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Fashion | The Sunday Wishlist

Sunday, 31 July 2016
It's been the longest time since I've put together a fashion wishlist. The main reason is that I'm shopping all things baby related at the moment (think I might do a baby haul soon!). The other reason is that shopping for myself just isn't as enjoyable as it used to be when nothing. bloody. fits. I know I've said it before, but maternity clothes suck and unfortunately when it comes to jeans and tops, I have no other option than to buy them. Recently though, I've started trying to shop in the normal sections where possible so I can add some style to my plain outfits. This means sticking to coats, jackets, bags, shoes and accessories.

So here's all the bump-friendly things on my wishlist just now. The neutral grey/rosy theme was actually unplanned, but I'm clearly leaning towards those colours at the moment!  

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A few of these are what I'd class as investment purchases - they're a bit more on the expensive side, but the colour and style mean they'd last for years. This white sleeveless coat and pink duster jacket (from the work wear collection in Coast) are beautiful pieces and could dress up the most basic of outfits. I love the rosy tone of this pink topshop coat too - it's a colour than I'd still class as neutral because it goes with (mostly) everything. How cute are these rosy pink shoes from Zara too?

I spotted these cut out heeled shoes while shopping last week and really regretted not picking them up - these would be perfect with a pair of jeans, a basic top and a nice jacket. Uh oh - I can feel an on line purchase coming on! This Olivia Burton watch has been in my sights for a long time - I just love all of the watches from this brand and if I could, I'd have one in every colour... *daydreams*

Anyway, it's time for me to get back to baby-shopping. I'm going to do a few baby-related posts next I think - a pregnancy update and possibly a baby haul, so look out for that if you're interested. In the mean time, you can catch me over on my instagram! :) 


HOME | DIY Simple Candle Centrepiece

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

DIY centerpiece candles stones in vase

I'm still working on my living/dining room at the moment (it's so close to being finished!) and I wanted to share this super simple candle centrepiece that I've put together for my dining table. It's so easy and inexpensive to create and it makes a change from having the standard flowers in a vase on the table. It's actually so easy that it almost doesn't count as a 'DIY' but I thought I'd share the idea anyway in case any of you want to put together something similar. 

Now I have to admit I first saw the candle in vase idea in IKEA, so it's not totally from my own imagination, but I've put my own spin on it and without blowing my own trumpet, I actually prefer my own to the original inspo! I picked up the glass lantern vase from IKEA for just £7 and you can find similar ones on line - I love this vase with the wooden base from amazon. 

simple centerpiece stones and candles

I wanted to keep the style really simple so I went for some white decorative stones to fill the base of the vase. These were surprisingly difficult to find on line but in the end I found the perfect ones in Home Bargains for 49p each - how good is that? I highly recommend checking out the home discount stores before buying anything on line as for some reason, it's much more expensive on there. 

Once I'd set everything up, I felt like something was missing. When I (finally) post my living room update. you'll see how much I love to have plants around the house - I think greenery brings any room to life. Luckily my obsession came in handy and I made us of my ridiculous supply of artificial plants and cut some small sections to add into the vase. These are the small potted plants from IKEA that cost no more than £3 but. in my opinion, they're the best looking artificial plants out there.

candle and stones in storm lantern centerpiece

The end result is this simple but eye-catching centre piece that gives a clean, natural vibe to any dining area. Altogether, this should cost around £15 to make and you can put your own spin on it by adding different coloured stones, a more decorative candle like this one or by adding artificial flowers instead.  

Hope you liked this super easy DIY - have you ever made anything like this? 


Home | The Colourful Wishlist

Sunday, 17 July 2016
Although minimal and neutral is my go-to homeware style, I can't deny how much I'm in love with this seasons home colour trends. Blush pink, mustard yellow and blues are colours that I'd probably never have put together myself but when they're in a neutral setting with a muted background, it's a perfect combination. It's taken so long for me to get round to actually decorating our living room properly, that I've completely changed how I was planning to decorate it originally. I've added quite a few colourful pieces to the room so far, mostly mustard yellows and blues, and I plan on adding more colour through cushions and accessories. 

For today's post, I'm sharing some of my favourite homeware picks from Nest - a gorgeous homeware site with some cool, quirky pieces that can totally make a room. You can probably sense the theme here, I just can't get enough of these colours..



I'm obsessed with mustard yellow and I love how this cushion and area rug combine what's normally an autumnal colour with some fresher summer tones. The rug is definitely an investment piece but as it covers a large area, has a huge impact and looks extremely high quality, it's totally worth it. Statement homeware doesn't always have to be expensive though - this yellow chair is one that I've actually seen used in nurseries on Pinterest and I have to admit, it's made it's way into one of my secret boards for our potential baby room. It's such a unique and interesting shape ... and it's mustard yellow so it's a winner, basically. 

As someone with a total homeware obsession, it sometimes feels like I've seen the same styles a million times over but Nest really is a breath of fresh air when it comes to finding something a little bit different. What do you think of these picks? 


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*this post is in collaboration with nest.co.uk

Home | How to Update Your Garden for Summer

Wednesday, 13 July 2016
We've spent a lot of time over the last year decorating the new house (can I still it new?), but one place we haven't spent much time on is the garden. I suppose it makes sense - living in Scotland means that the garden is the place we probably spend the least time but for the Summer months, its good to have a place to hang out on a rare sunny day. I've been doing a few garden updates over the last month or so, and I'm excited to show a before and after when it's finally finished! 

Today's post is in collaboration with Cox and Cox , which is a site I discovered at the end of last year when I was looking for Christmas decorations. The homeware is exactly the style that I love - that modern, minimal look with lots of greys, neutrals and natural woods. Their garden and outdoor living range is just as dreamy, so today I wanted to show you some of my favourite pieces and give some tips on how to give your garden a make-over with a few simple changes. 

If you're on a budget, one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your garden space is to add a some simple accessories. Lighting is one of the things that will make the biggest impact - hang some fairy lights in the trees, drape some over the fence or add a few lanterns to create a cosy space. These teardrop outdoor lights would be perfect for lighting inside a gazeebo if you're eating outdoors on a summer night. 

Another easy step is to add some accessories. Garden bunting is a always a favourite of mine and I absolutely love this outdoor window mirror and it's cool, rustic vibe. Even adding some plant pots around the seating area can really brighten up a garden and there's so many cool ways of doing it too. This grey plant shelf lets you create a little garden display which is great if you don't have much space and these hanging bird cages are so unique. I love how they've displayed them on the site with potted plants inside - how Pinterest is that? 

If you're planning any garden updates this year, I'd highly recommend that you check out the outdoor living section on Cox & Cox.

What do you think of these garden ideas? 

Style: Summer Sales Wishlist 2016

Wednesday, 6 July 2016
This year has flown by so quickly that I actually didn't realise the summer sales had hit the shops already. How can it be July already, seriously? I've never been one for voluntarily going into the messy side of the shop to go through the sales rails but when I can go on line, browse by size or style and find exactly what I'm looking for at half price - it's perfect. 

So today, I thought I'd show you some of the best things I've found on line in the summer sales this week. summer sale 2016
Oversized Stripe Scarf: ASOS | Cut Out Heeled Sandals: ASOS | Suede Jacket: Mango | Patent Brogues: Jones the Bootmaker | 
Leather Dress: Zara | Skater Dress: Ted Baker at HoF | Grey shopper bag: Mango | Fringed Bucket Bag: Zara | Printed Bomber: Zara


There's something about grey suede that always catches my eye and I've been looking for a suede jacket like this Mango one for ages. When it comes to summer sales, it's always good to shop wisely and pick something that you can wear on the cooler summer days, that'll also take you right through to Autumn. This oversized grey stripe scarf ticks those boxes and so do these grey patent brogues from the Jones the Bootmaker sale. I always go for brogues, trainers or ankle boots if I'm shoe shopping in the late summer as they're perfect for transitional weather.

Another way to shop smart in the summer sales is to buy some staple high-end pieces to get the biggest savings. This Ted Baker dress is reduced from £139 to £97 (!) and a classic style that'll suit so many different occasions. House of Fraser have an excellent sale on their dresses just now - I'm wondering whether it's worthwhile for me to buy one just now in the hope that'll fit post-baby! This Zara leather dress is a style I'm sure I'll love next Summer too and for £19.99 it's probably worth taking the gamble on. 

Have any of you been to the summer sales yet?


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Style: Zara Denim and Espadrilles

Sunday, 26 June 2016
I find it so much easier to pick an outfit when it's sunny and dry outside. I'm so bored of maternity jeans so I get really excited when I can wear a dress and feel like I'm somewhat in style! By the way, you don't realise how basic maternity ranges are until you're forced to shop in them - there's like one rail of unorganised, last season clothes in every shop .. thank god for ASOS and New Look! I've managed to find a few pieces outside of maternity wear that I can still fit into, including this blue dress from Zara which I'm absolutely in love with. In fact, I'm in love with all of Zara at the moment! This dress was £29.99 and the softest material ever

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PREGNANCY BLOG MATERNITY STYLE

I love the off-the-shoulder style that's everywhere at the moment, although the thought of a strapless bra totally puts me off. I love that I can wear this dress a bit higher up on the shoulders and get the same look but with a normal bra underneath. How perfect is the neckline on this though? I've worn this with sandals recently but as this was a day for shopping in Glasgow, I went for my espadrilles from New Look which are another recent purchase. They're the perfect every day style shoes for Summer and they were £9.99! I feel like the prices in the shops at the moment are so good, everything is cheaper than I expect it to be.


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PREGNANCY BLOG MATERNITY STYLE
PREGNANCY BLOG MATERNITY STYLE

This has been a good week - I turned 27 on Wednesday (eek!), ate lots of birthday cake with my family, went out for dinner with my friends and got some lovely presents too which I might share on here later in the week. I'm eating one of my birthday cupcakes as I write this and it's like heaven! Baby is growing nicely too and my belly is looking bigger by the day - I should have taken a few side angle shots so you could see the difference in these pics - the front on view is deceiving haha! 

Hope you've all had a good weekend! :) 

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