Saturday, 19 August 2017

Updating my Desk with TK Maxx and Homesense


I like to change up my desk area quite often, it helps me to stay inspired when designing so when TK Maxx/ Homesense got in touch for me to head into store to see what treasures I could find I knew I would be on the hunt for a couple of pieces for my desk. 

I spotted this little trio set of ceramic pots which are supposed to be for plants and can be used inside or outside but I thought they would be perfect to house my pens and to help keep my desk tidy but also look super cute with the little summery motifs! I also love to keep photos, cards and drawings on my desk and recently took a trip to Brighton where we got some photo booth photos done, I spotted this super cute white frame which has magnetic glass so the photo can be changed real easy. 

I love how affordable Homesense/ TK Maxx is and how I can find some really unique places to update areas of my home.

Now to start designing my collection autumn/winter 


If you have been into your local Homesense / TK Maxx store recently I would love to see what treasures you have picked up!


Monday, 24 July 2017

What I have learned from buying our first home


I am writing this post almost 3 years on. We have completely finished renovation our first home! Which seems crazy, I feel like it was only last year we were picking up the keys. Our little home was put up for sale on the weekend so I thought this would be a good time to share my thoughts about buying our first home and what I would have done differently or some little tips to bare in mind if you are buying your first home.( all my own experience)

Be very open minded 
Scope out areas you might have previously shunned in the past, it might be the only way you can get value in a time of soaring house prices. We started our search in Bristol but quickly realised that by looking further out of the city we were able to buy a house in Stroud rather than a one bedroom flat on the outskirts of Bristol.

- Make a list of priorities, the must haves but also if there is anything you might be able to compromise on, be realistic its unlikely you will get your dream house straight away . In our case location was what we compromised on in order to get ourselves on the property ladder, however actually worked out for the best long term.

Be thrifty 
For around six weeks before you apply for your mortgage curb your spending as much as possible as the lenders will check through your bank statements to look into how much money you spend per month and use that as an expense.
- They even counted Georges numerous KFC trips into our expenses!! 

Save Save Save!
This is an obvious one but the bigger the deposit the better and the better your interest rate and in turn the less you will be paying back.

Factor in Fees
This might also be an obvious one but with all the big numbers and fancy wording flying about its easy to miss the added costs. We have just started looking for our next home and had a budget but quickly realised we would have to look at homes at least £10,000 'under budget' to account for stamp duty! 

Dont have sleepless nights over price
Who knows what will happen to house prices there is no point worrying about something you cannot control, all we know is what our mortgage repayments are. 

It can be a very long process
It is super frustrating the time is takes to exchange and collect the keys to your new house - ours took almost 7 months and we were first time buyers with no chain! you just have to be patient and it will all be worth it in the end.

Your house wont look perfect straight away 
In fact it probably wont look perfect at all! I had this idea in my head we would have the whole house complete within a year but three years on and just before we were putting it up for sale we were still finishing bits off. For the first two months we actually had deck chairs in the living room!!
Dont put too much pressure on yourselves to get everything done quick and just enjoy the time decorating and designing your very own first home.

If you are self employed 
A quick note to all my fellow self employed friends, nothing is easy when you are self employed.  You are seen as a risk so there are extra checks in place especially when applying for a mortgage. If you are employed you merely have to show a contract to prove your salary so you dont even have to have started the job! but when you are self employed you need to show at least three years tax return before they will even consider you, even then they will take an average of the three years as your salary. So my advice would be to keep your accounts in order or employ an accountant to do so which is what I have recently done! 


ENJOY
Finally just enjoy, its not everyday you buy your first home. So try not to stress too much and just have fun. I am so looking forward to decorating a new house but also super sad to be leaving our very first home behind.



Now the search begins for our next home, I will be sure to share our journey with you! 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

My new sunglasses - GlassesShop.com


The summer has finally arrived! and when the lovely people at GlassesShop.com contacted me to choose my favourite pair I clicked straight onto the website to take a look. After much consideration I went for the red Barbara cat eye glasses - sunglasses are an easy way to pull your whole look together and add a little twist to your outfit. 
I especially love how these have glitter in the red frame!!

They even provide prescription sunglasses so you can add your own prescription to the glasses frames and choose from a wide range of styles,frames and colours. I think that GlassesShop offer a lovely range of super affordable eye wear that feel really lightweight but good quality. 

I do have a 50% off code that you guys can use if you decide to shop on site too - Just enter code GSHOT50 at checkout.




Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dining Al fresco with TK Maxx and Homesense


Al fresco dining is my favourite kind of dining! So when I was challenged by TK Maxx and Homesense to head into store and choose some of my favourite pieces to share with you guys I headed straight to my local store. You never know what you are going to find as the stock is updated all the time, heading into store there were so many pretty pieces for a summer BBQ or party. I knew I wanted to stick with quite a tropical theme as it would go really well with the palm plates I had picked up from Homesense over easter. Also who doesnt love a tropical theme in summer?!


The Little 'hello summer; tumbler was only £1.99! and they had so many different designs from flamingos to palm trees. I also Spotted the two taller glasses which would be perfect for my strawberry gin cocktails which were £3.50 each. My favourite piece is the pineapple tray which is amazing quality and super pretty with the colourful pineapple print and was only £12.99! again there were lots of different designs but I thought this one really added to my tropical theme.





 I also picked up some ice lolly moulds, filled them with fruit and lemonade to create my own fruity lollies! I did the same for ice cubes adding raspberries, mango and strawberries to water which I could then add to the cocktails.


I am so excited for summer parties and BBQs over the summer, especially now I have these pretty pieces! Let me know what summer treasures you find when heading into your local store and have the best summer.

A big Thank you to TK Maxx and Homesense.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter table decorating with homesense and TK maxx


I wanted to create a contemporary twist to a traditional setting, making my table display fun and colourful and in keeping with my home style. So of course I headed to homesense! The place full of everything you didn't know you needed! So here is what I created.



The colour green is a huge trend within interiors and I am in love with palm prints so when I spotted these palm leaf plates I just had to snap them up! They will also be great for summer BBQs. Homesense has a huge collection of bowls, plates and vases and I wanted my table to look very eclectic bringing in lots of colour and print so I opted for these two ceramic bowls to hold Easter eggs and treats!

I wanted to create a centre piece for my table to I picked up a glass dome which I filled with colourful chocolate eggs and a couple of daffodils - I love how this looks and I think this idea could work for lots of occasions by switching up the display within the dome.

Flowers were also a huge part of my display opting for brightly coloured tulips with long stems so I could hang a couple of egg decorations to add some height to the table.






I was super pleased with how my table turned out, I just need to organise a little Easter party!

Happy Easter!


* Thank you to Homesense/TK Maxx for the collaboration 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Current favourites


I thought I would share my current favourite things which you have probably seen lots over on instagram and insta stories! 

1-  My Bug bag! I have used this little bag constantly since I bought it about a month ago, it was super cheap at £7 from primark. I just find it goes with every outfit and with mini box bags being super on trend it ticks every box. 

2- Bee necklace - This is more of an all time fav! I get so many compliments when wearing this little bee :)

3- Slogan tees - My style is super simple but I have been loving wearing tees with slogans. I actually designed this one so I guess Im a little biased! But I have included the super on trend colour of the moment red with the sassy slogan.

4- Ankle strap shoes - I was on the hunt for some kind of dressy but not too dressy shoes I could wear for going out for food or drinks, that would look nice with skinny jeans or dressed up a little more with dresses. I found these on ASOS and they just add something a little extra to an outfit and the ankle strap seems to elongate my leg which is a bonus!

5- The book the secret - I haven't been able to put this book down since I bought it about a week ago! I was kind of sceptical at first as I have heard a lot about it.Its basically about the power of the universe and how with positivity you are able to do anything and have anything you want.

6- NYX full coverage concealer - I was asking a friend of mine recommendations for good concealers and she said to try the NYX one and honestly it is incredible! So good at covering dark circles

7- Bareminerals blemish cleanser - I have started switching up my skincare and as I use bare minerals powder foundation I thought I would try their skincare. I found the cleanser left my skin feeling really clean and fresh and I have definitely noticed a difference using this alongside my other new ordinary products!

8- Ordinary blemish serum and Ordinary moisturiser - This skincare seems to be all over instagram and I did give into the hype, but I am so so happy I did! The serum in particular seems to have transformed my skin and I cannot believe how affordable it is! Defiantly stocking up.

9- Flowers - I currently have six vases full of flowers dotted around my house, honestly they make me so happy and brighten up the place.

10- Bourbon biscuits - No explanation needed 



I hope you liked seeing my current favourites and if you have any new products or favs you think I might like do comment below :)


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Shopping for mothers day with TK Maxx


As you will all know by now I LOVE TK Maxx and Homesense! They are the type of place where you can go regularly but always find something new. TK Maxx is the perfect place to shop for mothers day so when they asked if I would like to head into store and pick out some pieces for my mum I jumped at the chance. There is a wide range of home ware and goodies to pamper! 

My Mum is actually heading to Cuba! so I thought I would stock her with the perfect holiday accessories. I was able to pick up some designer pieces for a fraction of the RRP price - The sunglasses were only £12,99 and I am sure my mum will fall in love with them and look super stylish exploring the pretty streets of Havana.

Now if your mum isn't heading to Cuba there are lots of other goodies you could treat her too. The candle section is insane! I actually picked one up for myself on this visit. There is also a really large beauty/pamper section - I think it would be lovely to fill a little box full of goodies! Like a little pamper hamper :) 




TK Maxx suits all budgets and you are able to find some really unique one off pieces, defiantly worth a visit to pick up some special pieces for your mum and maybe some sneaky treats for yourself!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

What I got for valentines day - Olivia Burton


This year I was truly spoilt for valentines! We usually dont do anything special or buy crazy gifts but this year George went a little crazy! He said he wanted to treat me as I never treat myself and he is proud of how hard I have been working. You will see a very clear theme here and that is BEES! I now own so many bee things our house is covered! I am not complaining as they are my fav.


The Olivia Burton watches are incredibly beautiful, I did have my eye on the one George bought for me for a while - It has a 3D square face which encapsulates the little golden bee complete with gold mesh strap. Super exited to wear this and it looks so lovely layered up with the dainty bee bracelet, you can see from the other close up photos the incredible attention to detail! swoooonnnn . The sweetest little ring which of course features a bee. He also picked up the little black and gold bee mirror, pineapple key chain and the adorable Bee jewellery box so I can keep all my bee treats safe.



I hope you all loved seeing these beautiful pieces, I am super excited to start wearing them, a big thank you to George!! 
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I also embroider and sell my own bee clothing/accessories which you can check out here.