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