22 August 2016

Posterlounge Wall Art + Giveaway

For this post I've teamed up with Posterlounge, which is a brand you'll probably end up loving as much as I do if you enjoy decorating your walls with beautiful photography and art. I think prints are one of the biggest game changers when it comes to injecting your personality into a house, to really make it feel like home.

The first thing I noticed was the amount of choice on the website, from travel photography, to nature, to beautiful pieces of art, it actually took me so long and I could have scrolled through for ages, but managed to narrow it down to these two. After choosing the print, you then choose the size and material that you'd like it printed on and I thought I'd go for canvas as it made a change to the ridiculous amount of posters I bought throughout uni. The New York print was something I got to remind me of how much I love to travel, and it still remains one of the places in the whole world that I want to visit most, and that's a great reminder to have to stop me putting it off! For a more arty print, I fell in love with the Insight Double Exposure piece - I just think it's absolutely beautifully done and combines two completely different objects; in fact the entire double exposure collection from Andreas Lie is absolutely stunning and you can check out more of them right here! Which of the two do you prefer?

Now over to you guys! Posterlounge are letting me give one of you a £25 voucher to get you started on your own prints of choice - just fill in the Rafflecopter options of your choice below to enter:

Best of luck and speak to you soon!

8 December 2015

Festive Home Decor Inspiration

When it comes to the festive season, my family is always big on decorating the whole house and making it look the perfect amount of christmassy without going overboard and making it look like Father Christmas himself threw up all over it. I think the best way to do it is by keeping the actual furnishings in the house quite neutral, using tones like cream and gold that will complement whatever christmas decor you then plan on decorating with. It lets you create the perfect balance and in this post I've included some decor inspiration that I've been loving to suit everyone's budgets from Next, The Yorkshire Linen Co and The White Company.

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Next is a place that always springs to mind when it comes to home decor. I can spend ages in-store wandering around their home-ware department and can always trust that the quality will be great. From festive bedding to fluffy cushions and beautiful faux bouquets, you can find pretty much anything you need to get a theme running in your home. Budget wise, it can range from quite expensive to some really affordable pieces, you just have to keep an eye out! Which of these picks is your favourite?

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This is a brand that's pretty new to me but I couldn't be more glad that I've discovered it because it's perfect if you like to change up your decor quite often and are after super affordable finds. Other than the pretty throws and soft furnishings, what I like the most is Yorkshire Linen's collection of cushion covers - I feel like they're an item that can make any room go from looking bland to super cosy by adding some texture and these picks are some of the prettiest and most affordable that I've seen for a long while. I've decided I need the plaid button-up cushion in my life (and probably in the grey too). 

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The White Company is probably the best brand out of the bunch for anyone after white, light and airy rooms - if that's your theme in your home then you'll soon fall in love with pretty much everything they sell. From great bedding to pretty tableware, to twinkling fairy lights and incredibly scented candles (their winter candles are a dream!), you can't go wrong. I mean, even their socks are great. The only downside is that although there are some great affordable finds, most of the products are pretty pricey - but I guess the lead up to Christmas is probably one of the best excuses you'll get all year to splash out on your home!

Let me know what your favourites are from these picks, and where your favourite places are to shop for home-ware - I'd love to discover some new ones! 
Hope you're having a lovely week so far, speak soon - 

18 July 2015

Evening Walks In Barcelona

After landing in Barcelona we started as we meant to go on, working our way through the quaint little streets and working out which way to turn next.

23 May 2015

Weekend in Paris

I've been meaning to publish this post for a while, but after I returned from Paris I was faced with the reality that was being a uni student, and plenty of essays, exams and sleepless nights took over. Anyway, now I'm finally done and can breathe a sigh of relief, as well as get back to blogging normally because I've seriously missed it!

Last month I surprised my sister with a weekend away in Paris and it was amazing - the sun was shining the entire time which we were so grateful for as we made our way around the city, indulged in far too many pastries and enjoyed dining al fresco which is definitely a rarity to do comfortably here in London. It was really lovely spending it with my sister because being away from home 10 months a year means we don't get much time together at all, so it was amazing to create some new memories there. Despite my fear of heights she even persuaded me to go right to the top of the Eiffel Tower which I'm now so glad I did because the view was just incredible. Of course I took my camera with me and so I've chosen a bunch of the photos to show you guys, making this one quite photo heavy!

I hope you liked this post, I always enjoy having a sneak peek into people's travels.
Have a great bank holiday weekend and speak to you soon!

4 April 2015

Fashion | Spring Ready Wardrobe Wishlist

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asos blue peter pan collar coat
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70's camel suede shift dress tunic
kimono blouse blue asos
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I've been so busy lately that I've barely had any time to go shopping like I usually do to try and update my wardrobe for the new season (the crap weather is probably not helping me get into the spring fashion mood either), but to make up for it I've been browsing online and a lot of the clothes I've been seeing have seriously taken my fancy, so I've put together some of my favourites for you. 

First up is the Asos Vintage Playsuit which as a stripe lover had me falling head over heels as it looks really cute and effortless, and on top of that it looks so comfortable too and can be worn super casual or easily dressed up with the right accessories if you wish. Next is the Asos Peter Pan Collar Coat (am I the only one that struggled to say that?) which might not seem like the most relevant item of clothing for spring, but I do live in England and when you live in England you can't really ever rule out a coat can you? This one is a really pretty shade of blue which makes it perfectly on trend for spring, at least much more so than the consistently black coats I've been sporting since September. I think the cut is really flattering and the peter pan collar is a lovely touch too!

To break up what seems to be quite an Asos heavy post, I'll pop some Topshop in here in the form of this Strappy Lace Playsuit and Chunky Platforms. Again, you can't really go wrong with a playsuit, this one is more suited to the evening than the stripy Asos one, and the lace detailing offers a little bit more than just a plain black playsuit. The only issue I could see with this is that it has the seam going across the middle which I've found can sometimes be a bit hit and miss depending on the person as if it's too high up/low down it just doesn't look right, you gotta just cross your fingers with that one. As for the shoes, they are just gorgeous aren't they? I don't have many colourful heels, and as much as this colour would be completely out of my comfort zone, the style is actually quite toned down and they definitely look wearable and comfortable, especially with the ankle straps going across for extra support. 

Could you sense I'd have more Asos coming up? This 60's Shift Dress is a nice twist on the usual LBD, not the brightest of options but let's face it, black is a staple all year round and it always will be! By adding the hole detailing in the middle along with the deep v-neckline, it offers something a little different and a bit more spring/summer friendly. Again this can be dressed up with the right heels, makeup and accessories or it can be worn super casual too. Next is this Suedette Tunic Dress in Camel, which you may have noticed is seriously a crowd favourite at the moment, and the colour and texture together really give off the 70's vibes which people seem to be loving. Even though it's a toned down colour and a super simple cut, it is definitely something which would be a statement piece in an outfit. This Cropped Kimono Blouse is a really simple and feminine piece which is perfect for days where you just want to throw some jeans on but still look like you've made some effort. The kimono style sleeves add a bit of something different to a regular shirt, and the lightweight material means it's good to go for spring and summer. 

Last but not least it's the Needle & Thread Tulle Maxi Skirt, which is something that I think looks absolutely stunning and I'm super envious of anyone that has bought it and pulls it off because I'm definitely unsure of whether I'd be able to (I guess that's what living in monochrome colours and skinny jeans 99% of the time does to someone!). This one is definitely the 'wish I had the confidence to wear' pick of the wishlist.

Do let me know what you guys think of these picks, and I hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend, I'm heading back home to London today which I'm super excited for and I'll be keeping you updated on the coming week - speak to you soon! 
*All images featured in this post belong to the corresponding website to which they are linked and are not my own.


7 March 2015

Lifestyle | Blow Dry at Duck & Dry

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Hey guys! Today's post is all about Duck & Dry, an awesome boutique blow dry bar on the Kings Road that I had been eager to visit ever since it opened. I missed out on the opening event because of university which I was gutted about as I really wanted to check the place out, so I was over the moon when they kindly invited me to go and try it out once I was back home! 

It may still be pretty new but as soon as I walked in I could tell why this place had caught on so quickly and made its mark in the area like it had been there a long while. The staff were professional but super friendly and I was made to feel comfortable from the moment I stepped in. I've had many experiences in hairdressers where it's obvious they don't care all that much about the customer, and they just want you in and out as soon as possible - needless to say I've not returned to those places. Duck & Dry on the other hand was the complete opposite and each customer had someone checking up on them and making sure they were happy with everything. It's definitely not the kind of place where you would be made to feel awkward for wanting to stop to put your phone on charge! My stylist was the lovely Giovanni, who managed to do my hair in the space of 15 minutes and make it look amazing - and I have a LOT of hair. Some hairdressers have taken the best part of an hour trying to blow dry my hair and it usually hadn't looked any better than when I did it myself, but I would give a lot to be able to do what Giovanni did to my hair, everyday. He even gave me a middle parting which I had never ever tried out before because I was so used to a side parting that I just didn't think it suited me, but I loved it and he definitely gave me a little bit of confidence to sport a new hairstyle.  

I went for Low Tide Waves, but there is a whole menu available to choose from and of course the stylists are always on hand to make recommendations. All blow dry's are £28 no matter how much hair you have or how long it is - this was amazing as most places base the price on this! They also have an Up-Do menu which ranges from casual styles to a few which would be perfect for a special occasion, all of which come to £35. I think it's such a good idea to have this as an option because I hardly ever wear my hair up as I think it looks so boring on me, as well as the fact I'm utterly useless when it comes to doing anything fancy with an Up-Do and I'd love to go back and see what they can do with it. 

Alongside the amazing service, I also loved the design of the place. The pretty exterior matched the super trendy and light open space inside, which had a really cosy feel unlike many salons which can be quite intimidating and office-y. Adding to the cosy feel was the bar located right next to the blow dry area which had drinks and snacks readily available for customers should you want any. It is such a gorgeous space and because of that, they also have the option to hold events there from birthdays to blow dry breakfasts, maybe even a blogger event! I think it's a really nice and different idea where you can get the girls together to have some fun and have your hair done at the same time, or you can even book them to come out to where you are for the day! 

No matter whether you intend on going for a casual blow dry or making an event of it, I have a feeling you wouldn't be disappointed with the Duck & Dry experience - I know it's definitely going to be my new favourite place to do my hair and I have already recommended it to pretty much every woman I know. I can tell that it's going to do so well and I look forward to seeing what it achieves. I'd love to know if you've visited before, and which styles you like the look of from the menu!  

Speak soon...


22 January 2015

Home | Wall Decor Wishlist

I know I'm still at uni, and it won't be a little while until I get my own place in London, but I still can't help but be a complete sucker when it comes to home-ware. If you're out with me and I spot the home-ware section (especially when a particularly good visual merchandiser has been let loose on it) then you can expect to join me in wandering around it for a while. You can imagine how Ikea would be a fun time for all involved with me there. I really can't wait until I have my own place to decorate as I wish, but until then I will be posting wish-lists and helping the 'rents decorate my childhood home for a while longer. Today I thought I'd do a wall decor post for you, just to give you a few ideas if you're on the hunt for some pieces or thinking to re-decorate and need some inspiration! I think they make such a difference when you're trying to make a house feel like home, and can really add the finishing touch to the look you're going for in any room. I'm not the only one that can't resist the home-ware section am I?!

I fell in love with number 1 as soon as I saw it, the girl and the landscape blended in looks super pretty and would probably look great in any room! Number 6 is something that I'd most associate with a home office space, just to add a pop of colour and make it a nicer environment to work in, especially if you're in there for most of the day. Overall you guys can probably tell that a lot of them are related to places I love or travelling - they're my favourite kind of thing to decorate a home with and have reminders of. My love for London and Paris have definitely come through in this post, the idea of them both makes me happy so having something along the lines of 3, 4 and 5 would be a must. Aside from places close to home, if you've been around these parts for a while you'll know just how obsessed I am with wanting to travel the world and seeing an entirely different side to it - going on safari is definitely on the bucket list! One day I'd want to have something like number 7 in my own home to remind me of it. I'd love to know what type of thing you have to remind you of the places you've visited? 

I hope this post has given you a little bit of inspiration for the home - 
Speak to you soon! 
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