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August Favourites

Good afternoon everyone and happy Wednesday. It’s time for this month’s favourites. I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone. I will be back in the full swing of teaching in no time at all! As always, some items mentioned in this blog post are gifted and will be marked with a *

Let’s start with a couple of beauty products and a new moisturiser from Dermalogica*.

I am not wearing my mask as frequently as I was before my second vaccine so I am now wearing lipstick again! I found this liner and lipstick on Amazon from KIKO for great affordable prices and I love the shades for autumn. This is their ‘Smart Fusion Lipstick’ in shade 405 and the liner is shade 303. The liner is a little darker than the lipstick so you do have to make sure you blend it in with a gloss or a balm. They last well on your lips and I love the darker shade for the colder months to come.

Dermalogica kindly sent me their new product as a #skinfluener and I have been using it for a week or so now. Their new ‘Biolumin C-Gel Moisturizer’ does exactly what it says it does. On the first application, my skin looked radiant, glowing and felt amazing. I mix a drop into my tinted cc serum as part of my daily makeup routine too which gives me that weightless glowy base. I am really going to enjoy using this in autumn to maintain that holiday-like glowing skin.

Over the summer holidays I have really let me nails grow out as during term time I normally completely neglect them! I found some really gorgeous floral stickers on Amazon which you apply using tweezers and seal with a clear topcoat. I always put on a nail strengthener before I do anything else and this helps encourage growth and prevents breakage. I used the cherry blossom stickers for this manicure but there are so many to choose from in the pack I picked up – sunflowers, purple flowers, black and white flowers. It does take a bit of time and patience let me tell you but my nails feel fresh and it’s just a bit of fun.

Next up are some new additions to the master bedroom. I was so lucky to work with two beautiful interiors brands this month – Cotswold Grey* and Champagne & Ginger*. I was gifted this elm stool and blue cashmere throw from Cotswold Grey and then these belly baskets from Champagne & Ginger. They work so well together and make our bedroom feel cosy and ready for the new season.

Finally, I wanted to mention ‘The Midnight Library’ again by Matt Haig. It has been such a joy to read and I couldn’t recommend it more. If you haven’t read it, you need to!

Have a lovely day guys and I’ll be back on the blog next week with an autumn fashion post so turn on email notifications if you don’t want to miss that.

Rebecca x

June Favourites (Home Edition)

Happy Sunday everyone and I hope that you are well. I always find that the only time I can really sit down and write my blog posts is a Sunday morning whilst in bed with a coffee. Time is just running away…it will be Christmas before we know it. It’s time for a monthly favourites blog and this month it’s all about home products so let’s get into it.

As mentioned in previous interiors blogs, I always like to make my home smell nice. I recently picked up some new cleaning products which have really brought summer into the house.

Let’s talk about Zoflora. Who else is a fan? This lavendar scent is perfect for the summer and I like to pour two caps of it into the kitchen sink and flush it through with hot water. Some other favourite summer Zoflora scents are ‘Linen Fresh’ and ‘Bouquet’. My favourite plug-in at the moment is the Pink Sweet Pea one from Air Wick Essential Oils. I ordered them in bulk from Amazon and I have one in the hallway and one in the kitchen/living space. Finally, the ‘Summer Breeze’ scent boosters from Lenor make your washing smell absolutely amazing. I have also ordered some other scents too and I can’t wait to do some washing 🤣

H&M Home is always my go-to and this month I have picked up a few bits for when we finish the bedroom. Their oak photo frames are so great and such good value for money and I ordered a few of these ready for some new art work which will be going up soon. I also picked up this cute birch wood hanger which I am hoping to hang my jewellery from. I have a stand at the moment but let me tell you, I am sick of dusting it! Finally, these linen cushion covers are such great quality and are excellent fillers in our living room.

Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea for this monthly favourites blog but I have been cheating on fashion with gardening and home interiors recently. Head on over to my Instagram to see the garden reveal!

Have a great Sunday.

Rebecca x

My Interior Style (Part II)

Good morning and happy Sunday! Today is set to be a scorcher so it’s the perfect weather to get out in the garden and cool off with a few G&T’s. I promised that I would write another blog post once our living space was finished and I am so excited to say that it is. *Contains pr products

As mentioned in the first part of this series of blogs, I love a mixture of modern interiors and more rustic/farmhouse. Our house is extremely modern in its architecture and so I was always mindful of this when picking pieces for our home.

The main thing that is different in the room is that we now have curtains! Hallelujah! I can’t believe how much the curtains really do bring it all together and make it feel more cosy and homely. If you head on over to my Instagram, you can see more snaps of the curtains. We got them made to measure in a gorgeous heavy linen fabric in a pencil pleat style and we love them so much. Other bits and bobs which I have purchased are some new tea towels from H&M Home. Now, I love my William Morris tea towels but there’s something about a classic stripe that just always looks so great in a kitchen.

I picked up a few new vases from a local antique barn (best places ever!) and I worked with Fy! and Sophie Allport on a few finishing touches. This print is from Fy! and the gorgeous ‘Home Grown’ range apron and mug are from the fabulous Sophie Allport – you can find discount codes on my Instagram page. *Bunch of peonies from Haute Florist (PR)

It is so lovely to have a finished living space. Now to tackle the master bedroom…

Have a lovely Sunday x

April Favourites

Happy bank holiday weekend and I hope that you have all had a good week. It’s time for a monthly favourites post and this month it’s all about skincare and home furnishings. *Some products have been gifted.

These two Dermalogica products have been firm favourites this month. I am always so grateful to Dermalogica who send me their new products as a #skinfluencer – thank you! I mentioned the ‘Powerbright Dark Spot Serum’ last month but I couldn’t give it a full review as I had only just started using it. After using this for about two months, I have been really impressed with the results. I had some darker spots on my skin from scarring and pigmentation and using this serum has definitely faded some of those areas. Such a great product 🙌🏼

The second product that has made the favourites list from Dermalogica was sent to me a couple of weeks ago and is the ‘Melting Moisture Masque’. I get quite dry skin from time to time and a tiny amount of this keeps my skin feeling so hydrated for hours. The product turns from a balm to oil upon application and just melts into your skin. I would even go as far as saying that this is one of my favourite Dermalogica products of all time! This is definitely worth checking out if you want something deeply nourishing and rehydrating.

Origins Ginzing range has been a go-to for me for the past five or six months. I don’t like to really wear makeup in the summer months so this tinted moisturiser is perfect and has SPF40. I have also switched out my concealer for under my eyes for this eye cream which has made my daily makeup routine a lot quicker. It brightens and refreshes and no creases!

I used to be really into doing my brows and then couldn’t be bothered with how long it all took. Anyone else go through that phase? I hadn’t used anything on them for years until I found this organic product by Lavera on Amazon. It is a clear styling gel which I apply and brush through in an upwards motion to give the appearance of thicker brows. Now I use this every day and it takes seconds.

The final skincare/makeup product on the favourites list this month is the ‘Ride or Die’ lip balm from Elf in shade peach. A little goes a long way and it is such a gorgeous colour.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know how much I love interiors and home styling. I was on the hunt for the perfect cushion covers for spring and summer and found this gorgeous lemon print from Dunelm along with a block blue colour and this French Toile De Jouy design on eBay. When put together, all of the designs worked perfectly with the striped Vinegar Hill cushions.

Finally, I wanted to touch on some of my favourite ceramic pieces for this month. I have always loved blue and white ceramics but was never bold enough to bring them into my home until I saw it so beautifully done over on Instagram. I trawled Ebay and found the two small vases and the candlestick holder and then saw this gorgeous plant pot on Amazon. I love how these pieces stand out in my home yet still work with the more neutral and green tones.

I hope that you all have a fantastic long weekend and enjoy the breaks in the weather. Fingers crossed for some sun!

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Rebecca x

My Interior Style (Part I)

Good morning everyone and happy Easter weekend! I have been meaning to update my blog for a while now but the life of a full time primary school teacher is pretty hectic so I have finally found some time to write a blog post for you all.

Over on my Instagram I know I have a mixture of followers – some who prefer my style content and others who like the home interiors posts. If you fall into the home styling category, then this one is for you. This blog post is part of a series as not all of the rooms in our home are quite finished yet so make sure you hit the ‘follow’ button on my home page to keep up to date with blog posts.

The story behind my first home is pretty simple really. I moved in with Mr RV last year during lockdown, never moved out and decided to buy half of his house (we also adopted a cat which wasn’t in the plan but we love him!) Our home is in a great location in Cheltenham and the space is just about big enough for the both of us at the moment. I wrote a blog post all about buying my first home which you can read here. Styling our home has been a process and to be honest, I have made some pretty big mistakes a long the way – bad furniture choices, decorating a room at a time rather than thinking about the whole home and many wall art mishaps. Finally, I can say that our home works and we both love it.

My interior style can be described as farmhouse/rustic meets modern. We live in an extremely modern home with bifold doors into our garden and high ceilings in our open plan kitchen, dining and living room. I get asked all the time about our home and what it is like. It is all on one level and we have two bedrooms, one bathroom, one toilet room and an open plan kitchen/diner/living space. Our garden is south facing and is a decent size.

I have always loved country interiors but I never felt confident about styling a modern space in that way. I lust over beautiful country homes – the fabrics, the furniture and the accessories. I didn’t want to decorate in a completely modern way. In the pictures above you can see our finished living space. William Morris had to of course feature somewhere in our home and in a subtle way. Our table and chairs were actually something Mr RV bought before we became joint home owners but we love this Scandinavian design mixed with country style accessories.

The sofas were a big decision and one knew we had to make. We only had one sofa before and we wanted to be able to seat guests and enjoy people’s company that wasn’t around a dining table. Accessorizing the sofas took a while too with choosing the correct colour palette. I stumbled across the dark green cushions in Homesense one day, got my sofa swatch out and took the plunge. The striped cushions are from Vinegar Hill and we have a few other scatter cushions in other green tones on the smaller sofas. The rug was also a lucky Homesense buy. We knew we didn’t want something too bright and colourful and when we saw this we took it home – no measuring was involved! Like I said, a lucky find. Finally, the TV unit was from Argos and the step stool is IKEA.

The smaller details are the ones that I have made numerous mistakes with. It brings me so much joy to finally know this space is finished with regards to decorating. Touches of terracotta from Burford Garden Centre, H&M Home and The English Potted Plant Company give the space that more rustic look alongside the rattan and the wicker trays. House plants, prints (the bee print is from Annie Dornin-Smith), interiors books and candles also make the space warmer and make it feel more lived in. I have been adding in touches of blue in ceramics recently – a decision I was a little hesitant about doing but I love it.

What am I waiting for? There a few things left for this space like a vintage blue ceramic fruit bowl to replace a gold wired basket which will live on our worktops & a beautiful botanical print and frame from Etsy. Eventually we want to get perfect fit venetian blinds on our windows to finish the space completely.

And that is it – the living room/dining room/kitchen reveal! Like I said, this blog post is part of a series so the next one will be the bedroom reveal.

If you have any questions about any of the items above just leave a comment or head on over to my Instagram where all items are tagged.

Have a lovely weekend. X

Styling Your Home for Spring

Good evening everyone and I hope that you are all well. I can’t believe we are in February already! That means we are step closer to spring and I have already started thinking about styling my home for the spring season.

I thought I would write a blog post with some ideas, show you guys some pieces I have bought and also share some which are on my wish list.

Flowers

If there is one thing that I will always have in my home throughout spring and summer, it is a beautiful bunch of flowers. I am quite fortunate that after my 30th birthday last week my house is full of gorgeous bouquets

For me, having fresh flowers around the home is about bringing the outside in. This was a gorgeous bunch from my partner for my 30th which I added more greenery to. (Don’t mind the zebra doorstop!) I am quite specific with the colours I inject into my home but these purple tones are just so pretty and perfect for spring.

A tip for creating your own spring bouquet is to just buy lots of different types of flower – I like to buy tulips, gypsophila, lepidium, eryngium, chamelaucium and eucalyptus. I would then decide on my arrangement and create my own spring bouquet. It does require some faffing and make sure you have a good vase or two in the house! I prefer vases where you can’t see the stems, like the one above in the picture.

Over the past year or so I have really found a love for plants and gardening. That has definitely translated into what I like in a bunch of flowers.

Scents

During the winter period, I like to burn festive candles and use wintry oils in my diffuser for that cosy, Christmassy vibe. Picking the right scent each year to fill my home for spring and summer is a really fun task. One of the best things I bought was an oil diffuser. I found mine on Amazon and there are plenty to choose from.

These two oils are a couple of my favourites right now – elderberry and fig leaf and peony and blush rose. Both of these were from Sainsburys. I also find a lot of my oils online. Sometimes the name of the oil is better than the actual scent but like I said, it’s fun and with a bit of trial and error you can have your home smelling like spring in no time.

Candles are another thing I like to fill my home with all year round. This one is by a company called Interlude and is part of a subscription gift for my birthday (thank you Alice!) It smells absolutely divine! In the spring, I like cotton and linen scents, florals like roses and lilies and also aromatherapy candles.

A couple of candles on my wish list are from a company called Skandinavisk. I had some candles from this brand before and they were so gorgeous. I am currently trying not to fill my shopping basket to the brim with all of their fantastic products.

Wreaths

I have always wanted my own front door to put up seasonal wreaths. When the house purchase completed in January, I was already thinking about my spring wreath. After asking for some ideas on where to find one over on my Instagram, I was kindly gifted this faux wreath from Petalhead Flowers.

I am in love with it and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I love the greenery with a touch of lavender – perfect for the spring. I will hang it on a hessian bow just for that extra rustic, country feel. I feel so grateful that this was sent as a gift and I can’t wait to hang it on my front door.

Seasonal wreaths can really inject that extra zhuzh into your home – even if it is only something on the exterior. Seeing my wreath on my front door every day instantly lifts my mood. A spring and summer wreath is certainly something to try if you like a winter wreath.

Soft Furnishings

Changing over your throws, blankets, tea towels (yes, tea towels!) and cushions in the spring might seem like a waste of time. However, it can really make a huge difference. I put away our big furry blankets and I get out the lighter and softer throws. I have bought a couple of terracotta pots and invested in some indoor plants. I change our tea towels, our bed spread and even some of our cushion covers. I am really loving H&M home and Vinegar Hill at the moment. I am also a huge fan of some smaller interiors companies like The White Lighthouse, Ivy and Bee and Wild Mabel Home. There are some really gorgeous pieces on these websites which will help you style up your home for spring. I have my eye on a few bits!

I really hope that you have enjoyed this blog and that it has given you some inspiration on how to style up your home for spring.