to get my hands on one! These are so beautiful and I don't know anyone who would not be happy to receive one of these.

9/  Stationary

Stationary is a great, basic gift that is useful to everyone. I've been lusting over this Kate Spade notepad for the longest time. It might just find it's way into someones stocking.

There you have it, my top picks for the interior lover or new home owner in your life! What are your recommendations? 

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Daring To Be Different

After reading Emily Alice's blog, I couldn't help but start writing this list. I've been pondering a post like this for a while but as it's a little bit out of the norm, I thought I'd be susceptible to a "You're so negative" backlash - something I wasn't prepared to deal with in the positivity driven community.

I've noticed some people around here are not always that accepting of those with a different opinion, whether it's about lip-gloss or the latest elections. However sometimes there are things that some like and others don't. Just like Marmite - which I happen to hate. 

I hope everyone realises that it's okay to be different and it's okay to not follow trends. Sure, being trendy might gain you recognition and popularity but doesn't being different do that more so? 

If you want to read my round up of things I'm just not that into and bandwagons I haven't jumped on, keep reading. 

1. Pumpkin Spiced & Gingerbread Lattes

I'm not a big coffee drinker at all to be honest and until recently, the only thing I ordered from Starbucks was a tea. 


2. MAC Lipsticks


Controversial I know. After Kylie Jenner and her voluptuous lip fillers, MACs lip sticks and liners exploded in popularity. To quote one of my friends 'I'm obsessed with MAC lipsticks'. No you're not, you're following a trend. I've tried better L'Oreal, sorry not sorry.


3. Positivity 


I don't mean I'm not into positivity in a general sense but in a blogging sense. Sometimes in Twitter chats when the question 'What do you dislike most about blogging?' question arises people will respond 'I love everything' 'There's nothing I dislike' 'Everything is amazing' etc. It's like people are scared to have a negative opinion in case it effects their views/opportunities. Blogging can be difficult and very time consuming and it's okay to admit that! Emily covered a lot of this in her post - I'm so glad someone shares my opinion. 


4. Over Exposed Photos


I'm all for a nice white, crisp photo but the other day I saw a photo showcasing some white shelves. I literally couldn't see the shelves. I like to up the exposure until it is crisp and white, not until it has disappeared. 


5. Clean Eating


This is just a no. 


I'm thinking of doing this type of post whenever I reach a list of 5 things to discuss. I don't live in a perfect bubble so I'm more than happy to share. What do you think? If you have anything you'd like to add, be sure to leave a comment!
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Monday, 14 November 2016

Winter Nail Polish Edit

winter nail polishes
If you have been reading my blog for a few months now, you'll know that back in August I shared some of my favourite nail polish picks for the coming season. Now that winter has rolled around (seriously how has this year gone so fast?) I thought it was only fair to show you the shades I'm gravitating towards now. 

winter nail polishes
First up is the beautiful Haute Red by ORLY. No winter season is complete without a strong red polish and this one really is amazing. I've always found that ORLY polishes glide on so easily and have a rich true-colour pay off.

winter nail polishes
My second pick for the season is the Plumb On Baby Light My Fire by Barry M. For some reason, solid black polish looks awful on my skin tone but this looks great. Surprisingly it's really subtle and doesn't give me that careless look. 

winter nail polishes
Truthfully, this is Dark Side Of The 'Shroom is of my go to colours for any season. It goes with absolutely everything and I always find myself going back to it. I'm also so glad this colour is in the Sunset range, this means I can literally get a perfect weeks wear out of it!

winter nail polishes
I actually need to replace this shade as I'm almost out, I wore it to death last year and I still love it as much as when I first purchased it. The shade is Fuchsia Generation and it's so versatile for the whole season. 

winter nail polishes
Last but definitely not least is Halo De Rose from Bourjois. The brush in this polish makes it so easy to apply - not quite one second but close enough. I use this polish if I'm feeling lazy because it's so easy to top up. It's a great glitter polish for the festive season and I'll definitely be picking up more from this range!

There you have it, my winter nail polish picks. I hope you enjoyed reading and be sure to let me know if you have any go-to winter colours or nail polish brands that you love!


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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

5 Tips For Moving House

Some of you may know that around this time last year I was moving house. It was without a doubt the most stressful thing my partner and I have ever done but we got there, eventually.

Prior to this, the only time I'd moved house properly was with my parents going on 15 years ago. I didn't have a lot to do with it and mostly just sat back and watched, much to my parents dismay.

As we were moving to a bigger house, we thought the process would be simple. What we didn't consider was the fact we were buying bit by bit before the move which meant we were accumulating a hell of a lot of stuff and also that we would have to buy new furniture and, the worst part, put it together. 

The whole moving process was such a learning curve for me that I felt I could share some handy hints and tips for when you or anyone you know moves.

1. If you can, do it gradually.

We were lucky enough (due to strategic planning and saving) to get the keys two months before the tenancy on our apartment ended. This meant that, as much as we were excited, we could move a little bit every day. We also put up a few pieces of furniture each evening so that when the first night in our new home rolled around, we pretty much had everything there. 

2. Label boxes with the rooms they're going into. 

This is so helpful, especially if you have people helping you move. It saves the time and energy of moving all of the boxes in and moving them again at a later time. This means you can unpack a room at a time having everything in there. This tip also goes for drawers and cupboards too - plan where everything is going before hand and unpack straight into them. 

3. Buy extra tools so friends can help you

This one is pretty self explanatory. You can pick tools up for super cheap at places like B&Q and Wilkos. Invite your friends and family round and rope them into putting something together, even if it's just a shelving unit. It will help in the long run and once you've cracked open a bottle of wine, it wont even feel like work. Fun fact - we put everything in our house together with packs of £4 screwdrivers, they really don't have to be expensive. 

4. Remember the three T's - tea, towels and toilet roll

These are 100% the fundamentals for a first night in a new home if you've moved all in one day. Tea for you and your helpers, towels for dirty hands or when you're showering the IKEA regret off and toilet roll for.. well you know. 

5. Don't make a shit drawer

Don't even do it. It's a new home, everything should have a place. Don't be tempted. 


There you have it. I hope you find these tips useful and be sure to leave your suggestions down below!



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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Favourites Playlist - October

We've done it, we've made it through October. The mixed 'I don't know' weather is over and we can officially wear jackets to gigs. I'm excited.

When I wrote my August Playlist I was very much listening to all things festival - think Gorgon City and Sigma. This month, I've been taking more comfort in bands. Real hearty music that gets me ready for the day.

I've discovered bands this month such as Billy Talent that I've never listened to before and rekindled old loves like Twin Atlantic.  One of my favourite bands Deaf Havana also released a new track this month and naturally, I love it. 

TRACKS

Trigger - Deaf Havana
Afraid of Heights - Billy Talent
Undefeated (Viva Hysteria) - Def Leppard
The Chaser - Twin Atlantic 
Worthless - Bullet For My Valentine 
Closer - The Chainsmokers
1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins
In Vein - Alkaline Trio

What songs are you listening to at the moment? Let me know in the comments. 
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