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Feeling Festive

Good evening everyone! I have been quite busy today planning for the festive period and purchasing bits and bobs for our home. This Christmas will be the first living in a home I actually own with my partner – I mean, fingers crossed everything goes through with the joint ownership before then. Mr RV has been so patient with me making Pinterest boards, buying things here and there on the joint account and we have been enjoying thinking about we want our little home to look like in our first home together this Christmas. I thought I would share with you what we have been buying and what is on our wish list…

Wreath

I have never had a wreath before but I have always always wanted one! It took me a while to find one I really liked to be honest as I knew what colours I wanted and what I definitely didn’t want. I stumbled across Cox & Cox online and I am in love with their brand. This is the wreath we bought for our front door. We have a little porch so hopefully the rain won’t get to it as it isn’t weatherproof. We loved how simple it was and the greenery in it. You can find it here https://www.coxandcox.co.uk/new-scandi-pine-wreath/

Scandi Pine Wreath £30 from Cox&Cox

Christmas Decorations

We always use an artificial tree at Christmas and our tree was from trusty old Tesco last year. We already have twinkling fairy lights and some basic green and gold baubles but we wanted to purchase some more interesting decorations for our first Christmas together in our home. The tub of baubles are from John Lewis in the colour dark champagne. There are 30 in the tub for £10. The cream baubles are from Cox&Cox and you get 16 mini baubles for £5.50.

https://www.coxandcox.co.uk/new-sixteen-mini-baubles-cream/ https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-bloomsbury-assorted-shatterproof-baubles-tub-of-30-dark-champagne/p4987044

Wish List

There are a few more bits on our wish list – some more baubles, a centrepiece for the table and a few more decorative ornaments. We would like to try and keep it quite minimalist but also cosy. I will be sure to update you guys when everything all comes together.

How are you getting into the festive spirit and what are you planning for your decorations this year?

Big Plans

Good morning guys. I hope you are all enjoying the bank holiday weekend! I am currently sat in bed with a cup of tea and I thought I would write a little update on my life blog post.

As you know, the mortgage meeting went very well and I will be a joint owner with Mr RV in no time. It has been such an exciting process for me as I have never been a home owner before! In my previous relationship, I lived with ex fiancée in his house before moving to Munich where we rented. Before I met Mr RV I had no other option but to move in with my parents whilst I found my feet again. We used to do just weekends and the odd weekday but when lockdown happened, it seemed right to stay put.

Our little home is a bungalow and is a very modern design. The photograph below shows a snapshot of what it is like right now with current furniture, the holes in the wall where we want to hide cables from view and the bifold door out into the garden. It is also a mess at the moment but who doesn’t love a good before and after!

We have ordered two sofas for the living space in a gorgeous neutral colour, a tripod Scandinavian style lamp for to the right of where the TV will be and a new TV unit. Our kitchen table and chairs are very Scandi so we went for the same theme in the living room furniture with similar legs.

The plan for the art work is to take down all of it! Poor Mr RV! We are going to put the 3 big posters into the spare room/study and create a focus wall. We are then going to get some natural frames and neutral prints up in the living space. We want more muted tones throughout. Our plants will all have pots by the end of the day, again I ordered these in muted tones. We have started to replace bits and bobs in the kitchen with more natural wood than dark wood and we have more of that coming today.

We are going to go rug shopping once the sofas arrive and find a beautiful, big neutral rug to tie the room together. We have seen some we like but we are keeping our eyes peeled.

You can’t see the huge pine bookcase we have in the room but we are going to get rid of that and instead, one of the sofas will be put against that wall. We would like to have more art in the room that storage. We will buy some lidded baskets to pop under the TV unit for bits like DVDs and just clutter.

So those are our plans guys. I am excited to share the process with you and to also get you involved perhaps with picking one of the pieces of art we will have in our living space. So exciting!

Head on over to my Instagram to see the big reveal and all of the changes that we have made.

August Favourites

Good afternoon guys. It’s that time again where I bring you a bunch of my favourite products for August. So without further ado, here they are!

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First up is the Robinsons Crushed Lime & Mint fruit cordial. Guys! This is so good. It is the perfect summery drink and we have got through so many bottles of this. So tasty!

Next is the Wilkin & Sons ‘Old Times’ orange marmalade. I have always liked marmalade but this one is definitely my favourite. Since lockdown, I have really got in to having marmalade on sourdough bread. Now I can’t function in the morning without it…and a coffee of course!

I have been working with Dermalogica for over a year now as a #skinfluencer and every time they send me one of their new products it feels like Christmas. The Hydro Masque Exfoliant arrived the other day and I have used it three times already. This is such an amazing product with these amazing spheres which exfoliates with bamboo and hydrates with snow mushroom. You work the spheres into your skin until they disappear and leave the product on for five minutes before washing off. I am a huge fan! New favourite!

We found a new TV series on Netflix and we absolutely loved it! I watched season one of Dirty John by myself but we watched the second series together which is about Betty Broderick. So gripping and really good if you are looking for a new short series to watch.

I was kindly sent these products by Love Raw who make the BEST vegan chocolate ever! I had never tried vegan chocolate before but now, I would choose to get this instead of non-vegan chocolate. There was another one they sent me but I ate it before I got this photo! Pop on over to their website to see their full range https://eatloveraw.com 

This is my second Dr Paw Paw product in the last two months and I love this peachy colour. Honestly, since finding this brand I can’t believe I was using anything different for blush and a tinted lip stain. This product is smaller than the bright orange one I have but goes everywhere with me in my handbag. Such a gorgeous colour! 

I was on the hunt for a good top coat as I am getting back into painting my nails again! I found this one by Essie. It is the Couture Gel Top Coat and is such a great top coat for keeping a colour on. The reason why I never really paint my nails with a colour is because I hate when my colour chips. I have had the colour on for a few days now with this top coat on and I have painted a bathroom, got out in the garden and done other DIY bits. Not a single chip yet!

Indeora sent me their coconut and vanilla deodorant to try and I have been using it for the last two weeks. It is vegan and cruelty free, is a unique and natural magnesium formula and this bottle is supposed to last up to 3 months with 400 sprays. The smell is gorgeous! The one thing I would say is you need to persevere with it. I would also say that if you shave under your arms to not spray on straight away and to wait for an hour or so before popping it on. A very good natural deodorant. Thank you guys for sending it to me. Here is their website https://www.indeora.com/

Finally is this gorgeous loungewear set from Marks and Spencer. When I saw this I ordered it straight away and boy am I glad I did! I am living in this whilst at home. It makes me feel like I am dressed for the day but super comfy. You can also get a short sleeve top to go with the bottoms. I have linked all of the pieces below:

https://www.marksandspencer.com/cosy-knit-ribbed-short-sleeve-lounge-top/p/clp60462786?color=NAVY

https://www.marksandspencer.com/cosy-knit-cuffed-hem-lounge-bottoms/p/clp60458665?color=NAVYMIX

https://www.marksandspencer.com/cosy-knit-ribbed-lounge-top/p/clp60458697?color=NAVYMIX

Marks and Spencer loungwear set

*No obligation to post or write about any of these gifted items.

How My Style Has Evolved

Good morning everybody. I hope that you are all well on this dreary Tuesday. The sun has disappeared yet again but I can’t say I am mad about it – I love the heat, but only when I have someone making me cocktails at a swim up bar.

I thought I would write a very simple blog post about how my style has changed and evolved over the past few years. There have been a number of different factors as to why and I wanted to chat about them.

Money. I was always really bad at saving and never thought it was as important as I now realise it is. I was throwing my money away on fast fashion and not really thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong – I still like to buy the occasional piece every now and again but I am a lot more conscious of investing into better quality items than an on-trend dress for one season.

Space. Honestly, it was ridiculous how many things I had that I would never pull out of my wardrobe and decide to wear. I kept picking out the same things over and over again. Now I have 1/2 of a rail for hanging clothes, a drawer for vest tops and tees, a drawer for jeans and trousers/skirts and a draw for jumpers – which is very empty at the moment which we will talk about in the next point. That is it and I am really happy that I have been able to condense my wardrobe down to that amount of space.

Impulse buys. This is a little similar to the first point but honestly my downfall was seeing the price of a jumper in F&F or Tu whilst out shopping and just grabbing it because it made me feel excited about having something new. Bloody jumpers! I have really stopped myself from doing this for the past few months and have thought carefully about my purchases. The three items of clothing I have purchased in the past month are my Jack Wills blazer which was an Ebay find, a cream fine knit jumper from ASOS and a black fine knit jumper from H&M. I bought these knowing that I would be able to wear them with all of the dresses I own, the blazers I have and they are items that won’t date. They may get worn out after a season of wearing and wearing but I am fine with that.

Staple pieces. I have always been a fan of prints and ditsy summer dresses. I mean who isn’t? However, it got to that stage where I had so many printed dresses and tops that I didn’t have anything that I could wear with them to transition them into a different season. I have started putting block colour pieces into to my wardrobe so that I can carry my prints through to autumn and winter. I also love to clash prints – over on my Instagram there have been a few styling posts recently where I have paired a red printed dress with a grey check blazer. It can work, you just need to have the right pieces.

Lifestyle. My lifestyle has changed dramatically over the last year. I used to live in the buzzing city of Munich where drinks after work and nights out were the norm.  Now, I enjoy the slower pace of life a lot more where those things will still happen but definitely not as often as they used to for me. I also wouldn’t say I have any ‘going out out’ type clothes. I would just wear something from my wardrobe and make it work.

Content Creating. Over the past year I have been fortunate enough to work with some beautiful brands who have kindly gifted me a lot of my staple pieces in my wardrobe. This is something I am very grateful for and definitely makes me think longer and harder about whether or not I need something else.

Sorry if this has been a bit of a rambly post but I thought it was quite interesting to share with you all how my style and my attitude towards my style has changed a lot over the past year.

Happy Tuesday again x

#MyMonsoon

Good evening guys. How was your Monday? I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine again. Isn’t it lovely to have it back?

I am extremely excited to say that I am working with Monsoon as a content creator and this morning the most gorgeous pieces arrived, which were kindly gifted to me. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen I did a bunch of stories showing you how I would style up these pieces. If you haven’t seen these then head on over to my Instagram account and check them out.


First up is this gorgeous daisy printed midi dress. Again, to see this styled up please head on over to my Instagram account. The dress has a drawstring waist – perfect for cinching you in, balloon sleeves which are super flattering and and a tiered hem. The dress has been made with eco-conscious fabric and is very easy to wear. I got this in a small and I would probably recommend to size down as you can draw the waist in as much as you need to and there is still plenty of room. I have styled it up in this photograph with this gorgeous pearl necklace from Accessorize. You can find the dress here on the Monsoon website: Daisy Print Midi Dress


BLUE DRESS

Next up is this structured shirt dress. What attracted me to this dress was it’s 1940s vibe and the stunning shoulder detail. The beautiful blue colour is a statement in itself. The dress has a point collar and a belt to tie around your waist. It also has pockets. I don’t think I need to say much more! You can find this dress on the website using this link: Plain Shirt Midi Dress Blue


Finally is the blossom print shirred blouse. This is so beautiful and has such delicate detailing. It has a fitted shirred bodice and these stunning sheer sleeves which are then gathered in at the wrist. The print is perfect for the summer and if you want to see how I styled this up, head on over to my Instagram. You can find the shirt here on Monsoon: Blossom Print Shirred Blouse

A huge thank you to Monsoon for gifting me these amazing pieces. I am very grateful and I will just be over here…staring at my clothes rail. 😍

*Monsoon have not asked me to write this blog. There was no obligation with them to write or post anything online. It is part of a gifted campaign.

July Favourites

Good evening guys. Happy Wednesday! I thought I would keep up with my ‘favourites’ blog post and do one for July. As always, there are lots of different things on this list from favourite hair care to a TV series. This is a bit of a long, chatty blog post so I hope you enjoy it.

First up is the NOUGHTY To The Rescue Intense Moisture Treatment Mask. I was kindly gifted some Noughty shampoo and conditioner previously and loved the products so much that I bought the mask myself to try it. I picked it up on Amazon for about £7 I think. I don’t have a hair appointment booked until the middle of August so I wanted to find something deeply hydrating and after just one use, I could see and feel a huge difference. The shampoo and conditioner is also absolutely amazing. The brand is fantastic with their range of products being 97% natural and they always consider sustainability. All of their hair care products are cruelty free and vegan. I can’t believe I had never heard of this brand before. If you are after quality and hair care that is a bit of a treat but won’t break the bank then Noughty is for you. https://noughtyhaircare.co.uk/ 

I recently moved in with my other half during lockdown. Now lockdown is over, I have found myself staying after he asked me to move in with him! To celebrate, we decided to buy some new bedding from a company called Beddable https://www.beddable.co.uk/. We opted for the navy striped core bedding set where you get the duvet cover, fitted sheet and two pillowcases. Now this was on the pricey side and the reason why we went for something a little bit more luxurious was purely for quality reasons. We also didn’t want something that would date so this classic stripe was perfect for us. When the bedding came it was packaged really nicely with a thank you card and care instructions to wash before use. They even included a face mask which was so lovely. Whilst we are on the subject of bedding, we also bought two new pillows from The White Company in the sale and some pillow cases and pillow protectors from Tesco. Head on over to my Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for the big bedroom reveal very soon.

Let’s talk about gold jewellery. I recently made the switch from silver to gold – not for any particular reason other than with my skintone I think gold looks nicer. When I was engaged previously I had a platinum ring but if I was to ever get engaged again I would definitely want something gold. This necklace was in the sale in Accessorize and I am obsessed with it. I was wondering how long it would take me to get into the whole gold choker charm necklace trend and now I have one, I want another! This was super cheap in the sale and I got it for £5 with postage! https://uk.accessorize.com/ Top is from Monsoon. Blooming gorgeous! https://uk.monsoon.co.uk/

If you don’t know what Jamshed is, where have you been? I saw that @inthefrow had recommended this in some of her vlogs and I tried to find it everywhere during lockdown without any success. After popping into Tesco to a weekly shop it was there, staring at me so I picked up a bottle and six bottles later, we love it. In my opinion it is a really easy drinking red and even chilled, it is delicious! Best consumed wearing a dressing gown with your feet up.

I feel like I have to talk about this just because I have been so into it, but ‘Married at First Sight Australia’ has been annoyingly addictive! I am not going to lie – I am a bit of a rubbish TV lover. I had seen snippets of this programme when they did a UK season so I decided to put on the first episode of the Australian version and I was hooked. Not to mention, my other half would chip in with comments now and again, pretending he wasn’t interested but really was hehe. If you fancy a binge watch then the first 10 episodes are on 4OD! 

I might have a slight basket problem. Honestly, moving in has been such a joy and it has been lovely looking for bits together to add to his home but how many baskets does one girl need!? I love these seagrass baskets. I use one as a bedside table alternative which is just super cute and easy to use, one houses our candles and room sprays, one is for extra bedding and the other is in the living room where our cables live to hide them away from sight. I need to stop buying them! I do manage to find them quite cheaply online or in Dunelm. Anyone else obsessed with baskets!? HELP! These ones photographed below are from Tesco but you will have to pop on over to my Instagram to see those when they arrive.

Anyway, I have rambled on far too much! Sending loads of love to all of you and I hope you have a fantastic evening. X

June Favourites

Good morning gorgeous people. It’s about time I did a favourites blog post for June before the month is over. Unfortunately this month I wasn’t as organised and didn’t get a photo of all of the products and things I will be talking about so I will just have to tell you the names instead.

Burts Bees

This month I purchased two products from Burts Bees which go with me in my handbag everywhere. First up is the 100% natural ‘All Aglow Lip and Cheek Stick’ in shade Blush Bay. I have been using this as my blush and highlighter for the past month and absolutely love it. It is super easy to apply and who doesn’t love a two in one? The second product from Burts Bees is their tinted lip balm. Mine is in shade Hibiscus and is a lovely deep pink colour. It’s really moisturising and the colour looks like you’re wearing a lipstick.

Typology

I was kindly gifted some items from Typology and have been really enjoying using them in my skincare routine recently. The three products that I have been using day in and day out are: Radiance Serum (Vitamin C 11%), Hyaluronic Acid Serum (3% + 2% B5) and their periodic serums which are 4 serums designed to meet the needs of the 4 weeks of your menstrual cycle. All of these products have been tried and tested. I have used three of the bottles in the periodic serums and love them all! I apply the Radiance Serum before bed three nights a week and the Hyaluronic Acid Serum twice a week. My skin has been plumper and brighter and I have really enjoyed adding these to my skincare collection. https://uk.typology.com/

Little Fires Everywhere

You might have seen this TV show on Amazon Prime during lockdown – I mean, what else has there been to do? This was a slow burner for me but when I got to episode four I was hooked! I cried all the way through the last episode haha. It tackles issues of race and relationships and the acting is amazing.

Gardening

I have delved into the world of gardening over the past few months and I am loving it. We don’t have a very big garden and most of our plants are in pots but I thought I would tell you about two companies I have been very impressed with who deliver.

https://www.plantloveuk.co.uk/ This company has been supporting local Worcestershire & Herefordshire wholesale growers throughout the lockdown rehome their acres of plants by providing a home delivery service. Their selection of plants is beautiful and the customer service was fantastic. For anyone in the area who can’t get out to a garden centre then this is for you. Thanks mum for the recommendation!

https://middletonnurseries.co.uk/ My mum also recommended this site to me after I saw how beautiful her salvias where in her garden during a lockdown socially distanced visit. I ordered 4 salvias which came in excellent condition and all for about £20 with postage. The plants came very quickly and I couldn’t be more pleased with them. They are located in Staffordshire but deliver to a wide area.

Thinking about it, there are probably so many more things I could talk about this month from the dresses I have found to the storage solutions we have used at home. I do pop a lot of content on my Instagram so if you are interested in seeing some of the plants I ordered, the makeup I have talked about in this blog post or just pretty photographs of interiors and lifestyle then please head on over there and follow me.

Happy Sunday guys x

May Favourites

 

Good afternoon lovely people. I hope that you are all OK. Someone suggested doing a favourites posting each month. I can’t promise one every month but I have certainly got a few favourites for May.

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First up is Aveeno. This is hands down the best moisturiser I have ever used. I use this after showering every day and I love how it doesn’t have a scent. Sometimes I find scented moisturisers can be a bit overpowering. Perfect for every day.

Next up is the ‘Sleep Better Pillow Mist’ from Tisserand. I actually bought this a few months ago for my partner as he finds it difficult to get to sleep sometimes but we have both been using this recently. This dreamy blend combines 100% natural pure essential oils of soothing Lavender, warming Sandalwood and calming Jasmine. It has really helped us both to switch off before sleep.

Roku Gin. If you love gin then you need to try this one! This is one of my new favourite gins (as you can see by the almost empty bottle). This Japanese craft gin has a meticulous balance of flavours. I found this on their website which I thought might be helpful if you want to know what it tastes like.

Nose : Cherry blossom and green tea provide a floral and sweet aroma.
Palate : Complex, multi layered, yet harmonious flavour of various botanicals. Traditional gin taste in the base, plus characteristic Japanese botanical notes with yuzu as the top note. Smooth and silky texture.
Finish : The crisp Japanese sansho pepper brings a little spiciness to the finish.

To go alongside the Roku Gin, I bought this lovely tin of botanicals and spices from Amazon as a gift for my other half for our anniversary. It comes with 19 ingredients including orange and lemon peel, juniper berries, allspice, rose petals, fennel seeds, cardamom, coriander, pink peppercorn, lemon grass, coffee beans and many more. The tin also comes with recommended recipes to help you zhuzh up your gin.

I am a big fan of a nude nail and that classic look. My favourite nude recently ran out and I can only get it again from Germany so I was on the lookout for a new shade. I found ‘Such A Re-Leaf’ by Nails Inc and I am in love. It is the perfect nude and layers up well.

Continuing on with the subject of hands and nails, with all of this hand washing I am sure we are all in the same boat with how dry and painful our hands have become. I  wanted a moisturiser that was affordable or every day use. Neutrogena Hand & Nail did not disappoint. I found this on Amazon and it’s been amazing after every hand wash. It isn’t sticky or too oily which I can’t stand.

For those days at home when you can’t be bothered but feel like you should try and make some sort of an effort, Glow Cherie by L’Oreal is my go-to glow. I have been using this for months now and I can’t recommend it enough. Good job I have a spare because the in the photograph has definitely been very loved!

Finally, as a new runner I wanted some good headphones that would stay in my ears. I found these over the ear ones from JVC and tried them out yesterday. They are super comfortable and the sound is great. I am one happy customer!

Two more things that aren’t in the photograph – the books ‘The Librarian of Auschwitz’ by Antonio Iturbeand ‘The Cows’ by Dawn O’Porter have been two great reads this month that I have really not been able to put down. When it comes to TV, we binge watched Ozark and I have just started Desperate Housewives again from the start.

Happy Sunday everyone ❤️

Twenty Things I Have Learnt In My Twenties

#1 Don’t be afraid to spend time alone.

#2 Stay away from people who don’t fill you with positivity.

#3 Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right.

#4 Don’t bother comparing yourself to others. It gets you nowhere.

#5 Don’t be afraid to say no.

#6 Always be kind.

#7 What’s inside is far more important than what’s on the outside.

#8 Laugh everyday.

#9 True love does exist.

#10 Never give up on what you want. Work hard for it.

#11 Hangovers do get worse as you get older.

#12 Let go of things you can’t control.

#13 If you aren’t happy, change it.

#14 It’s OK to not want to go out and stay in your PJs all day.

#15 If you want to do something, just do it!

#16 Friends and family are so important. Cherish them.

#17 Be comfortable in your own skin.

#18 Never stop learning, growing and trying to be better.

#19 Remember that you can ask for help, whatever age you are.

#20 Appreciate what you have and not lust after what you don’t.

Happy Birthday To Me

Tomorrow I turn 29.

For the first time ever, I haven’t been at all excited about my birthday. Perhaps it’s got something to do with it being the last year of my twenties but instead of a having a pity party for one, I decided to put a positive spin on it in this blog post.

I remember when I was a lot younger I used to think turning thirty was so far into the future. Fast forward to the year 2020 and here it is. Staring at me right in the face and waving at me from behind number 29. My teenage self would be saying ‘Hang on – by the time I hit thirty I wanted to have babies, be married, have a house, have a really good job and still look pretty good for being thirty’.  Does life every work out the way you hoped and wished for it to? No. It is even better.

Don’t get me wrong – there is an element of truth in the above and yes of course I think about all of those things and how disappointed that not all of my boxes have been ticked yet. But then I think about all of the boxes that I never even thought of for myself ten years ago. Overcoming some of the hardest times to make me who I am now, getting to know myself, being confident in the type of woman I am etc. etc.

So whilst I sip on a G&T with my lovely other half cooking me a birthday dinner, for those of you who might start to be feeling that little bit older, that little bit more out of your comfort zone – just remember when you wanted what you currently have.  Those things that haven’t quite made the cut yet just need a little more time.