Monday, 31 December 2018

Out of the box vacation ideas!*

Think how excited you get when you think about going on holiday. From the moment you book it, it's always in your mind, how excited you are to go, counting down the days. Everything you do for months in advance is based around the holiday, saving for it or figuring out what you're taking with you. Here are some ideas to make it extra exciting!
Monday, 24 December 2018

December Christmassy photo diary

Girly pink Christmas blog photo diary
 A really quick photo diary to put up just before Christmas! Here is where I've been recently, from snaps on my phone. I often take snaps of things I'd love to feature on the blog but can never find a space for them... here is what I've been buying, seeing, enjoying, life through my lens.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

A few pretty and girly bargains...

Pretty and girly blog shopping haul, what I bought, just girly things blog
My gosh, it's nearly Christmas! Today on the blog I have a few pretty bargains I found around and about, probably whilst Christmas shopping and ending up getting distracted. Here's what I picked up...
Pretty and girly blog shopping haul, what I bought, just girly things blog
 I found this beautiful old film camera on ebay for only £6, including postage! It reminds me a lot of the camera in my header, I love all the little details and can't wait to see if I can get my hands on some film.
Thursday, 13 December 2018

Winter routine, how to look and smell like a snack

Just girly things, here is my winter beauty, bath and body makeup fragrance routine. Using what's in my shower and things from my make-up collection, how to look and smell like a snack
Or something very glittery and glowing like you've fallen in to a Christmas tree, minus the needles. Here are my current dream December beauty products, for feeling like a winter fairy. I love working these in to my morning and evening routine when I can. First up is the Soap and Glory 'Rich & Foamous' body wash. I treat myself to this for the best wintry shower ever. It smells like those mini pancakes or boffins like you get at the Christmas markets and makes me hungry for a cafe breakfast.
Just girly things, here is my winter beauty, bath and body makeup fragrance routine. Using what's in my shower and things from my make-up collection, how to look and smell like a snack
I love to pile my shower high with Soap and Glory products, I still have some from last Christmas and I absolutely love to use them in the winter time. They lather up really well, thick and creamy, and the scents are so calming and gorgeous. The vintage chic packaging and cute puns are always a win too.
Thursday, 6 December 2018

Girly Christmas gift ideas with JD Williams*

Pink girly Christmas gift guide ideas 2018
Hey all, recently I've been struggling with the fatigue a lot and tackling my to do list. It feels relentless but I've been learning that hey, it's ok if I can't manage. For me the holidays are about everything sparkly and I get really excited about going to the Christmas markets and going to cute cake cafes 
Thursday, 29 November 2018

How to take a cruise in an eco friendly way*

*this is a collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
These days it is so cheap to travel, and budget airlines allow us to jet around the world whenever we choose. However, the implications of the climate crisis mixed in with a common fear of flying mean that more and more of us are looking for greener means of travel and to see the world. After all, it is seeing the world and travelling it that really helps to educate us and become aware of surroundings outside our own. It really helps to alert us to the effects of climate change.

However, until completely zero waste travel machines come to be available - they are on their way! -    the most common way to still have an enjoyable travel experience, even with a fear of flying is to book a cruise trip with one of the greener cruise lines. I know, I know, cruises have earned a reputation as being little better than flying, but there are so many eco friendly changes a cruise line can make, as opposed to a plane, so many factors that can make a difference. With recent changes being made, it is reported that the average person recycles 60% more waste at sea than they do on land. Here are some ways to take a cruise in an eco friendly way.

. Choose a cruise line making the most of sail power - Star Clippers are one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly cruising, beautiful and tall ships that boast huge sails. Sailing around the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asia, the ships rely exclusively on sail power around 25% to 35% of the time and often more. Onboard activities include traditional pursuits such as knot-tying classes and climbing the mast, such good value for money as you get to learn new skills too!

. Choose a cruise line using greener fuel - Hurtigruten is converting its ships to use biogas, a renewable energy source that is generated ashore from organic waste such as the leftovers of fish processed for food. Virgin Voyages have built an on board system that converts any passenger waste like sewage, food and paper, in to biofuel, which is then used to power the ship.

. Cruise lines minimising impact on the sea - Royal Caribbean International operates an environmental protection programme called Save the Waves, which aims to reduce the creation of waste material, recycle as much as possible and ensure the proper disposal of any remaining waste through water purification systems. MSC Cruises ships are being painted with new specially designed non toxic paint that doesn't release acidity and doesn't alter the bacterial makeup of the sea. All waste water on their ships is recycled and reused, with the last drop used to wash the windows.

. You get to visit multiple destinations on the same trip - One of the most appealing features of a cruise experience is the fact that you get to visit multiple destinations on the same cruise. When you fly abroad for your vacation, it is generally to visit a single location. Instead of booking flight after flight with all the disposable one use plastic that entails from going through security and picking things up in airport lounges again and again, a cruise is a resort in itself that stops at numerous countries on its way. When the ship drops anchor, you can get out and explore the location as you normally would. This way, you can see so much more of the world in one trip.

. Give back while on board! One of the most fulfilling and sociable experiences is giving back by volunteering around the world! Crystal Cruises won the Cruise Ship Environmental Award both in 2005 and 2011 for its mandatory conservation and environmental practises programs, energy efficient lighting in all cabins, eco friendly water filtration and dry cleaning systems, plus recycles its own unused toiletries. But its 'you care, we care' voluntourism program allows both cruisers and crew to participate in community based conservation projects in destinations the ships visit, for no additional cost to passengers. This can include restoration of native foliage in New Zealand, collaborating with animal rescue programs in places around Europe, volunteering at an Alaskan salmon hatchery and helping to clear up areas after hurricane devastation.

For many people, one of the highlights of travelling and going on holiday is the fact that you get to socialise with new people. And this is one of the ways in which a cruise offers you so much.

The freedom and flexibility that comes with taking a cruise is something that makes this a wonderful travel experience, especially now that there are cleaner, greener options to consider when taking a cruise. You can book a cruise experience with any of these greener companies at, there are so many options to choose from, it can be as laid back or full-on as you want, and this is something that a lot of people love about it. It’s a holiday experience with a difference and a way to see the world that is unlike any other. The multiple destinations and social aspect of cruises make them an absolute must for travel junkies, and there are a multitude of ways to make them greener at the same time. You could even get involved and find ways to assist the programs on your own!
Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Too Faced, The Sweet smell of Christmas set review

Too Faced holiday collection 2018, The Sweet Smell of Christmas set review
 I treated myself to one early Christmas present this year, the Sweet smell of Christmas set immediately caught my eye, from the Too Faced Holidays collection 2018. I very much love the fact that each of the four shades, Pumpkin Spice, Sugar Cookie, Cinnamon Bear and Hot Buttered Rum, have their own gorgeous scents and adorable motifs all over the lids, pumpkin pies, sugar cookies, bears and mini rum jugs topped with foam, too cute. I love how much detail Too Faced put in to their Christmas range.
Too Faced holiday collection 2018, The Sweet Smell of Christmas set review
Oh the festive scents! Here are all four liquid lipstick shades from the set. They work out about £5.50 for each full size lipstick, which is so much cheaper than buying them singularly, where they work out
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

No spend ways to create a 'tumblr' or girly room

I often feel like giving my room a refresh. I absolutely love having my little space, even though it takes me a while to afford bits and bobs to decorate, I have learned to get crafty. Here are some sneaky tips, how to prettify your home or bedroom without spending much or any money at all. 

. Here are lots of ways to use fairy lights! Wind them around your bed frame, line your shelves with them to look pretty and cosy, for a tumblr-bedroom-esque look. Fill vases with them or pretty cutout candle holders as a safe option to candles. Placing any kind of mirror strategically can reflect and fill your room with the dreamy glow, or you could even hang dozens of fairylight strands vertically to create a pretty and shimmery wall.
Pretty, girly and cosy/cozy room tips for girly room inspiration, no budget ways to revamp your home, ways to makeover your home without spending any money
. Find and arrange pretty books or make really pretty and elegant covers for the books you already have. Robert Southey's daughters used to make book covers from leftover pretty dress crinoline and in
Monday, 19 November 2018

Mate date ideas that don't involve alcohol*

*this is a collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
Spending time with friends can be important to us, a ‘like’ or a comment on social media just isn’t the same, compared to being in the presence of your loved ones. Scheduling time together in person can be tricky as all of us lead busy lives, we’re often on opposite shifts, free on different days and getting something in the diary is difficult. But when you do figure out a day that suits everyone, what can be even more tricky is finding something you all enjoy doing. Here are some ways alcohol free mate dates can be the most fun ever, things to do that are fun and don’t involve drinking. 

Host an afternoon tea - If you’re meeting for lunch then hosting an afternoon tea is a nice idea, it’s elegant yet easy to do and you can create a selection of sweet and savoury finger foods that everyone will love. From finger sandwiches to mini pastries and scones, you could always buy in some of the more fiddly desserts. It’s a great way to spend time on a warm day as you can sit out in the garden, but now it’s cold it’s still fun indoors and you could even make it festive themed in the run up to Christmas. Invest in some top restaurant quality tablecloths from Richard Haworth and purchase some tiered cake stands and some cute mismatched china cups, scour charity shops for these kinds of things. 

Book in at a restaurant - If you want more of an evening occasion, why not book in at a nice restaurant? If you go with a place that serves a wide range of dishes it will be easy for everyone to find something they like. You could always order a selection of different dishes and have fun trying different things while you all catch up. Sites like Groupon and Meerkat Meals are handy as they can massively reduce your bill so it doesnt need to cost a bomb.

Go to the theatre - The cinema is fun, but there’s something magical about the theatre. The live acting, the atmosphere, even if you and your friends don’t think it’s your ‘thing’ its definitely something to try and you might be pleasantly surprised. You could always go festive at this time of year and go to a panto. 

Try a class or course - There are all kinds of fun one off classes or courses that you attend each week which could make the perfect way to spend time with friends. From cooking to baking, arts and crafts, wine tasting sessions, chocolate making classes - the list is endless! Whether you want a fun, unique one-off meetup or something you can do on a regular bases, look into courses in your area.

Enjoy an animal petting day - maybe a day trip to your local zoo or visiting the nearest animal rescue centre or petting centre, or even heading to a duck pond or river to see ducks and swans, this can be so much fun. Instead of bread, take along some vegetable and potato peelings for our feathery friends, it's much better for them and easier for them to digest too!

Consider something active - Exercising together is an amazing idea as you get to stay fit and socialise at the same time. It’s an amazing way to keep motivated, and there are loads of fun activities, you could go ice skating, roller blading, trampolining or swimming, you could go on hikes, or go surfing. Incorporating something like this into your routine means you’ll get to regularly see your friends, work out and have fun. The options are endless! It doesn't have to be boring workouts at the gym or running in the rain. It’s possible to actually have fun while you exercise. 

What sort of mate date ideas do you most like doing that don’t involve drinking or partying?
Friday, 16 November 2018

Pretty, girly Ikea home decor... and extras!

Pretty girly IKEA shabby chic home decor haul, what I bought
We live a million miles away from pretty much any big department store haha, my favourite thing to do when we pop down to the midlands is straightaway take a trip to IKEA. I always buy too many nick nacks and food, always daim bars. We also had a quick stop off at the huge 'Outfit' outlet store, which holds an insane variety of famous brands, well to my tiny mind, including Topshop, Accessorize, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins... Here are some irresistibly girly buys and homeware pieces I found.
Sunday, 11 November 2018

The perfect shabby chic mini makeup drawers

Girly shabby chic makeup storage and beauty product organisation ideas
I recently purchased these really pretty white drawers from ebay. I love the look of the clear plastic muji display drawers and the idea of seeing all the products inside through the case, but wanted to
 avoid putting things on display, to avoid attracting the attention of a certain inquisitive person Oscar.
Girly shabby chic makeup storage and beauty product organisation ideas
They are like a miniature set of drawers, they are crisp white and have two drawers that open out, complete with little knobs, and a place on top to store makeup brushes, or lipsticks if I'm brave, but I
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Hello Leon, newest My Hummy sleep aid bear*

My Hummy newborn baby toddler sleep aid white noise toy review
Hello Leon, our brand new bedtime bear from MyHummy, baby sleep aid experts. Just today they released a brand new range of soft and snuggly bears to lull infants and me to slumber with unique white noise technology, to help your little ones settle down and comfort them when they wake in the night. You can find all the new gorgeous 'Sweethearts' and 'Smarthearts' here! Here are my thoughts...
My Hummy newborn baby toddler sleep aid white noise toy review
  I had no idea what to buy for the early, newborn days or what to invest in, I thought that knowledge would automatically come to me once I became a parent. I didn't have a clue what I needed, where to 
Monday, 5 November 2018

Super girly jewellery ideas for A/W 2019*

 *this is a guest and collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
One of the loveliest ways to celebrate an outfit or accessorise it are pieces of delicate jewellery to turn it into a pretty masterpiece. Here are some gorgeous, girly jewellery options to adore...

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The tricks we just used to buy our first home!

House hacks, shabby chic girly pastel bedroom
Ahh home. I've been wanting to create this post for a while, since August 2017 when we managed to purchase our first home. Here I detail the exact tricks we used for purchasing a property in the UK. Out of interest, taking a look at how much it is worth since we bought it, it's risen in value by around £200 in only a year! If you want to know the tool I used for this go to SunLife and use their calculator here. It is lovely having the security of a home, means that you have that much value to your name and potential money for the future. I wanted to put together a little guide I wished I'd had when navigating the whole house hunting process, exactly what we did to purchase ours - and what no one told me...

With the deposit and mortgage!

 This is what we did for our deposit... Our deposit was pretty huge. As much as we saved and saved, we still needed about ten times the amount we had. What we did, something that is becoming more
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

How to make your outside space more appealing*

*this is a collaborative and guest post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
When it comes to our garden, it’s likely not to see much use as the months get colder or the days get rainier. Here are some ways to make your garden super appealing, to make it easier and nicer to pop outside every now and then to enjoy your outdoor space, come every season...

Invest In Outdoor Furniture - one reason why someone might not spend much time in their garden could be that there’s no outdoors furniture to kick back and relax on. As far as outdoor spaces go, investing in some outdoor furniture might be just what you need to encourage you to make the most of it. Look at getting some chairs and sofas that are suitable for outdoor use. There’s plenty that comes with cushions that you can pack away inside of the furniture itself. A lot of this furniture is also made out of durable material that won’t rust and is easy to wipe down. If there’s somewhere to sit then, it’s much more appealing to take your guests outdoors.

Think about shelter - on rainy days having a sheltered outside area can be bliss, you can go and sit outside with a hot drink and listen to the rain pattering overhead. It's so soothing, relaxing and and a cosy way to spend your free time, especially if you get a lot of rain in your area!

Light Up The Space - all that darkness and no wonder you want to stay inside where it’s nicely warm and lit up. Sure it might be colder outside, but there are ways to light up the space. Think about getting a fire pit to put in the middle of your seating area. This provides lots of warmth and natural light when lit. For more permanent lighting, think about adding fairly lights to the trees and tall shrubs. You can also get solar powered lighting that you can fix into the ground and light up from the sunlight that they collect throughout the day. 

Plant Some More - if gardening might not be your strong suit, worry no more! Hedgeplants Heijnen has plenty of hedging that you can get to shape your garden if it hasn’t got much shape or structure about it already or if the existing plants have died and need replacing. Taking care of plants can take so little time, there’s plenty of them that don’t require much attention at all. Simply replant any dead ones and let nature do its thing in keeping them alive. Just be sure to keep an eye on them whenever you have spells where you’ve not had rainfall in a while. 

Feed the birds - hanging up some birdfeeders outside and around your home can mean your garden, balcony or outdoor space can become host to a whole colourful flock of friendly birds. You might spot different colours at different times of year, it's so satisfying to watch them.

Keep On Top Of The Mowing - when the grass in your garden gets too long, it can become messy, and it’ll look as if you’ve not paid much attention to it recently. So try to keep on top of the mowing where possible, even when it’s cold. Try to find a relatively dry day where you can mow the grass and keep it short. The more often you do this, the better and think of it like your own hair. That needs grooming and maintaining every so often, it’s the same for your grass. 
Sunday, 21 October 2018

Twelve princessy things you can do

In your pyjamas! As weird as it sounds, honestly there are so many little rituals that I love doing and give me princessy vibes. It means I have some control over my life even though I cannot
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Free girly and shabby chic fall wallpapers

Free girly, feminine, shabby chic and blush pink fall phone wallpapers
 I am forever alternating the wallpapers on my phone, laptop, I can never just decide on one haha. I feel so excited for Halloween, I'm like a little kid. I have been looking out for autumnal wallpapers since
Friday, 12 October 2018

Purchasing a home, is it really worth it?*

*this is a collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
It is hard to afford your own home. Especially in today's times where the property is very expensive and more so in areas like London and in and around the Lake District, where the scenery is nicest. Here are some thoughts, cons and pros of purchasing a home and getting on the housing ladder... 
Wednesday, 10 October 2018

What I bought, a blog beauty and candle haul

Beauty blog fashion and autumn candle haul, what I bought
I went in to Boots to pick up my favourite foundation and there was a 3 for 2 offer across all makeup. I picked up these two Essie shades I've been wanting to try for so long, Mademoiselle and Muchi Muchi. I didn't realise how beautiful sheer nail shades were. I layer about two coats on. Mademoiselle is so delicate with a vintage feel about it and I l.o.v.e Muchi Muchi, it's the perfect strawberry milk hue.
Beauty blog fashion and autumn candle haul, what I bought
They last for ages without chipping too, usually when I apply the gel polishes I get chips within a day or so but I was really surprised by these, I really want to collect the other sheer shades like Ballet 
Sunday, 7 October 2018

Girly shabby chic new room makeover

Girly shabby chic room makeover and mori girl room ideas
 For a while now I've been working on giving my room a little face lift, I replaced my raspberry walls with whiter, brighter cosy ice cream hues and pastels. I also added a few little candle holders and lanterns for extra cosiness come winter and had a lot of fun choosing prints from my wishlist here...
Girly shabby chic room makeover and mori girl room ideas
I chose 'Dogue' along with some cute nursery designs because I am about five, I have a darling 'O' for Oscar, a swirly bee print, a bear with rosy cheeks and a 'hippity hoppity' bunny print. I also moved my
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Simple ways to create a calm and relaxing home*

*This is a collaborative and guest post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
After a stressful and difficult day at work, your home should be the place you return to in order to rest, relax, and calm your frazzled mind. It should evoke feelings of happiness and joy, love and contentment, and a sense of zen-like peace. Here's how to make your home feel like home...

#1: Find your go-to place - For some people, it will be the living room. For others, it will be the conservatory. And for many of us, it will be the bedroom. These are just a few of the places that are commonly used for rest and relaxation purposes. Think about your downtime - what do you love to do? Head to your go-to place; that area of your home where you can retreat to each day. And in that area, bring in those things that are guaranteed to boost your mood and soothe your mind and body. In your bedroom, you might set up an area with a dressing table. Here, you can pamper yourself with your favourite beauty products, perhaps experimenting with make-ups or soothing your tired skin with your creams and lotions.

In your living room, you might want to focus on entertainment. Sitting back on your sofa while listening to music provided by Alexa, or watching your favourite shows on Netflix, you will be able to transport your mind away from the stresses of the day. And if the sun is warm but the air is still a little too chilly to sit outside, the conservatory might be your place of choice. Here you can sit with your favourite book or magazine while looking at the beauty of your garden once in a while. A lit candle and a plate of delicious biscuits might compliment your relaxation time too.

#2: Focus on your garden - If you're lucky enough to have a garden, make the most of it for relaxation purposes. So, you might bring in patio builders to give you an all-weather space so you can enjoy your garden all year round. With an outdoor heater at the ready in cooler weather, or with the state-of-the-art heat-resistant tech featured in the link on really hot days, you could spend time on your patio for hours in your downtime. To prettify the garden have a browse through these design ideas and consider how they might fit into your outdoor area. Even small changes can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the space, listening to the trickle of a water fountain will make a whole space feel more beautiful and calming.

#3: Find a place to engage with your hobbies - There are all kinds of calming hobbies you can try out at home. You might achieve a state of zen-like peace while pottering around your garden. If cooking gives you a sense of calm and happiness, then you might spend some of your free time in the kitchen pursuing your (hopefully) delicious hobby. And if you love nothing more than a good book, then you might want to set up a special little nook in your bedroom or living room. If you have a spare room in your home, you could convert it into an area for your hobbies too. This might be somewhere in your house, but if you have a garage or a summer house, you might use these areas as well. An art studio? A music room? A craft zone? Think about the hobbies that enable you to relax, and transform your available spaces into something fit for purpose. 

#4: De-clutter your home - You are hardly likely to find a place of tranquility if your home is littered with clutter. From messy closets to floors piled high with items without a home, you might feel stressed when entering certain rooms. If there are outfits in your closets that you no longer wear, consider giving some of them to a friend. Channel your inner Marie Kondo! And if you have items that you just can't bear to let go of, try some extra storage furniture to give them a home of their own to nestle in. You will then be able to engage with your hobbies without having something distracting you in the corner of your eye. Oh, and you will be less prone to bumping into and stepping on things too, meaning you won't suffer any painful breaks in your tranquility. 

#5: Mix and match your colours - There are some colours that are conducive to a relaxing mind. From blues to velvets, take a look at these peaceful paint colours for some examples, and consider how they would look in your home. After deciding on the colours you enjoy, use a colour wheel to guide you into making the right choices for the rest of your home decor, from rugs for the floor to throws for your sofa. With the right colour and design combinations, you should then feel a deeper sense of relaxation when stepping into individual rooms.

To give you some inspiration, take a look at these calming bedroom designs. If getting to sleep has ever been a problem for you, it might be that you finally manage to get some shut-eye by giving this area of your home a few extra touches of colour to relax you. 

#6: Get on top of any repair jobs - It can be hard to relax in your living room if there are cool drafts filtering in through your doors and windows or your sleep is disrupted due to the drip drip drip of a leaky tap. Other nuisance issues can include creaky floorboards, damp walls, and boiler noises. To create a calm and relaxing home, and to eliminate these problems, either bring in a professional for those jobs that you can't handle or have a go at a few DIY fixes that you should be able to manage yourself. You will then be able to read your book without a cold shiver running down your spine, and you will be able to settle in to a peaceful night's sleep or telly watching!

#7: Bring in more natural light - The more natural light you have coming into your home, the better. It can improve your mood, give you cause to relax, and shine a light on the efforts that you have already made to create a relaxing home environment. Try cutting back any bushes or trees outside that might be blocking your light. Replace heavy curtains with something made of lighter material, and pull them right back during the day to let the sunlight in. Incorporate reflective surfaces into your home, so the light can double in each room. Here are some other ideas that are so helpful for bringing more natural light into your home. 

Imagine having the opportunity to come home to a calm and relaxing environment! Then stop imagining it, and get to work on transforming your home, so you actually have the opportunity to do so!! We hope our suggestions were useful to you but continue your research online, as you are bound to find plenty more ideas to give you a home that is suitable for relaxation purposes!
Sunday, 30 September 2018

ABH Norvina palette international giveaway

 To say a huge thank you for reading my blog and leaving me comments I am giving away the famous Norvina palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills! I've been wanting to do a super special blog giveaway for
Friday, 28 September 2018

A little cosy autumnal reading nook

Girly cosy relaxing space, shabby chic reading nook
Pre room makeover, I had long resigned myself to the fact that I would never be able to move my bed and furniture around, due to my big bulky bed frame taking up most of my little room haha.
Friday, 21 September 2018

Room makeover print wishlist

Etsy shabby chic print blog wish list
I've been scouring Etsy for some prints to decorate my new and light walls and here are my favourites. Most of them are actual physical prints sent straight to your door and some of them are computer

Shaving time off your garden upkeep*

Do you have a love of gardening? Maybe you do, but you’re a busy soul and don’t have a lot of time to get down on your knees in the garden! And seeing as it’s getting a bit wild and overgrown out there, you’re feeling pretty bad that you just don’t have the chance to dedicate your energy to it in the way you want. So, it’s clear we’re at an impasse; you want to look after your garden, but it’s a big project, and you’re not sure you’ll always have the time necessary to keep the greenery on its toes. What do you do? Here are some great ways to shave off the upkeep time! 
Sunday, 16 September 2018

Five little life changes, update

1. Oscar is now going to nursery - asdfjk! You mean to tell me I have a baby and he is in nursery now? How did this happen? I'm doing the nursery run four times a week and am struggling to get over the
Thursday, 13 September 2018

Really cute autumnal finds

Girly autumn blog haul
 Every year I go looking for autumnal goodies, here are some lovely spooky bits and pieces I picked up last year! It's probably a bit early but I love to see the whole run up to halloween as a celebration in
Friday, 7 September 2018

The very pink backpack of dreams

Girly shopping haul beauty style fashion blog
I purchased this backpack from Accessorize as it was 20% off in the sale and wanted to share it with you on the blog. It's so, so pretty,  the perfect back to school bag, or in my case day/nursery run bag...
Saturday, 1 September 2018

Oscar, sleepovers and My Hummy white noise toy*

My Hummy white noise newborn sleep aid review shabby chic baby blog
Hello little boy! It feels like forever since I did a baby update or family post, this now three year old won't stay still for coco pops. Right now Oscar loves finding tags on his clothing, spotted recycling vans
Thursday, 23 August 2018

How to build an 'aesthetical' blog

Here is how to build a blog with a certain aesthetic, in terms of how the word is used on instagram, or in other words a distinct and beautiful theme. This is not at all necessary while blogging, but it is so
Friday, 17 August 2018

Two weeks of the kiss pmd, review, before and after*

PMD Kiss lip plumping blog review before and after
Today I have a review of the PMD Kiss, a smart new device designed to boost collagen and create long lasting fuller lips. I have always had lips on the smaller side, I've always been curious as to what it's like
Sunday, 12 August 2018

Modern Lady of Shalott outfit ft River Island*

Lady of Shalott themed modern vintage romantic outfit
Tennyson's 'Lady of Shalott' and the various portraiture interpretations of her have long been my muses. I was so excited at the prospect of creating an outfit inspired by the poem and channelling his
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Save, spend, sloths

Disney fashion beauty blog wishlist
My favourite thing to do in my free time when poor is make a wish list haha. Here are some of the cutest things I found on the web, featuring more Disney (check out my Disney brogue boots haul here) and sloths...
Saturday, 4 August 2018

Things I bought, Disney Marie & brogue boots

Blog fashion haul, Disney Marie collection
Hello birthday month! I can't believe we're in August now, lately I have been enveloped in some kind of depressive/anxious spell along with my M.E. I just want to say that it's totally fine to struggle or feel 
Sunday, 29 July 2018

Sherbet marshmallow bunny ear biscuits

Marshmallow bunny ears sugar cookies
The summer rains have come at last... a damp and drizzly afternoon, I finally decided to try making these marshmallow rabbit ears that have been floating about on my Pinterest for a while (find them here!) and attach
Friday, 27 July 2018

How to keep your garden looking beautiful*

*this is a collaborative post
A garden attached to your home can feel like the best place to spend the summer - or a sunny windowsill, porch or balcony! But in the autumn or winter it can be a less appealing task to take care of your outdoor space. The garden affects how the whole home looks, and if you can keep it looking as beautiful as possible then that is going to mean great things for the home more generally. Here are some simple ways in which you can keep your garden looking beautiful, all year round. 

Use a variety of plants - an amazing tip to keep a beautiful garden is to have lots of variety. Keeping a wide variety of plants, especially a wide selection that will bloom at different times of year, will ensure your garden looks colourful all year round! It also gets you excited for the next season to come, I love how plants can tell us when a new season is approaching. Different plants and flowers also give off different and beautiful scents and attract wildlife like butterflies to your garden - you can even try to attract some rare species! Creating a theme can be a lot of fun too and can guide you in what plants to choose as there are so many out there. Putting together a little plan of what colours, shapes, textures and smells you love can be exciting and can help you tie everything together.

Go for some professional help - there is no shame in drafting in a professional or someone with experience in gardening, this can only benefit you as you can learn a lot from someone showing you how, definitely watch and learn and pick up all the tricks of the trade so you know how to care for and maintain your garden in future. Ask tons of questions and even write things down! This will give you confidence in the future, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to what kind of maintenance needs doing at what time of year and so on. Finding good professional gardeners can really help you on your way to gardening guru status, or just keep the plants alive me haha

Simplify it - opting for a minimal theme for your garden can really open it up and make it look bigger, even the smallest garden! - and be easier to maintain in the long run, plus will place emphasis on the focal points in your garden. The key is to use simple shapes to cleverly allot certain areas of the garden for the plants to go, think carefully about when they will bloom and which plants will overpower others visually to make the beds look cluttered, contrast the textures and size. Also vouch for hardy and easy to care for plants that won't need much maintenance, to keep your garden looking its very best without it becoming too much of a drain on your energy. When there are less chores to be done in the garden you can focus on the exciting aspects of your outdoor space, you can put your energy in to creating and all the future garden projects you've been looking forward to doing!
Saturday, 21 July 2018

Magical faraway lands I'd love to visit

Travel blogger wishlist, modern fairytale destinations
Hello all! Sorry for my absence, I've been away from the blog with an incredibly painful ear. I thought I would make something a little different... I have been glued to the Pinterest travel section, in between
Monday, 9 July 2018

What's on my bedside table

What's on my bedside table shabby chic girly blog
I keep my dressing table next to my bed as a kind of bedside table, it fits nice and snug in the corner of my small room and I love that I can keep my makeup remover stuff close to my bed. I thought I would 
Wednesday, 4 July 2018

How to deal with the next heatwave in style*

*this is a collaborative post
The UK isn't exactly reknowned for its massive heatwaves - or heatspells or even heatdays - but we’ve had a few over the last few weeks (with more likely to come). Sunny days are a joy here in Britain but the heat, when it builds, can be unbearable, especially when in the UK our houses are proofed for the cold and to trap heat in! Here are some ideas how you can deal with the next heatwave in style.

Dress For The Weather - Dressing for the weather means making sure you’re comfortable in the heat and in what you’re wearing. Have fun trying out different pieces to see what you feel good in. Not everybody feels comfortable wearing a crop top and short shorts, you definitely don't have to bare all if you don't want to! Light coloured and floaty pieces should help you to stay cool in the heat. A sunhat and sunglasses are great essentials too, I always forget but protecting your face and scalp from the sun is just as important as protecting your arms and legs. We can avoid oversquinting and premature eye wrinkles, as well as eye damage from the sun, all with a nifty pair of sunglasses.

Smother Yourself In SPF - Planning on spending all day in the sun? Make sure you smother yourself in the right SPF for you so that you can stay protected. High quality sun cream doesn’t have to mean the most expensive sun cream. It might be helpful to read reviews before you purchase to make sure it does what it says on the tin. Reapply every 2 hours, and apply carefully to the face too!

Invest In A Paddling Pool - A paddling pool from a place like Alice’s Garden can be a great investment for all future heatwaves. Not just for you, but for any kids or young relatives, too! It can be costly for a good one, but it’ll be worth it if you can use it again and again to cool down when the heat becomes unbearable. Just be sure to reapply that sun cream once you get out!

Get Creative To Cool Down - A spray bottle filled with cool water can be a great way to cool down both night and day. If you struggle to sleep in the heat (as temperatures are set to rise way above what they should be for optimal sleep), you could freeze a hot water bottle to help you cool down. Try putting your sheets in the freezer to see if that helps, too!

Stay Hydrated - Carry a huge 2.2 litre jug of water with you and make sure you drink from it regularly. Staying hydrated is key when the weather is super hot, and carrying a big jug with you will serve as a constant reminder. If you don’t stay hydrated, you could find yourself suffering from heat exhaustion. This is especially important if you end up visiting a beer garden and having a few drinks, as alcohol is very dehydrating. Following the advice here will help you to enjoy the hot weather and make the most of those sunny days - we don’t get many of them, so it's best to be prepared haha!

Shabby chic photo prop secret weapons

My favourite shabby chic blog photo prop ideas
Happy 4th July guys! In my last post I talked about being snap happy and thought I would share with you my shabby chic photo secret weapons, some useful bits and pieces that totally transform the look
Friday, 29 June 2018

A little Windermere summer shabby chic outing

Lake District mori shabby chic style blog
Happy Friday everyone! It's easy to feel a lot of pressure while blogging, am I thinking about branding, making my best images? Am I SEO friendly? It is so lovely to forget everything for a minute and go snap happy with the camera on a 27c afternoon in late June, the sun with its haze turning everything milk pink in your gaze. This is why I love blogging. Here is a little summery daytrip photo diary...
Lake District mori shabby chic style blog
I try to capture it with my camera, the felicity and fragility of a summer's day through lavender glazed houses, windows flung open, liquid rooftops and sun caught spider webs. 
Monday, 25 June 2018

Amazing old places and hangouts in Manchester

*this is a collaborative post. Image credit
Manchester is a fascinating place. The perfect fusion of modern and historic architectures, the incredible buzz and atmosphere, its flamboyant, youthful and creative energy and its buildings and streets steeped in history make it one of the most vibrant, diverse and lively places in the UK. There are an unlimited ideas for a city break, great school trips to Manchester and exciting, yet educative things to do in and around the city today. Here is a look at the biggest tourist attractions in the city, whether you're looking to plan a holiday or plan on bringing your class on a fun trip this summer.

1. Castlefield - Castlefield is an area in Manchester which will transport you immediately back in time as you stroll through the centre of Victorian houses and even a reconstructed Roman fort. There are also many of the old factories from the time of the industrial revolution which have been converted into offices these days but you’ll be able to enjoy the original architecture of it. 

2. Museum of Science and Industry - Manchester is the home of some of the greatest scientists in the world and the universities in the city have been the birthplace of many great minds including Alan Turing, John Dalton and many more. This is why the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is a site like no other and it is a museum which will allow you and the class to interact with many science experiments and get to grips with tough concepts in a clever way. You can also join one of the many workshops the museum holds in order to help your class learn more about science. 

3. Manchester Cathedral - Lovers of amazing architecture and rich history will adore Manchester Cathedral, perched proudly on the banks of the river Irwell. This cathedral dates back to 1422 and it is a stunning piece of architecture and culture. The detail and intricate design of the building itself and the choir stalls will astound you, the perfect place for an art or history student.

4. National Football Museum - Manchester is the home to some of the biggest sporting teams in the world - most notably Man City and Man United. It is the UKs hub of sport and this is why the national football museum is located proudly in the middle of town close to the arndale. The football museum is a great place to see as it features old artifacts from the history of the sport such as the first ever rule book and historical clothing belonging to the greats. Outside there is a huge screen, chairs and seating areas where during the summer sporting season, football matches and other sporting matches can be shown for free for anyone passing. 

5. Chetham's Library - Chetham's Hospital was a Home for priests back in 1422 and now it has been converted into a stunning library for people to enjoy. You can visit this library at any time and it has a staggering 100,000 books within its walls to date, of which many were printed before 1850!

6. Manchester Art Gallery - Manchester Art Gallery is one of the most beautiful places in the city and it is the home of one of the biggest art collections in the country. This gallery contains modern pieces, has traveling exhibits from the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, and is the home of many absolutely gorgeous pre-Raphaelite paintings (I am biased) and French impressionist pieces too. There are many artworks and artifacts in this museum which are perfect for anyone to enjoy. 

7. Chinatown Manchester is nestled next to Piccadilly gardens Chinatown, one of the most striking and beautiful roads of the whole city. Within this small section you will see Chinese restaurants, bakeries, craft shops, supermarkets and more. It is an amazing place that celebrates the unique fusion of culture right from home and you’ll be able to experience some unique delicacies.

8. Manchester Town Hall - You simply can’t visit Manchester without coming to see the Town Hall. This building was erected in 1877 and is in placed in the centre of Albert Square. It is a stunning building and one which offers some amazing views of the cityscape around.

9. People's History Museum - The People's History Museum is one of the most Mancunian places in the city as it is dedicated to the working people of Manchester and Britain as a whole and protects their history which can often be forgotten alongside the key historical figures. It is full to the brim of stories, objects and artifacts relating to working people and acts as a gateway to see what people were really like in those days. Perfect for lovers of old things and old ways like me!

10. Heaton Park - To see one of the most wonderful parks close to the city, this 600 acre plot of land is ideal for anyone who wants to get away from the busy city life and enjoy some nature and sunshine for a while. The park is home to a huge playground, picnic areas, cows, wildlife and much more. You can head here for a relaxing walk and enjoy the charm of north west England, learn about ecosystems, or enjoy one of the many concerts they have on during the summer months.

11. Natural History Museum - The natural history museum is one of the most beautiful and fascinating museums in the country, a place to learn about animals and science from a unique point of view. It hosts a huge number of taxidermy models of the most wondrous creatures from around the planet and it gives you a real sense of what they look like and how they live. There are also ancient Egyptian and Roman exhibits which will offer a unique insight into the history of our world.

12. Thunder Egg - I had to throw this in at the end! I adore a good dress shop and this place is magical, all my dress dreams lovingly poured in to one adorable shop. They sell brands like Run and Fly, Sugarhill Boutique and all kinds of darling Modcloth-esque garments. Okay, this probably isn't the most educative of places but it's perfect for a good old clothes browse!