Sun, sea, sand & a lot of cocktails...

So Im back from sunny Mexico! Our honeymoon was just amazing, we had the best time! I will be doing a little Mexico travel diary post soon showing all our touristy photos. I didnt take many outfit photos while I was away for two reasons, it got dark at about 5pm at which point I was on the beach with half the beach in my hair and nothing but a bikini on. Also it was Dave's honeymoon too and I really just wanted us to relax and enjoy the time together not thinking about anything from home.

These were the first photos I took, look at those pasty white legs! I hadnt meant to leave my blog without any fresh content for so long. Unfortunately a week before we left for Mexico we found out our landlord is selling our house and we need to move out. So I have been and will be for the next 10 days running round like a headless chicken trying to pack up my entire life.

redhead-blogger style-blog-uk-1 winter-sun-outfitDenim Jacket: Cristina Gavioli, T-shirt: River Island, Linen Shorts: Asos, Flatform sandals c/o Tamaris, Sunglasses c/o Cheap Monday.

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Halloween DIYs to try at home...

halloween-diys-1Apart from Christmas Halloween is my favourite time of year. The trees change colour, the nights get darker...Talk of costume parties, carving pumpkins and collecting conkers replace the barbeques and ice lollies of the summer months. I just love atmosphere, the ghost stories, the fire works, the parties its such a fun time of year! I usually like to do a bit of DIYing myself around this time but with flying off to Mexico this Saturday I just havent had time. Instead I thought Id share my favourite Halloween DIYs that you should definitely give a go!
Clockwise from top left:
39 New ways to decorate a pumpkin.
A bat mobile, no house is complete with out one of these I think!
Spooky nail art by Burkatron
 Blood Splatter Cookies, simple but so effective.
Pumpkin Cinnamon and Apple Spiced Sangria, eh yum!

Whats your favourite thing about this time of year? xx

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How Ikea changed my home...

decorating-with-ikeaA few months ago I wrote a post about working with Ikea on their upcoming project, on improving  mornings and nights around the house. Making getting ready for your day less stressful and more orgainsed. They asked me to keep a journal for a week on what things affect my sleep, my mornings and my evenings. Here is what I reported back to them: My main issue was sleep on an uncomfortable broken sprung mattress meant a relaxing nights sleep almost never happened. My second issue spread across different areas of my home- storage. I had no room in my wardrobe for anymore hanging space which lead to most mornings grabbing the first thing I could grasp and prise out. Storage of jewellery, make up and bathroom stuff was also an issue. Here were their solutions!

ikea-essentialsFirstly they tackled my bad nights sleep with a memory foam topped mattress, now I am toasty warm and not scared off rolling out of the bed on a dodgey spring! To tackled my bulging wardrobe issue they hooked me up with these super slim hangers that take up half the space of a normal hanger. These literally changed my mornings! For my jewellery I picked out these 3 in one boxes, theyre even pretty so I keep them out on display. For my bathroom they suggested a storage trunk, I opted for this one in white which matched the rest of bathroom. I store all my spare towels and extra toiletries inside. For my make up I got these nifty little perspex boxes, meaning I can sort my make up out into categories. (is it sad that kind of organisation excites me?!) Lastly not included on my list I had been searching for a laundry bin that wasnt an eye sore in my bedroom so when I spotted this one I knew it was essential!
So a special thank you to Ikea for helping me improve my days by implementing just a few key items which made a big difference. What items around your house organise your life that you couldnt live without?

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Packing for my Honeymoon...

packing-for-my-honeymoonNext Saturday Dave & I are finally off on our honeymoon! After getting married back in May, we can not wait to get away and relax on a beach and drink cocktails all day long. We are travelling out for two weeks to the Riviera Maya in Mexico. We have planned to not do a whole lot but chill out. However we have booked a day at the Eco water park for snorkelling in caverns and natural lagoons, swimming with dolphins, a trip to the Mayan Ruins & a day trip into Mexico City. Oh emmm gee Im excited, we havent been on a beach holiday since 2011!
Ive already got all my clothes set out to be packed & thought id share with you guys what ill be packing!
what-to-pack-for-a-holidayIm taking four swimsuits with me, two old bikinis and these two new ones above. The swimsuit I got from the Asos Sale & the retro two-piece I got in Topshop. Im also bringing two pairs of sunglasses with me, one RayBan Wayfarers & one by Cheap Monday.
a-winter-sun-holidayFor my hand luggage Ill be taking this embroidered backpack which will double as a beach bag from Accesorize. As well as my iPad & headphones (not shown above) Ill be packing a notebook, Dave's Mexico guide book, my iPhone, BritStitch coin purse (handy for the beach) two novels- gone girl & girl boss, sunglasses & lipbalm.
Ill also be packing 2 maxi dresses, 2 playsuits, 2 jumpsuits, 10 dresses, 1 beach dress, 3 pairs of shorts, 7 vests/tees & 4 pairs of sandals. Ive decided not to pack any heels as in the heat I never end up wearing them. Ill probably still need to pack a neutral clutch for the evenings... and voila thats what Ill be packing for my trip to Mexico! :)

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