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HOME | Homeware Heaven

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Okay I know what you're thinking - another homeware post? And you're right but, honestly, I'm struggling to think about anything else these days! And on top of everything, my favourite websites have really stepped up their home sections recently - H&MM&STK MAXX and Urban Outfitters are selling some gorgeous things right now and I want/need them all. As I said in a recent post, we're now at the fun stage of decorating - plant pots, throws, ornaments and photo frames. What's better is that it coincides with the start of Autumn, when all these places have brought in their cosy cushions and autumnal themed accessories. Homeware heaven.

Home Marble and Copper Accessories

I have a grey and white theme in my living room just now with some hints of blue and yellow and I think this multi-coloured throw is just what I need to take it from summer to autumn. I'm going to add a few other mustard yellow accents into the room to make it feel a bit warmer too. We recently bought a new sideboard unit for the living room (this one), so I've been trying to find some nice things to put on top. I have a kind of mini-project going - decorating the sideboard. How utterly crazy is my life though, seriously. *smirk emoji*

I think this copper frame mirror would be lovely on the wall above the unit. I just love copper when it's done in a really subtle way - like the hands on this marble wall clock. I've got my eye on this for the wall behind my dining table and I think it'll go so nicely if I have the mirror on the opposite wall. Oh and by the way, if you like marble accessories, check out H&M here and Next Home here and you will not be disappointed.

So what do you think of these picks?

xox

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STYLE | Shopping on a budget

Monday, 21 September 2015
If you read my blog in 2013/early 2014, you'll know I was shopping crazy. I'd make a wishlist one week, and be wearing all of it in an outfit post the following week. A year and a bit later, Andy and I have bought our first house and things are very different. If we're not saving our money, we're spending it on things for our new home and although I still love to buy clothes, my wardrobe isn't quite as full as it once was. Now this doesn't mean that I've given up on fashion - I actually think I love it more than ever. I've just learned some lessons on how to dress well on a budget, and today I thought I'd share some of them with you...

High Street Shopping tips

1. If you don't love it, don't buy it. 
We've all been there - standing in the changing room for far too long, looking at an outfit from all angles, walking up and down, rolling up sleeves and just trying to make something work. Sometimes I can love something on the hanger so much, I'll convince myself to get it even if I'm unsure of it. This usually results in me buying it, wearing it once then putting it to the back of the wardrobe because I know I just don't feel good in it. Well, not anymore. If I don't feel really good in it straight away, no matter how much I love the print or design, I put it back. The good thing about this is, eventually you have a wardrobe where you love everything.

2. If you don't remember their outfit, they probably won't remember yours. 
'No way. I can't wear this top on Saturday. I wore it last Saturday with this coat. People will think I don't wear anything else..'. Here's a little exercise to do when you're having this dilemna. Think back to the last time you wore it, and try to remember what everyone else was wearing. If you can't remember your friends outfit, then they probably won't remember yours. For me, this is the green light for outfit repetition. 

buy less choose well

3. Spend Wisely. 
I've said this a lot in recent months, but it's a been huge revelation in my life. I think back to the days when I'd get bags and bags of clothes from Primark every month, and realise that some of the things would only last one wear before they lost their shape and looked tired. Not so cheap when you consider cost per wear. That's fine if it's a short-lived trend, but for things that I want to last ( for example, see this post on wardrobe basics ), I'll invest a bit more. Usually this means they look better from the start, and last longer. Win win. 

What do you think of these?
Are you shopping on a budget too?

xox

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HOME | Minimal Bedroom Styling

Thursday, 17 September 2015
Minimal Bedroom Ideas
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So far, this year has been all about decorating our new home. If you've seen my home renovations vlogs (here and here), you'll know how much work we had to do at the start but now that the big stuff is all done, we can start to focus on the fun things like bedding and cushions. Obviously, the bed is the main focus of the bedroom and it's not just the cushions, the bedspread totally sets the theme for the room. Over the next month or so, we're hoping to finish off our bedroom and I'm so excited to finally tick off the first room as complete!

Our house has a minimal theme throughout and the walls are all either white or grey, but each room will still have it's only little mini colour scheme. I love the idea of adding colour through our bedding or accessories. Having such a neutral colour palette means we can easily change up the whole look by adding a colourful bed spread. I love grey, white and yellow together and this geometric print bedspread from Dunelm is one of my favourites. Ikea are also really good for those minimal bedspreads with just a bit of colour. 

I also love this blue print kingsize bedspread from Yorkshire Linen - I love how it adds all the detail you'd need in a white bedroom and it has a definite Scandinavian vibe to it. If you want to go completely minimal, you can't go wrong with an all-white bed spread too. At the moment I have a minimalist white bedpsread like the one above, but with lots of cushions in faux fur and velour in neutral colours and I love how the texture adds it's own bit of detail. I'll do a bedroom tour in the next month - I can't wait to show you how it all turns out! 

xox


*collaborate post with Yorkshire Linen - written by me, opinions my own.

STYLE | The AW15 Coat Edit

Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Autumn is, by far, my favourite season. I love wearing boots, knitted jumpers and dresses with tights and I love all the autumnal colours in the shops at the moment. It's around this time of year that my coat obsession begins - the way I see it, during autumn/winter, most people only see your coat. You could have a lovely outfit on and if you throw an old coat over the top, it's hidden away. My theory is that, in Autumn, 75% of your outfit is your coat, and I use this to justify devoting 100% of my time to shopping for them. 

Here's some of the coats and jackets that have made it to my (ever-growing) coat wishlist.

AUTUMN COATS 2015
Dark Rust Coat | Oversized Flight Jacket | Khaki Peacoat | Grey Wool Coat | Floral Trench Coat  
Suede Trench Coat | Mustard Duster Coat | Faux Fur Gilet

I love a coat in a statement colour so this rust boyfriend coat and this mustard duster coat are on my list without question. These are the kind of coats that make an outfit and if you're sticking to the usual autumnal colour palette, they should still go with most things in your wardrobe. And if we're talking about statement colours, then we need to discuss this floral print trench - how amazing is this? I was a bit unsure of it when I saw it in the shop, but when I saw how they've styled it on the site, I fell in love. 

As you probably saw from my last post, I love suede more than kanye loves kanye. But this suede trench takes things to a whole new level. It's probably unhealthy to love a coat as much as I love this. I can't see it lasting long in the shops before it's sold out though, especially since they have the gorgeous Cara Delevingne modelling it in their advert, but I'm going to save up for it anyway and if luck is on my side, it'll be mine! 

So what do you think - which one's your favourite?

xox

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OUTFIT || Seventies Vibe with Boohoo

Monday, 7 September 2015
Suede is definitely having a thing this year, it's been in the shops since spring-time and it's not going anywhere soon. Now I don't know about you, but personally I've always thought of suede as an autumn/winter fabric. It looks its best in all the autumnal colours like tan, berry and khaki and I can't think of a year when I haven't bought a pair of suede boots. Faux suede is a light fabric, which makes it the perfect transitional piece too. 

UK Fashion Blog

Recently, Boohoo got in touch and asked if I wanted to put together a 70's vibe outfit with them. I'm all about the 70's trend and suede is a huge part of it, so I was in my element browsing through all the suedette, prints and fringing in this Boho Dreamin' edit. I picked this beautiful suedette trucker jacket in camel and this crochet collarless shirt - don't they look perfect together? The jacket is so soft and so wearable for this time of year.

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One of my favourite colour combinations is tan and mustard, so I also picked this small top handle rucksack which is, hands down, the nicest shade of mustard yellow that I've ever seen. It's just dreamy! It adds a lovely pop of colour to the outfit and I really like it with the straps a bit looser so I can wear it on one shoulder.

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Boohoo 70s vibe

And now for one of my favourite pictures ever. Andy and I went for a walk behind our house to take these pictures yesterday, and after a few minutes we heard a familiar sound from the bushes. Our chubby little cat had followed us across the field and was sitting watching and waiting until we were ready to go back. We then looked like the craziest couple, out walking their cat on a Sunday night. I love this little weirdo.

Maisy Meow Blog

So what do you think of this outfit?

xox

*items gifted by Boohoo in exchange for post. All opinions my own as always.

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FOOD || Healthy Mini Crumbles

Friday, 4 September 2015
healthy mini crumbles

Hello and Happy Friday! Today's post is something a little different - I really want to keep the variety in my blog, and one of my new years resolutions (sorry I'm a little late) was to include more food and recipes that I've tried making. Admittedly, I didn't get round to being a totally amazing chef as planned, but I have been trying out a lot of new things recently. I came up with this little masterpiece recently (if I do say so myself) so I thought I'd share it with you all. Okay actually, I probably can't call it a masterpiece because it's so unbelievably simple. But then again,  that's the best thing about it. 

I came up with this 'recipe' (if you can call it that) when I was trying to satisfy my usual sweet craving after dinner. I really wanted apple crumble and a cup of tea - my cravings can be quite specific like that! Now there's no chance I'm making one of those just for me and my diet wouldn't thank me if I did, so here's what I came up with instead. It only has a few simple ingredients, takes two minutes to make, it's healthy and most importantly, it tastes so good. 

                                Here's how I make my super quick and easy mini crumbles. 

healthy deserts

1. Mash up one banana in a bowl as much as you can, then put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. 
2. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon, half a teaspoon of sweetener and a tiny pinch of salt, and mix well. 
3. Put it back into the microwave for another 20 seconds then mix well again. 

There's something about hot banana that tastes far too good to be healthy. The consistency is really similar to baked apples too, without all the hassle. Now all you need is the crumble. 

banana and cinnamon crumbles

4. Transfer the banana mixture into a small glass.
5. Pour in some Alpen Raspberry and Apple muesli (or another flavour that you like)
6. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and voila!

mini crumbles recipe

It may not be the most presentable pudding, but who needs presentable when it's 7pm on a Monday night and you want something sweet to eat while you're watching Made in Chelsea? Not me anyway.

Do you have any healthy snack or desert ideas?

xox

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