Easter decorations for your home

Easter is fast approaching and its always a perfect time to have family and friends over maybe for a lovely roast or a spot of afternoon tea, there are so many lovely items now in the shops so why not decorate your home this Easter to give it that lovely welcoming springlike feel.

Easter decorations

Set of 6 easter egg decorations – £6 www.notonthehighstreet.com

Easter Garland – £12.00 www.notonthehighstreet.com

Napkins – £3.59 Pink Poppy Party Shop

Gold Mini Easter Eggs – £5.95, bag 100 wwwchocolatetradingco.com

Gold Bunny Cupcake Toppers – £2.70 pack of 5 Cardoodle at www.etsy.com

I have chosen very pastel coloured items, but you could also change the themed colour, maybe Beatrix Potter inspired with Peter Rabbit items or a Alice in Wonderland tea party theme, its always fun to just let you imagination run wild!

L x

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M&S interior finds

For Christmas I got given some vouchers to spend at  Marks & Spencer and up until this weekend I was really struggling to think of what to spend them on. Then it came to me, I am interiors fanatic and happened to pop into M&S at the weekend and was so impressed with their homewares collections. The trouble now is what to choose as there were so many gorgeous bits and pieces there. So maybe you can help me!

As Spring is approaching…………it is honest! I was loving all the muted and copper tones. My spare room is crying out for some finishing touches, its painted a pale grey colour so could take any scheme or colour I chose.

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So some favourite accessories!

  1. Large Geometric Cushion – £19.50
  2. Panama Table Lamp – £39.50
  3. Chenille Knitted Throw – £45.00
  4. Alphabet Scented Candle – £6.00

 

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A room can be completely transformed once the accessories are added, and one good tip for if you like to change the scheme without having to re-decorate everytime, then grey is a really adaptable colour. You could easily add bright pops of colour like shocking pink or mustard. Grey is my go to choice of room colour right now and I love it!

L xx

Best buys – George, Asda – Autumn Interiors

Now that Autumn is finally here its time to get your lounge looking cosy and warm ready for those dark winter evenings in front of the fire watching TV.

George at Asda have some fabulous home ware items at really affordable prices. A quick and easy way to switch your room style by the season is to change over some key items. Hopefully my favourite finds below might inspire you.

lamp

Lamp – George, Asda – £35.00

throw

White/Brown faux fur throw – George, Asda – £25.00

cushion

Red/check cushion – George, Asda – £8.00

Stag head

Stag head ornamemt – George, Asda – £12.00

lantern

Wooden lantern – George, Asda – £15.00

So a quick and easy way to change the style of your room to match the season. Don’t forget to add that extra cosy feeling light lots of candles and get the fire on……now where’s my cup of hot chocolate!

Tips for bloggers

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It’s a common problem that I am sure all bloggers encounter…………….knowing what to blog about. I along with many others often hit writers block. What shall I write about? Have I covered this before? Will people find it interesting?

Here are some tips on how to be the most organised blogger you can be whilst also having constant fresh and new ideas.

1. Get organised – having a plan will always help, as I often worry about what my next post is going to be about I plan ahead. I have a weekly planner and write on specific dates the blog post I am going to upload. It takes the pressure off if you schedule ahead with your ideas. I use a planner printed from a brilliant page called Scattered Squirrel, there are lots of different planners on the site, daily, weekly, monthly etc.

I also love this weekly planner from SkandiDesign on etsy, it has enough space on each page to add more than one item for each entry on each day (plus it looks really pretty too). This is perfect to carry around with me for when I get a sudden rush of inspiration or ideas.

weekly planner

2. Time management – there are many bloggers out there (me included) who don’t blog as their full-time job, we have other aspects of our life that we have to ft it around, work, college, family. So plan your time. Set a reminder or record in a diary/planner to set aside 30 minutes or an hour a day to spend time on your blog, before I did this I always felt like time was running away with me and I wasn’t achieving anything, I also write my blogs ahead of their posting date, that way I don’t feel like I am chained to the pc having to write everyday. I often write 2 or 3 blogs in one go and then schedule them in.

3. Read other blogs – now this isn’t copying, its getting inspiration. Follow lots of blogs too that are similar to yours. Not only do you get inspired but you can also make potential blogger friends, other bloggers are often happy to share ideas and experiences and maybe even mention you or link to your own blog if they feel its relevant. I follow a lot of blogs through Bloglovin’, it sends you daily updates on the latest posts by blogs you follow, kind of like all your favourite blogs in one place.

4. Enjoy blogging!! – I always say nothing is ever worth doing in life unless you really enjoy it. It should never feel like a chore, the more you enjoy something the better you will be at it. If it helps to have some nice items to use when blogging then why not stock up on some beautiful new stationery or make sure that when you sit down to blog you have your favourite snack to munch or have some music playing in the background, anything that will help you to feel relaxed and enjoy your time while you are working away.

5. Keep it seasonal – it goes without saying that you wouldn’t blog about your homemade Christmas cake in the middle of summer or do a piece on winter clothes in spring. Depending on the time of year people’s interests can be heavily influenced by the seasons. Now we are in September and the kids are back at school thoughts are turning towards halloween, bonfire night, snuggling in front of the fire, autumnal fashion and hearty food such as nourishing stews and hot cups of tea with slices of cake.

6. Keep it visual – Now as everyone knows the secret to a good blog is quality content, but I also think images make a blog. I would never want to read a blog post unless it had at least one image in it, it helps to tie it all together. If you are using images from other sites always make sure you reference them in your post and add a link from the original source of that image or get their permission to use it.

I hope you have found these tips useful, I would love to hear if you have any tips on blogging and your experiences along the way.

L xx

Autumn Wish List

As much as I love summer I am thoroughly enjoying the fact that it is now officially Autumn. Time to get the winter clothes out, long sleeved tops, scarves, and boots.

I love the colours of Autumn, so this also requires changing my nail polish shades too. Plum is my go to shade at the moment, such a rich and warm colour.

Here are some picks of my favourite nail polishes in this shade:

Max Factor Intense Plum – £4.99 – Superdrug

Essie Bahama Mama – £7.99 – Boots

Barry M Plum – £3.99

And here is my wish list for this season, some staple items for my wardrobe are needed this year.

Autumn Collage

Fringe cardigan – Next, £38

Camilla check blanket scarf – Accessorize, £19

Green jeggings – H&M, £12.99

Semi precious stone necklace – Accessorize, £8

Suede ankle books – Marks & Spencer, £55

Shoulder bag – H&M, £12.99

I hope you feel inspired by some of my choices, lets embrace this slightly chillier weather and get out there in our Autumnal shades!

Links I Love

So I haven’t done a post about this before but I read a lot of blogs featuring favourite links and find them really useful. They help me discover websites and blogs I could never have found on my own. So here are a few I would recommend. This is going to be a bit of a mix but hopefully you will like them!

PicMonkey  

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This site is an online image editor, I have used this site a lot and best of all its free! You can apply different effects, fonts or designs as well as creating collages of photos.

Shinyshiny

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Gadgets aren’t just for guys, us girlies like them too. This website brings you all the best the tech world can offer that especially appeal to women. It includes latest news, reviews and video round-ups.

A Thrifty Mrs

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I absolutely love this site, the clue is in the title, a blog all about bargains, getting a good deal and useful tips. It covers thrifty tips for the home, fashion and anything else in between.

I Covet Thee

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A beauty blog written by Alix, she is refreshingly honest about all the products she reviews, coupled with a blog full of beautiful photographs this is one beauty blog not to miss.

I Heart Cosmetics

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I like this blog because its written by a lady called Sarah who has a full-time job but writes her blog in her spare time, I admire bloggers who can manage this as this is something I can relate to. The blog is full of cosmetics reviews as well as beautiful pictures of her travels around the world, very inspiring!

Roses and Rolltops

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Written by Rebecca, a blog full of interior inspiration, floral love, weddings, travel, baking, sunshine and her adorable cockapoo puppy. Always a pleasure to read her posts, very uplifting and always demonstrates how she appreciates the simple things in life.

Lauren Conrad

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I follow this blog because I have been a fan of Lauren Conrad since her days on the hit MTV show The Hills. This blog’s main focus is fashion, but also covers health and fitness, interiors and a bit of crafting thrown in too. A beautifully styled site which will help anyone escape to the fabulous world of a twenty-something girl in LA.

The Sunday Chapter

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A brilliant all-rounder blog, fantastic photography helps to transport you to sections covering beauty, fashion, lifestyle, diy, shopping, travel and food. Very easy to navigate through and always has something to catch your eye.

What are your favourite blogs/sites? I’m always on the hunt for new, inspiring and different blogs so let me know what you are reading and following right now.

Lounge mood board

Our next DIY project is going to be a major overhaul of our lounge, its the final room to be done in the house and it will be amazing when its finished (hopefully). So for the past 3 years (since we first moved into our house) I have been dreaming of all the things that will go in our lounge, the colours we will use, accessories etc. but I haven’t yet put them down on paper, all my ideas are still just in my head. So I thought I would share these with you.

I want the overall colour scheme to be very neutral i.e. pale grey and white, so that I can use (and I hate this phrase but I’m going to use it) ‘pops’ of colour to lift the room. The rest of our house is very neutral with creams, mushroom and oak wood, so I wanted to inject a bit of colour in this scheme. The good thing about choosing grey is that you can put practically any colour with it, almost think of the grey as the backdrop to the other colours you want to stand out.

Grey is such a versatile colour, it allows you to add any type of bright colour or style, to me its the perfect backdrop.
And of course some of my favourite accessories all from H&M Home as I’m loving their range at the moment, lots of different, original designs and reasonably priced too!

Metal tray

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So just a few ideas to start with, there is a lot of work to do before I get to the ‘adding the accessories’ stage, and I will be posting progress blogs on here soon. Let me know what you think of my ideas, or if you have any alternatives you think I should consider!

My month in pictures – April

Now that spring is definitely here my month in pictures is filled with all things pretty and sunny-ish.

Daffodils
Spring isn’t spring without some daffs!
Easter cake
A cute little cake that my daughter made, it didn’t last long after this photo was taken.
Magnolia
The beautiful magnolia tree in my parent’s garden.
Highcliffe Castle
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Woodland walk
A lovely woodland walk at Highcliffe castle.
Starter, food
My starter! Although I was sharing it with my friend…yum!

Pretty pastels

Now that spring is finally here its time to put away your winter warmers and get out the pretty pastel shades.

I often feel I should wear more colours but am not always brave enough to wear the bright ‘pops’ of colours you see featured in magazines, so an easy transition into making your wardrobe more than just blacks, greys and browns, why not try some pastels first to ease you in gently to the more colourful items of clothes. Here are some inspirational ideas for mixing and matching some beautiful spring pieces.

Pretty pastels board

1. Top – Boden
2. Watch – Olivia Burton
3. Slim fit jeans – Next
4. Necklace – Next
5. Ballerina pumps – Zara

Coral board

1. Top – Wallis
2. Sunglasses – M&S
3. Jeans – M&S
4. Handbag – Dorothy Perkins 
5. Wedges – Dorothy Perkins

I hope you have felt inspired by my ideas, my personal mission for this summer is to always ensure I am wearing something bright and cheerful (even on rainy summer days!!).

Homemade Art

So I finally got round to doing a little crafty project for our bedroom.  I have seen this on Pinterest and thought it was such a simple but effective idea.

To display in a frame all the locations of places that my husband and I have been to over the years, places that have special meanings or memories for us.

I bought a frame from The Range (this particular one was less than £5!)

http://www.therange.co.uk/rustic-mounted-frame//the-range/fcp-product/92826

Then print off from the internet maps showing where we have been on holiday, so the ones I chose were Las Vegas, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tenerife, Barcelona, San Francisco and Paris.

Here is the finished article!

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So for less than £5 and about 30 minutes of my time produces something unique and personalised.  More posts on my crafty projects to come.

Maybe you should try it!

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