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Decorating for Christmas

*since writing this blog post about a week ago, I caved and bought an artificial tree 🤦🏽‍♀️

Good evening everyone and happy weekend! I hope that you have all had a good Saturday. We are hunkering down with some blankets and hot chocolate before dinner, all the candles are lit and a festive playlist is on.

I asked over on my Instagram what you wanted to see next on the blog and you were all keen on a Christmas decorations post. This will be a long one so without further ado, here it is…🎄 *some items have been gifted

The Tree

This year we have decided to buy a real tree. This will be my first real tree as an adult and I am really looking forward to it. I know real trees aren’t for everybody – I know some of you like to put up your trees in November – but for us, I think it might become a new tradition. Last year we had a slim line artificial tree and I decorated it in a very ‘Instagram’ way really. That will not be the case this year. I have been fortunate enough to work with a number of brands on Christmas tree decorations this year but we have also enjoyed picking baubles and ornaments together which has been really lovely.

Biggie Best at Christmas

I am working with a company quite local to me in Cirencester called Biggie Best. Their Christmas shop is beautiful and I thought I would share with you the pieces I have in my home this season. This artificial tree is currently sitting on a side table in our kitchen and I have wrapped this tin star garland around it. The heart garland is being used as a Christmas card hanger over our sink in the kitchen which I attached with some little hooks and some twine.

These tree decorations are so beautiful and perfect for our home. Whilst I am going for that more traditional tree this year, I have been hugely inspired by Scandinavian and Nordic design when picking pieces for this season. I just love this ornament with the bell on! You can shop Christmas bits here at Biggie Best https://www.biggiebest.co.uk/christmas A huge thank you to Biggie Best for working with me ❤

Decorating Our Home

Last year, Christmas was in my first home which I was going through the process of buying with Mr RV and even though we couldn’t see family and it wasn’t what we were both used to, it was still lovely to have our first Christmas together. I was new to the Instagram thing with regards to interiors and I just wanted my tree to be ‘Instagrammable’. Like I said above, that will not be happening this year. I want my home to be exactly how I want it to be at this time of year instead of what the internet expects it to be. So yes, I have some whacky decorations and no it won’t all match and look perfect.

Festive foliage is something I adore in a home at Christmas. I prefer real flowers as I am fussy with faux. I have been after some faux berry sprays for a while and I eventually found some gorgeous ones on Country Interiors which I can’t wait to get my hands on. I have also found some great festive candles in Waitrose, HomeSense and over at Iggybox Candles *brand ambassador

Gisela Graham was kind enough to gift me some items this year too and I shared them over on my Instagram stories. I also have a discount code so on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rebeccaavalentina/

It might also be worth mentioning that I did a campaign for Marks and Spencer too over on Instagram. I’ll pop the image here in case you see anything you fancy…

All AFF links https://tidd.ly/3wjd2xe – wrapping paper https://tidd.ly/3BWYN2E – cosy slogan cushion https://tidd.ly/3o6ntR0 – boucle cushion https://tidd.ly/31uXLOx – faux fur throw https://tidd.ly/3mMVxCw – slogan mug https://tidd.ly/2ZWYmIH – calm bauble https://tidd.ly/3mQqkhL – restore bauble https://tidd.ly/3wm7odU – mistletoe stems https://tidd.ly/3qhG3Zv – velvet stocking  https://tidd.ly/2YmndEN – Christmas tree decoration https://tidd.ly/3mOHufG – candle 

Christmas Inspiration

I have clocked up some hours in Pinterest over the past few weeks let me tell you. Here are some of my favourite pins I have saved as inspiration for our home this Christmas 🎅

And that’s a wrap on this blog post. You’ll have to wait a few more weeks until Christmas content appears over on my Instagram I’m afraid. I’ve already seen so many trees up! Have a lovely evening 🎁 

October Favourites

Good morning and happy half term. I feel like I say this every month but as if it is the end of October already! Here are my October favourites 💫 *some products have been gifted and some links are affiliate links

First up is the Dermalogica Daily Microfiliant. This has been my go-to exfoliator for the past year or so. As I work with Dermalogica, I am extremely lucky to have received this as pr but have also purchased in-between being gifted it. I use this every day and it is a fantastic gentle exfoliator which leaves your skin feeling smooth and squeaky clean. One of my favourites!

*all aff links Here are a couple of makeup bits I have enjoyed using this month. I have talked about the Glow Cherie base layer I use before but I picked it up in a darker shade this month. I only use a little bit as I mix it in with a moisturiser before applying. You can shop it here: https://amzn.to/3CqVG3K I love a dewy finish so I picked up this setting spray again from NYX. This is the third time I have bought this and it really gives you that glow. If you want to buy, here is a link https://amzn.to/3jHXNJc Finally, this Burt’s Bees lip balm is perfect over lipstick or also just on its own. It smells incredible and I just love their lip balms 🌿 https://amzn.to/3nD3qtf

I wanted to mention a few interiors brands I have been loving recently over on Instagram.

Cedar & South have the most beautiful pieces and I will be bringing you all something really exciting in collaboration with Jennie over on my Instagram in the next week or so. Here is their website: https://cedarandsouth.co.uk/ *image taken from website

House of Neutrals is another stunning brand I discovered recently and they have the best selection of pillows. If you love neutral tones, then you need to check their products out 🤍 https://www.houseofneutrals.com/ *image taken from website

I recently bought some new pieces from Scandi Minimal and was so pleased with my purchases. They have such a great selection of products from homeware to children’s items. Here is the link to their website to have a browse https://www.scandiminimal.com/ *image taken from website

And that is it for this month! October has flown by and I honestly cannot believe we are almost in November. I don’t know about you but I have been a little slower thinking about Christmas this year – that isn’t to say I haven’t been pinning ideas like mad! I will be writing a whole blog post all about what we are planning on doing this year with our decor, our tree and little hacks to save money so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Have a lovely day and take care.

Rebecca x

September Favourites

As if it is the end of September already – where has the time gone? Here’s your September blog post featuring some of my favourite things for this month. There are a mixture of beauty, skincare, fashion & home bits. *contains pr items and some aff links

First up are two new makeup favourites. I wanted a really lovely nude lipstick for autumn/winter and I found this one from Rimmel called ‘I Dare You’ 💄 It is shade 720 and it is the easiest lipstick to apply which actually lasts! It is a bargain price under £3 & I’ve linked it here for you – https://amzn.to/3o9UCNE *aff link. This bronzer palette from Makeup Revolution is also a new addition to my makeup bag this season. It is very pigmented so you don’t need to apply too much to get that all over bronzed look and I love it for this time of year – https://amzn.to/3AIUOa1 *aff link.

Next up are two products I have been using in my skincare routine which were kindly sent to me from Dermalogica (pr products). I have talked about the ‘Biolumin-C Gel Moisturizer’ before but I wanted to mention it again this month because it has been such a staple in my morning routine. I use it every day – sometimes with a pump of CC cream and it really is the most perfect product for that glowy skin. The ‘Daily Glycolic Cleanser’ is a brightening and conditioning cleanser that renews dull, uneven skin tone and helps remove buildup on your skin. I have only been using this for about four days as a new cleanser but so far I love it. I will report back next month with how I have been finding it.

Slippers! Who doesn’t love a pair of cosy slippers in autumn/winter? I shared a picture on my Instagram stories featuring these slippers and so many of you messaged me so I have popped a link to them here – https://amzn.to/3CKWU9U *aff link.

I have been on the hunt for some things to add to our home to make it feel more cosy for autumn. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen our finished master bedroom with pops of blue and lots of wicker baskets! Our chest of drawers and bedside cabinets are from Cotswold Co and we love them so much. They are so well made and look perfect in this room. All of the items in this picture are tagged over on my Instagram which is linked on my home page.

Filling my home with different scents at different times of year is something I always look forward to doing. I am so excited to be working with Smellacloud this month who offer diffusers and a range of oils for your home. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed for more details coming soon where all items will be tagged too.

Finally for this September favourites blog, I had to show you guys this beautiful mug I bought from Home Addition. How perfect is this for autumn? I don’t think I need to say much more…🎃

I hope that you all have a lovely autumnal Sunday and I will catch up with you all soon.

Lots of love,

Rebecca 🤎

A Milestone

Good evening guys. I hope that you all had a lovely Sunday. Today has been a pretty quiet one for me at home and whilst I’ve been enjoying some peace and quiet, I have also reached what you might call a ‘social media milestone’.

About two and a half years ago I started this blog as a form of therapy. At the time I didn’t realise that was what it was but it was what got me through having to cancel my wedding and a broken engagement. I will never forget the first message I received from a reader who was going through the same thing as me and with that I started my Instagram account. I wanted to share my story and to share my passion and love for fashion. Fast forward to now and I can’t quite believe that there are 10,000 of you who have hit that follow button 💕

Thank you for all of your support over the years. I can’t wait to share more of my journey with you.

Rebecca x

Autumn Styling – Bags & Blazers

Morning guys and the sun is shining! ☀️ My washing is on the line, I am on iced coffee number two and ‘Changing Rooms’ is on in the background. I promised you all over on my Instagram that I would do a series of autumn styling blog posts this season so here is the first one. This post is all about the staple black blazer and your brown and black handbags. Pairing them with dresses or items you already own is so easy for autumn.

Some items in this blog post are pr products and will be shown with a *

This black blazer was an eBay find and is a never worn Karen Millen tailored number. It’s such a classic piece for the autumn/winter wardrobe and there are always so many out there on the high street to choose from. I paid less than £10 including postage for this bargain and it is perfect. I have also ordered an oversized black shacket which I will feature in another styling post or over on my Instagram and for me, the blazer and shacket are enough in my opinion for a colder season wardrobe. This bag is from a gorgeous brand called Fenella Smith London* and it is a great transitional piece from day to night. On the left, this black and white shirt dress is a very recent purchase from the Warehouse sale and the dress on the right is a navy blue print M&S dress. They are both midi length and also have long sleeves.

Still featuring the bag are these two outfits. On the left is another M&S dress which again is a midi length but with shorter sleeves and on the right is this beautiful Warehouse dress. All of these dresses (and many more in my wardrobe) look great with this black blazer and bag from Fenella Smith London and I can’t wait to start wearing these outfits in the coming weeks.

These two autumnal outfits feature the Fitzwilliam bag from Fairfax & Favor*. This has been such a staple piece for me even throughout summer and looks great with all outfits. Both of these dresses are from Crew Clothing* and look perfect styled up with the brown leather and suede bag.

You don’t need to buy a lot of new items for seasonal styling. I have invested in classic pieces for this year which I know will work with items I already own. I have told myself to not buy another floral dress this season and instead be on the look out for neutrals and blacks. This way I can wear some of the more transitional dresses I own all year round with the right jacket and accessories.

Have a great sunny Thursday 🤍

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

A Timeless Wardrobe – Dress Edition

Good afternoon and what a rainy Sunday it is! 🌧️ My garden is certainly enjoying this rain however I am not and just want to wear some of the summer dresses I am going to mention in my blog post today.

I asked over on my Instagram what you wanted to read next on the blog and it was a toss up between this blog post and one all about garden party dresses. I thought that garden parties could wait seeing as this weather isn’t bringing the summer vibes! Therefore, here it is – how to create a timeless wardrobe when picking dresses. I’m going to give you some tips when choosing the right dress and talk about how I select mine. *This post contains PR products and all dresses are tagged over on my Instagram.

My dress collection is what you can see on the left in the image above. It used to be larger but I found I was just wearing the same items over and over again and I much preferred to do that. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with a number of brands like Oliver Bonas, Crew Clothing and Phase Eight where I receive items and in turn, take photographs for you guys and show you how I style the pieces up. But how do you create that timeless collection?

It has taken me years to get my dresses right but I finally started to pick pieces that work with my body shape and height. I am only 5″3 and have a long torso rather than long legs. Therefore, a midi dress is way more flattering on me than a mini. I also can’t just eat anything anymore and not see it appear somewhere on my body so I think about the areas I prefer to cover up and for me that’s my tummy and my arms. Instead, I am quite busty so I tend to accentuate that area with the style of dress I choose – a cinched-in-waist or elasticated bust works really well for me 📷

Colours and prints are something to be really mindful of. I have always been a ditsy print kind of girl and in my wardrobe I have a whole heap of different coloured dresses from reds and purples to blacks and pinks. My go-to colours are blues and greens as they complement my accessories more. I have one trench coat which is a print and I would wear that with all of my dresses, regardless of clashing prints. My shoes and trainers are extremely minimalistic and can be worn with anything too.

Less is more. I am extremely conscious of the amount of dresses I accumulate. Like I mentioned before, I am very lucky to work with brands as part of my content creation. In the past, I have turned down partnerships and collaborations if it wasn’t something I would wear over and over again. Yes, I post midi dresses over on my Instagram account but it isn’t realistic to have a new dress every other day! Who has the money for that? 💰 For me, to create that timeless collection, you need to be really sure about a piece – invest in longer term items rather than fast fashion.

It took me a while and only now at the age of 30 do I feel confident and comfortable in my wardrobe. I also choose my dresses thinking about all seasons and qill only pick it if I can see myself wearing it in every kind of weather. Can I style it up with boots aswell as sneakers? Will it work with a jumper layered over the top or a chunky knit?

Finally, I’m less influenced by others’ choices and happier in what I already have and I think that is key to creating a timeless collection. Don’t get me wrong, I am the first to put my hand up and admit to having done this A LOT in the past but I guess my priorities are different now and I’ve been gardening and styling my home. Fashion has taken a bit of a back seat and I’m more than OK with that.

Whilst I give this advice, I’m no expert and honestly, like I said, it has taken me years to get to this point with my wardrobe and I would still reassess some of my choices even now. I still don’t own a little black dress! Creating a timeless dress collection is a journey. Enjoy it – dress for your body shape, choose colours and prints you love, pick versatile pieces and enjoy what you have!

Happy Sunday guys 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