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16 May 2016

SS16 Flower Power





Shirt - Primark | Skirt - Next | Bag - New Look | Boots - Peacocks




Hurray for better weather! The sun has been shining this past week, and I decided to embrace it with open arms. I made a sneaky purchase, which included this gorgeous floral belted skirt from Next. I really love the pattern, and neutral summery green colour. It fits perfectly and is very flattering on.


I decided to pair it with a classic white shirt, that I've tied in a knot to give it a more bohemian, less formal, vibe. Though the weather has been warmer, I'm not prepared to go bare legged just yet! So popped on some trusty black tights and black boots. I can see this skirt looking great with tan sandals and bare legs though!


What do you think of this look?
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10 May 2016

#Intunottsbloggers SS16 Event



I was recently invited along to Intu Nottingham Victoria Centre, to be part of the #intunottsbloggers Event. The perfect fashion blogger event; clothes, dreamy home ware & cocktails? Yes Please! Being fashion and shopping obsessed, I was really looking forward to getting a look at what the shops in Nottingham Victoria Centre had on offer- and they definitely didn't disappoint. We were led down to the gorgeous style garden, and took our seats in the blogger box. The first show began with Trespass.


Trespass





Trespass is a store that I've never really visited, but after seeing their range of perfect casualwear, it has definitely been put on my radar. I loved the mix of neutral, classic colours, that clashed with the very on trend pink. It pulled the whole collection together, without being too in your face. I particularly took a shine to the all black outfit with the pink jacket.


River Island.




Squad goals!




River Island is one of my favourite places to shop, and they really nailed the Dream Weaver trend this season. The pastel, bohemian vibe is definite outfit goals, I just need a festival to go to now, and it would be perfect! I loved the denim culotte jumpsuit, it looked dreamy with the blue &  white, bohemian, sleevless jacket. I could also see this looking perfect with a high neck navy stripe tee, great for this season's nautical trend. One item, two trends? Definitely a SS16 wardrobe staple!


We had a quick break, refuelled on some delicious Thaikhun food, and resumed with the shows!








Quiz Clothing






Quiz clothing are the best when it comes to on trend, affordable, formalwear. This collection ties in bold floral prints, vibrant coral hues, yet stays classy with clean flattering cuts. I love the coral and black jumpsuit, as well as the stunning floral skater dress. I will definitely be paying quiz a visit for future summer nights out! They also have some amazing ball gowns, if you have a cruise/prom/ball coming up I would highly recommend having a look at their gorgeous dresses! You can do this by either, visiting their store in the Intu Victoria Centre, or online at




House of Fraser




Another flawless formalwear collection came from House of Fraser. They have the monochrome look down; clean lines, gorgeous fabrics and a classic colour palette. I need everything from this collection, especially that amazing, white, two piece suit! I think this would be perfect for a summer party, or cocktails on a roof terrace.
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Next









This collection by next has a subtle nod to the nautical trend, navy is my go to spring/summer colour. I think it's the more seasonally appropriate version of black, which most of you may have gathered is a core colour in my wardrobe! Again, it's the jumpsuit that's captured my heart/purse strings. I'm definitely adding one of these to my summer capsule wardrobe, as I think they are effortless and sleek. This makes them easy to wear, and look put together!


My purse strings have definitely been pulled, and my bank balance is quivering! I loved seeing all the collections that the stores in Intu Victoria Centre have to offer, they covered all angles in terms of casual wear and formal wear. Perfect for all occasion dressing, and has definitely given me some inspiration for my ss16 wardrobe!


Once the shows had concluded we headed over to Intu Victoria Centre's new home ware store, Sostrene Grene, which has the dreamiest home décor accessories. I'm going to dedicate a whole separate post, and maybe a cheeky haul, to it soon. Keep your eyes peeled!


The event concluded how any good day should, with cocktails!






We headed to Thaikhun to make some delicious cocktails.  I opted for full moon, a sweet, fruity cocktail, adorned with flying saucers and served in a kilner jar. Every bloggers dream. I'm definitely going back for food next time as it smelt delicious!


A huge thank you to Intu Victoria Centre & Cartwright communications for hosting #intunottsbloggers, it was such a fantastic day!



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3 May 2016

Bohemian Dream



Kimono - River Island | Crop Top - New Look | Skirt - New Look | Belt - H&M



 A trend I am definitely sporting this season is the Dream Weaver trend. Pastel hues and bohemian prints, what more could a girl ask for? This kimono jacket from River Island encapsulates this look seamlessly. The monochrome bohemian print is set off perfectly by the delicate baby pink pom pom trim. The attention to detail is what drew me to this piece, the pattern, the fringing and the sequins, all tied together beautifully. I can see me wearing this a lot!
I tied the outfit together with a classic black, high waist denim skirt and racer crop top. To add emphasis to the basic underlay of my outfit, I added a western style belt. The skirt is a super flattering cut, it cinches in at the waist and flares out into an A-line cut.

This outfit practically screams festival season, now I just need to be actually going to one. If there's one trend you should back this season it's this one! There is just so much choice in terms of cut and pattern that there is something for everyone.

What are your thoughts on this trend?
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10 April 2016

Project House | Our Before Photos & Our Plans


We've officially been living in our home 3 weeks this week, the time has been flying by, what with work, and hosting our friends and family to show them what we've done so far. I have been wanting to write up this post since I took the photos on the first day we moved in, however, with no internet, and no time, it has taken me until now to finally sit down and get all of it put into text. These past 3 weeks have been a long, hard slog. On the day we got the keys, after taking these before photos, we began the painting.

 I wanted it to be very light and bright, but not pure white. I told my other half I wanted a colour between white and cream, which he didn't know even existed! In the end we opted for 'Timeless' by Dulux. The perfect white, but not white. The walls were already fairly light, but very yellow toned, I thought it would be easy to paint, but believe me, it was harder than it sounds! We had limited day time hours, and painted a lot at night, which means you can't really see the imperfections until the morning. It took two, sometimes even three coats, and many hours.

A lot of what we wanted to do with the house is cosmetic and decorative, a bit of sprucing and finesse. There are just two rooms that we want to completely change; the upstairs bathroom and the kitchen. They are both fully functional and fine for now, but not quite to our taste. I have spent hours pouring over Pinterest and instagram at kitchens and bathrooms and will talk about some of my ideas further a long in this post. It's difficult to finalise what I want when I know that it's something that you will rarely do twice.

We also still have a mountain of boxes to unpack, wardrobes to build, and more painting to do, but I really wanted to document our progress with each room. I thought it would be perfect to share our before photos all in one post, and then hopefully when the house is finally complete (if you can ever say that) I can do a full after post.

So here are our 'before' photos, and what we have planned for each of the rooms.



The Living Room

What I love about our living room, and annoyed that I forgot to capture in these photos, is the huge bay window. As well as the stunning fire place.  This room didn't need too much doing to it, we first painted the whole room in 'timeless' to make it even brighter. We then picked out some new paper for the fireplace, which is a very light cream and pale gold, again to make the room lighter and much more neutral. We also plan to add some greenery in the form of real and fake plants, I find adding plants to a room makes a home much more cosy and inviting.

  We are also going to switch the wall light fixtures to something more opulent and grand. The overall look we're going for is bright, yet cosy, with mixed textures, cabinets and lots of pictures.




The Dining Room

Again, the dining room is a blank canvas. We want the dining room to be a good entertaining space, I got so excited at the prospect of hosting Christmas dinner and parties here that I almost wished it was winter again! Again following the theme of the house, we wanted it light, bright and fresh.

We have painted the skirting boards white to elongate the walls and make it look cleaner. We also plan to have a gorgeous display cabinet in one part of the alcove, and a set of drawers the other side. I would like to create a bar type display with the smaller cabinet, it would be perfect for all our gatherings.

 We decided to keep this room simple, with lots of light whites and creams, and the odd pop of gold here and there.



The Kitchen

This is one of the rooms we would like to completely change. We'd like to emphasise the bright airy feel by putting in new lighter flooring, Update all the cabinets and add pretty worktops. We're thinking very white with mixed metallic for the pop of colour. This is in keeping with the rest of the house, giving it a modern and clean look.

  We're going to add a baking storage unit on the opposite side as I have a lot of pretty baking stuff that I don't want to hide away inside a cupboard.

 We would also like to create a breakfast bar area with tall stools, to create an alternative space for a quick bite in the morning. It would be perfect by the end window as our back garden gets all the sun, meaning this room get's the most light.





Downstairs Bathroom

The Downstairs Bathroom is the total opposite to the one upstairs, it's very modern and up to date. The walk in shower is perfect for those days you just need to be in and out quickly. The layout and suite is perfect, so all we really want to do in here is add some décor; shelves above the toilet, and a pretty window display.



Our Bedroom

We wanted a really luxurious feel to our bedroom, it's the only room we have decided to throw in some dark colours. We're doing this in the form of rich chocolate browns.  The overall colour scheme is white, chocolate brown and silver.

 I like the idea of clashing modern pieces with antique pieces, we have picked some gorgeous modern lamps to go on our dark chocolate bed side tables (look out for my bedroom transformation post in the near future!). These look perfect with my vintage style silver mirror and candle holders.

The bedroom should be a tranquil place, which is why we want to keep it very minimalistic and cosy.

 


The Guest Room

This room looked like it once belonged to a little, as cute as it is, it's not to our taste! We want to create a luxurious guest room/spare room. We plan to white wash all the walls and add a stunning white and silver bed with matching accessories. We want to make it feel homely in a simplistic inviting way, we will have plenty of guests over the next coming months with our wedding coming up , and intend to have it completed by then!

We are also storing my make-up table and our double wardrobe in this room to give our master room more space.




The Master Bathroom

This is the room I'm most itching to get started on, we are planning to rip out the wall and floor tiling and replace them with something more subtle. We are going to have simple white subway tiling on the wall, and white marble tiling on the floor.

 The bath will be replaced with a stunning roll top, claw foot tub - I can't wait for this! We will also be taking out the old radiator and replacing it with a long heated towel rack.  Perfect for those cold evenings. We want to create some more storage space too, and add a few plants.

So that's all of our before photos! I thought I would also insert a close up of the before paint colour and after paint colour, as you can't really tell from the photos.


As you can see, the walls were very yellow toned before, but they are now a more white stone colour.

So there we have a sneak peek of some of the rooms we are re-working, one month in an we are getting there bit by bit. The only room that is almost at completion stage is the dining room! That will probably be the first of my room reveals, so keep your eyes peeled!

If you fancy a nosey at the kind of look we are going for then feel free to have a browse of my page.

 
I hope you enjoyed this post, I can't wait to share our after results with you!




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