Thursday, 20 November 2014

Pin Addiction - A Glimpse Into My Pinterest.

I've had Pinterest for a long while now but have only just grasped the magnitude of uses it has and have recently become a little bit of an addict. My most favourite ways of using Pinterest for interior decorating inspiration, craft ideas for the kids and recipes.....but honestly the list is pretty endless! Its like a rabbit hole you can get completely lost down for hours on end.

Here are a few glimpses of what my Pinterest looks like and a few things I am loving right now:

I have been looking for some table decorating ideas for Christmas and am loving the rustic look using hessian pinecones and wood. 

I am going to ikea next week to pick up a long Ribba Picture Ledge for above the sofa and have been looking for some inspiration on how to create a gallery picture display using different sizes and styles of frames.  

Whilst browsing for Christmas ideas I found this lovely idea of how to personalise wrapped presents and decided to give it a go. It gives such a lovely added decorative touch to gifts and you can even find free printable mini bunting on Pinterest too. 

How cute is this jewellery display? Using a framed pin-board to hang necklaces, earrings even rings this way you can see what you have and are more likely to get more wear out of each piece.      

Im tempted to make a few homemade Christmas treats as gifts and decided to give making fudge a shot and how nice does this pumpkin fudge look?? And very seasonally appropriate. 

I really want to add some plants around the house to brighten up the place but I am not the best at remembering to water them so I think Cacti are a good idea! I love how cute and modern these succulents look, especially hanging planters which will keep them away from the kiddies little hands. 

I have such a tiny office space in my living room and have been looking at ways of making it look more interesting. I love how cute this little space is with the inspirational art work and momentos displayed on the wall. 

Lastly a pre-planned date night envelopes one for every month each describing what you are going to do on the date including, cash gift cards or anything you will need. You could even make this a lucky dip instead of labeling them with months, this way you don't neglect to spend quality time with each other making one night a month really special. 

You can find all these Pins on my Pinterest Here.

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Sunday Family Funday.

I realise I haven't posted a Sunday Family Funday post in a while mainly because life has been so busy since we have moved that we haven't actually been out and about much. I also realise this isn't Sunday.....I did schedule this for Monday but for some reason wasn't successful! 

Sunday was mostly a dry day so we wanted to make the most of it and do something in our new local area and Eli voted for a trip to see Rochester castle. I am so glad this little town is now only just down the road as it has so much character and history with lots of independent shops and restaurants not to mention the historic castle and cathedral.      

We had a stroll down the high street and around the castle grounds Eli loved the castle. After we built up a bit of an appetite I had a real craving to check out Costa Coffee's new festive food and drink menu so we nabbed a table for a bite to eat. I opted for a gingerbread latte with cream which was delicious and even came with a mini gingerbread man on top! I also had a turkey, bacon, stuffing and cranberry toasted sandwich which was so scrummy and really got me feeling festive. The boys were so well behaved whilst eating their toasties it made me really proud and after we sampled a couple of their cakes including a gingerbread muffin and a salted caramel yule log.    

Such simple things really made me feel christmasy, I love spending time with my little family and am so proud of my two boys. I think this will quickly become a Sunday ritual as well as more exploring around our new hometown. 

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Choccywoccydoodah Brighton Review.

Recently I took a weekend trip to Brighton for my best friends hen do and one of our hen activities was a trip to the very well known Choccywoccydoodah for an all you can eat afternoon tea in on of their secret rooms. I have wanted to go here for so long after hearing so much about it and of course watching the T.V show, who wouldn't want to check out such an extravagant chocolate shop.

The shop is hidden away down one of the winding lanes of Brighton and although it is tucked away you cannot miss it because of their beautiful window displays full of the most ornate and decorative season appropriate cakes. Another thing you will notice straight away is how busy it is, but then it is to be expected we were lucky enough to be able to book one of their secret rooms as there were 17 of us in the hen party so we skipped all the queues and had a waitress to attend to all our needs.

The room itself was called 'The Boudoir' it is very Moroccan-esk and only just about held all 17 of us! Im not sure if they have any larger rooms but it had a nice and intimate and cosy atmosphere which was great when were playing games and we were able all to chat away with lots and lots of laughs.

When we first arrived in our secret room the coffee table in the centre was filled with nibbles including pots of dipping chocolate and things to dip like strawberries, marshmallows, rocky road, sweets and much more. We were able to bring our own champagne or prosecco and they supplied us with glasses which made it even funnier once we had gone through 8 bottles, there was also speakers to you can play your own music to improve the ambiance. 

But that wasn't It a part of our all you can eat was being able to order anything we wanted off the menu and oh my god chocoholics you will love it! The menu includes an array of cakes, ice-cream sundays, milkshakes and many more, we asked for a platter of all of their different cakes with a huge mound of ice-cream in the middle and it was the most tasty thing I have ever eaten. My favourites were the coconut cake, chocolate truffle cake and chocolate chilli cake, my only criticism is that even though its all you can eat....there is only so much chocolate you can consume in one sitting! So you have the option to totally get your monies worth but you may end up feeling a little sick in the process. 

The staff were so friendly and attentive and they even boxed up any leftovers we were unable to eat to take away with us which was really great as like I said there is only so much you can eat! The cost of our trip was £25 per person for a 2 hour session but prices may vary depending on the amount of people in your party I am not too sure but it was a really nice experience and one I definitely would recommend especially if there is a large celebration group looking to do something a little different and memorable.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Wednesday Wish List.

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight. 

This time of year I am constantly torn between having a heck of a lot of Christmas presents to buy and wanting to by myself all the lovely things I see, so instead I make a hell of a lot of wish lists and gift guides in the hope it will inspire others and curb my cravings to buy them all for myself. 

All these items on todays 'Wednesday Wish List' would make great gifts for any ladies in your life be it a sister, mother, close friend or colleague.....there is something for everyone. 

The show-stoppers on this list are most defiantly the beautifully stylish and sophisticated Olivia Burton watch and the Illamasqua Mutlti Facet Face Palette both of which I cant stop drooling over!

When its a bit of winter pampering is in order how nice would it be to wrap yourself up in this cosy Topshop dressing gown, pour yourself a cuppa tea in this monogrammed mug from Marks & Spencer and treat your skin using this set of Origins mini's from Debenhams.....What a perfect night in!

Talking homeware which I am kind of obsessed by at the moment.... this Parisian Lamp would make a perfect beside light and would go beautifully in my bedroom and its such a bargain at only £16.99 from The Range. Anything copper is so trendy right now and these copper freestanding letters from Oliver Bonas are a great way of introducing a bit of that trend into your home.

Lastly I have been wanting a Ted Baker purse for so long and one day I will treat myself to one, this brown leather one is a little more sophisticated then their usual offerings which has made me want it even more! 

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Rustic Table Setting.

Recently me and my partner supplied log slices for table settings and centre pieces for a wedding and it has inspired me to get a bit creative with the abundance of wood we have access too. It is amazing how beautiful wood can be and how many simple uses it has, I love the natural rustic look and have decided to use the log slices as place mats for our christmas table decoration. The wood mixed with a red table cloth, hessian, copper accents and candles gives a natural yet festive touch to the table. This is my current table layout using a simple printed table runner and some left over pumpkins displayed in the centre of the table it looks so autumnal and homely.

Watch this space as you may see a few of my own rustic creations including clocks and candle holders.

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Homeware Wish List.

You may notice a theme in my home-ware wish list, I can currently crushing over the industrial rustic trend especially for the living areas. Unfinished wood, copper and metal accessories add great texture to a room and these are a few of my favourites right now. 

A few of my favourite pieces are the wire post wrack which I found on ebay which I am in desperate need for to keep the dreaded bills organised! Also this stag head from Wilkinsons is an absolute bargain at only £8 and would make a great decoration for Christmas or all year round. Lastly this copper framed mirror with shelf from next would look perfect in my bathroom and I absolutely love the shape with its rounded corners. 

What do you think of this trend? Thank you for reading.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Whats In My Make Up Bag - Hen Weekend Edition.

I am very much looking forward to my best friends hen do this weekend, we have lots of exciting things planned with will be revealed soon but for now I thought I'd share with you what make up I will be taking with me. We are going away just for one night and have packed my make up bag with two looks in mind, one more neutral look for the day time and something a bit more dramatic for the evening.

The make up bag itself is just an old one that I picked up from Primark a while back and the first and biggest thing inside is my new Box o Blushes set by Benefit. This gives me a variety of blush shades and finishes all in one tin, I can throw this in without worrying and have lots to pick from once in there. It also comes with a brush and highlighter so its a very handy little set to have.

For base I went for the trusty Benefit Porefessional Primer and luckily I had this tiny same size which is perfect for a night away. I had to take my favourite foundation and concealer combination with which the Maybelline Better Skin foundation and the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. The foundation gives a lovely skin like natural finish without being too dewy and the concealer is perfect for brightening around the eyes. To set it all and give a soft focus look is the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder which is so compact and great for travel and will help my make up stay in place all day and get rid of any shine.

For eyeshadow I limited myself to one palette and it had to be my Naked3 I just couldn't live without it. I can create a lovely day time look using the matt shades and for the evening a dramatic rose toned smokey eye with the shimmery darker shades.

Eyes are probably my fullest category as I am taking quite a few options! My Barry M Showgirl mascara for a fluttery natural day time eye look combined with a more subtle brown Rimmel eyeliner. For evening lashings of Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless and Magnifibres to give a false lash effect with non of the hassle, L'Oreal Super Slim Liner to create that sexy catflick and a kohl pencil to smoke it out under the eye.

Lastly lips....I really had to put myself on a tight rein otherwise I would ended up taking my whole collection with me! The options I went for was a natural day time wash of colour taking my Clinique Chubby stick in Super Strawberry then for the evening gave myself 4 bold lip options two plum colours one being Mac Craving and a Rimmel Apocalips in Meteoric Matt and two reds which are Maybellines Colour Drama lip pencil in Light It Up and another Rimmel Apocalips in Burning Lava.

To some this may seem excessive but its a very special occasion and is going to be a very girly day so a substantial stash is needed!

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