Sunday, 20 April 2014

My spring make up favourites...

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For me spring summer make up is all about easy & effortless. Sheer light coverage that doesn't make you feel caked in make up when its hot outside...well it is the UK so Ill settle for at least sunny outside. I know summer should be all about bronzers but being a (cough) fake redhead bronzed cheeks dont real suit me. Instead I opt for a cream blusher. My all time fav is this new No7 blush stick: Pop and Glow in Mango Sorbet. For powder I use Rimmel Stay Matte in peach glow all year round, its so affordable & the colour suits my skin tone perfectly.

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Ive always been anti lip crayons until I saw Emma Stone advertising this Revlon matt orange shade on the tv advert and I knew I had to have it. I think it'll look great with a shimmery neutral eye using my all time favourite eyeshadow ever Stila Kitten and maybe a little bright orange in my hair too? I havent tried it yet but I cant wait to see the results of Coloursmash hair chalk in Tango Mango.

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A new brand to me is Yves Rocher. Their volume vertige mascara is soooo good and my sister and I have become addicted to how long it makes our lashes look. Def a summer essential!
Last but not least Ive been loving pastel blue on my nails. Barry M in Blue Moon is a lovely sheer pearly blue that with a few coats is a strong cornflower blue colour.

What are your summer make up essentials? xx

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Snippets from my new home...

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Ive been posting a lot of photos on instagram and twitter of my new house. Its been so exciting unpacking all the little things Ive saved away over the years and seeing how everything works together. Dave & I havent got the place completely sorted yet but one room that is coming together is our living/dining room which was two small rooms that have been made open plan.
We decided to make the back wall a little dining nook, I got this table from my grandpa's house it was orgainally a dark wood which I didnt like as our living room only has two little windows so not that bright. So I painted the top with Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white and the legs in louis blue, then I scuffed up the edges with sandpaper and painted it with lacquer to keep it protected.

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Ill try and list everything featured in my photos below, but if I miss anything be sure to ask me in the comments or on twitter. I hope you guys liked this little mini tour, if you would like to see more of Dave & I's new home be sure to let me know and Ill get to work shooting some more photos. Or you can see more on my instagram :) xx

Chairs: Ikea Brakig Collection
Table: DIY using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
V & D gold mugs: Anthropologie
Paper straws: Amazon
Pink wood tray: Sainsbury's
Teapot: fab.com
Milk bottle vase: H&M Home, similar one here.
Text Printed tea towel: H&M Home
Pastel tea cups: Oliver Bonas.  I also want this one!
Hello Cushion: Etsy: hellomilky

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

She's got bass, she's got rhythm...

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So two weeks have gone by and I havent blogged. I could say I cant believe its been that long but it actually feels like longer, Ive missed it so much! In the past 14 days Dave & I have moved into our new home, Dave started a new job (yay!) & I celebrated my...deep breath... 3-0 birthday! A lot has been going on and our wedding is now less than a month away. So just kinda chaotic?!
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Jacket: Work sample, Top: Asos, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes c/o TOMS, Necklace: gift, Handbag: Kate Spade, Glasses: Gok Wan.
I have always been a fan of bright colours at any time of the year but coming into the summer especially. My parents got me this amazeballs neon orange/coral Kate Spade handbag for my birthday so this weekend I took out for the day and teamed it with my pink imitation leather jacket and a pure white bellowy top. Dave & I dont have internet in our new house yet even thought we paid for it to be set up a week ago so hopefully it'll get sorted tomorrow and Ill be back to regular scheduled posting soon! xx

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Decorating a rented house...

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This weekend Dave & I got the keys to our first home together, a little rented terrace house with real wooden floors and a garden for our dogs. Although our house is not technically ours, it is a rented property we still want to put our own stamp on it and make it feel like our home.
We have been lucky enough that we have a very lenient landlord who has said we can paint walls, put up art work and shelving if we please. However there is lots of ways to make a place homely without such serious changes.
I am hoping to inject colour and soft touches to our place with plenty of cushions, rugs & throws, Im thinking in a colour palette of greys, whites and hints of pastels. Vases filled with flowers or plants such as cacti and succulents (which are hard to kill FYI!) are also a nice way to add decoration to any kitchen window sill or living room coffee table. Probably the cheapest way to cosy up a room is with candles, they add such pretty lighting and can a bit of luxe to a room. Im not a huge fan of heavily scented candles but I love tea lights and anything with a fresh cotton smell.
Lastly if you cant hang pictures on your walls of your rented pad why not just lean them against the wall on the floor or on top of a dresser, layering pictures in front of each other can also look great.

Above is just a few things that have caught my eye to inject a bit of colour to our little home.
1 2 3 candles, cushion, black vase, storage box & plate: H&M Home, (my new fav shop!)
Pastel triangle rug: Nordic Design Collective, Trolley & Alex Drawers: Ikea, Art Print: Society 6.

Id love to hear your tips for making a rented property your own, or what home decor shops are a must to look at! xx

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