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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

July Favourites

Good afternoon everyone. I hope you have all been holding up in this heat! I’m definitely enjoying the cooler weather. It’s the summer holidays and therefore I have a little bit more time on my hands for my blog so here is July’s monthly favourites. There’s a real mixture of bits and bobs in this blog from skincare to interiors, book and TV recommendations. There are no photographs in this blog – it is just a chatty post. *contains some pr products

First up is this Smart Response Serum from Dermalogica. This is my holy grail at the moment and I use it every night in my evening skincare routine. The serum works with your skin using SmartResponse technology to hydrate, soothe, brighten and firm. Each time you use it, the product gives you a personalised response and gives your skin what it needs. I have been using this for around a month now and my skin is brighter and healthier-looking. I also used the skin analyser available on the Dermalogica website which is amazing, giving you some tips on what areas of your skin need that extra bit of TLC.

Sticking with skincare, I get asked quite a lot over on my Instagram about what makeup products I use in the summer months. I have been using the SunSense Daily Face SPF50+ with an invisible tint finish and that is my base. It isn’t oily and the SPF is amazing. For the evening and if I were to go out out, I use the No7 Skin Illuminator and this gives you a beautiful glow. In previous blog posts I have also mentioned the Glow Cherie by L’Oreal which I am not using at the moment but it is a great dupe for the By Terry CC Serum.

Next, I wanted to mention a local interiors brand in Broadway called At Home With The Rudds. When my partner and I visited a couple of weeks ago we just fell in love with everything they had to offer. They are on Instagram -@athomewiththerudds if you want to check them out.

I don’t read as much as I should but I recently bought ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig. I am about half the way through it and it is SO good. It is one of those books I find myself thinking about when I am not reading it. It’s definitely worth the read and I know it is on some of your summer reading lists already.

Another small and local business I thought I should feature is Margaret Poppy Jewellery. Based in Cheltenham, the brand offers gorgeous jewellery which tells a story and some of their pieces are stunning. I was kindly gifted the gorgeous Matilda huggie hoops which you can find on my feed and over at @margaret_poppy_jewellery on Instagram.

Finally, I am binge watching ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and I am obsessed. I watched season 1 and 2 religiously but I am now catching up season 3 and the new season on Channel 4. If you are looking for a new series, I would highly recommend this!

Have a lovely Sunday and fingers crossed we get the sun back soon!

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

May Favourites

Good morning everyone and happy Friday! I’m sorry that my monthly favourites blog is coming out a few days late. It’s been a busy half term and I am finally getting some time to write this blog post so without further ado, let’s get into this months favourites. *This blog post contains gifted items.

Let’s talk beauty and skincare. First up, a trusty favourite from No 7 – the skin illuminator. Now the weather is getting warmer, I try to wear less makeup on my skin and this is perfect for that light coverage. I use the Simple booster drops with SPF 30 first and then pop this over the top. The two products together give you a gorgeous glow whilst protecting your skin from UV rays. As part of my summer makeup routine, I also like to use the Burts Bees All Aglow. It is THE only bronzer I use in the summer months – it isn’t drying or cakey and just adds that bit of extra warmth to your complexion.

Next up is this gorgeous Barry M nail varnish. I absolutely love a dark red toe nail in the summer months and this was just what I was looking for. This is the shade ‘French Rose’ and they have a few other gorgeous pinky tones in their ‘Rose Tinted’ range.

Last up for this month’s skincare favourites is the Typology charcoal mask with organic nettle *gifted/pr. I have been a huge fan of Typology for a while and have mentioned them in a few of my blogs. This mask is refreshing, thick and leaves my skin feeling so clean and replenished. Active ingredients are stinging nettle, green clay and pine charcoal. I love how organic and natural this skincare brand is – definitely one to check out!

I wanted to mention a pair of trainers I was kindly gifted by Gabor – these are their Wilma design and they are so versatile. In one of my recent blogs about dresses and sneakers, I talked about how I always struggled with what to wear on my feet in the spring months. Now, I always turn to a gorgeous pair of trainers. Check out that blog post here.

Finally, these gorgeous blue striped cushions from Lavendar Coast Interiors had to be featured in my monthly favourites blog. Click here for their Instagram. I was extremely lucky to work with this beautiful interiors company recently over on my Instagram page. I ran a giveaway where someone could win their own Portscatho and Portloe cushions. Unfortunately, these are both sold out now but keep an eye on what is next to come from this amazing country and coastal interiors brand.

I hope you all have a great weekend and sending lots of love.

Rebecca 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 πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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

Spring Home Picks

Good morning and happy Wednesday everybody. I am currently on my Easter holidays and have been enjoying the time off. These breaks always give me a couple of hours to really focus on my blog and I thought I would do a post sharing some of my favourite home bits for spring.

I am loving soft furnishings for spring. These beautiful cushions are some of my favourites at the moment. From left to right – the ‘Harrop’ from The Cotswold Company, the ‘French Striped’ from Cox & Cox and this gorgeous lemon print from Zara Home.

Terracotta pots are a must for spring and I have seen a real demand for these over on Instagram. The English Potted Plant Company do the best pots so if you are looking for beautifully potted plants in rustic pots, you need to check them out. I bought one of these pots from their Etsy page and then Julia reached out to me to work with her on her subscription boxes. (All photographs taken from their Etsy page).

Wicker is another thing I absolutely adore all year round. It looks so great in the spring and the summer in your home. For storage or for plants, they just give your home that rustic feel. I have a wicker basket in the middle of my dining table and it is a beautiful focal point for the room. I also recently picked up a wicker magazine basket. From left to right – Habitat at Argos, Next and West Elm.

Birdie Fortescue is a recent find and one I just can’t get enough of for spring and summer! I really love the prints and the colours for this season and there are so many beautiful pieces to choose from to make your own tablescapes with. I definitely have a few items on my wish list!

I hope that you all have a lovely day. I’m off to make coffee number three!

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

February Favourites

Good afternoon guys and welcome to another monthly favourites. I can’t quite believe we are in the middle of February! So without further ado, let’s get on with this month’s favourites.

Let’s kick things off with skincare beauty products.

Since we entered into the third lockdown, I have been experimenting with manicures. I really like to do colourful tips (I do use nail stickers to help with the lines) and these two shades from Barry M – ‘Lavendar’ and ‘Pistachio’ have been firm favourites for February. I have ordered a few new shades including ‘Banana Split’ and ‘Cotton’ from Barry M. I have also been using this Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream for ages now! It lasts and lasts and just feels so great after a manicure.

A new product I have been using instead of concealer is the Origins Refreshing Eye Cream To Brighten And Depuff. I am not normally one to go out of the house without concealer but this has been such a great replacement. It doesn’t give you much coverage but it certainly brightens. As a #skinfluencer with Dermalogica, I am extremely lucky to receive products from them every now and again so when this arrived I got a little bit excited! As always, there is no obligation to talk about their products or to do reviews but this Neck & Contour Serum is great. I have linked the product here for you to read about. (Not an affiliate link) I have been using it for about three weeks now and I love it. Sticking with skincare, I have starting using reusable cotton pads. If you haven’t switched yet then what are you waiting for?

With regards to makeup, there isn’t much new but at the moment I am wearing this combination on my lips all the time – Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner 150 Stellar Pink and the Ascot Dianthis Lip Gloss from & Other Stories. So pretty!

Next up are a few little interiors bits and bobs I have picked up recently. If you follow me over on Instagram you will know that I love William Morris prints. I saw these tea towels and knew they needed a place in our kitchen. I found them on Amazon and they do so many different designs.

This rattan tray is also from Amazon but when it sold out I bought another from Ebay. I do prefer this one as it is darker and a bit bigger than my other one. Such a lovely addition to the centre of our dining table where normally, there is a vase full of flowers on it.

I just want to finish this blog off by mentioning a couple of small businesses.

In my last blog I linked you to Petal Head’s website and I’m going to do it again! I recently asked Alex to design a dry bouquet for me and she has been so accommodating and so kind. Her prices are very reasonable and she is extremely talented. I can’t wait for my bouquet to come πŸ’

Annie’s prints are stunning. I found her through an advert on Instagram and had a browse at her gorgeous art work. I ended up going for her British Bees print which will fit in nicely in our living space. Check out her website 🐝

That’s all then guys for February’s favourites. I know it’s a bit early but I am on half term right now so I have the time!

Have a good day x

The Small Business Christmas Guide

I cannot quite believe that it is almost Christmas! What a year it has been for us all and one nobody will forget in a hurry.

For this blog post, I have collaborated with a few small businesses which I found and fell in love with. I then approached them to ask if they wanted to work with me on my social media channels and to my delight, they said yes and I am so excited to share them with you.

First up is Cadeaux Paperworks. They are a small independent, female run business based in Worcester. They started in September this year 2020 – it really is a lockdown baby!

What attracted me to Cadeaux on Instagram was that they want to make the gifting sector more sustainable. What makes this gorgeous company different is that their paper is only 100gsm paper from FSC approved sources. For those of you who don’t know what means (I didn’t until I started working with Victoria at Cadeaux) is that the density of the paper is quite thick. We normally use 80gsm paper. The paper at Cadeaux contains a lot of paper fibres and can be recycled alongside normal paper. It also isn’t laminated which I love! I love a matt finish. Finally, the prints on the paper are vegetable oil which all helps to make the recycling process easier.

The CadBlog, which can be found on their website, is just amazing. Both articles up there at the moment really inspired me with my wrapping and had really good tips and tricks to follow.

Here is an example of a present wrapped using some of the gorgeous printed paper. I also used the sage and crimson twine. Doesn’t it look beautiful? I then popped on some natural accessories to finish off the whole look. Absolutely perfect!

Thank you to Cadeaux for agreeing to work with me on this blog post. I feel super lucky to work alongside such a forward thinking, stunning company. You can find all of the papers and accessories featured in this blog over on Victoria’s website. She was also featured in Glamour! πŸ™Œ To check out all of Victoria’s gift wrapping designs and accessories, head on over to her website to shop all of her gorgeous products. https://www.cadeauxpaperworks.com/about

​Next up is Ivy&Bee-Interiors. I was just scrolling one Sunday morning and came across this stunning little company which looked right up my street. Ivy&Bee is another brand which are aware of their carbon footprint and how to reduce it. For example, the throws they stock are made from recycled wool.

They kindly sent to me these stunning Chana Mango Wood Decorations. Each design comes in a set of four and they look so beautiful on my tree.

The pieces are super chunky and excellent quality. Like I said, they look so good on my tree and they really complete it.

Beth clearly has an eye for interiors as the products she stocks are so lovely. If you are looking for some special Christmas decorations this year from a stunning small business, then visit the website to shop these tree ornaments and more https://ivyandbee.co.uk/ If you head on over to their stories today over on Instagram, there is a cheeky code for free shipping for today only!

Lastly, I was over the moon when Megan agreed to work with me on this blog post because I absolutely adore her ceramics. I have really developed a love for ceramics since having my own home and when I saw Megan’s designs, I just had to feature her. All of her designs are inspired by coastal life and you can clearly see this in her gorgeous colour choices.

She kindly sent me this planter and this really pretty matching dish. Both pieces have new homes in our master bedroom and look so chic and elegant. Megan Hawthorne Ceramics is definitely worth a visit if you are a lover of ceramics. She designs mugs, Christmas decorations, beautiful terracotta planters, vases and frames. You can find her shop here: Handmade Ceramics and Homewares by MeganHawthorneStudio on Etsy

I really hope you enjoyed this blog post guys. If you are looking to shop small this Christmas, then you definitely need to check out these gorgeous businesses. A huge thank you to Victoria, Beth and Megan for sending me these absolutely amazing items! I am so chuffed and I have loved working with you all.

Have a good Saturday x

Christmas Is Here

Good afternoon guys. Christmas has arrived in our household! I spent a good two hours faffing with baubles and branch placements all whilst listening to a classic Christmas playlist and loved every second of it. I have to admit, the tree still isn’t finished yet as I am waiting on a couple more pieces but here it is – our first Christmas tree in our home together and I couldn’t be more pleased.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I have been sharing Pinterest boards of ideas for over a month now. I knew I wanted a natural and Scandi looking tree so I chose shades of green, brown, cream and some deep golds. I also found so many gorgeous trees with bases so I found this one on Amazon which is collapsible – perfect for a small home like ours with little storage space.

Let’s get onto the baubles. The filler baubles were from John Lewis, Cox & Cox and Tesco. The pine cones were from Amazon. I ordered a special bauble this year for our first Christmas with Atticus. This was handmade by TheAmyverse who I found over on Etsy. Harriet from Harrietscornishcraft sent me a gorgeous macrame decoration (pr product) and I kept two baubles from my best friends wedding last year with gorgeous feathers in. I picked up some Scandi style decorations from The Range too on a press trip in October.

I am waiting on some cinnamon sticks and dried oranges for wrapping and I want to pop a few of those on the tree also. It might not work but I fancy giving it a go. Finally, I bought some sticks which make our faux tree smell real from Scentsicles and we went for the Christmas Tree scent. I would definitely recommend these for those who have an artificial tree as these make the tree smell incredible. The second I walk through the door it smells like Christmas.

Our new sofas to arrive on Monday which we are very excited about. We can’t wait to have our living space complete for our first Christmas together in our house.

Have a lovely afternoon x