Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Refreshing Your Bedroom For Spring

Refreshing Your Bedroom For Spring

* This post was written in collaboration with Yorkshire Linen Co. All words and views are my own.

The leaves are getting greener and the flowers are starting to bloom, that can only mean one thing. Spring is right around the corner. It feels like this cold season has lasted forever and to be honest, I'm so over winter quilt covers, cinnamon candles and all things cosy. This spring I'm all about wanting my house to feel and look refreshed so yesterday I decided to make a start with my bedroom.

Now the first thing I that comes to mind when I think of spring is white and we all know I'm a huge fan. So, I tossed my thick winter duvet cover into storage and opted for this crisp white number. Personally I love having a white duvet as it brings more light into the room and allows me to mix and match other items like the lamps and pillows. If you're looking for a great quality white duvet, Yorkshire Linen Co have some great ones to offer.

Next, I switched out my candles. I've had the same Yankee Candle wax met burning since around November and I'm so glad to see the back of it. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the Christmas Eve scent but as we're nearing the end of February, I don't think it's very relevant. As I'm not the biggest lover of heavy floral scents in the bedroom I opted for a tobacco candle and the Mococo Damson Noir. Two very different scents but absolutely lovely for spring.

Lastly I gave my voile's a spring wash just to make sure they were squeaky clean. I absolutely love voile's as an alternative to curtains as they're not as heavy and they let so much light into the room. As we've only got one small window in our bedroom this was an absolute must when we moved in. We have a black out blind on the actual window for those sleepy mornings and two voile's like these, again from Yorkshire Linen Co, draping over some curtain tie-backs. Curtain tie-backs were a great option as I didn't want the voile's dragging on the floor, I was after more of a floating effect. Yorkshire Linen Co have a great selection on offer - I think tie-backs definitely help to dress the window and add the finishing touches to a room ready for spring.
I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration for refreshing your room or home this spring. I'll definitely be working on other rooms in the coming weeks so if you'd like to see what I do or if you take on the idea yourself, please let me know!


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Books I Want To Read In 2017

I'm not going lie, I've never been much of a bookworm. I mean, I read  books when I go on holiday and will probably get through a few chapters but other than that, the only things I read cover to cover are issues of Cosmopolitan. 

The reasons I don't read so much are firstly because reading makes me super sleepy and secondly because if I put a book down for too long I forget what's happened. This year I'm going to change that. I've pulled together a list of books that I want to read in 2017.

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone: Growing up, the Harry Potter books were some of my favourite to read. I remember getting this one as a gift when I was about six years old and I absolutely loved it. I'd never read a 'real book' before and felt so grown up being able to read the whole thing by myself. This copy will probably fall apart by the time I've finished reading it.

Nineteen Eighty-Four: This book was one I only came across when I was in college. It's a story about a dystopian future and the idea that everyone is watched and answers to 'Big Brother', the leader of a political party.

The Shining: Another book that I came across in college. No I've never watched the film and don't ever intend to. I've read little segments of this but never managed the whole thing. 

#GirlBoss: Is it not every bloggers goal to read this book? Not only does it look undeniably appealing but it's also packed with all of Sophie's business and entrepreneurial knowledge which she gained starting up her business, Nasty Gal. 

To Kill A Mockingbird: I feel very much like this is a 'cult classic' so when I saw it in Waterstones a few months ago, I knew I had to pick it up. Even though so many people talk about this book and recommend it, I actually have no idea what the plot is so I can't wait to start reading.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: We've all heard of this book and way back in my decluttering post I was determined to never buy it. I know how to tidy up, declutter and purge things that are unnecessary but when I was browsing through Amazon not too long ago, I thought why not. 

The Trainable Cat: This was actually bought for us as kind of a joke Christmas present as our cats seem to be completely not trainable. I never actually thought about reading until the other day when it fell off the bookcase like some kind of sign. I'll let you know how I get on with this!

I know this list doesn't look long but it takes me absolutely forever to get though a book so I thought I'd set a small goal for myself. If by some miracle I manage to get through these books, I'll definitely write up another list. Seriously though, don't expect that for at-least 51 years.

Have you ever read any of these books or have any others on your read list this year?

Monday, 13 February 2017

Live Music In 2017

I honestly thought about writing some Valentines posts this week but, truthfully, my partner and I don't really 'celebrate' Valentines Day. We do things together all year round - gigs being some of our favourite outings. It's only February but we're starting to plan our gig calendar for 2017 and we've ended up with quite a satisfying list of shows we're already attending or ones we definitely hope to. Here's a little round up so far:-

Who: Deaf Havana
What: An alternative rock band showcasing their latest album, All These Countless Nights, their first album since 2013.
Where: Manchester Ritz, February 17th

Who: Mallory Knox
What: The best alternative rock band to come out of Cambridge with their new album, Wired, dropping on March 10th.
Where: O2 Academy Liverpool, April 1st

Who: Set It Off
What: A five piece rock band from Tampa, FL spotted by All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth way back in mid-2000s.
Where: Slam Dunk Festival Leeds, Birmingham & Hatfield, May 27th - 29th

Who: Iron Maiden
What: The one and only. 
Where: Manchester Arena, May 8th

Who: Don Broco
What: A witty and very current rock band with not nearly enough appreciation
Where: Slam Dunk Festival Leeds, Birmingham & Hatfield, May 27th - 29th

Who: We Are The Ocean
What: A fantastic heavy come melodic rock band unfortunately playing their farewell dates this coming March
Where: Manchester Sound Control, March 23rd

Who: Twin Atlantic
What: Hailing from Glasgow, these four have hit alterntative rock right on the head
Where: TRNSMT Festival Glasgow, July 9th

Who: A Day To Remember
What: These guys flared my love of alternative music back in 2007 with their cover of Since U Been Gone. Not to be missed.
Where: Download Festival, Donnington Park, July 10th

Who: Jimmy Eat World
What: A classic band that I would absolutely love to see live. Check out their Bleed American album and decide for yourself.
Where: Reading and Leeds Festival, August 25th - 27th
Are you heading to any live music events this year or know some I should check out across the North West? Let me know.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

5 Tips For Saving Money #2

Hello my budding little savers, I hope you are all well. Since my first money saving post was so popular (literally my most viewed post ever), I thought it only right to throw another 5 tips your way to make 2017 the year we all finally have a few spare pennies.

1. Only buy necessities

Don't spend money on things you don't need. I'm applying this more to your weekly shop. For example, I can't tell you how many times I've gone to the supermarket and planned on a £30 shop that has turned into £65. I now make sure I always write a list before hand and stick to it. Better still, do your shopping online, this way you'll be less tempted by items on the end of the aisle.

2. Save £1 or £2 coins

Now I'm a big lover of saving 1p and 2p coins because over time they do mount up however as I rarely carry cash it can sometimes be months before I've even reached £1 in my change jar. I decided that because me having change was such a rare thing, when I did have it I'd save a greater amount. I started with £2 coins and even though I don't come by them very often, in about 3 months I had over £50. Genius. 

3. Make a budget sheet 

Budget sheets can be as simple or as complicated as you like depending how well you can use a spreadsheet - my friend Bethan's is absolute genius! I would say start simple and work your way up. Start by listing all of your outgoings, total them at the bottom and minus that total from your salary or wage. (I'm sorry if that makes no sense. If you'd like to know more about what's on my sheet and how I calculate everything, let me know.) I've managed to navigate my way around the spreadsheet enough to have my holiday running totals on there which are altered by whatever I'm going to choose to put towards them. It also has my savings account total which again is altered by what I'm going to contribute. It's also colour coded hehe.

4. Sell unwanted clothes on Depop or Ebay

I mentioned this in my declutter post, and I firmly believe that if you haven't worn it in six months to a year then get rid of it. Especially if you can tell you'll never wear it again. Sort your wardrobe out entirely and take out everything that you want to get rid of. You can then decide whether it's going to friends, charity or for sale. I use a mix of Ebay and Depop to sell my clothes as they can reach completely different demographics. They're both simple and easy to use so make an account and away you go.

5. Separate your savings

I just had the one savings account for years but it became hard to allocate money to different things and I'd forget how much I added for what. My bank allows you to have multiple e-savings accounts and you can rename them depending on what they're for. It's well worth looking into it and finding out if your bank offers a similar service. If you don't bank online, withdraw the money and use tins or containers to sort the money. Easy.

And there you go, another 5 money saving tips. If there's anything you like to do to save, let me know!

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