Thursday, 23 October 2014

H&M Kids Haul.

As I may have mentioned Wesley is in the middle of a huge growth spurt, and its about time! He is such a skinny little boy who up until recently was still in his 6-9 month clothes, I don't think I've updated his wardrobe in about a year.

So a Wesley sized haul has been well overdue and my first port of call was H&M. For Wesley's size H&M are stylish and great value for money with some trousers only being £5.99! I got a bit carried away buying jumpers because they were all so lovely. The cable knit jumper is such a classic staple that is great for keeping warm in the winter and I love the mustard coloured knit ware as the colour really suits Wesley's red hair. I couldn't resist the tweed trousers with braces he is going to look so handsome in those, as well as a pair of mustard twill trousers and black skinny jeans which I thought looked great with the jumpers that were also in my basket.

I also had a quick look at Eli's size but I'm never usually that impressed, its never as good as the younger boys fashion for some reason! But this time I did spot this bargain buy of a maroon coloured body warmer for only £5.99 this is perfect for the preschool run thrown over a thick jumper.

Keep your eyes peeled for a couple more kids clothes hauls coming soon!

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Outfit Of The Day.

Whilst I haven't been blogging over our house move I have still been posting on Instagram daily and whilst MIA I had a little Primark haul so thought I'd share with you some of my outfit of the day posts.

My two favourite Primark purchases were both dresses in a tartan pattern, one being a comfy smock dress with 3/4 length sleeves and the other a fitted school girl-esk dress with a peter pan collar.....obviously I had to get both! They both fit like a glove and are perfect for winter worn with tights and boots. 

I am also still loving the burn out distressed T-shirts from Primark paired with my leopard print skirt from H&M....this skirt has been one of my favourite picks this season so far, I have had tons of wear out of it already. 

Lastly a face of the day, what I have been reaching for most is my new Naked 2 Basics palette and Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Lip for both of these to come! 

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Updating Eli's wardrobe.

Slowly over the last few months I have been updating Eli's wardrobe ready for the colder months. He has several pieces from Next and Zara coming for his birthday which is just a few days away but I thought I'd share with you some extra bits and bargains I have been accumulating. 

Lets start with Ebay bargains.....This Next jumper only cost me £3 on Ebay and is perfect for Winter and these converse only cost me £2.50!! It aways pays to buy second had If you can hunt down items in great condition you can save yourself a lot of money.

I've been looking for some winter boots for Eli especially for wet weather and found this fantastic pair in Asda for only £10. 

Lastly I had a couple of Autumn/Winter bow ties made by the lovely Charming Arthur....I love the denim monogrammed one so much, he will definitely be wearing it on his third birthday.    

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Pick Your Own Pumpkin.

Every year I have taken Eli to Beluncle Farm Kent to pick our own pumpkins, I am so lucky to have such a wonderful place just a few minutes down the road. We don our wellies and old clothes as it seems to always be traditionally very wet and muddy....but thats just half of the fun. Eli loved jumping in puddles and squelching in the mud and pointing out all the different varieties of pumpkin often remarking 'Oh wow mum look at all the colours!'. He picked out a few pumpkins which I have to say are so much cheeper then the supermarket and is great way of showing children where food actually comes from. In total we chose 7 pumpkins to display on our dining table and eventually carve or eat which only cost £6, what a bargain for an excellent autumnal adventure.  

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LouLouLoves Is Back - Snippets Of My New Abode Part 1.

Hello and apologies for the ridiculously long post title! As you know I have been moving home, and for those of you who have been there done that then you will know it is stressful as hell!! Not only was this your usual stressful move with two children, we ended up homeless for over a week after the sale of our flat had gone through but our new house wasn't quite finished! Long story short our in-laws put all of us up for a week and the dog went on a mini holiday to live with my parents.

So right now we are finally in our new house, we have been in for just over a week and we are already quite settled although there is still lots of work to be done. Anyway I am back to hopefully my usual blog updates of my usual one post a day I have missed it like crazy and will be kicking things off with a few snippets of my new house. Please bare in mind that parts of my house still are no were near finished but here is what the down stairs looks like so far:

I love everything about our down stairs space, Its beautifully light an airy and is a perfect mixture between modern scandi style with more of a traditional farm house feel in some areas. I love how introducing shades of green and grey really give this space a really serene atmosphere. Its lovely to have a large porch space where we keep all the families shoes in this shoe cabinet which can you believe I picked up with the matching mirror for only £20 for the two!? It always pays to keep your eye on local selling pages I have picked up many a bargain on there. 

You may be able to spot a couple of iconic well known Ikea staples in my living room, the biggest one being the huge Lappland TV stand/storage unit this is great as the boxes which fit in the cubes are perfect for disguising an abundance of kid toys so your living space doesn't have to look like a toy shop 24/7 and an easily transform back into an adult space once the children are asleep and the toys have been tidied away. The other Ikea buy were these monochrome cushions that every blogger seems to have....but now I understand why! Not only do they give a little something something to the sofa but they are the most squishy and comfortable cushion ever!

All my other cushions were great Asda purchases and i really love how the mixture of patterns and textures give a lovely homely feel. Oh and I cannot forget the lamp which has been one of my favourite purchases as it only cost me £7 second hand and adds a slightly retro/industrial look to the room.  

Our Karlstad Ikea sofa we already owned and I still love it as much as I did 3 years ago, especially as its neutral colour goes with absolutely everything and a few cushions is all thats needed to spruce it up. I also already owned this beautiful rocking chair which is my most prized possession and I am thrilled that I finally have the room to incorporate it into my living space. Our new house has the most beautiful real wood floors throughout the downstairs but to protect it from dropped toys and the dogs claws we bought several rugs. The triangle print rug comes from Achica....a website that is well worth keeping an eye on for stylish homeware bargains....and the other rug is from Ikea, they both again add texture and give a warm homely feel.    

Personal nick nacks again turn a house in a home and are vital for making the space your own especially when you have just moved into a new house. I have a ton of photographs of the children displayed ontop of our TV storage unit in beautiful white rocco frames from Wilkinsons, some motivational plaques and my collection of tea caddies on display. I also have this lovely house storage box from Next which is really great for storing keys, spare change and other vital things you do not want to lose, this heart shaped set of coaster is also from Next. 

The kitchen is definitely the heart of my home and is by far my favourite room in the house. My shabby chic dining table is stunning and again was a great second hand purchase but I will do another post on that at a later date as covering it right now is a PVC table cloth from next which is ideal as my children are the messiest eaters!! Recently we went to pick your own pumpkin at a local farm so on our table is our little autumnal display ready for carving and eating. My kitchen although not completely finished is beautiful and my Next ceramic tea pot kettle has been put to full use already! 

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for lots of new posts coming your way! 


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Home Move Snippets.

This move has pretty much been a year in the making, the house became vacant we made our interest known and that was the start of a long process. We knew it was going to be long for a start the house needed completely renovated which we knew would take time, we also knew that selling our shared ownership property could also take a fair amount of time.

We are now just days away from leaving our first ever home together as a family which is pretty sad but the space just does not work for us anymore.....we need much much more space! We need a garden of our own and the boys need an area that is safe and near loved ones. 

We went to check our how the house was coming along and even though its not finished just yet I already know its going to be beautiful and it already feel like ours. Here are a few snippets of the most finished room which is our beautiful new bathroom. 

I also thought I would update you on a few little homeware bargains, like a beautiful new lamp I managed to pick up second hand for only £7, some new sofa cushions from Asda to spruce up the living  room and some DIY frames for Eli's room made from free printables and wallpaper samples.  

Stay tuned for more house tours and homeware updates.....there will be plenty in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for sticking with me during this period of sparse posting.


Bathroom Accessories Wish List.

We move house in just a few days and our new house is only just coming together, the first room to be pretty much finished is the bathroom. It has a beautiful bowl sink on granite worktop dark wood cabinets a large bath with sleek looking white tiles, it has got me thinking how am I going to accessorise such a gorgeous space! 

I have decided to go for a grey and dark wood theme with copper accents and here are just a few products I am lusting after....some of which I might have already purchased. We are going to make do with what what have right away but slowly will replace our old bathroom accessories with some of these new items, the tree shower curtain and copper wire storage basket I have just ordered from H&M to start the theme off. The shower curtain we really needed to get and I fell in love with the landscape image of tree's in the snow it looks so perfect for Autumn/Winter. The wire basket is going to sit next to the sink to store all our most used toiletries, I love the contrast between the dark wood and the shiny copper metal. 

Other lovely items from H&M include this copper tray which again I think would look beautiful with bottles of perfume and candles displayed on top, and also this wooden box will also be handy for extra storage. Speaking of H&M they also do some great patterned towels and bath mats in particular this geo print grey bath mat really caught my eye. 

This stunning mirrored copper and glass trinket box from Oliver Bonas is perfect to house delicate jewellery and I am totally obsessed with terrariums at the moment I think this one from Urban Outfitters would make a lovely unusual feature in a bathroom. 

Lastly a storage solution that is very on trend are these ladder shelves, not only do they not take up much space they are perfect for storing folded towels, this one is from Ikea. Lastly another ikea find a dark wood mirror which has a rather large ledge frame....its always handy to have an extra shelf!

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